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Guided Walk Around Ashwell

Wednesday, 14 September 2022 - 10:30am

Learn about one of our most historic and beautiful villages in the company of expert David Short.

Online booking opens on Sunday 10 July from 7 am

LALG members Booking Information cost £5

Non-LALG members Booking Information cost £6

St Paul's Cathedral and Tate Modern/CANCELLED

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 - 9:30am

It is with regret that due to unforeseen circumstances this trip cannot take place. Those who have booked will be contacted and a refund arranged. It is planned that the trip will be rescheduled for the autumn when hopefully the threat of transport strikes will also be over.

Private Tour of The Manor, house and garden, Hemingford Grey

Friday, 26 August 2022 - 10:30am

Built circa 1130 The Manor is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Britain, made famous as “Green Knowe” by the author Lucy Boston. Lucy’s books include The Stones of Green Know, A Stranger at Green Knowe and many more. All Lucy’s books are for sale in the shop.
Lucy was born in 1892, went to Oxford University, served as a nurse in World War II and started writing books at the age of 60. Her son illustrated her books. Lucy died in 1990. The house is now occupied by Diana Boston.
Lucy was an accomplished needle woman, and The Manor holds an important collection of patchwork quilts that can be viewed in The Gallery.
The garden was laid out by Lucy and has a moat, topiary, old roses, award winning irises and herbaceous borders.
We will meet in front of the house for the start of our guided tour and will then split into two groups for the tour of the house. There will be time to view the garden before and after the tours.
Refreshments are not available at the house and there is not a picnic area in the garden. But there is seating in the garden. There are however benches by the river and in the playing field for picnics. Alternatively you can make your own reservation for lunch at The Cock, which is 400 yards from the house.
Travel is by car. There is limited parking at The Manor on the wide grass verge on the left of the drive. Additional parking in Glebe Road. Allow plenty of time to park and walk to the house. There is one toilet on site for visitors.

Booking for LALG member £10 each

Booking for non-member £12 each

River Cruise and Cream Tea



Please note that coach transport is not provided for this trip.

Numbers are limited to 40. To book a place you can pay on line, or alternatively pay by debit or credit card by telephoning Jackie Harber 07361 040348.

Bookings open from 1st May to the 6th June.

LALG members Booking Information £28

Non-members Booking Information £30

We have a private boat for our three hour cruise along the River Lea between Ware and Hertford. The boat will be full head height and equipped with a licensed bar. Cream teas will be served on board in individual picnic boxes with tea or coffee. There are toilets on board.

Park in the Ware library car park SG12 9XB which is next to the start point: Lee and Stort Boatyard. There are 73 parking spaces and 3 blue badge bays. Payment can be made by cash or card and the rate for 4 hours is £2, blue badge holders free with badge displayed.

Assemble at 1.45pm for a prompt 2pm departure.

Contact Sally to join the Trips Group email list for advance information on future trips.


Warden Abbey Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

Walter Espec, Lord of Wardone, founded Warden Abbey on top of the Greensand Ridge in 1135, and the monastery was populated by an Abbot and 12 Monks who cultivated 40 acres of vineyard up to the end of the 12th Century. There is no evidence of grape growing after the Monastery was surrendered to the Crown in 1537 until Lady Whitbread replanted part of the Vineyard in 1986. Then in 2010 the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity leased the vineyard, and run it today.

We will be treated to a 1.5 to 2 hour tour which includes a walk and talk around the vineyard discussing the history of the vineyard from its medieval origins to modern times, the varieties of vines and their care, the challenges of growing vines in our climate and the modern English wine industry, as well as the community vineyard project. The tour finishes with a wine tasting and the opportunity to purchase wine.

Access to the vineyard is via a narrow track, which can be navigated by car, from the Bedford Road post code SG18 9LS. The nearest village is Old Warden and Bedford Road runs from just outside the village towards Cardington. Meet in the car park no later than 10.45 for the tour at 11am.

This event is nearly full and is restricted to LALG members only. The price per person for the tour and wine tasting is £14 per person. Numbers are limited to 25.

To book a place you can pay on line Booking Information.  Alternatively you can pay by debit or credit card by telephoning Jackie Harber 07361 040348. Booking closes on the 23rd May.


The Woodland Trust

The final of our Zoom talks this spring will be by Tim Wright of the Woodland Trust. He will give an overview of Heartwood Forest, how it was created by the Trust, what it looks like now, what the issues are going forward plus an outline of the activities of volunteers at Heartwood. Read more...

St Mary's Baldock


Dating from 11th Century, most of the building is now 13th-15th Century. Associated first with the Knights Templar then the Knights Hospitaller it has medieval furnishings and memorials.

We will be given an overview of the church and its history then a tour of the building.

Meet inside the church a little before 2.30pm so we can start our talk promptly.

£3 per person, all to go to the Church. An LALG member may bring one friend who's not a member; they will have to pay an additional £1 on the day.


Panacea Museum, Bedford

This is one of the most interesting places we have visited, and are returning by popular request. Read more...

Annual Quiz

Our annual quiz returns in-person! Information about and tickets for this light-hearted general knowledge quiz are now available.

Gardening the World a talk by Paul White from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Kantor Speakers Programme aims to connect with schools, colleges, universities as well as many other social and community groups to explain the work of the CWGC and share the stories of the men and women that they commemorate. In this talk we learn more about the horticulture and how the cemeteries are maintained across the World.


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