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Dates for your Diary
June 2018
Tue Jun 26thMonthly MeetingsSubject: Wandsman AAT - a role at St. Paul's Cathedral
Speaker: Patrick Wilkins
July 2018
Tue Jul 3rdGarden Visits

Visit the beautiful Leonardslee House & Gardens in Horsham, West Sussex.


Theresa is contacting individuals who have booked

Mon Jul 16thOutingsOuting: Norwich
Contact; Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

Still need 9 more to cover costs. Welcome to invite NON U3A members, family friends to fill spaces.

Cost: £15 per person. Includes coach and gratuities only.
Last payment date: 18 June 2018.

This is a coach only trip giving you plenty of time to explore Norwich at your own pace.
Norwich has so much to offer. Maybe visit the wonderful cathedral, or explore the numerous shops, or the famous outdoor market. Numerous eateries to choose from.
We will allow 5 hours for you to browse so no rushing.
Tue Jul 31stMonthly MeetingsSubject: Essex Police Crime Prevention
Speaker: Ray Newman
August 2018
Wed Aug 15thOutingsOuting: Ickworth House (National Trust)
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings organiser email contact.

Still need 10 more to cover costs. Welcome to invite NON U3A members, family friends to fill spaces.

Cost: £25 non-members of the National Trust; £12.25p for National Trust Members. Includes coach, entrance and gratuities.
Last Payment Date: 15 July 2018

Full details soon.
Tue Aug 28thMonthly MeetingsSubject: The Silk Road
Speaker: Margaret Rogers
September 2018
Fri Sep 7thOutingsOuting: Kew Gardens
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

Cost: £32 per person including coach, entrance, gratuities.

Full details later.
Tue Sep 25thMonthly MeetingsSubject: The Flow of History (The Thames)
Speaker: David Williams
October 2018
Tue Oct 2ndOutings

Outing: Man Made Wonders of Essex
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact

Cost: £33 per person including Coach, Blue Badge Guide,2 course Carvery Lunch & drivers gratuities.
Last Payment Date: 28 August 2018

Pickup: Tarpots coach stop, time TBA.


  • Our Guide will hop onto the coach en route to Cressing Temple Barns Braintree, to start the day with time to buy morning refreshments.(in the onsite cafe)
  • After Morning refreshments the group will visit the barns before rejoining the coach for a guided tour finishing at Bosworth Tea Rooms.
  • 12.45pm the group will sit down for a 2 course carvery lunch with a hot drink ( inc) other drinks to be paid for on the day.
  • After Lunch the group will join the coach for a guided tour of the Coln Valley.
  • There will be time to buy afternoon refreshments ( pay on the day) before heading back home at 4.45/5.00pm

NOT AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING YET but if you are interested in this trip please let Maria know asap please.

Tue Oct 30thMonthly MeetingsSubject: Wildlife of the Suffolk Heritage Coast
Speaker: Alex Bass
November 2018
Tue Nov 27thMonthly MeetingsSubject Fool's Gold - Acoustic Music
Speaker: Steve and Carol Robson
December 2018
Mon Dec 10thOutingsOuting: Thames Cruise and London Lights
Status: AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING NOW £10 per person non-returnable deposit required to secure place.
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

Cost: £50 per person including coach, Thames cruise with 3 course meal and entertainment on board the Bateaux cruiser, plus London Lights Tour, gratuities.
Last Payment Date: 31 October 2018

Start the season in style with this Christmas lunch cruise on the River Thames in the Glass top Bateaux Cruiser.

Arrive at Westminster Pier where you will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine before you embark on your 3 hour cruise.
Here you will be served a traditional three course festive lunch, followed by tea and coffee. There will also be a licensed pay bar for you to use.

Appreciate the fantastic entertainment, festive live music and dancing for everyone to enjoy. Get dressed up in your best Christmas glad rags on hopefully a special day to remember.

The cruiser holds 100 guests of which I have provisionally booked 100, if I find we only have one coach load then the remaining places will be filled by either another club or general public.

THIS IS ANOTHER MEMBERS SUGGESTION. As are most of our trips each year. so thank you for the suggestion.

The cost will be .......£50 per head

This is the itinerary for the day.

11.00....Board the coach at designated pick up points
12.45....Board your boat at Westminster pier to begin your festive 3 hour cruise
13.00....Enjoy your three course Christmas lunch with live entertainment.
16.00....Depart the boat and return back to coach
16.15....We will have a short tour of the London lights before returning home.
20.00....Return to Benfleet

When booking for this trip I will be requiring a £10 deposit each which will be non refundable as I will have to pay the cruiser company the deposit money.

I will be taking bookings for this trip NOW only with the deposit, those wanting to pay in full would be brilliant.