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This group visits National Trust and English heritage properties during summer months and has talks about the various properties during the closed season.

Indoor meetings are on 1st or 2nd Monday of the month. 10am for refreshments - Start 10.30am. £2.


Contact Dave Cookson or Rita Elliott at the general meeting or coffee morning.


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Some reviews of recent summer outings. These are reports which may have appeared in the newsletter, but may have been edited or not included due to space constraints. The full report is here.

On August 6th we visited Medieval York – a walled city founded by the Romans – whose walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse.

7th century York Minsters Gothic Cathedral with hand crafted stone, vast stained glass windows and undercroft – has 285 steps up to the Central tower and is the highest point in the city.

Wander down The Shambles, a narrow street with Elizabethan buildings – the oldest shopping street in Europe.

The National Railway Museum has 300 vehicles telling the story of rail transport in Britain. It has the largest collection of railway objects in the world – and includes the steam world record holder – The Mallard Locomotive.

York Castle Museum – located on the site of York Castle was originally built by William the Conqueror- with an exhibition of objects and stories depicting the 1914-18 war. You can also visit the original Georgian prison cells – which once held the highwayman Dick Turpin.

Yorvik Viking Centre with its mannequins and dioramas depicts Viking life. You are taken through in small carriages equipped with speakers, whilst York Dungeon tells its history with special effects – and uses actor led shows and displays.

York Chocolate factory gives you a guided tour through the history of chocolate

Numerous boat trips and bus tours were available - so much to see and do in one day.

Thanks to all members on the trip for their patience on a long return journey home due to “coach windscreen wiper problems”         Special thanks to Dave and Val Cookson who organised this trip.                                  Rita Elliott

 Erddig, Nr Wrexham on Wednesday 17th July.

Erddig was the Home of Yorke family for 250 the years and in which time it is said, they never threw anything away. Over 30,000 plus objects are in the house, each with a tale to tell. The house was featured on the TV recently with introductions by Alan Titchmarsh, in which he highlighted the excellent way the family treated their staff, many who worked  there all their lives, The original house was built in the 17th century by one Joshua Edisbury, who bankrupted himself building it. The house was completed and furnished by John Mellor, a rich London lawyer, and not having any children of his own bequeathed it to his sister’s son Simon Yorke.  Hence the Yorke dynasty. The house was extended on each side by John Mellor. Unfortunately in later years coal mining caused damage to the extensions with subsidence of about 5 feet, leaving the building in danger of collapse. In 1973 the National Trust took over the house and undertook repairs with compensation from the Coal Board. The House has a fantastic view over the countryside and together with the extensive gardens, providing a great day out. Our thanks to Rita for organising the trip and arranging the rain to start only as we boarded the coach home.

Dave Cookson