Our first stop today is at the New Room, John Wesley’s Chapel in Bristol and the oldest Methodist building in the world, built in 1739. The museum tells the story of the Wesleys and Bristol in the eighteenth century and how the movement grew and developed across the country. Legacy rooms also prompt visitors to reflect on how many of the issues that Methodism addressed in the eighteenth century continue to challenge and demand responses from us today.
We will have coffee and biscuits (included) on arrival and then a talk and guided tour by Rev. Ward Jones, one of our members who has had a pivotal role in the recent refurbishment and creation of the new visitor centre.
There will be time for lunch in one of the many local cafes before we continue by coach to Bristol Blue Glass, where we split into 2 groups. Whilst one group have a demonstration and entertaining talk about the production and history of the famous Bristol Glass, the other group will be able to visit the famous Arnos Vale Cemetery, directly opposite.
James Adlington started Bristol Blue Glass Limited back in 1988, with the help of glassmaker Peter St Clair. The aim was to re-establish a glass making tradition back into Bristol that had been lost for over 60 years. At this time a lot of the traditional English glass making techniques were in severe danger of being lost forever. Through many a struggle, James managed to learn and pass on many of the old skills required to blow glass by hand, in the time-honoured fashion.
This is a national heritage site set within 45 acres of stunning woodland ecosystem, established in 1837, and includes a number of listed buildings and monuments. The Blue Glass talk lasts for 1 hour, after which the 2 groups will change over.
We plan to leave Bristol by 4.15pm and return to Chippenham by 5pm.
Westbury (Chalford) 8.10am Trowbridge 8.25am Bradford-on-Avon 8.40am
Holt 8.50am Chippenham 9.15am
Leader: Jill Walker 01373 303226
Please book as soon as possible and by 2nd May at the latest.
If you are a current National Trust member and interested in joining this tour, then, in the first instance, please send an email to email@example.com giving full contact details so that we can send you a booking form.