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Dates for your Diary
February 2018
Tue Feb 20thOutingsOuting: Bletchley Park
Status: FULL
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

Cost: £28 per person includes coach, entrance, gratuties.
Last Payment Date: 31 December 2017

Pick up: 8:30 at Tarpots Coach stop.
Tue Feb 27thMonthly MeetingsSubject: How to do everything and be happy
Speaker: Peter Jones
March 2018
Thu Mar 1stOutings

Maria is unhappy with the lunch choices offered at Cafe Rouge. The trip is revised to exclude lunch and leave members free to decide for themselves where to eat and what to visit in the vacinity of St. Paul's Cathedral.

Outing: The Postal Museum near Mount Pleasant, London
Status: FULL Possibility of 2nd trip on another day. Contact Maria if interested.
Contact: Maria Kelly via Outings Organiser email contact link.

Cost: £27 per person including coach, Postal Museum entrance and tour, gratuities.
Last Payment Date: 31 December 2017.


  • 8:30 Pick up at Tarpots Coach stop.
  • 11:00 Arrive Postal Museum.
  • 11:00 2.5 hours to tour museum.
  • 13:30 Leave Postal Museum.
  • 14:00 Arrive vicinity of St. Pauls. Free time.
  • 17:00 Leave St.Pauls.
  • 19:00 Arrive back in Benfleet.

contact Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

The experience:

The museum’s galleries will take you on a journey through five-centuries of world-class curiosities, providing a different, previously unseen view on some of the world’s most significant historical events, and an insight into the quirky beginnings of the earliest social network.

Once you have explored the museum, your ticket will then grant you access to a subterranean world that – up until now – remained hidden from public view.

Descend into the old engineering depot of Mail Rail – the one-hundred-year old little-known Post Office railway – and board a miniature train designed to transport people through its narrow tunnels for the first time. The train ride will pass through and stop at the original Mount Pleasant station platforms 70 feet underground, where an impressive audio visual display will take riders back in time, giving an insight into the heyday of the railway.

A day out for all ages.

The Subterranean level has a lift to access, but is not suitable for wheelchairs and walkers/ frames.

There is a tea room in the museum where refreshments can be purchased either before or after our tour.

Tue Mar 27thMonthly MeetingsSubject: Thirty years a BBC reporter, in and out of Parliament
Speaker: Brian Curtois
April 2018
Tue Apr 17thOutingsOuting: Royal Albert Hall and Kensington
Contact: Maria kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

Cost: £27 per person includes coach, drinks/pastries on arrival, 1 hour Grand Tour, gratutities.
Last payment date: 17 March 2018.

Pick up: 8:30 at Tarpots Coach stop; arrive RAH about 11:00 for drinks/pastries.
11:30 Tour of Royal Albert Hall - about 1 hour.
1:00pm taken to Kensington area. Free time for lunch/shopping.
4:30pm leave Kensington; arriving Benfleet about 7:00pm.

Each tour offers a unique experience and may include opportunities to see artists rehearsing for their evening performance. The Royal Albert Hall is a working building so the content of the tours may vary and due to events some areas may occasionally be closed.

Please note: There are a lot of stairs on the tour, so customers are advised to wear flat shoes. Lifts are also available when required.
Wed Apr 18thOther Meetings

FREE SEMINAR for Benfleet U3A Members

Wednesday 18 April 2018
9:30am to 12:45pm at Richmond Hall

We have been able to arrange a free seminar for members, which will offer practical advice on important safety and health issues.

  • Essex Fire Service will talk about how to be safe in the home, smoke detection etc.
  • Canvey First Responders will talk about common serious illness and accidents that occur in the home and how to look out for vital signs and treatment prior to the medical teams arriving. Hopefully they will also have some time to demonstrate first aid techniques too.

As Richmond Hall has a limit on the number allowed on the premises, we do need to know whether you would like to attend. Should there be more interest than availability, places will be given to those who respond first.

If you would like to come along to this event, please reply by email to Sheila Sears at Chairperson email contact as soon as possible.

With best wishes

Sheila Sears
on behalf of your Committee

Tue Apr 24thMonthly MeetingsSubject: The Theatrical Costumier and retail - the story retold
Speaker: Anne Hardy
May 2018
Tue May 1stOutingsOuting: Hampton Court
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

Cost: £30 per person includes coach, entrance, gratuities.
Last payment date: 1 April 2018

Pick up: 8:30 Tarpots Coach stop; return to Benfleet about 7:00pm

Ticket allows access to the Palace, gardens and the maize, so a full day of exploring at your leisure. There are various food options to suit you all.

We will have about 5 hours at Hampton Court to explore.
Tue May 29thMonthly MeetingsSubject: The Stow Maries Aerodrome
Speaker: Roger Smith
June 2018
Mon Jun 18thOutingsOuting: Wroxham Barns
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

Cost: £38 per person Includes Coach, 2 Course Lunch at Wroxham Barns, 2 Hour cruise along the broads (refreshments can be purchased aboard), drivers gratuities.
Last payment date: 16 May 2018.

We will arrive at Wroxham Barns, a collection of little craft buildings mainly local crafts with time to explore before a 2 course lunch (Sausage and Mash/Cheesecake) will be served in the restaurant.

At 1:40pm we will depart and make our way to Horning to board our cruiser for our 2 hour cruise along the broads (refreshments can be purchased aboard), heading back home approx 4:15pm.
Tue Jun 26thMonthly MeetingsSubject: Wandsman AAT - a role at St. Paul's Cathedral
Speaker: Patrick Wilkins
July 2018
Tue Jul 3rdGarden VisitsVisit the beautiful Leonardslee House & Gardens in Horsham, West Sussex.
NOTE: changed from original date of 15 May 2018

Cost: £23 per person inclusive of coach fare.
Contact: Theresa Sergeant at Garden Visits email link.

This House and Garden has been closed to the public for 8 years and re-opens this Spring. It is a beautiful place and is known to have breathtaking views of the English countryside and, when in season, wonderful displays of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, Magnolias and many more.

The Estate covers 200 Acres which includes 7 man-made ponds which contain Carp fish, 2 alpine glasshouses etc. The Estate also inhabits a rare colony of wallabies and deer who wonder semi-freely throughout the Estate. The Garden is listed as Grade 1 in the English Heritage Register and is set in a steep-sided valley.

Please visit Leonardslee House and Gardens for more information.

If you wish to join us or want to know more then please contact Theresa Sergeant at Garden Visits email link.
Mon Jul 16thOutingsOuting: Norwich
Contact; Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser email contact.

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.

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: To be advised
Speaker: To be advised
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.