Sheffield U3A Travel
From Conisbrough we will go to the church of St John the Baptist at Mexborough. The present church dates from the fourteenth century, with beautiful stained glass windows and stalls made by Robert Thompson. With the church restoration in 1890, the plaster and whitewash were removed from the North Aisle to reveal the Lord’s Prayer and the Commandments.
Next we go on to All Saints, Wath upon Dearne, with its medieval roof bosses, including animal and human faces, an impressive reredos, Norman stone carved heads and abundant monuments. James Montgomery may well have worshipped in this church. We will have lunch here, provided by ladies of the parish.
Leaving Wath, we will make our way to Wentworth, with its two churches, the old Holy Trinity Church, dating from the thirteenth century and the new church, commissioned by the Earl Fitzwilliam in memory of his parents. We will move from the medieval church, cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust, to the nineteenth century church, designed by the Victorian architect J. L. Pearson and with stained glass by Kempe.
We plan to leave Wentworth at 16.30 to travel back to Sheffield.
The cost per person is £22.50. This includes the coach fare, gratuities, donations to each of the churches, buffet lunch and tea or coffee.
If you would like to apply for a place on the 21 August visit, please complete the form on page 29 of the June 'Links' and send it as soon as possible with your cheque and a small stamped addressed envelope to Valerie Wiley.
Our August visit is a mixture of nostalgia and history followed by a traditional afternoon at the seaside.
Eden Camp is a living museum, set on the site of a wartime prisoner-of-war camp and dedicated to recreating the 1939-1945 period in a realistic way. Apart from memorabilia of the period there are tableaux enacting the experiences of families at home and servicemen, both in the U.K. and overseas. Film of the period, moving figures, authentic sounds and even smells create a realistic atmosphere. The Declaration of War, the Blitz and spartan living conditions are vividly depicted. Ration Books and the food we received are shown as actual portions on plates.
Coffee and biscuits on arrival are included.
Later, we continue to Scarborough, where the coach will drop us off near the Spa for a free afternoon. Suggestions of things to do and a map will be given on the coach.
The afternoon will conclude with a fish and chip tea (also included), at one of Scarborough’s best-known restaurants, the Golden Grid, on the front near the harbour. The inclusive cost is £24.00.
Applications should be sent, as soon as possible to Derek Shipley using the form on page 38.of the June ‘Links’
Grimsthorpe Castle advertises itself as the grandest stately home in Lincolnshire and, although Burghley House and Belton House are nearby, Grimsthorpe can make such a claim.
Dating back to the 12th century, it was substantially enlarged in the 16th century and its frontage altered by Vanbrugh in the 18th century. Almost inevitably its 3,000 acres of parkland were landscaped by Capability Brown and the Willoughby de Eresby family assembled an array of fine furnishings, paintings by Van Dyck, Holbein and Reynolds, together with tapestries of merit.
We plan to spend a whole day at Grimsthorpe. We will have coffee on arrival followed by a guided coach tour around the parkland with the estate manager, observing its landscaped lakes and historic woodland, a haven for wildlife, before lunch at around midday. After lunch we will have a guided tour of the castle itself before concluding with tea or coffee and a scone to fortify us for the journey back to Sheffield. We plan to leave Grimsthorpe at 16.30.
The cost for the day is £35.00 per person. This includes coach travel, gratuities, coffee on arrival, buffet lunch, guided tours, and tea or coffee and scone before leaving.
To reserve a place, please complete the booking form on page 38 of the June ‘Links’and send it with a cheque and a stamped addressed envelope to Valerie Wiley as soon as possible.
With its dazzling waterfront, stunning natural harbour and proud maritime history, Plymouth is the UK's original Marine City. It is the place where Sir Francis Drake played bowls before defeating the Spanish Armada. It is also the point where the Mayflower set sail for America. It will be an excellent base for our short break.
On our way southwards from Sheffield we will call at Tewksbury to see the Abbey and have a lunch break.
From Plymouth we will explore the surrounding area.
The programme includes:
· A day in Plymouth including a walk around the historical Barbican Centre, a boat trip around the harbour and a visit the famous Plymouth Gin Distillery.
· A day in Cornwall visiting Jamaica Inn, the infamous smuggling inn popularised by Daphne du Maurier, followed by Lanhydrock House (National Trust). This is a perfect country house which was refurbished in the high-Victorian style after a fire in 1881.
· A day spent taking a steam train ride from Bodmin, followed by a visit to the Eden Project.
· A day driving to Dartmoor National Park calling at The High Moorland Visitor Centre at Princetown followed by a visit to Buckland Abbey (National Trust). Originally a Cistercian Abbey, it was converted into a house by Sir Richard Grenville and later lived in by Sir Francis Drake.
On the way home we will break the journey with lunch in Worcester.
Accommodation is at the 3 Star Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Millbay Road, Plymouth, which enjoys a central location and is convenient for sightseeing. All bedrooms are en-suite and there are lifts to all floors.
The cost of the 5 night/6 day holiday is £395.00 per person, with a single supplement of £60.00.
This covers bed, breakfast and evening meal at the hotel, transport throughout by Walter Martin, all gratuities and all admission fees except those for the two National Trust properties. Lunches, snacks and any other refreshments are not included.
To reserve a place please complete the booking form on page 27 of the December ‘Links’ and send it with a deposit of £50.00 per person, together with a Links size stamped addressed envelope to Barbara Robertshaw, to arrive as soon as possible.
Before submitting your application please read the Travel Group notice on page 19 of the December ‘Links’ about travel insurance.
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