Society of Emeritus Fellows

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.

2018 outings
ALL MEMBERS, VISITORS & FRIENDS WELCOME

Reservation Forms and further details will be available here and through College Events emails and John Flowerdew or Peter Beaumont.

Wednesday 4 July, Apethorpe Palace near Peterborough and Peterborough Cathedral


Open to all members of the College and their guests.

Tour starts at Apethorpe at 10.30 ending around 12pm (£7.65 per person). We then travel to Peterborough centre for lunch and a tour of the Cathedral Ground Floor (£8/£6) (numbers not limited) or the Tower (max 13 people, £10/£8) in the afternoon.

Apethorpe Palace holds a particularly important place in English history because of its ownership by, and role in, entertaining Tudor and Stuart monarchs. Elizabeth I once owned the building and it was lived in regularly by James I and Charles I. The series of state rooms, including the King's Bedchamber and the impressive Long Gallery, is one of the most complete to survive from the Jacobean period.

One of the most dramatic West Fronts in the country, Peterborough Cathedral is an extraordinary creation of medieval architecture. The dramatic Romanesque interior is little altered since its completion 800 years ago: it is a treasure-house of religious and historic artefacts. Highlights include: Saxon carvings, unique painted nave ceiling, fan vaulting, carved Victorian choir stalls and the burial places of two queens: Katharine of Aragon and Mary Queen of Scots.

The Tower Tour (steep steps, maximum 13 people) passes the bell ringing chamber and the 13th century wooden winch used by the medieval masons plus glimpses of stained glass and stonework and amazing views from the top. Apethorpe Palace does not allow high-heeled shoes and does not have wheelchair access. The Cathedral is fully accessible for wheelchairs on the ground floor.

Book using this form.

Tuesday 12 June. Visit Wisbech in the Fens (coach takes 1hr 30 mins)


 

Coach departs at 9.45am and returns by 6pm. Book by 29 May using this form.

Elgood’s Brewery Tour and Garden at 11:30am followed by beer tasting and buffet lunch at 12:30pm £18.50 inclusive (The actual tour part is not suitable for visitors with mobility difficulty) This 200 year old brewery on the banks of the River Nene is a classic English Ale Brewery. The process uses equipment dating from 1910 to the present day. Behind the North Brink Brewery is a four acre garden incorporating specimen trees as old as the surrounding buildings, herbaceous borders, a lake, rockery, water features, exotic house and herb garden. Beyond the walled gardens are lawns leading to a Maze. Other lunch venues available!

Wisbech and Fenland Museum - Free - Open 10am - 4pm One of the oldest purpose-built museums in the country with many unique exhibits plus collections of local flora and fauna, founded in 1835. In 1856 the Museum acquired the ethnographical collection of Dr William Stanger obtained from West Africa; in the late 1860s Alexander Peckover’s collection of Egyptian antiquities and in 1868 the bequest of Chauncy Hare Townshend of several 100 items of fine and decorative arts included amongst them a Sevres breakfast service (allegedly belonging to Napoleon) and the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. In 1870 Mrs Mary Dickinson presented the ‘Clarkson Chest’ used by the anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson. Throughout 1930/40s the Museum received a collection of Staffordshire figures and oil paintings from the collection of John Lowis Kirk. Today the Museum collects, cares for and interprets the natural and cultural heritage of Wisbech and the surrounding Fenland.

Peckover House/Gardens/Café £8.20. Gardens/Café only £5.70 (National Trust members free) - Possible tour 2.30pm Peckover House Opens 12.00; Gardens/Cafe Open 11.00am Peckover House is a secret gem, a classic Georgian merchant's town house built in 1722 and lived in by the Peckover family for 150 years. The Peckovers were staunch Quakers, which meant they had a very simple lifestyle - yet at the same time they ran a successful private bank. Both facets of their life can be seen as you wander through the house. There is a 2 acre Victorian walled garden and a 17thC barn (now tearooms). The gardens are a sensory delight, complete with orangery, summer-houses, croquet lawn and rose garden with more than 60 species of rose.

Please book by 29 May by filling out the booking form and sending it to Dr John Flowerdew


Wed, 4 July. Guided Tour of Apethorpe Palace (EH) and visit Peterborough Cathedral. (1 hour by coach)
Among England's greatest country houses, Apethorpe Palace (tour £7.50), holds a particularly important place in English history because of its ownership by, and role in, entertaining Tudor and Stuart monarchs. Elizabeth I once owned the building, which she had inherited from Henry VIII. For a period, Apethorpe was a royal palace lived in regularly by James I and Charles I. James I so loved Apethorpe that he personally contributed to its extension to make it more suitable for his 'princely recreation' and 'commodious entertainment'. The resulting series of state rooms, including the King's Bedchamber and the impressive Long Gallery, is one of the most complete to survive from the Jacobean period. Lunch stop during return via Peterborough Cathedral: Free tour 2pm (or Roof tour – limited to 13 people at £10 or £8 concession). See great West Front and portico with Romanesque arches in nave plus unique painted wooden 13th c ceiling, the tomb of Queen Katharine of Aragon and the original burial place of Mary Queen of Scots plus the intriguing early 9th c Saxon sculpture known as the 'Hedda Stone' or 'Monks' Stone', and much more.

Friday, 14 September. Colchester Castle Museum etc. (1 hr 20 mins by coach)
Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius, built when Colchester was the first Roman capital of Britain, the Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors. Archaeological collections of international quality covering 2,500 years of history are beautifully showcased, including of the most important Roman finds in Britain. Admission Adult (inc. Seniors) – £7.75, or less. Return via Paycock’s House and garden (NT). Stunning woodcarving and elaborate panelling made this wealthy merchant's house a medieval des. res. Built around 1500 for Thomas Paycocke, the house is a grand example of the wealth generated in East Anglia by the cloth trade in the 16th c. Discover story of its riches to rags decline and Edwardian 20-year restoration. Also cottage garden, a hidden arts & crafts gem with surprising industrial roots; garden room coffee shop.

Previous outings

Wednesday 11 October - The Polar Museum, Lensfield Road, Cambridge

Wednesday 27 September - Waddesdon Manor - Rothschild Chateau (NT), near Aylesbury - booking closed 11 September

Friday 30 June 2017 - Military Intelligence Museum ChicksandsShefford and Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire (cancelled due to low numbers)

Tuesday 6 June 2017 - Constable Country - Flatford Mill, Suffolk, with optional walks, tours and visits 

Thursday 18 May 2017 - Suffolk Villages: Old House Museum, Priory and Castle Tour at Clare and Giffords Hall Vineyard, Hartest, Bury St Edmunds

Sunday 23 April 2017 - North Norfolk Walk and lunch at the Lifeboat Inn, Thornham

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