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From the Editor

This Newsletter was produced in February 2020 before the development of the Covid-19 pandemic. All summer trips were cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

After this generally mild but dreary winter, I hope that, by the time you receive this Newsletter, there will be some signs that spring is on the way!

Lectures Series

Our move to Renfield Church Centre (260 Bath Street, Glasgow) has been well received by members. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to serve tea/coffee after the talks, but we would remind you that he Centre has a cafe, which is open before and after our meetings. Visitors are welcome, but we ask for a donation of £2.

There is one final lecture in the programme, as follows:

Wednesday 11 March 2020 at 14:00
Speaker: Chrissie White.
"Development of vernacular furniture".

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Excursion Programme for 2020.

We hope you will be able to come on some, or all, of our summer excursions, and perhaps introduce a friend to the programme! Non-members are very welcome, but we request an additional £2 for each excursion.


Lunches are included in the cost, except where stated, 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 Holiday

We regret to inform members that the 2020 holiday has been cancelled. Shortly before this Newsletter was due to be sent out, we received information that the Treetops Hotel in Aberdeen had been closed. Enquiries were made with several other hotels in the area, but in the short time available, it was impossible to find an alternative place, especially one with a large number of single rooms, at a reasonable cost.

We hope to arrange a holiday in 2021, and, if members would wish it, an additional day outing in September. Please let the Committee know what you would like to do, and if there is any area you would particularly like to visit.

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 2019 to 30 September 2020, 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 2019/2020 membership card and the application forms for the 2020 outings etc. will be sent to you on receipt of your subscription.

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Vice-Chairman's Report 2020

Welcometo the 44th Annual General Meeting.

It is with regret that I must start by recording the sudden death of Ronald McIvor this year. He had been a committee member since 2005 and organised the speakers for our talks for most of that time.

Our talks this year began with Suzanne Reid on the care of Historic Interiors and Collections of the NTS. Our intended November speaker James Macaulay was ill, so we were lucky to get Dr Robyne Calvert from the School of Art to talk on Mackintosh and Art Nouveau. In January Prof. John Hume spoke on the Buildings of Paisley and our AGM speaker in February was Dr Alix Power-Jones on Hugh Miller. The last two speakers of the season were Prof. Malcolm Lochhead speaking on textile design and embroidery, and Iain Wotherspoon on the Shop Fronts of Glasgow.

Our 2019 outings began with a visit to the House of Dun, overlooking the Montrose Basin, followed in June with a trip to Lowther Castle and Gardens in Cumbria near Penrith. In July we visited Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder and saw more of the local countryside than we bargained for in the route we took. August was a visit to the theatre at Pitlochry to see "Blonde Bombshells of 1943". The final outing of the year was to Arniston House at Gorebridge where we had an excellent welcome from its owner, Mrs Dundas Bekker.

The September weekend was to the Newcastle area based at Washington,Tyne and Wear. On the way we stopped at the village of Ford and Etal for lunch and to see Lady Waterford Hall. During the weekend as well as central Newcastle, we visited Raby Castle, Gibside and Cragside on the way home.

This range of activities could not be achieved without the support of the Committee and I thank them most warmly as well as the staff at our then venue, The Quaker House in Elmbank Crescent.

I must report an additional two changes to the Committee. Mrs Daphne Willison was co-opted during the year to replace Mr Ronald McIvor and Mr Glenn Miller has resigned with effect from the AGM.

Robert Ferguson.

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The Centre AGM

The Office Bearers and Committee are as undernoted:-

Chairman - Dr H Cargill-Thompson
Vice-Chairman - Mr Robert Ferguson
Secretary - Vacant
Treasurer - Miss Jean Currie
Committee - Mr W Agnew, Mrs S Christie, Miss M E McDougall, Mrs M Pettigrew, Miss G Fisher, Mrs Daphne Willison.

Mr Glen Miller did not wish to seek re-election and we thank him for his contribution over several years.

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Excursion Programme 2020

Six day visits have been arranged and the booking form was included in the February mailing. Please complete both sides of the form and send it along with the appropriate remittance for the day visits, and a stamped self-addressed envelope 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.


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.

1. Windyhill, Kilmalcolm

Tuesday 28 April 2020, Depart 11.00 am, Return 5.00 pm (Approx)
Cost £35
(includes lunch.)

This is a rare opportunity to visit Charles Rennie Mackintosh's other domestic villa, Windyhill, in Kilmalcolm.
Slightly smaller and built before Hill House, Helensburgh, Windyhill has been beautifully restored by its current owner who will be on hand to welcome us to his home with a glass of wine. The garden will also be at its best in early Spring, so there will be lots to see and enjoy.

We will drive from Glasgow to Paisley along Paisley Road West and Glasgow Road to see and learn how Paisley retained its character and importance while being close to Glasgow.

Lunch will be two course (Italian style) with tea/coffee (included) at The Pendulum Restaurant opposite Paisley Abbey, before we travel the short distance to Kilmalcolm.
We will leave Windyhill around 4.00pm to drive back to Glasgow.

2. The Hill House and Geilston Gardens

Wednesday 20 May 2020, Depart 10.30 am, Return 7.30 pm (approx)
Cost £35
(includes morning coffee and lunch).

Please note that these are both NTS properties and you should have your card to hand

Most members will already have visited the Hill House, Helensburgh, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for the Blackie family, but this is an opportunity to re-visit after construction of the "Box" - controversial in some quarters.

We will drive direct to the property where we will have tea/coffee on arrival. The Box, made of chain mail, is designed to help dry out the walls, and entirely covers the house. There are steps which enable the visitor to see the upper stories and roof - quite a novel and exciting experience! The steps are sturdy with hand rails, but of course you will decide for yourself how far you wish to go in this area. In the house itself, a number of rooms, which you may not have seen before, are now open to visitors. If the weather is good, you may wish to spend time in the garden, which should be delightful in May. A light lunch at Hill House in included.

On the return journey to Glasgow we will stop at Geilston Gardens, near Cardross, where the length of our visit will depend on the weather. Please take particuar care as the garden is on different levels. There is no access to Geilston House.

3. Bowhill, near Selkirk

Thursday 18 June 2020, Depart 9.00 am, Return 6.00 pm (approx)
Cost £38,
(includes lunch).

Our mid-summer outing is to Bowhill House, the Scottish Borders home of the 10th Duke of Buccleuch and Queensferry, which was built in 1708 by John, Lord Bowhill and bought by the 2nd Duke of Buccleuch in 1747. The present building was finally completed in 1879 and reflects many changes undertken by the 4th and 5th Dukes.
Bowhill is one of Scotland's great historic houses. The Buccleuch Collection, which we will see on a private guided tour, contains paintings by world-renowned artists, 18th century French furniture, portrait miniatures dating from the 1520's and many historical relics.

We will stop at Moffat where there will be time to purchase tea/coffee, then continue to Bowhill on the A708, passing St Mary's Loch en route. On arrival there will be private guided tours for the group followed by a light lunch, which is included. There will be time afterwards to enjoy the gardens before we return to Glasgow.

4. Lennoxlove near Haddington

Thursday 9 July 2020, Depart 10.00 am, Return 5.00 pm (approx)
Cost £38
(includes lunch).

Please note that numbers are restricted for this excursion, so you are advised to book early.

Today we will be travelling to East Lothian to visit Lennoxlove, an ancient house, now belonging to the Duke of Hamilton. It has passed through many ownerships, notably the Maitlands, Earls of Lauderdale, and has been much altered over the centuries, most recently by Robert Lorimer in the early 20th century.

Our first stop will be for lunch at the Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington. Those who book this excursion will be sent a lunch menu - you are asked to indicate your choice for main course and desert and return it to Miss Currie as soon as convenient.

After lunch, we will travel the short distance to Lennoxlove, where we will have tours explaining the history and architcture of this interesting house. After the tours we will return direct to Glasgow.

5. Dunfermline and Culross

Wednesday 19 August 2020, Depart 9.30 am, Return 6.00 pm (approx)
Cost £30
(includes lunch).

We hope this will be an enjoyable visit to West Fife. On our previous visit to Culross it rained heavily all day so we can only hope for better weather this time!

Our first stop will be at the Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries. This was the first of about 2,500 libraries founded by Andrew Carnegie, who was, of course, born in Dunfermline, but went on to make a fortune in America. The original building has an attractive modern addition, housing a museum and galleries, and is set in Dunfermline's "Heritage Quarter". There is no formal programme for this morning, but there are various places you can visit, including the Museum, Dunfermline Abbey (adjacent) or the Carnegie Birth-place Museum (a short walk away but involving a hill). You could have morning coffee in the Museum building or one of the numerous cafes in the streets around. Lunch (soup and sandwiches) has been arrnged in the Carnegie Library Building, so please make sure you are back for 12.30pm.

The coach will return before 2 pm to take us to Culross. This very picturesque little town probably needs no introduction. A important place in the Middle Ages, by 1909 it was described as being "in romantic decay, if not actual dereliction". In 1932 the newly formed NTS aquired the Palace, then under threat of demolition, and gradually restored it, together with about 30 "little houses". Please remember you need to show your NTS card to visit the Palace and reconstructed historic garden. The time of our return to Glasgow will be given on the day.

6. Hamilton and Bothwell

Tuesday 6th October 2020, Depart 9.30 am, Return 4.30 pm (Approx)
Cost £38 (includes morning tea/coffee and lunch)

This is an opportunity to visit properties very close by, but seldom visited by Glasgow people!

Our first stop will be Chatelherault, the remarkable hunting lodge designed by William Adam in 1731 for the 5th Duke of Hamilton. It is a very long building which had, at one end, kennels and bothies, and, at the other end, the ducal apartments. It fell into decay, but was restored and opened to the public in the late 20th century. We will have tea/coffee on arrival, and then a guided tour of the lodge. On a good day there are magnificent views all round.

Our next visit will be to Hamilton Old Parish Church, also by William Adam (his only church design), and completed in 1734. We will have a guided tour pointing out the many interesting features of this historic church.

Lunch (included) will be at the Avonbridge Hotel, where the menu is expected to be steak pie (with a vegetrian option), followed by Etonmess, tea and coffee.

On the return journey to Glasgow, we will stop at Bothwell Castle (a property of Historic Environment Scotland), said to be Scotland's largest and finest 13th century castle. We will not have a guided tour, but there is plenty of information available to help you understand the building.

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