THE TENTERDEN RAILWAY WITH MALLING U3A - TUESDAY 1ST MAY

Tuesday, May 1st 2018

Travel on the Tenterden Railway; visit Bodiam Castle and Tenterden town with an optional lunch at

Travel is by coach from Asda in Kings Hill, leaving at 9 am, arriving in Tenterden in time to catch the 10.40 am steam train to Bodiam, and enjoying coffee and pastries as we travel.

After arriving in Bodiam at 11.45 am, there is a choice of either walking about 20 minutes to visit the castle, which you can see from the station and which is run by the National Trust, or enjoying a two-course, leisurely lunch in the 4* Castle Inn, choosing from one of four menus. There is also a café at Bodiam Castle. Alternatively, you might like to return earlier, to wander around the many independent shops in Tenterden or to lunch in one of the numerous restaurants.

The total cost of the outing is £31 which needs to be paid by Friday 13th April in order to secure our group booking with the railway company. The company requires payment at least two weeks in advance of the travel date. This amount of £31 includes coach travel from Kings Hill, the railway ticket and coffee and pastries on board the train.

The two- course, optional set lunch at the Castle Inn, Bodiam, will cost £18.00 for a main course and dessert with choice from four menus. Lunch needs to be booked in advance.

Contact: Dianne White, 26 Little Buckland Ave, Maidstone, Kent ME16 0BG           01622 756660

 

Tenterden Railway, Bodiam Castle and Tenterden Town: May 1st 2018

Please return your booking forms with a cheque made payable to Malling District U3A to:

Dianne White, 26 Little Buckland Ave, Maidstone, Kent ME16 0BG           01622 756660

Name……………………………………………………………………………….   tel.no ……………………………………………………..

email address………………………………………………………………

Please reserve …………. places on the above outing at £31.00 per head.

Please reserve ………… places for lunch at the Castle Inn at £18.00 per head

I enclose my cheque for £…………………….. made payable to Malling District U3A.

Your booking will be confirmed by email, or please enclose a s.a.e.

Telephone number on the day in case of emergency…………………………………………………. 

The leader on this outing will be Dianne White. Tel. number on the day: 07737101884

SUNSET BOULEVARD - 18th April 2018

  SOLD OUT

WEDNESDAY 18TH APRIL 2018 – MARLOWE THEATRE

2.30PM MATINEE PERFORMANCE

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning masterpiece.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning masterpiece Sunset Boulevard, starring Ria Jones, who received standing ovations every night when performing the role at the London Coliseum as Norma Desmond, comes to Canterbury.

One of the all-time great musicals, Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of romance and obsession, based on Billy Wilder’s legendary film, with Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s wonderful book and lyrics.

In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma’s ‘masterpiece’, a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free, with dramatic consequences.

With its much-loved score (including Sunset Boulevard, With One Look, The Greatest Star Of All and The Perfect Year) performed with full orchestra, this “majestic, mesmerizing and teasingly seductive” (Evening Standard) production promises to be a spectacular evening.

Cost inclusive of top stalls seat, coach, and driver’s gratuity - £51

Reserve your place now as seats are limited

Payment due with booking either by cheque payable to “Kings Hill U3A Social Acct” and mailed to Mark Richards or by bank transfer to the following account

Account: Kings Hill U3A Social Acct, Number: 00024944, Sort: 40 52 40

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BLETCHLEY PARK AND NATIONAL COMPUTING MUSEUM - WEDNESDAY 23RD MAY 2018

A FEW PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

A visit to Bletchley Park, Home of the code breakers.

Bletchley is a place of exceptional historical importance. It remains highly relevant to our lives today and for the future. It is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict.

On site there is also The National Radio Centre which is a showcase for radio communications technology—a technology powering the 21st century economy.

The centre provides the opportunity to experience the history and technology of radio communication and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.

The trip also includes an option for you to visit The National Museum of Computing and for a guided tour.

The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

The cost of the trip includes your admission to Bletchley and the driver’s gratuity. A Bletchley Guidebook can be purchased for the special price of £3.50 (£6 if purchased on the day)

Entrance to the Computing museum is £5 and an optional guided tour is a further £10. The tour lasts about 2 hours and covers the full museum collection from Colossus onwards. Much of what is on display actually works, and the guides describe how the computers were used, tell anecdotes on their design and operation, and operate some of the equipment.

Eat and drink

There are a variety of food options at Bletchley Park.

  • Hut 4, formerly a WW2 Naval Intelligence Codebreaking Hut, now houses the café. Open daily, there is a range of delicious hot and cold food to choose from including freshly cooked meals made on-site with locally sourced ingredients and children’s lunch boxes.                                                                                                                                    
  • There is a Coffee Shop in the Visitor Centre, serving cold and hot drinks, sandwiches, light snacks and treats.
  • The Snack Kiosk in the Pump Room is open in the summer.
  • The Tea Room in the Mansion serves afternoon tea most weekends with delicious sandwiches, delicate cakes and cream teas.
  • If you choose to do so, take your own packed lunch…the choice is yours.

There will be at least one “comfort stop” during both the outward and inward journeys although toilet facilities are available on the coach.

Price and options:

Bletchley Park with entrance and driver Gratuity:              £35.00

Add Guide Book                                                                 £ 3.50

The Museum of Computing                 (short tour)             £ 3.00

                                                             (long Tour)            £10.00

FLASHDANCE - 21st June 2018

JUST SIX SEATS LEFT - DON'T DELAY

 THURSDAY 21ST JUNE 2018 – MARLOWE THEATRE

2.30PM MATINEE PERFORMANCE

Dance like you’ve never danced before!

Flashdance tells the story of 18–year-old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer.

Based on the Paramount Pictures film (screenplay by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas, story by Tom Hedley) Flashdance is about the power of holding onto your dreams and love against all the odds.

Prepare to be blown away by an astonishing musical spectacle and phenomenal choreography to this iconic score, including the smash hits Maniac, Manhunt, Gloria, I Love Rock and Roll and the sensational title track Flashdance… What A Feeling.

Produced by the award-winning team at Selladoor Productions (Footloose and Avenue Q), Runaway Entertainment (Lazarus and Guys and Dolls), and Matthew Cundy (Footloose and Murder Ballad).

Cost inclusive of top stalls seat, coach, and driver’s gratuity - £46

Reserve your place now as seats are limited

Payment due with booking either by cheque payable to “Kings Hill U3A Social Acct” and mailed to Mark Richards or by bank transfer to the following account

Account: Kings Hill U3A Social Acct, Number: 00024944, Sort: 40 52 40

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LE TOUQUET DAY TRIP - TUESDAY 10TH JULY 2018

JUST 4 PLACES LEFT

Travelling by executive coach we will leave Kings Hill at 8.30am to start our journey to the beautiful French town of Le Touquet. Crossing the channel by Eurotunnel we will arrive at our destination in time for you explore the lovely town, take lunch at one of the many restaurants and cafes or even take a leisurely walk along the gorgeous sandy beach.

Bring along a packed lunch if you wish the choice is yours.

Aiming to leave Le Touquet at approximately 3pm we will have sufficient time to call in at a wine/beer outlet to give you the opportunity to take home a few bargains.

Follow the link below to go to the Le Touquet tourist information website. Here you can get tips on the attractions of the town and where to eat. You could even book your restaurant in advance.

http://gb.letouquet.com/accueil/wheretoeat.aspx

Price including

  • Coach
  • Channel Crossing by Eurotunnel
  • Drivers gratuity

£34.00

Payment with booking to Mark Richards

Payment due with your booking and made as usual either by cheque payable to “Kings Hill U3A Social Acct” and mailed to Mark Richards or by bank transfer to the following account:

Account: Kings Hill U3A Social Acct, Number: 00024944, Sort: 40 52 40

STRATFORD ON AVON AND THE RSC

Malling U3A have orgainsed a visit to Stratford on Avon in August 2018. The trip is a 3 day/2 night break with Simply Groups, a reputable tour company and includes the highlights shown below:

 Matinee performance of Macbeth (Stalls)
 Visit to Hughenden National Trust
 Stratford upon Avon River Cruise
 Guided tour of Coventry Cathedral

Follow this link STRATFORD if you want to know more.

CHRISTMAS DINNER - TUESDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2018

 

Our Christmas meal this year will take place at the Oakwood House Hotel in Maidstone on Tuesday 11th December. Reserve this date!

The Oakwood House Hotel has undergone considerable improvements over the last couple of years and has come highly recommended. We are confident that it is the best venue we have looked at.

Final cost and menu will be posted here and circulated to all members as soon as available.