Alton

Outings & Theatre Trips

MONDAY 28th JANUARY 2019

EXCURSION to WESTMINSTER ABBEY and the BANQUETING HALL. FULLY BOOKED

See the poster in the Community Centre for details!

Coach pick-ups are 8.15 Four Marks Co-Op, 8.30 Sainsbury's and 8.45 Bentley.

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THURSDAY 28th MARCH

CALENDAR GIRLS MUSICAL at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking for a Matinee performance on Thursday March 29th, 2019

All tickets for this Theatre trip have now been sold.......Coach pick ups at 10.15am, Four Marks Co-op,10.30am at Sainsbury's & 10.45am at Bentley

Any enquiries Contact Paddy Barnes on 89116

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SUNDAY 7th APRIL

Excursion to HIGHCLERE CASTLE and GARDENS

Tickets are £26 and can be purchased by contacting Mary Tricker on 541340.

The Coach leaves Alton Sainsbury's at 9.15am and the Shopping Parade in Four Marks at 9.30am.

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PAYMENT ON BOOKING - PLEASE NOTE THAT CHEQUES WILL NOT BE PRESENTED TO THE BANK UNTIL ONE MONTH BEFORE THE TRIP TAKES PLACE, (Example: Excursion on May 9th, Last payment date April 9th), SO IF YOU WISH TO BUDGET AND BOOK FOR MORE THAN ONE TRIP, PLEASE GIVE US MULTIPLE CHEQUES
Cheques made payable to Alton U3A to be sent to Mary Tricker, or pay into the U3A excursions account by BACS – account:
Sort Code 30-90-15 A/c Number 01235606 Quote U3A Excursion and Name

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FURTHER DETAILS of these Excursions will be on the Notice Board in the Community Centre and on the Website - www.u3asites.org.uk/alton - in due course.

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TRIP REPORTS WANTED

Would anyone like to submit a brief report on a recent U3A Excursion? Send by email or hand written to the U3A Webmaster.

It doesn't have to be lengthy, just a few lines would be nice for other members to read and may even encourage newcomers to come along on a trip.

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U3A Trip to Windsor Castle#

On a cloudy but fine day in April we made our way by coach to Windsor. We arrived late morning and we decided to have a look at the town before going into the Castle. We thought it was jolly decent of them to put the band on to welcome us! The military band marched the Guard through the streets of Windsor to the Castle for the Changing of the Guard. The Queen was in residence, but she didn’t make an appearance. I don’t know why I should be, but I was surprised that all the police and military and the people at the entrances to the castle were armed.

The expected April showers yielded only a few drops of rain, so we were very fortunate. There were plenty of shops to browse on our way to the Castle, and an amazing number of shops and stalls were selling Harry and Meghan wedding memorabilia.
We decided to visit the Castle before lunch and must have timed it just right as we didn’t have to wait in a queue. The guards were on duty as were the gardeners, getting everything just right for the Royal Wedding in a few weeks time. I have to say the gardens were absolutely beautiful. But our real destination was the Royal Doll’s House, which was amazing – a real mirror of its time, and not like any doll’s house I had ever seen before. It was huge, and was cleverly designed so the garage and gardens pulled out and unfolded from underneath the House itself. There was also the collection of toys played with by the Royal children, including amazingly dressed dolls with exquisite clothes from Paris. A tour of the Royal state rooms, with their wonderful chandeliers and St George’s Chapel (where we wondered where all the wedding guests would be accommodated) concluded our visit to the Castle.

There was a large choice of eateries, as we went back towards the station, so we chose one, had lunch and browsed the individual shops on the way back to the coach park. I was looking for yellow buttons (there is nowhere to get buttons in Alton now) and eventually we found a shop called Daniels (a bit like Elphicks) where I was able to get some. All our missions completed web enjoyed a very pleasant time in the park next to the coach park until it was time to leave. A very good day and my friend has decided to join U3A next year because of it.

Marilyn Harvey (U3A member)

Thanks for that Marilyn and apologies for not putting it 'online' sooner!