Please see below a message from David Gibson regarding our visit to Orford Ness on Wednesday 5th September

I have added below the menu of the day at Widford Bridge, we should arrive there at about 2.30 – 2.45. They require our menu choices before the day, please let me have them with your confirmation of coming by return mail please


I have already had appologies from Tina, Jim C, Graham Cooper

Confirmation from David & Joan, John & Ann, Mike & Jackie, Graham & Lyn, Julian & Wendy, Peter M, Jean Newlands, would you all reconfirm please with your menu choices


N/T members, don’t forget to bring your membership ID with you




"As you know, we are planning a visit to Orford Ness on Wednesday 5th September. Orford Ness is owned by the National Trust and access to the Island is by National Trust ferry from Orford Quay. Boats cross to the Ness every 20 minutes between 10am and 2pm only, returning regularly through the day; the last ferry leaves the Ness at 5pm. Tickets are limited and sold on the day only, so we should aim to arrive at Orford Quay by 9:30am for there to be a good chance of us all crossing on the first boat.

Though we will be met by a ranger, the visit itself is self guided though we are fortunate in having John Mills with us who worked on the Ness for some time and has kindly agreed to share is knowledge and recollections with us. I would suggest we follow the visitor trail (Red Route). It passes through the site of the WWI airfield , now home to marshland birds.  It then crosses Stony Ditch on the Bailey Bridge to the vegetated shingle habitats, the lighthouse and beach where some paths are shingle and uneven. This route gives access to all the buildings we can look inside, including Bomb Ballistics, Black Beacon and Laboratory 1 of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment (AWRE). In all it is about 5 miles (8km), but can be shortened, and is mainly on old tarmac roads.

The cost for NT members is £4 /adult and for non-members £10 / adult, which includes the ferry crossing. Car parking on the quay is limited, but there is a large pay-and-display car-park near the quay. Our chief gastronome and apple pie connoisseur has checked out places we may have a meal afterwards and recommends we return to Wilton Bridge where a 2 course lunch costs around £12 (excluding drinks).

Can you please let us know by return mail whether you would like to join us for the Orford Ness experience, whether or not you are NT members, and whether you would be joining us for lunch at the Wilton Bridge. I regret this visit is really only suitable for people with adequate mobility. You will need good walking shoes/boots and a camera."

Kind regards,


Two Courses for 12.00 Pounds


Homemade Soup*

Served with Bread
Smoked Trout pate

Served with toasted bread and dressed salad garnish 
Chicken and Chorizo Skewers
Served with garlic mayonnaise and dressed salad garnish


Minute Steak*

Served with mashed potato and garden peas
Pork and Apple Burger
Served with sweet potato fries  

Seafood Medley

Served with chips and peas

Fig, Stilton and Walnut Salad*

Served with a honey dressing

Tomato and Basil Crumbed Baked Cod*

Served with new potatoes and salad



Double Chocolate Brownie*
Strawberry and Cream Meringue Stack

Mixed Ice cream*
Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or cherry

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