Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events
Wednesday 5th July
Evening Walk - Warley Place
Warley Place: "Edwardian ghosts in a lost paradise". Once an extraordinary Edwardian garden, employing over a hundred gardeners, is now run by Essex Wildlife Trust, having returned to nature. "Spectacular exotic specimens run amok in a jumble of British wildflowers" (Daily Telegraph). Its 25 acres of woodland paths, with ponds, bird-hides and a mini Alpine Gorge, an enchantingly tranquil place to spend a summer evening.
The adjacent "Thatcher's Arms" offers subsequent opportunity for reflection and relaxation.
Meet at 7.30pm in the Essex Wildlife Trust Car-park, next to the Thatchers' Arms on the B186 south of Brentwood, CM13 3HU. Donation £2
Wednesday 12th July
Planning events for October and trips for the spring. Please feel free to join us. We'll be at The Crown in Sandon at 8.30pm.
Wednesday 19th July
Pitch 'n' Putt
Meet at West Park Pitch & Putt in Chelmsford, CM1 2RY) at 7:30 pm for a round of something approaching golf. Refreshments from 9pm at the Black Bull in Rainsford Road. Cost about £5.
Wednesday 26th July
Evening Bike Ride
Meet at Stock Village Hall, CM4 9NF (left turn opposite The Bakers Arms), at 7:30pm for a cycle ride of about 12 miles. We should be at the Hoop for a drink by about 9pm. (Bring your bike lights).
Sunday 30th July
Sunday walk - Rainham Marshes
Meet at Purfleet station (RM16 1PL) at 10.30.a.m., to catch 10.46 train to Rainham.
Visit Rainham Hall,a recently restored (NT) Georgian merchants' house and garden.
Walk to Thames riverside path and along path to Purfleet, passing features such as "The Diver" (public artwork by sculptor John Kaufmann), abandoned D-Day 1944 landing craft, views across the Thames and the ancient marshes. Also, hopefully some birds. (We may pause for tea at the RSPB reserve cafe, before returning to our cars).
Please bring a packed lunch. Total walking: approx. 6 miles.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, Wednesday events start at 8.30pm at the YMCA in Victoria Road, Chelmsford
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