Coming Events

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Autumn Ramble in Ludlow/Hereford

15th-17th September 2017

This will take the form of an informal dinner at the Feathers Hotel in Ludlow Friday (15th September) evening for those who can make it, then meeting in Ludlow Saturday morning for a walk around the town and castle to view scenes from the ‘The Master of Maryknoll’ (with a bit of lone piners thrown in) followed by lunch at DeGreys Tea Room, an afternoon walk to Mary Knoll valley and back (or free time in Ludlow for those of a less energetic disposition!), then meeting in a pub (the Charlton Arms) for dinner.

On Sunday there will be a trip to Hereford in a vintage Midland Red coach, following in the steps of the Buckinghams, followed by a walk around the town and peek into the cathedral, again following the Buckinghams. The coach will then return to Ludlow mid-afternoon.

Attendees with be asked to pay a deposit (full cost for the coach) as on the application form, and there will also be a separate cost for lunch at DeGreys, Sunday lunch, and admission to the castle.

If you are interested in attending this event, you can register your interest by filling in this form

Come to Rome and Orvieto

8th-12th October 2017

This trip is organised by Bernard Meade, a long-standing member of the Society, but is not run by the Society. It follows on from his very enjoyable trip to Venice last year, re-tracing the steps of Marston Baines in 'Dark Danger', together with a trip to Orvieto, the location for ‘The Secret of the Villa Rosa'. Further information can be found here, and the booking form can be downloaded here.


A Murder near Witchend and some Rambling and Talking

23th-25th February 2018

The ‘Shropshire Ramblings’ weekend in the Society calendar has previously been just for serious walkers, but this time the weekend is not only for walkers but also for non-walkers. Our venue is Longmynd House (previously The Long Mynd Hotel) in Church Stretton, Shropshire, which has recently been fully refurbished. It enjoys an elevated position with wonderful views over the Shropshire Hills, has lovely wooded grounds, a boot and drying room, an elevator and free WiFi, amongst many other attractions.

We will be staying on a full board basis and our weekend begins with dinner on Friday evening. All dietary needs can be catered for. On Saturday morning, through to mid-afternoon, there is a choice of activities – a guided walk, or stay in for Saville themed talks, book reviews and discussion groups, or do your own thing. For example, it’s a short walk into Church Stretton, or a slightly longer stroll to the National Trust Carding Mill Valley. Lunch is at the House or there is a take out luxury packed lunch.

The new and exciting part of this weekend starts late Saturday afternoon, with a specially written murder mystery play, ‘A Murder near Witchend’, performed by The Clungunford Players. We’ll gather in the Ragleth Room to see the unfolding drama at the Open Gardens weekend in Onnybrook. After dinner, we continue with the dramatic events of the day, the questioning of suspects and eventual conclusion. You’ll have the opportunity, if you wish, to question the suspects and, towards the end, fill in a questionnaire to guess who ‘did it’, before the final revealing scene is performed. There are prizes for the best answers!

The cost for this all-inclusive weekend is £185 per person, with no single supplement. This includes: · accommodation from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning · Friday and Saturday dinners, Saturday lunch and breakfast on Sunday · for those travelling by public transport, transfers from Church Stretton town or the railway station · all activities – guided walks on Saturday and Sunday, the Saturday in-house activities and the play.

Please note that booking for this event is now closed.