Wednesday 21 February - Outing – Blenheim Palace – 8.30am departure from Husseywell Crescent - Cost £45 (coach plus entry to the Palace and Grounds) - To book this Outing contact Tony Archer 07886 680546 or at email@example.com , or sign up at the January or February meetings: This is a visit we have made in the past and one that was suggested in the discussions at the end of the last AGM. The cost includes a reduced rate entry and the planned use of a coach with lift access for those who need it. In addition to the 187 room Palace there are Formal Gardens (eg Secret Garden and the Churchill Memorial Garden), the Park (2,000 acres) and, for rail enthusiasts, a Miniature Train in the grounds. There are plenty of dining options: Stables Café, Orangery Restaurant, Walled Garden Pizzeria, and the Oxfordshire Pantry Café.
Disabled access: Blenheim won an Accessibility Award at the Blue Badge Awards
2023, for Best Venue in a Historical Building. This recognised their provision of an inclusive experience for all, with routes and ramps designed around the Palace, Park, and Gardens.
Wednesday 28 February - Walk – Farleigh area - Walk organiser David Abberly on 020 8777 5980 - Meet at the Rosary Church car park; depart at 09:30 for a walk with no stiles, generally flat terrain with a steep hill around the Farleigh area. The walks will start from the car park of the Harrow Inn (Farleigh Rd, Warlingham, CR6 9EL, tel 0871 951 1000) so the group could be joined there at around 09:45. Lunch will be at the Harrow Inn at around 12:30 and the walk will be about 4 miles in total.
Wednesday 20 March - Outing –– Chichester and Cathedral Tour – 8.30am departure from Husseywell Crescent - Cost £27 (includes coach and Cathedral tour) - To book this Outing contact Ray Lyddall on 01689 835965, or sign up at the February or March meetings: Our route to Chichester will include a coffee stop at the huge Old Barn Garden Centre which we have used several times because of its super facilities. The coach will drop us in the heart of Chichester just outside the Cathedral in time for lunch – with Wetherspoons just over the road and many other eateries close at hand. We will meet again in time for our 2.00pm guided tour of the Cathedral which is expected to last 75 minutes. There will then be free time to explore the Cathedral or Chichester further before we head back to Hayes. Disabled access: Level
access into the Cathedral is available through the South West Door. Within the Cathedral and the Cathedral precincts there are ramps for easy level access. The Cathedral has two wheelchairs which may be used, free of charge, on a first-come first-served basis.
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