History & Culture

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Welcome - join this new group if you are interested in GOC events exploring history & heritage, arts & culture.

Please join the History & Culture discussion forum, or message Group Co-ordinator David Millar with any questions or suggestions.


Hi everyone!

Here`s our first update to History & Culture, and your chance to develop some ideas for visits, events and walks with our special interest in mind. I`ve been walking in about six different groups over the past six years, and am also a member of the National Trust, the new Gardens group on GOC, and a keen photographer of ancient buildings.

We have already seen some cracking good ideas to whet your appetites. Plan ahead and visit another group, meet new faces – or talk to your local coordinator about about organising something locally.

Wars of The Roses

On 15th October there's a great GOC Trip in East Midlands – a trip around the Bosworth Battlefield of 1485 – its in Leicestershire. The Richard III Exhibition at Leicester Cathedral is a must sometime later this year, if anyone is interested in reccying this?

At Tewkesbury, ( ust off M5 south of Worcester) we have been reccying a history walk and visit to possibly Britain's largest Parish Church, the glorious Abbey. Here a defeated Prince of Wales tomb, with Richard III`s Sun in Splendour looking down menacingly from above. It's a great medieval town, on the Severn and Avon

The Wars went nationwide – Wakefield, Loescote Field (off the A1 in Rutland,) to name a few. and of course the bloodiest on English Soil, Towton in Yorkshire. Even Ludlow in south Shropshire had its skirmish. So, if you'd like to plan a walk around any of these sights, let us know

Theatre visits

We`ve seen the musical Brokeback Mountain at a stunning new Soho Place theatre, running until Mid August. On Thursday 26th October some of us are going to RSC Straford Upon Avon to see Cowbois , described as part gun-slinging Western, part love-story for our times. This playful and exuberant celebration of queer love, freedom and self-expression from the writer of I, Joan and Bitch Boxer; Charlie Josephine, is co-directed by Charlie Josephine and Sean Holmes. Let us know if we have interets in running an event - best buy your own tickets direct.

Sop, if you are planning to see a fave play or try something new, or if Classical Music is your pleasure, get the info together, and create an event for GOC!

We expect a few of you will want to join in a conversation and plan some events for the autumn and next year – but `pop up` trips are always welcome. Hoping to see as many of you as possible at Canterbury or soon after. We especially want to hear from new members who may be finding their feet – remember, we are all here to help you make the very most of your GOC Membership – have fun!

David Millar

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