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TrustNews June 2019
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volunteering with the trust
We are always on the lookout for volunteers who can help the Trust with its work. Do you have a valuable skill or interest? Would you like to contribute to the Trust’s views on housing, Winchester’s economy or transport? Would you like to join one of our Planning Appraisal Group panels? Maybe you have an idea for a Summer Walk topic, or could even lead a walk or help organise the walks programme. Recently, members have played a crucial role helping the Trust and Winchester City Council Conservation Officers to survey buildings in the City’s Conservation Area for the Council’s Future 50 project.
Please do email or phone our secretary, Tessa Robertson, if you would like to help in any way. We are particularly looking for help with public relations and communications.
Summer Walks programme
Our popular Summer Walks around Winchester are held from May to August every year. Enthusiastic experts such as architects, historians, City guides and Council Conservation Officers take a small group around places of interest in the City.
Click here for the most recent Summer Walks programme (updated since being published in the June newsletter above).
Well known travel writer John Pilkington leads a group around Canon Street
Every year we organise outings for our members to a diverse selection of interesting venues away from Winchester. In the past these have included Spitalfields, Longford Castle, Bletchley Park, West Dean Gardens and Goodwood House. Expert guides discuss the history and points of interest.
2019 Visits Programme
The first visit of 2019 was to Middle Temple and 2 Temple Place, London on 12th April, and included a tour of Middle Temple, including the Elizabethan Great Hall where Twelfth Night was first performed in 1602. In the afternoon members had a guided tour of 2 Temple Place (at the bottom of Essex St just off the Strand), described as a “perfect gem of late Victorian Art, Architecture and Design”, and built as the estate office for William Waldorf Astor in 1895. Members were also able to view their current exhibition of works by John Ruskin in his bicentenary year.
The second visit took place on 29th April and was a coach tour to Wadworth’s Brewery in Devizes and Crofton Pumping Station near Marlborough. Originally founded by Henry Alfred Wadworth in 1875, Wadworth’s stunning Victorian tower brewery is a landmark in the centre of Devizes and attracts visitors from across the world. Pubs signs are still hand painted in the sign shop and the Wadworth shire horses deliver daily around the town. At Crofton there was a guided tour of the steam-driven beam engines, the oldest of which was built in 1812, which lift water from a nearby spring to the summit of the canal in Savernake Forest.
The third visit was a coach trip to south London on 5th June to visit first the Red House at Bexleyheath (designed by Philip Webb for William Morris), and then Eltham Palace, which was built for Edward IV in the 1470s and was later restored and extended in Art Deco style for the Courtauld family in the 1930s.
Below are some possible other visits for 2019. Not all have been researched, but we would much appreciate your comments on them. We are keen to get an idea of the likely support for each visit, as some require a good deal of preparation and we wish to avoid organising a visit only to find it has to be cancelled because of a lack of numbers.
Please send comments on the suggestions below and your ideas for other possible visits to our secretary, Tessa, at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01962 851664.
• Portsmouth Dockyard
• Portsmouth fortifications
• Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop
• Quarr Abbey, IOW
• Bedford Park, a compact Arts & Crafts suburb in West London
• Kew Gardens
The Trust’s AGM will take place at 6.45pm on Tuesday, 1st October 2019 at St Peter’s Pastoral Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8RY. All members are welcome. After the business items there will be a guest speaker (to be announced). Papers will be sent out in the September issue of TrustNews.