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Amsterdam weekend

7th-10th June 2019

In 1974 Malcolm Saville wrote the last of his series about The Buckinghams: Diamond in the Sky. 45 years later we will be following Juliet, Simon and Charles to Amsterdam, where most of the book is set, and visiting the places that they saw as well as a few that they missed.

Our proposed schedule will include

· Walk featuring the locations from Diamond in the Sky

· Visit to Anne Frank’s House

· Pedal boats on the canals of Amsterdam

· Visit to the Concertgebouw (featured in the book)

· The Windmills at Zaanse Schans

· Bike ride

· Canal boat trip

· The Church in the Attic

· Meals on all three nights

You can decide to join all or some of these activities.

Some of the activities are subject to numbers and most have an additional cost. Consequently, we are asking for an initial £30 deposit. Any further costs will be collected nearer the time or when we are in Amsterdam.

The event will be run on similar lines to our British events in that members will be free to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. However, we know participants often like to travel and stay together. So, we have provisionally booked ten rooms in a hotel not far from the city centre and these will be held until 1 January. If you register for the weekend, we will provide details. Also, it may be possible to get a group discount if ten people book together on Eurostar – bookings open in December. You can discuss either of these things with the organiser or via our email group.

To register please download the booking form here and return to the organiser with your deposit cheque. Alternatively, you can email your details and make payment directly to the Society’s bank account.


A weekend of rambling in Dovedale, visit Haddon Hall and ‘The OS Map Fan Club'

4th-6th October 2019

Following on from our very successful event with HF Holidays earlier this year, this weekend is at The Peveril of the Peak, at Thorpe, near Ashbourne, their Derbyshire property. Again we have activities to appeal to members who are keen walkers and also for the not so active. This proved extremely popular last time and we were fully subscribed very quickly. We also know that many members are keen to see Helen Woods’ show ‘The OS Map Fan Club’, so we have extended the booking date, but do suggest you book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

HF’s Derbyshire Country House, The Peveril of the Peak, named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, is set in extensive, beautiful grounds in the village of Thorpe. Amongst its many attractions there are lounge rooms and bar, free Wi-Fi, a boot and drying room, ample car parking and all the rooms are en-suite. The basic cost of the weekend is £210 per person. This includes two nights’ accommodation in a classic room, Friday afternoon tea, two breakfasts and two evening meals, Saturday packed lunch, the optional guided walk and The OS Map Fan Club show.

Accommodation. There are 18 single rooms where no single supplement applies; however once these have been allocated in the order of bookings received, an additional charge of £20 per person per night will apply for single occupancy of a twin or double room. If applicable, you will be advised of this when booking. If you are a single booking, you can of course choose this option anyway. Similarly, if you request an upgraded premium room at £10 per person per night, these will be allocated by date order in which the bookings are received.

Friday evening. After dinner entertainment will be a ‘mini’ Murder Mystery play performed by member of the Society.

Choice of activities for Saturday daytime:

Haddon Hall and gardens. Haddon Hall is described as the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, parts of the house date from the 12th Century, and the Elizabethan terraced gardens overlook the River Wye. More details can be found at There is a separate cost to this part of the weekend Self guided: Adult £15.75 Concessionary £14.00 Guided tour of the Hall or garden: £18.50; Guided tour of both: £21.00

Guided walk. The exact route has not yet been finalised, but we will be rambling in Dovedale on a circular route of approximately 8 miles beginning and ending at The Peveril of the Peak. The walk will be at a leisurely pace and is likely to take us 5 hours, including a stop for lunch. Although described as easy dale walking there are some ascents, descents, and steps, including the stepping stones over the River Dove, so please ensure you are fit enough to undertake a hill/country walk.

Do your own thing. Of course you do not have to join us on either the walk or the Haddon Hall visit. If you would like to be emailed HF’s self-guided information booklet for Dovedale and the surrounding area please contact Kim Spencer.

‘The OS Map Fan Club’

Helen Wood will be joining us on Saturday evening. She’ll take us on a virtual ramble, along ancient byways to meet colourful characters, hear amusing anecdotes and pause frequently to admire the view. This fascinating, laughter-filled show celebrates the simple beauty of Britain’s inspiring national treasure. Helen joined our Society for a short period because she was researching Malcolm Saville for this comedy show about maps. She says she enjoyed his books as a child, particularly the ones set in Shropshire, an area she visited often as a family, and particularly liked the sketch maps in the books. In her show, she tells the audience how the books and those sketch maps had a big influence on her early enthusiasm for maps. She always looks for people in the audience who have heard of him and read his books.

Please click here for the booking form or send a s.a.e to Kim Spencer.