Latest Coronavirus Update
from Outings Committee posted 4th Nov
If, like your Outings Committee, you are developing withdrawal symptoms from a lack of outings to attend, don’t worry.
We have our plans for the New Year when, perhaps, we can start travelling together again. You will see here & in the latest Newsletter the kind of things we have in mind and we hope you approve.
Be assured that as soon as we can meet together with no virus risk on a coach or boat or plane you will be receiving booking forms to complete. We have looked at the possibility of limited number outings but the coach hire cost is prohibitive.
We also looked at a possible gathering in a local open air restaurant but the rule of six stymied that idea. And now we can’t have any groups gathering at all.
So, please be patient.
Things will get easier and before too long we’ll be able to enjoy (if thats the word), one of Mike Sedman’s horror quizzes en route to an interesting destination.
is back on hold again
The proposed trip to Glyndebourne will definitely not take place - there are issues with coach travel and the hotel which will not now be resolved.
The rule of six has stopped any possible brunch visits to the Benson Waterside as an outing.
The boat trip with Salters, which would have received considerable support is now no longer viable.
Updated: 4th Nov 2020
The January Celebration Lunch for 2021 is now postponed to Jan 2022.
The future provisional program looks like this:
Feb Wallingford Treasure Hunt
& visit to the Mary Rose
Apr Concord Aerospace museum
May Watercress Line
Jul Isle of Wight cruise
Aug Butser Park Iron Age village
Sep Frogmore Mill
Oct Salisbury (Cathedral and town)
January 2019 – Celebration Lunch
Click to zoom in photo credit: Malcolm Brooks
were arranged for members usually every month. They are organised at cost price, with transport, tickets & gratuities included. Ideas for future outings are welcomed from members.
A short four or five day holiday is included in the itinerary every year & previous destinations have included Northern Ireland, Tuscany, Madrid, Slovenia. This year was to be to Northumbria in June, now postponed to 2021.
Last year Oct 2019 to Sicily
Six days of the History of Western Sicily & Palermo. Highlights of the trip included the medieval town of Erice, the Norman Cathedral at Monreale, a tour of Palermo & a boat trip to the island of Mozia. An excellent time had by all.
In Sept 2018 to Romania
To Bucharest, a city of extremes, then to Transylvania in the Carpathians, an area of natural beauty & home to wonderful scenery, Dracula’s Castle (quite ‘sort of interesting’) and Peles Castle, a truly wonderful 19th century chateau filled with highly decorated rooms, set in the most picturesque setting. A most enjoyable holiday with a happy group of members.
Our 2017 holiday to Lake Bled, Slovenia & Koblenz in the Rhineland
A group of 38 of our members had a memorable six day holiday based at Lake Bled. There were many highlights including a visit to Postojna, one of the world’s largest cave systems & a wonderful day at Piran, a medieval town with a Venetian influence, a typical Mediterranean look &, on the day itself, a very Mediterranean climate.
Many more memorable holidays in the years before....
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Watch this space for more photos.....
Below are the trips we did last year & early this year, & the ones we nearly did.
Feb London Guildhall
Mar Royal Mint – South Wales
May Southampton Water cruise & Solent Sky Museum
Jul Thames Barrier Boat trip from Tower Bridge to the Barrier & a talk on the operations of the structure.
Aug Compton Vernay – introductory talk, a view of the several Art galleries and the Tea Exhibition.
Sept Fighter Command Bunker – there were 79 steps to be climbed to access the control centre. A detailed talk on the Fighter Command activities was provided.
Dec Christmas Concert at St James. Usual carols, Christmas singing & mulled wine.
Then Lockdown happened & the following outings were cancelled or postponed . . .
Mar Brighton Royal Pavilion & walk along the beach.
Postponed to 2021.
Jun Jewels of Northumbria six-day holiday.
Postponed to 2021.
Jul Isle of Wight day trip – sea trip, coach tour & cream tea.
Aug Salisbury Cathedral – tour & other local places of interest.
Sep Hemel Hempstead Print Works