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CAMBRIDGE FRIENDS of the NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND

The Cambridge Friends of the National Trust for Scotland is one of the latest Members' Centres to be established. A programme of meetings has been arranged for autumn 2017.

Our talks are held in the Lucy Windsor Room at Newnham College and start at 7:30pm with wine and conversation for an 8pm talk. They are usually finished about 9:30pm. There is usually ample parking nearby.Tickets may be obtained for each talk at a price of £7 per head if pre-ordered or £8.00 on the door. It is better to apply for tickets in advance to ensure availability.
Please make cheques payable to "Cambridge Friends of The National Trust for Scotland".

To apply for tickets, you may:

A printable application form for tickets, in PDF format, may be downloaded by following this link.

Programme for Autumn 2017

Wednesday 27th September 2017
Picture of Cairngorm minerals Pictures of Cairngorm landscapeRoy Starkey on "Minerals and Gems of the Cairngorms"
The majestic plateau of the Cairngorms is the source of the eponymous gem quality smoky quartz and spectacular specimens of beryl and topaz. This talk will review the fascinating history of "Cairngorm stones", and connections with Queen Victoria, illustrated by images of notable specimens and explorations over the past 25 years or so.
Roy Starkey is a geologist, author and collector of minerals. He founded the British Micromount Society and is a past President of the Russell Society
Thursday 19th October 2017
Painting of Battle of Trafalgar Pictures of Admiral PellewDr Robin Pellew on "The Battle of Trafalgar".
England may have expected every man to do his duty at the Battle of Trafalgar, but Scotland’s influence on the result was huge. A third of the sailors and five of the 27 captains hailed from Scotland.
While Nelson was busy at Trafalgar, his contemporary, Admiral Edward Pellew, was commander in chief of the East Indies Station.
Robin will tell us about the battle, the contribution of the Scots and maybe something about his illustrious ancestor.
Wednesday 15th November 2017
Pictures of cover of Highland Retreats bookMary Miers on "Highland Retreats".
Inspired by the romantic image of the Highlands, wealthy incomers adopted the area as a recreational paradise. Their astonishing legacy of baronial castles, Arts and Crafts mansions, cottages ornés and modern eco-lodges will be illustrated with glorious photographs, specially commissioned or taken for Country Life, together with contemporary paintings and drawings.
Mary Miers is the Fine Arts and Books Editor of Country Life and an architectural historian and author. She set up Scotland’s Buildings at Risk Register and is a Trustee of the Highland Historic Buildings Trust.
Wednesday 6th December 2017
Pictures of 4 television presentersMandy Morton on "The Ghost of Christmas Paws – a cat with Scottish Characteristics".
To get us in the mood for Christmas, we will be entertained by a Tabby Cat wearing a Santa outfit. Hettie, is a feline Miss Marple with a good nose for solving crime. Owner Mandy Morton will tell us about her exploits. Mandy is a rock star with a huge Scandy following and is an author, journalist and broadcaster.

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