THACS events for 2019 are as follows  

Plant stall at the village fete on 28th June

= Visit to Cliveden on 11th July

Autumn Show on 7th September

Creative writing workshop in October

Art workshop on printmaking in November

Art and craft fair on 7th December

Museum or Art gallery visit in December  

Plant Stall at the Village Fete 

The Tewin Village Fete will be on Saturday 29th June and once again THACS will be running the plant stall. As in the past we are reliant on villagers providing the plants, many of which come from their own gardens. It might be a good idea to begin selecting likely candidates now so that they will be settled and neatly potted by the end of June. If you are growing plants from seed, please save extra plants for the stall. Nick Whiting will be collecting plants together during the week prior to the fete but we expect that most will be delivered to the Green on the day.

Help in running the stall is needed. If you can spare some time for this, please contact Nick on 01438 717230.

Visit to Cliveden on Thursday 11th July

Book your place by 26th June to avoid disappointment.

Attendees at the THACS AGM were invited to select their preferred garden visit from a shortlist of four. The most popular choice was Cliveden, which is a National Trust estate near Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire. This was a good choice, since Cliveden’s stunning house and gardens are a perfect destination for a group day out. There's something for everyone including beautiful seasonal floral displays, an outstanding sculpture collection and tours of the house. THACS has arranged a visit by coach on Thursday 11th July, so come along for a great day out.

Set high above the Thames with far-reaching views, Cliveden’s impressive gardens and majestic woodlands capture the grandeur of a bygone age. You will be able to follow in the footsteps of dukes, earls and royalty as you explore a series of gardens, each with their own special charm. From the formality of the Parterre with its vibrant floral displays to the quirky statuary and topiary in the Long Garden, the gardens will delight you in every season. The formal gardens give way to secluded glades, tree-lined avenues and picturesque riverside with miles of woodland walks to discover.

The stunning Italianate mansion is leased as a private hotel but you will be able to take a tour of some of the public rooms on the ground floor, including the impressive Great Hall and famous French Dining Room. These tours take about 30 minutes and the maximum number per tour is 18 people. We have booked two consecutive tours at 11:30 and 11:40. These tours are free if you are a NT member, £2 otherwise. However, they do need to be booked (and paid for) in advance.

The estate has hard gravel paths, some steep slopes, undulating terrain and steps. If you are no longer as mobile as you used to be, you can use the shuttle bus which takes you to most places around the estate. Unfortunately, there are no powered mobility scooters but there are some manual wheelchairs (that need to be booked in advance).

However you get about the garden, you’ll be in need of some refreshments during our visit. The main eatery is The Conservatory Café, where the chefs transform locally sourced ingredients into a selection of hearty homemade lunches and light bites. The Dovecote Coffee Shop is ideal for morning coffee and afternoon tea and there is a refreshment kiosk in the Walled Garden car park. There are also designated picnic areas with benches.

As you might expect, there is a gift shop and plant centre. If you fancy some quiet browsing, then visit the second-hand bookshop where you can pick up a bargain whilst supporting vital conservation work.

If you would like to find out more about the garden and the facilities before you visit, please look at the web site 

The coach will leave Tewin from the bus stop opposite the Rose & Crown at 9:00am, and will leave Cliveden for the return journey at 3:30pm.

National Trust members get free entry to the estate but they must bring their membership cards with them on the day. The group rate for entry to the gardens for non-NT members is only £10 and consequently the prices are:-


With National Trust membership

Without National Trust membership

THACS members







South Mimms Travel will provide our driver and coach again but this means that we will need to pay for the coach four weeks before the visit, with high cancellation charges after that.  So, if you are interested in this visit, please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Please fill in the booking form with your details and preferences and then deliver or send it, with your payment, to Ray Keppler, 15 Upper Green Road, Tewin, AL6 0LE as soon as possible and certainly before 26th June

Download and print a Booking Form


Updated APF 2/05/2019