Lacock Walk 29th August.
Following a recce, a few points. If you read this and know of walkers in the group who do not access emails, please pass on this information to them.
There is a climb of some 300 feet onto Bowden Hill.
Near the start of the walk, we have to follow a relatively busy road with no pavement for 700 yards from the River Avon at Lacock out to the Bell Inn by Bewley Common.
There are quite a few stiles on the walk, several of which cannot be avoided by using an adjoining gateway.
The NT car-park costs £4 but is free if you are a member. If you are not in the NT but have a bus pass, there is a half-hourly bus service from Trowbridge to Melksham and Chippenham that passes through Lacock, stopping at the George Inn. From there it is a 5 minute walk to the NT car-park where the walks begins.
Do not let this put you off! It is an excellent walk with great views across much of North and West Wiltshire.
National Memorial Arboretum and Lichfield Cathedral
Booking form will be sent after registration
Seats still available.
We will leave Trowbridge early, first pick up is 7am. Firstly we will visit Lichfield Cathedral for about 1.5hrs. Leaving time for coffee and a self guided tour of the cathedral or town. Secondly we will then proceed to the National Memorial Arboretum in time for lunch – which can be pre-booked. The Arboretum is a 150 acre site to over 350 thought provoking memorials covering both military and civilian associations. It features around 30,000 trees and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. It has lots to see and plenty to explore. The Land Train which has a pre-recorded, running commentary is included in the cost. The tour lasts approx. 50mins.
See the full page advertisement in Third Age Matters
Spring Issue on page 7
Cost for this trip: Coach & Land train plus Drivers tip £14.00
2 course lunch: £17.50
It is important that you are at your pick up point on time. Do not change it without prior agreement with the Trip Leader. I suggest you pack snacks and water as this will be a long day. We will make a comfort stop both ways.
For more information, please contact Groups Co-Ordinator
The following ideas have been suggested for setting up new groups:-
This will require instructions so if anyone has experience in this form of dancing could they please let me know. Alternatively, initially it could be learnt from videos. This group would need a venue.
This would require some experience of playing. I have investigated how this could be set up and organised.
Some knowledge would be required and would be suitable for a home group. Ideas on how to organise a language group could be obtained from other WWU3A language groups.
If you are interested in any of these suggestions please contact Groups Co-ordinator or see your latest newsmail.
Message regarding the proposed first CA meeting at my house on Friday.
‘Unfortunately, as a result of illness, the new venue Current Affairs meeting scheduled for this Friday, will have to be cancelled. The first meet will now be on Friday 17th May 2.00pm.
Help promote the Big Knit
We need help to promote the Big Knit across Wiltshire to get people knitting and crocheting the little hats so we can reach our target of 50,000 little hats by the end of July. We’ve already sent 25,000 off and have another 3, 000 in Devizes waiting to go but we still need more.
We’re looking for about 20 people in different areas of Wiltshire who could put up posters, engage with knitting/craft groups, visit WIs, share on social media or do anything else to make this happen. We can provide all the publicity materials and patterns required and what we’d ask is if each person could aim to get 1,000 little hats for us.
For every hat we provide, we get 25p so if we reach our target that will be £12,500 which will go directly to supporting older people in Wiltshire & Swindon.
If you’re up for the challenge, please do let me know! Thank you!
Office: 01380 735513
Normal hours of work: Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm
Leaders – Jean Stanford, Pauline Thewell, Diane Ramsay Arthur, Gill Laing.
Many thanks to all those who have supported our previous day trips. We have made some amendments to the booking system which we hope will help you to book and enjoy a trouble free day out.
Tour details will be shown in the Magazine, showing the earliest date you can book/register your interest.
Please adhere to this. In the first instance please contact the relevant Trip leader to register your interest. When places are confirmed, the booking form will be sent out. You should then complete the booking form, and return together with your cheque made payable to the West Wilts U3A, and SAE if you are not on email, to the named tour leader. Each leader is happy to answer any questions relating to their tour, especially access concerns. Please ensure dates, pick up point and times are noted,
Comfort stops are made on journeys of more than one and a half hours and coaches normally have an ‘emergency toilet’.
The cost quoted includes the driver’s tip and all entrance fees. No meals are included unless where stated. If a property is marked ‘NT’ please bring your valid National Trust membership card for free admission.
Pick up points: Each tour is shown with boarding places and times. Not all pick-up points are used for every tour. Please do not change your pick up point without speaking to the tour leader directly. Failure to do so may cause delays.
Please check pick up points and times carefully. To avoid delays we suggest arriving at the stop approximately 10 minutes before the stated pick up time.
Coaches will only stop at agreed pick-up/drop off points which change, depending on the route. Currently main stops may include:
Westbury Haynes Road bus stop or Chandlers depot if using Chandlers.
Trowbridge Bus stop opposite Trinity Church alongside the park and train station.
Melksham Kings Street Car Park
Cancellation: If members have to cancel their booking due to unforeseen circumstances, then a refund will be made on entrance tickets if they are re-allocated or not already purchased. Travel refunds may be given only when coach costs have been met.
No refunds if cancellation is 7 days or less prior to the date of the trip.
On the day you should carry your Membership Card which has space for your Emergency Contact details on the reverse. It is suggested that you also carry any medication details.
Note: Data Protection: Members should not pass on the organisers details. All such details should be deleted after each trip.