BDU3A National Trust Group-Archive

Friday 13th December 2019

Today BDU3A visited the beautiful Hardwick Hall to view the elegant Christmas decorations,  all handmade by NT volunteers.  We then went on to the Canarvon Arms at Teversal for a scrumptious meal, absolutely delicious.  Many thanks to Pat, Sue and Maggie for there organisation of a great day.

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

After receiving a refund for a coffee and a write up on the house’s history, twenty four of us set off for Nostell in Wakefield in the rain – but this quickly cleared to give us a lovely day of smiles and chats – with a very pleasant walk around the lake with the trees just starting to turn – the sun even came out and allowed us to sit outside for lunch.

The house itself was like a dolls house (in fact there was an enormous dolls house on the top floor) – quite cosy – lots of small rooms a bit of a maze – but the Chippendale ‘wow’ – everywhere – made to measure for the house and such variety – in the library what looked like a wooden chest opened up to provide a pull out Chippendale library ladder – and what we thought were ceramics were actually made of wood – amazing. There was even a 300 year old wooden clock – and the demonstration of how to make marble paper was fascinating.

A really interesting and happy day – everyone said they had thoroughly enjoyed it.

Wednesday 26th June 2019

BDU3A National Trust Group     August Trip

It was decided at the group meeting on Monday 24th June that, due to costs, the proposed trip to Wentworth on August 22nd  would be cancelled.

Instead the group decided on an alternative!

New date! and venue!   … Wednesday August 28th to Dunham Massey.

Please sign up and pay as soon as possible and certainly by the end of July.  Thank you.


Monday 25th February 2019

The NTG met on Monday.  The new schedule was agreed.  Our first trip out to Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood and Kedleston Hall, Derby, will leave the Market Place on Thursday 14th March at 9.00 am.

Bolsover U3A National Trust Group

Schedule, correct at time of publishing.

March 14th (Thursday)​​Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood​​​​269​​​​​​and Kedleston Hall,  Derby.    Page ​​​​​263

April 18th (Thursday)​​Canons Ashby, Daventry, Northants​​​​255

​​​​and Upton House and Gardens Page ​​​​​302

May 6th (Bank Holiday Monday) Gunby Estate, Hall & Gardens (special event)​​​

​​​​Spilsby, Lincs Page 258

June 8th (Saturday)​​Birmingham Back to Backs​​​​​  Page 284

July 20th (Saturday)​​Quarry Bank Mill, gardens and Workers  Cottag

Styal, Cheshire, Page ​​​​​​​320​

​August 22nd (Thursday)​​Wentworth Woodhouse and Wentworth Castle Gardens​​, South York shire  Pages 371/2

​September 28th (Saturday)​Benningborough Hall, Gallery & Gardens, near York Page ​​355

​October 19th (Saturday)​​to be decided

​November/December​​Christmas outing

​​​All above information was agreed at NT meeting, 25/02/2019

These dates may be subject to change, if, as and when necessary.


Thursday 27th September 2018

Trip to Baddesley Clinton/Packwood House confirmed for Weds 24th October.

Leave Bolsover at 8.30am, return from Packwood at 4.30pm

  • Christmas trip to Belton will be on Sat 1st Dec.

That weekend chosen as there will be carol singers performing that weekend only.

Please let the NationalTrust Team know if you would like to be included on these trips.


Thursday 13th September 2018

Reporting on our trip to Attingham!  A great day out on Tuesday 11th September,  and,  as usual impeccable organisation.  A beautiful house, gardens and grounds.  A couple of photos, show the main entrance, and the main staircase.  Thanks go to Pat, Maggie and Sue.

Wednesday 12th September 2018

The National Trust group have had a very varied year since we started. We have travelled the country from Cambridgeshire to Yorkshire and the counties in between. We have covered many periods in time, from the 1700’s up to the 1900’s and taken a glimpse into the lives of people, from the very rich to the very poor – and have seen the most weird and most wonderful aspects from the past.

The group try to include all aspects of National Trust properties from small intimate houses like Stoneywell to vast estates such as Lyme and Attingham Park and properties like Southwell Workhouse and Quarry Bank Mills.

We started off with a small group of enthusiasts which has now grown to a core group of over twenty five. Feedback has been very positive with members commenting on how very relaxed and enjoyable the days out have been.

For Christmas, the group will be going to Belton House near Grantham Lincolnshire. National Trust properties such as Belton House dress up for Christmas, often in the style of a particular period in time.

Next year’s agenda for trips will be decided by the group members at the up and coming National Trust meetings in January and February.

We are a happy group and encompass the U3A motto of Learn Laugh and Live – we have a lot of laughter! Don’t worry if you do not know anyone – join us – and you soon will.

Regards from Group Co-Ordinators – Pat, Sue and Maggie

Monday 20th August 2018

Please note, there have been some changes to the original programme of National Trust property visits.

Tuesday 11th September   ATTINGHAM PARK.  Leaves Bolsover Market Place 8.30am.  Please contact the Group Conveners if you wish to go £20.

Wednesday 24th October    BADDESLEY CLINTON and PACKWOOD HOUSE, this is a definite visit, final arrangements to follow

All other information for Sept/Oct, no longer applies.  If you have any queries please contact the Group Conveners.


Saturday 28th July 2018

Visited Stoneywell yesterday, beautiful place, designed by Ernest Gibson, for his brother in 1898. I was fascinated to find out that a walnut coffer situated in the main bedroom, made by George Sherman and carved by Joseph Armitage, with an oak leaf design, 1912, was the basis for a design submitted by Armitage, to the National Trust competition for a symbol representing the National Trust, and of course he had the winning entry! Photos show the coffer and the rear view of Stoneywell.


Saturday 5th May2018

What a wonderful day at East Riddlesden Hall, beautiful weather, as usual great company and impeccable organisation thanks to Pat, Maggie and Sue.  A selection of photo’s show just some of what we did and what we saw today.  The most surprising was going in to the bird hide, not spotting one bird, but seeing a little family of rats, playing between the foliage and feeding on the dropped bird seed.  We also visited Saltaire, a World Heritage Site.  Saltaire takes its name from Sir Titus Salt and the River Aire which runs through the village, it’s here we saw this little family of geese and goslings, so cute.


Wednesday 18th April 2018

Suggested 2018 Schedule, May be subject change, Members will be kept informed.


May 5th                        East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley                Page 342

June 12th (Tuesday)     Lyme, Cheshire                                        Page  305

July 28th                     Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire                        Page 307

Sept 8th                       Calke Abbey,  Derby                                     Page  245

WITH   Stoneywell, Leicester                        Page 258

Oct 20th                      Birmingham Back to Backs                         Page  273

Nov 3rd                       Baddesley  Clinton, Warwicks                      Page 269

Nov 3rd                        WITH  Packwood House, Warwicks          Page 287

Dec TBA                     Belton House, Lincs   Christmas Event.  Page 243

Wednesday 13th December 2017

Today the National Trust Group visited Hardwick Hall to see the Christmas decorations, one word?  Beautiful!  Some photographs for you to make your own judgement.  We then went on to the Young Vanish for a very enjoyable lunch.  Many thanks to Pat, Maggie and Sue for superb organisation and a lovely day out.



November 4th 2017

Another successful day with the National Trust Group.  Today we visited Southwell with a full coach of members.    Our first stop was the Minster where they were hosting a Christmas Craft Fair.  The Minster was packed to the rafters with stalls and visitors.  Would like to visit again to just take in and enjoy the magnificence of this beautiful church.  After a spot of lunch we moved on to the Workhouse.  We were met by one of the National Trust volunteers who gave us a great introductory talk on the history of the Workhouse.  A fabulously interesting day, thanks to Pat, Maggie and Sue.

Pictured below, 29 of our members waiting for admission to the Workhouse!  Will we ever see them again?

October 21st 2017

Today the National Trust Group travelled to the Quarry Bank Mill, a factory built by Samuel Greg in 1784 at a cost of £5000.  Quarry Bank is one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution.  The photographs show one of the first weaving machines used for weaving the spun cotton .The other shows some of our members back at school in the Apprentice House, where the children who worked at the Mill were educated.  We had a fascinating day, watched some of the machines in use and heard about the history of the apprentices, all told to us by the wonderful volunteer guides.

September 10th 2017

Yesterday the NationalTrust Group visited the Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire. We were all hoping the rain would stay away and for the most part it did. What a beautiful place, with a mixed history. Thomas Critcheley created the building as it stands today in 1640 when he began to build a new hall. Most of the furnishings are original, the house had been stripped of almost everything after a series of tenants came and went. The Hall was bought in 1938 by Cpt and Mrs George Bainbridge they were the last owners and spent years locating and buying back all things ‘Wimpole’. The result is what we see today. The photos here show the Bath House, very grand and imposing, and the Chapel displaying its Harvest Festival goods, many thanks to Pat, Maggie, Sue and Val for organising a brilliant day.  Bev




Sent from my iPad Bev


July 29th 2017

Once again a fabulous day out with the NT group. Saturday 29th July we visited Greyfriars, Worcester. Only a small place, but fascinating, a unique property set in the heart of Worcester. The city itself is littered with buildings dating back to the Tudor period. We had lunch in their famous Scotch Egg Cafe (hand made scotch egg company), wonderful! I had a Mumbai Scotch Egg ploughman’s, yum Altogether a great day, wonderful company, thanks Pat, Maggie, Sue and Val for your perfect organisation.



July 1st, 2017

One of our latest members to the History Group is a volunteer for both National Trust and English Heritage.
He will be doing guided tours at Wingfield Manor on the first Saturday in August (5th) and would be very pleased to see anyone from the U3A, particularly anyone from the history group. However, he has pointed out that these are not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.

They also need to be pre-booked. To secure your place, and for details of times and prices, please call 0370 333 1181.

June 22nd, 2017

I would like to say a big thank you to Maggie & Bev for organising the trip to Waddesdon  Manor.

It was a comfortable coach ride with a pleasant driver. A lovely surprise to find there was a feast in the grounds with lots of sampling of food & drink. The street entertainment was excellent and very different.

The timed ticket into the house meant that we didn`t have to rush our visit. I found the history of the Rothschild family & collection most interesting.

I was on my own but everyone was very friendly & made me feel as if I belonged, I would recommend to any one interested in the National Trust to book on the next trip. Sandra Keller.

A fabulous day out to Waddesdon Manor, with an unexpected bonus of the
‘Food Feast’.  Stalls with all manner of food and drink, and so many different acts throughout the day, just wonderful, and of course beautiful weather.  Can’t wait for the next NT outing

May 16th 2017

The NTG have decided to have regular monthly meetings.  These will take place on the 4th Monday of every month, at the Bee Hive Cafe, Bolsover, 10am.  The next trip will be on Saturday 17th June to Waddesdon Manor.  The cost will be £20 per person.  The NT team, Pat, Maggie, Sue and Val are available for enquiries, find contact details on the BDU3A website.  Anyone interested should pay as soon as possible, either at the General Meeting on Wednesday 17th May, or at the next meeting of NTG, Monday 22nd May at the Bee Hive Cafe.  Prompt response would be gratefully appreciated.  The trip on July 29th is to Grayfriars, then 9th September, Wimpole, 21st October, Quarry Bank Mill.  All these trips are in the process of being arranged, if you are interested please let one of the team know asap.  Members have been asked to come up with suggestions of where they would like to go for Christmas, so if you missed the last meeting, get your thinking caps on!  The trip o York was a great success, despite some set backs, we are determined this group will succeed, your support is greatly appreciated.

Bev Crofts. Groups Coordinator.

June 22nd 2017

I would like to say a big thank you to Maggie & Bev for organising the trip to Waddesdon  Manor. It was a comfortable coach ride with a pleasant driver. A lovely surprise to find there was a feast in the grounds with lots of sampling of food & drink. The street entertainment was excellent and very different.
The timed ticket into the house meant that we didn`t have to rush our visit. I found the history of the Rothschild family & collection most interesting.
I was on my own but everyone was very friendly & made me feel as if I belonged, I would recommend to any one interested in the National Trust to book on the next trip. Sandra Keller

May 8th 2017

What an amazing day we had today on our trip to York.  A very comfortable ride in our luxury mini-bus, arriving in York around 10am.  A meander through the town, then a long walk around the walls of the of the city finally arriving at the Treasurer’s House.  We took a break for tea and cake before exploring the House. The photographs were taken in the house and garden, and a view of the Minister from the garden.  Many thanks to Pat, Sue, Maggie and Val for their hard work in organising a very successful trip. Bev

May 5th 2017

Another successful meeting of the National Trust Group this afternoon and we are all set for our visit to York tomorrow.  Our new team of Pat, Maggie, Sue and Val have excelled despite all the odds and should be congratulated.  Yes we are a small group, yes we are travelling in a mini bus!  But what a mini bus, executive no less, proper luxury seats and head rests, forget that bus seat, chrome railed back!  We absolutely will have a great day out, and I for one am so looking forward to it.
We have settled on dates and venues right through to October and will be deciding on Christmas quite soon, so watch this space.  Announcements will be made at the general meeting 17th May.  The next trip will be to Waddesdon Manor, Saturday 17th June.  The cost will be in the region of £20, a full bus means a cheaper price, the more people the better, and don’t forget friends and family are welcome, but please bear in mind anyone who is not a member of the NT, will have to pay an extra fee at the property for access to the property.  Future meetings will be held on the 4th Monday in the month, 10am, at the Bee Hive Cafe, Bolsover.
So onwards and upwards, thanks to Pat, Maggie, Sue and Val, job well done.  Bev

April 27th 2017

News from Hardwick Hall:-  Every Thursday in May the attics will be open to the public.  Visitors will have access to the attics for £1.  Volunteers will interpret this space and explain the history of the attics and how they are now used as collection storage.

March 30th 2017

An amendment to a date for the National Trust Group.  Friday 28th April has been cancelled

The meeting on Friday 7th April remains as planned.

We will now meet on Friday 5th May, the day before the trip to York.  This will allow for any last minute details/ information to be dealt with.  The meeting time will be 2pm, the venue, the Bee Hive Cafe, Bolsover.  Looking forward to a good meeting.

It is anticipated that the trip to York will be in big demand, so make sure you book early, payment at the time of booking would be greatly appreciated.h 30th 2017

Bev Crofts


March 20th, 2017

Good news for the National Trust group, I can confirm that a coach has been booked for Saturday 6th May, to go to York, pick up Bolsover Market place, 8.30am, cost £15 per person, leaving York at 16.00(4pm). The National Trust property is the Treasurer’s House, details of which can be found on page 349 of the 2017 National Trust hand book. York has a lot to offer in the way of sight seeing, shopping etc, so if you are not a member of the National Trust but would like to join us for a good day out, or, for more information please contact:- Pat, 01246 823334, Maggie, 01246 241288, Sue, 01246 464864 or Val 01623 742704.

The next group meeting will be on Friday 7th April, 2pm, at the Bee Hive Cafe, Bolsover, when final details will be available, and payments can be made. Then a final meet, before the trip Friday 28th April, 2pm, at the Bee Hive.

Bev Crofts