Golden Cap Association (West Dorset)

a local association of the National Trust

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a local association of the National Trust

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Coleton Fishacre in the sunshine

It was a lovely autumnal morning when members joined the coach for a trip to Devon and Coleton Fishacre, which was once the country home for the D'Oyly Carte family. It was built in the Arts & Crafts style and the rooms echo the lifestyle in the 1920's - upstairs and downstairs - with rooms echoing the family's Gilbert & Sullivan connections.

There is a wonderful garden full of many interesting plants from around the world. It also has spectacular sea views.

We were so fortunate in that the weather held until the last hour of our visit when the rain returned.

15/10/2019 21:31 · admin

Out & About with West Dorset NT

In September several members took the opportunity to accompany one of the newest West Dorset Rangers - Phil Thorpe - on a walk round the Golden Cap Estate in search of the orchid 'Autumn Lady's Tresses'. Unfortunately it was a little late in the season but several were found along with other interesting natural flora and fauna.

September was a busy time for the West Dorset NT as the Cerne Abbas Giant was re-chalked with the help of over 300 volunteers. This was done ready for next year when we celebrate 70 years of it being credited as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 60 years of being a Dorset AONB.

Photos by R Dunford & V Smith

01/10/2019 09:58 · admin

Afloat with the National Trust

 The harbour at Lyme Regis

For several years the West Dorset National Trust has organised circular boat trips from Lyme Regis and along the Jurassic Coast with Stuart Line Cruises. The first two this year were held in July when two cruises went from Lyme Regis - one heading West to Beer Head and back and the second heading East to Burton Bradstock & Cogden and back. Another similar cruise is being held in early September - always subject to suitable sea and weather conditions on the day.

Photos by R Dunford

20/08/2019 17:41 · admin

The end of an Era

In 2002 it was agreed that members of our Social Committee would self-cater for some of our social activities. We were very fortunate in that one of our members had been a professional caterer so knew what had to be done.

Over the years committee members have come and gone (and those who haven't 'gone' have got older) so this year it has been reluctantly decided that we can no longer continue with this service. Our buffet meal held on June 21st in Loders Village Hall was the final event. With an average of at least 3 meals a year this means that over 50 meals have been planned, cooked and served by the Social Committee members with the valued assistance of other members, amongst which included several men.

This doesn't mean that all meals have ceased but in future they will be catered for by professionals and the Social Committee Members can enjoy being waited on for a change.

27/06/2019 16:02 · admin

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