Applications for the 3rd October visit to Ightham Mote House and Chevening House are now closed. As expected, the visit proved very popular and was oversubscribed. It went to ballot and everybody has been advised whether they were successful or unsuccessful in the ballot.

Chevening House is the country home of the Foreign Secretary and the Trustees only allow 8 group visits a year. It was therefore a tremendous privilege to have been chosen to be one of those eight in 2017. We were probably successful because the architect in charge of the 1960’s renovations to the house was Sir Donald Insall who is one of our members. He will talk to us over tea and we have invited the Trustees and staff to join us.

Unfortunately a lot of members were unsuccessful in the ballot and it transpires that our committee member who has been working on this visit for three years will not be able to go on it because he has been called up for Jury Service. C’est la vie. We will continue to apply every year for further visits to the house and to the gardens but we would not expect to be chosen again for at least five years. We’ll see.