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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

Tuesday August 13th Visit to Guide Dog Breeding Centre -  Bishops Tachbrook Nr Leamington Spa CV33 9JQ Stating 2:00 pm


This will be our second visit to the Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre.  On this visit grandchildren can bring along their well behaved Grandparents,  sorry I should re-phrase that U3A members can bring along their grandchildren


The tour will give you the chance to see new born puppies as they socialise and grow, gaining experience of everyday sights and sounds which will help them develop the skills they need as guide dogs.
You'll also have the opportunity to meet some of the Guide Dogs, who will accompany centre guides on the tour.  You can expect to see the National Breeding Centre going through its daily activities and find out how they use the latest technology and innovations in their breeding.
The guides will take us along the specially built walkways which enable you to view their work without disturbing either the dogs or staff.  You will have the opportunity to take their Sensory Tunnel experience to get a brief insight into living with sight loss, and learn how people living with a visual impairment get about.

Towards the end of the tour you'll have the opportunity to purchase gifts and pet products from the shop, where tea and coffee will also be served.  There is no cost, even for the refreshments.  Donations will be appreciated on the day.

If you are interested in joining this visit please email or telephone 01676 535318


Thursday September 12th a Guided visit of the Amazon Fulfilment Centre , Allesely, Coventry  Starting at 11:30 am


Amazon have recently opened a Fulfilment Centre in Coventry, on the site of the old Jaguar Works in Allesely. I have arranged a guided tour of this unique plant. 

This plant is known as a ‘cross dock facility’, it receives all products from Amazon Suppliers, processes the huge volume of goods, which are then transported on to fulfilment centres in the UK and even Europe. There are 16 Fulfilment centres in the UK which now receive their stock from the Coventry Facility.

It is gigantic - the footprint of the building is the size of eight football pitches - but if you add in all three floors the floor space is more like the size of 24 football pitches. There is over 9 miles of conveyor belts and the Plant employs 2000 people. 


If you are interested in joining this visit please email or telephone 01676 535318

If you wish to go on a reserve list please contact Peter Calver


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