Current Programme

Summer Programme 2017

Participants join any of these visits on the understanding that in public places, neither the Society nor our guides can accept any liability for injuries incurred. Particularly when outdoors, participants are responsible for ensuring the safety of themselves and those in their care (e.g. children). Please take note of any safety-related information given below and/or at the visits.

Unless indicated otherwise, non-members are welcome to join us on paying a visitor fee of £1 each.

Wednesday, May 17th  

Croxden Abbey and Church (***)

Society member, John Smith, will be our guide on this afternoon visit to the abbey ruins and after this we will enter the near-by church where our hosts will be Mr and Mrs. Gent, who will inform us of the history of the church. Meet at the abbey at 2.00pm.


Wednesday, June 14th

Hanbury, St. Werburgh’s Church (DE13 8TF)

Karen Harrison will be our host at the Grade II-listed church (which has disabled access). Dating from before 1300, it has interesting carvings and wall decorations. Meet at 7.30pm at the church where limited parking is available or park safely nearby. Take the A50 to Sudbury, turn right on the A515. Ignore the immediate left turn but take the next in approx. 1.3 miles and keep right to Hanbury at the next junction. The church is located to the right.


Wednesday, July 5th

Ipstones (***)

Our guides will be Stanley Clowes and members of Ipstones Historical Society. Meet at 7.15pm in the Memorial Hall car park which is about 300 metres on the left after turning left by the shop in the centre of the village when coming from Cheadle. The walk will be on firm, level ground taking in the Memorial Hall, churches/chapels, other buildings and features. To assist our hosts, please book places with the Secretary by June 28th (see contact page for details).


Wednesday, August 16th

Foxfield Colliery, Dilhorne (***)

Jon Adshead will be our guide and will show us remaining surface features of the colliery and give an overview of future plans for the site. Much of the site surface is of a smooth, compacted nature and there are only minimal steps. Special care is however required in low roof areas. Meet at the car park on the site at 7.00 pm. This can be reached by driving up the incline away from Dilhorne past Godley Brook chapel. After the cottages on the left, take the 4th left turn (immediately after the S J Wallchester entrance).

Note (***):
Refreshments are likely to be available towards the end of these visits. Please pay the designated prices; otherwise, give a donation in appreciation.