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Out and About

Co-ordinator Peter Calver

The purpose of the Group is to visit local places of interest (by public transport or self drive) as well as coach tours. This group will merge the Questers and Garden Visit groups together as well as extending to provide Coach trips (possibly 3 to 4 a year).  This group is open to all members of the Balsall Common U3A, all activities will be advertised to the whole membership

If you have any suggestions for visits, either local or afar please email the Coordinator.

 Contact Peter Calver 01676 535318


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  The Out and About Group at Lord Leycester Hospital   Warwick- Thursday 4th July 2013


12th September 2013, Waiting to board the Thomas Telford for a cruise along the Llangollen Canal



Out and About 2018


Temple Balsall Tour 1

The first tour of 2018 will be on March 15th to Temple Balsall

The visit will comprise a talk and tour of the buildings and last approximately 1.5 hours

We will learn about.

Cost is £6.00 per person, including tea and biscuits after the tour and a maximum of 30 participants. 

The talk and tour will start the tour at 13:00 . The guide will be Reverend Kathy Lloyd Roberts Master of The Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson.



Please pay your monies for Tour 1 by the March Core meeting on 1st March.  Cheques please made payable to Balsall Common U3A.


Temple Balsall Tour 2

Because of the over whelming interest in the original tour I have arranged a second visit which will take place on 17th May starting at 1:00 pm.  Only 7 places left (as of 28th February 2018)on this visit.

If you have not registered and would like to go please Email or telephone 01676 535318


Please pay your monies -Cheque preferred -  for Tour 2 by the May Core meeting on 10th May.  Cheques please made payable to Balsall Common U3A.


Both Temple Balsall Tours are fully subscribed  I can arrange a third tour if the need is there

April 12th

Forge Mill Needle Museum and and Bordesley Abbey Ruins


A visit to the working Forge Mill and Needle Museum has been arranged for Thursday 12th April 2018 starting at 11:00


Did you know that 90% of the worlds needles and fishing hooks were in Victorian time manufactures in Redditch

A tour of Forge Mill explains the gruesome story of how a needle was made in Victorian times. This takes place in the atmospheric surroundings of the world's only remaining water powered needle scouring mill. You will be able to see the water wheel and the Victorian scouring beds in action - barring mechanical problems. After the tour which last about 1.5 hours there is the opportunity to visit various exhibitions and the Visitors centre as well as the ruins of Bordesley Abbey which is on the same site.


The cost of the visit is £4.00 to be paid by the April Core meeting 5th April.  Cheques please payable to Balsall Common U3A.  I have also booked tea / coffee and home made cakes after the tour cost £3.00 payable direct to the cafe.

If you would like to join in this visit please Email or telephone 01676 535318.


Members will be expected to make their own way to the Museum or arrange their own Car share.  Travel distance is 20 miles from Balsall Common. ( 3.5 miles from M42 Junction 2).

June 14th

Middleton Hall and Walled Gardens


We have arranged a combined house and garden guided tour.  Tour of the house in the morning at 11:00 and a guided tour of the gardens at 13:00 the morning visit will include tea / coffee and biscuits

the cost for the two tours will be £12.00 per person. The Hall and Gardens are open from 11:00 to 16:00 and you will have complete access to both house and gardens either side of the tours.

There is a small cafe on site and this land is also adjacent to the RSPB Middleton Lakes reserve.


Please contact Peter Calver email: telephone 01676 535318 if you wish to be included on this trip.

Middleton Hall is 16 miles from Balsall Common





The Willoughby family sold the hall in 1924 to pay death duties. It was bought by a business man called John Averill who demolished one important building and removed the temporary buildings in the courtyard to create a turn-around for his cars. The estate was sold to Amey Roadstone in 1966 and left derelict until volunteers founded Middleton Hall Trust in 1980 to restore it.

Middleton Hall has a history spanning 950 years, although there has been activity on site for over a millennium. The oldest building on site dates back to 1285, and the hall has been home to a Norman magnate, an Arctic explorer and two significant naturalists. The hall tour will guide you through these incredible yet little known stories, led by one of their knowledgeable volunteers.



The gardens have been transformed into a space of colour and serenity, blending with the history of the hall and its residents.

The Head Gardener and his dedicated team of volunteers plan to make even more improvements to the garden in 2018.


September 13th


I have at last been able to arrange a suitable date to have a guided tour of the Town Hall in Birmingham.  Note this is not the Birmingham Council House  but the Hall built in 1836 as a concert hall.  It is famous for its concert pipe organ which hopefully we will hear being played during our visit.  The building is steeped in history.


The visit has been arranged for Thursday 13th September 2018 starting at 10:30 am. Cost £8.00 per person




Please contact Peter Calver email: telephone 01676 535318 if you wish to be included on this trip.



Future tours will hopefully include

Blue Badge Guided Tour of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, including two cemeteries  where many of the notaries of Birmingham are buried.

BBC Studios - Birmingham


If any member has a suggestion for a visit that would be of interest to the majority of our members please email me.