Times Out Trip Reports - 2021

Times Out Quiz Night
Thursday 28th October

On On the evening of 28th October sixteen of our members plus one from Out and About plus quizmasters Tony & Brenda attended our annual quiz night at the Binfield Club.

The evening went well and the mid-evening buffet was plentiful.

We had three teams of four and one of five all competing for the wonderful prizes on offer, a large tin of Quality Street and a packet of Celebrations (other chocolates are available).

First prize for the main quiz went to Izzy Whizzy Lets Get Quizzy and first prize for the interval table quiz went to the Quiztechs.

A good evening was had by all.


Times Out London Walk - Warwick Avenue to Camden via Regent's Canal
Tuesday 21st September

On Tuesday 21st September 15 of our members went on our annual London Walk led by Alan and Pauline Buckingham.

We started off at Warwick avenue underground station in Maida Vale, a very upmarket part of London. As it was close by we poped down to see where Alan Turing was born, once a hospital now a hotel. Our next stop was for refreshments at Clifton Nurseries, the oldest Garden Centre in the UK

dating back to 1851: A beautiful garden centre and definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.


From there we walked on through Maida Vale and Little Venice then followed the Regent’s Canal towpath towards Regent’s Park. We entered Regent’s Park near the London Central Mosque and stopped for lunch at the Boathouse Cafe.


After lunch we went back to the canal towpath. A short way along the path we came across Macclesfield Bridge, famed for having been destroyed in 1874 by an explosion: A barge carrying sugar, nuts, petroleum and 5 tons of gunpowder caught fire and you can guess the rest.


A little way after the bridge we turned off the towpath and walked to the top of Primrose Hill where we saw a magnificent view of London and all its skyscrapers.


Leaving the hill we walked through part of Primrose Hill to return to the canal and walked on to Camden Lock and Market arriving at 3 o’clock. A break for refreshment and look around and then made our way down a very vibrant Camden High Street to Camden Town station and made our way home.


The weather was perfect for the walk and everyone enjoyed themselves. 


Thank you to Alan and Pauline for all their hard work.



Times Out Trip to Eltham Palace
Wednesday 1st September


On Wednesday 1st September 12 of our members visited Eltham Palace and gardens, an English Heritage property in South London. Eight of us travelled by train and the other four by car, door to door the journey took about 2 hours by train, but was well worth it.


After refreshment we walked around the house which was once a medieval palace but had a makeover in the 1930’s when the Courthauld family owned it and ploughed many thousands of pounds to turn it into the wonderful Art Deco property it is today.


The Art Deco influence was in every room; the entrance hall was absolutely spectacular. The decoration was way ahead of its time and there was even a shower in one of its many bathrooms, not a common thing in the 30’s.


In the afternoon we went on a guided tour of the exterior of the house and the gardens. We were given a lot of history from its medieval beginnings and through the royal connections over the centuries.


There were remains of walls in the grounds from the medieval times and we followed the map for a longer walk around the beautiful gardens.


In our view one of the most interesting and spectacular places Times Out have ever visited. Well recommend a visit.



Times Out Trip to the History on Wheels Museum
Sunday 25th July

On Sunday 25th July seventeen of our members visited the History on Wheels museum in Eton Wick.

 

We initially watched a visual presentation explaining the history, purchase and renovation of some of the exhibits which were predominately military vehicles.

 

In the museum there were a lot of 40’s and 50’s English cars and many German and American military vehicles.

 

The general theme of the museum centred around life in World War 2 e.g. a replica Anderson bomb shelter and memorabilia from that era.

 

There were several cabinets containing wartime uniforms of various nationalities and more artefacts from the 40’s plus, a little out of context, some cabinets of Royal Commemorative china with a lot of Charles and Diana souvenirs including a life-sized model of Diana.

 

Also there were a couple of interesting bicycles including one shaft driven, a tandem with sidecar and a Swedish one totally made from plastic.

 

The museum often rents out its vehicles to film and T.V. companies and many of the vehicles outside were kept mainly for that purpose; these included various police vehicles, a Black Maria, and various 60’s and 70’s foreign cars.

 

Altogether an enjoyable morning out and an interesting, quirky place to visit.



Times Out Trip to Shaw House and Sculpture Exhibition
Wednesday 2nd June

On Wednesday 2nd June 16 of our members visited Shaw House in Newbury; this was our first Times Out Meeting since February 2020.


We planned the visit initially to view the 60 sculptures placed in the grounds of the house. The sculptures were for sale and prices ranged from £350 to £16,000 for a shark dangling from a tree; I thought the 16,000 pounds was the weight of the shark.

The sculptures are there until 27th June so plenty of time to pop back with the credit card.


It was an added bonus that the house itself was open to view as it is only open at weekends and during school holidays. Shaw House is an Elizabethan Mansion which was bought by Berkshire County Council and was used as a school but now it is a multi-purpose council facility.


We were given an overview by a guide and then left to explore the house and rooms at our leisure. At various points there were exhibits of costumes worn through the ages from the original owners, the Dolmans, to a civil war soldier to a school pupil. Two of the rooms were taken up by a museum documenting the dynamic history of the house from its beginnings in 1581 as a family house to its restoration in the early 21st century.


It turned out to be a good day out and it was all free but donations were welcomed.

 


Times Out Trip to The Vyne and West Green House
Thursday 1st July

On Thursday 1st July 16 of our members visited two National Trust places, The Vyne and West Green House.

 

The Vyne


This was visited in the morning and we had to split into smaller groups as some of the house rooms had limited numbers allowed; only the ground floor was open due to Covid restrictions.


The guides were helpful throughout the house and some of the rooms were laid out as they were back in the 1800’s when the

Chute family lived there. 


At one end of the house there was a Tudor chapel but we could not go in, again due to Covid.


There was a very picturesque walk around the lake and also through the walled garden which was interesting and mainly contained fruit and vegetables.


We had lunch in the picnicking area before departing for our next visit.

 


West Green House


Here the grounds were absolutely spectacular with many flowers at their best.


It was a more formal garden with a beautiful lake. There was a small island in the lake with a pagoda on it and a Japanese-style bridge leading over to it.


On this visit we mainly stayed together as the paths were easy to follow.


Afterwards we all partook of some liquid refreshment in the cafe garden.

 

As an added bonus the weather was perfect for this type of visit.