We have planned a holiday for 2017 and for the first time we have selected a coastal Hotel, the ‘Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel’ (http://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/bohbm-bournemouth-highcliff-marriott-hotel/). This 4 star luxury hotel is situated on cliffs overlooking the coast and is not far from Bournemouth town centre. It is very well appointed and has two heated swimming pools, one outside and a spa offering treatments at extra cost. There are terraces and public rooms with sea views. Our stay will be on a half board basis and during the holiday we will use the services of a local guide. We will visit the Royal Armouries near Portsmouth, the beautiful gardens at Compton Acres, take a boat cruise with afternoon tea around Poole harbour, travel the Jurassic coast with our guide including a ferry to the Isle of Purbeck and visiting Durlston Country Park as well as Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Also with the guide we will visit Tolpuddle and hear the stories of the martyrs and then visit Dorchester. This is a little more expensive than this year’s holiday to Preston but we secured that at 2015 prices! The Bournemouth Highcliff, as you might expect is a more expensive hotel particularly in holiday season but we have negotiated a sizeable reduction on the normal rate. The price shown is for a group of 30 people (this year for example we are taking 46 to Preston) and if numbers who book are above 30 then a substantial reduction will be made. You will appreciate it is difficult to be precise in costings for next year when some suppliers have not yet set theirs. Please do not pay your final balance until you hear from us as we do hope to be able to reduce the cost.
We have arranged secure parking for your cars at the Len Forge Centre (LFC), Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6UH, where our trips start. The centre is located next to the mini roundabout at the junction of Eastwoodbury Lane with Whitehouse Road and Snakes Lane. When you first park there we will issue you a small badge that you will be required to display in your vehicle. Please retain the badge for future use. If you do not display a badge you may return to find your car has gained a “ticket”. We may ask you once a year to let us have the details of your car so that we can update the LFC records. You are required to park at the rear of the buildings and parking will be at the driver’s risk. No responsibility for damage or loss etc will be accepted by the centre. You will be able to use the toilets and bar facilities if the centre is open. We pay for your parking and therefore ask that you restrict the number of vehicles you use as much as possible.
Booking Terms & Conditions
Please, please read and take note of our booking and payment terms and conditions! We still have to chase far too many folk for overdue payments! We set payment dates to match those given to us by service providers (boat companies, hotels and ticket agencies etc). Without your payment we cannot pay them! Check the payment date for your trip in the right hand column of the chart and ensure we receive your payment before that date. If your payment is not received by the due date we reserve the right to re-sell your booking without notice to you. We do not accept cash. Cheques must be payable to N.A.R.P.O. and we need a separate cheque for each trip you book and one cheque for your whole group is helpful. If you book for a group of people who insist on paying with separate cheques they must all to be sent at the same time. Please write the trip to which the cheque relates on the rear of the cheque, along with the name of the person who booked the trip if necessary (e.g. a building society cheque which has no name on it). As with any commercial operator if you book for others, you are responsible for getting their payment to us. We do not require a covering letter. If we require a deposit we will tell you in the chart at the end of this newsletter! Remember deposits should always be regarded as non refundable.
If you cancel a booking we may still require you to pay N.A.R.P.O. the balance due if you have not done so by the time you cancel. If you do cancel we will always try to refund any monies you have paid, but we may not always be able to do so if we cannot re-claim the cost or if it will have an adverse effect on the overall costs. All trips include a gratuity for our coach driver. By booking with us you are deemed to have accepted these conditions.
We do not arrange insurance cover for you. If you need insurance for any trip e.g. Preston, Birmingham or Bournemouth, it is your responsibility to arrange the cover!
The stand by system is working well so if there are any trips showing as ‘fully booked’ that you’d like to go on, tell us and as and when any cancellations are received you will be offered an opportunity to take them up.
Lyn and I are more than happy to deal with any issues re the trips, but we’d appreciate not being contacted on Sundays or at an unreasonable time of the day. Before contacting us please read this or past newsletters. You will probably find the information you want there.
If you need to discuss anything about other non-trip related matters please contact the appropriate committee member whose details are at the bottom of each page of this newsletter. John deals with all matters relating to membership (he keep us up to date with addresses and telephone numbers etc.), Brian handles all matters financial and Peter deals with NARPO circulars and information as well as other items of interest to members. David and Hilary look after all matters relating to welfare (e.g. applications to visit Flint House). We only deal with matters relating to the trips we organise.