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Please note that, because of changes at Adelaide's, we have had to move to a new venue for the March and April lectures. They will be held at 2:00 pm at the QUAKER MEETING HOUSE, 38 Elmbank Crescent, off Elmbamk Street. We think that members will find this a convenient location, just behind the King's Theatre and very close to Charing Cross Station, and also near bus stops in Bath and Sauchiehall Streets. We hope to continue to serve tea / coffee after the lectures, for which a donation of £1 is requested.

Spring 2018 Lectures

The remaining lectures are as follows:

Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 14:00
"The Statues of George Square". Speaker: Niall Murphy, Historical Buildings Officer with Glasgow City Heritage.
Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 14:00
"The Restoration of the Willow Tearoom". Speaker: John Sanderson, Architect.

Visitors are welcome to attend lectures but we request a donation of £2.

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Excursion Programme for 2018.

We have again arranged a shorter excursion in April, together with four other day excursions, details for which are given in this Newsletter. We also hope to visit Threave on 3rd October, and information will be given in the Autumn Newsletter.


Lunches are included in the cost, and there will be stops where you can buy other refreshments, as you wish. As usual, if you are a vegetarian or follow a special diet, let us know, by attaching a note to the booking form.

Safety During Excursions - Please read before booking.

Although our excursions are fairly Leisurely, some walking, often on uneven ground, and stair climbing is usually involved. Please be responsible for your own safety at all times, especialy when crossing public roads and going on and off the coach. You will know your own capabilities, but please ask if you require help at any time.

Autumn Touring Holiday.

As previously intimated, this year's holiday will be based in Chester - details at the end of this Newsletter. This will be the third time we have tried to visit Lyme Park, so let's hope we are successful this year!
As a precaution we ask you to give the name, address and telephone number of a relative or friend who could assist in the event of an emergency.

Please retain this Newsletter for your information during the season. If you would like clarification of any aspect of the Summer Programme, please speak to me at a meeting or telephone me on 0141 334 1552.

Sheila Christie.

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Renewal of Membership

For the convenience of those members who had not paid their subscriptions for the year 1st October 2017 to 30 September 2018, an application form for membership of the Centre was enclosed with the February mailing. In accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act which is now in force, if you are in this category and do not renew we are required to delete your name from our records. You will not receive any further issues of this Newsletter. If you have not yet paid your subscription and wish to remain a member of the Centre please do renew your subscription now.

We do not want to lose you.

It should be noted that if you are in this category your 2017/2018 membership card and the application forms for the 2018 outings etc. will be sent to you on receipt of your subscription.

The subscription remains at £10 (single) and £14 (for a couple).

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Chairman's Annual Report for the year 2016/2017

"Welcome to the 41st Annual General Meeting.

As usual, in the past year, our programme fell into two distinct phases - lectures in the winter months from October to April and excursions from May until October with our long weekend in September.

In March we had a talk from Mr. Ian Quinn on "70 Years of The Waverley" and in April Mr. Cairns Mason gave us a talk about "Sundials and their uses in 17th Century Scotland".

The excursions in 2017 started in April with a visit to Paisley Abbey and Holmwood House. In May we visited Strachur House and Benmore Gardens.

In June we had a tour of Mellerstain House and in July we visited Levens Hall. In August we had a sell-out trip to Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright.

Finally in October we headed to Haddington to visit St Mary's Church with the Lauderdale Aisle, and Gosford House in the afternoon.

The week-end holiday in September was based in Coventry.

So far this session we had a talk from Mr. Richard Williams. NTS General Manager of Glasgow and the West of Scotland and in November Mrs. Efric McNeil, who is currently the President of The Glasgow Art Club, gave us a talk on the History of the Glasgow Art Club.

Last month, in January, we had a talk from Mr. Fergus Sutherland about the 1911 Glasgow Exhibition.

The Festive Lunch in December was held at Gartmore House, Aberfoyle in The Trossachs.

It was another successful year, none of which would happen without the support and work of the committee. My thanks also go to the staff at Adelaide's for looking after us.

Following the Annual General Meeting today, Mr, Alasdair Eckersall, who is a Property Manager and Senior Ranger, will tell us about the work undertaken by the NTS Footpaths Team.

Helen Cargill-Thompson.

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The Centre Committee 2018/2019

Following the 2018 AGM the Office Bearers and Committee are as undernoted.

Chairman - Dr H Cargill-Thompson
Vice-Chairman - Mr Robert Ferguson
Secretary - Miss Jean Sutherland
Treasurer - Miss Jean Currie
Committee - Mr W Agnew, Mrs S Christie, Mr G Miller, Miss M E McDougall, Mr R McIvor, Mrs M Pettigrew.

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Details of Excursion Programme 2018

Five day visits and a five day holiday to the Chester area have been arranged and booking forms were included in the February mailing. Please complete the forms as follows:
For day visits complete both sides of the form.
For the touring holiday complete all three parts of the form.
The forms should be sent along with :-
1) the appropriate remittance for the day visits, and the £50 deposit for the holiday, and
2) a separate stamped addressed envelope for each form to Miss Jean Currie.
Cheques should be made out to "Glasgow Members' Centre N.T.S."

If you would like an extra booking form please let us know. All the day excursions will leave from North Hanover Street (close to the side entrance of Queen Street Station). Please note carefully the days and departure times as these vary. With regard to timings, members will understand that our excursions are run to a timetable, and therefore if you are late for the departure time, we cannot wait more than a few minutes. Ideally, we would like everyone to be on the coach before the departure time stated ready to leave promptly! We try to make a reasonable estimate of our return times, but please not they are approximate only, and cannot be guaranteed.

We do not reserve specific seats on the coaches nor do we issue tickets. Please note the two seats immediately behind the driver are reserved for the use of the excursion leader.

Please also remember to bring your N.T.S. membership card, and any other relevant cards, with you on all excursions, and of course suitable footwear and clothing. This is particularly important where we are visiting gardens.

Last year several of our excursions were fully subscribed, so we suggest that you book as soon as convenient. We can, however, usually accept last minute bookings if there is no waiting list.

Cancellation from Day Visits or Touring Holiday

If you have to cancel, please notify Miss Currie as soon as possible. We cannot offer refunds in respect of day visits, unless there are exceptional circumstances. The £50 deposit for the touring holiday will also not be refunded, but the balance of the cost should be covered by insurance.

Non-members are very welcome to come on the excursions. If you wish to bring a friend who is not a member of the Centre, please add £2 to your remittance as a fee for non-members. (i.e. £2 for each individual excursion as appropriate). As last year, an additional charge of £10 will be applicable to non-members for the touring holiday.

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1. Lomond Shores and Ross Priory

Wednesday 25 April 2018, Depart 10.30 am, Return 4.00 pm (Approx)
Cost £35
(includes lunch.)

We hope that this will be an enjoyable Spring visit to Loch Lomondside.

Our first stop will be at Lomond Shores, Balloch, where you will have free time to shop, walk, admire the views, and of course have coffee (not included).

We will then drive the short distance to Ross Priory, near Gartocharn, where we will have a two course lunch with tea/coffee. (Wine is not included but can be purchased from the bar.)
Ross Priory was the ancient seat of the Buchanans of Ross. The present building, dating from the 18th century, was re-modelled (1810-16) by James Gillespie Graham in Gothic style. It was purchased by the university of Strathclyde in 1971 as a club for academics. We hope that the weather will allow us to enjoy the gardens, which extend down to the lochside.
N.B. Please make sure you are warmly clad for this early excursion, with adequate footwear, as it may be damp underfoot.

2. Bo'Ness and Kinneil Railway and Rosslyn Chapel

Tuesday 22 May 2018, Depart 8.45 am, Return 6.00 pm (approx)
Cost £40
(includes a light lunch).

A day with two contrasting visits. In the morning the coach will take us to Bo'Ness Station for a scenic 10 mile return trip by steam train to Manuel travelling along the Forth Estuary and over the Avon Viaduct. The overall journey time is one hour. Before the train departure there will be an opportunity to obtain coffee or other refreshments at the station cafe.

After we return to Bo'Ness Station the coach will take us directly to Roslin for a light lunch prior to our visit to Rosslyn Chapel nearby. The Chapel is renowned for the mysterious symbolism of its ornate stonework. We will visit the Chapel as a group. After an introductory talk there will be free time before we return to Glasgow.

There is a Visitor Centre (incorporating a coffee shop) which tells the Chapel history from its 15th century origin, through the Reformation, and up to recent times.

3. Blackwell, Bowness-on-Windermere

Wednesday 20 June 2018, Depart 8.45 am, Return 7.30 pm (approx)
Cost £30,
(includes lunch).

We return to Cumbria to re-visit Blackwell after many years.
It was built in 1900 by the Arts and Crafts architect M. H. Bailie Scott for a wealthy brewery family as a Lake District holiday home in a beautiful location. Later it was occupied by a girls' school for over 30 years. It is now owned by a Trust, who have restored many of the attractive design features, and have mounted displays relating to the Arts and Crafts era.

We will stop for coffee at Moffat, and then proceed to Blackwell, which we hope to reach by 1 pm. A light lunch is included but we have to divide into two groups for this. Arrangements will be made on the day, but if you have a definite preference for the first group, please let the tour leader know when you board the coach. We expect to leave Blackwell about 4 pm with a motorway stop en route to Glasgow.

4. Melrose and Monteviot House

Thursday 19 July 2018, Depart 9.00 am, Return 7.30 pm (approx)
Cost £38
(includes lunch).

Today we go to the Borders, to visit the home of the Marquess of Lothian, which is only rarely open to the public.

In the morning we will drive directly to Melrose. We have not arranged any programme here, but there are a number of cafes where you could buy refreshments. You could visit Melrose Abbey (Historic Environment Scotland ) or the two NTS gardens, Priorwood and Harmony. Please assemble at 12.45 pm for a soup and sandwich lunch (included) at the 18th century Burt's Hotel, on Market Square.

After lunch we shall continue to Monteviot which can be described as a rambling house, developed in the 1960's from older buildings owned by the Kerr family, by the architect W. Schomberg Scott (who also worked for NTS on the Georgian House). We emphasise that this is a family house, with relatively small rooms, amd we will have to divide into three groups for the tour. There are also extensive terraced gardens going down to the River Teviot.

After leaving Monteviot, we will make a stop at Dobbie's, near edinburgh.

5. Berwick-uopn-Tweed

Thursday 16 August 2018, Depart 8.45 am, Return 7.30 pm (approx)
Cost £30
(includes lunch).

We will have a brief stop at Dobbie's near Edinburgh, before driving to Berwick.

Our stop for an early lunch will be the Castle Hotel (also the favourite stop of the painter L.S. Lowry on his many painting holidays in Berwick). We will then take the coach into the town centre, where we have aranged two visits.

The first is to the Parish Church, Holy Trinity, one of the very few churches built at the time of Cromwell. There is no formal tour, but we will be welcomed and given leaflets showing the main points of interest.

Nearby are the Barracks of 1719, in which buildings are 3 museums - two are military subjects, and the third is Berwick Museum and Art Gallery. Less well known than the Burrell Collection in Glasgow is the donation by Sir William Burrell (resident at nearby Hutton Castle ) of many paintings and other objects to Berwick Gallery. (Entry to the Barracks and its museums is included. If you are a member of English Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland, or the art Fund, please consider lending us your card on the day, since we may be able to claim reductions in the charge which will help our funds.)

You will be free to spend as much or as little time as you wish in the museums, and also to see the other parts of the town. including the unique Elizabethan ramparts and the Town Hall of 1760, with its landmark spire, (often figuring in Lawry's pictures). Berwick also has many independent shops.

Please return to he coach at 4 pm. We will stop at Dunbar Garden Centre before returning tp Glasgow.

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Five Day Touring Holiday based in Chester

Friday 14th to Tuesday 18th September 2018
Cost £390
(sharing a double or twin room) or £420 for a single room.

Accommodation for four nights (dinner, bed and breakfast) will be at the Holiday Inn, Chester South.

We hope to spend two days in Liverpool, visiting the Anglican and Roman Catholic Cathedrals, The Albert Docks, the Walker Art Gallery and also to make a special visit to the exhibition "China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors", which will be on show at the World Museum, Liverpool. We also intend to visit Port Sunlight, Chester Cathedral and Town Centre with walls, and Lyme Park (NT).
On Friday we will stop for lunch at Askham, near Penrith, and on the return journey at the Art Deco Midland Hotel, Morecambe.

We have obtained a large number of single rooms. As demand for these is always high and can exceed our allocation it is recommended that you book early if you want a single room. If you wish to bring a friend who is not a member of the Centre there will be a supplement of £10 payable by the non-member. Applications will be dealt with in order of receipt. These should be submitted by 31st March using the booking form accompanied by a deposit of £50 per person. The deposit will be non-refundable.

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