Forest Town & District


The Thursford mini-break is back for 2021 but be quick, there are only four places left.

The break will take place 16 to 18 November on a half board basis at Hotel Caley Hall, Hunstanton, Norfolk.

The price is to be confirmed but will be around £285.

Day 1: Travel to Thursford arriving around midday, optional lunch and extravaganza show at 14.00. Travel onto hotel for inclusive evening meal.

Day 2: Visit to Norwich.

Day 3: Return via Holt

To book please contact Denise Whitsed for room availability.

Contact and payment details can be found in the June 2021 newsletter.

  • Whilst this is a u3a holiday it is booked direct with Skills. Once booked monies are non-refundable unless a replacement can be found.

Denise Whitsed


My Visit to NIDD HALL - Susan Howlett

Denise and Liz invited us all
To go on a trip to Nidd Hall.
Little did they know when this was said,
Just quite what an adventure lay ahead.
On the A1 the traffic was heavy
But it was no trouble as we were happy.
Near Castle Howard a small arch was found
So we had to turn round on very soft ground.
We did eventually arrive at the Castle
And soon had our tickets without any hastle.
The house decorations were bright and magical
Large trees, candles, baubles and presents all sparkled.
A magnificent sight for everyone’s eyes
And round each corner another surprise.
The journey to Nidd should have taken an hour,
But we didn’t appreciate what was in store.
We went through many a lane and village
And ended up faced by a very low bridge.
The only escape was to reverse,
But by then we were well off course.
Eventually we did arrive
To mulled wine and mince pies.
Allocating our seats in the Pavillion
Was another task which caused a problem.
We settled in and our rooms were fine
Until we found others had goodies and wine.

Denise was fraught and disappointed.
But with determination it all was sorted.
We celebrated Christmas Day and Night.
It’s hard to believe November is still in sight.
We had crackers and blowers and balloons that flew.
We really were a very happy crew.
There were quizzes and films to keep us busy,
And a nod in a chair could be your fussy.
Some travelled to Harrogate in a taxi
And a coffee in Bettys was their fancy.
If you ventured out around the grounds,
Exercise equipment and courts for many sports were found.
What I couldn’t quite believe Were the 2 swings for the O A P’s.
Carols in the church were fun and jolly.
The first service of Christmas to make us happy.
Some ventured further around the bye ways,
To the fine village of Ripley with its castle and café.
It rained and it poured but we were indoors and dry
Until the sun came out and then we walked by.
We went to the Pantomime and laughed out loud.
It’s so good to be with a happy crowd.
The New Year came in at half past ten.
No wonder we’re confused! So say Amen.
On the way home we will visit the Monks,
And in Helmsley town we will find some shops.
We must say a big thanks to Liz and Denise.
We’ve had a good time with great memories.




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