Sunday, 28 February 2016

Salisbury & District U3A Visits




OUTINGS NEWS – MARCH 2016

Trips are offered to all U3A members from 10am at our meetings or by post or by email
Please book early to avoid disappointment
                                           

WEALD AND DOWNLAND OPEN AIR MUSEUM – Thursday 12th May 2016 – BOOKING NOW The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum  in Singleton, West Sussex covers 50 acres with nearly 50 historic buildings dating from the thirteenth to nineteenth centuries, along with gardens, farm animals, walks and a lake.  The buildings were all threatened with destruction but were carefully dismantled, conserved and rebuilt in their original form at the Museum. These buildings help the Museum bring to life the homes, farmsteads and rural industries of the last seven hundred years. Many buildings situated there are over four hundred years old, and still stand strong.   The Museum Cafe offers pasties, jackets, soups and sandwiches.  Guide books are available on site for £3.95.  Coach Pick Ups:  9am – W – Michael Herbert Hall, South Street, Wilton OR 9:15am – S – Millstream Coach Park, Castle Street, Salisbury OR 9:30am – L – London Road Park & Ride.  Cost:  £23 to include Museum entry and free map, coach and driver's gratuity  or £25 if you'd like to include a 90 minute guided tour from 11:30am.  For those who'd like even more choice, West Dean Gardens is a mile west along the A286 – about a 20 minute leisurely walk – and offers an impressive collection of 13 working Victorian Glasshouses, a 300 foot pergola, spring gardens and a pond, a sunken garden, and the occasional surreal fibreglass tree.  Gardens entry is £8.50.  You can go for lunch at the Gardens Restaurant (reservations:  01243 818215) and visit their Shop overlooking the beautiful Lavant valley and West Dean park without paying Gardens entry.   Our Grosvenor or Taylor's coach will leave the Museum at 4pm.
OSBORNE HOUSE, ISLE OF WIGHT – Thursday 9th June 2016 – BOOKING NOW "It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot" said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight.  Our visit includes Victoria and Albert's private apartments, their bathing beach and children's play-cottage for an intimate glimpse of royal family life and the opportunity to stroll through the garden terraces where the stunning views across the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples. Osborne House was designed by Prince Albert in the Italian Renaissance style and built complete with two belvedere towers between 1845 and 1851. The original wing, The Pavilion, housed the principal and royal apartments which retain reminders of Victoria's dynastic links  to the royal families of Europe. The grandeur of the Billiard Room, Queen's Dining Room and the Drawing Room on the ground floor forms a marked contrast with the homely d├ęcor of the royal apartments on the first floor including the Prince's Dressing Room, the Queen's Sitting Room, the Queen's Bedroom and the children's nurseries. The main wing, housing household, council and audience chambers was added later while the final wing, built between 1890 and 1891, includes The Durbar Room for state functions and where Queen Victoria's Golden and Diamond Jubilee gifts are exhibited. The Indian associations of Osborne House are wide ranging and include a collection of 19c paintings by Rudolf Swoboda. Victoria and Albert ensured their children learned where food came from by having them grow and cook fruit and vegetables at Swiss Cottage on the Osborne estate. Grand dining was also possible at Osborne in the fabulous Durbar Wing, designed by Rudyard Kipling's father. Famous in the world of desserts - Osborne is where the Victoria Sponge, the Battenburg Cake and the Osborne Pudding were created. Today at Osborne you can treat yourself to lunch in the Terrace Restaurant, an ice-cream on the beach, a snack in the Petty Officers' Quarters, or a quick bite from the Gazelle House.  Cost:  £25 to include coach, driver's gratuity, ferry, and Osborne House and Gardens entry.  A guide book is £4.99 and available in the shop.  Coach Pick Ups:  7:30am – W – Michael Herbert Hall, South Street, Wilton OR 7:45am – S – Millstream Coach Park, Castle Street, Salisbury OR 8am – L – London Road Park & Ride.   Our Grosvenor or Taylor's coach will leave Osborne at 4pm.
BILLY ELLIOT MATINEE AT THE MAYFLOWER – Thursday 9th February 2017 – LATEST DATE FOR BOOKING IS 31st MARCH 2016   Coach Pick Ups:  11:30am – W – Michael Herbert Hall, South Street, Wilton OR 11:45am – S – Millstream Coach Park, Castle Street OR 12 noon – L – London Road Park and Ride.  Cost:  £60 to include your front and centre Dress Circle ticket, coach and driver gratuity.                                                                

SLEEPING BEAUTY MATINEE AT THE MAYFLOWER – Thursday 17th March 2016 – WAITING LIST ONLY -- Cost:  £30 to include center stalls ticket, coach and driver’s gratuity.  Coach Pick Ups:  12 noon – W – Michael Herbert Hall, South Street, Wilton OR 12:15pm – S - Millstream Coach Park, Castle Street, Salisbury OR 12:30pm – L – London Road Park and Ride.  Our Grosvenor or Taylor's coach will leave The Mayflower after the performance.
TULIPS IN MALMESBURY – Thursday 14th April 2016 – WAITING LIST ONLY Coach Pick Ups:  9am – W – Michael Herbert Hall, South Street, Wilton OR 9:15am – S – Millstream Coach Park, Castle Street OR 9:30am – L – London Road Park and Ride.  Cost:  £12 to include coach, driver gratuity and Abbey House  Gardens entry and introductory talk.  Our three Grosvenor and/or Taylor's coaches will leave Abbey House Gardens at 4pm
FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY – To ensure you get a place, you are welcome to reserve place(s) in advance on any of the following future trips.  Once details are known a booking form will be emailed to you or sent to you in the post if you provide a stamped self-addressed envelope.                                      
14th July 2016 – Broughton Castle                                                           
11th August 2016 – Chiswick House and Marble Hill                           
8th September 2016 – Cotswold Wildlife Park
13th October 2016 – The Vyne and Sandham Memorial Chapel
10th November 2016 – Cheltenham including Battledown Brewery Tour and Wilson Art Gallery & Museum                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                             
PAYMENTS FOR OUTINGS                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
From 10am At Meetings:  Cash or cheques payable to SALISBURY U3A. One cheque can cover as many people as you like, separate cheques for each outing please.  To save congestion and our frazzled nerves when so many people want to be served at once, may we ask please that you write your cheques in advance and have the correct money if paying in cash.
By Post:  If you are unable to attend the monthly meeting or prefer to book by post, please email Margaret  for a booking form.  If you don’t have email, please post your cheque with destination, your name, home and mobile phone numbers and pick up point on the reverse to Margaret Vacha, 1 Grasmere Close, Salisbury SP2 8DG. 
CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS: Full refund if cancelled within 1 month of outing. Cancellations less than a month before a trip are only refunded if we have a waiting list and can resell your place.
MONTHLY OUTINGS NEWSLETTERS:  Are available at our meetings and by email.  If you don't have email and would like to receive an Outings Newsletter but can't get to all the meetings to collect one each month, please give Margaret a supply of stamped self-addressed envelopes and we will be pleased to post one to you.
ANY QUESTIONS OR TO CHANGE YOUR PICK-UP POINT AFTER BOOKING:
Please contact Margaret at
margaretvacha@hotmail.com or 01722 335586 or 07845 870512

I often hear of other trips you might like to know about...
Thursday 5th May – Laverstock Gardening Club are offering a trip to Bowood House in Calne and would like to fill their coach.  Cost: £23.75 seniors and £25.50 adults.  Coach Pick Up:  Laverstock Green at 9:45am or pick up may be possible from London Road Park & Ride.  Contact Carol Curtis on 01722 336400 or email granny.carol@hotmail.com
Saturday and Sunday 18-19 June from 2-6pmAbout 25 private gardens will be open for charity in Cerne Abbas  A day ticket to all the gardens is £6 or £10 for both days (accompanied children free).  Teas, plant stall and free car park.  For more information: www.cerneabbasopengardens.org.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Tuesday 26th July   Highclere Castle – As group bookings are now closed until 2018 I have booked my seat with Golden Age Tours who offer a 16-seater mini coach trip including entry to the castle, gardens and park and hope you'll join me.  Cost: £35 (seniors).  Golden Age Tours – 01722 665544 – goldenagetours@gmail.com www.salisbury-minibuses.co.uk     

BOOKING FORM

WEALD AND DOWNLAND OPEN AIR MUSEUM – Thursday 12th May 2016
Cost:  £23 to include coach travel, driver gratuity and entrance to Museum OR £25 to add a 90 minute guided tour from 11:30am.  Coach Pick Ups:  W – 9am at Michael Herbert Hall, Wilton OR S – 9:15am at Millstream Coach Park, Salisbury OR  P&R – 9:30am at London Road Park & Ride.

NAME ….................................................................................................................................................... 

LANDLINE ….............................................MOBILE ...................................................................

EMAIL …...................................................................COACH PICKUP ....................................

Please complete and return with your cheque for £23 or £25 (to include guided tour) to: 
Margaret Vacha, 1 Grasmere Close, Salisbury SP2 8DG
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OSBORNE HOUSE, ISLE OF WIGHT – Thursday 9th June 2016

Cost:  £25 to include coach travel, driver gratuity, ferry and entrance to Osborne House and Gardens. 
Coach Pick Ups:  W – 7:30am at Michael Herbert Hall, Wilton OR S – 7:45am at Millstream Coach Park, Salisbury OR P&R – 8am at London Road Park & Ride.

NAME ….................................................................................................................................................... 

LANDLINE ….................................................... MOBILE ...................................................................

EMAIL ….......................................................................COACH PICKUP ....................................

Please complete and return with your cheque for £25 to: 
Margaret Vacha, 1 Grasmere Close, Salisbury SP2 8DG
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**** BOOKINGS CLOSE ON 31st MARCH 2016 ****
BILLY ELLIOT MATINEE AT THE MAYFLOWER – Thursday 9th February 2017

Cost:  £60 to include coach travel, driver gratuity and front and centre Dress Circle ticket. 
Coach Pick Ups:  W – 11:30am at Michael Herbert Hall, Wilton OR S – 11:45am at Millstream Coach Park, Salisbury OR  P&R – 12 noon at London Road Park & Ride.

NAME ….................................................................................................................................................... 

LANDLINE …..................................................MOBILE ...................................................................

EMAIL …............................................................................COACH PICKUP .....................................

Please complete and return with your cheque for £60 before 31st March 2016 to: 
Margaret Vacha, 1 Grasmere Close, Salisbury SP2 8DG
 

Monday, 22 February 2016

Sci-Tech National Group's Annual Seminar

Annual Science Seminar
8-11 August

The U3A Science and Technology Network will again hold its Annual Science Seminar at Harper Adams University, Telford. The programme starts at 2pm on Monday and finishes after a buffet lunch on Thursday. The seminar aims to appeal to anyone with a general interest in science and the world around them and includes a mixture of talks and demonstrations on a wide range of topics, a visit to the National Brewery Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent and the opportunity to socialize with U3A members from round the country. Speakers and demonstrators are from among the delegates - volunteer experts and enthusiasts from within the U3A – we would welcome offers.

The cost will be £250 (fully residential), with a limited number of places for day visitors. Information and a Booking form and other information is available at www.u3ascienceseminar.org.uk or email u3ascienceseminar@gmail.com.

This email has been sent using a distribution list held by the U3A Science Seminar. Please let me know if you wish to be removed from the list.

Mike Hollingsworth

Friday, 12 February 2016

SXTA May visit

Can you accommodate people from Xanten on their visit to our city in May?
See below for more information.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

USING YOUR CAMERA group starting 18th March.

I would like to inform you of a new group I hope to be running with the name 
USING YOUR CAMERA.
This is a short 6 session group running over the summer months.
It will start on Friday 18th March at 10am at my house.
We will teach members how to come to grips with their cameras in order to take satisfactory photographs without any tears.
To do this we will go out into the countryside and maybe the city with specific methods to practice.
We will also look into the structure and composition of images. Also the way colours interact will be considered.
Venue: 12 Chiselbury Grove, Harnham, SP2 8EP
Dates: 18/3; 15/4; 13/5; 10/6; 8/7; 5/8.
Time: 10am
Tel: 01722 501218
Skype: peterjread1
ooVoo: blue-ram

Would any member wishing to join in contact me by any of the above routes or via the Group Organiser please?

Many thanks
Peter

Wednesday, 3 February 2016