Remembering Mike Tapp and his coach trips.
Following Mike’s untimely death a number of people have approached me recently and said ‘ with the demise of the old guard is this the end of an era’.
Mike was certainly in this category. A man who, for one reason or another was renowned throughout our U3A and beyond. At the very heart of Mike was a generosity of spirit and a man who cared deeply for his family and friends. He was honest, forthright with a strong self belief. Like so many of our recently departed members he invested so much time and energy in the U3A helped of course by Marion.
The coach trips he arranged were legendary which John Dearman described in a previous newsletter.
Marion contacted me and was very keen to pass over Mike’s coach trip folder to the committee.
I currently have it in my possession and it contains all the information required to arrange trips, names of members who have been on past trips, venues and entry costs, coach operators and hire costs etc.

Richard Allen. (Groups co-ordinator).

Exeter Coach Trip& Continental Cathedral Christmas Market




Buckfastleigh Train Trip

We set off on the coach and went through some rain storms on the way to Buckfastleigh and on arrival had coffee.   The weather had improved and stayed dry for the rest of the visit.  We then went in to the Butterfly and Otter Farm at 11.30 and we all saw the Otters being fed and were given a talk about the various difference types of Otters. Afterwards we boarded the 12.15 steam train for Totnes where several of us walked into town for lunch and returned to the station to see the Rare Breeds farm adjoining the station cafe.  We congregated there for tea before catching the 4.30 train back to Buckastleigh to join the coach for the home journey, arriving at Truro at 6.40.






Coach Trip Dawlish & Powderham Castle  Thursday June 22nd

Coach Trip Dawlish & Powderham Castle  Thursday June 22nd. Guide to Powderham in the centre.


Discounted tickets for 10 or more for any performance at The Hall for Cornwall are available to U3A members. Group Leaders are invited to call Liz Barnes at HfC, on (01872) 321972 for booking seats not later than 6 weeks before a performance and reserve 10 or more tickets, thus getting an 11th ticket free, whilst avoiding any ticket booking charge.

Payments for such group booking of tickets must be made, and paid for by one person, ideally the Group Leader as early as possible and not later than 6 weeks prior to the performance.

Individual payment for group-booked tickets cannot be accepted, since Liz Barnes has to create a 'booking profile for each U3A Group, wishing to avail themselves of this facility. Without such a profile, discounted tickets cannot be supplied; a move U3A have negotiated with HfC in order to gain a central booking facility, together with a generous discount which is most generous and will hopefully be welcome and shared! Why not check the HfC's web-site for programe and ticket options, but ensure bookings are via the Group Leader: https://www.hallforcornwall.org/online/default.asp

For further information, contact Gill Widdison (01872) 242642




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