Linda Cook; 01706 817254; firstname.lastname@example.org (Available to All Members). Various locations, phone Convenor for details.
We organise outings every 4 to 6 weeks, with a break over holiday periods. Our group is open to the whole membership and we try to select diverse places of interest so as to appeal to as many people as possible. We usually travel by coach, leaving Todmorden around 9.00/9.30a.m, arriving back approx. 6.00/7.00pm, depending on traffic, but occasionally travel by train. Our trips are announced at the monthly meetings where booking forms are available, and also sent by email around the members group. Bookings are taken on a first come basis.
48 members recently enjoyed the first Let’s Go trip of 2019 to The World of Glass at St. Helens. Following refreshments we were shown the Pilkington Crystal Collection and the St Helens Heritage Collection containing rare pieces from the Ancient Egyptians Romans and Chinese. We watched a special effect film explaining the story of glass making, and ventured beneath the furnace of the Victorian cone building and explored the underground tunnels to experience what life was like in a Victorian glass factory. Probably the highlight of the day was watching the age old craft of glass blowing by one of their team of talented glassblowers. There is an art collection on display along with contemporary pieces, and a magnificent chandelier which once hung in Manchester Airport.
Wednesday July 18th 2018
HOLKER HALL & GRANGE OVER SANDS VISIT
On a slightly cooler day of late 53 members thoroughly enjoyed a visit to Holker Hall in the Lake District, the private home of Lucy Cavendish and her husband Tor McLaren. The estate is only a short distance from Morecambe Bay with the Lakeland hills in the background.
The house dates from the early 1600 and has passed by inheritance to the present owners. Following a disastrous fire in 1871 the new wing was rebuilt in the neo-Elizabethan Gothic style. There are no ropes or barriers in the house and visitors can wander at leisure. The craftsmanship in the house is superb and the cantilever grand staircase was hand carved by the estate workers with much of the furniture brought from the Chatsworth estate after the fire. Many royal visitors have been entertained here. The views from nearly all of the windows are outstanding. The award winning formal gardens are stunning; the Great Holker Lime was voted one of Britain’s grandest trees with a girth of 7-9 metres.
We departed in the afternoon for a short visit to Grange over Sands where we could have a stroll up the prom and round the duck pond and refreshments before returning home.
PHOTOGRAPHS to follow
Thursday 22 March 2018: Cheshire Falconry
Robert, the expert, who “flew” the birds of prey for us, explained about each in detail; their origins, hunting techniques, and the care needed to keep them in condition. These birds fly for the public for only 6 months in the year, needing to rest and replenish the oils on their feathers. The cutest, and noisiest, was the Barn or Screech Owl: and it did !
After lunch members moved on to the Lion Salt Museum , just a few miles away. This efficiently run establishment had our guides waiting for us, as we arrived. The guides explained in detail about Romans finding salt, the geology of the area and how the industry grew. At its height, there were some 17 salt manufacturers in the area. The industry became so important railway branch lines were laid to carry the finished product away. This Museum has won various awards. The enthusiasm and expertise of the staff was evident.