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  • Day128

    Grange Barn

    September 6 in the United Kingdom

    In the same town as Paycocke's House is a 1200s Grange Barn that belonged to a Cistercian Abbey to process and store the grain they raised on their grange (large farm). The local people were supposed to pay their tithes to the church, and they often paid with a tenth of their crops. This was a threshing barn, where the grain was threshed by hand, using the wind from the open doors to blow away the chaff. Over the centuries, it has been modified many times to suit the needs of the owners. For example, it was originally built with wattle and daub between the timbers, but that was replaced with brick

    In the 1980s it was falling down, and because it is the oldest timber framed buildings in Europe, the National Trust took it over to restore and preserve it. It is a great event space!

    Also on the grounds is a display of the over 300 woodcarver's tools that belonged to Bryan Saunders, local craftsman of the early 1900s. He did many carvings, for churches and other buildings around town, as well as restorative work.
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  • Day128

    Tudor Merchant's House

    September 6 in the United Kingdom

    Thomas Paycocke was a wealthy woolen cloth merchant, who had this house built in 1509 to serve as his home and his business. The building is richly carved, even including his and his wife's initials (TP and MP) in the decoration of the ceiling beams. The office has carved paneling too.

  • Day35

    Staff Blog - Beth Hodgson

    July 27 in the United Kingdom

    Blog post:

    With the 2017/2018 NMPAT year coming to an end, a tour for both the CYO and CYCH seems a fitting way to finish. Both groups have excelled themselves this year through rehearsals, performances and multiple world premieres.

    Coming on tour is both exhausting and exhilarating for staff and students alike. Travelling on the coach is not a pleasant way to cross Europe and at the end of the journey over 130 people must all find the energy to check in to a hotel quickly and quietly.

    From that moment however the true professionalism of our students was apparent. Every concert, coach journey and mass meal has seen them come together full of fun and class...(Mostly!)

    Directing the choir is the highlight of my week and year. We instinctively know each other’s highs and lows and I am incredibly proud to know and help them perform to the standard they have this week. They help me ground myself in the most important aspect of our roles at NMPAT: our students Music making with a little love and joy mixed in.

    To all the leavers of 2018, find your happy place wherever life takes you. To our returning members, enjoy your rest... NMPAT’s 50th Birthday awaits!

    With my thanks, Beth.
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  • Day29

    Walton on the Naze

    October 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    With Beth and Ash for a couple of nights!

  • Day95


    August 27 in the United Kingdom

    We travelled south to start following the sun now the summer is back endish.
    Stopped off in Walthamstow to meet with Stew and Em, have a cuddle with Jemima, and to pick up Magnus who we took to the seaside for a few days.
    Magnus had great fun talking to us non stop for four days, he greatly enjoyed the site, footie with grandpa, making a lego set and the play park.
    We went to Southend one wet morning to have a look at the Sealife centre and then spent the afternoon on the beach when the sun came out.
    We took the ferry across to Burnham on Crouch so we could do some crabbing. Magnus very amused to see us catch a bucket full.
    A bit of foraging again - more blackberies and Magnus helped by picking one which he was very pleased about.
    When we needed our ears resting The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle DVD did the trick for a little while.
    Bad day for Hazel when white van man trashed our offside wing mirror. Taped it and will organise repair on retur to UK
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  • Day2

    Two days down!

    April 20, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Made my way from London to Harwich, despite my satnav's best attempts to thwart me. It had me cycling through a large indoor shopping mall, and over stiles through a golf course! The first night camping was fun, I eyed up a couple of likely looking woods on Google Maps earlier, and swooped in just before sunset. While no one was about, I ducked down a footpath a few hundred metres into the woods, and sat until dark began to fall, then set up my tent. Despite my nerves, no one noticed, or if they did they cetainly didn't care!

    Met Robyn at Harwich, and we were soon on our way to Holland!

    (Pictured is the standard lunch, peanut butter and banana wraps. I've decided to have the banana separately, the taste is just too odd)
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