This group started in January 1999. It’s named after the Three Choirs Festival, because most of our members live in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. However, any SI members who can get to meetings are welcome to join.
Join us on Wednesday 13 July at Tyntesfield at Wraxall, Somerset located to the west of Bristol. It is a Gothic revival house and gardens and a National Trust property for those of us who are members. The cost for those who are not members is £14.05 which covers the house and grounds. £8.75 for the grounds only. If enough of us come we will look into a group rate, so please let me know as soon as possible if you think you might be able to come. There is a lot to see and you can easily make a day of the house and the grounds. The plan is meet for coffee at 10:15ish. 10:45 gather at the ticket office to walk down to the the house. There is a shuttle bus for those who might find the walk a bit much. 11:00-1:00 see the house. Lunch at 1:15. After that you can go back to the house or the gardens. Let Pam Scholefield know if you can come.
Wednesday February 24 in Tewkesbury in the Mayor's Parlour in the Town Hall, High Street, Tewkesbury. We will be having a session on legal indexing by Mary Jane Steer. The session begins at 11am followed by lunch. Lunch venue to be decided. If you can attend please book soon as there is a limited number of spaces available.
On the 23rd of November we gathered in Tewkesbury for our annual planning meeting. Our next meeting will be in February in Cheltenham, date and venue to be decided. Mary Jane Steer will be doing a session on legal indexing. March will see us in Gloucestershire at a crocodile farm. The May/June meeting will be at Hereford Cathedral. Our July/August meeting will be at Tyntesfield to see the house and gardens. For our September/October meeting we hope to tour the BBC in Bristol. That takes us back to our November planning meeting which we all agreed should be back in Tewkesbury at the Gupshill Manor pub. We will set dates for these meetings as we go through the year so please keep an eye on this page.
29 July 2015
At Cotswold Lavender Farm
12 May 2015
At Hailes Abbey
Malvern at the Library for a session Cathryn Pritchard on XML indexing. We will meet in the Library cafe at 10:30 for coffee and start promptly at 11am. The session will last 21/2 hours with a break for lunch at a nearby pub. Please contact Pam Scholefield if you are able to attend.
Cheltenham, The Wilson art gallery and museum.
Five members met at the International Birds of Prey Centre near Newent in Gloucestershire, followed by lunch at the Good News cafe in Newent.
Seven members met at the new library in Birmingham for a self-guided tour led by local group member Cathryn Pritchard. We went from the children's and music library in the basement up through the various floors to the eighth floor on the top where the wood panelled Shakespeare Memorial Library has been installed. This was followed by lunch at the Lost & Found pub and quick look round the Museum & Art Gallery.
Eleven members met in the Vision21 meeting room in Cheltenham for a session on CPD led by Wendy Baskett. We worked through the Personal Development Plan which is on the SI website either as a group or in pairs, discussing the various stages of assessing our careers and creating action plans with the intention of time-limited implementation. The 2014 conference committee held a meeting in the afternoon.
Eleven members met in the historic town of Winchcombe in the Cotswolds for a tour round followed by lunch and the group's planning meeting for next year. The 2014 conference committee held a meeting in the afternoon.
Eight members and guest visited Spetchley Park Gardens, part of the Berkeley castle estate just outside Worcester. The gardens were mainly formed in the nineteenth century by Rose Berkeley and Ellen Willmott, the horticulturalist, and are set out in a series of rooms with melon garden, kitchen garden, herbaceous borders, rose garden and an open-sided conservatory for tender blooms. There is a lake and grounds to walk round and a house available for functions. Although the weather was grey the rain held off and we had lunch in the café there and discussion of matters indexing and otherwise.
Eleven members and guests met at the Priory Inn in Tetbury for lunch before heading off to Chavenage House a couple of miles away for a guided tour. Our guide was the owner who wasgiven the house as a wedding gift by a childless uncle 54 years ago. His knowledge was thorough and intimate and kept us interested for an almost two hour tour, all the while side-stepping the film production which was taking place while we were there. The house is on an old monastic site and had a rather chequered history till it came into the hands of the Stephens (Stevens) family in the 1550s, under whose ownership the existing medieval hall was enlarged, the result being pretty much the house as it exists today, save for an Edwardian wing added in 1904. The house remained in the Stevens family till 1891 when it was bought by the current owner's great-grandfather, so has only had two families in ownership since the mid-sixteenth century. We were told of its history during the two world wars, the ghostly sightings and the connection to Cromwell who has a room named after him. It is a fascinating time capsule and the most beautiful house, despite the artificial flowers dotted about the garden for the benefit of the film production. Thanks go to Barbara Hird for organizing the meeting and doing all the liaison with the house and pub.
For further information on the group contact Pam Scholefield (see below).
The Three Choirs Group runs an email-based discussion group called SI-choirs that is open to members of the Society.
For further information, please contact:
Tel 01684 564250