Events & Booking Forms

Forthcoming RFS Events 

Full details and booking forms are published with each newsletter (Spring and Autumn issues) and the online booking forms can be downloaded from this site when details are available.

Regional Furniture Society 2022 events are now open for booking.  These forms were included in the Spring newsletter which arrived with members in January. All events have a finite number of places so to be sure of a place you may consider booking early.   The website will be updated when an event is fully subscribed or if an itinerary is substantially altered.

Visit to the Ercol factory, Princes Risborough, followed by the reopened Wycombe Museum, Thursday 24th March 2022
Our visit to the Ercol factory will start at 10:30 a.m. in the timber yard and progress through kilning to the factory floor where we will learn about the challenges Lucian Ercolani overcame, working with elm and beech from the Chiltern Hills. We will progress through the factory to see the production of the furniture including Windsor chairs.
We will then travel the short distance to the renewed Wycombe Chair Museum, to lunch and explore the social history of the local furniture industry as well as viewing some of their chairs dating from the 18th century.
High Wycombe station, served by trains from Marylebone, is close to the museum. Those arriving by train will be offered lifts to the Ercol factory.  Applications by booking form to be received by 1st March.  The Ercol factory visit is restricted to a maximum of 10 RFS members: however the visit to the Wycombe Museum and light lunch at the museum is open to non-members. The £20 fee for the day is the same for members and non-members.  Apply by March 1st using the Day Events booking form.

Update: please note that we are now fully subscribed for the Ercol factory visit but are able to offer places to those wishing to join us for lunch and at the Wycombe Chair Museum and an afternoon devoted to their collection. The fee is the same (£20) since Ercol are kindly not charging us.

Leeds and West Yorkshire, Carved Oak Furniture of the 17th century, Thursday 12th May 2022  

Peter Brears will lead a one-day study tour of furniture within the key houses and churches which featured in his article in the 2019 journal.  Departing from Leeds station at 10:00 by coach, we will visit Shibden Hall, Halifax, and lunch at the seventeenth-century Shibden Mill Inn, set within a deep fold of the picturesque Shibden Valley. We will then return to the outskirts of Leeds to visit Oakwell Hall and finally St John’s church in the city centre, which we were unable to access on our Chippendale day two years ago. It is a short walk from St John’s to the station.

Trains from Kings Cross take about 2hr 15 mins. Consider staying an extra day at one of the great range of hotels in Leeds and visiting Temple Newsam or Harewood House.  Applications for a maximum of 30 RFS members by March 1st using the Day Events booking form.

Somerset Conference:  Wednesday 22nd – Sunday 26th June 2022

The conference will be based at Bridgwater, easily reached by rail or coach.

Wednesday 22nd gives us an opportunity to visit Tyntesfield (NT) and Cleveden Court (NT) by our own transport and two or three churches nearby before arrival at the Ibis hotel Bridgwater where we stay for four nights.

Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th we travel westwards by coach to the Quantock Hills to visit a number of churches containing a unique group of carved 15th /16th century bench ends, fine screens and 17th century furniture. We also visit Orchard Wyndham and Dunster castle and, we hope, the collection of West Country vernacular furniture in Taunton Museums store.

On Saturday 25th, by coach we visit Wells Cathedral to explore the fascinating collection of built-in medieval furniture in areas not normally open to the public and the Bishop’s Place to see the famous turned chair and the ‘original’ Glastonbury chair.

In the afternoon we visit Crosscombe church with a spectacular 17th century interior and furniture, and then to John Betjeman’s  ‘Rip Van Winkle Church’.

We depart Bridgwater, late Sunday morning. Applications for a maximum of 30 RFS members close March 1st using the Conference Booking form.

Some events may ask for a specific date on your cheque. We sometimes retain cheques for events and bank them together shortly before the event taking place. Cheques are only valid for six months, so please follow the instructions on dating and provide an individual cheque for each event.  If you do not possess a cheque book,  we may accept transfer of payment into  our bank account by agreement with the events organiser, but this needs to be arranged at least 2 months ahead of the event.

Forthcoming events are also listed individually under the Events & Booking Forms pages.

Please check back soon, join as a member or subscribe this website to get regular updates on Regional Furniture Society activities and events.

Since events are sometimes fully subscribed and dealt with in order of receipt, you are advised to apply as early as possible. The RFS reserves the right to amend or cancel elements of events. Significant changes will be communicated to successful applicants.

Jeremy Bate, Events Secretary

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Past events have been removed from the Homepage feed and may now be found on the Archived Events page.