The Towers Complex
A registered charity that assists in the preservation of the historic buildings collectively known as Buckden Towers, Bugden Towers, Buckden Palace or Bugden Palace in the County of Cambridgeshire, UK
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The 39th AGM meeting took place on 27th April 2016 and was followed by an interesting talk given by Barry Jobling about treatment of the wounded in WW1, followed by "Views of Buckden, then and now".

Congratulations to Christine Lawrence in being awarded the Mike Kiely Trophy this year. This award reflects Christine's excellent work in organising Tours of Buckden Towers for numerous visitors over many years, and in generally being there to help out at all social occasions. Christine's work with the tours has generated a significant financial contribution to the funds of The Friends, and is much appreciated by all present.

Chairman's Report :  John Thelwell reported on a successful and active year. The Plant Sale had been very successful, Heritage Day, enjoying excellent weather, had generated good income from the stalls, and the Quiz Night had been extremely well attended. The Chairman thanked all volunteers and caterers for their support in these events.

The Chairman also reported on progress on the redecoration of The King's Room, including the fitting of new curtains, progress with the reconstruction of The Viewing Platform in the Knot Garden, and thanked Mike Allwright and all others involved for their support in managing these activities. 

A successful Beetle Drive was held on Friday 20th November 2015. It was subsequently decided not to repeat the occasion during the autumn of 2016.

The always popular Quiz Night was held on Friday 18th  November. Our thanks to Alec MacAndrew for preparing the challenging questions and being our Quiz Master. The next Quiz Night will be held on Friday 24th March 2017, when Ian Carter will be in the Chair.

The Plant Sale on Saturday 21th May 2016, enjoyed in the best of weather, was again well supported and raised a profit in the region of £3000.  The Council of Management thanks all members, friends, stall holders, sponsors and Red Cross volunteers who helped to make the Sale such a resounding success.  

The date for next year's Plant Sale will be 21st May 2017

Midsummer at The Towers:  Saturday 17th July 2016:  

The theme was Cream Teas in the Knot Garden, which was looking resplendent for the occasion.

The beautiful July weather enabled visitors to enjoy an Afternoon Tea in the lovely surroundings of the Knot Garden. 

Our thanks and appreciation to all the Towers staff, the organizing committee, and all the other individuals who helped make the afternoon such a success.  

Arrangements for next year's midsummer activity will be announced in due course. 

Heritage Day at The Towers took place on Sunday 11th September 2016.  The kind weather afforded a good turnout of visitors. Many enjoyed the short guided tours around the establishment, and sales of local produce and various crafts and bric a brac went well. Thanks and congratulations to all those who helped in the organisation and support of this annual event.

The date for next year's Heritage Day is to be announced

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Last Updated:    21st June 2015