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Spring / Summer Excursions 2017

The Committee were pleased at the response of Members to our April excursion to Paisley Abbey and Holmwood. Several people remarked to me that the last time they had visited the Abbey was upwards of 40 years ago! Certainly, few of us would previously have enjoyed a tour of the building with knowledgeable guides. At Holmwood, we were able to see the start of the stencilled restoration in the hallway, to which we had contributed (see below). As this spring excursion was a success, we hope to arrange something similar for next year, i.e. a shorter outing to properties in or around Glasgow.

Our May excursion to Argyll proved very popular. Although the weather on the day was not at its best, there was a lowering West Highland mist, which seemed appropriate. At Strachur House we were warmly received by Sir Charles and Lady Maclean to their very interesting home, with its garden, looking pristine with the distinctive avenue of pollarded trees and many spring blossoms. After an enjoyable lunch at Creggans, we went on to the Royal Botanic Garden at Benmore. We had a fairly limited time, but I hope that everyone was able to enjoy parts of the gardden, where rhododendrons and azaleas were in full bloom, with their exquisite colours and scents.

In June we visited Mellerstain, the home of the 14th Earl of Haddington. Unfortunately, the sub-committee had failed to notice that our visit to the Borders coincided with the first day of the Royal Highland Show, so we were held up by heavy traffic in the Edinburgh area, although we were able to make up some of the time on the quiet Border roads. We had private tours to this exceptional house, with its beautiful Robert Adam interiors, claimed to be amongst his best work. There is also much of interest in the family portraits, and the furnishings, which give the feeling of a house that is lived in. After a pleasant lunch-cum-afternoon tea in the restaurant, we had time to enjoy the well-tended garden, with its terraces, sweeping vistas - and plenty of seats!

By the time you receive the printed version of this Newsletter, the July excursion to Levens Hall and possibly the August excursion to Kirkcudbright, will already have taken place - in any event the latter is fully booked with a short waiting list. At the time of writing, however, there are still a few places left for the visit to Gosford House on 12 October, so if you are interested, please contact Miss Jean Currie.

Sheila Christie.

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Summer 2018

This is advanced notice that a booking has been made at the Holiday Inn, Chester South, for the period Friday 14 to Tuesday 18 September 2018. Further details of this and next year's day excursions will be given in the February Newsletter.

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Christmas Event

This year we have arranged an outing to Gartmore House, Stirlingshire, with a 3-course lunch and a glass of wine, on Wednesday 6 December 2017.

We intend to leave by coach from North Hanover Street (opposite the side entrance of Queen Street Railway Station) at 10am and drive first to Aberfoyle, where you would have time to buy coffee or browse the shops. We would then return to Gartmoe for lunch and a short tour of the public rooms in the house.

Date: Wednesday 6 December 2017.
10.00am from North Hanover Street

Returns: 4.00pm (approx)
Price: £35

if you wish to attend please apply on the form enclosed in the Autumn mailing by 31st October along with a cheque in favour of "Glasgow Members' Centre NTS" and a stamped self-addressed envelope.

Cancellation. If, after booking, you find you have to cancel please let Miss Currie know as soon as possible. If cancellation occurs after 31st October, we cannot make any refunds as we have to pay in advance at this venue.

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Contributions to the Work of NTS

As discussed at the AGM, the Committee have agreed to make disbursements to NTS properties (to all of which we have a connection this year) as follows :-

Tenement House, Glasgow :£120 (for named pencils for children who complete a quiz).
Holmwood House ; £1,500 (as a contribution towards the restoration of stencilling in the hall).
Broughton House, Kirkcudbright : £500 (the cost of repairing a sundial)

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Lecture Series : October 2017 - April 2018

All meetings are to be held on Wednesdays at 2 pm at Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, 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 11 October 2017 at 14:00
Richard Williams (General Manager of Glasgow and the West), "The Work of NTS".
Wednesday 8 November 2017 at 14:00
Efric McNeil (President of The Glasgow Art Club), "Glasgow Art Club".
Wednesday 17 January 2018 at 14:00
Fergus Sutherland (Archaeological and Historical Researcher, "1911 Glasgow Exhibition".
Wednesday 14 February 2018 at 14:00
A.G.M. followed by a talk by Alasdair Eckersall (Property Manager/Senior Ranger) entitled "Footpath work of the NTS".
Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 14:00
Niall Murphy (Historical Buildings Officer with Glasgow City Heritage) "The Statues of George Square".
Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 14:00
John Sanders (Architect), "The Restoration of the Willow Tearoom".

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the 41st Annual General Meeting of the Glasgow Members' Centre will be held in Adelaide's, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 14th February 2018.

The agenda is as undernoted :

  1. Apologies.
  2. Minutes of the 40th 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 2017 and are valid until 30 September 2018. 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 2017 the subscription you paid on joining is valid for the year 2017/18 and you will receive a membership card in the Autumn mailing but no application form.

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