Tuesday, 22 August 2017

U3A Visits Listing

Salisbury & District U3A – www.u3a-salisbury.org.uk

Wednesday 15th November 2017

ROYAL ACADEMY ... or just meet your friends. 

Possibilities galore on this trip to London, especially since the 6pm return pick up at Waterloo Place at the bottom of Lower Regent Street enables you to book now to secure good seats to see a West End matinee.  As well, there are so many exhibitions to choose from with coach drop offs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Harrods, Piccadilly for the Royal Academy, and Waterloo Place (5 minutes walk from the National Gallery).

Coach Pick Ups: 
6:45am at the Coach depot (Hawkers Hill Farm, Shaftesbury SP7 9NP)
7:45am at Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton (free parking)
8am at Salisbury Millstream Car Park (£8 to park)
8:15am at Salisbury Rugby Club (£1 parking)
8:30am at The Pheasantry, Winterslow on the A30 (no parking)    

Cost:  £20

Coach leaves Waterloo Place in London to return home at 6pm to arrive in Salisbury at about 8:30pm

Thursday 12th October 2017 – Booking Now

Our visit to the American Museum near Bath offers a journey through the history of America, from its early settlers to the 20th century. With its remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts, the Museum shows the diverse and complex nature of American traditions.

The Museum’s collection of furniture, paintings, quilts, silver, and glass is presented in a series of Period Rooms within historic Claverton Manor. On the lower-level the American Heritage Exhibition tells the stories of the Founding Fathers, Native Americans, and the Civil War, through a series of interactive galleries.

The furniture collections at the American Museum are showcased to create a sense of how American families have lived during the last 300 years. Display rooms include furniture reflecting the Shakers' founding principle of strength through simplicity, a late 17th century Puritan home, an 18th century tavern, and a sumptuous 1860s New Orleans bedroom from the eve of the Civil War.

Ranging from the 18th to mid-20th centuries, the Museum's collection of over 200 quilts is acclaimed as the finest of its type in Europe and the equal of many premier collections in the United States. Over 50 quilts, including one made by plantation slaves, as well as Navajo weavings, hooked rugs, and woven coverlets alongside treasures from New Mexico are on view in the Textile and Period Rooms.

Key documents are showcased, such as the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Gettysburg Address (1863), and Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech (1963). 

In one of the greatest Renaissance map collections in Europe, 200 maps show changes in cartography during the Age of Discovery and document early European exploration of America, including significant manuscript drawings from the 12th century as well as the first map ever printed: the 1494 edition of Columbus’ letter to Isabella of Castile, in which he informs her of the ‘islands in the Indian sea’ he has recently discovered.

As well as the permanent exhibitions, 1920s Jazz Age: Fashion & Photographs offers many views of America in the 1920s which examines how the world saw, and sees, the US as a global taste and trend setter when the period after the Great War created a seismic shift in moral, social, and cultural attitudes. Emancipation combined with burgeoning affluence offered women the chance to explore a completely new way of dressing and the show features over 100 fashion objects from the 20's, including flapper dresses, evening capes, lame coats, couture, and ready-to-wear garments as well as shifting hemlines and waistlines. The exhibition also includes the work of photographer James Abbe, whose portraits present a candid commentary on early 20th century celebrity as well as illustrations by Gordon Conway which show how graphic art and photography promoted the ‘Jazz Age’ look.

The Orangery Cafe and Terrace offers all day counter self-service and lunches between 12-2pm.  The range of food is home-made from American recipes including Snickerdoodles, cowboy cookies and brownies.

Cost:  £25 to include coach, driver gratuity and entry to the Museum.
Coach Pickups:  9am at London Road Park & Ride OR 9:15am at Millstream Coach Park, Salisbury OR  9:30am at Michael Herbert Hall, Wilton.  We will leave the Museum at 4:30 to return to Salisbury by 6pm.

Tuesday 19th September 2017 – Booking Now

Moreton-in-Marsh, in the northern Cotswolds, is a 13th century market town with a wide main street, narrow burgage plots and back lanes.  Granted its market charter in 1227, the busy Tuesday market with about 200 stalls will be open during our visit.  Moreton has been a traveller's town and coaching station for at least 1700 years.  The White Hart (Royal) Hotel was used by King Charles I as shelter during the English Civil War following the Battle of Marston Moor on 2nd July 1644 and a copy of the King’s unpaid bill is commemorated on a plaque in the entrance lobby. The high street has several pubs, inns, tea shops, and restaurants for coffee and/or lunch if you wish.  There are also many elegant 17th and 18th century houses, including Redesdale Market Hall built in 1887 in memory of the Earl of Redesdale who lived at nearby Batsford House, who is known for his famous daughters, the Mitford sisters, and for planting Batsford Arboretum, one of the largest private collections of rare trees in England.  The oldest building is probably the 16th century Curfew Tower on the junction of High Street and Oxford Street; its bell was rung nightly until 1860 to remind people of the risk of fire. It is said the ringing once guided home Sir Robert Fry, lost in the fog, who gave money for its maintenance in gratitude.  The Parish church of St. David was originally a chapel of ease for Bourton-on-the-Hill and in 1858 was rebuilt in medieval style.  The author JRR Tolkien is believed to have had connections with Moreton-in-Marsh.  A pub in the town was presented with a print by the JRR Tolkien Society after their research led them to claim The Bell Inn is the inspiration behind Bree's The Prancing Pony, Middle Earth's most famous pub in the book Lord of the Rings.  

After winding through mighty oaks lining the long drive of this Gloucestershire garden on the edge of the Cotswolds, you see a weathered onion dome straight out of India. The south front of Grade I listed Sezincote House, complete with curving orangery, unfurls above a Repton landscape unchanged since the mid-19th century. The garden is blessed by a series of spring-fed pools, connected by gurgling water which eventually tumbles into the Island Pool in the valley bottom, before joining the River Evenlode below.  Colonel John Cockerell bought the estate in 1795 on his return from Bengal.  When his youngest brother Charles inherited the property on John's death in 1798, he employed another brother, Samuel Pepys Cockerell (a grandson of the diarist), to build a house in the Indian manner.  Although Samuel worked as a surveyor for the British East India Company and as an apprentice to Sir Robert Taylor, where John Nash was also apprenticed, he never travelled to India; his encounters with Mughal architecture, a building style that flourished in India in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, were strictly through drawings and engravings, especially those by Thomas Daniell who designed the garden, temple, bridge, dairy and farm buildings. 

Cost:  £31 to include coach, driver gratuity and entry to Sezincote.  Please note that although this is a HHA property, they do not grant free admission to HHA Friends on private visits.  To have the opportunity to visit, we have had to book a private visit as they do not allow coach parties on public opening days.
Coach Pickups:  8am at Michael Herbert Hall, Wilton OR 8:15am at Millstream Coach Park, Salisbury OR  8:30am at The Rugby Club OR 8:45am at Amesbury bus stop by the car park opposite the library.
We will arrive at Moreton-in-Marsh between 10:30 and 11am where you are free to wander through the market and town and have coffee and/or lunch.  We will leave for Sezincote at 2pm who will open specially for us to arrive there by 2:30pm. Please note there are no afternoon refreshments available (so you may wish to bring your own or purchase something in Moreton-in-Marsh) and House access is only by half hour tours of 25 people each.  The garden is free flow.  In the event of rain, shelter is available in The Orangery.  We will leave at 4:30pm for our journey home.


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. 

By Post:  If you can't attend the monthly meeting or prefer to book by post, please email Margaret  for a booking form.  Otherwise, 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 more than one month before the outing. Cancellations less than a month before a trip are only refunded if we have a waiting list and can resell your place.

Refunds:  If you are due a refund, may I ask please that you do not deduct refunds from payments for other trips.  I will pay out refunds in cash or by cheque separately.  Accounting for each trip is so much easier if there is no cross-over in payments or refunds between outings.

Receipts:  No receipts or tickets are issued for Salisbury U3A trips.  I do acknowledge all postal bookings by email or phone call. 

Personal Record:  May I respectfully ask that you keep a diary note of your coach pick up point and time, that you have paid, and what you have paid for please.

Reserves:  Reserving outings in advance is no longer possible.  Outings can only be booked with a full payment and, if you can, a booking slip or a note giving all your contact details and coach pick up point. 

Any questions, or to cancel your place, or to change your pick-up point after booking:
Please contact Margaret at margaretvacha@hotmail.com or 01722 335586 or 07845 870512

COFFEE MORNING IN AID OF SALISBURY TRUST FOR THE HOMELESS on Saturday 5th August from 10 – 12 noon at 18 St Ann Street, Salisbury SP1 2DN
Donations will be gratefully received on the day and there will be a raffle in aid of the Trust.

UP YOUR STREET EXHIBITION of paintings and drawings of Salisbury streets by Fred Fieber (Milford Bridge Mural artist).  Ceramic animals by Anne-Marie Marshall Fieber at the Antelope Cafe, 37 Catherine Street, Salisbury SP1 2DH from 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday until Saturday 2nd September.


Can you believe that no-one has snapped up this fantastic opportunity??  What great luck!  You are not too late! The opportunity to be the Outings Organiser for our U3A is still available!

Just think of all the wonderful places you could take us all and how much real fun you could have doing it!

If you want days out to continue and have an interest in making the job your own, please do give it a try.  Whether you do it alone, with a friend, or with your partner, husband or wife, you will have all the backing and support of the committee.  You can continue to publish the Outings News or you can pass the details to Doris to publish outings in her monthly Newsletter.  You could continue offering an outing a month, or every other month, or whenever you choose.  You can continue to include other groups' outings or not.  The choice of how you do it, and how often, is entirely yours.  Please do consider taking it on.  I've thoroughly enjoyed it, met a lot of really interesting people, and am pretty sure you would too.                     
                                              Margaret Vacha – margaretvacha@hotmail.com – 01722 335586 or 07845 870512

Saturday 23rd September to Sunday 1st October 2017

Sarum U3A invite you to visit many vineyards to taste and maybe buy the wine, eat delicious food and enjoy the Maconnais region. 

We have visited central France previously but a little further south in to the Cotes du Rhone and Chateauneuf du Pape regions but on this tour we are keeping a little more to the north to concentrate on two specific regions. Our zone of interest is quite compact and the driving will be minimal we are aiming for quality and some outstanding culinary experiences.

We set off on Saturday and travel to Portsmouth to catch the 1445 ferry to Caen. On arrival in France we stop for our overnight (B & B) near Caen.

On Sunday we continue eastwards and then southwards to Macon and the Mercure Hotel on the banks of the River Såone where we will stay for six nights. The town centre is within fairly easy walking distance. We have dinner at the hotel this evening.

We begin our exploration of the region on Monday with a visit to Julienas and the Chateau de Julienas. Then it is time for lunch in Julienas at Restaurant Chez la Rose. In the afternoon we have a scenic drive to Chiroubles via the Col du Fut d’Avenas and a visit and tasting at Domaine Cheysson Chiroubles le Farges. We return to Macon for a free evening.

On Tuesday we set off to visit and taste at Moulin a Vent with, first a stop at Chateau de Pierreclos and then to visit Gerard Charvet. After free time in Chenas at lunchtime we are on our way back to Macon, we’ll stop at Chateau de Chenas for a tasting. This evening we’ll take a short stroll to another riverside restaurant, le Poisson d’Or for dinner.

On Wednesday our journey takes us northwards to the Pouilly-Fuissé district. Near Vergisson we visit Domaine Daniel Barraud. Next we drive southwards to Solutré-Pouilly to visit Domaine Jean Pierre Sève before retiring to the village to have lunch at La Courtille de Solutré.

We have a short ride back to Macon and our final visit of the day will be to Chaintre and Chateau des Quarts. Finally it’s back to the hotel and a free evening.

On Thursday we drive southwards to Mont de Brouilly to visit the historic and oldest vineyard in the area, Chateau Thivin. After this visit we pause in the village of St Lager for lunch and in the afternoon travel northwards to the Morgon area to visit Domaine Des Souchons. Our final visit will be to Les Maisons de Beaujolais at St Jean d’Ardieres where we’ll have a tasting then and early-ish dinner.

Friday morning we head off to Romaneche-Thorins to visit Le Hameau du Vin, Georges Dubouef’s  famous  and unique wine village , the first Theme Park about Viticulture and Wine. We’ll have lunch at the park.

We leave Macon on Saturday and head northwards  back to Epernay where we will have a refreshment stop at Champagne Castellane. We now continue to Ouistreham and have dinner and overnight at the Ibis Styles Hotel.

On Sunday we catch the 0830 crossing to Portsmouth. On arrival in England we make our way back West. 

Cost:  £895 includes all travel by executive coach, ferry crossing, 3*/4* hotel half board, all excursions and entrances, and Andy our tour guide.  To express interest, book, or for further information, please contact Maureen Pardy on 01722 504295 or mpardy@hotmail.co.uk

Thursday 9th November 2017

Our local National Trust Salisbury offers you the opportunity to take a panoramic tour of Stratford-upon-Avon with Blue Badge Guide, Sally Peel, and see Twelfth Night or take the afternoon to explore the town.  After our tour, we will have a lunch break prior to congregating at the RSC Theatre at 1pm to watch the play.  After the performance there will be a short interval to use the facilities and have a quick refreshment break before boarding our coach to return to Salisbury. 

Coach Pickups:  7:30am at Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton OR 8am at Salisbury Millstream Coach Park.  We will have a short break at Warwick Services at approximately 10am for use of the facilities and to purchase tea or coffee.  From there it is a short run into Stratford-upon-Avon.  On the return journey, there will also be a short break at Chieveley Motorway Services before arriving back in Salisbury at approximately 8pm.
Cost Including Theatre Ticket:  £55.00 (Local National Trust Group Members) or £58.00 (Non Members) OR Cost for Coach Only:  £15.50 (Members) or £18.50 (Non Members).  Whatever your choice, please send your cheque payable to National Trust Salisbury (with your name and coach pick up point on the back) plus a SAE to Sally Peel, 11 Harnwood Road, Salisbury SP1 8DD.  Telephone:  01722 334892 or 07850 710885.

Tuesday 19th September 2017

Cost:  £31 (NO discount to HHA Friends) to include coach travel, driver gratuity and entry to Sezincote.
Coach Pick Ups:  8am at Michael Herbert Hall, Wilton OR 8:15am at Millstream Coach Park, Salisbury OR  8:30am at The Rugby Club OR 8:45am at Amesbury bus stop by the car park opposite the library.
NAME ........................................
LANDLINE …..........................
MOBILE ....................................
EMAIL …................................
COACH PICKUP ...................                                                                                                   
Please complete and return with your cheque for £31 payable to Salisbury U3A to:                                                       Margaret Vacha, 1 Grasmere Close, Salisbury SP2 8DG
Thursday 12th October 2017

Cost:  £25 to include coach travel, driver gratuity and entry.
Coach Pick Ups:  9am at London Road Park and Ride OR 9:15am at Millstream Coach Park, Salisbury OR  9:30am at Michael Herbert Hall, Wilton.
NAME ........................................
LANDLINE …..........................
MOBILE ....................................
EMAIL …................................
COACH PICKUP ...................                                                          
Please complete and return with your cheque for £25 payable to Salisbury U3A to:                                                       Margaret Vacha, 1 Grasmere Close, Salisbury SP2 8DG

Wednesday 15th November 2017

Cost:  £20 to include coach travel and driver gratuity.
Coach Pick Ups:  6:45am at the Coach depot (Hawkers Hill Farm, Shaftesbury SP7 9NP) OR 7:45am at Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton (free parking) OR 8am at Salisbury Millstream Car Park (£8 to park) OR 8:15am at Salisbury Rugby Club (£1 parking) OR 8:30am at The Pheasantry, Winterslow on the A30 (no parking).
NAME ........................................
LANDLINE …..........................
MOBILE ....................................
EMAIL …................................
COACH PICKUP ...................                                                                                                                   
Please complete and return with your cheque for £20 payable to Salisbury U3A to:                                                       Margaret Vacha, 1 Grasmere Close, Salisbury SP2 8DG