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TRIPS, theatre AND

concerts

New Procedure for Managing Trips

Please note there is a new procedure for managing trips which has been reviewed and approved by the management team, formerly known as the committee.

Trips will continue to be publicised in the usual way: on the website, in the newsletter, on the Facebook group, and at group meetings. However, if you want to secure your place on a trip, you’ll be asked to complete a Trip Booking Form and leave it, with your cheque, in the red u3a postbox at the George Ward Centre. Your cheque should payable to Hinckley u3a, not just u3a…. there are over 1000 u3as in the country. Please don’t leave cash in the postbox. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact the trip organiser.

There are no more sign-up sheets, which proved to be so problematic that the trip organisers almost gave up organising trips. There will also be no refunds, so it will be your responsibility to find somebody to take your place, if you’re not able to come on the trip.

Please note that you can download and print the Trip Booking Form from the website. Hardcopies are available at the general meeting and at some group meetings.

Upcoming trips for 2024 – Hinckley u3a members only

Royal Courts of Justice in London.

A very historic building which needs no introduction...

Date: 29th April 2024

Cost: £48 per person which includes the return coach journey, a guided tour, and contributions to the driver’s tip and GWC parking.

Website: https://theroyalcourtsofjustice.com/

Trip organiser is Janice Strand.

 
Stockport Plaza and Stockport Air Raid Shelters in Stockport

The Stockport Plaza is a stunning art deco theatre and cinema.

Date: 29th May 2024

Cost: £40 per person which includes the return coach journey, a guided backstage tour of the Plaza, a self-guided tour of the air raid shelter, and contributions to the driver’s tip and GWC parking.
Please note there are a lot of stairs backstage so you’ll need to be reasonably fit to manage them.

Websites: https://stockportplaza.co.uk/about-the-plaza/

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/air-raid-shelters

Trip organiser is Janice Strand.

Roman Baths trip in Bath

This trip needs no introduction….

Date: 3 June 2024

Cost: £51 per person which includes the return coach journey, a guided tour of the Roman baths, and contributions to the driver’s tip and GWC parking.

There will be free time to enjoy Bath’s other sites. I’m going to book a tour bus.

Website: https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/

Trip organiser is Janice Strand.

Saltaire and the David Hockney Museum in Saltaire, near Shipley

Saltaire is a model village built by a Victorian philanthropist and factory owner for his employees. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Date: 20th September 2024

Cost: £32 per person which includes the return coach journey, a costumed and ‘in character’ talk about Saltaire, and contributions to the driver’s tip and GWC parking.

There will be time to look around Saltaire and visit the David Hockney Museum, which is free to enter.

Trip organiser is Janice Strand.

Kelham Island Museum and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet in Sheffield

These are heritage sites that explore Sheffield’s industrial past. Entry to both sites is free, and I hope the ginormous River Don steam engine, the largest in Europe, will be all steamed up for our visit.

Date: 24th October 2024

Cost: £33 per person which includes the return coach journey and contributions to the driver’s tip and GWC parking.

Websites: https://www.sheffieldmuseums.org.uk/visit-us/kelham-island-museum/

https://www.sheffieldmuseums.org.uk/visit-us/abbeydale-industrial-hamlet/

Trip organiser is Janice Strand.

Trips in the pipeline

Cadbury’s and Bourneville!

Previous Trips …

Westonburt  – National Arboretum

Halfpenny Green Vineyard

What a fantastic trip to Halfpenny Green Vineyards in Stourbridge. The vineyard is busy with harvesting this years grapes. We had a tour of the vineyard and caught a glimpse of Martin, who planted the first vines in 1983. Rowena gave an interesting talk about the 4 wines that we were going to taste: a sparkling white, a still white, a rose, and a red. Some of us became gently squiffy! The wines were delicious and it was really special to know the grapes were grown and the wines produced on site. And then we were served a delicious cream tea! To top everything off, the weather was absolutely lovely. I think we’ll go back next year, to taste this year’s vintage.

House of Commons, November 2022

Quarry Bank Mill, October 2022

Windsor Castle Trip, April 2023