Solihull Widney

Interesting Places

A variety of trips to Interesting Places are organised on a regular basis - usually monthly. Details can be found in the Monthly Bulletin and on the Events Page on the website.

With local trips members might travel independently and on other occasions coach travel may be involved.

On those occasions where "car sharing" is involved there is a suggested contribution of 25p per mile - shared between the occupants of the vehicle.

Reports on recent trips

Faith Visit to the Greek Orthodox Church -24th February 2020

Visit to Greek Orthodox Church We had a very successful Faith Visit to the Greek Orthodox Church in Erdington last Tuesday. 26 Widney U3A members attended. Father Christos gave us an in-depth tour of the wall and ceiling paintings and an insight into the Greek Community in Birmingham.

Fascinating to think that the church was once a dance hall when the building was owned by GEC Company, Witton.

M.M

Visit to the Hall at ABBEY-CWM-HIR 28th November 2019

A report from visitors who travelled with the Widney U3A group

No? Us neither. But when the invitation from the Solihull Widney visits team was extended to us members of Solihull Central we were intrigued enough to check it out.

Visit to Abbey-Cym-Hir Basically, it's in the middle-of-nowhere-Wales; head for Llanddidrod Wells, into the hills, through the woods, at the end of a lane.......The website declared the Hall to be a "Grade 2* listed Victorian Gothic Revival building dating from 1834". It also told us that each of the 52 rooms would be decorated for Christmas with a different theme. Feeling a bit Christmassy we signed up.

And thus we joined about 40 Silhillians on the Johnsons' coach from Solihull Methodist church. Quite a jaunt to mid-Wales but brightened by a view of that rarity in England's November: the sun. Yes, really. As we approached the hall it looked pretty much like any other Victorian pile: dark, foreboding, and yet the presence of a couple of other coaches told us something was afoot. Upon entry we were invited to remove our shoes and don our slippers; fair enough as we were in somebody's private residence, it's only polite.

Bit by bit the Hall started to reveal itself: old advertising signs, bric-a-brac, dusty nicknacks, stuffed animals; every corner, every beam, covered. A quick cuppa and on to the tour. We were honoured to be accompanied by the owner himself, Paul Humpherston. He explained how he and his wife had found the Hall in a dilapidated state in 1997, bought it on a whim and set about restoring it. A true labour of love. Room after room revealed collections, paraphernalia and stuff your grandparents threw out. Was that a collection of Marmite bottles I spotted? And surely that wasn't a tiger in the corner of the painting of the house? The snooker room laden with presents, the kitchens groaning under the weight of Xmas goodies, 52 immaculately dressed Christmas trees, family memorabilia, all mixed up in a whirling cornucopia of delights, almost too much to take in really.

As the tour came to an end we made a note to ourselves: re-visit at another time of year to absorb more of the wonders on display, enjoy the 12 acres of gardens and explore the village. We headed off for a splendid lunch at the Severn Arms at nearby Penybont where the air was full of "did you see...?" and "how amazing was that?". Home in the pouring rain, time to reflect on a lovely day.

Thanks Solihull Widney for sharing something we may otherwise never have seen.

Andrew & Yvonne Ross (Solihull Central U3A)

Dates for your Diary
Wed Oct 14th Proposed Visit to Jewellery Museum in Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Fri May 14th 2021 Proposed Visit to Banqueting House and Westminster Abbey (£60?)

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More Group Pages
Art & Culture Book Group
Bookworms Bridge 2 - Affiliated to SWU3A - Widney
Canasta Coffee Club
Creative Writing Curry Club - for Widney Members
Discussion Group Favourite Recipe Share Group
French - Language (Beginners) Garden Group
Interesting Places Intermediate Spanish
Meditation Military & Social History Group
Music Appreciation Music Appreciation Group 2
Page Turners Painting
Photography - for U3A Members Poetry
Railways and Steam Study Group Recorder Consort
Science - for Widney Members Short Walks Group
Spanish for Beginners Square Heads
Sunday Lunch Club Walking Group
Wine Tasting Zingari Singers