2016 Summer Programme




If you are interested in joining us on any of the summer visits listed below, please email David Bond at      david@dbond.me.uk


SUMMER PARTY AT WAKEFIELD LODGE  –  Friday 10th June 2016 – 7 p.m.

The Summer Party will be held at Wakefield Lodge, Pottersbury, by kind permission of Mr. Julian and Mrs. Sarah Richmond-Watson.  After wine and canapés on arrival, we will explore the beautiful parkland before we assemble for supper.  Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown had been employed at nearby Stowe Park by Lord Cobham who died 1749, and he left Stowe in the autumn of 1751.  It appears that during this transitory period Brown was employed by the 2nd Duke of Grafton, the owner of Wakefield in 1750 to create two lakes within the parkland.  Therefore Wakefield was a very early commission for Brown.  The Summer Party is our main fundraising event for our Education Fund and the Small Grants Fund, so please support us and have an enjoyable evening.

Wakefield Lodge, near Pottersbury on the A5 between Towcester and Stony Stratford – NN12 7QX.

The cost of the evening will be £17 for members and guests, to include supper and refreshments.

VISIT TO THE OLD BAKERY GARDEN, FLORE  –  Tuesday 28th June 2016 – 6.30 p.m.

The Old Bakery is the home of Johnnie Amos and Karl Jones.  Johnnie is a successful garden designer and broadcaster who presents BBC Radio Northampton’s Kitchen Garden Show.  The garden was designed in 2000 and incorporates terraces and practical spaces for both pleasure and relaxation. The garden is home to rare and unusual plants ranging from the exotic to the unusual, as well as featuring plants especially for shady sites. A 19th century gazebo houses a collection of marble busts of the four Queen Empresses with named roses and clematis. There is also a vegetable garden, pond and clipped box and a treehouse.

The Old Bakery is in Sutton Street, (off the A45) Flore.    NN7 4LE.

The cost of the visit is £7 members, £9 non- members to include wine and nibbles.

VISIT TO AYNHOE PARK  –   Tuesday 5th July 2016 – 2 p.m.

Originally owned by the Cartwright family, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown visited and drew up a plan in 1760 for the improvement of the parkland.  Now owned by Mr. James Perkins, we shall tour the house with him or a member of his events team, before viewing the landscape from the terrace and comparing it with the plan of 1760.  We shall view the gardens and icehouse before partaking of a picnic of tea and cakes.

N.B.  We are limited to 30 members only. Ballot and waiting list if required.

Meet at Aynhoe Park, Aynho which is in the extreme south of the County. Enter through the main entrance and follow signs to car park on the right.  Postcode  OX17 3BQ.

The cost of the visit is £7 members, £9 non-members including tea and cake.

 VISIT TO BURGHLEY PARK  –   Wednesday, 20th July 2016 – 10.30 a.m.

‘Capability’ Brown was associated with Burghley Park for c.25 years, a welcome visitor and his portrait hangs in the house.  Peter Glassey, Head Forrester, is currently carrying out a programme of restoration of the beautiful parkland.  He will take us on a tour to enable us to experience Brown’s work and tell us how the current restoration is being managed to open up the views and vistas created by Brown.  The tour will take approximately 2 hours.  Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing in case of inclement weather.

After the tour, you may like to visit the House itself, view the Brown exhibition there, have lunch in the Orangery Restaurant, visit the Garden of Surprises or spend the afternoon in Stamford itself.

If a number of members wish to have lunch in the Orangery Restaurant as a group, please let us know well in advance as separate arrangements must be made.

Meet in the Stable Courtyard at Burghley House at 10.30 a.m.

Burghley House is at Stamford, Lincs.  PR9 3JY

The cost of the visit is £12 members, £14 non members.  (This does not include admission to the House and Gardens)

VISIT TO FAWSLEY PARK        August – Details to be confirmed

VISIT TO WILLIAM COWPER’S LANDSCAPESSaturday 10 September 2016 – 10 a.m.

Continuing our Chairman’s literary tours, this year we are looking at landscapes which inspired the poet William Cowper of Olney.  David’s spring lecture introduced us to the man and his poetry and today David will lead us around the area which Cowper knew and loved.  We shall first visit Cowper’s home, the Cowper and Newton Museum in Olney and then set out on our exploratory walk.

This will be a leisurely day and we expect to follow in Cowper’s footsteps along the banks of the river including visiting Weston Underwood.   There will be a break for lunch to be taken wherever you wish, self catering picnic or plenty of restaurants and pubs.  Please note that the Olney Festival of Food is also taking place on this Saturday, so extra opportunities to eat, but parking will be more difficult.

Meet at the Cowper Museum on the Olney Market Square.  MK46 4AJ.

Cost of visit £10.50 members £12.50 non members to include morning coffee.

Click on the link below for examples of Cowper’s landscape and garden writing.

Cowpers Garden Writing


LECTURE     6th October 2016

Lecture by Dr. Victoria Perry during Black History Month to mark the conclusion of our Celebration of the Tercentenary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.  This lecture will concern Brown’s Britain and links to overseas trade at that time.