2024 Events for Members


Tuesday 19 March 2024 - Visit to Uttlesford Foodbank

3.00pm - Meet at the Foodbank near to Posh Wash at the side of Stansted House, Shire Hill, Saffron Walden CB11 3AQ. As you go up Shire Hill the vehicle & pedestrian entrance is the first on the left. There is limited parking at the side of the building and 3 spaces at the bottom of the Foodbank ramp if free.

This is an opportunity to find out how our Foodbank supports people in crisis? How are people referred to the Foodbank? How does it organise food and other items in its warehouse? How are they delivered? What are the numbers of people involved? How is the Foodbank financed? What additional support is given to help people resolve the crises they are facing? What are the ways the public can help the Foodbank?

See the Foodbank’s website here: https://uttlesford.foodbank.org.uk/

Numbers will be limited to 15 so book with Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or email peter@riding.co.uk


Tuesday 16 April 2024 - Visit to the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences in Cambridge

Meet: 12.15pm at the Common Car Park, Saffron Walden to share lifts

1.45pm at the Sedgwick Museum, Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3EQ

 We suggest that those coming on this visit by car use the Park & Ride from Trumpington and alight on Downing Street (next to John Lewis), or the Park & Ride from Babraham and alight at the Bus Station in Cambridge. The Museum is on Downing Street (down the side of John Lewis). The nearest city centre car park is Grand Arcade which is adjacent to Downing Street.

The archway through to the Museum is about 150 metres on the left (south) side of Downing Street. To reach the entrance to the Museum go through the archway on Downing Street, turn left and walk towards the large flight of stone steps next to the dinosaur sculpture.

The Sedgwick curates around two million specimens, including 50,000 minerals and the 2,000 rocks collected by Darwin on the voyage of The Beagle, and these are either on display in the Museum or preserved in a purpose-built store and laboratory in West Cambridge. In the Museum, each geological age is represented and explained and there are dedicated areas for specimen minerals, Jurassic reptiles, the Ice Age animals of Cambridgeshire and Charles Darwin. The exhibits are stored and displayed in handsome wood and glass cabinets.

There will be an introductory tour of the Museum. For more information see: https://sedgwickmuseum.cam.ac.uk/

Numbers will be limited to 15 so please book with Dominic Davey at daveydominic@hotmail.com or 07771 870174, so we can collate lifts and numbers. There is no specific cost for this event and the Museum suggests a minimum donation of £3 per visitor.

Thursday 9 May 2024 - Tour of Saffron Walden Golf Club

6.30pm - Meet at the Golf Club in New Pond Lane

If you don’t play golf but wonder what it’s all about, here’s your chance to find out. Come and have a look at this lovely course, one of the finest in Essex which is set partly in the old landscaped park of Audley End House on the northern edge of the town. The evening will start with an introduction in the clubhouse, followed by a tour of the course (or part of it), concluding with a Q&A session back in the clubhouse. There will be a £5.20 charge per person to cover light refreshments (to be paid when booking) and the Club bar should stay open until 9pm.

Parking is available at the Club although no doubt many local members will walk.

Numbers will be limited to 15 so please book in advance with Chris Knight at chrisjk26@icloud.com or 01799 500502.


Sunday 2 June 2024 - Great Thurlow Hall Open Gardens combined with Curwen Print Study Centre Fine Art Printmaking Studios & Gallery

1.25pm at the Saffron Walden Common Car Park to car share or 2pm at the Curwen Print Study Centre car park at The Old Granary, Bury Road, Great Thurlow CB9 7LF

There is free parking adjacent to the Curwen Print Study Centre and it is just a couple of minutes’ walk to Great Thurlow Hall next door. They are around 30 minutes’ drive from Saffron Walden.

Great Thurlow Hall has 13 acres of beautiful gardens set around the River Stour. They will be open between 2pm & 5pm on 2nd June and there is a £5.00 charge for charity as part of the National Garden Scheme. Teas and homemade cakes will be served in the garden. Tickets will be available at the door but you can book in advance - see this link https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/garden/4012/great_thurlow_hall

There is no charge to visit the Curwen Print Study Centre which will be open with two print studios to view with beautiful historic presses and someone will be working in each studio. Also, the Gallery will have an exhibition and  work in glass topped plan chests including prints from The Curwen Archive with work from Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, John Piper, Prunella Clough, Edward Bawden, HRH King Charles III, Paula Rego to name a few. See their website at https://www.curwenprintstudy.co.uk/

There will be no limit on numbers attending but we will need to know in advance who will be needing lifts and who will be able to offer lifts. Please contact Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or email peter@riding.co.uk