Family Visitors

Mr and Mrs Halsey are always pleased to welcome family visitors, especially from the American branch of the family, to see the Church of St John the Baptist and the Golden Parsonage.  However, we would ask that you give as much notice as possible as due to their other commitments their diaries are often full and it is not always possible for them to be available.

Monday sees the first episode of Arthur and George in a three-part adaptation of Julian Barnes’ acclaimed novel for ITV. Some of the scenes were shot at one of the cottages on the estate. There is also a horse pulling a plough scene which was filmed on Great Almonds just off of the Home Farm drive.

Martin Clunes plays the celebrated novelist and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Written by Ed Whitmore, the drama is based on true events in the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who famously created the detective Sherlock Holmes.

Gaddesden Row JMI

We were very pleased to assist Gaddesden Row School by donating and erecting two log circles for their outdoor learning areas.  I’m sure that they look forward to warmer and drier days so that they can make good use of them.

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Oddsocks Returning to Gaddesden Estate

We are very excited to be welcoming back Oddsocks Productions again this year.  The date for your diary is Tuesday 2nd July 2013.  They will be performing Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors”.

This will be Oddsocks fourth year performing at Gaddesden Estate and their comedy, enthusiasm and energy are very infectious resulting in a hilarious and lively evening for all the family set in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Oddsocks Productions have been touring family-friendly adaptions of Shakespeare every summer for the last twenty three years and 2013 will see this mad-cap, tongue in cheek company perform Shakespeare’s shortest and most farcical of comedies:

“The Comedy of Errors”

A servant and master from far off Syracuse arrive in Ephesus in search of their long-lost twin brothers.  In no time at all they are trapped in a terrifying chain of chaotic events.

Tormented by a wild wife, a moody mistress, challenged by a crazy jeweller and damned by a demonic doctor the terrified twosome run headlong into a climatic happy ending which defies all probability.

A summer Turkish delight not to be missed!



Huge success for gardeners!

On 22nd September, after a balmy walk around the gardens of the Golden Parsonage with a glass of champagne, 70 people enjoyed an evening of garden questions, in a “Gardener’s Question Time” format, raising £2,100 for the Friends of Great Gaddesden Church.
The panel of experts, chaired by Christopher Mellhuish of the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust, deftly handled an hour of knotty problems posed by keen gardeners from many parts of the county.