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 Public Meetings and Excursions for 2018


25 Feb 2018
11.00 am - 2.30 pm
Annual Event Fox's Feast was an annual picnic from 1863-1879 for the Orphan School children paid for from the legacy of John Fox, an ex-convict who had been in an orphanage in England. His legacy also rewarded the best boy and girl each year with 10 pounds and a silver medal, known as the Fox's Medal.  Each year the Friends of the Orphan Schools remember this highlight of the children's year by holding our own Fox’s Feast.
Full details here. All members and friends are very welcome.
Sunday 25 Mar 2018  2.00 9m - 4.00 pm Precinct Tour Group walking tour of the Orphan Schools and St. John's Park Precinct. The tour includes a visit to St. John's Church and a short organ recital (subject to availability of church). Learn about the site and its history from one of our tour guides.  $20 donation ($15 for financial members) on the day includes notes and 'tea and biscuits' afterwards. Booking are necessary; please register online here.
Sunday 29 April 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Precinct Tour Group walking tour of the Orphan Schools and St. John's Park Precinct. The tour includes a visit to St. John's Church and a short organ recital (subject to availability of church). Learn about the site and its history from one of our tour guides.  $20 donation ($15 for financial members) on the day includes notes and 'tea and biscuits' afterwards. Booking are necessary; please register online here.
Sunday 27 May 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Precinct Tour Group walking tour of the Orphan Schools and St. John's Park Precinct. The tour includes a visit to St. John's Church and a short organ recital (subject to availability of church). Learn about the site and its history from one of our tour guides.  $20 donation ($15 for financial members) on the day includes notes and 'tea and biscuits' afterwards. Booking are necessary; please register online here.
Sunday 24 June 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Precinct Tour Group walking tour of the Orphan Schools and St. John's Park Precinct. The tour includes a visit to St. John's Church and a short organ recital (subject to availability of church). Learn about the site and its history from one of our tour guides.  $20 donation ($15 for financial members) on the day includes notes and 'tea and biscuits' afterwards. Booking are necessary; please register online here.
29 July 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Special St John's Church Tour Enjoy a presentation on the architecture, history, religious use and the features of the 1834 church building. See images of the inaccessible and hidden parts of the building. Enjoy a guided tour of the church, including a demonstration of the 1896 William Hill Organ. Start and finish at the Old Sunday School and view the displays in the Friends headquarters. The cost is only $20 including afternoon tea. Booking are essential; please register online here.  
19 August  2.00 pm AGM Our Annual General Meeting, including reports from the Treasurer and Convenor and the election of office bearers.
26 August 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Precinct Tour Group walking tour of the Orphan Schools and St. John's Park Precinct. The tour includes a visit to St. John's Church and a short organ recital (subject to availability of church). Learn about the site and its history from one of our tour guides.  $20 donation ($15 for financial members) on the day includes notes and 'tea and biscuits' afterwards. Booking are necessary; please register online here.
30 September
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Precinct Tour Group walking tour of the Orphan Schools and St. John's Park Precinct. The tour includes a visit to St. John's Church and a short organ recital (subject to availability of church). Learn about the site and its history from one of our tour guides.  $20 donation ($15 for financial members) on the day includes notes and 'tea and biscuits' afterwards. Booking are necessary; please register online here.
28 October
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Precinct Tour Group walking tour of the Orphan Schools and St. John's Park Precinct. The tour includes a visit to St. John's Church and a short organ recital (subject to availability of church). Learn about the site and its history from one of our tour guides.  $20 donation ($15 for financial members) on the day includes notes and 'tea and biscuits' afterwards. Booking are necessary; please register online here..
26 November 2.00 pm- 4.00 pm Precinct Tour Group walking tour of the Orphan Schools and St. John's Park Precinct. The tour includes a visit to St. John's Church and a short organ recital (subject to availability of church). Learn about the site and its history from one of our tour guides.  $20 donation ($15 for financial members) on the day includes notes and 'tea and biscuits' afterwards. Booking are necessary; please register online here.
Any time Excursions

Group walking tours of the Orphan Schools and St. John's Park Precinct can be arranged by negotiation, minimum ten persons.

TThe tour includes a visit to St. John's Church and a short organ recital (subject to availability of church). Learn about the site and its history from one of our tour guides.

$20 donation including notes and a hot drink and biscuit at the end.

Email the secretary or leave a phone message on 0362 852654.

24 Feb 2019 Annual Event Fox's Feast was an annual picnic from 1863-1879 for the Orphan School children paid for from the legacy of John Fox, an ex-convict who had been in an orphanage in England. His legacy also rewarded the best boy and girl each year with 10 pounds and a silver medal, known as the Fox's Medal.  Each year the Friends of the Orphan Schools remember this highlight of the children's year by holding our own Fox’s Feast.
Full details to come. All members and friends are very welcome.

For more information about activities: email the Secretary.

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