This is the progamme for the Summer Term ending in Summer 2019

Tuesday morning group meets at 10.45am, while Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon groups meet at 1.45pm, by the ticket barrier of the Underground station, unless stated otherwise. *indicates there is a charge.

23/24 April The Lakes of Hampstead – today we will walk along the newly land-scaped lakes on the east side of Hampstead Heath. They have recently been strengthened and re-landscaped to stop them collapsing. We will finish at Kenwood House where refresh-ments are available, a reward for the walk uphill. Meet Hugh at Camden Town station where we will catch the bus to the Heath.

30 April / 1 May Gidea Park is a planned residential area, contemporary with, but in a lower key to Hampstead Garden Suburb, but also having the influence of Lutyens. Meet Robin outside Liverpool Street mainline ticket office to catch a train, hopefully in one of the new Crossrail/Elizabeth line carriages, direct to Gidea Park. We will have a walk in the area, returning to Romford via Raphael Park. Freedom Passes and Oyster Cards are valid.

7/8 May  We will visit 25 Kensington Gore, recently opened to the public, which was the home of Sir Samuel Montagu, a 19th century banker of note, furnished in Louis XVI style. We have been allocated view times only in the morning, (not as previously advised in the afternoon).
So if you plan to come along on either day, we will meet at Knightsbridge Underground station ticket barrier at 10.45am (not the Harrods exit!, the exit is at the rear of the train coming from Green Park or Piccadilly Circus). We will then take a bus to Ken-sington Gore. Afterwards, we will walk into Kensington Palace Gardens, past the Al-bert Memorial to have some refreshment at the Serpentine Cafe in Hyde Park, close to the Serpentine Bridge, on the southern side of the Serpentine. After lunch, we will walk across Hyde Park to Marble Arch – if you do not want to come in the morning, then please meet Robin at the Cafe at 1.45pm.

14/15 May Gentrification South of the River – a walk from Kennington sta-tion through Kennington Park, the surprising (large and community supported) Myatts Fields – a booming park – through Angell Town to Stockwell. Meet Robin at Kennington station (Northern Line).

Tuesday 21 May *All day excursion to Woodchester House in Gloucestershire, an amazing Victorian house (never completed nor furnished) in impeccable grounds, hidden away – google it. We will need to take the 9.36am train to Stroud from Paddington (meet by Caffe Nero next to Platform 2), and then a taxi. We will have a tour of the house (!), and there is an interesting walk around two lakes. Arrive back at Paddington at 6.38pm. Coffee, but no food, will be available at Woodchester, but we will have the chance to purchase some-thing in Stroud on the way in. Cost is expected around £45 for the train, taxi and house en-trance. This is one visit not to miss, somewhat surreal.
Wednesday 22 May *Somerset House – a private tour is being arranged, which includes some of the rooms not normally open to the public – meet Robin at Embankment station at 1.45pm – cost £6.

Tuesday 28 May am and pm Street Art of East London – today we will explore the writing and designs on the walls of East London. When you look at it, there is much more art than you might think just by passing by. It will include works by Stig and Roa. Meet Hugh at Aldgate East station, eastern exit (signed for the Whitechapel Art Gallery).
Wednesday 29 May *Titsey Place – (this will only be done today, as it is not open on Tuesdays, so all welcome) a mid-16th century Surrey mansion you may not be familiar with, it is a farm (with a great farm shop) and a 17th century house and superb gardens, and a flock of pedigree cows, still family owned – and an excellent tearoom. We will have a tour of the house at 3.30pm (£8). Meet Robin at London Bridge station (Northern Line ticket barrier, not the Borough High Street exit) at 12.45pm – Please let Robin know if you in-tend to come. Robin will have purchased tickets for the train (£5). We will take taxis from the station to and from Titsey, probably about £5 also. You may not be back at London Bridge station until 6pm.

4/5 June Cannizaro Park – this is a cultivated landscaped enclave of Wimbledon Common with a number of interesting nooks and crannies. Having walked past it many times, this is our chance to explore it. Meet Hugh at Wimbledon station where we will catch the bus up to Wimbledon Common.

Tuesday 11 June Oxleas Park and Sevendroog Castle – Oxleas is a superb ancient forest area, and Sevendroog is the mysterious castle atop Shooters Hill that we saw some years ago from the outside. It has now been restored, but will not be open on Tuesday. (However, special arrangements have been made for us to visit on the Wednesday, 12 June, see next entry). Meet Robin by the Northern Line ticket barrier exit at London Bridge station (not the Borough High Street exit). (The walk is mostly downhill), and should end at Falconwood station for trains back to central London.
Wednesday 12 June Sevendroog Castle – we have arranged a visit inside the restored triangular castle (cost £5), and this will be followed by a downhill walk in the parkland around. Meet Robin at the Northern line ticket barrier exit at London bridge station (not the Borough High Street exit).

18/19 June Notting Hill Gate to Grenfell – a walk through this histori-cal interesting area of Ladbroke Grove, Portobello Road through to Grenfell, just before the third anniversary of the tragic fire. Meet Robin at Notting Hill Gate ticket barrier, finishing at Latimer Road station. (The Aldershot visit had had to be postponed to later in the year).
25 June morning group only The Aga Khan Centre – this is a new ‘Islamic Campus’ built in the middle of the Kings Cross development. It has a series of beautiful Islamic roof gardens, courtyards and terraces reflecting a common heritage while also seeking to show the diversity of Muslim cultures around the world. Meet Hugh at the Meeting Point statue at the front of St Pancras station. We are limited to 14 people for each visit, so please can anyone from the Tuesday am group who can make it come on the afternoon visits which will on Tuesday 6 August and Wednesday 7 August (see page 4). Please tell Hugh when you intend to come.

On Tuesday 25th June and Wednesday 26th June we will be having an optional picnic in Finsbury Park, weather permitting. Meet at the usual times by the Arsenal shop at Finsbury Park station.

2/3 July Gilwell – this is the ancestral home of the Boy Scout movement established by Robert Baden-Powell in 1919. We will have a guided tour as well as a chance to dis-cover their heritage trail and faith walk, which includes a mosque and a synagogue. Cost is £3, and Hugh must know by the end of April if you want to come. Meet Hugh at Walthamstow Central station (the terminus of the Victoria Line) on platform 2 where we will catch an Overground train to Chingford (do not take the passage way to Walthamstow, Queens’ Road, which is on another part of the Overground).

Tuesday 9 July *Lacock Abbey – this is a superb medieval village and Abbey preserved in its pristine state by the National Trust. Meet Hugh at Paddington station by Caffe Nero next to platform 2, tat 9.45am to catch the 10am train to Chippenham. From there, we will catch a bus to Lacock. Cost will be £50, £12 less if you are a Na-tional Trust member, £5 less if you have a Senior Railcard. Hugh must know by the end of April if you want to come.

Saturday 20 July Thames Gateway – (free) guided visit to London’s newest Thamesside container port, east off Tilbury – the scale of the development is amazing. You will need to catch the train from West Ham to Stanford-le-Hope at 9.03am (or from Fen-church Street at 8.49am) – but we will try to arrange car transport. You will be back in cen-tral or north London about 1pm.

Tuesday 6 & Wednesday 7 August The Aga Khan Centre – this is a new ‘Islamic Campus’ built in the middle of the Kings Cross development. It has a series of beauti-ful Islamic roof gardens, courtyards and terraces reflecting a common heritage, whilst also seeking to show the diversity of Muslim cultures around the world. Meet Hugh at the Meeting Point statue alongside Carluccio’s on the upper level of St Pancras main-line station at 1.45pm on either day. Please tell Hugh when you will be coming on this visit by the end of June.

Tuesday 27 August *Welbeck Abbey – details will be available in mid-May once the train times are released. If you have not told Robin you would like to join the group, please let him know now, and you will be placed on the waitlist.

Robin Hugh
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