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Thu   1     Committee Meeting
                Upstairs at the Spread Eagle Croydon.

Sat   3     Country Walk
                In the Dorking area - join Andrew and the group -
                note the Flying Scotsman steam train may be
                passing close by us during part of this walk.

Sun   4     Ramblers Walk
                Jill leads. Meet East Croydon Station 9.06am. The
                walk starts at Lewes Station 10.00 am and we will
                go via Kingston windmill and church to ascend the
                South Downs.

Fri   9     Barn Dance STANLEY HALLS SE25
                Tickets £8. Doors open 7.00pm, dance finishes at
                11.00pm. Please contact Ireen 07968 035522
       to join Group booking.

Sat 10     Climping near Littlehampton
                Open-gardens day, including those of thatched
                cottages and a beach hotel. Fish supper and pub
                stop on return. £6 entry plus train fare
                £16.35. Nigel.

Sat 10     Carshalton Village Ceilidhs Barn Dance
                7.30 pm start, £8 entry includes tea and
                cakes. Live band for the first half, recorded
                music for the second.

Sun 11     Cycling from Croydon
                A one-way ride roughly following the Uckfield rail
                line to your choice of railway station. With

Thu 15     Meal out
                The Skylark (South End, South Croydon),
                from 7.30pm, planned by Margaret. Deals on

Sat 17     Greenwich
                Day out to this historic town, riverside and park.
                William Edwards.

Sun 18     Open Squares Weekend
                Over 200 of London's attractive and often
                hidden squares are open to the public for this
                weekend - stroll through a few today.

Sun 25     Croydon food festival, COPSE publicity stand, and a town and country walk.
                The walk: Open to all, this is part of the
                Croydon Heritage Festival. Starting outside the
                Clocktower, in Katharine Street, at 2.30pm, this
                is a leisurely 2 – 3 hour easy afternoon stroll
                through familiar and some lesser-known green and
                open spaces in Croydon. Also from 12 noon - 7pm.
                COPSE have a publicity stand at the Croydon Food
                Festival, in South End, South Croydon, for the
                public to come and find out more about COPSE.
                Please come, either to walk, or to be present on
                the clubs stand, to meet and welcome potential new
                members. More information from Valerie, Andrew and
                Olga and in their recent
                email. and

Thu 29  – Mon 3    Weekend trip away to the village of Beer, in South Devon.
                Not just for beer, either to camp or to stay dry
                in the YHA hostel in the village of Beer in South
                Devon. Tim at


Fri   7     A summer evening cycle ride.
                With pub stop, with Andrew.

Sat   8     Walk with Olga.
                to the Mayfield Lavender fields, near Banstead.
                Meet at East Croydon station at 10.35 am to
                catch a train to Coulsdon South. The walk is about
                5 miles total, to these beautiful lavender fields,
                with the option to be extended, bus 166 brings us
                back to Croydon. Why not follow with a visit to
                the Summer Music Festival at Ruskin House,
                Croydon, where various musicians play from 12
                midday to 10pm, with a garden party atmosphere.
                Details here:

Sun   9     Concert - Croydon Symphonic Band play at Dorking Halls in Dorking at 3pm.
                One of the leading wind orchestras in the
                south-east play music by Holst, Vaughan-Williams
                and others. For tickets – contact Gill – who
                plays in the band:

Wed 12  – Thu 13    Theatre - a musical comedy whodunnit.
                Wednesday and Thursday Join other COPSE members
                already booked to see the Mitre Players
                forthcoming production of "Curtains", a
                musical comedy whodunnit, at Sanderstead. More
                details and tickets here:

Sat 15     Winchester
                A day trip to Winchester, with lots to see on this
                city tour. Book a place in advance for some of the
                sights on Ireen’s itinerary. Much to see and do,
                including Jane Austen Exhibitions (200yrs
                since her passing in Winchester), Cathedral,
                Great Hall, Old City Mill, (former Y.H.A.
                Hostel), musical celebration of St.
                Swithun's Day, views from St. Giles Hill - and
                tea & cakes at Gerry's home! Tours are booked
                for the cathedral and the mill. By train: meet
                at East Croydon Station, by 9.40am. By car:
                contact me for parking advice. Then all meet at
                Winchester station at 11.05a.m. Any queries, plus
                booking a tour place, to Ireen Best,
       or 07968 035522.

Sat 22     The Tudor Way - part 3.
                a walk with Keith - from Hartfield to the Pale,
                continuing another stage of this historic trail
                through the Weald and Downlands

Sun 23     Theatre - If a Sparrow Should Fall
                Tickets are now on sale for Gatton Community
                Theatre’s latest open air promenade production,
                If a Sparrow Should Fall - A Man in Search of a
                Miracle, taking place at Gatton Park, Reigate on
                July 12th-14th, 16th, 19th-21 and 23rd, all at
                7.30 pm. The play is directed by Libby Egwuba and
                is a new piece of theatre written by Anna
                Thompson. Tickets are priced at £12 for
                adults, £8 for children, family ticket (2
                + 2) £30 and available from
       or tel: 0333 666
                3366. Booking fees apply. Suggested by Margaret

Fri 28  – Sun 30    Sussex Music Festival and Camping
                Friday 28 July - Saturday 29 July - Sunday 30
                July Camping with live music, Lewes, Sussex at
                “Lewes Live 2017” a small festival on
                the outskirts of Lewes, which features 5 live
                bands on Friday evening, 14 more on Saturday, food
                stalls, Harveys Real Ale, and camping (next to
                your car if you have one). £45 weekend
                ticket (includes camping). Opens 4pm
                Friday, bands from 7pm. One drawback, have to
                vacant campsite by 11am Sunday. Check the web
       In our
                experience these small festivals bring a
                different, closer experience yet more relaxed
                vibe. Even if the bands are not well known, you
                can get up and personal with a range of live music
                – rock, ska, singer-song writers. Think of it as
                camping with the added bonus of some live music
                and a bar. We could either travel by cars if such
                are going, or by train to Lewes and a taxi / bus.
                On Sunday, we could have a chill on Seaford
                beach. Let Andrew know as soon as you can, now,
                if you are interested. Andrew is on

Sat 29  – Sun 30    Also
                If you aren't away with Andrew or missed Olga
                trip to the Lavender fields earlier this month,
                Carshalton Lavender annual harvest takes place
                this weekend , details on their website:
       No planned group
                visit but you may like to go with others.


Thu   3     Open air theatre in Coulsdon at the Coulsdon Manor Hotel.
                Theatre Workshop present a spoof play version of
                "Dick Barton". Tickets and
                Tickets £10 or £7 for
                concessions/over 60's.

Fri   4  – Fri 11    Sidmouth Folk Festival.
                A week filled with folk music, singing, dancing,
                pub sessions, concerts, and cream teas, focused on
                the seafront and in the town centre of Sidmouth in
                Devon. Visit for a day or two, or all week. Plan
                your own trip here:
                Regular visitor to Sidmouth, Ireen can tell you

Fri 11  – Sun 13    Surrey Hostels Weekend
                A 2 night hostel weekend staying at 2 Surrey YHA
                Hostels, with a day walk from Tanners Hatch hostel
                on Saturday and a day walk from Holmbury hostel on
                Sunday. Book your accommodation as soon as you
                can. Information from Paul Davidson.

Sat 19     The Tudor Way - part 4.
                walk with Keith – from Nutley to East Hoathly,
                about 12 miles into East Sussex, continuing from
                where we ended on the last stage on 22nd July.

Sun 20     Eastbourne Air Show and Biggin Hill “100” Festival of Flight
                Both take place this weekend, on both Saturday and
                Saturday. The Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain
                Memorial Flight fly at each, on both days. William
                Edwards plans a day visit to Biggin Hill on
                Sunday; prebooked tickets £22, more details

Mon 21     Visit The Proms at The Royal Albert Hall.
                Evening 7.30pm. The world's greatest classical
                music festival with a concert of a Beethoven
                symphony and overture, a Stravinsky violin
                concerto, and a premier of a work by maverick
                composer Gerald Barry. See Andrew for ticket

Sat 26  – Mon 28    Bank Holiday weekend - details to follow.


Wed   6  – Tue 12    Trip to Alnwick and Northumberland
                A 2-centre week away staying in two great hostels.
                Barry and Margaret will announce details.

Fri   8     Stanley Halls Barn dance.
                details will appear here nearer the time:
                Information from Ireen nearer the time:

Sat   9     The BBC Proms in the Park 2017.
                Likely to sell out very soon, ticket information
                here: (£44 - £79+ each).
       programmes/ articles/ 3T66PD82XxwlCqrwnjt6Fwy/ proms-in-the-park-2017-london-how-to-buy-tickets
                ; Britain's biggest outdoor classical music
                event, with Michael Ball, Steps, Bryn Terfel,
                Elaine Paige, Texas, and more, plus the Last Night
                of the Proms linkup with the Royal Albert Hall
                finale. William Edwards.

Sat 16  – Sun 17    Open House weekend.
                London buildings open days; you may like to plan
                your own day out, with or without fellow COPSERs.
                Details will appear here:

Sat 23     The Tudor Way - walk part 5.
                With Keith – this stage from East Hoathly to
                Lewes, about 10 miles, the final part of this trip
                through historic places in Sussex. Keith.


Sat   7  – Sat 14    Ibiza trip.
                A week away, or short break for those with limited
                time. Enjoy a holiday on the picturesque island of
                Ibiza. Days out on spectacular clifftops and
                coast, see island villages, enjoy the sunny
                Mediterranean. Information from Nigel; book now
                for best price.


Thu 16  – Mon 20    A long weekend in Devon.
                With comfortable hotel facilities, Stan Spacey
                recommends the huge range of activities provided
                on site, at the Manor House Hotel. See your last
                Viewpoint for full details and see the hotel
                Stan is on for more

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