Southend Branch January 2017 Trips Newsletter

Firstly, may we wish you all a very happy and healthy 2017! We started this year with a real flash bang wallop when we saw the musical Half a Sixpence. We only took 17 people but those who went all felt it was the best musical we have seen!  Now for more for this year from the Southend Branch January 2017 Trips Newsletter


Our AGM will be held 24 March 2017 at the Len Ford Centre. We have access to the hall from 19.00 hours for a 19.30 hours start and there will be a bar available as well as a free light buffet. We are usually well supported by the same group of members and it would be really lovely to see some new faces! If you have not been before why not come along, see some old friends (or make new ones) and have a drink and a bite to eat with them as well as showing support for the Southend-on-Sea Branch. Parking is free and you will not need to display a parking badge. See you there?

Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel and Country Club near Shipley - Southend Branch January 2017 Trips Newsletter

Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel and Country Club near Shipley

Hollins Hall

We still have rooms available for a while longer at the Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel and Country Club near Shipley, ‘West Yorkshire’. Our booking is from Saturday 1 July to Friday 7 July 2017 on a Dinner, bed and breakfast basis. The hotel, set in 200 acres of landscaped gardens offers all the usual Marriott amenities including a swimming pool, leisure club, Spa and 18 hole golf course. Last year we stayed at the Preston Marriott and engaged one of the best guides we have worked  with, Tess Pike. With her we enjoyed the Lake District and the Western side of the Dales. We are very pleased to say that Tess will again be our guide this time. We will enjoy Tess’s company for two days, one touring the Eastern side of the Yorkshire Dales and the other touring the Yorkshire Moors visiting Whitby and returning on the outstanding North Yorkshire Moors Railway that is usually steam hauled. During the week we will visit Leeds and the Royal Armouries with free time in the City for those who prefer that. We will have a half day visit to Harewood house and a free day in York with an option to visit the National Railway Museum for those who wish to. We are still working on the fine detail of the itinerary but rest assured it will be full of great scenery and interesting places to see. We have priced the holiday on an assumption of receiving a specific number of bookings. If we exceed that we will of course look to reduce the cost. The single price reflects the fact that the hotel charges by the room plus the cost of food. The room cost is the same regardless of the number of occupants. We have secured the hotel at the lowest trade price available so it reflects extremely good value. We will require a deposit when you book and also need you to tell us the type of room you would prefer (Double/twin or single). Please do not pay in full until we have confirmed the cost. This far in advance it’s the same old story, many of the places we may visit cannot yet confirm prices for 2017.   The hotel will hold the rooms for a short while more but please let us know as soon as possible if you want to book this holiday. With low numbers booked so far we may have to consider either increasing the cost or cancelling unless our numbers increase.

London_Showboat - Southend Branch January 2017 Trips Newsletter

The London Showboat in front of Tower Bridge

London Showboat

On Monday 9 October 2017 we have reservations for the London Showboat’. We sail at 20.00 hours from Westminster pier for 3 hours of cruising after a welcome drink of ‘fizz’. We then enjoy a four course meal with ½ bottle of wine per person. (Salmon mouse with king prawns and salad, Tomato roast pepper and basil soup, Roast chicken supreme with potatoes Dauphinoise and seasonal vegetables, Chocolate truffle cake and tea or coffee and mints). There will be entertainment based upon music from west end shows and time to dance afterwards. We first booked an evening such as this about ten years ago and it was thoroughly enjoyed. The booking is being held for only a few weeks and we have negotiated a substantial discount. We need you to book in the next few weeks to be sure of confirming our reservation.

NARPO Christmas Social - Southend Branch January 2017 Trips Newsletter

‘NARPO Christmas Social’

The NARPO Christmas Social

The ‘NARPO Christmas Social’ will again be held at the Naval  and Military Club, Royal Terrace, Southend-on-Sea. The social will be held on Friday 15 December 2017 starting at 12.30 for 13.00 hours. As in previous years there will be a substantial buffet provided and there will be no charge for NARPO members. We very much want this to be an inclusive event and not one considered to be only for those who served in Southend-on-Sea Borough Force before the amalgamation with Essex, or those who are NARPO members. If you served in this area you are very welcome to attend.

Thursford Christmas Spectacular - Southend Branch January 2017 Trips Newsletter

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

We have booked seats for Thursford Christmas Spectacularfor Monday 18 December 2017. We have seats in the centre raised section that gives a great all round view. If you have not been before, this is the biggest Christmas show in Europe. Performers come mostly from the West End and the show is a mix of music, songs and comedy. We will as last year leave and travel to Thursford with a stop on the way for a full English breakfast. After the show, we will travel to Norwich for our stay at the Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club. We are booked in for Dinner bed and breakfast and of course you are free to use all the usual Marriott amenities during our short stay. The following morning, we will travel into Norwich to allow some time for those who want it in the city centre. Those who prefer will be welcome to stay at the hotel leaving later when the coach collects those who choose to go into town. Rooms check out will be 12 noon. This trip always sells out fairly quickly so we suggest you book as soon as you can. Please do not pay yet. We have based the cost on fewer people booking than the number who travelled with us last year. If we receive the same number of bookings as last year we will look to reduce the cost accordingly.


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 January 2017 Trips Newsletter

Terms & Conditions

Southend Branch January 2017 Trips 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. 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. Birmingham or Yorkshire, 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.

As always we are very pleased to receive suggestions and ideas for future outings and holidays.

Kind regards,

Mike Beaveridge

Lyn Beaveridge

Schedule of Payment

Date Destination Departure time from Len Forge Centre, Eastwoodbury Lane Member/partner cost Guest cost Book and pay before date
Thursday 9 February 2017 The Comedy About A Bank Robbery,
Criterion Theatre
15.30 hours £41.00 £47.00 Fully booked
Thursday 23 March 2017 ‘An American in Paris’
Dominium Theatre
15.30 hours £45.00 £50.00 Fully booked
Friday 24 March 2017 AGM at Len Forge Centre 19.30 hours N/A N/A N/A
Thursday 13 April 2017 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 15.30 hours £41.00 £47.00 30 August 2016
Fully booked
Thursday 4 May 2017 The Girls,
The Pheonix Theatre
15.30 hours £57.00 £62.00 20 December 2016
Fully booked
Thursday 8 June 2017 Mamma Mia!
Novello Theatre
15.30 hours £51.00 £56.00 16 December 2016 Fully booked
Saturday 1 July to Friday 7 July 2017 Yorkshire holiday 09.00 hours Double/twin £580.00 pp
Single £810.00
Double/twin £600.00 Single £830.00 £50.00 deposit when booking. Balance 20 May 2017
Thursday 10 August 2017 Thames Cruise 08.00 hours £65.00 £70.00 Deposit of £5.00 when booking, balance 8 June 2017 Fully booked
Monday 9 October 2017 London Showboat 17.00 hours £75.00 (Deposit £34.00 per person) £81.00 (Deposit £34.00 per person) Deposit when booking, balance 31 August 2017
Friday 15 December 2017 NARPO Christmas Social, at the Naval and Military Club, Royal Terrace. 12.30 for 13.00 hours N/A N/A N/A
Monday 18 to Tuesday 19 December 2017 Thursford Christmas Spectacular 07.45 hours £154.00 Single supplement £25.00 £160.00 Single supplement £25.00; 10 November 2017

Southend Branch January 2017 Trips Newsletter

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