Ashfield U3A Miscellany Group
CO-ORDINATOR(S): Sue Taylor
TELEPHONE NUMBER(S): 01773-860279 or 07791-425094
EMAIL ADDRESS(ES): email@example.com
MEETING DATE & TIME: Varies according to activity
COST OF VENUE, MATERIALS ETC.: Varies
NUMBER OF MEMBERS: 27
GROUP FULL: YES but we never turn anyone away
WAITING LIST: YES
PAGE CODE: Fully-Updateable
GROUP STATUS: RUNNING
This group has been set up to explore venues, attractions and activities which may not be covered by other groups.
Miscellany Group visit to Hodsock Priory May 2018
We set off on the 2 May from Kirkby with some apprehension on how the day would unfold in the awful weather! What a surprise we had. We were warmly welcomed by George Buchanan who served us with coffee.Sue Taylor, Coordinator, Miscellany Group (firstname.lastname@example.org)
George then gave us a guided tour of the banqueting suite (which is currently used for weddings and private functions), bridal suite and a behind-the-scenes tour of the cellars. He gave us a fascinating insight of the history, noting there is evidence that people have lived at Hodsock for over 2,000 years, dating back from the Bronze Age. The Mellish and Buchanan families have lived there since 1765 and have had issues, not least with one ancestor gambling away 20,000 acres of Hodsock land. The estate now comprises 800 acres (700 mainly arable and 100 acres of woodland) and is still run by the Buchanan family.
Following a superb lunch in the dining room, we were blessed with lovely sunshine and were able to explore the extensive gardens and bluebell wood. A thoroughly enjoyable day, thanks go to Marilyn White for arranging this.