Our group started up in August 2015 and has been very popular.
We meet regularly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Church of the Resurrection hall from 2-4pm. We charge £1.50 to cover the charge for the hall and tea and biscuits.
We like members to try and bring new trips and ideas that would be of interest to the group and help to plan them.
So far we have been abroad six times since starting up – Black Forest, Austria, Somme, Monet’s Garden, Holland (tulip time ) Malta and this year we will be going to Valkenburg. We have done numerous holidays in this country and try to arrange about 4-6 day trips a year to various places.
Please visit the Trips page, by clicking the tab just above the picture, to see what we have coming up this year 2020.
Group Leader: Judy Jones
We are not planning any trips at the moment due to the COVID restrictions.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
As you are all aware we run different kinds of trips and holidays
Firstly there are the holidays where the organiser books several places on a particular holiday with a recognised holiday company. The member than pays the deposit as requested by the company which is non refundable. The balance to be paid at the appropriate time. Both payments should be payable to the holiday company concerned via the organiser.
Most holiday companies have sliding scales of refunds for cancellations and is a matter between them and the member. Sometimes, but not always, it is possible to make substitutions but if allowed, it is the responsibility of the member to find such a substitute. Your travel insurance should cover you for cancellations.
Sometimes we ask a coach company to organise a specific holiday for us but the same rules apply as above.
Depending on numbers, some holiday companies and venues give free places, and this can be used in a variety of ways. Maybe pay for an extra excursion or free coffee after dinner or reduce the price. This last option is not always available as the number of free places often varies as the numbers go up an down.
These are usually day trips or overnight and fall into two categories. If the trip is organised by a travel company, then the whole amount is payable when booking and payable to them via the organiser. The payment is non refundable but substitutions are usually allowed.
However if the trip is organised by the Travel Group involving the hire of a coach, this must also be paid up front to Portsdown U3A via the organiser and is also non refundable.
The cost of such trips is calculated on the cost of the coach hire and the numbers of members going to “wherever”. The coach hire costs are not moveable feasts.