2020 Events for Members

Saturday 28 March - Tour of P&A Wood in Great Easton

9.20am in the Uttlesford District Council car park in London Road to share lifts or

10.00am at P & A Wood LLP, Great Easton, Dunmow CM6 2HD

P&A Wood specialise in the sales, service, restorations and spare parts for the entire range of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars from 1904 to the present day. The tour of their premises and workshops will finish at approximately 12noon, with time after that for those who would like to look round at their leisure. Whilst there is no charge for the tour, P&A Wood have pointed out that they support The Stroke Association and would welcome any voluntary donations made on the day. Parking will be behind the older of the two showrooms with access through either the archway or the Goods delivery entrances. With a maximum of 20 places you must book with Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or email peter@riding.co.uk



Wednesday 22 April - Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue Presentation

7.30pm start - Parish Room, St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden

CamSAR is a charity run by volunteers that are called out at any time to provide a specialised resource to the police in the search for high-risk missing persons. The majority of the call-outs are for those with dementia, those that are feeling despondent or even suicidal, and those suffering with a range of mental illnesses. Team members are spread far and wide, but a number live in and around Saffron Walden and look forward to sharing their experience and work.

No need to book in advance and non-members are very welcome to attend



Monday 18 May - Hatfield Forest Visit

2.20pm at the Common Car Park to car share or 3.00pm at the main Forest Entrance Car Park CM22 6NE. Car parking costs £8.00 but is free for National Trust members.

A chance to learn about the history of the Forest, some of the more unique species to be found in it, as well as the modern management of woodlands, as we explore lesser frequented areas of the forest in the company of the warden. The walk will last about 1½ hours so please wear suitable footwear. The suggested donation will be £5. Numbers will be limited to 20 so book with David Pearl on 01799 500952 or email dpearl564@gmail.com



Tuesday 23 June - Geoffrey Parker Games Visit

10.40am at the Common Car Park to car share or 11am at The Workshops, Top Road, Upper Green, Wimbish Village CB10 2XJ

A chance to see how a small local company, which has recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, has become a world leader in bespoke Luxury Board Games including backgammon, chess, poker and monopoly as well as Luxury Gaming Tables. These are made to order by a team of skilled crafts people and shipped all over the world. See their website at https://www.geoffreyparker.com and their film at https://vimeo.com/81386009

The visit will include a tour of the newly opened Piglets Boutique B&B which they also run.

Numbers will be limited to 20 so please book with Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or email peter@riding.co.uk



Thursday 2 July - Cambridge Colleges Sundials Tour

9.45am - Meet at the Common Car Park to share cars to Babraham Park & Ride or meet up in central Cambridge at 10.55am - final details nearer the time

A guided tour of several Cambridge colleges (including some areas not accessible to the public) to see old and new sundials, with explanations as to their design and operation.

Dr Frank King, the leading British expert on sundials, will be our guide, starting with some basics about sundial design and history. The tour lasts around 1½ - 2 hours and involves quite a bit of walking, some on uneven areas. Cost £5 - contribution to the Sundial Society of GB.

Numbers will be limited to 20 so please book in advance with Chris Knight on 01799 500502 or chrisjk@ntlworld.com


Friday 17 July - Saffron Grange Vineyard Tour and Tasting

12.45pm at the Common Car Park to car share or 1.00pm at Rowley Hill Farm, Little Walden CB10 1UZ

Saffron Grange is a newly-opened family-run vineyard on the outskirts of Saffron Walden, producing premium quality English sparkling wines. The vineyard tours are friendly, relaxed and informative, offering a fascinating journey through the history of the land. You will learn more about the unique soil conditions that make the Saffron region perfect for growing vines, the techniques, time and effort that go into producing our final product, hear more about their vision for the future and, of course, enjoy a guided tasting of their delicious sparkling wines. The tour will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours and the cost will be £15 per head which includes a £5 voucher for part payment on wine purchases made on the day. Numbers will be limited to 20 so please book with Mark Starte on 07905 894336 or email starsk1978@gmail.com  NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE FOR BOOKING THIS TOUR IS 17 MAY 2020


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