Society of Emeritus Fellows

Clare outing

The Society of Emeritus Fellows organises a series of outings throughout the year, which are open to all members of the College and their guests. The following events are planned for 2017:

Thursday 18 May
Suffolk Villages - Old House Museum, Priory and Castle Tour at Clare
and Giffords Hall Vineyard, Hartest, Bury St Edmunds

Clare is 55 mins by coach from WolfsonLimited to 20 people. Small museum exhibitions (new each year) and guided tour of  Augustinian Priory and Clare Castle. Wheelchair users need to pre-book. Lunch in Clare.
Return via Giffords Hall Vineyard, Hartest, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Free audio tour of Vineyard. Coffees or tea and/or mini-wine tasting. Local cheeses to taste and buy plus cakes, ice cream, fruit (TBC). 1 hr back to Wolfson.
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Tuesday 6 June 
Constable Country - Flatford Mill, Suffolk. Optional walks, tours and visits

National Trust Guided tour of Constable Country including 500m walk around Flatford to see Willy Lott’s cottage, Flatford Mill, the Hay Wain locations etc. By coach 1hr 20 min from Wolfson. Join the Dedham Vale independent or guided walk or East Bergholt independent walk. Flatford stop includes possible visits to: Bridge Cottage Constable exhibition, National Trust Information Centre, RSPB Wildlife Garden and Flatford Riverside Tea Room.  Take a picnic or have a light lunch at Flatford or walk to Dedham or East Bergholt for a pub lunch.

OPTION 1:. View Constable Country at Flatford Mill and around. Short guided walk- ‘Flatford Ramble – in Constable's Footsteps’  (500 m  but takes 1-1.5 hr) – afternoon free.

OPTION 2: Extend the short walk to go to Dedham with the guide for a 3 hour (4 mile) walk, visiting further views that inspired the artist John Constable.  Approximate details: ascent/gradient 246ft (75m).  Level of difficulty: Easy - Paths, roads, field paths, riverside meadows and stiles.

Friday 30 June
Military Intelligence Museum Chicksands, Shefford 
and Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire

By coach 1 hr from Wolfson. Museum displays key elements of the history of British Military Intelligence from the Boer War forwards.  (2 hour guided visit). The central Collection is the Intelligence Corps Collection, which includes artefacts and special exhibits about the history and activities of the Corps as well as two specific displays: one recording the Honours and Awards received by members of the Corps and the other 'In the Name of the Rose,' a memorial to Corps members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their Sovereign and their country. The second key Collection is the Medmenham Collection devoted to aerial photography and image analysis. This highlights the use of 3D imagery, initially in the first World War and then again with huge success in World War II and the Cold War. There are two smaller displays covering the joint service 'BRIXMIS' intelligence-gathering mission based in East Germany during the Cold War and the American radio intercept operations in Chicksands from 1950 until 1996. A further highlight is the SOE display housing a comprehensive collection of artefacts brought over from post-war France and displayed in an innovative diorama.

Return via Wrest Park, near Silsoe. 15 mins from Chicksands. (Start with light lunch in café or picnic). House – see the Exhibition Centre and Sculpture exhibition in the old Dairy. Tour of extensive gardens with audio guide. One of the most magnificent gardens in England, yet one of the least well known- the formal gardens provide a fascinating history of gardening styles, laid out over 150 years and inspired by the great gardens of Versailles in France.  Rare survival of a formal early 18th-century layout of wooded walks and canals, centred on the architectural highlight of the pavilion designed by Thomas Archer in 1709-11. Present house completed by 1839. See: The Orangery, Italian Garden and Parterre with magnificent lead statues (1830s) plus Café. 1 hr back to Wolfson.

Wednesday 27 September
Waddesdon Manor - Rothschild Chateau (National Trust), near Aylesbury

By coach 1hr 45mins from Wolfson. Group tour (National Trust free) and/or audio-visual presentation 45mins. Wine tasting cellar tour possible - 2 wines £7 per head.  Over a century ago, the House and setting were created to delight and surprise the small circle of Baron Ferdinand's friends- exceptional architecture, art collections and gardens. Light lunch in café or picnic.

Wednesday 11 October
Scott Polar Museum, Cambridge - Afternoon tour

From penguins to paintings, sleeping bags to sextants, Inuit art to explorers' diaries – find out about exploration, science and survival at the extreme ends of the earth. Discover the North and South Poles just 10 minutes' walk from the city centre.

Previous outings

Wednesday 15 March 2017 - a combined visit to Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich and Wyken Vineyard Café near Bury St Edmunds

Sunday 23 April 2017 - North Norfolk Walk and lunch at the Lifeboat Inn, Thornham (booking closed 13 April)