Trips and Visits BLOG
Trips and Visits Weblog (BLOG):-
September 28th Bradford Science + Media Centre Museum Trip
16 Ravenshead U3A members travelled from The Ranger leaving at 8.30am to the Science + Media Museum Bradford. The Museum which initially began as the Bradford Photographic Museum when it first opened has now become the Science + Media Museum. We had an insight tour of the Museum's archives lead by Zoe one of the Curators of the museum. We where all fascinated by the tour and the very large collection of files and equipment that they keep in safe storage.
You can see a photograph of Val inside a replica spacesuit as worn by Tim Peake, can some kind sole remember to put Val's wheelie bins out while she takes a space walk?
Tim Peake spent from December 15th 2015 until 18th June 2016 on the International Space Station during which time he circled the earth 2720 times. His orbital distance from earth was approximately 400km or basically equivalent to the distance from London to Scarborough.
July 27th Raf Cosford Museum
14 Ravenshead U3A members went on an informative and extensive Visit to the RAF Cosford Museum. Over 70 aircraft of international importance are housed in three Wartime Hangars and within the National Cold War Exhibition. The world’s oldest Spitfire and a Lincoln Bomber, just two of the highlights in the War in the Air Collection section. In Test Flight section, there is the TSR2 and Bristol Type 188 constructed from stainless steel. The engine and missile collections in Hangar 1 total over 60 and are arguably one of the finest collections in the world.
July 12th Newby Hall Ripon
27 members went on this trip leaving the Sherwood Ranger @ 8.30am. The weather was sunny and hot with clear blue skies all day. Newby Hall Gardens looked immaculate and the greeting and reception by the staff on the day of our visit was excellent.
The trip didn't go without a technical hiccup though because the Ravenshead Community bus lost all hydraulic power to it's accessibility Lift. Phil Asquith sorted it our and got everything working by the time we departed @ 4.00 pm.
The flowers Trees and Borders in the Gardens looked stunning
A few members joined guided tours of the Hall at a small additional cost.
The day out was enjoyed by everyone. It was a lovely group to be with.
March 27th to March 31st Cardiff City Break
Day One Cardiff Break 27th March 2017 we left Ravenshead at 10.15 am the weather was warm and sunny the journey on the Skills Executive coach was smooth we made good time arriving in Monmouth at 1.15 pm. We had time in Monmouth to get food and drinks before exploring the town and walk along the banks of the River Wye. We left Monmouth at 3.00 pm to complete the journey to The Clayton Hotel in the center of Cardiff The Clayton is a 4* hotel with 11 floors standing proudly on the corner of St Mary's Street.
Day Two Cardiff Break 28th March 2017 we left the Clayton at 9.30 am for a short drive to Dyffryn Gardens a National Trust property. Spring sunshine broke through the early morning clouds enhancing the floral features of the Garden. Dyffryn Hall sits proudly within 53 acres of well maintained gardens.
Day Two Cardiff Break After leaving Dyffryn we spent tuesday afternoon exploring Cardiff Bay The Red Brick building at the Centre of the picture is Pierhead Building Home of the Harbour Master, Cardiff became the Largest Exporter of Coal in the world during the Industrial revolution. The dominance of Cardiff as a coal exporter was because of the Coal Mining Industry of Wales, during the 19th century 600 collieries were in full production working hard to supply the worldwide demand for Welsh Steam Coal, Steam Coal was in demand because it powered Steam Trains, Steam Ships, Steam Pumps and Iron smelting Plants all over the world
Day Three Cardiff Break 29th March 2017. We left the Hotel at 9.45am for the short walk through the city along St Mary's Street to Cardiff Castle A guided tour of the Castle took the group through the opulent Winter Smoking Room, The Nursery, Lord Bute’s Bedroom and The Roof Top Garden, the tour took approximately 50 mins. Firing Line: Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier is a unique concept developed through a joint vision of 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh commemorating over 300 years of a proud and distinguished history including the Battle of Waterloo 1815, Rorke’s Drift against the Zulus 1879 as well as recent service in Iraq and Afghanistan today.
Afternoon Cardiff City - Freetime to explore at leisure the many many attractions of Cardiff including the National Museum Cardiff which this year hosted a stunning collection of Traditional Chinese flower and bird paintings spanning 600 years of Chinese Art.
Day Four Cardiff Break 30th March 2017 We left the Hotel at 9.30 am for a scenic coast road trip to Swansea Bay. We arrived at the Swansea Marina Museum at 11.15am allowing 2 hrs to explore the museum and marina before boarding the Coach for the short trip to Mumbles at the western edge of the Bay.
Afternoon at the Mumbles with Swansea Bay to the east and Bracelet Bay to the west.Afternoon cream teas were arranged at the Castellamare (Castle by the Sea) restaurant which overlooks Bracelet Bay and Mumbles Lighthouse. Some of the group chose to order Cream tea with Welsh cakes whilst others opted for Scones.
Day Five Cardiff Break 31st march 2017. Checked out of the Clayton and boarded the bus for the return journey to Ravenshead at 9.30 am. The return journey took us through the Forest of Dean following the River Wye to Tintern Abbey. Elevenses had been ordered at Tintern Abbey Mill we had a 1 hr stay at the Mill and some of the group walked back along the road to view the remains of Tintern Abbey.
Afternoon We arrived at Bourton on the Water at 1.15 pm for a 2 hrs 15 min stop, this gave us time to meander around Bourton on the Water and grab a bite to eat. Bourton-on-the-Water straddles the River Windrush with its series of elegant low bridges beside neat tree-shaded greens and tidy stone banks. Standing back from the river are traditional Cotswolds buildings. Bourton-on-the-Water has been described as the 'Little Venice' of the Cotswolds and is one of the most popular tourist spots in the region being serviced by the many shops, cafe's, and attractions.
November 28th 2016 44 RU3A members set off on a bright sunny morning to go to the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. We left promptly at 8.30am and following a stop at the Farm Shop near Fleet, arrived at Thursford at 12.00pm. This gave everyone time to have a bite to eat, visit the shops and also the Winter Wonderland before the show started at 2.00. Once again the show was excellent, very professional and slick. Those who had never been before were amazed at the auditorium, costumes, lights and music. organised by Jackie Salmon.
November 17th 2016 20 members of the Ravenshead U3A travelled to the Veolia Materials Recovery Facility we were guided around the facility by Lesley Taylor of Veolia.
Having visited the facility we now have a better understanding of how to avoid contaminating our recycle waste.
The group visit was organised by Anne and Peter Eldridge who also arranged transport by Community Mini Bus and a meal at Forever Green Restaurant Ransom Wood.
----- November 5th 2016 A full coach (12 RU3A members + 4 Friends ) left Sherwood Ranger @ 8.00am Destined for the Crafts 4Xmas Show at the NEC Each Ticket entitled the bearer to enter the following exhibitions,
Cake International, Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts and Art Materials - Live. Our Drivers Phil and Kate arranged to drop all passengers at Atrium entrance 3.
We arrived in good time at 9.30am with a planned departure time of 4.00pm.
A few Photographs taken from within the shows are available to view on this web page.
On 12th October 27 of us enjoyed a guided tour of Thornton’s Chocolate Factory# in Alfreton. Thorntons is a British chocolate company established by Joseph William Thornton in 1911 with a small shop in Sheffield and today the factory extends over a large site which was officially opened by the Queen in 1985. Following a short introductory talk we began our tour. Stripped of our jewelry, bags and phones and suitably attired in hairnets (and in one case a beard net!) earplugs, overalls and overshoes we split into three groups to follow our guides around the production and packaging areas. We watched toffee being poured, chocolates being hand finished and the new Christmas treats being prepared. In the robotic section we saw how individual chocolates are selected and presented for packaging as an assortment. Of course there was a chance to sample some of the delicious chocolates at the tasting station, something we all took full advantage of! Loaded with our purchases from the shop and a Thornton’s farewell gift we returned to Ravenshead having thoroughly enjoyed the day. A second group visited the following Wednesday 19th October (J Moore)
Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.