Full day at Spalding (St Mary and St Nicholas church and Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, Monday 8th August
We begin at the magnificent late medieval church, enlarged repeatedly in 14th and 15th centuries, remarkable for the number of aisles and monuments, as well as the Victorian stained glass. The monuments include those to the Johnson family, prime among them Maurice, founder in 1710 of the country’s oldest antiquarian society outside London. The vicar or his assistant will show us round. After lunch (own arrangements) we reconvene at Spalding Gentlemen’s Society in Broad Street, ten minutes’ walk away, at 2.00pm for a guided visit to what retains its ‘Enlightenment’ feel as a cabinet of curiosities. But what a cabinet it is ! (Please note the first floor is difficult to access – please ask if this is a concern).
Meet at the church, 11.30am. There is a pay and display car park in The Vista (approach road to church). We are not arranging refreshments for this visit, but early arrivers especially might note that the cafe in Ayscoughfee Gardens near the church, and there are many places for lunch in the town centre. The station is also not far away so train excursion may be an attractive option.
Cost £12. Book by Sunday 31st July. Please send booking form to David Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please pay in advance by cheque, Bank transfer (contact David for BACS details) or pay, correct money, on the day
Excursion Notes :
- Note especially the ‘Book By’ deadline. Early booking is helpfu. However, do telephone if you are able to come at the last minute. Where possible we will accept you. Any late bookings contact David Smith (07886 640177)
- We are not providing an coach excursions this year as we thught covid concerns would keep interest in coach trips below what we need to make them viable, which has itself risen due to higher fuel costs. But please tell us if you miss coach excursions and wuld come on one despite higher cost
- If you need a lift please let us know and we will try and arrange.
- Non-members guests are very welcome
- The Society undertakes to make arrangements for the excursions but cannot accept liability for any mishap or loss connected with them.