Report on Holidays and Travel Group Visit - Holiday Group Meeting and Christmas Lunch, Monday, 11 December 2017
- Led by Hazel Elderkin
An excellent initial meeting for the Holiday Group new team followed by a lovely Christmas lunch at the Windmill Restaurant. 25 people attended. As Group Leader Hazel Elderkin introduced the new team - Maggy Hunt, June Mawson-Mole and Marilyn Richardon, but also took the opportunity to thank June Sams and Lorna Pope plus original group members for all their hard work in organising past holidays as well as Scotland 2018.
The meeting was opened up for members to offer their own suggestions for future events:
- City breaks were popular - Barcelona, Paris, Krakow, Lisbon, Porto, Amsterdam, Brugge.
- UK breaks also requested for between 2-4 nights. Some suggestions were Edinburgh at the time of the Tattoo, Northumberland, London, perhaps a 2 night mystery tour, Liverpool to see the Terracotta Army, or Coventry (next City of Culture) or the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.
- Longer breaks to Portugal, Spain, the West coast of Ireland or Belfast were also suggested.
Thursford and Scotland have been visited a few times previously and members were asked how often they would like to include these trips. Every other year was frequent enough but some members felt that it was now time to visit new places.
The new Holiday Group team are considering two big trips plus maybe some shorter ones. A 5day/4night break has recently been announced from 10th May 2018 to include Oxford, Longleat, Blenheim Palace and/or The Cotswolds. A good response so far but spaces are still available. Final details to be confirmed nearer the time. A holiday abroad is being considered for October 2018. After a show of hands, it was felt that a City Break booked on a bed & breakfast basis would be preferred.
Spring 2019 was being considered for a visit to Amsterdam together with the Keukenhoff flower festival. This visit would be shared with other U3A groups - particularly Gardening - as it would be of interest to them and also an opportunity to boost numbers.
The new team propose to hold 4 meetings a year in March, June, September and a Christmas lunch meeting in December.
Hazel thanked everyone for attending and their valuable input which will be useful for future planning.
- Report by Marilyn Richardson
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