(Old) Events Programme 2017

We are trying out a new way to display events – click HERE to go to the new page for 2018 onwards.

Winter Programme 2017/18

Details of our 2017/18 winter events are available on our new Events page listing here


Summer Programme 2017 (completed)

Our full summer programme for 2017 is outlined below. The visits to Owlpen Manor on 18th July and Turn End Garden & the Getty Estate on 17th August have now passed.  Reports are (or will be) available on our News and Reports page.

Forthcoming visits include:

Heritage Open Day on September 10th

Milton Keynes at 50 with Tim Mars on Saturday 23rd September

  • A tour of Little-Los-Angeles-in-Bucks on the 50th anniversary of its designation as a new town—led by Tim Mars. Tim first encountered MK in the 1970s and was so unexpectedly intrigued and beguiled that he finally took the plunge and moved there with his family in the mid-1980s. He has watched this unique and strange ‘non-place urban realm’ grow and evolve almost from the beginning—when there was very little of it there—both as a fascinated spectator and as a resident. The Dictionary of Urbanism describes Tim as a ‘sceptical enthusiast for Milton Keynes’. For full details visit our new events pages here:  http://stroudcivicsociety.co.uk/wp/?tribe_events=a-tour-of-milton-keynes-with-tim-mars

A visit to Owlpen Manor

Tuesday 18th July 2017 

“By far the most perfect small manor house, to me in all of England”
Francis Comstock 1976

There is much to see here.

The house has a range of styles, Tudor, Georgian and Arts and Crafts. Mainly untouched since the early 18th century it was preserved by chance. It was abandoned by the family in 1815 and while the neglect saved the house from alteration, it brought it close to collapse.

When Norman Jewson, the Arts and Crafts architect, bought it in 1925 he wrote “one of the main trusses had given way and huge roots of ivy had grown right across some of the floors”. He bravely took on the project and saved the house with a sensitive restoration.

Inside the house, 16th century panelling, wall paintings and fine 18th century fittings combine to make a fascinating interior. The house is full of works by William Morris, Alfred Bucknell, Norman Jewson and Sydney Barnsley while the walls are hung with family portraits and beautiful watercolours of the house. The house was bought in 1974 by Sir Nicholas Mander and today is very much a family home.

The garden however was always kept up so it is now an unusually complete survival of an early formal garden.

The church is often overlooked but it is a ‘must see.’ The Victorian restoration of 1874 was followed by a very rich embellishment of the interior by James Powell (of Whitefriars glass) who worked with William Morris and Burne-Jones. There is fine stained glass, glittering mosaics and some wonderful tiled panels of angels resplendent with outstretched wings.

Booking essential – a booking form can be downloaded by clicking here.

Price: £30.00 members £35 non-members (to include a private tour by Sir Nicololas Mander and a cream tea in the Cyder Barn. There is no coach for this visit, members make their own way there. Offers of lifts gratefully received.

Times: 1.00pm to 2.00pm picnics in the garden (members can bring garden chairs).
2.15pm introduction to the house and tour.
4.15pm approx tea and a visit to the church.


A Special Garden & a unique visit to the Getty Estate

Thursday August 17th

Turn End is one of three houses designed and built in the 1960s by architect Peter Aldington in the village of Haddenham.  It is still the family home of the Aldington family. In 2006 the three houses were listed grade 11*.  The garden, designed and made by Peter Aldington as a natural extension of the house, grew with the buildings, maturing into an internationally renowned garden.

Turn End also aims to support the creative sector and the estate has been home to furniture makers, potters and jewellery designers. Two studios are located within the estate which we can visit and morning coffee will be served there.

After a picnic lunch in the garden we will leave for the Wormsley Getty Estate where we will visit The Library and the Walled Garden.

The Wormsley Estate, owned by the Getty family, is a beautiful 18th century estate in the Chiltern Hill. The 2,700 acre estate was acquired by Sir Paul Getty in 1986.  He embarked on a comprehensive restoration project across the buildings, gardens and landscape.

The Library:  The late Sir Paul Getty spent twenty-five years assembling one of the finest collections of books and manuscripts in the country which were housed in a splendid purpose-built building. This unparalleled collection of works ranges from the 7th century to the 20th century and includes medieval manuscripts, Anne Boleyn’s Psalter and a first folio of Shakespeare’s plays.  The Librarian will give us a guided tour.

The Walled Garden: Dating from the mid 1700’s, the 2 acre gardens were originally designed by Richard Woods, a contemporary of Capability Brown.  Sir Paul and Lady Getty brought them back to life with a rose garden, magnificent pergola and a ‘Green Theatre’’.   Pimms will be served in the garden at the end of our visit.

Booking essential – there is a booking form HERE.

Price: £45.00 for members £50.00 non-members (to include a garden visit at Turn End, morning coffee there, visit to Wormsley Library and the Walled Garden, a glass of Pimms and the coach from Stroud and back).  Please bring a picnic for lunch in the garden at Turn End as there are no suitable cafes nearby.

Full details will be e-mailed out one week before departure.  Closing date for booking is August 8th.