MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN: As you know, one of the things the Friends do is support the Hall by donating items that help enhance the experience enjoyed by visitors. The PA system and screen, for example, have greatly improved the presentation of lectures.
For our latest project we plan to help fund the replacement of the sycamore trees that line the west-side of the moat and provide a green backdrop to the range of outbuildings in the Courtyard. What you might not have noticed is that the amount of greenery is getting less and less each year. The whole row has succumbed to Honey Fungus and all seven trees are slowly dying – an eighth tree was removed a couple of years ago for safety reasons. The cost of the felling and replacement with trees some 12 ft tall with guards to prevent the cows damaging them, is about £3,000. As we cannot provide that level of funding, we felt that individual Friends might wish to support us with sponsorship. The form enclosed with this Newsletter offers you an exciting opportunity to support something that will last for hundreds of years. The replacement trees are to be Tilia Cordata, better known as small-leaved lime, or linden.
To read more and to download The Friends’ Autumn newsletter please click HERE
The Friends’ events got off to a flying start in April with the annual AGM. Members were privileged to have their President John Julius Norwich as their post-AGM speaker.
He spoke, without notes and without pause, on Sicily – his first love and the book he was born to write.
In May, internationally renowned Harpist David Watkins played to a packed Great Hall to great acclaim. Local Harpist Georgina Wells wrote the following critique…
Please click HERE to read more and download the Summer 2016 Friends’ Newsletter: a thank you to The Friends’ Chairman Lord Norwich, a concert review and an update on The Friends’ Archive & Research Group.