Outings Programme for 2014/15


FRIDAY 15th May.
The Outing to the Olympic Park at Stratford, East London

Getting there is easy enough. Get the train leaving Hayes at 09.50 hrs and change at Lewisham for the DLR to Stratford, which may involve a further change at Canary Wharf. Journey time is about an hour and quarter.

We will end up at Stratford station which is a bewildering place with Underground, Overground, DLR and buses all on different levels. But the way to the Park is s pretty well signed and will involve a 10minute walk along a bridge over the multitude of railway lines and then along “The Street” through the outdoor part of Westfield shopping centre where there is an abundance of eateries. This brings you to an entrance to the park which is towards its southern end and right by the Aquatic Centre.

The park itself is large, about a mile from South to North and a good half mile wide. Conversion construction is still under way in a few places particularly at the Stadium, and for a new bridge across the River Lea (or Lee if you like). The remaining venues there are thus well spread out and getting to them will involve a fair amount of walking. The issue of access into them is unclear still and I’ll advise further. These venues are core purpose of the park still, but large parts of it are laid out as an amenity park making It very open and essentially flat with wide pathways as needed to accommodate masses of people during the Olympics, and lots of landscaping and planting which is now well established after three years. The several waterways through the site are a pleasing feature which does give the site interest and a calmness, as they are mostly lower than the prevailing level.

As to photography, there is the Arcelor artwork tower (“The Orbis”) at 114metre high – from which there should be (weather dependent) good views over London - £15 to go up (and come down again) by lift or £12 concessions; I believe these are annual tickets so multiple trips are possible. Then there are the venue buildings, particularly the Aquatic Centre, and the buildings surrounding the site. And then of course the waterside areas and amenity landscaping and then – probably – the people. Of course you could spend the day people-watching in Westfield instead!

Facilities for eating on the park are fairly limited and toilets involve walking some distance. Westfield tho’, as I have said, has abundant eating offerings.

4 June 2015 - Three Nights Away – Antwerp & Amsterdam

A Society Outing with a difference. Open to Society members and friends.

Leave Tilbury at 4 pm. on the ship Magellan on Thursday 4 June 2015.

Friday 5 June in Antwerp (approx. 9 am to 7 pm). The ship docks almost in the town, so a very short walk to the main sights, including the railway station (this has to be seen to be believed), cathedral, Flemish architecture. Belgium beer and chocolates are an optional extra.

Saturday 6 June in Amsterdam (approx. 8 am to 5 pm). Possible to walk into town, but can also be done by tram, and there is an hourly service by canal to the main museums. Canal boat trip for first time visitors is highly recommended. Window shopping in the Red Light district is optional, but no photography is allowed there.

For further Details contact Bob Zwolinsky


Sun, May 15thStratford Olympic ParkAndrew Herbert
Sat, June 20thDown Bank (nr Downe) for some botanyDerek Miah
Thur, July 2ndTour of Royal Hospital, ChelseaNorman Bernard

TBA = Exact date to be announced later