Coach Outings 2019

Our programme of Coach outings for 2019 concludes on 12th September but there is a special Christmas outing to Powis Castle on Friday 6th December. 

This includes a traditional Christmas lunch, followed by a tour of the castle, and after 5pm, the illuminated house and grounds at a cost of £38 per head.  There is only one pick up at Aldridge Community Centre at 11.30am.  There is a booking form below giving details.

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This year we have had several cancellations for the coach outings, which has resulted in a cost to the Trust.  As a result, the committee decided that in the future there will be no refunds unless we have a waiting list. In addition, parking charges at URC no longer cover our payment to the church, so in future a charge of £2.50 per car will be made.  It is still free to park at Aldridge Community Centre.


Outings Organisers Report

After almost 20 years as Outings Committee Chairman, Pauline Heydon has decided to retire and I will do my best to step into her shoes.  Our committee would like to put on record our thanks for so many memorable outings and of course the holidays that Pauline organised with Marion.  We will miss her greatly.

In the coming year we have arranged 5 interesting and varied coach trips and 3 car outings.  We hope that you will continue to support us as you have in the past.  

My thanks also go to Christine Adamson, who has taken over the role of walks organiser, and Louise, David, Margaret. Vivian and Pam for leading this season’s trips.

 Janet Clews

Outings Committee Chairman

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Temple Newsam House and the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

Temple Newsam House is a truly impressive Jacobean Mansion in Leeds, which has been beautifully restored.  Discover its 500 years of history – famous as the birthplace of Lord Darnley, the notorious 2nd husband of Mary Queen of Scots.

It stands in 1,500 acres of parkland landscaped by Capability Brown.    There is a Walled Garden, a Rhododendron Walk and Lakeside Gardens. There is a café, but you can also take a picnic.  We can pre-book electric scooters for the less abled walkers. We will leave Temple Newsam around 2pm and travel the short distance to Royal Armouries Museum.  There you can explore the Arms and Armour from across the world and through time – over 5 floors of stunning displays. We will arrive at about 2.30 and have a self-led visit.   Photography is allowed but no flash on cameras please. They have 2 coffee shops and also a picnic area on the 4th floor.

Cost                 £23.50

Depart              Broadway URC   08.15 

                         Aldridge Community Centre 08.30

Leave              Museum 17.00

Leader             Louise Platt

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Thursday 20th June 2019

Stainsby Mill & Hardwick Hall NT

We will first visit Stainsby Mill which is a fully operational Victorian flour mill, giving an insight into the work place of a 19th century miller.  
Next, Bess of Hardwick’s Hall.  She had wealth and audacity to have the hall constructed with her initials on top of the towers.  Talks by guides who are volunteers will give information on Bess, her life story and the estate.  The house operates a free flow system.  

The great barn restaurant serves hot meals. You can explore the Old Hall, which is now roofless, however you can ascend 4 floors and admire the plasterwork and overmantels.  The basement kitchen and service rooms are open.                                                                        (NT cards are necessary)

Cost                 £14

Depart              Broadway URC             9.00

                        Aldridge Community Centre      9.15

Leave              Hardwick Hall                            17.00

Leader             David Allabarton 

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Tuesday 30th July 2019

Dunham Massey NT

The Georgian house is set within a 300-acre deer park and was once the home of the Earls and Countesses of Stamford and Warrington.  The Edwardian interiors are host to an extensive collection of objects from a family that loved collecting.  Most notable are the paintings, furniture and beautiful silver. The magnificent gardens are amongst the finest in this area and have extensive colourful borders throughout the year.  The park offers great circular walks amongst tree lined avenues, where you will spot many of the 150 fallow deer who live here.  Over 400 years old is the working mill which can also be visited.  The Stables restaurant serves delicious hot lunches and the Café with indoor and outdoor seating provides further refreshment. The large shop sells locally sourced gifts and a wide range of plants.   (NT cards are necessary)

Cost                 £14

Depart              Aldridge Community Centre     08.30

                        Broadway URC                         08.45

Leave              Dunham Massey                      17.00

Leader             Margaret Jones    

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Wednesday 14th August 2019

Renishaw Hall & Gardens

Renishaw Hall & Gardens has been home to the Sitwell family for over 400 years.  It is set in 8 acres of Italianate gardens designed over 115 years ago by Sir George Sitwell and featuring statues and yew hedges, alongside beautiful herbaceous borders and ornamental ponds. 

 The hall offers an intriguing insight into the Sitwell family’s history, with a fascinating collection of paintings and photographs.  When we arrive, we will be served tea, coffee and biscuits in the café, followed by an hours guided tour of the hall.  The café, gardens and museum will then be free for us to wander around.

Cost            £28.50 non RHS and £22 RHS members

Depart        Broadway URC                                09.00

                   Aldridge Community Centre            09.15

Leave         Renishaw Hall                                 16.30

Leader       Janet Clews

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Thursday 12th September

Hat Works, Stockport and Bramall Hall

The first part of our visit starts with tea/coffee and biscuits before a guided tour of the Hat Works in Stockport. Housed in a mill built in 1828 the museum celebrates the once thriving hatting industry of the town and features 20 Victorian style machines and an exhibition of 400 hats from around the world.

Then we will travel to Bramall Hall, a few minutes away, where we will have a light lunch of sandwiches, crisps and hot drinks (extra items available if you wish to buy them) before our guided tour of this Tudor Manor house with its 16thcentury wall paintings and striking Elizabethan plaster ceiling. The house is set in 70 acres of parkland designed in the Victorian Romantic style, with formal gardens and areas of ancient woodland.

Cost                 £32.75

Depart              Aldridge Community Centre   08.15

                        Broadway URC             08.30

Leave              Bramall Hall                  17.00

Leader             Vivian Fairbank

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Advance Notice of Norfolk Holiday

A big thank you to Louise Platt who has found a HOLIDAY for us – 5 days, 4 nights: Norfolk and Sandringham Estate. Tour with Tailored Travel £529 + £59 single – 7th to 11th June 2020 staying at the George Boutique Hotel.  There will be a full programme of outings arranged for us by Tailored Travel.  It would be helpful to know names of interested members. Please contact Louise for further details.

Download the PDF below for more details

Norfolk holiday