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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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Out and About Visits 2020


Thursday April 9th - Birmingham Catacombs walking tour


Thursday September 10th Coach Excursion to Kew Gardens



Discovering the Birmingham Catacombs -


Because of the Covid-19 situation this event has been postponed until later in the year


I have arranged a walking tour of Birminghamís Jewellery Quarter to specifically visit the two main Cemeteries in the area and see the graves of some of Birminghamís former important inhabitants.


The two cemeteries Warstone Lane and Key Hill contain the graves of the following:


       Harry Gem (Invented Tennis )

       Joseph Chamberlain (Lord Mayor of Birmingham and Liberal MP )

       Alfred Bird (Birds Custard)

       George Manly (Arch-Druid tomb that looks like standing stones )

       Edward Hipkins (BSA & Avery scales ) Lost on the Titanic )

       John Baskervill (Printer Baskervill type on almost every computer )

       Isherwood Sutcliffe (Bronzer or japanner factory on Gt Hampton Street.


The tour will start outside the Jewellery Quarter Metro/Rail station at 2:00pm and last between 1Ĺ and 2 hours. 

We will be guided by Kevin Thomas a local photographer.  He has numerous artefacts associated with or made by the people he talks about.

Kevin uses a small amplification system to ensure everyone can hear on the tour.

There is a maximum of 20 participants on this tour and the cost is £10:00 per person payable by the April core meeting (2nd April).


Please email or telephone 01676 535318 if you wish to be included on this tour.

Coach Excursion to Kew Gardens Thursday 10th September 2020

Due to the Covid-19 situation the viability of this trip will be reviewed in July. 

We hope that by September the restrictions on travel and social contact will be athing of the pass

We are arranging a coach excursion to Kew Gardens on Thursday 10th September. 

The coach will leave from outside the Library on Kenilworth Road at 08:30 am arriving Kew Gardens between 10:45 and 11:00 depending on traffic.  We will leave Kew at 4:30pm arriving back at Balsall Common around 7:00 pm (These timings are provisional at the moment).


The cost of the coach travel will be £18:50 each.**  Group rate entrance to the gardens is £13.60 for over 65s.  Under 65s £15.30.   If you are a member of Birmingham Botanical Gardens you can get 2 for 1 deal paying full rate at the gate.


This trip is open to all members of Balsall Common U3A.


If you wish to join this excursion please email or telephone 01676 535318.


**  The coach cost for Balsall Common U3A members will be no more than the £18:50 quoted.  If we fill the coach (52 passengers) then the cost will come down to £14:50         (50 pence is included as a tip for the coach driver).  The coach used is a standard coach with access via 5 or 6 steps. It will have air-conditioning and an on board toilet.  Coffee and tea will be served to your seat during the journey (£1 charge per drink).