April 12th. Day
visit by coach to Castle Howard, an 18th century Baroque mansion near
York. £24 including entrance to the House.
of Man holiday. Four nights half board.
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7th for 14 nights to the Baltic on P&O
Ports of call Kristiansand, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St.Petersburg, Travemunde, and Oslo. Own coach from High Lane to Southampton.
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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National Memorial Arboretum and Tamworth Castle.
£23 by the July meeting, includes a guided tour of
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
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
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.
August 18th on P&O Oriana
CRUISE TO ICELAND AND NORWEGIAN FJORDS
Own coach from High Lane to Southampton.
Ports: DUBLIN, REYKJAVIK, ISAFJORDUR, AKUREYRI, ALESUND, OLDEN, FLAM and STAVANGER
Sept 13th - 17th. 5 days, 4 nights at the Thistle Park Hotel, Cardiff.
£70 supplement for singles. £50 deposit to
be paid at the
FOR ANY HOLIDAYS OR VISITS CONTACT:
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.