Holidays and Day Trips
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.
Autumn Holiday to
GRANGE OVER SANDS
Written by David Hoare
As I pulled back the bedroom curtains, I was greeted with a rather, dare I say damp Monday morning. Never mind though, spirits were soon to be lifted as we met up with all the other ‘Sunnydale’ holiday makers, bringing a ray of sunshine to the start of that holiday.
Our outward journey began at the usual time of 9.30am from Christchurch. The first of our two comfort stops was taken at Stafford Services. The remainder
of the journey was interrupted with a very pleasant stop at a place called Brockholes
Nature Reserve, not the easiest of places to get into, but Paul, our illustrious driver finally conquered the challenge.
At 4.15pm we finally drew up outside our hotel, The Cumbria Grand, Grange over Sands. The hotel dated from the 1880’s and stood in its own large garden surrounded by trees.
Tuesday was railway day. I love trains, so the ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale line lived up to all my expectations! Ravenglass is the only coastal village in the Lake District and marked the beginning of our journey. The line had the reputation as being the oldest and the longest narrow gauge railway in England and is affectionately known as La’al Ratty, meaning ‘little railway.’ It took around 50 minutes to cover the journey to Dalegarth, which sat nestling right at the foot of England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike. At 1.30pm our little train trundled back into Ravenglass station, marking the completion, of only what
could be described as a magical journey.
After a mere five minute coach trip, we rolled into the grounds of Muncaster Castle, which is the family home of the Pennington family and has been since 1208.
O dear, once again cameras were not permitted inside the castle. The grounds of Muncaster Castle had been designated home to the World Owl Centre. Each day people
were invited to meet the birds and that’s what we did. The lawns in front of the castle hosted a very slick owl demonstration providing endless photo opportunities. If you were brave enough, you could even pose with one Autumn Holiday to 14th to the 18th October 2013
37 perched on the end of your arm! After visiting the owl enclosure we made our way back to where Paul was waiting to whisk us back to Grange.
Wednesday greeted us with a truly magnificent sunrise - what’s the saying? ‘Red sky at night, shepherds delight, red sky in the morning, shepherds warning.’ Well, it was certainly an omen, not so much bad weather, instead, hailed the news our coach had incurred a flat tyre, never mind, ‘It was only flat at the bottom!’ At 11am the offending tyre had been changed - hooray. By 12 noon we were on our way to Ambleside Pier in readiness to board our boat for a 30 minute cruise upon Lake Windermere. The clouds were looking more threatening by the minute, but the rain did hold off until we reached Bowness. It was
now a case of boarding our coach and making our way to Kendal. At this stage the rain was
showing no signs of abating as we trundled into Kendal, so there was only one thing for it,
‘head for the shops everyone’. While we were there we did discover The K-Shoe Heritage
Centre which proved very interesting. Hopefully I will explain it more in the forthcoming holiday film, not actually started it yet though. We concluded the day with a rather damp walk upon Grange over Sands Promenade.
That evening the Cumbria Grand Hotel laid on an evening of entertainment in the form of a song and comedy act hosted byMichael Jackson, was that his real name, or was it adopted just as a gimmick, I’m not sure!
Thursday was our last full day and it had been eagerly anticipated, because we were off on a ‘Mountain Goat.’ Now I should explain at this point that a Mountain Goat is the local name given to their 15 seater mini bus and at 9.30am prompt two of them turned up outside our hotel. We were divided up into two equal groups and off we set. Our 75 mile round trip took us to places like Duddon Valley, Little and Great Langdale and Hawkeshead, a journey of breathtaking scenery and numerous very steep hills. Once again, hopefully
the holiday film will show the true magnificence of the Lake District, its just a case of watch this space. What a way to end a perfect holiday.
Thank you Mike and Judy for that most enjoyable holiday
By David Hoare
Sunnydale Holidays & Day Trips
arranged with Christchurch Abbeydale & Airedale Tours
Day Trips 2017
Thursday Feb. 2nd Highfield Garden Centre, Whitminster
with optional lunch at Fromebridge Mill
Price: Coach & Lunch £12 ; Coach only £6
Wednesday March 15th Webbs of Wychbold
with lunch at The Wheelbarrow, Radford
Price: £15 for coach and 1 course carvery ; £20 for coach and 2 courses
Saturday April 22nd ‘Annie get your gun’ at the Playhouse, Weston super Mare
Wednesday May 17th Northleach & Lechlade Garden Centre Price £9
Resrvations contact Mike & Judy Potts Tel. 552601
Cancellations often occur as a Day Trip approaches - check with Judy
We operate a Waiting List and will contact you if a cancellation occurs
Holidays in 2017
Tues. 28th March - Sat. 1st April ‘Daffodil Time in Devon’
at The Royal York & Faulkner, Sidmouth
4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
1 twin and 1 single room available Price £419 pp
Mon. 17th - Fri. 21st July ‘Snowdonian Secrets’
at The Arbour Hotel, Barmouth
4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Price £399 pp
Mon. 25th - Fri. 29th Sept. ‘The Diamond Isle’
at Trouville Hotel, Sandown, Isle of Wight,
4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Twin and double rooms available Price £447 pp
Details on the Notice Board in the Entrance Hall at Christchurch.
Members & friends of Christchurch please check your ‘pigeon hole’ for mail.
All prices include Holiday 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
For reservations and further details contact
Mike & Judy Potts, 110 Green Bank, Brockworth,
Gloucester GL3 4NB - Tel. 01452 55260101452 552601
Mobile: Mike 07528190166
(If you have a mobile phone, please put this number into your directory for use in case of an emergency on a day trip or holiday. Thank you)
Website : Christchurch Ahbeydale.org.uk
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.
Twenty deposits needed to guarantee a holiday.
Holiday Insurance is included in the price of every holiday.
Cancellations often occur as the departure date of a holiday approaches. We like to have a reserve list of people willing to accept a late cancellation sometimes at quite short notice. Deposits of £39.00pp should be accompanied by a completed Booking Form ..