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Annual Historical Luncheon


Each year we hold an historical luncheon for members and their guests, where we invite a speaker to talk on an interesting subject, followed by a delicious lunch. It’s a great opportunity for members and their guests from across the county to meet.

Members and guests gathered at the Goring & Streatley Golf Club on 5 November 2019 to hear a talk given by Katherine Astor on ‘English Gardens’ and the history of how they have evolved and the special components that set them apart from other garden styles. The Astor family and the Grade 11* listed Kirby House at Inkpen, Berkshire are well known. The house and gardens are situated in 7 beautiful acres with views of the South Berkshire Downs and the historic Combe Gibbet, a double gibbet standing 25 feet (7.6 metres) high on the summit of Inkpen Beacon, which marks the boundary between the villages of Inkpen and Combe. The garden has formal borders, a lily pond garden, a walled garden and contemporary structures – the terrace was laid out by Harold Peto.

The talk lasted approx. one hour with a presentation of some 100 delightful slides covering the historic background to how our gardens evolved over the years – this was followed by many questions and a delightful 2 course luncheon.

This event, with a different subject and speaker, will be repeated in November 2020 – details will appear soon in news and events. Even better, join as a member of CPRE Berkshire and receive the details with an invitation to attend the July 2020 Annual Meeting at another historic Berkshire property, Englefield House, Englefield.