Lea Valley U3A
Exploring London Group 1
:- Audrey Rowntree
The Group does not have a table at the Monday meetings, but its members meet on the first Friday of every month at 10am at Bollescroft to plan and finalise arrangements for forthcoming visits.
Exploring London, now Exploring London Group 1, was one of the first groups to be formed when the Lea Valley U3A was set up in 1992. Around 30 members led by Judy Lorimer decided to hold regular planning meetings and this still continues today, no doubt contributing to the success of the group. Meetings are held in Bollescroft on the first Friday of each month, giving everyone an opportunity to offer ideas and volunteer to organise trips. This is usually followed by coffee and a chance to socialise.
Trips are varied and include museums, galleries, Trade Halls, organised walks, and even Festival Hall concerts. Over the years we have visited all the main attractions in the capital, however, members are very resourceful and are always finding unexplored places. Some of the early members are still active and enjoy making return visits to old favourites.
Public transport is used wherever possible, an exception being the summer outing which is by coach. On this occasion we are often joined by guests and past members. Everyone agrees that "Exploring London 1" offers a worthwhile experience both educationally and socially.
Exploring London Group 1 members bring their 2015 year to a close with Christmas Lunch at High Leigh, Hoddesdon.
In 2015 Exploring London Group 1 members went on a variety of London visits including Wallace Collection, London Transport Museum, Imperial War Museum, Benjamin Franklin’s House, Neasden Temple, British Postal Museum, Cloth-workers’ Hall, Fenton House and Highgate Cemetery and Whitechapel Bell Foundry. There were visits to The Royal Festival Hall, a summer outing to Ashdown Forest and a winter talk on Copped Hall..
A group photo taken
on our 2015 Summer outing at Saint Hill Manor, East Sussex.
already arranged for 2016 include the Museum of London - Scotland Yard
Exhibition, Cinema Museum, Carlyle’s House, Trooping the Colour,
Docklands Museum, Camden Canal Association, a City of London walk, and
the Saatchi Gallery. Also included is a visit to the Royal Festival
Hall, a Summer outing and Christmas lunch.
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