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12 June 2019Report on the June 2019 trip to North Wales
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15 August 2017Report on outing to Barry Mill, House of Dun and Aberlemno Pictish Stones
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01 June 2017Report on Outing to the Isle of Man
12 May 2017Newsletter May 2017
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29 November 2016New photographs of beautiful alpacas at Kellie
27 November 2016Newsletter - November 2016 - from the Chairman
18 October 2016Report on the talk on Box Beds by David Jones
20 September 2016Report on the Evening concert at Kellie Castle with newly restored and restrung fortepiano
29 August 2016Hill of Tarvit award!
03 July 2016Report on visit to Liverpool, June 2016
01 June 2016Newsletter 2016 - from the Treasurer
01 June 2016Newsletter 2016 - report on the annual lunch
01 June 2016Newsletter 2016 - Work at Balmerino
01 June 2016Newsletter 2016 - from the Chairman
07 May 2016Report on outing to House at the Binns and Bo'ness steam railway
14 April 2016Report on Annual Coffee morning, Rufflets hotel
14 April 2016New gates at Hill of Tarvit
11 April 2016Annual Report of Trustees for the year 2015
16 March 2016Report on AGM, Hill of Tarvit
30 November 2015Report on EFMC Donations update for year 2015
01 November 2015From the Chairman, Newsletter November 2015
21 October 2015Report on presentation by Dakers Fleming on renovating Forgan Parish Church - ' Let us build a house where love can dwell'
29 July 2015Report on day visit to Kirkcaldy and Wemyss Castle Gardens, July 29 2015
01 July 2015Report on visit to Dunfermline Churches
01 June 2015Report on Northern Ireland visit, June 1-5 2015
18 March 2015Report on talk on Scottish Redundant Churches Trust

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Report on the June 2019 trip to North Wales
Wednesday 12 June 2019

A very successful trip!

Hotel - the hotel was excellent - the rooms were spacious and very clean, there was a
lift, and the breakfasts and dinners good, with plenty fresh fruit and varied menus -
something for everyone. The staff were really lovely - couldn't have done enough for us - so much so that we had a whip-round for them for a tip. We have never done that before! Also, it was well situated in the town for interesting walks round about.

Guides- Paul Tait was our guide at Housesteads. It was a very windy, cold site on the day we visited, with rain not far off, but Paul was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable that we hardly noticed! He managed to hold our attention even though we had difficulty hearing him because of the wind. He has tremendous experience of guiding on the Wall, and it was a real privilege to meet him.
Richard Neale, our local guide for the week, was a gift! He had been working for NT
for many years - in fact since he left school! He knew all the properties we were to
visit, had been round them all to discuss the best way to plan the visit, and was able
to give us options, e.g. woodland or garden walks, house tours etc. He also took the
trouble to set up a short introductory session on the evening of our arrival, booking a room in the hotel for a gathering, and giving us a slide show and a bit of the history of the region. Nobody has ever done that before for us, and we would heartily
recommend it as good practice. Richard was good company, and was much
appreciated by the group.


Visits - As mentioned already, Housesteads was a great success.

On the Tuesday we had three visits - Crug Farm Plants, Plas Newydd and Plas
Cadnant - all excellent, with Plas Cadnant probably the most outstanding.


On Wednesday we visited Penrhyn Castle, which was not so attractive, although the
railway museum was a source of interest! And the gardens are magnificent. Later we
enjoyed the visit to Conwy, with Aberconwy House and the Conwy Suspension
Bridge.


Thursday's visits were the highlight - at least for me! The Ffestiniog Railway was a
delight, as was Portmeirion, where the sun came out, and it was warm enough to sit
out on the hotel terrace with a glass of something........!


The garden at Plas Tan y Bwich area is lovely, and worth a look. Although it took
some considerable time for us all to be served at the very small tearoom facility, it
was all appreciated very much.


Travel and Logistics:  our regular driver, James Beaton, was great - calm, unruffled,
always helpful and willing to be flexible. The journeys were long but without incident, and on the return, we had a most interesting stop at the Rheged Centre in
Cumbria.


So we are already thinking about 2020 - Harrogate and Bronte country, or the islands of the Clyde - something to think about on a quiet day!


Alice Simpson, June 2019.