On 23 May 2009 a group of Friends were given a tour of Croome Court by the Property
Manager, Michael Smith. They were shown rooms on the ground floor which it is hoped
will be opened to the public by the National Trust later in the year.
It was a great pleasure to be able to welcome our Patron, George Coventry, the
13th Earl, and his heir Duncan Coventry together with members of their family.
It was also a great pleasure to be able to welcome Mrs Hilda Newman. Mrs Newman was
maid to Lady Coventry in the 1930’s . In 1940 Lady Coventry joined the ATS and persuaded
Hilda to join up as well so that she might serve the Countess during her service.
Ironically after joining up, Lady Covenrty was posted to Warwick and Hilda to Norton
Barracks near Worcester. This visit to the Court was the first time since leaving
in 1940 that she had been in the Court. It must have brought back many memories for
George Coventry and his heir Duncan Coventry
Members of the group outside the south elevation of the Court
On 17 June the Friends planned a Strawberries in the Greenhouse event in aid of the
Croome Court Restoration Appeal. Unfortunately the weather was “wet and windy” so
over 30 members who had arrived with their picnics enjoyed their picnics and strawberries
and a social gathering in the canteen. Ironically as the evening progressed the sun
came out so many went into the Park and enjoyed the sunset over the Malvern Hills.
This event was to have been the first time the Trust’s new marquee which had been
donated by the Friends would be used. This will be a valuable asset to the Trust
for use in the many events organised throughout the year.