Tuesday, May 16th
Visit to Sudeley Castle, Near Winchcombe
Arrangements have now been made for our visit to Sudeley Castle, near Winchcombe. The castle has strong links with the Tudor period in history and its mediaeval architecture is a fine example of the buildings of those days. Amongst its treasures are some original works of art by Constable, Turner, Rubens and Van Dyck.
Displays of falconry will be given at midday and 2 pm, and the castle falconer will be pleaded to answer questions throughout the day.
The Castle Shop contains an interesting range of items from antique to small gifts and post cards.
We depart from Birmingham (Rotunda) at 10 am, by Crantock coach, and expect to arrive at Sudeley at around 11:30 am. Then there will be free time to explore the castle and grounds at will.
Group arrangements are not being made for lunch, but coffee and snacks are available for those not wishing to take along a packed lunch. We have arranged to have a cream tea in the restaurant at 3:30 pm before setting off on our homeward journey, and expect to arrive back in Birmingham at about 6 pm.
Thursday, June 15th
Visit to Symonds Yat and Tintern Abbey
Arrangements have now been made for our visit to Symonds Yat and the Wye Valley on Thursday 15th June 1989. We leave from Birmingham (Rotunda) by Crantock coach at 9:30 am and expect to reach Symonds Yat at around 11:30 am. A short river cruise has been arranged which will enable us to view the gorge and the 12th Century church from the launch.
To keep operating costs to a minimum, no arrangements have been made for meals on this trip. Those wishing to do so may take along a packed lunch, but there will be drinks and snacks available throughout the day for those who prefer not to take a picnic.
After our river excursion, we rejoin the coach and continue our journey to Tintern Abbey (near Chepstow). At Tintern, there is a Visitor's complex and Exhibition Hall, which illustrates the history of the Abbey and surrounding countryside. Facilities here are suitable for those with walking difficulties as well as those amongst us who are really energetic and sure-footed.
We return home to Birmingham via the Severn Bridge and expect to be back at the Rotunda at around 7 pm.
Tuesday, August 22nd
Visit to Matlock, Derbyshire
Arrangements have now been made for our visit to Matlock in Derbyshire on Tuesday, 22nd August 1989.
The coach will depart from Birmingham (Rotunda) at 10 am and should reach Matlock about midday. We then have about three hours free time to explore the town, or to shop for bargains in the market, for Tuesday is Market Day. There is also plenty of time for those wishing, or daring, to go on the cable car.
We leave Matlock at 3:30 pm to arrive at the "Little Fawn" Restaurant at Milford Common for a welcome cup of tea at 5:00 pm, followed by a meal. At 6:15 pm we depart from the "Little Fawn" to arrive back in Birmingham around 7:30 - 8:00 pm.
Tuesday, October 17th
Annual Luncheon - Charlecote (The Pheasantry), near Stratford Upon Avon
Arrangements have now been completed for us to visit the Carvery at Charlecote for our Annual Luncheon on Tuesday 17th October 1989. The coach will collect at five pick-up points, to enable members to have a shorter journey to and from home.
The pick-up points are
1 Yenton (Wylde Green) 10:00 am
2 Fox and Goose (Ward End) 10:15 am
3 Rotunda (Birmingham) 10:30 am
4 Warwick Cinema (Acocks Green) 10:50 am
5 Shirley (Safeway Supermarket) 11:00 am
We expect to arrive at Charlecote at approximately midday for our meal at 12:30 pm.
At about 2:30 pm, we leave Charlecote for the return journey, via Warwick, and are due back in Birmingham at around 4:30 pm.