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Newsletter May 2024

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to our May newsletter - and our 20th birthday, which we will be celebrating on Wednesday, 15th May at Newnham College.

Over the last twenty years we have raised £21,150 for the NTS through entry and raffle ticket sales at our meetings.

To help the NTS even more, we will be presenting Philip Long, its Chief Executive and our speaker this month, with a cheque for another £1,000.

I am particularly delighted we can celebrate in Philip's presence - I'm sure we are all keen to hear what he has to tell us about how he sees the NTS facing up to its many challenges as outlined below. And being our birthday, you can use the event as an excuse to wear tartan, enjoy some bubbly and... well, let's see!

This moment also seems a good point to review our past, for it has been great fun and is well worth celebrating.

When Julian Landy, Patsy Glazebrook, Ron Lewis Smith and I convened the first meeting of the CFNTS twenty years ago, we certainly did not anticipate that our "try and see what happens" initiative would have such enduring appeal.

In the intervening time we have enjoyed some fascinating talks, seen some wonderful photography and enjoyed meeting many new friends sharing our interest and love for Scotland.

Other than during the pandemic when we switched to Zoom, our meetings have been at Newnham College, who have looked after us marvellously - their investment in technology has been a boon too.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed to our happy success story - members of the committee past and present as well as everyone who has supported us by taking part in our journey: thank you all.

Please scroll down for our Autumn programme and minireviews of our Spring talks.

Jim Stewart

Programme for May 2024

Wednesday, 15th May 2024 at 7.30 pm in Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DF
Picture of a Philip Long.The Future NTS with Philip Long OBE, Chief Executive of the National Trust for Scotland since 2020.
Philip is here to help celebrate our 20th birthday and tell us about the Trust's recovery after the pandemic and the wide range of work being undertaken through its new strategy, Nature, Beauty and Heritage for Everyone.
He will also talk about the future ambitions for the NTS as the organisation looks forward to its centenary in 2031 and the role - as Scotland's leading conservation charity - it can have in addressing vital issues to us all, including the climate and biodiversity crises.
Before joining the NTS, Philip was founding Director of V&A Dundee, having previously been Senior Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland, in which role he specialised in Scottish and British art and design from the 1880s to the present.

Autumn 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.

Wednesday, 23rd October

William Aslet on James Gibbs (1682-1754), architect, born in Aberdeen. The Senate House and Gibbs Building in Cambridge and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, are among his many projects.

Wednesday, 13th November

Lance Forman, the owner of Forman & Sons, the producers of high quality Scottish smoked salmon, on 120 years of smoking.

Wednesday, 11th December

Talk details to be confirmed.

Our previous talks this spring.

Picture of Ed Wombwell.In April... Ed Wombwell (right), Estate Manager at Wandlebury, spoke about Highland and Belted Galloway cattle and the important part they (and some Norfolk Horn sheep) play in the conservation of the estate, a 110 acre site with chalk meadows and mature woodland.
The cows and sheep live on the wildflower meadows in the park and help to keep the grasses down, to the benefit of the flowers, and are an important part of increasing the diversity of nature in the park.
They are also part of the carefully managed sustainable farming practised on the estate - and if you want to see this action, we will be organising a visit this summer: details will be emailed nearer the time.

Picture of Doug Allan.In February... The wildlife cinematographer Doug Allan (left) told us about his adventures in the Antarctic filming a variety of wildlife programmes.
His talk, In the wake of the Scotia, outlined the 1902-1904 Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, how it was first funded by Scottish sources and the rebuilding of a whaler as an Antarctic research vessel, with two laboratories, a darkroom and extensive specialist equipment.
The Scotia crew had to move north in winter, but modern clothing and equipment allowed Doug to work there all year round, filming above and below the ice and capturing remarkable footage of fish, mammals and birds from birth to death, as well as how climate change is affecting the ice shelves.

Ticket Application

  1. Buy your tickets in advance via your bank - please let Donald know (see point two):
  2. Let Donald Douglas know donalddouglas710@btinternet.com. Donald will email your tickets to you.
  3. Or send a cheque ( £10 per person ) to CFNTS, Mar House,Long Lane, Fowlmere, SG8 7TG, made payable to Cambridge Friends of the NTS; please include an SAE if you would like your tickets by mail - or request tickets by email.
  4. Tickets on the door will be £12.00 per person.

NB We will not pass your details on to any other organisation.


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