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Jun
29
Wed
An evening visit to Buckden Towers, Wednesday 29th June @ Buckden Towers
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

An evening visit to Buckden Towers

For 600 years Buckden provided a palace to the Bishops of Lincoln, more central than Lincoln to the enormous diocese that stretched from the Humber to the Thames and more convenient for the many needs of the state and church that generally went with being a bishop. The Towers, occupied since the 1950’s by the Claretian Missionary Brothers, contains the Great Tower built in brick by Bishop Rotherham in 1470 and several subsidiary buildings. The guided tour of the site by one of the Friends will include a look inside several buildings (depending on other bookings – this is now a study centre), the restored Knot Garden, and finish with tea/coffee and cakes.

Meet in Claret Centre car park off the High Street (north end of castellated wall) at 7.00pm. For more information about the Towers’ see www.buckden-towers.org.uk

Cost: £8.50 (proceeds to the Towers’ Friends). Book by Wednesday 15th June (please note early deadline date) by returning the booking form to David Smith (info@huntslhs.org.uk). 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 for Buckden visit to Philip Saunders on 01954 25021
  • 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.
Jul
14
Thu
Afternoon visit to St Kyneburgha’s Church, Castor and Nearby Roman Remains, Thursday 14th July @ St Kyneburgha's Church
Jul 14 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Afternoon, Thursday 14th July, St Kyneburgha’s Church, Castor and nearby Roman Remains

This is a massive Norman church with fabulous decoration, that the building alone with its unique dedication to a Mercian abbess itself beckons the local historian to know better, but we are privileged to take up an invitation from Dr Stephen Upex, authority on the Roman Nene Valley, to guide us round the nearby Roman site and give us a talk in the church about the palatial Hadrianic building that was excavated by dmund Artis (1789 – 1847) and other archaeological aspects of the site. Stephen is planning to show us some of Artis’s original drawings and will also have a suprise for us connecting Artis with an important contemporary.

Antonia Pounsett of the Friends of St Kyneburgha’s is kindly organising tea.coffee and cakes for us afterwards

Meet at 2’30pm at church (Turn off Peterborough Road in vaiilage to park in entreance road to the church)

Cost £12 (includes refreshments). Book by Thursday 7th July, email booking form to David Smith (info@huntslhs.org.uk). Please pay in advance by cheque, Bank transfer (contact David for BACS details) or pay, correct money, on the day 

Maximum 25 persons

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.
Aug
8
Mon
Full day at Spalding, St Mary and St Nicholas church and Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, Monday 8th August @ Full day at Spalding
Aug 8 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

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 (info@huntslhs.org.uk). 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.