1. Trip to Stoneywell on Wednesday 13th June 2018. We were so fortunate to have chosen a lovely day to travel to Leicestershire to explore Stoneywell, a fascinating Arts and Crafts Cottage, set in a 4 acre garden. The day started off excellently, everyone was on time. We had no hold ups on either journey and our driver Pete was so helpful and well prepared. We stopped for an excellent coffee and bacon or sausage sandwich before we arrived at Stoneywell. Four minibus loads took us to the house and we enjoyed guided tours around the cottage and the garden, followed by a welcome cup of tea and cake if we required it. The group we took was delightful, totally relaxed, responding to every request we made. We were congratulated by the lady on reception for being the easiest large group she had ever had to deal with. The day was such a relaxing experience that Fran and I were able enjoy ourselves too, it was lovely to see so many people smiling happily in such a beautiful setting. The quiz I set for them, in case the waiting around for minibuses was boring, seemed to go down well and the prize was won by Pauline and Bob Hayes with a brilliant score of 29 out of 30.
View some of the photos taken on the trip below
Trips organisers: Rita Smith and Fran Cayless
2. In July there will be a visit to Cromford Mill in Derbyshire. This was the first water powered cotton spinning mill, which was developed by Richard Arkwright. The day will comprise tea/coffee and cake on arrival, followed by a guided tour of the mill. After lunch at the mill, there will be a Canal Boat Trip before returning home. Also in Cromford there are shopping opportunities in the crafts and antique shops. Booking for this trip will begin at the May monthly meeting. Further details will be in May Newsline. Trip organiser: Anne Greenaway
3. Visit to Sheffield Assay Office and Cutlers’ Hall on Thursday 1st November 2018 An interesting, informative and relaxed trip to Sheffield, visiting two indoor attractions and therefore not weather dependent. Morning. The Assay Office has been in Sheffield since 1773. On arrival, tea or coffee will be available. A talk on hallmarking will be followed by a tour of the workshop and an opportunity to view items in the silver collection. A two course buffet lunch will be provided before we leave. (If you have any special dietary requirements, please give details at the time of booking.) Afternoon. The Cutlers’ Company was established by a Parliamentary Act of Incorporation in 1624. On arrival at Cutlers’ Hall we will be given an introductory talk and a tour. Tea and biscuits will be available before we leave for home. The cost of the Trip is £42 per person and includes entry fees, lunch, drinks, and travel. We will leave Southwell Leisure Centre long stay car park at 8.45 am, picking up in Farnsfield at 8.55 am. On our return, we will leave Sheffield at 4.00 pm and arrive in Southwell (via Farnsfield) at approximately 5.30 pm. Booking will begin at 9.30 am at September’s Monthly Meeting. Priority will be given to those on last year’s waiting list. Trips organisers: Ruth Gidlow and Jane Parker
4. The Christmas trip, including a celebratory lunch, is always very popular. This year, the plan is to go to Doddington Hall. Details will follow and it is anticipated that booking will begin at the October monthly meeting. Trip organiser: Margaret Royall
Trip to Sheffield, Assay Office & Cutlers Hall on 2nd Nov 2017
.Fray Canless writes: A group of 30 people went to Sheffield on Thursday 2nd November for an informative talk at the Assay Office, which was followed by a tour round the hallmarking workshop, then a buffet lunch .The Assay Office hallmark items from as small as earrings to large ones( see photo below) like the punch bowl ,which is now on show at the Winter Gardens in the city. After lunch we went to Cutlers Hall for the afternoon, where there was a talk, tour and tea and biscuits
Trip to Cadbury World on 4th Oct 2017
Trip to Potteries Museum & Art Gallery at Stoke on Trent - 15th March 2017
These photographs were taken when 32 members of the U3a went to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery at Stoke on Trent. The displays there were fascinating, including all aspects of china & pottery and as diverse as a Spitfire plane , local history displays and famous art works. We were fortunate to see the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs which were discovered before last Christmas and are dated back to 400BC. Everyone enjoyed the trip - the weather was absolutely glorious and the Staffordshire Oatcakes in the cafe were extremely tasty too!
Trip to Anglesey Abbey and Green Knowe - 9th March 2017
A trip beset by gremlins! After postponement due to Storm Doris an almost full coach set off on 9th March only to find the A1 closed as a result of a major accident. The Winter Garden at Anglesey was much enjoyed and the Mill was open too. A little difficulty finding the road to the Manor at Hemmingford Grey known as Green Knowe, but a fascinating house with an amazing history. Should anyone wish to borrow the DVDs of the stories of Green Knowe please contact me. Thank you all for your patience and help in sorting this particular trip, Kerry Holden