2.12.19 to 6.l2.19 Turkey n Tinsel Break – – final briefing for this break will be held on Tues.26th November 2019 in the Coffee Room at ll.15am. If you cannot attend please arrange for your information pack to be collected. Many thanks
Mon.16th Dec. 2019 – Christmas Lunch at Llyndir Hall Hotel, Rossett. As there will be no Day Trip Table on 3rd December and it is the Carol Service on the 10th, please arrange to pay your balance for this trip by Tues.26th November. Please make sure you have completed and returned your choice of meal slip Many thanks
Turkey n Tinsel – 2.12.19 to 6.12.19 Please note the final briefing for this break is on Tuesday 26th November 2019 at ll.15am in The Coffee Room. If you are unable to attend please arrange for someone to collect your information. Many thanks
Mon.16.12.19 Christmas Lunch – There will be no Day Trips table on Tues.3rd December 2019 and the Carol Service is on the 10th Dec. so can you please arrange to pay the balance for this trip by the 26th November. Many thanks
An 8,.30am start and beautiful sunshine started our visit to Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick. We had an uneventful journey – if you don;’t count the miles of smart motorway speed limits on the M6. On arrival at this, the largest Gurdwara in Europe we were warmly greeted and appropriately suited but not booted eg. head coverings and no shoes, were ushered in to this beautiful Temple for an interesting talk and opportunity for a question session. It was an amazing insight into a completely different culture. Sikhs are very welcoming regardless of faith etc. Everyone we met was calm, peaceful, very polite and very helpful. We attended Langa – this is counted as a blessing and food is provided all over the world free of charge, every day and we wondered how lines of people were able to easily squat on the floor to eat their meal. After bidding farewell to this peaceful area we set off for the Jewellery Quarter Museum.Smith and Pepper who owned the factory could not have known the legacy they left when they closed the factory and stopped production. It is like a time warp and an indication of how different working conditions were then and now. Very interesting guides who also gave a demonstration. We finished with tea/biscuits and then set off on the tortuous journey home on the M6. However, it was a good day with lots of surprising information. We met some lovely people and the sun shone all day. .
We will start our day with a visit to the beautiful and award winning model village of Port Sunlight. With over 30 Architects showcasing their designs – there is an intriguing range of styles. The concept was the idea of Lord William Lever, of Lever Brothers fame, for his workers to have good quality housing, and leisure facilities in their free time. The houses are highly sought after to-day. It’s a lovely place to wander and attracts visitors from all over the world. There are fine open spaces, the Lady Lever Art Gallery (free) with all its’ treasures, a lovely cafe and shop and a family owned Garden Centre, which will be decorated in all its’ Christmas splendour and it also has a nice cafe.You can also visit the Museum and Garden Village (small charge) Then we are off to Llyndir Hall Hotel, Rossett, owned by the Hallmark Hotel Group, set in 5 acres of gardens on the North Wales Borders. The Hotel has a reputation for good food, comfort and we will partake in a relaxed 3 course meal followed by tea/coffee/mince pies
WHEN?? Monday 16th December 2019. Dep.9.30am Ret.5pm Price: £27 inc.3 course lunch/tea/coffee/mince pie. (a deposit of £10 is requested on this trip please) Seats will be on sale at our table on Tues.10th September 2019
To-day’s trip is a nice introduction to the start of the Christmas period and will begin with a visit to Manchester’s Christmas Market, one of the biggest in the country. Set in the City Centre with plenty of chalet style stalls to choose from – selling pretty well anything you want to buy. Gifts with a difference, stocking fillers, food, maybe a glass of Gluhwein etc. A perfect chance to get some good ideas for your Christmas. Close to all the amenities that the City centre offers. Shops, bars, cafes, galleries etc. Time to browse, buy, have coffee and some lunch. Then we are off to the beautifully restored Art Deco Stockport Plaza for their annual Christmas Showtime.Many well known stars have performed on this stage down the years. Sit back and relax in your comfortable stalls seat and enjoy. Lovely scenery, stunning costumes, talented cast, all the songs we know – even “real” snow!!
WHEN?? Thurs.14th November 2019. Dep.9.30am Ret.5.30pm. Price: £25 inc.GOOD stall seat. Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Where better to be than the Lake District in Autumn? We will be visiting Bowness which, until 1847 when the railways started, was a fishing village. The Victorians quickly made it in to what it is to-day – a thriving tourist destination. There are walks by the Lake where you can watch the world go by or book a boat trip, museums, most famously, the home of Beatrix Potter, galleries, shops, cafes and pubs. Some of the lovely hotels were originally the private homes of successful Manchester businessmen. Time to browse, have a coffee, lunch and take in the lovely scenery. Then we will be off to visit the Blackwell Arts and Crafts House which is set in lovely gardens with stunning views of Lake Windermere. It was originally the holiday home of Sir Edward Holt, a successful Manchester brewer. It is now a place to explore, soak up the atmosphere and have an introductory talk to this special property. We will finish with a cream tea.
When ? Wed. 16th October 2019. Dep.9.15am Ret. 6pm Price: £23 inc. intro. talk and cream tea. Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 30TH July 2019.
nb. no Day Trips table on Tuesday 23.7.19
Please note there will be no ‘DAY TRIPS’ table on Tuesday 23rd July 2019.
We will be back as usual on Tuesday 30th July 2019 when a new trip will be on sale.
We will start our day by visiting the stunning Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sikh Temple, Smethwick in the West Midlands. This is one of the largest Temples in Europe and you are guaranteed a very warm welcome regardless of your beliefs, creed or colour. There is a guided tour of this amazing building and hospitality is extended in Langa Hall with free food. Langa is counted as a blessing and is served every day to communities all over the world. Then we are off to the Museum of Jewellery in the Jewellery Quarter. Smith and Pepper closed their Factory and left it just as it was when they ceased trading. It is now preserved as a time capsule showcasing the Jewellery/Metalwork heritage of this world famous Quarter. There are demonstrations at the Jeweller’s bench and a guided tour of the Factory. We will finish with tea/coffee/biscuits in their Cafe.
WHEN? Fri.13th September 2019 Dep. 8.30am Ret.6pm Price £24 includes guided tours, lunch, tea/coffee/biscuits. Seats will be on sale at our table on Tues.2nd July 2019.
We run a day trip once a month and the occasional short break. We have a strong core group of members sharing our trips but would be pleased to meet more of our new members as well. There seems to be a myth that you can’t get on Day Trips but, of course, you can – 57 do every month. The trips are well advertised in the Newsletter, here on the website and on our notice board at the table. We currently have trips advertised to: Wed.3rd July – to Ena Mill which is a former Cotton Mill and now a busy outlet – you are sure to find what you are looking for followed by a 3 course lunch at Astley Bank Hotel, Darwen. Dep.9.15am Ret.6pm Price £25 inc.lunch Wed.21st Aug. Visit the Trentham Estate, Stoke on Trent. Day Ticket entitles you to wander as you please. Into the Gardens, Village and a huge Garden Centre. Lots to see/do and plenty of choice to eat. Dep.9.15am Ret.6pm Price £20 inc.Day Ticket Turkey n Tinsel 2.12.19 to 6.12.19 our annual 5 day/4 nights D/B/B this year at the Rob Roy Hotel, Aberfoyle. Entertainment/Excursions included. Price £299 will be less with group discount No Sing.Supp. Free Ins. Future dates for your diary 13th Sept. 16th Oct. 14th Nov. Dec.tba. Full itineraries to be arranged.
Lunch at Astley Bank Hotel – 3.7.19 If you have not yet completed the choice of meal slip for the above Day Trip, please try to be there Tuesday next 18th June to make your choice. There is very little time to collate them and get them to the Hotel. Many thanks Marj