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Newsletter February 2024

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to a special year for the Cambridge Friends of the NTS, for in May we celebrate 20 years of providing scintillating, interesting and, often, amusing talks connected with all that is so diverse and wonderful about Scotland, its history, buildings, art, landscape and stories connected in some way with the NTS.

Our spring 2024 programme (below and page two) shines a light on two great Scots - William Speirs Bruce and Sir Andrew Carnegie - and two great exports: the Highland and Belted Galloway cattle. And in May we put on our kilts (trews are an option) for our birthday party in the company of the boss of the NTS.

I do hope you will be able to join us in Newnham College each month to enjoy a little bit of Scotland in Cambridge.

Jim Stewart

Spring 2024 meeting dates

At Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, at 7.30 for 8.00 pm.
Tickets are £10.00 in advance or £12.00 on the door - they include a glass of wine on arrival.
Raffle tickets are £5.00 per strip.

Wednesday, 7th February

Doug Allan - "In the wake of the Scotia: The Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904".

Wednesday, 13th March

Mark Macleod - " Sir Andrew Carnegie - from weaver's cottage to mega-riches".

Wednesday, 17th April

Ed Wombwell - "The Highland and Belted Galloway cattle residing at Wandlebury".

Wednesday, 15th May

Philip Long, the CEO of the NTS will help us to celebrate our 20th birthday.

Our talks last Autum.

In October... Andrew Dobson explored Scottish birdlife, from the Shetlands, "fantastic for birds" - gannet, fulmar and many other species - to Handa, off Sutherland, with over 200,000 seabirds on its towering cliffs, and the Shiant Islands off Lewis, home to two per cent of all the puffins in the world.

November... Kevin Edwards explained what pollen tells us about our ancestors and how they lived - the scientific evidence of samples from bogs around mainland Scotland and the Outer Isles showed what they ate and how farming practices in Scotland, particularly the Highlands, evolved.

December... Donald Douglas retraced where James Boswell (32) and Samuel Johnson (63) went on their famous tour of the Highlands from August to November 1773 - Edinburgh to St Andrews, Inverness and across to the Western Isles. Using their journals as guide, he recalled a memorable, but often wet, adventure.

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