Following a most successful trip to the gardens at Hambledon House last year, Alan & Audrey Kneller have arranged a trip to Holme Gardens in the Purbecks. The cost is £19.39 pp which includes coach travel, gratuity for the driver, admission to the gardens and a cream tea.
Pick ups start at 1.00 The Bell Inn (opp Pokesdown Rail Station), 1.05 at Boscombe Bus station, 1.10 at Christchurch Road/Derby Road, 1.15 at Lansdowne (bus stop for college), 1.20 Homeoaks, Wimborne Road (Cemetery Junction) and 1.25 at Westbourne (opp Bingo Hall).
Booking forms at our main venues.
We have been offered the opportunity of an introduction to Croquet at the East Dorset croquet lawns, Salterns Road, Ashley cross, Poole.
The course will comprise 5 Thursday mornings - May 2,9,16, 23, and 30. Each day will start at 9.30 with a refreshment break at 11.00 in the Clubhouse, and play continuing until 1.00pm. You need no knowledge; mallet, balls and expert patient tuition will be provided. All you need are flat soled shoes and a willingness to "have a go".
Free on site parking.
All at just £15 for the full course, this really is a bargain.
If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please send your cheque for £15 (made payable to EDLTCC Ltd), together with a note of your name and phone number, to John Oram at the U3A Office, 33a Stourfield Road, Bournemouth, BH5 2AR by 29 March at the very latest. If there is a viable group I will let you know and send the cheques to the Croquet Club.
Monthly sociable walks, usually on first or second Wednesday of the month. Meet at start point, usually at start point 10.15, and normally finish with lunch or snack in a country pub or similar. Information on forthcoming walks is emailed to group members monthly. Walks range from 4.75 - 6.75 miles, are good fun and you'll see parts of our lovely area that you may not have seen before.
Not suitable for those who prefer a slow walk.
Next walks are Wednesday 6 February; Wednesday 6 March.
The group is full at present, with a waiting list.
Julie and Anita invite you to join them for coffee and a chat - open to all members - from 10.30 - 12.00.
Wednesday 23 January in the 5th floor restaurant at Beales Dept Store, Bournemouth.
Tuesday 26 February at Green House Hotel, Grove Road, Bournemouth. (Bus stop at top of Bath Hill)
Wednesday 27 March at The Terrace Café, Bournemouth Pavilion, overlooking the Lower Gardens.
Please let us know if you are coming by phoning the Office (01202 420700) and leave your name and phone number.
At THE MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON
Matinee performance Thursday 21 March. Cost £46 to include coach. To book, contact Mitchell Robertson asap.
To CHICHESTER THEATRE
See the matinee performance on Thursday 24 January.
A very entertaining play about what people spend their money on and call it art in order to impress their friends.
With Nigel Havers, Dennis Lawson and Stephen Tomkinson.
Cost £45 including coach. To book, contact Mitchell Robertson by 15 November.
Walks are medium paced covering approx. 4.5 to 6 miles, starting around 10.00am on a Tuesday and will be within reasonable driving distance of Bournemouth. Generally finishing at a café or pub.
Next walks 26 February - John; 19 March - John; 16 April - Alastair.
This group is currently full with a waiting list.
First week likely to include visits to Villa Reale di Marlia and Villa Garzoni, Medieval castles and villages with Tuscan wine tasting.
Second week will trace the roots of the Renaissance master, Leonardo da Vinci. Vinci, his childhood town, has a museum dedicated to his scientific achievements. Continue through olive groves to Anchiano where Leonardo was born, which now houses some of the early drawings of the Tuscan countryside.
Details being finalised but the cost, excluding air fares and Bournemouth to/from airport, is estimated at £650 per person, based on 2 people sharing for 7 nights with breakfast and dinner at the 4 star Hotel Tarretta in Montecantini Terme, 2 excursions and Pisa airport transfers. Supplements for single occupancy. City tax of 2 Euros per night.
A deposit of 200 Euros will be required. Please contact Margaret Ronchetti for further information and to confirm your interest.
Experience a variety of cuisines and meet old and new friends.
Thursday 14 February visit the Thai Smile, a simple restaurant with delicious, authentic food at 674 Christchurch Road, Boscombe BH7 6BT. It serves a two course set lunch with a choice of starters and either a curry or stir fry dish for main course. (www.thaismile-ct.com
Tuesday 12 March visit Bellaggio at 295-299 Wimborne Road, Winton, BH9 2AA. In a friendly rustic setting, choose from a lunch menu of several classic Italian pasta dishes or stone baked pizzas with fresh salad. (www.bellaggiopizzeria.com)
Arrive for lunch anytime between 12.00 and 1.00.
To book your place, you must contact Pamela or Joyce as space is limited at both these restaurants.
Twice per term we will meet in either Bournemouth or Poole Bus Stations for a day trip to a nearby town or visitor attraction and a tea/coffee.
Saturday 16 February. 11.05 Stand Y, Bournemouth Square (Gervis Place) to catch bus X2 to Lymington for the market.
Thursday 21 March. 10.50 Stand L, Poole Bus station to catch bus X8 to Blandford, again market day.
Both trips we will have a tea/coffee on arrival and a chance to look around the markets and arrange return buses.
Any queries contact Stephen Nutt