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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Out and About Visits 2020
Thursday March 12th Birmingham Oratory
Thursday April 9th - Birmingham Catacombs walking tour
Thursday June 11th Coach Excursion to Kew Gardens
Birmingham Oratory Thursday March 12th starting 2.00 pm
The first visit of 2020 will be to the Birmingham Oratory on Thursday March 12th starting at 2:00 pm.
The Birmingham Oratory is a Roman Catholic religious community comprising Priests and Brothers of the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, located in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham. The community was founded in 1849 by St. John Henry Newman who was recently canonised.
The Tour includes the Oratory Church and Shrine of St John Henry Newman along with the new small museum. It usually lasts between and hour and an hour and a half. They do not charge for tours but do ask for a minimum donation of £5.00 per delegate. A cup of tea will be available after the tour.
The Birmingham Oratory was founded by St John Henry Newman on 1st February 1848. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in Rome in 1847. In Rome he joined the Congregation of the Oratory founded in the 16th century by St Philip Neri later known as the Apostle of Rome. The Oratory in Birmingham was first established in Maryvale, then moved to a converted gin distillery in Digbeth, and finally settled at Edgbaston in 1852.
After Newman’s death in 1890 it was decided to replace the first Oratory church with a larger building as a memorial to him. The architect E. Doran Webb (1864-1931) was commissioned and the foundation stone was laid in 1903. The church is built in a classical style which evokes early Italian baroque and is an example of Edwardian baroque architecture.
The church was solemnly opened in 1909, but had been in use for three years before this. It was consecrated in 1920. The new church was built on top of the old church, with the old church remaining in use for a time, before it was dismantled and the remains removed to reveal the new church.
The Oratory is just past Fiveways on Hagley Road slightly over a mile from the centre of Birmingham. It can be reached by public transport. A car park behind the Oratory is available if any member wishes to drive there. It is about 1.5 Kms walk from the new Metro tram terminus by Symphony Hall. Or 1 km walk from Fiveways railway station.
There is a limit of 25 members on this visit. If you wish to be included on this visit please email Peter Calver firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01676 535318. This visit is now full. If you wish to go on a reserve list please contact me
This visit was recommended to me by one of our members. If you have any suggestion of places to visit please do not hesitate to contact me
Kevin uses a small amplification system to ensure everyone can hear on the tour.
This trip is open to all members of Balsall