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Newsletter July 2007

Visit to Finchcocks Musical Museum

Wednesday 5th September 2007, 12.30pm for 2.00pm

Something different for this year – a visit with “Culture” thrown in! We have arranged to go a little further out and visit Finchcocks Musical Museum on Wednesday 5th September 2007. The collection comprises over 100 historical keyboard instruments, and a number of barrel organs, musical boxes and other mechanical devices.

Please book by the end of July at the latest so that I can advise final numbers to the managers.

Colin Hunt

The visit will include an introduction to the house, which dates from 1725, and a visit to the museum, followed by a musical re- cital. The subsidised cost will be £6 per person.

The house is situated on the A262 between Lamberhurst and Goudhurst, in Kent. It is not easy to get to by Public Transport but I will do my best to arrange lifts with other members for any- one who does not have their own transport.

I suggest we meet in the gardens for a picnic from 12.30pm to be ready for the visit starting at 2pm – we should be finished by 4pm. If the weather is not too good, the picnic can be eaten in the on site restaurant where drinks and cakes can also be purchased.

Visit to Eltham Palace

Wednesday 3rd October 2007, 11

.15am for 11.30

The original palace was given to Edward II in 1305 and used as a royal residence from the 14th to the 16th century. Henry VIII spent much of his child- hood there. From the time of the Civil War, the palace fell into neglect, until English Heritage restored it, together with the 1930s Art Deco mansion built by the Courtauld family next to the 15th century Great Hall.

19 acres of beautiful gardens surround the palace.

Members were very apprecia- tive when last we visited, five years ago. We have arranged a guided tour, starting at 11.30, which will last about 90 min- utes. Afterwards, we shall have access to the gardens.

Disabled visitors may park or be set down near the main entrance. The main car park is 200 yards away. Mottingham and Eltham stations are both within ten minutes’ walk.

John Ward

An easy Guided Walk around Godstone

Meet in car park opposite White Hart: 10.30am on Thursday 27th September This guided walk round the medie- ing neo-medieval almshouse cottages

val centre of the ancient village of

and chapel designed by the great local

Godstone will be an easy stroll on

Victorian architect Gilbert Scott.

paved paths, entirely on the flat, with frequent stops for our guide to tell us about the historic buildings and coaching inns on our route. The only part of the tour that takes us out of the historic centre of the village will be the 500 yards detour along the paved footpath past Bay Pond to the church, beside which are the charm-

Our guide, Peter Fernée, was the manager of the Bay Pond Nature Re- serve for 16 years and is the author of guide-books on the Godstone area as well as on London and the City. Now retired, he spends much of his time fund-raising for the Surrey Wildlife Fund, to which all proceeds of our walk (£2 each) will go.

There is no need to book. Meet in the car park on the village green (by the pond, opposite the White Hart Inn) to commence the tour at

    • 10.30

      am. The tour will end here at

    • 12.30

      - a convenient time for those

who wish to lunch at one of the inns .

Godstone is a 10-minute bus ride from Caterham Station. Buses leave every half hour (the 409 at 25 past the hour; the 411 at 55 past the hour)

David Broom

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