Category Organiser File

Walking the Holst Way

Last June, 20 hardy souls – members of the Holst Birthplace Trust and their friends – braved the rain to join a walk along a section of the Gustav Holst Way. The walk was organised by Sue Walker, Chairman of the Holst Birthplace Trust’s Events Committee, as part of the annual events programme for trust

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Bird watching trips

Birdwatching is arguably Britain’s most popular hobby; it’s certainly something that can be enjoyed by groups, and the experience enhanced by shared trips, as Val Baynton discovers by talking to the trip organisers of the RSPB North Staffs Local Group.   Ian Worden Hailing from the south coast and initially studying earth sciences because of

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A close shave on Jim’s cruise

This August, GTO Jim Godsell took 107 members from his Birmingham-based Jim Godsell and Friends Group on a cruise down the west coast of France and north coast of Spain, sailing with Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines on Balmoral. Jim writes, “We had a fabulous time and ‘Fred’ met our every need. I ended up with very

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A return visit to Newstead Abbey

Having visited the Tourism & Destinations Show held at Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire this April, GTO Philip Jones was inspired to take his Ravenshead U3A Local History Group back for an historic gardens tour. Since the 16 members of the group lived not too far away, and they were a small number, they opted to travel

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Belfast is top for U3A

In early September, Jackie Ring took a group of 25 from the Woking Area U3A to Belfast for a long weekend. She worked with specialist group travel tour operator Greatdays of Cheshire, who took care of flight, hotel and excursion bookings. Jackie says, “Greatdays were very helpful and I’ve used them before and will again.

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Bon Voyage: A Trio of Group Cruising Fans

River and ocean cruising is an increasingly popular option for groups and, in this issue, Val Baynton talks to three GTOs whose groups enjoy cruising, to learn more about their experiences. Winnie Benford Winnie Benford helped establish the Fetcham U3A in Surrey in 2002 because the two existing local U3As were full. She was on

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Warner welcomes back Exmouth Holiday Club

Earlier in the year, GTO Sheila Crunden put together a five-night spring break to Warner Leisure’s Sinah Warren Hotel on Hayling Island in Hampshire for 40 members of Devon’s Exmouth Holiday Club. Warner Leisure Hotels are a popular choice with Sheila’s club and she regularly organises trips away to a variety of the company’s 13

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Suffragette surprises for WI

On Quarry Hill WI’s annual mystery day trip in July, Outings Organiser Pam Jones surprised 38 Kent-based members and husbands with a ‘Women of the Great War’ tour in London, organised by the capital’s City and Village Tours. A regular client of the tour company, Pam, as always, found the trip very easy to put

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Northern secrets revealed

In mid-July, 43 members of Merseyside’s Maghull and Lydiate U3A experienced a five-day holiday to Newcastle and Northumberland, arranged by the group’s Short Breaks Organiser, Marj Atlay. Marj worked with Alex Jacobs of Newcastle-based operator, Northern Secrets, to tailor-make the itinerary and, as a Blue Badge guide, he spent four days with the group as

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