Summer Excursions: more to come in June and July

Summer Excursions.

Two very successful excursions for members of the Institute have been completed – in beautiful warm spring weather!

In April to Newmarket for the AGM at St Agnes Church which wowed everyone – behind an unprepossessing Victorian exterior lay a magnificent and in parts, opulent, interior of marble, mosaic, stained glass and tile.  Then to All Saints, formerly a royal chapel, where we learned of the high status of Newmarket in the Stuart period, complete with royal palaces. The town was the ‘Las Vegas’ of the era with gambling and cock-fighting to add to the racing.

Then in May to Huntingfield for another wonderful Victorian ecclesiastical item – the painted church ceiling, followed up with an account of the medieval fishponds and park, and Huntingfield Hall.  The day was completed with a walk along the run of the fishponds and associated earthworks, finishing up at the Hall and the ancient ‘Queen’s oak’ which lay within the former park


Very many thanks to the organisers – Clive Paine, John Sutton, Linda Berry and Rosemary Hoppitt

Coming up in June and July are excursions to Landguard Fort, Felixstowe, and to Ipswich to Belstead church to discover the bounds of the liberty of Ipswich, and then to St Mary Stoke. The season ends with a visit to Norfolk.  Numbers are limited for the Landguard and Norfolk excursions, so if you haven’t yet booked please do so as soon as possible.  Please email Jane Carr ( to register for the Norfolk event. All details are in your Newsletter.

These excursions are members’ events, so if you don’t want to miss out, join up now! Members’ guests may attend, but please enquire first as this is subject to space and at a cost of £5 per person.