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Summer Talks Programme 2018



Following our talk at the AGM by Michael Parsons of Morden Hall Park we have received the following from Emma Parsons, Learning Assistant at Morden Hall:-


As part of my role as the Learning Assistant at Morden Hall Park, I run a very popular environmental education toddler group on Mondays during term time, called Park Explorers.  I have just added an additional morning session due to increase in interest from parents, but I still need more voluntary help to be able to run the group to the high standard and quality which I aim for! If it is not too much trouble, would you be able to advertise for these voluntary roles via newsletter or email?  I can send the role description and link to the National Trust Volunteering website if it is possible for you to spread the word for me.

 

Many thanks, 

 

Emma Peters

Learning Assistant

National Trust 

Morden Hall Park

Morden Hall Road

Morden Surrey SM4 5JD

emma.peters@nationaltrust.org.uk  -  0208 5456853


If you or anybody you know might be interested please do contact Emma Peters as above.


The June talk was given by NT Volunteer Janet Hughes who updated us on the progress being made at Clandon Park following the devastating fire in April 2015.  Janet began her talk with a brief history of Clandon and then moved on to the latest news about the rebuilding which should begin in 2019.  A Design Competition attracted 300 entries from around the world and from a short-list of 6, the successful team of architects was chosen.  Janet told us that the winners were Allies and Morrison, a multi-award winning architecture and urban planning practice based in London and Cambridge.  Clandon Park will remain open while the work is progressing and should be completed by 2023.


On a hot and sultry evening the subject of the July talk was Standen House near East Grinstead and the Beale Family who had it built in the 1890s.  The talk was presented by Marilyn Greatorex, a volunteer steward at Standen, using many early photographs to capture the atmosphere of life in a country house during the Late Victorian period and the first half of the 20th Century.  Marilyn also emphasised how well the Beale Family treated their servants.  Jobs were kept open for those who served in the First World War and when the motor car began to replace horse drawn vehicles the groom and coachman were sent to Rolls Royce on a driving course and continued in employment at Standen as chauffeurs. Marilyn talked enthusiastically for nearly an hour without using notes or a microphone and will, I am sure, have encouraged some of us to visit Standen House during the summer break.


NOTE : We would mention that there is additional car parking at Bourne Hall should the car park be full on Talk evenings.  Just proceed out of the car park and on the right is additional car parking at the Health Centre.  We would also mention for those attending our Talks who find the staircase a little steep that there is a lift down to the Main Hall


If you have any friends, relatives, neighbours or just visitors who might be interested in any of our Talks please encourage them to come along without any obligation to join our Centre.


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