Southend Trip Newsletter October 2019

Southend Trip Newsletter October 2019

Admin Matters

Dear Member/Friend,

Please note the new arrangements for parking at the Len Forge Centre. The Len Forge Centre (LFC), Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6UH, where our trips start, is located at Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6UH next to the mini roundabout at the junction 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”. You are required to park at the rear of the buildings on the side nearest to the buildings whenever a trip includes a Sunday. On Sundays the bays immediately in front of the model car track are required by users of the track and bays elsewhere not allocated to us on a Sunday are often used for parking an ambulance.

Our cars will be parked 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.

If you would like to volunteer as a driver to assist members or partners who have a welfare need for transport, for example to a hospital to visit or for treatment, please contact our Welfare Officer, David Seago who will give you full details of what may be required and the reimbursement available for expenses. The take-up, following details in the last newsletter, was disappointing. We are still looking for volunteers!

Just a reminder to ask that you always write the name of the show or trip (as shown in the chart at the rear of the newsletter) on the back of the cheque you send us to pay for the trip.

Houses of Parliament & Tower Bridge

Houses of Parliament & Tower Bridge

On Monday 13 January 2020 we have an invitation via Sir David Amess to Visit the ‘Houses of Parliament’. The tour will last about 75 minutes. After the tour, there will be the opportunity to purchase a drink and a bite to eat in the Jubilee Café off Westminster Hall.

From Westminster, we will make our way to Tower Bridge to take in the Exhibition. Included will be access to the bridge and the aerial walkway (over glass if you have the nerve, but a solid walkway if you do not). Having seen the bridge we can visit the nearby Victorian Engine Rooms that used to provide the power to lift the bridge.

Both Westminster and Tower Bridge are accessible for anyone who uses a wheelchair. There will obviously be a little walking involved in this day and little opportunity to sit while in the Palace of Westminster. The walk to Tower Bridge is about 600 to 800 yards but maybe a little longer depending on the route you choose.

Tower of London

Southend Trip Newsletter October 2019It is some time since we were able to arrange an after-hours visit to The Tower of London. We have now been in touch with a contact and hope to arrange an invitation to visit the Tower and see the “Ceremony of the Keys” in March or April on a Tuesday evening. The format will be as it was in the past. We will arrive in time for you to purchase a bite to eat and then enter the Tower at 19.30 hours. Under the guidance of a Yeoman Warder, we will tour of some parts of the Tower (1 to 1.5 hours) before being invited into the Yeoman Warders Club (The Mess) where we can purchase drinks. During the evening we will be taken to a prime vantage spot to see the Ceremony of the Keys before having the opportunity to return to the club for a last drink before rejoining our coach.

There is a very strictly enforced dress code: Men must wear a tailored jacket (suit, sports or blazer type) as well as a collared shirt and tie. Ladies must be smartly dressed and may wear slacks. No one may wear shorts, jeans or trainers. The ground inside the Tower is quite rough and is cobbled in places.

We expect the invitation to be for a maximum of 30 people. Let us know if you want to join us and we will be in touch when we know the date and will book folk in the strict order that they register their interest.

Holiday Inn at Taunton

We have a reservation at the Holiday Inn at Taunton from where we will be visiting Devon and Somerset. The hotel stay will include dinner and breakfast and the hotel has a swimming pool. We will stay from Wednesday 15 July 2020 returning on Tuesday 21 July 2020 (6 nights/7 days).

Southend Trip Newsletter October 2019HI

During our stay we will travel on the West Somerset Railway by steam train from Bishop’s Lydeard to Minehead, a tram from Seaton to Colyton, the water-powered cliff railway at Lynmouth to visit Lynton in addition to touring Exmoor. We will also make the long but worthwhile journey to The Lost Gardens of Heligan that we last visited in 2002. It will take a little over 2 hours but we believe it will be worthwhile.

We have already made some reservations for these attractions and are finalising others. We have arranged cream teas during the holiday and other refreshments.

The hotel has been generous in the terms offered and we have reflected that in our proposed cost. We are sure you realise that by planning early we are able to negotiate excellent deals but the overall cost will as ever be dependent upon the number who book. The price shown is one we hope to maintain but is subject to issues out of our control. Should sufficient bookings be made we will of course reduce the cost if we can. Please do not pay in full until we have confirmed the final cost with you. We need a deposit when you book.

Thames Cruise

Southend Trip Newsletter October 2019-Caversham-Princess

On Friday 14 August we have again chartered the Caversham Princess for a 6 hour Thames Cruise. We’ll sail from Caversham, upstream as far as we can get in the time and return to Caversham. We have arranged for a meal to be served on board that will consist of Pulled pork and BBQ chicken served with a tomato and onion salad and a potato salad, along with fresh bread. Later in the afternoon we have arranged a cream tea.

The boat company, in recognition of our previous trips have kept the fee at the 2018 price! We looked at other boats and boat companies but none came up to our expectations. We have arranged that we sail a little later in the hope that we may miss at least some of the evening traffic when leaving Reading. By arranging this cruise early we have been able to keep the cost to what you paid this year (2019)!

Terms and 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 cancel your booking without notice to you. We do not accept cash. Cheques must be payable to N.A.R.P.O. 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, you must send them all to us at the same time. As with any commercial operator if you book for others, you are responsible for getting their payment to us. Please write the trip to which the cheque relates on the rear of the cheque using the description in the chart at the end of the newsletter. No other detail is necessary. However, please show the name of the person booking the trip if that name is not shown on the front of the cheque. We do not require a covering letter or any other details. If we require a deposit we will tell you in the chart at the end of the 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 paid 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. Holiday Inn, Taunton, 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 not trip related, please contact the appropriate committee member whose details are at the bottom of each page of this newsletter. We only deal with matters relating to the trips and visits that we organise.

Kind regards,

Mike Beaveridge

Lyn Beaveridge

Southend Branch Trips Newsletter Oct 2019

Date
Destination
Departure time from Len Forge Centre, Eastwoodbury Lane
Member/partner cost
Guest cost
Book and pay by date
Thursday 19 Dec 2019Thursford Christmas Spectacular 08:00 hours£68.00£78.00Fully Booked
Monday 13 Jan 2020Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge09:15 hours£20£2913 Dec 2019
Tuesday in Mar or April 2020Ceremony of the Keys at The Tower of London 15:45 hours£18.00£27.00TBA
Wednesday 6 May 2020Mary Poppins
Prince edward Theatre
05:00£68.00£78.005 July 2019
Wednesday 15 to 21 Jul 2020Holiday Inn, Taunton for
Devon and Somerset
09:00 hoursTwin or Double
£490.00
Single £654.00
Twin or Double
£510.00
Single £675.00
£50.00 deposit per person when booking, balance 1 Jun 2020
Friday 14 Aug 2020Thames Cruise on the Caversham Princess08:45 hours£64.00£74.00£10.00 deposit per person when booking, balance 27 Jul 2020

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Bookings

In this newsletter we have temporarily changed our booking and payment system. We cannot accept telephone or postal bookings between 4 May 2018 and 6 June 2018. You will only be able to book between those dates by using email. From 7th June 2018 it will be back to normal.

Following a discussion in committee we have decided to increase the subsidy we provide to members for our trips. This will affect new trips only, not those previously arranged. Our charges for non members will as ever only cover our costs. We will not be seeking to make a profit from them. You will see the difference reflected in the prices in this newsletter. If you have not travelled with us before we hope this will encourage you to give us a try?

National Memorial Arboretum

Southend on Sea NARPO April Newsletter National-Memorial-Arboretum

On Saturday 30 June 2018 (Armed Forces Day, UK) we have arranged a visit to the ‘National Memorial Arboretum‘. There you will find many memorials, gardens and exhibits reflecting all branches of our armed forces and also the Police Service. We have booked a land train tour of the site (included in the cost) that will help orientate first time visitors and refresh those of you who have visited before. There are good catering facilities for you to purchase refreshments. We have a few places left.

Southend on Sea NARPO April Newsletter The Music of Bond

In 2015 we had a hugely successful evening with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and their concert featuring The Music of Bond. Some of you asked if we would do it again, so here it is, “The Music of Bond”.

There will again be a varied programme featuring singers and the orchestra. We have great stall seats for the evening performance on Wednesday 19 September 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall at our usual hugely reduced rate.

We’ll stop on the way to allow you time to purchase a bite to eat.

Southend on Sea NARPO April Newsletter Christmas Spectacular

We are not going to Thursford this year, but we have arranged to see ‘Christmas Spectacular’ at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, on Sunday 16 December 2001. The producers promise a cracker of a show with a full show band, West End vocalists and dancers. The show will be full of festive favourites, special effects and fun, and a snow-filled finale. It should be an unmissable Christmas party!

Southend on Sea NARPO April Newsletter Tina

On a recent very successful trip to see Strictly Ballroom we were asked to try for tickets for ‘Tina’ the Tina Turner musical. We have spoken with folk who have seen the show and they described it as the best musical they have seen. Indeed, the reviews all give it five out of five stars! We have contacted our agent and they have arranged some great central stall seats face price £79.50! Here is your chance to see it too.

Cirque du Soleil – Totem

Southend on Sea NARPO April Newsletter Cirque du Soleil

2019 sees the return of Cirque du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall with their production of ‘Totem’. We have contacted them in Canada and reserved great stall seats in the front two rows on Wednesday 20 February 2019. The pricing is determined by how many seats we sell. Please do not pay until we contact you to confirm the cost which we hope to be able to reduce.

Car Parking

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.

Southend Branch Trips Newsletter April 2018

Date
Destination
Departure time from Len Forge Centre, Eastwoodbury Lane
Member/partner cost
Guest cost
Book and pay by date
Tuesday 1 May 2018Symphonic Rock
The Royal Albert Hall
14:30 hours£50.00£56.00Fully Booked
Saturday 30 June 2018National Memorial Arboretum07:00 hours£24.00£30.006 June 2018
Thursday 26 July 2018Thames Cruise07:45 hours£56.00£62.00Fully Booked
Sunday 12 to Friday 17 August 2018Holiday to South WalesTo be advised£500.00
(single £672.00)
£520.00
(single £692.00)
Deposit of £50. 00 per person when booking. Balance 26 June 2018
Wednesday 19 September 2018The Music of Bond at the Royal Albert Hall14:30 hours£42.00£52.0010 July 2018
Saturday 22 September 2018Battle of Britain Air Show at IWM Duxford09:00£38.00
Carer £16.00
Child £16.00
£38.00
Carer £16.00
Child £16.00
Fully Booked
Thursday 18 October 2018Kinky Boots Adelphi Theatre
15:30 hours£32.00£42.0026 April 2018
Friday 23 November 2018Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall14:30 hours£35.00£45.007 April 2018
Sunday 16 December 2018Christmas Spectacular, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane15:30 hours£71.00£82.50Preferably 3 May but in any case by 6 June 2018
Wednesday 9 January 2019Tina
Aldwych Theatre
15:30 hours£45.00£56.00Preferably 3 May but in any case by 15 June 2018
Wednesday 20 February 2019Cirque du Soleil, "Totem"
Royal Albert Hall
14:30£72.00
(may be reduced)
£82.00
(may be reduced)
Book by 24 June 2018. Do not pay until notified.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Please pay by the date shown in the chart at the rear of this newsletter!

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 cancel your booking without notice to you. We do not accept cash. Cheques must be payable to N.A.R.P.O. 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, you must send them all to us at the same time. As with any commercial operator if you book for others, you are responsible for getting their payment to us. Please write the trip to which the cheque relates on the rear of the cheque using the description in the chart at the end of the newsletter. Please also show the name of the person booking the trip if necessary (e.g. a building society cheque which has no name on it). We do not require a covering letter. If we require a deposit we will tell you in the chart at the end of the 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. South Wales, 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 not trip related, please contact the appropriate committee member whose details are at the bottom of each page of this newsletter. We only deal with matters relating to the trips we organise.

Kind regards,

 

Mike Beaveridge &

Lyn Beaveridge

Southend Branch Trips Newsletter April 2018

Southend Branch Trips Newsletter March 2018

Southend Branch Trips Newsletter March 2018

Committee

Following a discussion in committee we have decided to increase the subsidy we provide to members for our trips. This will affect new trips only, not those previously arranged.

Our charges for non members will as ever only cover our costs. We will not be seeking to make a profit from them. You will see the difference reflected in the prices in this newsletter. If you have not travelled with us before maybe this will encourage you to give us a try?

Southend Branch AGMAnnual General Meeting

Friday 23 March 2018 is the date of our AGM. This will again be held at the Len Forge Centre. A bar will be available and a free light buffet will be provided.

A speaker, Peter Jones a local author has been engaged to address the meeting after refreshments.

Ample free parking is available. Do please make an effort to attend. It is after all your AGM and offers you the opportunity to express any views you may have on how the committee perform on your behalf and of course to be involved in the selection of the future committee. Most of all it is a good opportunity to spend time in the company of friends.

National Memorial Arboretum

Southend Branch Trips Newsletter March 2018 National-Memorial-Arboretum

On Saturday 30 June 2018 (Armed Forces Day, UK) we have arranged a visit to the ‘National Memorial Arboretum‘. There you will find many memorials, gardens and exhibits reflecting all branches of our armed forces and also the Police Service. We have booked a land train tour of the site (included in the cost) that will help orientate first time visitors and refresh those of you who have visited before. There are good catering facilities for you to purchase refreshments. We have a few places left.

Southend Branch Trips Newsletter March 2018 The Music of Bond

In 2015 we had a hugely successful evening with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and their concert featuring The Music of Bond. Some of you asked if we would do it again, so here it is, “The Music of Bond”.

There will again be a varied programme featuring singers and the orchestra. We have great stall seats for the evening performance on Wednesday 19 September 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall at our usual hugely reduced rate.

We’ll stop on the way to allow you time to purchase a bite to eat.

Southend Branch Trips Newsletter March 2018 Kinky Boot the Musical

Kinky Boots has been described as ‘The freshest, most fabulous feel-good musical of the decade’. It has had several extensions to its run in the West End and we thought it about time to take up the many recommendations we have received and arrange an evening at the show.

The story follows a family shoe making firm and the unusual and spectacular way they revive their business.

We have front stall seats for 18 October 2018 and the cost is ridiculous! The reviews we have read all suggest folk leave after the show feeling ‘On top of the world’.

Southend Branch Trips Newsletter March 2018 Classical Spectacular

Classical Spectacular is always popular and usually sells out. We have booked circle seats (we think they are the best for this concert) for a spectacular view of a spectacular concert on Thursday 23 November 2018.

We will stop near to Covent Garden and allow time for you to buy a bite to eat and enjoy a stroll if you wish, before going on to the Royal Albert Hall.

We hope you want to join us and suggest that you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment for what is always a very well supported evening.

Car Parking

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.

Southend Branch Trips Newsletter March 2018

Date
Destination
Departure time from Len Forge Centre, Eastwoodbury Lane
Member/partner cost
Guest cost
Book and pay by date
Friday 23
March 2018
AGM At the Len Forge centre19:30 hours for 20:00 startN/AN/AN/A
Wednesday 25
April 2018
Strictly Ballroom
Piccadilly Theatre
16:00 hours£46.00£51.00Fully Booked
Tuesday 1 May 2018Symphonic Rock
The Royal Albert Hall
14:30 hours£50.00£56.00Fully Booked
Saturday 30 June 2018National Memorial Arboretum07:00 hours£24.00£30.006 June 2018
Thursday 26 July 2018Thames Cruise07:45 hours£56.00£62.00Fully Booked
Sunday 12 to Friday 17 August 2018Holiday to South WalesTo be advised£500.00
(single £672.00)
£520.00
(single £692.00)
Deposit of £50. 00 per person when booking. Balance 26 June 2018
Wednesday 19 September 2018The Music of Bond at the Royal Albert Hall14.30 hours£42.00£52.0010 July 2018
Saturday 22 September 2018Battle of Britain Air Show at IWM Duxford09:00£38.00
Carer £16.00
Child £16.00
£38.00
Carer £16.00
Child £16.00
Fully Booked
Thursday 18 October 2018Kinky Boots Adelphi Theatre
15.30 hours£32.00£42.0026 April 2018
Friday 23 November 2018Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall14.30 hours£35.00£45.007 April 2018

Booking Terms & Conditions

Please pay by the date shown in the chart at the rear of this newsletter!

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 cancel your booking without notice to you. We do not accept cash. Cheques must be payable to N.A.R.P.O. 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, you must send them all to us at the same time. As with any commercial operator if you book for others, you are responsible for getting their payment to us. Please write the trip to which the cheque relates on the rear of the cheque using the description in the chart at the end of the newsletter. Please also show the name of the person booking the trip if necessary (e.g. a building society cheque which has no name on it). We do not require a covering letter. If we require a deposit we will tell you in the chart at the end of the 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. South Wales, 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 not trip related, please contact the appropriate committee member whose details are at the bottom of each page of this newsletter. We only deal with matters relating to the trips we organise.

Kind regards,

 

Mike Beaveridge &

Lyn Beaveridge

Southend Branch Trips Newsletter March 2018