Southend Branch Trips Newsletter March 2018


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

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)
(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
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