A very warm welcome to the Eastern Branch page of the new AGTO website.
We aim to keep the features, events and news from the Branch as up-to-date as possible so enhancing what is happening in our area. Eastern Branch stretches from the south, through Essex into Suffolk and Norfolk, then inland to Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, finishing just north of the Thames.
With 90 plus members, communication has always been difficult because the area covered is so large. Also transport costs, and of course time, are important to our members. We hope to improve the way in which we can talk together more regularly without the expense.
Due to the lockdown and stay at home advice, many of you have been able to maintain contact by email, Zoom, Skype and other online platforms. Our aim at Eastern Branch is to try to embrace this by means of added information designed for you and your group. This should bring together like-minded people who might share their plans and events for when we are free to travel again.
Watch this space for news, views and features
The Eastern Branch welcomes enquiries from budding and new group organisers to our existing family of over 90 members in the Branch which covers Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes, Norfolk, Suffolk and the London post code areas of London E, N and NW.
All Members, please advise the Membership Secretary if your email contact details have changed since you first joined the AGTO – this is most important for continued contact and Membership updates.
Catherine Skeggs – Chairman
Enid Pamment – Vice Chairman
Joan Hanks – Director & Events Co-ordinator
Maria Maltby – Secretary
Linda Nicholas – Treasurer
Yvonne Hudson – AGTO magazine Co-ordinator and Communications
Jackie Ames, Committee Members
Graham Scrase – Committee Member
Tony Wright – Official Branch Photographer/Branch Web Contact
2021 AGM Information
Eastern Branch AGM Wednesday 29th September – Cancelled
A new date is to be arranged.
Eastern Branch Meeting at Audley End House
In July we were delighted to hold our first face to face event for a very long time. This was held in the grounds of Audley End House.
We set up camp under a magnificent oak tree which provided shade from the hot summer sun.
After our Branch Meeting, members visited the House or just explored the extensive grounds and other buildings.
Photographs of the day can be viewed at Audley End House and Gardens, July 2021 | Flickr
Restarting our Activities
Several members of Eastern Branch have been out and about as lockdown eased.
Some of us have met up at the Dunwood Travel event in the Cotswolds. This was based at Heythrop Park, which is soon going to be rebranded as a Warner Leisure Hotel.
Photographs of Heythrop Park taken during the event can be seen at:
Our next encounter was a fascinating Fam Trip to Coventry, our latest City of Culture. This was organised by Harry Shaw and the City of Culture team.
From our Coombe Abbey base, we made several forays into Coventry and were given privileged access to the fantastic work being done to restore attractions and improve the city’s appeal to Groups.
Photographs of the various attractions we visited can be accessed from Collection: Coventry City of Culture, June 2021 (flickr.com)
We held an Eastern Branch Social Event on 17th October 2020 at Stockwood Park Discovery Centre in Luton.
Photographs of the day can be viewed here.