The North Notts Association of National Trust Members’ June outing was to Broughton Castle and a was said to be: “a most interesting day”. The weather was perfect, the coach trip down to Banbury went without any holdups and members picnicked in the rose garden, surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, open fields, woodlands and sheep and highland cattle grazing in the sunshine. When members arrived, they first visited the church, and were given fascinating architectural and historical information by the president David Bostwick, whose knowledge of such things is truly phenomenal.

After lunch there was a guided tour of Broughton Castle which is owned by the Fiennes family, the present lord being Lord Saye and Sele, and is not a National Trust property. It is a medieval fortified manor house built around 1300, subsequently transformed into the Tudor style and surrounded by a wide moat. The visit concluded with tea and cake in the tearoom and members had a wonderful day out.

The association will have a monthly outing each month until September when the last visit will be to Bowes Museum and then the winter programme of talks starts in October. Meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month at The Crossing in Worksop, starting at 7.00pm.

Anyone who is a member of the National Trust can join the association and more information can be found online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/north-nottingham-association or you can email NthNottsNTAssoc@gmail.com for a calendar showing list of future events and membership details.