Ide Hill Society Programme 2013
This year’s programme offers an interesting selection of visits that includes the following:
First, a visit to Bough Beech Reservoir for morning coffee, followed by an introductory talk and walk around the reservoir and water treatment plant. This will be followed by a pub lunch.
In the summer there will be a full day visit to Loseley Park House and Gardens. This beautiful Elizabethan house has been home to the More-Molyneux family for over 500 years. The 2.5 acre walled garden is based on a design by Gertrude Jekyll. There will be a tour of the house, followed by lunch and then a tour of the gardens with the head gardner.
Also during the summer there will be our annual Summer Party.
In the autumn there will be a trip to Faversham and the Shepherd Neame Brewery. In the morning a member of the Faversham Society will lead a walking tour of the town centre. This will be followed by lunch at the brewery and then a tour with a chance to sample various local brews.
In addition to visits the Society also offers a programme of talks. These will include:
A talk by James Standen, Farm Manager for the Amherst Estate, updating the society on recent activity at the estate.
Bob Ogley will be talking later in the spring about Victorian Kent.
In the autumn there will be a talk on the Rebuilding of London after the Great Fire. This talk will be given by David Carder, a WEA lecturer and expert on English history.
The final talk of the year will be about Polesdon Lacey and its former owners, in particular Mrs Ronnie Greville. This talk will be presented by Heather Woodward, who taught at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Girls.
Members will be sent full details of all these events, along with a booking form.
The programme this year offers an exciting selection of visits that include the following:
In May there will be a visit to Shoreham Church that was built during the 18th century. The church organ first saw service in Westminster Abbey. The Vicar, the Reverend Richard Freeman, will conduct the tour.
In the summer there will be a full day visit to
Also during the summer there will be the chance to visit Knole House which will include some of the recently opened ‘backstage’ areas.
In the autumn there will be a trip to Lords Cricket Ground. There will be a tour of the Museum, with its Ashes urn, the Pavilion with its famous Long Room, the Dressing Rooms and the
There will be no annual Summer Party this year as the village will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with a party on the Green and there will also be the lighting of the Ide Hill beacon on the Recreation Field.
In addition to the above visits the Society is also offering a programme of talks. These will include:
A talk by Liz Denbigh about the Rojo-Rojo Orphanage in
Christopher Lloyd, author and broadcaster, will give a talk based on his successful book What on Earth Happened. He will tell the story of our planet, its life and people from Big Bang to the present day.
In the autumn there will be a talk by Fidelity Weston, Chair of Kent Wildlife Trust on Sevenoaks Living Landscape and the work of the Trust.
The final talk of the year will be by Rowan Pelling who grew up at Toys Hill, where her parents ran the Fox & Hounds. She and her siblings attended
Members will be sent full details of all these events, along with the booking form.