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From the Editor

Welcome to our autumn / winter programme. I hope you were able to enjoy our glorious summer.

We will continue to hold our series of lectures in the Quaker Meeting House, although the Committee are aware that members have concerns that the room is on the small side. We would therefore ask that, if you become aware of any suitable venue in, or near, the City Centre, you speak to any member of the Committee.

Spring / Summer Excursions 2018

Our series of five excursions is now complete. Unfortunately we have had to cancel the proposed October outing to Threave.

In April our short outing was to Lomond Shores (previously unknown to several Committee members!) followed by lunch at Ross Priory at Gartocharn. The spring garden is a feature here, but because of the cold weather then (Do you remember that?), only a few of the rhododendrons and other plants were in bloom. Many of us, however, managed to enjoy a walk in the grounds between showers.

Our May excursion was in two contrasting halves. In the morning we had a ride on the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway (a first for us, as far as I am aware). A steam locomotive pulled a seletion of vintage carriages on a section of restored track among quiet woods and farmlands - observed from the windows were masses of wild garlic and a hare only a few yards for the track.
We then drove to the Original Roslin Inn for an excellent lunch, before walking the short distance to Rosslyn Chapel. For some it was a first visit, while others had been several times, but one can go any number of times and still be enthralled. The Visitor Centre, built in response to the chapel's enormous popularity in recent years, has excellent facilities.

In June we had a return visit to Blackwell, near Bowness-on-Windermere - the Arts and Crafts house, now owned by the Lakeland Arts Trust and opened to the public. Here we had what could be described as a "delicate" lunch. As I had remembered, the house is exquisite, and was much enjoyed by all our group. On the negative side, many felt that it was rather too long a drive, especially since part of it was on narrow Lake District roads.

In July we visited the Scottish Borders. Our first stop was Melrose, an attractive town and participant in the "Britain in Bloom" scheme, with several visitor attractions and many interesting shops. We had a very good lunch here at the old established Burt's Hotel. We then proceeded to Monteviot House, the rather unusual home of the Marquis of Lothian and his family. The architect Scholberg Scott provided a series of small, quite cosy rooms, as well as a great hall to show off the larger picures in the Lothian collection. We also enjoyed the family chapel, dedicated to Border Saints, and a brief look at the gardens, with lovely views of the river Tweed.

Our August excursion was to the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, "just in England, almost in Scotland", where we saw, among other things, the only church built in the time of Cromwell and still in use as a Parish Church, the Barracks museums and the Elizabethan ramparts. It turned out to be a beautiful day in Berwick, perfect for a stroll on the walls!

Sheila Christie.

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Summer 2019

The sub-committee will shortly meet to discuss possible outings for Summer 2019 and also next year's weekend holiday. As always, we would be delighted to hear from anyone who has an idea for a day excursion.

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Christmas Event

Members will be aware that the former Willow Tearom at 217 Sauchiehll Street has been restored to Charles Rennie Mackintosh's original design, and has been opened under the name of "Mackintosh at the Willow". As this is the anniversary year of Mackintosh, it seems appropriate for us to hold our Christmas Lunch in this building.
We have arranged a two-course lunch with a glass of wine, followed by tea or coffee and shortbread, on Wednesday 5 December 2018, at 12:30 p.m. This is to be held in the former Billiard Room! Please make your own way to 217 Sauchiehall Street. There is a lift to the top floor in the adjoining shop.
There will be a vegetarian option, but if you have any other diet please indicate when booking.

Date: Wednesday 5 December 2018.
12:30 p.m.
Price: £30

Due to the size of the room, we have to restrict numbers for he lunch, so if you wish to attend, we suggest that you book early using the form enclosed with the September mailing.
Please send it to Miss Jean Currie along with a cheque in favour of "Glasgow Members' Centre NTS", and a stamped addressed envelope.

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Lecture Series : October 2018 - April 2019

All meetings are to be held on Wednesdays at 2 pm at The Quaker Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow.
After the lectures coffee / tea will be available for which there will be a charge of £1.
Non-members are welcome to attend lectures but we ask for a donation of £2.

Wednesday 10 October 2018 at 14:00
Suzanne Reid, "Care of Historic Interiors and Collections of NTS".
Wednesday 14 November 2018 at 14:00
Dr James Macauley, "The Works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh".
Wednesday 9 January 2019 at 14:00
Prof. John Hume, "The Buildings of Paisley".
Wednesday 13 February 2019 at 14:00
A.G.M. followed by a talk by Dr Alix H. J. Power-Jones "Hugh Miller".
Wednesday 13 March 2019 at 14:00
Prof. Malcolm Lochhead, the well known textile artist, will talk on design.
Wednesday 10 April 2019 at 14:00
Iain Wotherspoon (Chairman of AHSS), "Shop Fronts of Glasgow.".

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the 42nd Annual General Meeting of the Glasgow Members' Centre will be held in The Quaker Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 13th February 2019.

The agenda is as undernoted :

  1. Apologies.
  2. Minutes of the 41st A.G.M.
  3. Matters arising.
  4. Chairman's Report
  5. Statement of Accounts.
  6. The Election of an Independent Examiner of Accounts.
  7. The Election of Office Bearers.
  8. The Election of Committee Members.
  9. A.O.C.B.

Nominations are invited for the Centre Committee, and should be sent, with the consent of the nominee, to the Honorary Secretary, Miss J F Sutherland, either by post or e-mail, at least 21 days prior to the date of the A.G.M.

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Renewal of Membership

Subscriptions for the forthcoming season are due on 1st October 2018 and are valid until 30 September 2019. The Basic Subscription is £10.00. However, members are reminded that the Family Subscription is available to £14.00. This category applies to two adults and all children under 18 living at one address. Remittances should be sent, together with a stamped addressed envelope, and the form included in the Autumn mailing, to the Membership Secretary, Mrs. G. Smith.

If you joined the Centre after the end of April 2018 the subscription you paid on joining is valid for the year 2018/19. You will have received a membership card in the Autumn mailing but no application form.

National Trust for Scotland Glasgow Members' Centre is a registered Scottish charity number SC024399.