Autumn Newsletter 2015

The newsletter is now available and is winging its way to all members. We are delighted to announce a new season of society events which starts at once

Tuesday 8 September       Warwick Buildings

Three speakers will contribute to our first meeting of 2015/16.

Mike Hornsby will describe his family’s courageous project to build a contemporary, sustainable house in the garden of a very old one, with an address in Emscote Road but an entrance in Wharf Street.

Steven Wallsgrove will report on his research into a Warwick manor which demonstrates puzzling layers of evolution. Part is timber-framed and probably of the C17, part may be either of the later C17 or of the early C19, the whole is little-known.

Lastly, we will have a report on a contemporary house of forty years ago, physically in the centre of Warwick but in spirit overlooking the Mediterranean coast.

The programme of events is now on the website. Click here to see more

Dates for your diary

 On the Heritage Open Days, Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September, over forty buildings in the District, many of them not normally open, will be accessible. On the first day, Roger Cullimore will lead a tour of the remains and sites of Warwick’s fortifications: book by phoning 412717. Society members will lead walks in the town centre at 11.00 on the Friday and the Saturday, starting at the Market Hall Museum and tracing the course of the Great Fire of 1694 and the rebuilding after it. Copies of the programme are available in the Court House Visitor Centre.

Two events at great houses nearby:

At Compton Verney a good exhibition on The Arts and Craft House, Then and Now, continues until 13 September.

And at Packington Hall on the evening of Tuesday 15 September the Coull Quartet will perform works by Haydn and Debussy in aid of the Children’s Cancer Charity CLIC Sargent. The concert will be followed by a drinks reception. It is a rare chance to visit Packington, not normally open to the public. Tickets, which are £35, can be obtained by emailing; or phone me if you’d like more details: 498381.

Further ahead, enjoy the splendidly festive Victorian Evening on Thursday 26 November, as a prelude to the opening of the Christmas season.

The Society’s Informal Musical Dinner, which will take place on Friday 4 December in the splendidly restored Court House Ballroom. Details and a booking form will be contained in the next Newsletter: put the date in your diary now!

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