Three Choirs

This group started in January 1999. It’s named after the Three Choirs Festival, because most of our members live in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. However, any SI members who can get to meetings are welcome to join.

The Three Choirs Group runs a discussion forum that is open to all members of the Society.

Further information

For further information, please contact the Three Choirs group coordinator, Pam Scholefield

Forthcoming meetings

Wednesday 13 November 2019 at 10.30 a.m. – Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Sandhurst, Gloucester GL2 9PA

We will meet for coffee at 10:30-11 and then see the exhibits. We can also have lunch afterwards in the coffee shop. We will have a quick meeting before or after lunch to plan next year’s meetings, so please do come with your ideas. Contact Pam Scholefield for further information and to let her know if you hope to come.

Recent meetings

Thursday 11 July 2019 at 10.45 a.m. – Perrycroft Gardens, Jubilee Drive, Upper Colwall, Malvern WR13 6DN

We were again lucky with the weather on our visit to Perrycroft, a hidden gem that we all managed to find hidden on the west side of the Malverns. The house is a beautiful Arts-and-Crafts-style house with perfect views of British Camp, the Iron Age hillfort, from the terrace. Lunch was outside at the Chase pub, so we were able to carry on enjoying the weather while celebrating 20 years of the three Choirs Group.

Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 10.30 a.m.- Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury GL8 8QS

Visit to the arboretum for the spring colours. Thirteen of us met at the cafe for coffee, followed by a walk through the arboretum and then lunch in the restaurant.

Thursday 14 March at 10.30 a.m. – Hereford Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Hereford HR1 2NG

Visit to Hereford Cathedral where the Mappa Mundi is located.  It is the sort of thing you could stand in front of it for ages so Pam came home with a poster with an English translation for her office wall. The Chained Library was fascinating with illustrated books for us to marvel at and the ‘indexes’ of books on each set of shelves. Thanks so much to Jane for organising this for us. It was a good day and wonderful to get out of the office for a while.

Tuesday 22 January 2019 at 10.30 a.m. – Stanton Rooms, 26 Church Street, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham GL53 8AR

After coffee,Wendy Baskett gave us a very clear demonstration about Index-Manager, even using the word ‘fun’. Who couldn’t use a little fun while indexing? You can download a demo version that lasts 14 days. after the talk, we repaired to the the Royal Pub for lunch.

Wednesday 6 November 2018 at 10.30 a.m. – Dyrham Park, Dyrham, near Bath, Gloucestershire, SN14 8HY

Our annual planning meeting, plus lunch and a look round the spectacular 17th-century mansion.

Wednesday 11 July 2018 at 10.30 a.m. – Hidcote, Hidcote Bartrim, near Chipping Campden GL55 6LR

Seven of us net at the Barn Cafe for a leisurely walk around the gardens of Hidcote Manor, followed by lunch and a discussion about the forthcoming conference.

Tuesday 22 May 2018 – Berkeley Castle , Berkeley GL13 9BQ

A stunning day weatherwise for a tour of Berkeley Castle with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. For added interest the courtyard was full of crew and actors waiting around to start filming a series about Mary Queen of Scots. Over lunch in the Yurt Cafe there was some discussion about the GDPR and what we need to do about it. After lunch, some went off to the butterfly house and others to the Jenner museum.

Wednesday 18 April 2018 – Cotswolds Distillery, Phillip’s Field, Whichford Road, Stourton, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 5HG

Tour of the gin factory (with free samples), followed by lunch.

Wednesday 14 February 2018  – Cheltenham GL53 8DP

Peer review plus ‘bring-and-share’ lunch.

Previous meetings have included visits to Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Chedworth Roman Villa and Westonbirt Arboretum