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Visit to RAF Scampton

On the 11th November the U3A Science & Technology Group visited RAF Scampton Heritage Centre.On this significant day, at the beginning of the visit we attended the station Remembrance Day Service.
The hangar area contained a diorama showing a biplane in a WW1 setting, marking the 100th anniversary of the RAF (1st April 1918) The rest of the hangar contained examples of aircraft from the 1950s and Cold War period including a Blue steel nuclear weapon carried by a Vulcan bomber. Finally those who wanted were allowed to get into the cockpit of a Red Arrow Hawk aircraft and have their pictures taken.
The 617 Sqn. Dambusters section contained the office of their leader Guy Gibson, where mission 'Chastise' was planned, plus many exhibits and photographs pertaining to the raid including one of the wooden sights used to determine the distance from the dam wall. Gibson’s dog and Sqn. mascot Nigger was buried outside the hangar. The crews came from all over the world - UK, India, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - 133 took part in the raid and 53 died.
The final area covered the history of RAF Scampton starting in WW1 as a Royal Flying Corps base called 'Brattleby', and then as RAF Scampton to the present day. Here were models of the aircraft types based at Scampton through the years, and a prayer room with a marvellous stained glass widow designed by local children plus a room devoted to the Red Arrows.
The staff were very knowledgeable and also provided refreshments. The visit was a great success. John Bailey.



HOLIDAYS

Spring Break 2020 – Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar

Sunday 29th March to 1st April 2020

The spring break to Raven Hall (29th March to 1st April 2020) is fully booked and waiting list applies.

South Wales and Wye Valley

5 Days from £634—departing 5 May 2020 For more details click HERE!
Includes: 4* hotel, four dinners, one light lunch, all excursion and guided tours, most entrance fees, executive coach throughout.
There are still a few places left — Please contact: Liz Blumenthal on 01482 632394 or email : ivan@blumenthal.karoo.co.uk


Swanland U3A Holiday 2019 to Croatia

In glorious sunshine 15 members of Swanland and other U3As set off from Swanland Pond to Rovinj in Northern Croatia. Following a crack of dawn flight to Pula the next day we headed straight to the Hotel Eden in Rovinj. Although the hotel was well situated with lovely gardens leading down to the coastal path, we didn’t really get to enjoy these to the full due to the some-what Inclement weather. Monday morning saw us exploring Rovinj with our very knowledge-able guide Ratko, who also gave us our first (of many) tutorials about truffles, how to hunt for them, how to choose and how to eat them. Truffles are very big business in the area and tourists a captive market! The following day was an early start as we went in our very large coach (a luxurious fifty seater for 15 of us) to Slovenia. Our first stop was the truly remarkable caves at Postojne with amazing stalactite and stalagmite formations. After a very hurried lunch, some of which we ended up eating on the coach, we travelled on to Lipica. Lipica is home to a stud farm where pure blooded Lipizzaner horses are bred for equestrian sports and classic riding. Surprisingly, the adults are pure white, but the foals are born almost entirely black. We were treated to a spectacular display of riding as well as horses performing without riders with little or no obvious direction from their trainers. Day 5 included a trip to Pula to learn about the Roman influence in this area and to visit the Amphitheatre which dominates the town. Returning from our excursion, many of us used the hotel’s indoor pool (far too chilly to use the outdoor one), the gym or even, in Maureen and Robin’s case winning a table tennis championship for which they received a certificate and rather unusual sunhats as a prize. Others just waited patiently for ‘Happy Hour’ which we stretched well into dinner. Evenings were spent either watching or listening to the en-tertainment provided by the hotel or sometimes doing quizzes – the last of these being on Croatia where we ably demonstrated what experts we had become on truffles! Day 6 saw us exploring the delightfully old fashioned seaside resort of Opatija with its wonderful gardens and promenade followed by Fri-day—a free day when thankfully, the sun shone and we all did our own thing, although most of us enjoyed a walk along the coastal path from the hotel. Our final day on the Istrian Riviera was spent in Porec, a UNESCO listed Roman town. There we wandered through the paved Roman streets and visited the beautiful interior of the Basilica, as well as catching up on last minute souvenir shopping. Liz Blumenthal