Campus Outings


The Bunker at Hatfield Police Station

For more details, please refer to Campus Club Trip on 14th March 2024
If you are interested please email Gus on

CAMPUS CLUB TRIP THURSDAY 14th March 2024 at 14:00pm

The Bunker at Hatfield Police Station

For more details, please refer to Campus Club Trip on 23rd November 2023
If you are interested please email Gus on


The Bunker at Hatfield Police Station

The Bunker at Hatfield Police Station is a small exhibition that tells the story of 60 years of aircraft manufacture at Hatfield, starting with the de Havilland Aircraft Company in the 1930s and ending when the site was vacated by British Aerospace in 1994. The two original main buildings (the main office block and the Staff Restaurant / Canteen) were redeveloped in 2008 to form Hatfield Police Station, and the Bunker Museum is located in what is believed to be the original air-raid shelter for senior staff during World War II. 16 of our members visited the Bunker. For this Outing, we were divided into two groups of eight, with one session at 2pm and the other at 15.30. We met our guide Alistair Hodgson, who is also the curator of the museum, at the entrance. After entry we were “locked in” and given a brief history of the art deco building. We were led down to the bunker (not the cells), which was the old air raid shelter for the Company, for an excellent half an hour talk by Alistair on the history of the site and the de Havillands. He has also offered to give a more extensive talk at one of our lunches. We were then allowed to make our own way around the rooms, with Alistair on hand to answer any questions. There were three rooms packed with information, The Art Deco Room, The History Room and the Police Room and although the museum is targeted at schools, to make them more attuned to the police force, there was plenty for adults. Especially so, if you were technically minded, interested in aircraft or from the local area. When our time was up, we were “allowed out” for the next group to enter. All we had to do was make our way there and park in the correct area. • There’s no charge for visiting the Bunker Museum. However, visitors are encouraged to support The Thin Blue Line (, a charity whose aim and purpose support the mental health and well-being of serving police officers. There’s a collection box in the Bunker and any donations (entirely at our own discretion, of course!) are more than welcome



After initially having 25 members to go on this outing, in the end 22 members made the trip, after a couple of people dropped out through illness. Overall this was an excellent trip, despite a couple of problems early on. One of the rooms we were supposed to visit was closed for refurbishment and the car park was unfortunately at the bottom of a very steep hill. However, we were met by an excellent guide that made up for this and were given a tour of the school and an insight into the extraordinary history of the school and its pupils. We started in the War Memorial Room dedicated to those pupils who lost their lives in wars. We then visited the Alex Fitch Room, which is decorated with intricate and beautiful panelling from the Elizabethan period. One of our members learnt that some of the panelling had been removed from his old school. Next we were shown the Fourth Form Room, Harrow School’s original classroom. The room is home to the carved autographs, or better described as graffiti done by the pupils, of Anthony Trollope, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Robert Peel, Lord Byron and Richard Sheridan, among many others. Our final venue of the tour was the magnificent Chapel, which was built in 1855 so that all boys could attend an Anglican Church service. At the and of the tour, our group gathered together for a group photograph, before heading for an excellent afternoon tea and cakes supplied by the school, before heading home. Some photographs of the day are shown.
All of this costs just £21.00 per head


St.Albans Organ Museum

After a three year gap for outings because of the Covid Pandemic, they got going again at the end of 2022, with a trip to the Musical Collection of the St Albans Organ Theatre. As this was on our doorstep 30 people made their way there by car and with this number it meant we broke even for the outing. At the event, we were treated to a unique collection of mechanical musical instruments. These included musical boxes, hand-turned organettes, reproducing pianos, four large Belgian dance hall organs and two working theatre organs. The Theatre was run by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic group of volunteers who demonstrated the instruments and provided interesting information about each one. We had a half tine break for tea and biscuits and were there for over two hours. The demonstrations were very enjoyable and we enthusiastically joined in with some of the tunes.
Photos of the trip can be found here : Organ Museum Photos

We hope to continue our outings in 2023, assuming we get the support for them, with a possible boat trip on the Grand Union Canal pencilled in for the spring.



Photos of the trip can be found here : Postal Museum and Christmas Lights Photos
We arrived at the Museum of London at about 1pm, where we had free time to buy lunch.
After lunch we began our tour with a short walk through the heart of the postal city. We saw the man who invented the Penny Post and one of the very first post boxes.
We then went on by coach to the Postal Museum where we discovered the very British story of posting a letter from Roman times to the coming of the GPO. The visit included an optional ride on the Mail Rail, which once whizzed four million letters a day beneath the busy streets of London. Most, if not all of us, enjoyed this little trip round a figure of eight section of the old track.
After a break for refreshments, we rejoined the coach to complete the story of the post and to take in the best of the 2019 Christmas Lights. We ended the day at Kennedy’s for a one course fish and chip supper and hot drinks, before returning home at approximately 7:30pm



Despite the low numbers which meant that we could not afford a coach, sixteen members enjoyed a day out at the Whitewebbs Motor Museum followed by a visit to Capel Manor gardens. The beautiful 30 acre estate, first established in the late 13th century, provides a colourful and scented oasis surrounding a Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables. It offers a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at Greater London’s only Specialist College for those interested in plants, animals and the environment. There are over 60 gardens, many of which have been designed by the students.



In spite of the fact that not enough people booked for an organised coach trip to the Shuttleworth Collection and Swiss Gardens at Old Warden Aerodrome, a group of 10 members and wives decided to make their own way by car for a visit. Since there were 10 people visiting, we got a group rate discount and also had the benefit of a guide for the morning viewing of the Collection. This proved to be an excellent trip and well worth while attending.
After meeting for a coffee, which was taken outside in the nice weather, our guide joined us. He specialised in the cars and buses rather than the aircraft, but had sufficient knowledge to explain the displays and answer all of our questions. He initially organised a private ride for the group on a 1921 Christopher Dodson Charabus. This is the only surviving Charabus and is therefore unique. It has removable side windows and a canvas centre to the roof, which can be folded up to make the vehicle open like a Charabanc. In inclement weather it can be fully enclosed, hence the name Charabus. Our group had a very enjoyable, if slightly bumpy and noisy trip around the estate, with several stops for photographic opportunities (see photos).
We returned to the sheds dismounted and our guide took us around the various displays in the collection (see photos) for the rest of the morning. We then stopped for lunch and our guide joined us, so we bought him lunch. The food was excellent and good value. After lunch we all did our own thing. Some had to leave because of other appointments, while the remainder continued viewing the displays, or looked around the Swiss Gardens. Although it was really the wrong time of the year to visit the gardens, they were still worth the visit. We then all made our way home having agreed that it was a very worth while trip, which was thoroughly enjoyable and made special by the private Charabus ride, which is normally only available on display days.



Unfortunately this trip was not one of our best and fell well below the high standards of City & Village the tour company. The coach set off from Peel Court with 39 people on board and we were told by Gus Edwards the Campus Club Outings organiser that we would not be visiting the Byzantine Chapel at the Great Ormond Street Hospital during this trip. City & Village the tour organisers, although advertising the Chapel in the brochure and taking our group booking said that the Chapel could not cope with groups!! We could tour the chapel as individuals, but this would mean we would have to make other lunch arrangements. Unfortunately (see later) we stuck with our lunch arrangements.
We picked up our Blue Badge Guide, Jeanie, who as usual for the guides was very knowledgeable about the subject of the history of medicine and nursing as we did a whistle stop tour of the streets of London. Our coffee stop at the Inn of the Court pub was not very inspiring, but the lunch situation there proved more challenging.
The original three meal choice given was now down to two. However the pub said that the eight people, who had chosen the cottage pie option that was now no longer available, could have any meal from their menu instead which sounded very good. However our lunch at the Inn of the Court pub was a near disaster. Firstly several members started to complain about the fish dish and on investigating it was found that the fish was still partly frozen. This led to the kitchen insisting for Health and Safety reasons that all the fish dishes were returned. This was done and replacement fish dishes provided after a little delay. Fortunately these were cooked correctly and were very good. In addition those people who had chosen new dishes from the main menu found that the fish dish on the main menu was really little different from the fish dish that the rest of the group had been given. So there was no great bonus from choosing it. Lastly the wife of one of our members, who ordered salmon as a replacement dish was still waiting after all the other dishes had been served. On enquiring it was found that another member had taken the dish ‘in error’. Eventually another salmon arrived, but by that time the rest of us had almost finished our meal.
Our tour guide apologised for the problems and said that the chef had only been working at the pub for a couple of days and when the first of the partly frozen fish dishes were returned, promptly took off his apron and hat and stormed out of the pub. This left the manageress in tears trying to cope with the mess he had left.
With all the problems at lunch this meant we were pushed for time at the Welcome Foundation and were rushed around by the guide. The exhibition itself, although being okay was not the best and the advertised special exhibition and art of the medicine of India left something to be desired. We have had far better trips and will certainly have better trips in the future. At least, after some prevarication, City & Village refunded £100 to the Club to mitigate our disappoint with the trip.

CAMPUS CLUB TRIP Friday 20th October 2017


Photos of the trip can be found here : Supreme Court and Grand Lodge

The United Grand Lodge of England is the governing body of Freemasonry in England, Wales and the Channel Islands. Built in 1933, Freemasons' Hall is the headquarters of the Grand Lodge and is a classic example of Art Deco architecture in the heart of London's Covent Garden. For our October outing 28 Campus Club members and friends were given a guided tour of the building and we also learned about Freemasonry. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and cheerfully answered any of the many questions which were asked of him. After the tour we had time to explore the "Three Centuries of English Freemasonry" exhibition.
After leaving the Grand Lodge we travelled to the Supreme Court for a sandwich lunch followed by a guided tour of the three courts. Again we had a knowledgeable and informative guide.
For once we left London reasonably early, but the traffic getting out of London did it's best to keep us there.

CAMPUS CLUB TRIP 15th August 2017 2017

Tunnel Tales of Old London Town

Photos of the trip can be found here : Tunnel Tales Photos

There were 40 people booked on the Tunnel Tales of Old London Town trip planned for Tuesday 15th August by the Campus Club. These included 6 members of the Hertfordshire Engineers Society thanks to John Deans, who is a member of both groups. Unfortunately, due to health issues 4 people had to pullout very late and were unable to travel on the day, including John Deans and his wife. This meant 36 people boarded the coach on the day. We left slightly late as the Welham Travel coach driver was waiting in the wrong place on the Campus and had to be re‐directed to the Peel Court pick up point, with Gus Edwards the trip organiser having to run back to the coach and arrived just in time to board.

The coach driver made good time and we picked up our Blue Badge guide and were dropped off at the Mayflower pub in Rotherhithe for coffee and biscuits. This 16th century pub was originally called the Spread Eagle, but is now named after the ship chartered by the Pilgrim Fathers which left Rotherhithe for America in 1620. The pub's weather vane is a scale replica of the Mayflower ship. It sits on the banks of the Thames and has splendid views across the river from its veranda on stilts above the Thames. A notice on the veranda says that footwear and belongings may get wet at high tide, which is hopefully meant as a joke.

After our coffee and comfort break it was only a short walk to the Brunel Museum. We started our visit by descending, via a newly built freestanding, cantilever staircase, into the Grand Entrance Hall (or sinking shaft) to the original Thames Tunnel. The shaft is 50ft in diameter and 50ft deep, with smoke blackened brick walls from steam engines, providing an atmospheric backdrop and was described by our members as awesome and spectacular. We had a fascinating talk from our guide and learnt many new facts.

Brunel's father Marc began the tunnel with his teenage son, Isambard, who later became resident engineer. It is the only project that father and son worked on together and Isambard's first. The Thames Tunnel opened in 1843 and is the first underwater tunnel in the world ‐ and the birthplace of the modern metro system.

The shaft is where work on the tunnel began, and where Isambard Kingdom Brunel nearly drowned. When it opened in 1843 it was the world's most popular visitor attraction, Brunel organised underground fairs and banquets inside the Thames Tunnel ‐ once described as the Eighth Wonder of the World ‐ in the mid‐nineteenth century. It boasted a million visitors in the first three months.

Although the Thames Tunnel was originally planned and costed for vehicular traffic, one big flaw in the plans was that no means for vehicles to access the tunnel had been provisioned. Even so it did once provide a pedestrian crossing of the River Thames nearly two miles downstream of London Bridge. The shaft has now been sealed with a concrete floor, following the transformation of the tunnel for the construction of the East London Line and London Overground and you can hear the trains pass while in the hall.

Above ground in the Engine House, which accommodated the steam driven pumps, is the actual Brunel Museum, which houses a collection of prints and models that tell the dramatic story of Brunel's first, the Thames Tunnel and last, the Great Eastern ship and also provides tales about long battle against flood, death and disaster to triumphal opening and launch.

We left the museum and made the short walk back to the Mayfair pub to enjoy a Fish and Chips, or Toad in the Hole lunch, together with drinks from the bar. After lunch we enjoyed the views across the Thames from a pedestrian patio area nearby, before making our way to the coach. As the Rotherhithe tunnel was too narrow to accommodate the coach, we had to make our way to the Blackwall tunnel to cross the Thames for the Crossrail exhibition based at the Museum of Docklands.

The massive Crossrail project has dug through the capital from East to West giving archaeologists the once in a lifetime opportunity to bring 8,000 years of London's hidden history to light. In this one off special exhibition 350 of the oldest and oddest finds took us on a journey through prehistoric forests and marshes from Mesolithic man to the modern capital. We were able to follow the map of the new Elizabethan line to find out who populated these parts of London and when. This was all against a backdrop telling the engineering story of Europe's largest infrastructure project. We had time to buy refreshments, with several of us sitting outside in the very pleasant sunshine, beside a marina, before heading home. A bad traffic hold up, which the coach driver did very well to minimise any delay, meant we arrived home slightly late, but very satisfied with the trip.

Photos of the trip can be found here : Tunnel Tales Photos

CAMPUS CLUB TRIP Thursday 9th March 2017


Following the usual 9:15 am pick up by the coach we endured a somewhat protracted trip to London. The city was crowded with traffic due to a Royal Event being held resulting in traffic chaos. However, a little later than anticipated we met our guide and proceeded to "The Mad Hatter" for coffee and biscuits. Whilst we were enjoying our refreshments the guide worked hard to reschedule our day so that we missed the worst of the traffic. This meant that we visited the Imperial War Museum first, visiting the evocative new First World War Galleries and such other parts of the museum as appealed to ur individual tastes.
We then returned to the pub to enjoy a fish and chips lunch.
Following lunch we heard about the Guards Regiments and identifying them by their buttons as we proceeded on the coach to the Wellington Barracks on Birdcage Walk where we visited the Guards Chapel, spiritual home of the Household Division. This turned out to be a bonus feature as the band of the Welsh Guards were rehearsing for an evening concert in the chapel, together with a male voice choir, and we were able to sit and listen to them for a while.



Photos of the trip can be found here : Torquay Photos
32 intrepid souls enjoyed a 4‐day coach trip at the end of October to sample the delights and temptations of the English Riviera at Torquay. We were lucky with the weather ‐ dry but generally cloudy and cool.
On Friday we had a good run down to Torquay and arrived mid‐afternoon so there was time to walk into town before supper. On Saturday we visited Brixham with its busy harbour and Golden Hind sailing ship, then on to Dartmouth in the afternoon. Some then took a boat ride to 'Greenway', Agatha Christie's old home, whilst others explored this interesting old town with its narrow streets and many shops and galleries.
On Sunday we first visited the old Bovey Tracey Pottery and its House of Marbles, where they used to make glass marbles and now do glass blowing. After that we drove on to Dartmoor (in rather cold, bleak weather) and stopped at Widecombe in the Moor, famous its Uncle Tom Cobley rhyme. Our last main stop was at Buckfast Abbey and I was surprised to learn it was largely built in the 20thC although still interesting. On the return to Torquay we had a brief stop at the nearby Dartington Glass factory shop.
On Monday we again had a good journey back to WGC, arriving at about 4.00pm ‐ and we didn't lose anyone over the whole 4 days!
Our coach was comfortable and the driver was very good and helpful. Our tour manager for the Saturday and Sunday was not up to last year's standard, however, and the hotel whilst OK and good value could have been better in some respects. Perhaps next year we may aim a little more upmarket for accommodation?
Overall an enjoyable time was had by all and many thanks to Ray Hussey for organising such an interesting excursion.
Bill Wastell



Photos of the trip can be found here : Lavenham Trip Photos
A trip to explore slumbering villages and pastoral scenes in the home of artists and weavers immortalised by Constable and Gainsborough.
Our coach left from behind Peel Court a little later than 9.00am but we made good time and met our guide near Kentwell Hall in Long Melford. From there to the Bull Hotel for morning refreshments and also to choose our lunch selections before heading off through the rolling landscape of East Anglia. We saw quintessentially English thatched cottages and great cloth towns of medieval Suffolk by the river Stour, also a setting for Dodie Smith's 101 Dalmatians. Before lunch there was free time explore the High Street of this engaging Suffolk village which boasts one of the most beautiful of all the East Anglian wool churches, before returning to the Bull for our two course lunch.
After lunch our day out continued in the coach until looming above the horizon the tower of St Peter and St Paul heralded our arrival in beautiful Lavenham where crooked timbered weavers cottages line the main street in the immaculately kept town. We split into two groups the first going straight for tea and scones in a quaint tearoom while the others enjoyed a guided walk around the village, and then reverse order so everyone saw the village and enjoyed the tea.
Now replete, our coach brought us home to arrive in WGC about 7.00pm.

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A two‐course carvery lunch in the the most photographed village in England combined with an informative and entertaining exploration of the green heart of Essex is the next day trip for the Campus Club. Entitled the 'Man Made Wonders in The Heart of Essex' the trip on Wednesday 16th September 2015 will include morning coffee and biscuits in the Swan Pub in Chappel in the Colne Valley, a guided tour, lunch in picturesque Finchingfield and a one scone tea at Cressing Temple.
We will be accompanied by a blue badge guide who knows the area.
The cost? £49pp, all tips are included.
The coach will leave at 9 am and return at about 7pm.

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Photos of the trip can be found here : Oxford Trip Photos

The coach left at 9.00am prompt from behind Peel Court on The Campus. Unlike our trip to Cambridge, Oxford managed to lay on a day of sunshine.
On arrival in Oxford we were met by our lively guide, Danielle who took us to our usual coffee and biscuits before a brief tour of the town. Starting with a tour of Trinity College grounds then on to look at the Weston Library,the Sheldonian Theatre, the Divinity School, the old Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera. Frequent references to Morse and Lewis and Lewis Carroll enlivened the informative talk given by Danielle. After our our fish and chip lunch at the King's Arms we reboarded the coach to carry on up to Folly Bridge and took a 20 minute cruise along the Isis past University boathouses and Christ Church Meadows to Iffley Lock. After a leisurely stroll to look at Iffley Church we enjoyed a cream tea in in the Isis Farm House before the short cruise back to our coach. The plan to return to WGC by 5.30 slipped a bit ‐ we finally arrived at about 7 pm, tired but having enjoyed a lovely day out, thanks to Graham and his very competent assistant, Danielle.
Photos of the trip can be found here : Oxford Trip Photos



Photos of the trip

All Campus Trips are special days but this trip really was special as Colin Duxbury and his wife had chosen to spend their diamond wedding anniversary with us! We all signed a card for them as a little memento and to say Well Done!
46 came on the day trip to London. We picked up Jeannie our blue badge guide in Highgate and after tea/coffee in a pub of Petticoat Lane she guided us round many interesting places.
For many years the City was the preserve of Livery Companies and when the Hugenots arrived they started silk weaving outside the City walls in Spitalfields, and this is the area we explored. They lived in increasingly grand Georgian houses which we admired. Their church has now become the Brick Lane mosque and we also saw Hawksmoor's Christ Church. Back in the pub our lunch was chosen from pies, fish and chips, or soup and sandwiches.
After resting over lunch we turned our attention to banking and went in our coach see various sights before visiting the Bank of England Museum with Georgian bank clerks, crisp white fivers and the pyramid of gold bars. Then on to a banking hall style pub for afternoon tea and biscuits.

Photos of the trip


Photos of the trip

We had a hot and sunny day for our Lee Valley Outing. We had 39 in our coach, which took us first to Riverside, Broxbourne where we boarded the Lady of Lee Valley for a two and a half hour cruise along the River Lee in a very comfortable narrow boat. A hot lunch was served about half way and the bar on the boat was much appreciated.
It was interesting to look at the riverside houses and gardens as we passed by, also the wildlife and several times kingfishers were briefly spotted.
Returning to Broxbourne and the coach we then had a short drive to the Lee Valley White Water Centre at Waltham Cross, where the Olympic canoeing events were held. We walked around the course and watched the intrepid souls braving the foaming torrent in rafts and kayaks. We then steadied our nerves with a cup of tea and a bun on the terrace of the well organised cafe before returning to the coach for the drive home.
Well done to Graham for organising yet another good outing ‐ our last of this season. For next season, however, we have some more great events lined up so make sure you don't miss out!
Photos taken on the day are here on the Club website.
Bill Wastell


Photos of the trip

Sadly the day was blighted by the rain which fell more or less continuously for the whole of the visit.
In the writers case it was also blighted by the fact that the guide wanted to rush everywhere, having no consideration for those in our party who were unable to keep up her pace despite having been asked to slow down within the first 100 yards of leaving the coach. Perhaps this was why we arrived at Emmanuel College for our lunch before they were really ready for us, and a good fifteen minutes before the third group arrived.
Despite all of this we were in good spirits and managed to keep a smile on our faces despite the rain.
And to end on a positive note, the two coffee stops were very pleasant and very well organised. Thank you Graham.


Photos of the trip

Those who didn't come on this trip missed a really good day!
There were only about 23 in our party and we set off at about 9.30 and had a good run round the M25 and arrived at Brooklands at 10.45. We started with a briefing meeting that told us how Brooklands race track was opened in 1907 and was active as a banked motor racing circuit until 1939 ‐ for both cars and motor bikes. At one time they even had 24hr races (like Le Mans).
In the war the central area inside the track became a factory for various aircraft including the Hurricane fighter and Barnes Wallis developed his 'bouncing bomb' here. Later in the 1960s and 70s parts of Concorde were developed and made here.
There was much to see on our busy day and we split into two groups, each with a guide. We had a 'Concorde' experience, sitting in the aircraft and watching a film of a typical flight; visited the Aircraft Museum and saw many types of old WW1 and WW2 aircraft and vehicles; we were shown around the fascinating collection of old ‐ and not so old ‐ racing cars an motor bikes; there was the Bus Museum with a nostalgic collection of old buses that we could remember from our childhood days. There were also various Vickers airliners one could go in, from the everyday workhorse BAC 1‐11 to the Sultan of Oman's personal VC‐10 fitted out with double bedrooms and a dining room probably larger than some of us have now!
We also had vouchers (included) for coffee and lunch in the Sunbeam Cafe.
Also, of course, was the famous Hill Climb test straight ‐ up to 1:4 gradient ‐ and the famous banked circuit, part of which is still retained. Unfortunately drizzle later in the afternoon prevented some of us experiencing a ride on thes two.
All in all we all agreed it was a great day and we could have spent much longer there as there was so much to see. Well done and thanks to Graham for organizing another winning outing!
I took a few photos during the day which are here for you to relive the experience.

Bill Wastell


Photos of the trip

A full coach left WGC and arrived in the Aldwych, London at 10.30, where we met our excellent guide and started our day with coffee at the George pub in the Strand.
The weather was grey with a light drizzle but this didn't dampen our spirits. We started our guided tour in Fountains Court in the Middle Temple and our guide explained how the Inns of Court started in the 1300s and told us all about solicitors, barristers and judges and how the system worked. Most of the buildings dated from the 1600s and were in attractive gardens and courtyards.
We went in the Middle Temple Hall ‐ a medieval refectory for the legal personnel ‐ with a hammer beam roof and a side table made from a hatch from Drake's Golden Hind. We saw the Knights Templar's Church built in the 12thC and largely rebuilt after WW2 and passed by the Inner Temple on our way to the George PH in the Strand for a good carvery lunch.
The weather was now quite sunny and dry so we then crossed the Strand and looked briefly in the Royal Courts of Justice and heard how the court system worked. We got back in the coach and enjoyed a very interesting short driving tour past the Old Bailey, the site of Newgate Prison and other places of interest, accompanied by a detailed commentary from our guide. We then drove to Lincolns Inn and continued our walking tour through its attractive grounds with its old buildings dating from the 1400s. We stopped at Ede & Ravenscroft who make wigs and gowns for the legal profession and learned about the different wigs and gowns, who uses them and when.
Then it was back to the George for a final cup of tea and, on the way back to the coach in Aldwych, we went in St Clement Dane Church ‐ the RAF church ‐ which was also very interesting. We arrived back in WGC about 6.00pm after, what everyone agreed was, a very successful; and interesting day. A big thanks to Graham Daniels who did a great job organising it and a special thanks to our knowledgeable guide who made it particularly interesting.

Bill Wastell took a number of photographs to illustrate our day and these are included in this report.


Photos of the trip

We enjoyed several successful outings this year and there have been many requests for another. This trip was been positioned to follow the Ladies Lunch in October and to be between the November and December lunches.

The date, being late in the year, was not suitable for coach trips to the countryside but we are fortunate to have the many attractions of London on our doorstep.

We left from our usual spot behind the old police station on the Campus in Welwyn Garden City at 9.15 am and travelled to Hampstead. We disembarked there and took coffee before a gentle stroll through the compact lanes around the old church and its environs. Our Blue Badge guide enthralled us with tales and pointed out many interesting and often unseen sights.

Then to a pub for a convivial roast lunch, or vegetarian meal for some, all included in the package, but drinks and coffee were extra.

The waters of the Fleet river rise from springs on Hampstead Heath and during the afternoon we were taken in the coach by our guide to let us follow the course of the river right down to its outfall at Blackfriars, stopping at interesting spots en route including a little known old church behind St Pancras station. We reached Blackfriars where we stopped, for those who wanted it, to buy tea before starting for home at 4.45 pm to reach Welwyn Garden City about 6.00pm.

Walking was leisurely and little over half a mile overall, and apart from a drink at lunchtime all was included, even tips for the driver and the guide!

Photos of the trip

Historical List of Campus Club Outings

1990 ‐ September ‐ Flag Fen, Fotheringhay and Nene Valley Railway

1991 ‐ August ‐ Ely Cathedral, Wisbech, Pecover House and/or Fenland Museum

1992 ‐ August ‐ Leeds Castle, Kent

1993 ‐ June ‐ Channel Tunnel Exhibition, Folkestone

1994 ‐ July ‐ Harwich, Cruise up Orwell to Ipswich

1995 ‐ June ‐ Ascot Races

1996 ‐ July ‐ Sadndringham and Norfolk Lavender Gardens

1997 ‐ July ‐ Chatham Dockyard and cruise on River Medway

1998 ‐ July ‐ Bletchley Park

1999 ‐ July ‐ Maidenhead, boat to Windsor, visit Castle, boat back to Maidenhead

2000 ‐ July ‐ Canal Museum at Stoke Brueme, Northants and barge trip

2001 ‐ June ‐ Denbies Vineyard and Winery and National Trust’s Polesden Lacey

2002 ‐ August ‐ Westminster to Greenwich river trip and Maritime Museum

2003 ‐ August ‐ Sutton Hoo National Trust Centre

2004 ‐ August? ‐ Warwick Castle ‐ Cancelled due to lack of support

2005 ‐ July ‐ Kew Gardens

2006 ‐ August? ‐ Stamford and Burghley House

2007 ‐ August ‐ Hampton Court Palace, but river trip cancelled due to river flow too fast.

2008 ‐ August? ‐ Portsmouth Dockyard cancelled due to lack of support

2009 ‐ May ‐ Hughenden Manor

2009 ‐ July ‐ Blenheim Palace

2010 ‐ August? ‐ Hever Castle

2011 ‐ April ‐ Stockwood Park Luton

2011 ‐ June ‐ Camden Lock and canal trip

2011 ‐ September ‐ Bletchley Park

2012 ‐ May ‐ Spalding Flower Festival

2012 ‐ July ‐ Bressingham Gardens

2012 ‐ November ‐ Heights of Essex ‐ C&V

2013 ‐ January ‐ London Hotel Tea and Buckingham Palace pictures

2013 ‐ May ‐ Woolwich Arsenal/New Cable Car/Museum of London ‐ C&V

2013 November ‐ Hampstead and Fleet River ‐ C&V

2014 ‐ February ‐ Legal London ‐ C&V

2014 ‐ May ‐ Brooklands

2014 ‐ July ‐ Cambridge/Emmanuel College/Buntingford cream tea

2014 ‐ September ‐ Broxbourne Barge trip and Olympic White Water Park

2015 ‐ May ‐ Barrow Boys and Bankers ‐ C&V

2015 ‐ June ‐ Oxford ‐ C&V

2015 ‐ September ‐ Man Made Wonders of Essex ‐ C&V. Cancelled due to lack of support.

2016 ‐ June ‐ East Anglian Panorama ‐ C&V

2016 ‐ October ‐ Torquay weekend

2017 ‐ June ‐ Under Bearskins and Imperial War Museum ‐ C&V

2017 ‐ April ‐ Kinky Boots Adelphi Theatre trip. Cancelled due to lack of support

2017 ‐ June ‐ Bedford and Kathy Brown’s Garden ‐ C&V. Cancelled due to lack of support

2017 ‐ August ‐ Tunnel Tales of Old London Town ‐ C&V

2017 ‐ October ‐ Freemason’s Hall and Supreme Court

2018 ‐ March ‐ Welcome Foundation, Kill or Cure ‐ C&V

2018 ‐ July ‐ Shuttleworth Collection and Swiss Gardens. Small group only

2018 ‐ June ‐ Hampton Court C&V