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Category Archives: National Trust
When Sue and myself offered to take over the group after Sue Spolton decided to leave the position, little did we know that a year later we would still not have been on any visits!!
We do not want to dwell on the negatives from the past months but rather look forward to hopefully better times in 2021.
I am sure most members will have received email updates from the National Trust and be aware of the present limited access which is available to their properties. You will probably be aware that Belton House are running their Light Show but with very limited pre-booked places available. Although not a National Trust property, Wollaton Hall are operating a similar display. Although while writing this piece it looks like Ashfield is going to go into Tier 3 so limiting travel and visits even further.
When we do see some progress with Covid-19 and we get permission from the U3A, and Government rules allow, we will be visiting Fountain’s Abbey and then we have four more visits, one each to Yorkshire and Derbyshire and two to Warwickshire all planned.
We hope everyone in the group is staying safe and healthy.
Sue and Barrie Saunders,
As you will be very aware the situation with Covid -19 is still so uncertain that making progress towards selecting dates for our planned trips is impossible at the moment. The National Trust is very slowly opening up some sites, but at present bookings are only being taken on a Friday for the following week with very limited availability.
We will make a decision on the way forward in September but sadly it may be 2021 before we can resume our visits.
When we do eventually restart then we will still make Fountains Abbey our first visit. As previously stated the cheques for the visit to Nostell Priory will be SHREDDED but those of you who have paid your cheques will, of course, have your places reserved for the eventual rearranged date.
Thank you all for your understanding and patience at what is an unprecedented time in our history!!
If you need to contact Sue or myself at anytime please use the form below:-
We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy through these unprecedented times. The one consolation has been the beautiful weather!!
Members may be aware that the National Trust is planning to re-open most of their grounds in the near future but the plans for opening up the Houses and other buildings will come later. At present the proposal is for people to book places on the Friday of the week before you intend to visit, but that obviously is only going to apply to people from the same household until Lockdown is eased completely.
Our biggest problem at the moment is the travelling by coach which is just not possible under the present Social Distancing rules. When the situation has eased then we still intend to go to Fountains Abbey on our first visit.
May I repeat our huge thanks to those who had paid to go to Fountains Abbey for allowing us to keep your payments. This has saved the Treasurer and ourselves a lot of work and is appreciated. It has also helped the bus company who are family run and were very grateful for the funds.
For those people who have paid to go to Nostell Priory, then we have kept your cheques secure and will SHRED them after the six month limit, if the virus situation still stops us from booking a new date. If we are able to arrange a new date before the cheques expire then we will check your availability before cashing your cheques.
If you have any questions please contact us using the form below:-
In the meantime take care and keep safe.
Barrie & Sue Saunders.
May we just pass on our thanks to all of the group who were booked on the visit to Fountains Abbey for your understanding over the postponement. A special thank you to those of you who allowed us to retain your coach payments. This will save us a great deal of time and work when we eventually get up to Yorkshire and has also allowed us to pay the bus company (something that they really appreciated as they are only a small family- based company and are understandably in need of some cash flow).
It is very unlikely that we will be able to go on our April visit to Nostell Priory, but for those who have paid for this visit we have not cashed the cheques but will retain them safely.
If anyone was in doubt about the visit to Fountains being postponed, you will now be aware that – with the health situation reaching a critical point – U3A activities had to be suspended at short notice.
For those of you who are regular National Trust visitors, please check their website because, as you may already be aware, this closure has now been extended to all their grounds.
We will give you regular updates each month.
Barrie and Sue Saunders.
Sue and myself are presently planning the details for our first two visits for March and April. We are planning to visit Fountains Abbey in late March and Nostell Priory in April. Both sites have much to see and the first venue is actually a World Heritage site.
Full details will be available at the January members’ meeting and on the website in early January. Bookings will be taken at the February and March meetings.
If you have any particular places that you would like to visit with the group or any general suggestions please let me know via the form below.
We look forward to visiting some interesting sites over the year.
Sue and Barrie Saunders