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Sunday, 24 June 2018

FoBC Event:  Sunday 10th June
AMICI
IN CONCERT

The "a cappella" concert by the famous Suffolk choir on a West Country Tour 
was stunning, and a great success.   
The filming at the Castle that necessitated moving the concert from 
the Great Hall to St Mary's Church was a blessing in disguise 
and the church was a superb setting, with the added benefit of a wonderfully sunny evening.

We were treated to a range of music from the 1500s up to recent times with many favourites, 
ending with some spiritual songs that rocked the aisles and ending with the evocative Blue Moon.

We experienced a real treat.

And a huge thank you to the team who produced the much appreciated 
Bucks Fizz and other refreshments.
FoBC deputy chair Diana Merrett thanking Amici choir director Adrian Knott
and the choir for a wonderful concert.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

400th Anniversary celebration of the establishment of 

the Berkeley Settlement on the east coast of America:  

1 - 9 November 2019 

Places are filling up fast for FoBC's  tailor-made trip to Virginia in November 2019.
Friends have been sent details and the deadline of  Saturday 30th June 2018 is fast approaching. 

When Professor Mark Horton spoke to the Friends last year he probably did not expect 
his passing comments about joining in the celebrations to be so enthusiastically taken up.
Don't miss this incredible opportunity.
For details contact:    friends@berkeley-castle.com



Adventures in Archives - a talk to FoBC by Karen Davidson, Berkeley & Spetchley Estates Archivist 

Karen has had the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of David Smith 
who was Berkeley Castle Archivist for very many years.  
Karen's story of how her career developed following a Masters degree 
in Archives and Records Management was fascinating and highly entertaining.  
An enquiring mind and a propensity for hard work have resulted in a rewarding career.  
The Friends look forward to hearing more about Karen's research and her intriguing stories, 
together with her plans for interpretational material in the future.
Full report in the August edition of The Berkeley Buttress.
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FoBC AGM - Thursday 26th April 2018 

Another successful year for the Friends 

Despite major outgoings in the last year on items including 
the new Sundial, Painting conservation and further significant work on the Castle Tapestries, 
there is a significant balance available for planned projects, some of which 
were outlined in FoBC chairman Paul Walkden's comprehensive report.

FoBC President Charles Berkeley expressed sincere thanks for what has been achieved 
and also hoped that Friends continue to enjoy the events and other benefits of membership.
Charles Berkeley with Paul Walkden (right) and secretary Jane Handoll.

FoBC Project Update 
Return of the Dutch painting of a Church Interior 

The Friends undertook to pay for the repair, cleaning and conservation of 
the 17th century Dutch painting and frame that hangs in the Housekeeper's Room. 
(See October 2017 blog and photo showing damage.)   
This work was completed over the winter and the painting 
has now been returned to its home by the fireplace.

Detail from the painting.
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FoBC implementation of new Data Protection regulations 

Friends have been asked to complete a form indicating their willingness to 
be contacted under the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.  
If you have not yet completed a form please contact the FoBC Admin Team.
The FoBC Statement of Current Practice is available via a link at the foot of the home page.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Lovely photo

A wintry tale


All members should by now have received the February 2018 edition of 
The Berkeley Buttress, together with an FoBC Events application form 
and a form for completion so that communications with members 
complies with forthcoming data protection regulations.

The Friends-only visit to Worcester College, Oxford, is limited to 40 members 
so please do not delay applying if you wish to join us in September.

The talk by Bristol Cathedral's Keeper of the Fabric 
in December starts at 2pm
and gates open at 1.45pm, not as printed in The Buttress.

An application form for FoBC events 
in October, November and December will be included 
in the August edition of The Berkeley Buttress.