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Lord Leycester Hospital & Pimms

Wednesday 25th July 2007, 06:30 PM, at Lord Leycester Hospital

Warwick Club has reserved 31 tickets for Lord Leycester Hospital & Pimms at Lord Leycester Hospital.

Tickets are 4.00 for Warwick Club members, their spouse/partner, and dependent children under 18. Tickets may also be purchased at cost for guests (subject to availability of places) for 7.00 . Full price for these tickets would normally be 7.00 .

Please contact the organiser, Colin Johnson, for tickets. Please remember to give your personnel/retiree number, and state how many tickets you would like, and who each ticket which you request at member price is for, their age and relationship to you.

You've passed it often enough, but have you ever visited this sanctuary in the middle of Warwick town? Here's an opportunity for an hour-long guided tour of Lord Leycester Hospital by the Master, and a glass of Pimms. . The tour will include the 14th century chapel, the Grand Hall where King James dined and the Master's gardens Afterwards Kate Bradshaw and Amy Oliver will give an optional short illustrated talk about their trip to Durban in June to build a home for children orphaned by Aids, following the fund raising quiz run for them at the Lord Leycester in May. The Chantry Chapel of St James was built in the 14th century by the 12th Earl of Warwick. Living quarters and reception, meeting, and dining halls were added and the Guildhall was built in 1450 by the 16th Earl of Warwick. The 1st Earl of Leicester acquired the buildings in 1571, founding a hospital for aged or injured soldiers and their wives, under royal charter from Queen Elizabeth I, run by 12 resident "Brethren" (originally soldiers) under the charge of a "Master", and funded from the income of various estates. On 3 November 1966 a restored Hospital with modernised quarters was opened by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and today the Hospital is run by ex-servicemen and their wives, who are provided with flats in return for their services, and funded by visitor income, the original estates having been sold over the years. Other notes of interest: The stone vase in the Master's Garden is 2,000 years old. A banquet held for King James I at the Great Hall put the town of Warwick into debt for 10 years. The building has been used in television productions of Pride and Prejudice, Tom Jones and the 2007 Doctor Who episode The Shakespeare Code.

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