Coach trip to Calke Abbey & Garden, Derbys – Sun 20.09.2015

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Wow, another enjoyable visit on a fine day. Bit of a slow approach for us as we arrived at the entrance gates to the parkland just as some of the ‘runners’ were completing a 10k event, which finished adjacent to the parking area. Eventually, after great patience by our driver we alighted from the coach, being given our specific times to tour the house and gardens. After all that coffee beckoned! The house with peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards depicts the dramatic decline of a grand country-house estate. We visited the many walled gardens, orangery, auricula theatre, kitchen gardens and the orchard with many varieties of fruit. This trip brought an end to our 2015 visits which have been very well supported. I’m sure that you will join me in giving an enormous thank you to our chairperson who does a tremendous job in organising the visits. Furthermore, let’s give ‘three cheers’ to our committee for their efforts this year and all those who have helped. Finally, we hope to see you at our AGM which is on Thurs 15th October 2015 at 7.30pm in Lowdham W.I. hall.

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