14/10/2016Tour: The Historic Houses and Heritage of Winchester and the Isle of Wight. 14th - 18th October 2016
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18/05/2016Visit: Boughton House
11/10/2015Tour: The Dutch Masters and The Rijksmuseum. 11th - 15th October 2015
17/09/2015Visit: Bletchley Park
15/07/2015King's Lynn Festival: Andrew Graham-Dixon's Festival Lecture
16/06/2015Visit: Audley End and Saffron Walden (Fry Gallery and Bridge End Gardens)
16/04/2015Special Interest Day: The Musical Keyboard from The 17th Century to The Present Day
07/04/2015Church Recording at St. Mary's, Old Hunstanton, Norfolk
19/03/2015Visit: St. Alban's Abbey, Verulamium Museum and The Roman Theatre
22/12/2014Christmas Concert
16/12/2014Heritage Volunteers Dressing the NADFAS Christmas Tree at Oxburgh Hall
05/12/2014King's Lynn DFAS Advent Lunch
05/11/2014Young Arts Project at St Martha's School
22/09/2014Tour: The Houses, Art and History of Northumberland 22nd - 25th September 2014.
11/09/2014Celebration of King's Lynn DFAS 25th Anniversary
08/07/2014Special Interest Day: The Sedgeford Dig
29/05/2014Visit: Pevsner's King's Lynn
22/05/2014King’s Lynn DFAS 25th Anniversary Lunch
21/11/2013Heritage Volunteers Training Day at Oxburgh Hall for Book Conservation
25/09/2013Visit: Doddington Hall A day out visiting this 16th Century delightful family owned fine late Elizabethan mansion with later Georgian internal redecoration.
01/11/2012Church Recorders 2012
19/10/2012Visit: St Nicholas Chapel and True's Yard
19/09/2012Tour: Madrid
31/05/2012Visit: City of London
09/06/2011Tour: Bordeaux
05/05/2011Visit: Wren City Churches
21/09/2005KLDFAS Art Group

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Tour: The Historic Houses and Heritage of Winchester and the Isle of Wight.
14th - 18th October 2016

This was my first five day trip with KLDFAS since joining a year ago and I was not sure what to expect. I need not have worried. From the first, all the stress and anxiety of planning and organization was handled by our Fearless Leader, Chris Cawthorne, and once on the coach, driver Paul led us swiftly and safely up hill and down dale to our destinations – it was like being on a Magic Carpet ride. The venues we visited had delights for all tastes and a good mix of guided and self-guided tours. Each day was well-structured and offered a glimpse of so many things that I often heard “I could spend a day/weekend/week here.” From the colourful Arts and Crafts Watts Chapel and Artists’ Village to the riches of Winchester Cathedral and the amazing art collection of Petworth House which included Turners and Van Dycks, each venue offered both indoor and outdoor treats. At Osborne House on the Isle of Wight with its magnificent Durbar Room and wealth of family memorabilia, it was easy to imagine Victoria, Albert and their children roaming the gardens and swimming at the beach. On a more sombre note, the museum to house Henry VIII’s Tudor warship the “Mary Rose” at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard was a sobering reminder of “those in peril on the sea” as was HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship and scene of his greatest triumph and premature death. The Harbour Tour showed us more contemporary examples of British fighting ships such as the sleek and sinister HMS Dragon, a Type 45 air-defence destroyer as well as frigates and helicopter carriers. Our final morning was spent at Beaulieu in the New Forest where again, there was something for all tastes, from the National Motor Museum to the ruins of the medieval Beaulieu Abbey as well as a Secret Army exhibit documenting the trainers (among them Kim Philby) and agents who attended the SOE (Special Operations Executive)training camp during WW2. Palace House itself, home of the Montagu family since 1538, felt like a home well-loved and well-used, especially the dramatic dining hall with its beautiful elm dining table in front of a huge log fire. Beside all the planned venues, there were many additional sights courtesy of our excellent Blue Badge guide, Jackie Parry. These included a beautiful walk along the River Itchen in Winchester, a drive around Southwick Estate where Eisenhower had his headquarters in preparation of the D-Day landings, and a brisk almost vertical walk up to Godshilll Church on the Isle of Wight to view the 15th century fresco of Christ on the Lily Cross. Other images that stand out in my mind include a Capability Brown landscape at Petworth House, a drive along the South Downs, the view from the top deck of the early morning ferry to the Isle of Wight with a Turner sky of sun breaking through rain clouds, a herd of New Forest ponies galloping through the bracken, and semi-tame donkeys sunning themselves by a lake in Beaulieu village. But more than anything, it was the opportunity to share these experiences with a good-humoured and interesting group of people that was most enjoyable. There was lots of laughter, a few grizzles about glitches at the hotel, but more importantly, the chance to get to know like-minded folks, often with a deep knowledge and passionate interest in the arts. Many thanks to Chris Cawthorne for such a great trip; I am very much looking forward to the next.
Susan Ingleby

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