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Outing to JCB and Sudbury, THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17th

I have spaces available on my outing to JCB and Sudbury on Thursday September 17th.

If you would like to join members of the Walton Group, please send a text or phone Rose  ASAP (or by AUGUST 21st at the latest) on 07785939807.

Tour of JCB & Sudbury Hall  and museum of childhood    Thursday SEPTEMBER 17th.

Arrangements have been made to visit TWO local attractions on the same day.

On arrival at the JCB World Headquarters, Rocester, our welcome will include refreshments, which will be followed by a short presentation in the JCB Theatre, showing the corporate AV on the global manufacturing facilities and products.

Afterwards you will be invited by one of the Tour Guides to attend a personal tour of the new ‘’Story of JCB’’ exhibition and the JCB shop.

The tour will then move on to the assembly line of the world famous Backhoe Loader machine , here you will see the process of how the machine is built from the delivery of the sheet steel, profiling, laser cutting, welding, paint shop, assembly and finally the finished product!  The tour will also include the office facilities.  Please note due to the length of the tour it may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties.

PLEASE NOTE: All visitors must wear Closed Toed Shoes.

At approx. 12.30pm. a TWO COURSE LUNCH will be served in the Hospitality Suite.  JCB are 100% Soil Associated organic and offer a unique dining experience.

After lunch we shall travel approx. 9 miles to (National Trust) SUDBURY HALL and THE MUSEUM of CHILDHOOD


During your visit, you will have the opportunity to visit the Hall, The Museum of Childhood, The Coach House Tea Rooms, Gardens and Shop.

Walk in the footsteps of Mr Darcy

The interiors of Sudbury Hall were used in the BBCs 1996 adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ as the inside of Pemberley. The long gallery, the Great Staircase, the Saloon, the Library, the Cross Passage and the Queens Bedroom were all used.

You can relive your childhood all over again in the Museum of Childhood. Reminisce and see how times have changed, from a Victorian School Room to Chopper Bikes. The exhibits include the ‘Betty Cadbury Collection’.

We plan to depart Sudbury at 5.00pm for the short journey home.


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You are invited to a Bavarian 0ompah Night at Penkridge, Saturday October 10th

Our friends at Penkridge have invited members to join them for a Bavarian Nite.

Please see details below:

Something we haven’t done for a while. A Bavarian Oompah Night is planned for Saturday 10 Oct at 7.30pm.  The cost is £9 inc. sausage & chips, but don’t forget to bring your own drinks (German beer in a stein is best!).  Its an evening of fun, laughter, drinking and eating.  The  band consists of 4 men who persuade a little audience participation and generally make you smile! Oh and the venue is the Peace Memorial Hall.  

For more information or to purchase a ticket, please send an e mail to: