Redbridge Social Centre

Centre Coach Outings

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk: August 2016

 

In August members and friends had full day’s visit to the historic city of St Edmunds which boasts many places of historic interest, particularly the church of St James founded in the 12th Century, which in 1914 became St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, the Abbey Gate and the Norman Tower. The adjacent Abbey Gardens, created within the walls of the former medieval monastery, provided a glorious mixture of formal bedding displays and quiet corners.

In the busy town centre there are several places of interest such as the Nutshell, the smallest public house in the country, the Suffolk Regiment Museum and Moyse’s Hall the town museum and one of the last Norman houses in Britain. En route the party stopped in the market town of Sudbury, birthplace of the painter Thomas Gainsborough.

Borde Hill Garden, West Sussex: May 2016

 

In May members and friends had a full day’s visit to Borde Hill’s award winning garden located near Haywards Heath. The garden nestles in 200 acres of English Heritage grade II woodland and parkland.

Borde Hill includes 17 acres of formal “garden rooms” overlooked by an Elizabethan mansion dating from 1598. The garden rooms each have their own distinctive character and style, such as an Azalea Ring, Rose Garden and Italian Garden complete with a fountain. The visitors were able to enjoy the seasonal displays of early flowering magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas. In the afternoon the party had the benefit of a guided tour of the mansion.

 

St Albans Christmas Market: December 2015

In December members and friends spent a full day at the annual Christmas Market in St Albans. They had the opportunity to browse around the more than 60 stalls in traditional wooden chalets outside the Cathedral as well as the busy city centre adjacent to the 11th century Cathedral

Chiltern Open Air Museum and Bekonscot Model Village & Railway, Buckinghamshire: August 2015

Chiltern Open Air Museum                        Bekonscot Model Village & Model Railway         

        

In August members and friends had a morning visit to Chiltern Open Air Museum which is a unique 45 acre site where over 30 historic buildings have been rescued and rebuilt. Buildings include a 1940’s Prefab, A Sewell Nissen Hut RAF Briefing Room, a Victorian Toll House, a Blacksmith’s Forge, 18th and 20th Century Cottages, Agricultural Barns & Granaries as well as a reconstructed Iron Age Roundhouse.

 

In the afternoon the party moved on to the Bekonscot Model Village and Railway at Beaconsfield which was established in 1929 and depicts rural England during the 1930’s and is the oldest model village in the world. Its Gauge 1 railway is the largest and most complex in Great Britain.

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire: April 2015

 

In April members and their friends had a full day’s visit to Blenheim Palace, the 18th Century baroque masterpiece of Sir John Vanbrugh. They had a free flow visit of the palace which is the historic home of the Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace in 1874 of Sir Winston Churchill. During their visit to the palace visitors had the opportunity to see a temporary exhibition of the work by the Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei in some of the state rooms and a magnificent chandelier in the main entrance hall. Members and friends were also able to explore some of the 2,000 acres of Parkland and Formal Gardens landscaped by “Capability “Brown in which Blenheim is situated.

Penshurst Place, Kent, August 2014

 

In August Centre members and friends had a day’s visit to Penshurst Place, the 14th Century ancestral home of the Sidney family. They had a free-flow visit around the House which is a patchwork of different designs and architecture over the centuries and include the 60ft. high-vaulted Baron’s Hall, the State Dining Room, 17th Century Tapestry Room and the Queen Elizabeth I Room. The gardens, often considered to be one of the most beautiful in England are a series of “rooms” each with its own seasonal colour and planting. Of particular note is the Union Flag Garden in roses and lavender.

Ely and Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire, May 2014

Ely Cathedral

 In May the Centre members and friends visited the ancient cathedral city of Ely and took the opportunity of visiting the ancient Cathedral. Some also visited Oliver Cromwell’s house where he lived for over ten years whilst others relaxed by the River Ouse. After lunch members and friends explored Anglesey Abbey now converted into an Elizabethan Manor House, its working watermill and the extensive gardens with captivating views.

Brooklands Motorsport & Aviation Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, August 2013

 

 

 

In August 2013 Centre members and friends had an all-day visit to Brooklands Museum located on the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit .They had the opportunity to wander through the extensive exhibition of record-breaking racing cars,  the London Bus Museum operated by the London Bus Preservation Trust as well as the varied collection of civil and military aircraft. Many of the group took the opportunity to crown their visit by taking a 30-minute virtual flight on Concorde Regn. No. G-BBDG and receive a certificate to prove it! 

Emmetts Garden and Ightham Mote, Kent, May 2013

  

 Emmetts Garden

 Ightham Mote

 

In May 2013 Centre members and friends went in the morning to the National Trust property of Emmetts Garden where they were able to tour the garden with its examples of exotic and rare trees and shrubs from around the world as well as the enclosed rose and rock gardens. The high point of the visit was the spectacular views of banks of blue bells amid the woodland walks. The afternoon was taken up with a visit to the medieval moated manor house of Ightham Mote. It was possible to tour the house with its many features, including Great Hall, crypt, Tudor Chapel and Drawing Room with Jacobean fireplace as well as the English style garden.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall & Ingatestone Hall, August 2012

 RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Ingatestone Hall

In August 2012 Centre members and their friends went to the Royal Horticultural Garden near Chelmsford where they could see a wide range of garden types, including the Dry Garden of drought tolerant plants, the rose garden and the colour-themed herbaceous border. The afternoon was taken up by a guided tour of Ingatestone Hall and garden, the ancestral home of the Petre family. The Hall was built by Sir William Petre in 1540 who was Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs. The day concluded with tea and refreshments.

Lewes, East Sussex, May 2012

 

Lewes Castle                                              Anne of Cleves House

In May 2012 the Centre went to the historic town of Lewes, East Sussex for a free-flow visit. Members and their friends had the opportunity to explore the town including Lewes Castle with its attractive gardens along with the associated Barbican House Museum and to visit Anne of Cleves House and garden which Henry VIII is said to have included in her divorce settlement. For those with an interest in antiques there was an opportunity to browse among the many antiques shops in the area of the town bridge over the River Ouse.  

Marks Hall Gardens, August 2011 

 

Marks Hall Gardens, near Coggeshall.

Layer Marney Tower, August 2011

Layer Marney Tower and Gardens

In August 2011 members and friends of the Centre had a free-flow visit to Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum followed in the afternoon by a guided tour of the Layer Marney Tower which has Britain's tallest Tudor gatehouse. The visit included a climb of the tower which provided stunning views of the Essex countryside. The day concluded with a cream tea in the Long Gallery of Layer Marney Tower.  

Historic Naval Dockyard, Chatham, May 2011

In May 2011the Centre visited the Historic Naval Dockyard,Chatham which provided an opportunity to explore former naval ships including the World War II Destroyer HMS Cavalier and the cold war spy  submarine, Ocelot as well as viewing the extensive collection of lifeboats. The all-day visit enabled Centre members and their friends to visit the whole dockyard site and to see  a demonstration of rope making in the Victorian Ropery building.     

Centre Coach Outings 2010

Scotney Castle, May 2010

 

Dover Castle, August 2010

In May 2010 the Centre visited Scotney Castle, Kent followed by a boat trip on nearby Bewl Water. In August 2010 the Centre went to Dover Castle where the visit included viewing the restoration of the Great Tower in 12th Century style as well as the World War I & II areas with their Secret Tunnels.    

Centre Coach Outings 2009

During 2009 the Centre went in May to Sheffield Park Garden combined with a ride on the nearby Bluebell Railway. In August the Centre went to the ancient Cinque Port of Rye followed by a visit to Bodiam Castle where the day concluded with a cream tea