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Programme for 2016-2017 MEETINGS VENUE: Harrowby Lane Methodist Church Community Centre Grantham, NG31 9PY.  Prices for all coach trips will include Driver’s gratuity whenever possible.

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SUNDAY 02 OCTOBER

THE BIRTHDAY OF KING RICHARD III
- LINCOLN CATHEDRAL WEST FRONT

The Branch has adopted a stone, placed on the West Front of Lincoln Cathedral, in memory of King Richard III.

At 6.00 pm members will gather to celebrate King Richard’s birthday to see the new floodlighting locating the stone.  Following this, members will adjourn for a meal at The Peacock, 23 Wragby Road, Lincoln, LN2 5SH; a friendly pub where the food is good.  Names and cheques for £5.00 deposit per person to be with Maureen Wheeldon (01522 703200) by Saturday 24 September 2016 at the latest please.   Cheques to be made payable to M Wheeldon.    Maureen will advise of menu choices.

Parking is limited at The Peacock but there is a Lincoln City car park on Langworth/Greetwell Gate, Lincoln.  The evening charge for the carpark is £2.60.  The car park is 10 minutes walk from Lincoln Cathedral and 5 minutes’ walk from The Peacock.


SATURDAY 08 OCTOBER

MEDIEVAL BANQUET TO CELEBRATE 40 YEARS AS A BRANCH

Come and enjoy good food, music by Trouvère and be royally entertained by Peterkin the Fool, resident jester at Hampton Court Palace.  Please bring your own platter/plate, wooden spoon and goblet/wine glass.  No forks please.  Anyone found using a fork will be fined 1 gold coin.  Medieval dress is optional but an appropriate hat would add to the atmosphere.  Jean has spare costumes for loan.

Time: 7.30 for 8.00 pm

Venue: The Angel and Royal Hotel, High street, GRANTHAM, NG31 6PN

Price: £35.00 for a 4-course meal and a glass of wine.

PLEASE BOOK WITH JEAN NOW.  Cheques payable to JEAN marked ‘Banquet’ on the back.

The Angel and Royal Hotel are offering special rates to anyone attending the Banquet.  Telephone 01476 565816, quoting Richard III event when booking.


SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER

‘AN ENCOUNTER WITH QUEEN ANNE OF CLEVES’

An illustrated lecture by Dr Jonathan Foyle.

Not to be missed!  Jonathan has discovered a wooden item bearing the Arms of Queen Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife of King Henry VIII.  Jonathan is an inspired speaker and his lectures are always fascinating and thought-provoking.  He makes regular appearances on television.  Those of you who heard him speak on ‘Is this Henry VII’s Bed?’ (long before Channel 4 ran the story) will be pleased to know that it is THE bed and is now worth £20m.

Venue: Harrowby Lane Methodist Church Community Centre

Time 7.30pm                £7.00 per ticket.   

Please book NOW - tickets are on sale; please see MAUREEN WHEELDON.  Cheques to Richard III Society Lincolnshire Branch.


FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER

TALES OF ENCHANTMENT

Branch Christmas outing to Tissington Hall, Derbyshire.

Sir Richard and Lady Fitzherbert welcome you to their home and act as your guides on what they call ‘An enchanted journey of Once Upon a Time’.

Tissington Hall is a private house dating from the 11th Century.  It has been the home of the family since that date.  The present family consists of four children, six dogs, two cats and an assortment of other animals.  Good, reasonably priced food is available at Tissington. If required, please order on arrival and the food will be ready for you after the tour.  Alternatively take a packed lunch.

If time allows, we will also visit Ashbourne Church.

Price - £30.00 per person includes coach pick ups, guided tour of the house and tea and biscuits on arrival.

PLEASE BOOK WITH JEAN NOW.   Cheques payable to JEAN marked ‘Tissington Hall’ on the back.

Coach pick up times to be advised - including Lowdham if required.


WEDNESDAY 07 DECEMBER

BRANCH CHRISTMAS DINNER

The Welby Arms, Allington, Nr Grantham, Lincs

Time:  7.30 for 8.00 pm.

Price: £21.00 for a 3-course meal, tea/coffee and mince pies.

Cheese board is £1.50 extra to be paid for at time of booking.  Menu choice available from Jean.  

PLEASE BOOK WITH JEAN NOW.  Cheques payable to Richard III Society Lincolnshire Branch marked ‘Christmas Dinner’ on the back.


SATURDAY 21 JANUARY – Please Note the Date

MEMBERS’ EVENING

This is your evening, with time for a chat over tea, coffee and biscuits.  Jean will present a series of her slides and will invite us to ‘Name the Location’.

Building on the success of last year, there will be another Photographic Competition judged by Grantham photographer, Gary Cant. Anyone can enter - you do not need an expensive camera to take a good photograph so please have a go! Just send two of your photographs size 6” x 4” on any historical subject to Jean before 06 January 2017.

Please write your name on the reverse and give each photograph an appropriate title!   Superb prizes for all the competitions, plus a book stall, so please take part!

Harrowby Lane Methodist Church Community Centre – 8.00 pm.


SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY

 ‘LATE MEDIEVAL GRANTHAM & THE EVENTS OF 1483’

An illustrated talk by Dr John Manterfield.  

Richard III came to Grantham at least twice, once as Duke of Gloucester and once as King.  John will share with us his phenomenal knowledge of Grantham five hundred years ago.

Harrowby Lane Methodist Church Community Centre – 8.00 pm.


SATURDAY 25 MARCH

‘THE CURIOUS WORLD OF OLD TIME PUNISHMENTS’

An illustrated talk by Ian Morgan.

Ian is a lively and amusing speaker with a phenomenal knowledge of his subject.  Beginning in the 13th Century, Ian will explore the bizarre world of punishment.  Audience participation will be encouraged!!

Harrowby Lane Methodist Church Community Centre – 8.00 pm.


SUNDAY 02 APRIL  

SUNDAY LUNCH AT BESTWOOD LODGE*, NEAR NOTTINGHAM

The present building is on the site of a medieval hunting lodge in a part of Sherwood Forest.  King Richard III was at this lodge when he heard that Henry Tudor had landed at Milford Haven.   Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon and raise a glass to King Richard III. Lunch at 1.00 pm.  Menus will be available from Jean at a later date.

Price - according to menu choice.  

Please book with JEAN by end FEBRUARY.  

This is an ‘own cars’ excursion, but lifts can be organised for those who require them. 

*Bestwood Lodge Hotel, Bestwood Country Park, ARNOLD, Nottingham, NG5 8NE.


SUNDAY 23 APRIL

ST GEORGE’S DAY

By popular request following our enjoyable celebration in 2016.  We will have a Bring and Share Supper.

Everyone will be asked to bring a dish and wear something red and white - St George’s colours.

As this is a Sunday, the venue will not be at Harrowby Lane Methodist Church.  The new venue will depend upon numbers.  

Please book with JEAN by end of FEBRUARY.  There will be no charge for this event.


SATURDAY 29 APRIL

‘POWER IN THE LANDSCAPE - THE FAMILIES OF GREY AND HASTINGS’

An illustrated talk by Katie Bridger.

Katie was awarded the Richard III Society Bursary for her PhD from the Institute of Historical Research in London.  The talk is part of this research.  Katie will explore the roles that these two families played during the reigns of King Edward IV and King Richard III, along with the fascinating evidence of conflict and dominance they left behind them.

Harrowby Lane Methodist Church Community Centre – 8.00 pm.


MONDAY 01 MAY

DENTON STREET MARKET

Tombola stall in aid of Branch Funds.  Please help with this event – maybe lend a bit of colour by wearing costume (not compulsory) on the day, as this attracts interest.

Would each member please donate a prize for the stall or give a cash donation.

Please give prizes and offers of help to any member of the Committee.  An organized table of helpers can then be drawn up – even a couple of hours of your time would be welcome.


MONDAY 08 MAY - THURSDAY 11 MAY - Please Note the Departure Date  

A SHORT BREAK TO HEREFORDSHIRE AND GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Based at the Mecure Bowden Hall Hotel, Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire.

The hotel is a Georgian country house hotel set in 12 acres of parkland.  The 17th Century listed building has been recently refurbished and all rooms have high speed complimentary WiFi and HD LED TV, tea /coffee making facilities, air conditioning and telephone.  All rooms are ensuite.   The house has had a diverse selection of occupants over the years.  A Georgian baronet in 1769; a woollen merchant in 1800; a dowager countess in 1867; a Miss Westcar who kept various animals including buffaloes and giraffes in the grounds and a girls’ approved school in 1944.  There are lots of things to see and do in the area; cathedrals, castles, medieval houses, lovely towns and scenery and, of course, lots of bookshops!

Should anyone have any suggestions for visits, Jean will try to include them in the itinerary.

However, Jean must have at least 25 names before she starts work on this.   

Price - £293.00 per person includes coach pick ups (en-route only), porterage at the hotel, bed and breakfast, all evening meals and all entry fees and visits.

Double rooms for sole occupancy add £75.00. Personal insurance can be arranged at £20.00 per person; please pay for this at time of booking.  

PLEASE BOOK WITH JEAN NOW WITH A £50.00 NON-RETURNABLE DEPOSIT.  Cheques payable to JEAN, marked ‘Gloucester’ on the back. 

Please note that the full amount must be paid BY THE END OF MARCH.

Coach pick up times:  Wrights’ Depot 8.00 am, Balderton 8.15 am, Westborough Lodge 8.30 am.

PLEASE NOTE - The hotel is a listed building and has no lifts.  However, Jean has reserved first floor rooms and porterage is available.

Worried about parking your car?  No problem, just ask Jean!


THURSDAY 08 JUNE

COACH TRIP TO RANWORTH CHURCH & NORWICH

This trip was originally planned to take place last year but due to unforeseen circumstances we were unable to go ahead with the visit.  Hopefully we will have better luck this year.

Ranworth Church has one of the finest 15 Century rood screens in the country.  Also, during restoration work 19 years ago, 3 painted panels were discovered behind the rood screen.  These show the White Rose of York on a coloured ground.  Since the original colours are intact, this is a unique opportunity to see a 15th Century York Rose.  Ranworth Church has other 15th Century treasures and really is a hidden gem.

We will have tea/coffee and a comfort stop on arrival.  The church has a superb café.

We will spend the afternoon in Norwich, which has a beautiful cathedral, a superb castle museum, medieval streets and lots of places to have lunch.  There is something for everyone in Norwich.

Price - £25.00 per person inclusive. (Note that all previous cheques for the postponed 2016 event have been destroyed by Jean Townsend.)  Please book with JEAN by end of MARCH.  Cheques payable to JEAN, Marked ‘Norwich’ on the back.

Coach pick up times:  Wrights’ Depot 8.00 am, Balderton 8.15 am, Long Bennington, Royal Oak 8.30 am, Heckington 9.00 am if required.


SATURDAY 10 JUNE

BRANCH GRAND AUCTION & POT LUCK SUPPER

This is in aid of Branch Funds and is an important fund raising event.

THE BRANCH NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT AT THIS EVENT.  We need to pay for speakers, room hire and occasionally subsidise Branch events.  The auction helps us do this as costs increase year on year.  We also are keen to support churches and historic sites by offering charitable donations.

If you cannot attend please donate an item or items for sale.  We will auction anything in good condition,  

If you cannot attend the auction, please give your item to Jean; otherwise bring it along on the night.  We will auction anything in good condition; put on a reserve price on your items if you wish to do so

Please bring a contribution to the Pot Luck Supper (finger food only) and your own drink.  Jean will make coffee/tea for those who prefer a brew.

Family and friends are welcome at this FUN evening, so please join in.

Please return the booking form to JEAN by the end of APRIL at the latest.

Venue - Dry Doddington Village Hall.  Auction starts at 7.30 pm prompt.


FRIDAY 14 JULY

THE MUGASETH MEMORIAL LECTURE

‘DISASTER RECOVERERY - RECONSTRUCTING THE IMPACT OF THE BLACK DEATH FROM YOUR GARDEN’

An illustrated lecture by Professor Carenza Lewis

Carenza is renowned in the academic fields of history, archeology and landscape studies.  She is also a familiar face to television audiences, having featured on the much loved Channel 4 series, ‘Time Team’.  Carenza taught for more than 15 years at Cambridge University and is now Professor for the Public Understanding of Research at Lincoln University.   

Venue: The Urban Hotel Grantham, Swingbridge Road, Grantham, NG31 7XT.

Time 7.30pm                £7.00 per ticket.   

Tickets will be on sale in April – please see MAUREEN WHEELDON.  Please book by end of MAY.  Cheques to Richard III Society Lincolnshire Branch.


SATURDAY 05 AUGUST

BRANCH FUND RAISING EVENING

‘FACE TO FACE WITH THE PAST’

An illustrated talk by Jean Townsend.

From Medieval England to Renaissance Florence we have portraits of past personalities that intrigue and amaze us; but are they really portraits and why were they painted?  What kind of people were these long dead sitters?  Jean will explore the stories behind the face. We will have a raffle and a ‘Bring and Buy’ table.  Please donate items for the raffle to MAUREEN WHEELDON.  

We will have a book stall – please donate books to TRACY UPEX.

Tickets £5.00 – includes tea/coffee and cake.  

Offers of help and home made cakes please!

Harrowby Lane Methodist Church Community Centre – 7.30 pm

Tickets will be on sale in April – please see MAUREEN WHEELDON, Please book by end of MAY.  Cheques payable to Richard III Society Lincolnshire Branch.


SUNDAY 06 AUGUST
BRANCH PICNIC - FROM THE 10TH CENTURYT TO THE 19TH CENTURY IN ONE DAY.

By popular request, following the 2016 Picnic, we will have another coach trip and Mystery Tour.  AN EXPANSE OF WATER, A SAXON CHURCH, MEDIEVAL BONES AND REGENCY SPLENDOUR.  WHERE ARE WE?

The usual picnic format will apply; bring your own chair and a picnic lunch.  If the weather is poor, we can picnic on the coach. Hopefully we will have another fun day, seeing some interesting places and ending up with a yummy tea.     

Price - £25.00 per person. Includes coach, entry fees and afternoon tea.  Cheques to be payable to JEAN, marked ‘Picnic’ on the back before the end of APRIL

PLEASE NOTE - We need to have 25 people to run at this price.  Less than 25 people, the price will be £30.00 - still a cheap day out!!

Coach pick up times:  Wrights’ Depot 9.00 am, Balderton 9.15 am, Long Bennington, Royal Oak 9.30 am.  Depending upon the route chosen by the driver, other pick ups may be available.  More information will be given nearer the time.


FRIDAY 18 – MONDAY 21 AUGUST

THE PAGEANT OF THE GOLDEN TREE, BRUGES

The Pageant originally took place 500 years ago to celebrate the wedding of Margaret of York to Charles of Burgundy.  It now takes place every 5 years and is considered to be one of the most spectacular pageants in Europe. It is certainly a must see for any Ricardian or anyone who enjoys seeing history come to life.  You will watch the Pageant in comfort; Jean has booked seats in the stands.  

We will be based at the Academie Hotel, which is situated in a cobblestone street near one of Bruges’ highlights, the Lake of Love…   The hotel is around a 15 minute walk from the centre of Bruges.  There are taxis available if you do not want to walk… but it is a very easy stroll.  The hotel is 4 star, all rooms are ensuite and the breakfast looks superb.  The Pageant stands are booked for Saturday, leaving Sunday free for you to explore Bruges.  Jean has booked a meal for everyone on the first night.  There are plenty of restaurants in the area around the hotel for subsequent meals.  We will, hopefully, stop at the hypermarket on the way home on Monday to stock up on some French goodies!

Price - £347.00 per person – this includes coach pick ups (en-route only), Euro Tunnel, bed/breakfast, one evening meal and seating for the Pageant of the Golden Tree, all evening meals, all visits and entry fees. Jean has reserved 11 single rooms.  Single room supplement is £105.00 inclusive.  Personal insurance can be arranged at £27.50 per person; please pay for this at time of booking.  

PLEASE BOOK WITH JEAN NOW WITH A £50.00 NON-RETURNABLE DEPOSIT.

Cheques payable to JEAN, marked ‘Bruges’ on the back.  Please note that the full amount must be paid

BY THE END OF JUNE.

Coach pick up times to be advised.


TUESDAY 22 AUGUST

REQUIEM MASS FOR KING RICHARD III – SPITAL CHAPEL, LINCOLNSHIRE

This is a moving occasion followed by delicious refreshments and a short lecture on a historical subject.  If you have never visited Spital Chapel, you will be amazed as it is a lovely little building.  Seats are limited at this event.  Refreshments by courtesy of the Lincolnshire Branch.

Attendance by ticket only.  Book with JEAN.  There is no charge for this event, which is held in the afternoon; time to be advised.


SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER

BRANCH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Please note, Jean will show slides of the year’s events after the meeting.

Harrowby Lane Methodist Church Community Centre – 8.00 pm.






BRANCH PROGRAMME 2016 – 2017


We are very much indebted to our Branch Secretary for the hard work she has put in when arranging this varied programme.


Please show your appreciation by helping arrangements to run smoothly.  Members are asked to book early, using the slips provided and to pay by the dates specified.  Please write the event being booked on to the back of your cheque. Further payment information can be found on the back cover of the programme.


The Branch is not able to take bookings without a properly completed booking slip.


Richard Wheeldon

Branch Chairman




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