2019 Events

Saturday 2 February - A Victorian Servant’s Life at Audley End House

From 11.30am meet in the café for a 12noon start at Audley End House

Go back to 1881 and meet the housekeeper at the time, Mrs Warwick, who will take you round the service wing and talk about the life of the house servants at that time. We will also watch a horse display by the stables team, showing the ongoing training that is being done with one of the horses, followed by a tour of the stable yard as it was in Victorian times.

£5 entry fee at the gate - say you are with the Saffron Walden Initiative group and that Nina Martin is the tour guide. The tour should last for around 2 hours and, if desired, you can stay to enjoy the grounds for the afternoon.

As numbers will be limited to 20, please book in advance with Nina Martin on 01799 501554 or at ninaniall@gmail.com

Tuesday 26 February - Visit to St Mary’s Church Bell Ringers

7.00pm start - ends at around 8.15pm

The first known peal on the bells was in 1753 and in 1914 two years of fund-raising by the Society resulted in Saffron Walden bells being augmented from 8 to 12The last time we visited St Mary’s magnificent bell tower and bell ringers was in January 2011. All being well, this time you should hear about the society’s history, see the practice simulator, have a go at ringing and see the bells being rung via a web cam. See www.saffronwaldenbells.org.uk 

As numbers will be limited to 12, please book in advance with Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or at peter@riding.co.uk

Thursday 21 March - Visit to Radleys in Shire Hill

10.30am start at CB11 3AZ next to P&H Body Repairs – Park away from the site

Radleys is an important Saffron Walden family business employing around 60 people. They have been manufacturing scientific glassware and laboratory instruments for more than 50 years and have developed their own glassblowing apprenticeship training programme. This will be a chance to hear about their success story and to see their new glassblowing workshop.  See more on their website at: https://www.radleys.com

As numbers will be limited to 20, please book in advance with Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or at peter@riding.co.uk

Tuesday 26 March - Visit to Saffron Walden County High School

2.15pm at the main school reception

Polly Lankester, Associate Headteacher at the County High, will host this visit with a tour of the whole school including Saffron Hall and the Agricultural Science Unit.  The tour will then finish with refreshments and a Q&A session. See more about the school on their website at: http://www.swchs.net

As numbers will be limited to 20, please book in advance with Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or at peter@riding.co.uk

Thursday 11 April - Visit to Contamac in Shire Hill

11.00am start at Carlton House CB11 3AU

(On the right before the T-junction at the top of Shire Hill)

Contamac is acknowledged as the world leader in contact lens and intraocular lens material technology. It is a family-owned business with a worldwide presence, including offices in the UK, US and China, and distributors around the globe. In 2016 they moved into their current 35,000 square feet headquarters in Saffron Walden including clean room and state-of-the-art manufacturing, research and laboratory facilities. They have been awarded two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. See more on their website at: https://www.contamac.com

As numbers will be limited to 20, please book in advance with Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or at peter@riding.co.uk

Sunday 5 May - Visit to Noakes Grove Nature Reserve

2.45pm at the Common Car Park to car share or 3pm at Redgates Lane, Sewards End, Saffron Walden CB10 2LW

Noakes Grove is the nearest public access nature reserve to Saffron Walden. Although it only covers nine acres it has a wide range of wildlife habitats. The one acre ancient woodland that gives it its name has, unlike most nearby woodlands, never been replanted with conifers. In spring it has a marvellous display of bluebells. The large block of wild-flower grassland, where the small flock of Wiltshire horn sheep and their lambs graze, has a good spring display of cowslips followed, a few weeks later, by bee, spotted and pyramidal orchids. Finally the scrub, where sunny rides criss-cross the dense blackthorn and hawthorn scrub, is excellent for spring flowers and insects. Thanks to the generosity of a team of shareholders in Organic Countryside CIC, the land is safe from development and freely open to the public at all times. Come and enjoy it. See their website at: http://www.organic-countryside.co.uk

Numbers will be limited to 30 so please book with Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or email peter@riding.co.uk

Sunday 19 May - Visit to Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

11.00am at the Common Car Park to car share or 11.45am at Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green, Much Hadham SG10 6EE

Join us for a guided tour of the sculpture gardens, exhibitions, studios and aisled barn. The tour will start at 1.00pm and last until around 2.45pm and will include the largest exhibition of Henry Moore’s drawings in over 40 years. Before and after the tour you can visit the gardens and shop and can also take your own picnic lunch or, alternatively, food can be pre-ordered at the café or the nearby Hoops Inn. The entry fee will be £9.80 paid on the day to Peter Riding.

Numbers will be limited to 35 so please book with Peter Riding at least 3 weeks before the event on 01799 502355 or email peter@riding.co.uk

 

NOTE: The Initiative contact for suggesting member events or community projects is Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or peter@riding.co.uk