Golden Cap Association (West Dorset)

a local association of the National Trust

Golden Cap Association (West Dorset)

a local association of the National Trust

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Upcoming Events

We normally meet on the last Monday of the month in the Bridport United Church Hall at:

7:30 pm in September, March, April

and at

2.30 pm in October, November, January and February.

This is just a taster of what we do, if you would like more information contact our Membership Secretary

2019

Monday 25th February 2:30pm (Talk)

Is there such a thing as a Perfect Tree? by Ray Hawes

Ray has been working as Head of Forestry for the National Trust since 1989 and was responsible for about 8 million trees. He talks about how trees have been used and valued through the ages, with illustrations of some of the finest and most interesting ones. Trees and woods have been used for many different purposes for thousands of years.

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Friday 8th March 1:00pm (Meal)

Spring Lunch at Eype's Mouth Country Hotel

Members meeting together for a splendid meal in great company.

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Monday 25th March 7:30pm (AGM)

Annual General Meeting

Special Guest Speaker: Rebecca Burton, Regional Director, South West Region, NT

Rebecca is the Director of the biggest region in the National Trust, it covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.

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Monday 29th April 2:30pm (Talk)

Beyond Old Harry by Rod Lawrence

Rod is a retired Naturalist, having spent most of his life studying forests throughout the world. This is his vision of how we could build on what we have here with the Jurassic coast to create one of the best and most bio-diverse places in the world.

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Thursday 4th April (Visit)

Tyntesfield, nr Bristol

Tyntesfield, purchased in 1843 and remodelled in 1863, is now a spectacular Victoria Gothic Revival house with gardens and parkland. Most of the contents have been saved and are being conserved by the National Trust and placed in room settings, some are still stored in rooms long since unused.

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Wednesday 8th May 10:30am (Guided Walk)

The Golden Cap Estate - its orchids and wildlife

Visit the orchid fields at Westhay Farm and be shown some of the amazing discoveries. The fields are of international importance for waxcap grassland fungi and the soft cliffs from Eype Mouth to Lyme Regis are of European importance for many rare insects.

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Tuesday 14th May (Visit)

Lacock Village and Abbey

Lacock village is often used as a film location e.g. Downton Abbey, Cranford, Harry Potter, etc. Ela, Countess of Salisbury founded Lacock Abbey on 16th April 1232. The original cloister was demolished in the 1400s and replaced with what we see today. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries Sir William Sharrington bought the Abbey and turned it into a country house. William Henry Fox Talbot created the first photographic negative in 1835 in the house and the Fox Talbot Museum is wonderful. The village and Abbey were given to the National Trust in 1944.

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Thursday 13th June (Visit)

Kennet and Avon Canal (from Bristol Quay)

Details to follow.

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Wednesday 10th July (Visit)

Bath and American Museum

Details to follow.

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Wednesday 11th September (Visit)

Concorde Museum, Bristol

Details to follow.

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Monday 30th September 7:30pm (Talk)

'The Aurora - the Northern Lights' by Bob Mizon

Bob is a graduate in modern languages but is better known as an astronomer. He is best known in the scientific and environmental community as the co-ordinator of the British Astronomical Association Commission for Dark Skies. He was elected a Fellow of the R.A. Society in 1985 and has been associated with the Wessex Astronomical Society for many years.

This talk by Bob, accompanied by beautiful images, is about what causes the Northern lights; their place in history; and why you may not have to travel as far as you think to see them. He is an amusing and entertaining speaker.

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Thursday 10th or 17 October (Visit)

Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear

Details to follow.

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Monday 28th October 2:30pm (Talk)

'The Treasures of Dorset' by Christopher Legrand

Christopher will give us a scenic trip around this beautiful county discovering some of the lesser known facts about its history, families, architecture and landscape. He invites you to share his enjoyment of the world around us through high quality images, music and video clips.

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Monday 25th November 2:30pm (Talk)

'Geology and Jewellery' by Sian Evans

Sian's talk will be focused around her interests in the geology and Archaeolology of Dorset. As a teenager she became a young archaeologist at the Dorset County Museum. She studied BA Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Crafts in London in the 80's and had a very successful studio practice there creating award winning works of art. She will talk about ethics as a practicing jeweller, the problem with diamond and gold mining, recyling and the environmental impact of mining precious stones and metals.

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December - date TBA (Visit)

The Christmas Market at Portsmouth

Details to follow.

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The Golden Cap seen from Stonebarrow


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