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The outings will take place on the third Wednesday of the month with the exception of June when the outing will be on the 27/6/18, which is the fourth Wednesday.


All outings will pick-up at three stops: Asda Chelmer Village, the Hole in the Hedge and Writtle Pond. We will return between 6.30 – 7.00pm traffic permitting. Please check the outing details for departure times as these may well vary from outing to outing.  Prices include coach travel, entrance fees and gratuities and where indicated guided tours and food.


Wednesday 16th May 2018 – Rye and Romney Marsh.



This is a City and Village Tour. We pick up our blue badge guide at 10.30am when we stop for coffee (not included in the price). We then have a guided tour of Romney Marsh by coach stopping at the Pilot Inn Dungeness for a fish and chip lunch (included in the price). After lunch we make our way to Rye, where we are free to wander the cobbled streets. We will leave Rye for home at 4.45pm. Pick-up times: Asda 8.30am, Hole in the Hedge 8.45am and Writtle Pond 8.50am. The price per person is £39.50.


Wednesday 20th June2018 -  Chichester Cathedral and Box Grove Priory.



This outing is organised by the Church Visiting Group.  To book, please call Brian Greatrex on 01245 258833.Price £25. Pick-up times Asda 7.45 am and Writtle Pond 8 am.


Wednesday 27th June 2018 – Aldeburgh and Butley Priory.



This is an Invitation to View trip. We spend the morning at leisure in Aldeburgh, where you are free to explore the town and get some lunch (not included in the price).  Early in the afternoon we will make our way to Butley Priory, which is near Woodbridge. This is a former Augustinian Priory dating from the 12th century. A local historian will give us a tour of the gatehouse, vaulted downstairs, rooms, bedrooms and grounds. The tour will end with coffee, tea and biscuits (included in the price).

Pick-up times: Asda 9am, Hole in the Hedge 9.15 and Writtle Pond 9.20am Price per person: £30.25.



Wednesday 18th July 2018- Bury St Edmunds and West Stowe Hall




This is also an Invitation to View trip. We spend the morning in Bury St Edmunds, where you are free to explore the town. After lunch (which is not included in the price) we make our way to West Stowe Hall, which is near to Mildenhall. West Stowe Hall dates back to the 16th century. Downstairs is heavily timbered and has one of the largest inglenooks in Suffolk. The gatehouse has a very rare wall painting of the four ages of man. At the end of the tour we are given tea, coffee and cakes (which are included in the price). 

Pick-up times: Asda 9am, Hole in the Hedge 9.15am and Writtle Pond 9.20am. Price per person: £30.75.



Wednesday 15th August 2018 – Abingdon with a river cruise.



This is a City and Village Tour. We meet the Blue Badge Guide in the medieval town of Abingdon, who after coffee (not included in the price) takes us on a guided tour of the town and the Saxon Benedictine Abbey. We are then given time to buy and eat our lunch, after which we are driven to Folly Bridge on the edge of Oxford, where we board an Edwardian Cruiser for a two-hour cruise back to Abingdon. Here we are picked up by the coach at approximately 4.45pm for the return journey home.

Pick-up times: Asda 8.30am, Hole in the Hedge 8.45am and Writtle Pond 8.50 am. Price per person: £44.


Wednesday 19th September 2018 – Godinton House and Gardens near Ashford Kent.



This trip comes thoroughly recommended by one of the committee. The price includes a guided tour of both the house am and the garden pm, morning coffee, a ploughman’s lunch and afternoon tea.

Pick-up times: Asda 9am, Hole in the Hedge 9.15 am and Writtle Pond 9.20am. Price per person £42.


In order to reserve a place on any of the trips I will take bookings at the monthly meetings or by post to: Mrs Pauline Spratt 7, Beaumont Park, Danbury CM3 4DE. Telephone: 01245 223660. Mobile number: 07342671465 (to be used only on the day please)



If booking by post please provide your name, a cheque (made payable to Chelmsford U3A) a telephone number, a mobile number for the day and your pick-up point.

Thank you,

Pauline Spratt.




This page was last edited on 03 February 2018