North Notts National Trust Association

by | 14 March 2018 | Group meeting, Heritage, Retford, Sherwood, Social Group, Worksop

The next talk for North Notts Association of National Trust Members will be on Wednesday 15th November, when Mr Mike Gildesleeve will be giving a talk on ‘The Silver Screen’.

A warm welcome is extended to all National Trust members, volunteers and staff living in the North Notts area including Retford, Tuxford, Ollerton, Worksop, Dinnington and Barlborough to join the association and become eligible to attend their winter talks and summer trips. Annual membership costs: single £4.50, joint £6.00.
Winter talks, including the AGM are held every month at the Crossing, Newcastle Avenue, Worksop at 7.30pm, with coffee and biscuits from 7.00pm onwards. Entry for association members is £3.00 and for visitors is £4.00.
Other winter talks this season are:

  • 13th December — Hodsock Priory, Past and Present — George Buchanan
  • 17th January — The Green Man in Art and Myth — Dr David Bostwick
  • 21st February — Ethiopian Rock Churches – Roger Hailwood
  • 21st March — Vice and Virtue: A Potted History of the English Monastics and Clerics — Paul Ellerton
  • 18th April — AGM at 7.30pm with talk afterwards on Railways in a Cornish Landscape — Stephen Gay

A programme of summer coach trips (May to September) is also organised every year for association members. On 14th September members visited Stoke on Trent to see the Potteries Museum in Hanley and the Spode Museum Heritage Centre. At the first venue, members saw a wonderful array of different china exhibits, were able to see and wonder at the ‘Staffordshire Hoard’ of Anglo Saxon treasures close up which were amazingly delicate and intricate and remarkably well preserved, and then surprise! surprise! a fully restored Spitfire. Staffordshire was evidently the home of its designer, Reginald Mitchell, and there were lots of photographs and information about it and, clearly, they were very proud to have this in their museum. There was also an excellent art gallery.

Members boarded the coach again for a short trip across town to the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre where, after an introductory talk, they walked around the old factory premises and were able to see special exhibits and watch an extremely talented gentleman showing them the finely detailed work involved in hand decorating certain items and adding texture and gilding to some of the most beautiful dinner plates imaginable. There was also an exhibition of their world famous Blue Collection which had some unusual and complicated items. Many had been specially commissioned and were inappropriate for our modern day to day use but fascinating nonetheless. This was a most interesting and well organised day out. This was the last of the summer outings arranged for members and the new season of outings will start in May 2018.

All money raised goes to National Trust projects. For more information please email norman.biggs@btinternet.com.