Alton

Outings & Theatre Trips

FUTURE U3A EXCURSIONS - SAVE THE DATE!!

Friday 23rd March, 2018 - A VISIT TO “THE ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT TRAINING ESTABLISHMENT”

The tour of the training establishment at Poole will take about one and a half hours, and there is quite a bit of walking involved. Arrangements can be made for assistance to anyone with mobility issues.

Followed by an afternoon visit to Kingston Lacy. Bring your N.T. Card! (Entry for non NT members is £12 which will be collected on the coach).
Cost £26.

Coach leaving Alton, Sainsbury’s at 08.45am & Four Marks shops at 09.00am

Further information from Mary on maryetricker@live.co.uk

Tuesday 24th April - Excursion to Windsor Castle

A chance to view the State Apartments in this Royal Wedding year! Also see the Dolls House and St George’s Chapel plus many paintings and treasures as seen on the recent BBC4 programme.

You may also find some time to browse some of the lovely shops in town before we leave to return home at 4.30pm

Tickets £33.50.....Coach leaves Four Marks Coop at 8.45am, Alton Sainsbury’s at 9.00am and Bentley at 9.15am.

Enquiries/Bookings please contact Penny Stanton on 01420 362169

Wednesday 16th May - Tyntesfield [NT]

Visit Tyntesfield in the heart of the Somerset countryside for the day.

Tyntesfield is a Victorian country house and estate serving as a backdrop to the story of the Gibbs family. The house was transformed from a Georgian house to a Victorian Gothic masterpiece and hosts the largest indigenous collection in the National Trust.

The estate is 540 acres with gardens full of seasonal colour throughout the year.

Coach fare £20, with free entry to N.T. members, (£14.60 group price to non-members), which will be collected on the coach.

Coach leaves Sainsbury’s at 8.30am and Four Marks at 8.45am

Please contact Mary on maryetricker@live.co.uk to add your name to the list.

Wednesday 13th June – Kew Gardens

Visit the Royal Botanic gardens at Kew. A chance to discover centuries of Horticulture, Science and Royal Heritage.

The price for this excursion will include your entry to Kew and a ticket for the ’Hop on and Off’ Land train which will give you a chance to visit the newly opend Temperate House, Kew Palace and all the rest of the gardens.

Tickets are £32 Payable on Booking

Coach leaves Co-op at Four Marks at 8.45 am, then opposite Sainsbury’s in Alton at 9 am, and Bentley at 9.15 am.
Contact Penny Stanton on 01420 362169 to put your name on the list.

Wednesday 11th July – 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.....THIS EXCURSION IS INTENDED SPECIFICALLY FOR U3A MEMBERS

A day out in Henley to include a 2 hour trip on the Thames from Henley with an onboard Celebration tea including Sandwiches, Scones and Cream!!! plus a Licensed Bar for you to purchase a Jug of Pimms or whatever takes your fancy!
There will be Free time on arrival for a walk along the Thames or a wander around this charming little town or purchase some lunch.

Coach timings are approximate and will be confirmed later. Four Marks 9.45am, Sainsbury’s 10.00am and Bentley at 10.15am.

TIckets are initially only available to U3A Members at £35 and are limited to NINETY, Bookings should be sent to Paddy Barnes on 01420 89116

ALL payments must be received by March 31st at the very latest as The Boat booking has to be confirmed

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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, 31 Eastbrooke Road, Alton, GU34 2DR or pay into the U3A excursions account by BACS – account:
Sort Code 30-90-15 A/c Number 00361152 Quote U3A Excursion

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Details of Outings arranged for 2018 can be seen on the U3A Noticeboard in the Community Centre

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{SATURDAY February 10th } Excursion to Kew Steam Museum & The Musical Museum REGRETABLY DUE TO INSUFFICIENT TICKETS BEING SOLD.

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Further details of these excursions will be on a poster on the notice board and on the website in due course.
Cheques made payable to Alton U3A to be sent to Mary Tricker, 31 Eastbrooke Road, Alton, GU34 2DR or pay into the U3A excursions account by BACS – account details in the Blue Book

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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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Report on the U3A Excursion - "The Lights at Longleat"

On a rather miserable grey morning last Saturday, November 18th; a group of 42 U3A members set off to make the 70+ miles journey to Longleat House to view the Festival of Light.

We had intended to travel through the Safari Park but on arrival we were advised that the only ‘slot’ for our coach was 12 noon and as we had arrived at about 11.30 that was impractical as we all required a comfort break. We were also advised that the Tour through the park could be up to 4 hours duration, although having later spoken to other visitors it was more like 2 hours.

Undaunted, there was plenty to do and see including a small zoo with penguins, snakes, monkeys and some very noisy parakeets! A tour of the House was another option, so we dispersed to occupy ourselves until the Lights were turned on at 4pm.

The 'Lights' were based upon a theme of Fairy Tales, and the many illuminated tableaux were quite spectacular when illuminated but the accompanying music was a trifle wearing (my opinion!). A selection of photographs will has been placed in the website Gallery.

We were most fortunate that although cold and a little damp at times we didn't get the heavy rain which obviously had fallen in Alton judging by the volume of water on the roads on our homeward journey. We arrived back in Alton just before 8pm after a most enjoyable day.

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Report on the U3A Excursion – “The Tunnel Tales of Old London Town”

Even our driver Paul was amazed at the lack of traffic as we negotiated the streets of London heading to Rotherhithe and the Brunel Museum. This was the first port of call on our latest U3A excursion on Sunday 3rd of September and demonstrated that Sunday was indeed an excellent day for a visit to the Capital.

For probably the first time ever we actually arrived early at the agreed rendezvous with Doug, our Blue Badge guide. Disembarking from the coach we walked a short distance towards the Thames to enjoy coffee and biscuits at The Mayflower public house (see Gallery), a wonderful old building dating back to 1640. With thirst and natures needs both satisfied, we headed to the nearby Brunel Museum which is housed in the Rotherhithe shaft of the world’s first tunnel under the Thames and indeed any navigable river in the world which was constructed between 1824 - 1842.

Our guide explained in considerable detail that responsible for its construction was Marc Isambard Brunel, a Frenchman, the father of the rather better known engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Taking eighteen years to construct the tunnel, Marc had to overcome the almost insurmountable problems encountered, major amongst them was his creation of an ingenious method of tunnelling. The constant ingress of water from the river above required continuous pumping. In May of 1827 an inundation of water flooded the tunnel to a considerable depth which fortunately caused no fatalities. To ascertain the cause of the flooding, Marc himself was lowered into the Thames in a diving bell. He found that dredgers working above the tunnel had ruptured it invented an ingenious and satisfactory way of patching the hole

A second far more serious flooding took place in January 1827 causing six deaths. Combined with serious financial problems work ceased for five years and was eventually completed in 1842.
When completed the tunnel was quickly utilised to cross under the wide river allowing the more efficient loading and unloading of the hundreds of sailing ships which would be docked on either side, sometimes taking several weeks before some of them could be worked upon.

Boarding our coach, we then travelled to Canary Wharf to visit the London Docklands Museum where an exhibition of “The Archaeology of Crossrail” has been drawing the crowds to view some of the many thousands of artefacts that have been unearthed in this mighty project.

Heading out to the M25, the rain which had threatened for the latter part of the day finally caught up with us as we made our way homewards at the end of an extremely interesting day out.

Contributed by Steve Barnes

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TRIP TO FROGMORE HOUSE AND SAVILLE GARDENS

Recently fifty-one U3A members enjoyed a trip to Frogmore House and Saville Gardens. It started with an unscheduled special bonus, when we had a coach ride alongside the Thames and through Windsor High Street beside the Castle.

Frogmore House and Gardens are only open to public groups for three weeks every year in August. When the Queen is resident at Windsor, she uses it as her private gardens and an area to exercise her dogs. The house was built in the 1680’s and was extended by Queen Charlotte and George III to a design by James Wyatt. Since then it has been used as a Royal retreat. Various members of the Royal Family have lived there over the years. Our very knowledgeable guide bewildered us with all their names and relationships and also told us about the decoration and contents of the house. There is an enormous collection of paintings, furniture, inlaid boxes and beautiful ornaments. In the 1930’s Queen Mary had arranged it as a private museum.

We then departed for a short journey to Saville Gardens, which is part of the Royal Estate. An area had been set aside for us in the Tea Rooms. Suitably refreshed, we separated and toured around the gardens at our own pace and inclination. There was much to see: parkland, lakes and trees of every size – herbaceous borders, parterres, rockeries, flowerbeds and shrubs, all with their names clearly labelled.

Although there were a lot of visitors, it never seemed crowded. However, my wife was a bit upset, because she couldn’t find the “Hidden Garden.” After another cup of tea we all returned home, tired but happy, having enjoyed another smoothly organised excursion.

Paul Fenwick.....20th August 2017

Thank you for your most interesting report Paul.....Did anyone take some photo's?