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The Centre’s AGM due to be held on Wednesday 25th March 2020 at 7.30 pm has been postponed and will be rescheduled when the situation stabilises.

The Centre’s coach holiday to North Wales from 4th to 9th June 2020 has been cancelled. Members booked on this holiday will be contacted individually.

The Centre’s coach outing to Elgar’s Birthplace and Spetchley Park Gardens on Thursday 14th May has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a similar date in 2021. You can apply for a refund should you so wish.

The Centre’s coach outing to Dunham Massey on Wednesday 17th June has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a similar date in 2021. You can apply for a refund should you so wish.

The Centre’s minibus walk from Wetton Mill on Wednesday 6th May has been rescheduled for Wednesday 14th October 2020. You can apply for a refund should you so wish.

The Centre’s minibus walk from Brassington to Tissington on Thursday 11th June has been rescheduled for Thursday 20th August. You can apply for a refund should you so wish.

The Centre’s 2020 Walking Holiday in the Shropshire Hills, based in Shrewsbury, from Monday 29th June to Thursday 2nd July 2020 has been postponed until 2021. Members booked on this holiday will be contacted individually.

The Local and Family History Group visits to Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and Museum on Thursday 9th April 2020 and the Nottingham City Council House on Wednesday 27th May have been postponed. Details of rearranged dates will be posted on this website when available.

The Garden Group visits to Floral  Media, Caunton on Wednesday  29th April, and to Home Farm House, Keyworth on Friday 12th June have been cancelled.

All of the Centre’s remaining activities during 2020 are currently planned to occur as scheduled, but this situation will be kept under regular review. You will know that many of your fellow members fall into the ‘vulnerable+’ category (and are therefore at risk of more severe disease). Please do not attend Centre activities if you develop symptoms. Members are urged to follow the Government’s advice to self-isolate for 7 days if you develop a persistent cough or fever. If you are affected, please also notify the organiser of the trip you are booked on so that the viability of particular excursions can be assessed and refunds offered where possible.

Details of our remaining planned activities during 2020 can be found by clicking on the links above.

The date of the Local and Family History Group visit to Southwell Minster and the Bishops Palace has now been confirmed for Wednesday 19th August 2020.

The destination for the coach outing on Tuesday 11th August 2020 has been changed. We will now visit Burton Agnes Hall, North Yorkshire. 

2020 Coach Holiday

Friday 9th October to Sunday 11th October 2020: London

Further details were in the latest newsletter sent to all members in late January, or can be obtained now by making a request via the Contact tab above.


The Centre’s 2019 AGM approved donations totalling £4233 from our surplus funds to support National Trust projects at Calke Abbey, Hardwick Hall, Mr Straw’s House and Dovedale.


Thank you letter

bench   Hardwick

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Further photographs and letters of thanks from the individual properties will be posted in due course.

The Centre has received the following letters of thanks from Belton House, Dovedale, Hardwick Hall and Gunby Hall, as well as an update on the tree-planting project on the Longshaw Estate in response to our donations in 2018.

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I wanted to take the opportunity to get in touch with you regarding your
kind donation which has enabled us to purchase the two manual
wheelchairs you will see in the attached pictures.  They are a very
useful additional to our resources for less abled visitors and we have
already received several positive comments as to their comfort and
reliability over the rougher terrain which we have in places here at
Kind regards
James Duffy
Belton House Membership & Visitor Welcome Manager
Thank you ever so much for your donation last year towards the Hardwick play trail. This money has made a real difference; helping us to make Hardwick an even better place for families.
Following the receipt of your donation we carried out some consultation activities in October 2017, where we asked families who were using our play trail what else they would like us to provide.
Our Academy Ranger, Rob, then led the project to pull together ideas and formulate a plan for the new pieces of kit to be installed along Lady Spencer’s Walk. He worked closely with myself and Anna, our Community Participation Co-ordinator, to ensure what we created would be right for families with children of different ages and abilities.
The new additions to the play trail were installed throughout early 2018 and launched in time for the school Easter holidays. This included the creation of 3 vertical climbing logs with climbing pegs carved all the way up, the installation of a rope balancing line strung between trees, a new horizontal log balancing trail for younger children, log hurdles and a wild art butterfly activity carved out of wood and wooden log round jigsaws painted by our Youth Rangers.
It has taken a while to get everything into place, but I’m pleased to be able to show you some of the new play equipment now installed, that we have acquired thanks to your donation. Please see the photographs I’ve attached for you to share with your members. The butterfly has been made but has not yet arrived. This was the only item we had made offsite and when it is installed I will send you a photo if it.
We will be continuing to invest in the play trail by purchasing additional wood chip to surround these features in order to maintain safety standards and reduce the mud created by the incredibly wet start we have had to this year. Our Hardwick fairies will also be moving into Lady Spencer’s Wood very soon with the addition of new fairy houses along the play trail.
We will also continue to evaluate our play offer, including these new features, to ensure they are meeting our visitors’ needs. Informal evaluation and observation of the new additions, have so far has shown that they have been incredibly popular; they are certainly being well used and enjoyed by many.
Thank you once again.

   Jo,    Volunteering and Community Involvement Manager


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15 February 2019
I have sent you a few photographs with regards to the kind donation that
you made last year to the garden team. I have attached photos of some of
the new pots that we used for last summer’s begonia display. The new
pots are currently full of tulips and we are awaiting their show in the
next few months. I have also attached a photograph of one of our garden
volunteers planting the new roses. We planted them the other day. The
snowdrop bulb order is due to arrive any time soon as we can only plant
them whilst the bulbs are in the “green”, so they will look good as part
of next year’s snowdrop display.
Best wishes,
Natasha Johnson
Head Gardener
Gunby Hall & Gardens




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