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Holidays &Visits Group 2011
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April 12th.  Day visit by coach to Castle Howard, an 18th century Baroque mansion near York.  £24 including entrance to the House.

16th to 20th May    Isle of Man holiday.  Four nights half board.
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July 7th for 14 nights to the Baltic on P&O Arcadia.
Ports of call Kristiansand, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki,  St.Petersburg, Travemunde, and Oslo.  
Own coach from High Lane to Southampton.

Sept 9th.         Normandy. 4 nights half board at the Hotel Mercure Caen Cote de Nacre.   Visit to Monet's Garden.  Coach from High Lane to  Portsmouth and also in Normandy.
Cost £338 including entrance fee to the Bayeux Tapestry and Caen Memorial.  Deposit £50.
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Oct 18th.
         National Memorial Arboretum and Tamworth Castle.
                   £23 by the July meeting, includes a guided tour of the castle.

December 7th    The China Town Tour will start 11.00 hrs at the Chinese Arch on Nicholas Street (side of the Art Gallery).  The meal will be at approximately 13.00 hrs at the Pearl City Restaurant.

50 U3A members assembled under the Arch in China Town, Manchester, meeting the Blue Badge Guides.  This is the first true Imperial Arch erected in Europe, painted red and gold and adorned with dragons and phoenixes - colours and symbols of luck and prosperity.
The Chinese community in the Manchester area began around Portland and Moseley Streets with laundries and later restaurants becoming the workplace.   The first restaurant was the Ping Hong established in 1948, others moved gradually into old warehouses and services developed to support them, such as Old Peoples homes and the Chinese Arts Centre.
The Blue Badge Guide was very knowledgeable giving us information about the life of John Dalton (the pioneer of atomic theory) in Manchester.  We then heard about the Portico Library (1806).  A building modelled on a Greek Temple.  As we walked around the area we saw the backs of buildings in the side streets still resembling the Victorian era.
Our next visit was to the Shanghai Clinic in Portland Street to hear about Traditional Chinese Medicine, which emphasises on prevention of illness, rather than the diagnosis and cure.  It was very interesting to hear about the flow of Chi, the vital force flows in 12 channels corresponding to 12 organs and can be effected by diet or exercise (tai chi).  Information was given about chopsticks being of equal length representing the harmony of ying (female) and yang (male).
Then on to the Athenaeum on Princess Street now part of the Manchester Art Gallery, built in a Greek revival style, originally home to the Royal Manchester Institution (set up to show Manchester could do culture!).  It was here whilst on a 3 day visit to Manchester that Charles Dickens with his social concerns about poverty and injustice came to write the book - Christmas Carol.
Finally, we arrived at the Town Hall, a magnificent building, unfortunately we could not view the Great Hall and the murals due to a full council meeting.  As the cotton trade flourished Manchester became a rich city and the Town Hall was built on a triangular plot in the Gothic style (1877).  We visited the courtyard where the police station and cells still exist, although not used now.  The buildings have never been cleaned as they are now used for TV and film projects.
Our last calling place was the Pearl City Restaurant where we all enjoyed a Chinese lunch and a cup of “cha”.
Despite the cold and rainy weather it was a most enjoyable day out and many, many thanks to Ruth Smith for organising the Tour.

Carole Rowbottom 
August 18th on P&O Oriana
Own coach from High Lane to Southampton.

Sept 13th - 17th.
   5 days, 4 nights at the Thistle Park Hotel, Cardiff.
                                   £320, £70 supplement for singles.  £50 deposit to
                                   be paid at the March meeting.

Foreign trips - Margaret McDermott
                UK -  Ruth Smith


Feb 27th-Mar 7th.      MALTA. Half board at the Corinthia Hotel,
St. Georges Bay.  Flight from Manchester.  Cost £649. Deposit £100.
May 12th-21st.    PUGLIA ITALY. Flight from Manchester. Half Board.       
                                     Cost  £1185. Deposit £100.

July 1st-3rd.  WIMBLEDON. Coach from Marple. Cost £189. Deposit £30.