The weather was kind as the first CPRE Kent outing in far too long was enjoyed by some 25 people on Saturday (June 11). Vicky Ellis reports on a superb day out…
The venue for our trip was the wonderful Franciscan Gardens in Canterbury and once we had all had gathered in the gardens, Josh, our guide for the day, began his talk.
We were told about the old greenhouse with an ancient vine growing through it and which would be the site’s next project; the wall that was medieval at the bottom and Victorian on top but now needed serious care and attention due to the medieval part collapsing under the weight of the Victorian part; the various stones that had been found on site; and the beautiful cutting garden with its culinary delights.
We ambled through the gardens to the old chapel that had, in its time, been a schoolhouse, a private residence and a prison, with graffiti scratched into the wood panelling still visible today.
After the talk we wandered at will around the gardens admiring the rose wall and insects and enjoying the wildflowers in the meadow.
We then popped over the road to The Old Weavers restaurant, where Jon, the head chef, treated us to a wonderful lunch. We were seated upstairs in the amazing restaurant, which was like a time capsule, and we felt we had all been cast back to the bygone days of the early 1800s.
All in all, it was a very relaxing and enjoyable day in beautiful and historic surroundings. Who would have thought that just off Canterbury High Street lies a place of such tranquillity, beauty and peace?
The CPRE Kent party’s in full swing at the Lady Ottoline pub in Bloomsbury
All aboard! The journey on the underground railway at the Postal Museum was a highlight for all
A party of 25 people who know a good time when they see one enjoyed CPRE Kent’s trip to London last week.
The excursion (on Friday, June 1) was organised for members, friends and supporters and entailed visits to the Charles Dickens Museum in Holborn and the Postal Museum in Farringdon, where an undoubted highlight was a journey on the old underground postal railway.
If all that wasn’t enough, a splendid lunch was taken at the delightful Lady Ottoline pub in Bloomsbury.
Such was the impression made that two people on the trip signed up to join CPRE Kent as members – there’s a recommendation if ever there was one.
Our next event is Christmas dinner at The George in Molash on Friday, December 7. Put the date in your diary now!
We have a great programme of outings planned for our members. Organised by volunteer Margaret Micklewright, they include fascinating visits to the COOK’S kitchen at Sittingbourne where they make frozen food for distribution across Kent and beyond. (Thursday 19 May).
Cooks at COOK
On Thursday 18th June an outing is planned to Lullingstone Castle and its World Garden of Plants, plus a visit to a lavender farm in the area.
Lullingstone Castle aerial view
Plus on 14th June (to be confirmed) members have the chance to visit the Sainsbury’s Distribution Centre at Waltham Abbey.
On Wednesday July 27th there is an outing to Povender House near Faversham. This 14th century house is owned by Princess Olga Romanoff, daughter of Prince Andrew Romanoff, the eldest nephew of Czar Nicholas II. The visit includes a tour and tea and cakes.
Then on Thursday September 15th there will be a visit to Denbies Vineyard and then on to Painshill Gardens.
Denbies Wine Estate
In the autumn on 1st October members have the chance to visit the Sainsbury’s Distribution Centre at Waltham Abbey.
For a full programme and booking form see the attached below: