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 Public Meetings and Excursions for 2017


27 April
6.00 pm - 7.00 pm
General MeetingWhat Remains?  Hugh Tassell, Principal Geophysicist at GHD Civil Engineering, and Tim Swann, Senior Technical Officer, have conducted a geophysical survey to determine what remains under the surface of the burial ground.  Come and hear their report, preceded by a brief overview of the history of the burial ground.   Join us for a hot drink first.  Doors open at 5.30 pm.
Sunday 30 April 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Precinct TourGroup 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 28 May 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Precinct TourGroup 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 18 June 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Precinct TourGroup 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 July 2.00 pm - 4.00 pmSpecial St John's Church TourEnjoy 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.  
27 August  2.00 pmAGMOur Annual General Meeting, including reports from the Treasurer and Convenor and the election of office bearers.
27 August 2.00 pm - 4.00 pmPrecinct TourGroup 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.
SeptemberGeneral MeetingResearch and Publications Committee presents ...  Details to come
24 September
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Precinct TourGroup 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 October
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Precinct TourGroup 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 pmPrecinct TourGroup 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 timeExcursions

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.

25 Feb 2018Annual EventFox'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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