You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind
Matthew 22:36


Church Holidays


Holidays and Day Trips


Christchurch Holidays

Which areas interest you? Do you wish to cross Offa’s Dyke into Owen Glendwyr’s North Wales; to Harlec or Llandudno etc? ----- Or into West Wales where like Audrey you can sit in the Queen’s chair? ------Or you may wish to cross another boundary, Hadrian’s Wall ?--------or over the Forth Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife, the Lowlands or Highlands of Scotland?------or either side of the Pennines, to York or to Scarborough; Morecambe or the Lake District? (Which colour rose do you prefer?) Then there is another barrier to cross - to Ireland and all it has to offer. Another boundary to cross: the Tamar, into the land of the Piskis, Cornwall with the Eden Project, Newquay and the other things to do and see.

So what do we do? This is where we are fortunate to have our organisers Mike and Judy.


Mike and Judy

...have an excellent method of selecting hotels. Our Wonderful Organisers visit each hotel and spend a few nights there getting to know the staff and services. During this stay they then visit places of interest around about. All this information is then passed on to us - the ‘Carefree Travellers’ - we are told of the best ways to shops and cafes etc.


The Coach and the Drive

The driver is with us all week. After we have settled into our allotted seats Mike will introduce him. He will make sure we have fastened our seat belts. He will then tell us all about the coach, the tea & coffee service and most of all about the ‘Mileage Competition’. The Day Trips

These are very much to the same standards. Each one is pre-visited by our intrepid Judy - to snowdrops, bluebells, garden centres, carveries and other places of interest.

At this point Audrey and I would like, along with forty or fifty others, to express our most heartfelt thanks for the pleasure and memories that Mr and Mrs Potts have provided - whilst raising so much money for Christchurch funds.

Gavin Cooke

Holidays and Day Trips
We enjoyed 3 lovely holidays last year. The first to one of our favourite hotels, The Royal York & Faulkner in Sidmouth. We visited the Donkey Sanctuary on a cold, damp day, enjoyed a boat trip from Exmouth round the harbour and mouth of the river Exe. We had a guided tour of Exeter and then had some free time in the city. Sidmouth has been used by filming crews on location for many years and our arrival was no exception. A keen film director thought he could ask our driver to keep going ‘round the block’ until they finished filming for the day. However, we pulled up outside the hotel and unloaded the coach and it was off before he could make any further complaints. In the summer we were off to Barmouth for a return visit, our last being in 2009. We went on the Tal-y-lyn Railway & made our way to a Craft Centre & King Arthur’s Labyrinth for tea. Some brave souls entered the dark, damp caves for the exhibition; having been in the past there were only a few participants this time. Next it was off to Aberystwyth where we arrived in time for lunch and a quick look round the town before heading back to the railway station for a ride on the steam train to Devil’s Bridge. Of course, after 2 days of glorious weather the third had to change for the worse. It was the highlight of the holiday, a ride on the Snowdon Mountain Railway up to the new Visitor Centre. It stayed dull and overcast as we climbed the mountain with most views obscured by mist. Then as we reached the top the heavens opened and we had a terrific thunder storm. The rain lashed and the thunder crashed as the train Page 24 of 32 Christchurch Annual Report, 2017-2018
crept down the mountain. We were all so relieved when we reached the station in Llanberis and could climb back on the coach. Sandown on the Isle of Wight was the destination of our third holiday at the end of September. We had a good journey on the ferry over to the Island from Southampton and settled into our hotel on the seafront in good time for dinner. We visited Newport and Cowes, dropping off at Osborne House for those wishing to visit there for the day. We had a guided tour of the island, visiting a pretty little pottery for coffee, the Needles and had lunch in Yarmouth before returning to our hotel for dinner. On our last day we went to The Waltzing Waters and had a ride on The Isle of Wight Steam Railway. We had a very eventful journey home as the coach broke down several times and at one point landed up in a farmyard where luggage and passengers were all transferred to the replacement coach- an experience, hopefully, never to be repeated!
Day Trips 
There were 8 day trips last as we took 3 months off in the summer for a rest. We had our usual trips to Weston for the shows at The Playhouse in April and October, several visits to Garden Centres followed by pub lunches, a visit to Lechlade & in the autumn we revisited The Kettle Sings near Malvern & had lunch at The Three Shires Garden Centre near Newent. Numbers have fallen considerably over the year as we have lost about 20 of our regular passengers due to death, illness & infirmity. We’re wondering how much longer we can continue as we need 30 passengers to make hiring a coach viable. Our day out have been a great success over the past 20 years but it seems that another good thing is coming to an end.
Mike and Judy Potts

Day Trips 2017

Thursday 16th Nov Turkey or Beef Carvery (veg. option available)

at The Cider Barn Restaurant, Abbey Mill, Tintern

Price £22 pp (includes coach and lunch)

Thursday 7th Dec Christmas Lunch at Forest Hills Golf Club, Coleford

Day Trips 2018

Monday 5th Feb. Highfields Garden Centre

with optional lunch at Fromebridge Mill

Reservations contact Mike & Judy Potts Tel. 552601

Holidays in 2018

Mon. 23rd - Fri. 27th APRIL Plymouth

The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth

Sun. 22nd to Sat. 28th JULY Dunoon, Argyl & Bute

The Esplanade Hotel, Dunoon

Twin & Double rooms available - Single rooms carry a supplement

Mon. 17th to Fri. 21st SEPT. Tenby

at The Clarence Hotel, Tenby

All room types available

Further details can be found in the Holidays & Day Trips leaflet in the

Entrance Hall at Christchurch and on the Christchurch website

For further details reservations on all holidays and trips contact

Mike & Judy Potts, Tel 552601

110 Green Bank, Broc kworth, Gloucester GL3 4NB tel. 01452 552601

All holiday prices include insurance; Dinner, Bed & Breakfast accommodation

Own coach & driver throughout the holiday. Pick ups in Brockworth,

Hucclecote, Abbeymead, Abbeydale and other points en route

(price excludes fares (trains & boats) and admissions on excursions)

Deposits £60pp for UK and £70pp for Continent, Eire, Isle of Man

and Channel Islands should be included with completed Booking Form

Cancellations often occur as a Day Trip approaches - check with Judy

We operate a Waiting List and will contact you if a cancellation occurs

Please tell us if you're interested in any of the holidays as it gives us some idea of how many to expect, whether we need more single or double rooms and planning the seating on tile coach. Airedale will be asking during tile autumn hO\\' numbers are looking as otller groups ,,,ill be booking holidays and hotels like to have some idea of numbers too. Any rooms not reserved in our allocation should be available Ulltil a month before departure but we are frequently receiving requests to return any unreserved rooms, sometimes t"\vo or three months before departure. We try to ensure that all holiday information is included in the monthly news sheet so if you 're booking a holiday or thinking about coming make sure to get your copy.