Thursday 13th June 2013: Mountsorrel Railway Project – this was a branch line of the Great Central Railway to the local quarry.
Charge £3.00 towards the Project’s restoration funds.
Meet at 2.00pm.
The guided walk (approx. 3km) is along the partially restored track bed of the 1896 Mountsorrel Railway branch line looking at its history. A pair of strong shoes or boots and outdoor clothing is recommended. Park next to Swithland Reservoir, then walk about 100m towards the blue brick railway bridge; the entrance is directly on the other side, on the left, where there is a wooden gate in the metal fence – it will be signposted. Please keep the gateway pull-in free for people to gather.
Thursday 18th July 2013: Welland Vineyard, Marston Trussell
Charge £6.00. Numbers are limited to 20.
Meet at 6.30pm.
The 11/2 hr. visit will include a talk about the history and processes of English winemaking and, if the weather permits, a tour of the site. People with walking difficulties should be OK for the talk but not the site tour. There will be a chance to taste three different wines and buy some wines and/or cider from their shop. Please wear suitable footwear for a site visit and do not arrive more than 30 minutes before the start of the tour. The vineyard is on Marston Lane between Marston Trussell and East Farndon.
Thursday 15th August 2013: Lyddington Bede House and Church
For charges, see * below. Meet at 1.15 pm
at the Bede House for the tour round this house, which originated as the medieval wing of the Bishops of Lincoln’s Palace. By 1600 it was an almshouse for 12 poor bedes men and two women, continuing in this capacity until the 1930s. Visitors can walk through the bedesmen’s rooms and see the Bishops Great Chamber with its beautiful carved early Tudor ceiling cornice and there is a small herb garden. Members should be aware that there are no toilets at the Bede House.
*The cost for the Bede House visit is £4.30, concessions £4.00, and free for English Heritage members. However there is a discount for groups of over 10, provided they all pay their entry fee. Because of this, do not pay with your application because we will not know if there are discounted rates until members arrive.
At 2.30pm we shall move on to visit the Church.
There will be a charge of £1 per head, to be donated to the Church for our visit.
Thursday 19th September 2013: Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castle
Cost £2.50 Meet at 11.00am
Meet at the Rutland County Museum, Catmose Street, Oakham, to meet our volunteer guide. After the museum visit we will all go with our guide for a tour of the Castle.
There is a public car park adjacent to the museum.
These tours and visits are open to non-members and anyone wanting more information about the visits, or the VAHS should contact:
Gerry Stacey (Sec) 01455 636686 or Mark Carne 0116 2896783
Last revised 25 July 2013
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