Outings can only be booked by fully paid up members.  Please use the booking form provided, enclose separate cheques for each event (payable to the respective trip leader) and send them with one stamped SAE to each of the leaders concerned.  In the event of outings being over-subscribed a ballot will be held on 11th March and members will be notified as soon as possible after that date.

Monday 11th April                    Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre

A 90 minute guided tour in this beautiful building of the gallery, heritage gallery and Roman Amphitheatre, including the current exhibition of photographs by Martin Parr, illustrating ‘behind the scenes ceremonial’ and ‘the unseen city’

Meet at 10.45am for 11.00am at entrance to Guildhall Library, set back from Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH (nearest stations Bank or St Paul’s on the Central Line)

Leader: Janet Lovell (020 8505 3640), Cost £8.60 (including the current photographic exhibition)

25 places

Postal booking to Mrs Janet Lovell 24 Ashdon Close, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0EF

 Tuesday 26th April      Westminster Catholic Cathedral and views from St Edward’s Tower

                                                                                                                            (lift access)

Designed by the Victorian architect John Francis Bentley in the Early Christian Byzantine style, the foundation stone was laid in 1895.  The Cathedral contains fine marble-work and mosaics.  The addition of new mosaics is ongoing.

The guided 60 minute tour is followed by the opportunity to use the lift to travel 210 feet above street level to the viewing gallery at the top of the tower, which provides spectacular views over London.  There is a café on site.

Meet at 1.30pm for 1.45pm at the information desk at the back of the Cathedral, set back from Victoria Street (nearest station Victoria on the District or Circle Line)

Leader: Janet Lovell (020 8505 3640), Cost £6.50 (including use of the lift in the Tower and contribution to the Society)

25 places

Postal booking to Mrs Janet Lovell 24 Ashdon Close, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0EF

Monday 9th May                       Rudge Memorial Lecture

This annual event hosted by the West Essex Archaeological Group will be held in the Assembly Hall, Woodford County High School for Girls.  The subject this year will be ‘The Thames at War’ by Dr Gustav Milne CITiZAN Project Leader, Museum of London Archaeology

The lecture starts at 7.45pm and admission and refreshments are free.

Further details available on the WEAG website

Thursday 19th May                  A Walk in Monkhams

Looking at some of the buildings which remain from Monkhams estate, including the stables and several estate cottages and some other listed buildings in the area of Woodford Wells, Georgina Green has very kindly offered to lead this walk at no cost.  However, members are requested to complete a booking form, so that Georgina will know how many people to expect on the day. The walk will take place whatever the weather.

Meet at 10.15am for a 10.30am start at All Saints’ Church, Inmans Row, Woodford Wells.

Participation is free

Leader: Georgina Green, but administration by Janet Lovell (020 8505 3640)

20 places

Postal booking to Mrs Janet Lovell 24 Ashdon Close, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0EF


Wednesday 8th June               St Margaret’s Barking

St Margaret’s Church Barking dates back to the 13th century, although the Abbey was destroyed at the time of the dissolution.  It has possible historical links to the Bayeux Tapestry and has links to the oldest church in Redbridge, the Ilford Chapel.  Discover the story of Ann and Thomas Nepton, the Worshipful Company of Poulters and their connection to Ilford.  A guided tour lasting about 60 minutes, after which wander the grounds and the remaining ruins of Barking Abbey.  The church, grounds/cemetery are wheelchair friendly.  Access is via Abbey Road or down some steep steps.  There is a small, busy café for drinks and light refreshments – extra cost (please indicate interest on the booking form)

Meet at 10.45am for 11.00am at the entrance near the café (bus 179 to Ilford, the EL1 or EL2 to Barking Station

169 from Clayhall to Barking Station or 275 to Barkingside then 169 to Barking Station.  The church is straight on 5-10 minute walk through the pedestrianised shopping area.  Parking is extremely difficult in the area)

Leader: Felicity Banks (020 8504 6552), Cost £5.00 (including contribution to the Society)

15 places, although a second tour could be arranged for 1.00pm if there is sufficient demand

Postal booking to Miss Felicity Banks, 110 Broadmead Road, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 7EH

Wednesday 13th July              Geffrye Museum of the House

The museum explores the English home from 1600 to the present day through a series of period living rooms and gardens, set in beautiful 18th century buildings surrounded by gardens.  The visit will commence with a general lecture and slide show on the museum and how the collection was formed in the early years, after which you will be free to explore the Museum and the gardens.  There is a café on site.

Meet at 10.45am for 11.00am at the front desk of the museum, Kingland Road, London E2 8EA (nearest underground station – Hoxton (Overground) from Whitechapel or train to Liverpool Street and then buses 149 or 242)

Leader: Jill Hicks (020 8505 0443), Cost: £7.00 (including contribution to the Society)

20 places

Postal booking to Miss Jill Hicks, 21 Madeira Grove, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 7QH


Wednesday 3rd August            Valentines Mansion

Valentines Mansion is situated within Valentines Park, Ilford.  It was built in 1696 for Lady Tillotson, the widow of the Archbishop of Canterbury and remained a family house until Sarah Ingleby died in 1906.  The guided tour will last approximately 90 minutes, plus 30 minutes garden tour, weather permitting.

Meet at 10.15am for 10.30am at the entrance to the Mansion, Emerson Road, Ilford IG1 4XA (nearest stations Gants Hill or Ilford.  Buses from Woodford 123 and 179)

Leader: Pat Smith (020 8505 1177), Cost: £5.50 (including contribution to the Society)

20 places

Postal booking to Mrs Pat Smith, 12 Parkway, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 7RE


Thursday 25th August             Dr Johnson’s House

A 45 minute guided tour of this 300-year-old townhouse in the historic City of London.  Samuel Johnson lived in the house in the middle of the eighteenth century, and it is where he compiled his famous ‘Dictionary of the English Language’.  This is a tranquil oasis in the midst of the bustling City.  There are four floors within the house which contains unavoidable steps that may pose a problem for those with access requirements.

Meet at 11.15am for 11.30am at entrance to Dr Johnson’s House, 17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE (nearest station Chancery Lane on the Central Line)

Leader: Janet Lovell (020 8505 3640), Cost £4.50 (including contribution to the Society) (It is regretted that no reduction is available for members of the National Trust as a guided tour has been booked)

25 places

Postal booking to Mrs Janet Lovell 24 Ashdon Close, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0EF