Braintree Area

Past outings

OUR POTTERS RESORT HOLIDAY STAY ~ 17th - 21st June 2019

That Was The Week, That Was!! Never a dull moment.

So many Activities Inside and Out.

Food glorious food to suit all tastes from breakfast to 'Midnight feast'

Top quality entertainment every night....surpassed by the Thursday performance when we travelled in music, dance and comedy 'Around the World in 80 minutes' culminating in a 'Last night of the Proms' style, singing, flag waving finale.

Thanks to All together on our last evening. everyone for making it a week to remember.

Please take a look on the Latest News page on the web site where there are more photos to share and a full write up from Shirley.

Sheila

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OUT AND ABOUT WITH THE OUTINGS TEAM IN 2019

APRIL THE FULL MONTY UK TOUR, CLIFFS PAVILION SOUTHEND
The Full Monty Evening Performance.
A great time was had by all.
Thanks for your company..... Sheila

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MAY ~ THE NATIONAL FLOWER SHOW ~ HYLANDS PARK,
Once again this event lived A trip to The National Flower Show up to expectations. Carol Klein, Plant Specialist and TV presenter was on stage to answer any gardening query. A multitude of stands were on site displaying everything for the garden. Food stalls catered for every taste
Inside Hylands House were beautiful Floral Arrangements depicting a variety of countries around the world each creating a kaleidoscope of colour.
Thank you to the trip organiser Rebecca

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MAY A Private Tour of Wimbledon A TOUR OF WIMBLEDON. The All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Our Tour Guide was excellent, so knowledgeable and informative throughout our tour as we walked in the footsteps of great Tennis Champions. We saw the Champions Boards and Trophies dating back to the inception of the Championships in 1877. We visited the TV studios, the Press Room and the Media Tower.
We viewed the Outside Courts and surrounding areas including Henman Hill finishing our tour at the famous CENTRE COURT.
We ended the day with a visit to the Museum which was packed with photographs and memorabilia dating back 1877.
A big Thank You to Heather for organising this trip

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JULY EPPING A trip to Epping and Ongar railway AND ONGAR RAILWAY
ON arrival we were introduced to our guide for the day. Our step back in time had begun....
A Steam Engine, puffing smoke, pulled us to Ongar Station where we had time to explore the old station, museum and gift shop before returning to North Weald. Here we boarded an ancient Route Master double-decker bus which took us on a return trip to Epping High Street for lunch.
Our last mode of transport, a Diesel Locomotive, sped along the track as we sat back and enjoyed the beautiful countryside views from the carriage windows. All too soon North Weald Station loomed ahead...it was the end of the line for us! With Childhood memories re-kindled we headed home.
Thank you for your support. Sheila

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SEPTEMBER HEVER September Outing CASTLE, KENT.
This outing to the 13th Century Hever Castle, with its 2 Moats and 125 acres of land, was enjoyed by all. The Castle steeped in history, retold by audio tours and the presence of knowledgeable volunteers in each section ready to answer any questions. The 3 gardens were a joy to wander through, each with its own themed charm. An arched walkway led to stunning views of the Boating Lake. Seats to rest weary feet and excellent eating places to recharge the batteries....who could ask for anything more?!
Thank you Heather for organising this trip

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NOVEMBER Country Living Fair 'THE COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE' CHRISTMAS FAIR. LONDON
This was yet another very successful trip organised by Heather.
Our 'happy shoppers' shopped 'til they dropped! With 150 stalls on site there were so many things to admire, so many forms of art and craft to gain inspiration from and so many ideas to help solve the 'difficult present' choice that is faced every year. There was even a chance to spoil yourself with purchases from the winter clothing stalls. To take the weight off one's feet refreshment were available all day offering a place to sit down, relax and re-charge. Our shoppers returned home...lighter of purse but heavier on baggage! tired out and spent out... but happy! All thanks to Heather.

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DECEMBER CHRISTMAS Kew a Christmas wonderland AT KEW GARDENS.
On a wet and windy Thursday evening a hardy group of members braved the elements and followed the hour long Trail that took us on an amazing wander through Kew Gardens. We witnessed spectacular lighting effects with every turn we took. Trees were transformed into a wonderland of colour, bedecked with thousands of shimmering lights, creating the 'Cherry Blossom Walkway' and the 'Tree of Crystal', up-lighting turned huge trees into mystic forms. A tunnel of willow arches, known as 'The Cathedral', festooned in countless warm white lights was truly breathtaking. As we stepped into the radiant tunnel church music rang out. There were just too many delights to mention!

The Wonderland may have been Wet but Kew at Christmas the rain did not wipe the smiles off the faces of these members!

Thanks go to Rebecca for putting the twinkle into Christmas.