Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017

Association Annual Lunch

At the Royal Oak, Much Marcle on the A449 Ledbury to Ross-on-Wye road.

Chairman Keith Siggers welcomed 33 Members to The Oak Room extension behind the pub to enjoy lunch from a 2-course and 3-course menu.






Thursday, 23 March 2017

Coach Outing to Richard III Visitor Centre and Cathedral, Leicester

Our  coach took 50 members and non-members on this outing, some of whom belonged to branches of the Richard III Society.  Richard III was a controversial King who remains fascinating to this day.  He was not just the ruthless villain portrayed by Shakespeare.  He was also a reformer and enlightened lawmaker in his short reign of 26 months.  He died in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth.  His skeleton was discovered under a car park in Leicester where a medieval friary once stood.  A Visitor Centre now stands on the site, close to the Cathedral where he was reinterred in March 2015.  Our group was able to see the exact trench in which his skeleton was found.  A most interesting day.



Friday, 21 Apr 2017   Sunnycroft, near Telford

18 members booked for this Car Outing to a National Trust property, a large Victorian villa built in the 1880s.  It has a rare unaltered interior with impressive mosaic tiled flooring in the hallway and a stained glass ceiling light over the main staircase.  It is a time capsule which reminds many visitors of their grandparents' and great-grandparents' tastes in furnishing and décor.  A guided tour was provided by NT volunteers. 



Thursday, 11 May 2017    Dyffryn Gardens, near Cardiff and Fonmon Castle, near Barry

Coach Outing.  Open to HTMA Members and non-members.

36 members enjoyed Dyffryn Gardens, a National Trust property near Cardiff.  The gardens were being reworked in several places but the arboretum with its colourful acers was a delight, as was the glorious bed of hostas and not a slug in sight!    After a light lunch the coach took the group to medieval Fonmon Castle, where we were given an excellent and very informative guided tour.  The highlight of our day out was a magnificent afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, and a selection of cakes. 




Tuesday, 27 June 2017    Car Outing to Tretower Court & Castle, Crickhowell

Tretower Court and Castle has a 900-year history in which it has been altered, adjusted and adapted, much of this being done to keep up with the style, fashion and tastes of the day.  A suite of rooms has been created as they may have been in 1470 when the Vaughan family were part of High Society.



Wednesday, 5 July 2017    Coach Outing to Trentham Gardens, near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Open to HTMA Members and non-members

The Trentham Estate has had a long and colourful history, passing through many rich, artistocratic owners until, in 1905, the Duke of Sutherland abandoned the house and offered it to the County Council, who declined.  The mansion was demolished and the gardens deteriorated.  After many more owners the estate was purchased in 1996 by a property company set on restoration.  In September 2010 the Gardens won a prestigious European Gardening Award.  In 2015 they were voted BBC Countryfile's Garden of the Year.   





Thursday, 27 July 2017  Car Outing.  River Boat Trip: Upton-on-Severn to Worcester and return

We will board MV Conway Castle at Upton-upon-Severn for a 2.25 hour cruise to Worcester, passing water meadows, heron cliffs and the villages of Severn Stoke and Kempsey before arriving at Diglis Lock.  After going through the lock the boat will moor on the south quay.  We will then have 2.25 hours for lunch and exploration.  Worcester Cathedral and the Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum are within easy reach.  We will then have another 2.25 hours of cruising back to Upton-upon-Severn - perfect for a summer's day.



Wednesday, 2August 2017  Lacock Abbey, Village and Fox Talbot Museum, Wiltshire

Coach Outing open to members and non-members

Lacock Abbey dates from the early 13th Century and underwent alterations in the Gothic Revival style in the 18th Century to become a family home.  The village of Lacock is almost entirely owned by the National Trust and is a thriving Cotswold community of unspoiled, timer-framed cottages.  The Fox Talbot Museum traces part of the history of photography.                                                                                                                                   



Wednesday, 23 August 2017    Rodmarton Manor, near Cirencester

Coach Outing open to members and non-members

The cost was not finalised in time for our April Newsletter as the property was closed, but we now have confirmation that the cost of this Outing will be £28 per person.

We will spend the morning in Cirencester, often referred to as the Capital of the Cotswolds as it was the second largest town in Britain in Roman times. Corinium Museum exhibits the town’s Roman past.   The Parish Church dominates the Market Place and has impressive fan vaulting dating from 1490. The Manor is the English Arts & Crafts movement at its best, with rooms full of Arts & Crafts furniture.  The garden is a series of rooms, each room bounded by a wall or hedge.  There is much to explore.



Thursday, 14 September 2017    Car Outing   Ralph Court Gardens, Edwyn Ralph, Bromyard

Described as fabulous and quirky, Ralph Court Gardens opened to the public in 2015 in the grounds of a Gothic rectory.  The present owners bought the property in 2004 and over the next ten years began to create garden areas with different themes.  There are 12 themes, including an African Jungle, an Italian Piazza with musical fountains, Alice in Wonderland, a Japanese Tea House - all with careful planting and with many rare and unusual shrubs.




The pick-up points for our coach outings are at Leominster, Hereford and Ledbury.  Full details of each Outing with booking forms are given in the Newsletters published in April, August and November.    Each outing has a deadline date for booking, so please make enquiries early to avoid disappointment, but sometimes there are vacancies even after the deadline has passed so it is always worth asking if a particular outing interests you.


Please contact Anne Richards, Programme Secretary – – or

Ann Pearson, Honorary Secretary – - for further details.



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