Seaham Town Council has entered the RHS Britain in Bloom 2016. Paul from the council was looking for volunteers to do a litter pick prior to the judge’s arrival, so he got in touch with Carol.
Six of us volunteered to help out, so on Tuesday 19th April we picked litter in three areas Eastshore around the shops and the diatoms on the green. The second was the clock and pit wheel going down the path to the beach.
The third area was Deneside Park which was fairly free of litter.
Some of our members planted daffodil bulbs here last year, they look magnificent, (Wordsworth would be lost for words) a carpet of yellow running along the side of the park by the children’s play area.
Wednesday we were all back at Deneside on a lovely sunny day to meet the judges, who were judging the floral displays in the park as well as in other areas of Seaham.
When the judging had finished we adjourned to the Council Offices for our lunch.
The photographs are of the three judges, Carol and Paul from the council.
On Thursday morning of 19th November a coach party of Seaham U3A members set off on an overnight excursion to Derbyshire. First stop was a visit to Royal Crown Derby Potteries where the members had lunch and then moved on to the Denby Outlet, where the members enjoyed wandering around the factory outlet, snapping up bargains and also taking in a cookery demonstration. We had a great bus driver called Billy who kept us all amused whilst on the coach. We arrived at our hotel, the Hilton East Midlands Hotel at 4pm. Every-one got checked in and we all met downstairs later for our dinner. The hotel, staff and food were excellent and we could not praise the hotel enough as they were so friendly and nothing was a bother to them. Friday morning after having a superb breakfast we set off for Chatsworth. It was magnificient, we were lucky as the morning started off with bright sunshine although it was bitterly cold. Once we arrived at Chatsworth everyone mingled around the many Christmas Stalls of the Christmas Market and at 3.15p.m we entered Chatsworth for our tour of the grand house and take in the wonderful Christmas decorations and magical atmosphere.
On behalf of all of our U3A members I would like to thank Gordon Ayre for his wonderful organisation of the whole trip. He had worked extremely hard and everyone had nothing but praise for this great overnight away.
Thanks Gordon, looking forward to what you have in store for 2016.
Probably stop for toilet/coffee Wetherby Services.
If booked and paid for, the Tour of Royal Crown Derby Factory booked for 1.30pm.
Hotel is the Hilton East Midlands, dinner at 7.30pm, breakfast from 7 until 9am, included and paid. It has a gym and pool area.
Drive to Chatsworth takes about 1 hour. The time is your own.
Our slot to view house decorations is 3pm- ish. No refreshments or meals included.
Return to Seaham will depend on traffic,keeping in mind it is Friday evening. Arrive Seaham sometime between 9 and 10 at a rough guess.