A very warm welcome to the Eastern Branch page of the AGTO Web site.
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.
With 53 members 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. over recent years we have been able to maintain contact by email, Zoom and Facebook.
Our aim at Eastern Branch is to share information designed for you and your group. This should bring together like minded groups to share their plans and events.
Looking forward we are planning more events and trips.
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The Eastern Branch welcomes enquiries from new group and experienced group organisers to our existing family of 53 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.
The Eastern Branch are always looking at new ways to get their members to network, sharing ideas for future group travel.
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 and Director
Jackie Ames – Secretary
Ian Thirkettle – Treasurer
Image to come
Carlie Newman – Committee Member
Gill Denny – Committee Member
Tony Wright – Official Branch Photographer/Branch Web Contact
Wednesday, 10th January 2024 in London
Festive Getaway Cruise
12th to 19th December 2024.
Temple of Mithras and St Stephen Church, Walbrook
1st November 2023 was our first networking event hosted by Robert Coleman in the Cannon Street area.
More photos from our visit can be seen at London Mithraeum and St Stephen Walbrook November 2023 | Flickr
Visit to Kensington Palace to see the Crown to Couture Exhibition
More photos from our visit can be seen at Kensington Palace – Crown to Couture, June 2023 | Flickr
The Eastern Branch AGM took place at The Royal Forest (Brewers Fayre) 4 Rangers Road Chingford London E4 7QH on Friday 24th February 2023
London Transport Museum
Several members of Eastern Branch attended the Southern Branch AGM at the London Transport Museum. We enjoyed a number of interesting talks plus a look around the galleries. A reminder that you are welcomed to attend the events organised by other Branches. It is a great way to meet other Group Organisers and visit possible locations for your own Group.
Photos from our visit can be viewed at: London Transport Museum October 2022 | Flickr
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.
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
Some of us have met up at the Dunwood Travel event in the Cotswolds. This was based at Heythrop Park, which has been 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, a 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 at Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton, October 2020 | Flickr
A further photographic resource of venues is available at Collection: AGTO and Group Travel Events (flickr.com)