The UEA Retirement Association offers a wide range of events and outings, from walks across the Lake District to theatre outings.

We also run a series of talks delivered by experts on various subjects; from the history of advertising to ancient trees, there's something to suit all interests. 

Please see below details of walks, talks, and outings.

Outings and Holidays

 

Holidays in 2022

13-17 June 2022: Gentle Walking Holiday at Brecon, S Wales

This holiday is at HF Nythfa House and there are currently 16 of us booked. There may well be more rooms available so please let me know (c.m.harvey17@gmail.com telephone 01508 495187) as soon as possible if you are interested in joining us.

The price is £535 pp full board, with deposit of £75 payable. All rooms are en-suite. Coach transport will be arranged from and back to Norwich.

During our stay we will be exploring the Usk Valley, with some canal walking, the Nedd Valley with its waterfalls and Hay-on-Wye with its bookshops. Each day offers 3 easier walks from 4 or 5 miles and transport is provided. (Harder walks are also available for anyone who prefers them.) The walks are fully guided. Nythfa House has an indoor swimming pool. For further details see www.hfholidays.co.uk.

Chris Harvey

 

10-14 October 2022: Walking Holiday at Lulworth Cove, Dorset.

ur Walking Holiday in 2022 will be at Lulworth Cove on the Dorset coast. This is a Monday to Friday holiday with walks on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On this holiday we will have fully guided walks with HF Leaders and they will provide transport to and from the walks. More details at: https://www.hfholidays.co.uk/holidays-and-tours/guided-walking-lulworth-cove-4

We have booked the whole house. The cost of the walking holiday is currently quoted at £535 per person. All rooms are en suite. The price includes bed, breakfast, packed lunch for walks and an evening meal. We will organise a coach from Norwich, if there are enough people.

A deposit of £75 is needed, with the booking form to secure your booking. Please do ensure you have appropriate travel insurance. If you need to cancel for any reason, you will lose your deposit. The final balance will be due at the beginning of August 2022 and is not refundable.

Tel: 01603 810980, Email kandjwoods@waitrose.com.

Please complete the booking form at the end of this newsletter and follow the given instructions. 

Keith and Jan Woods

Non-Walking Holiday

One survey result was that 52% might like to go on a non-walking holiday.   If you would be interested in a four night holiday based at, for example, a hotel on the Eastbourne seafront, please let me know by the end of February. If there is a reasonable response, I will investigate possibilities with local coach companies.

Phone: 01603 456465, Email: j.johnson@uea.ac.uk

John Johnson

Talks

 

Forthcoming Talks

All talks begin at 2.15pm (unless otherwise stated) in the Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Costessey.

Our talks began again in September at a Covid-19 compliant Costessey Centre. Facemasks are required to enter the building and when moving around. There are hand santitizers, and chairs and tables are regularly cleaned. The chairs in the lecture room as spaced out to provide for social distancing. Tea and coffee is distributed in the lecture room rather than queuing at the kitchen hatches.

Since the October Renaissance, there have been three talks – all attended by about 30 members, about 30% less than before the pandemic. Gerald Brown spoke in October on Deltiology – the study of picture postcards; Diane Steele in November on Horsey Seals and the Canon Edward Carter in January 2022 on Four Years at Windsor Castle.

The following talks have been arranged by Margaret Robins:

No response slips are required – just pay £1 per person at the door, which includes tea and biscuits. Each member may bring up to two guests. 

Tuesday 22 February 2022: “History of Norfolk - on a Stick” by Dr Andrew Tullett

(This is a joint talk with the History Group)

Believed to have originated in Norfolk ornamental village signs that contain a wealth of history. Dr Tullett will enlighten us all by explaining the stories behind some of these signs.

Tuesday, 22 March 2022: “Foodbank Norwich” by Hannah Worsley

Norwich foodbank has been operating for over 10 years within the Trussell Trust network. At its core, it provides emergency food to local people in need but alongside this comes advice, support and other such help, all with the aim of ensuring the future is one where foodbanks are no longer needed.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022: “My Life as an International Press Photographer” by Malcolm Clarke

Malcolm Clarke has been a professional photographer for nearly 50 years, and has photographed many high-profile and important people around the world; as well as covering historic events, some of his pictures have won awards and become famous in their own right.

Tuesday, 24 May 2022: “From Subterranean Norwich to Upland Costessey” by Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a local geologist and historian who will show how the subsurface conditions have created the physical Norwich we know today. His aim is to help us to understand the place from ground level downwards.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022: “A Basque Journey” by Gary Smith

The Basque Country runs from Bayonne in south west France up to the Asturias in northern Spain.  Gary will introduce us to the history and geography of the region, and including a 3-day train ride along the coast of northern Spain when he was working as a tour guide.

Tuesday, 27 September 2022: "The Great Thorpe Railway Disaster 1874 Heroes, Victims, Survivors" by Phyllida Scrivens

Using extensive research, non-fiction narrative, informed speculation and dramatised events, Phyllida Scrivens pays tribute to the 28 men, women and children who died, revealing the personal stories behind the names, hitherto recorded as a list.

Walks

 

Walking Group 

All walks start at 10.30 AM (unless otherwise stated) but please arrive at the meeting place by at least 10.15am, especially if a pub lunch is planned in case we have to pre-order food. Car sharing would be appreciated. Walking boots or sturdy shoes are recommended.

These walks, and all other sporting and leisure activities, have inherent hazards associated with them. In spite of the safety of members of each walk being of paramount concern to its leader/leaders, accidents will occasionally occur. It is important therefore that, before taking part in any of our walks, every member appreciates that they each have an individual responsibility to be aware of possible hazards, and will each be expected to take all reasonable steps to minimise any potential for an accident to occur. I.e. each walker takes part at his/her own risk.

Places on the walks must be booked by contacting the walk leader via email (where available) or telephone, by the deadline date shown. Please ensure emails contain your name, contact telephone number, number of places and, where appropriate, the number of lunches required. This is particularly important for walks with pub lunches so that the managers may reserve appropriate space for us. Please note that there may be limited numbers for some pub lunches, and these will be allocated on a strictly ‘first come first served’ basis (so it pays to contact the walk leader as early as possible!).

Tuesday 8 March 2022: Thurne and Oby 

Leaders: Bill and Sue Rhodes

Tel: 01362 697053

Mobile on the day: 07538 962842

Email: sueandbill27@btinternet.com

Deadline for email/phone confirmation: Friday 25 February 2022

The walk is about 5 miles with a 3.5 mile shorter version. There are no stiles but some paths may be muddy after rain. This circular Broadland walk starts and ends at The Lion at Thurne, The Street, Thurne, Norfolk where there is parking and toilets available from 10am. Lunch here will be pre-bookable (details to follow). The walk is on flat grassy tracks and farm lanes, beside the Rivers Thurne and Bure, through fields and along stretches of The Weavers Way.

Please arrive by 10.15 for a 10.30 start.

Map: OS Explorer OL40 TG402158.

Post Code for The Lion at Thurne is NR29 3AP


Thursday 24 March 2022: Short Walk: Earlham Cemetery 

Leader: Alan Coddington

Tel: 01603 456855

Mobile: 07531 037831

Email: coddington208@btinternet.com

Deadline for receipt of calls and emails: Thursday 10 March 2022

As part of our exercise routine during the various Covid lockdowns, Marianne and I took to walking in Earlham Cemetery. As there is plenty to see there - from plant life to memorials- I thought it would be a suitable location for a short walk of, about two and a half miles, within the City. The entrance to the Cemetery is via a turning off the Earlham Rd, labelled “Earlham Crematorium”. As you drive up from the City this turning is on your right and just past the Earlham Rd. Shopping Centre on your left.

You can park on the right hand side of this entrance road between the Earlham road and the entrance gates. Alternatively, you could catch the 26 bus from Red Lion St. to the shopping centre.

I suggest that we meet at the nearby Dyrrah Cafe, next to the Post Office in the shopping centre, at 10.30 for a coffee, before startling the walk around 11.00.

Postcode for shopping centre is NR2 3PD.

Tuesday 12 April 2022: River and Railway, Horstead & Coltishall

Leaders: Dave & Mandy Holland

Tel: 01603 731125

Mobile: 07751 033827

Email: mndholland76@gmail.com

Deadline for receipt of emails (preferred) or phone calls: Tuesday 5 April 2022
 
This is a circular walk of approximately 4 miles, there may be an opportunity for a short cut. We start from outside the Recruiting Sergeant. It is a pretty and peaceful walk in the Bure valley with very little road walking. There are no stiles, but there is a small bridge with a large step up, and a set of steeply downward steps to reach the railway path. We start along a footpath by the side of the Bure which will be muddy if there has been rain, then turn for a short distance along a quiet road to reach the Bure Valley railway path which is easy walking, although slightly uphill, then return to the pub via the footpath along the main road. We will meet at the Recruiting Sergeant in Horstead on B1150 to North Walsham in time to leave by 10.30a.m. There is parking at the side of the pub, plus some in front which is not actually part of the pub property, but none on the road which is quite busy. We will not pre-order lunches but obviously if there are no restrictions in operation at the time of the walk you will be able to get lunch there.

Map: OS Explorer OL40 TG263196.

Post code for Recruiting Sergeant is NR12 7EE

Tuesday 10 May 2022: A Suffolk Explorer

Leaders: Richard Aldridge and Julie Houghton

Tel: 01603 811303

Email: richard.v.aldridge@gmail.com

Deadline for confirmation by email or phone call: Tuesday 3 May 2022

Exact details are to be confirmed, but a circular walk of around 5-6 miles will take place on Dunwich Heath, Minsmere Nature Reserve, and the Suffolk Coastal path. It is intended that this will be a picnic walk. The starting point will have toilets and all being well eating facilities as well. Possible starting points could be either the public car park in Dunwich Village or the National Trust Dunwich Coast Guard Cottages car park. 

Full details will be given out on the April walk and sent by email to anyone who requests this from Richard and Julie.

Maps: OS Explorer 212/.231

Tuesday 31 May 2022: Short Walk: Mulbarton & Tas Valley Trail

Leader: Chris Harvey

Tel: 01508 495187

Mobile on the day: 07762 265754

Email: c.m.harvey17@gmail.com

Deadline for confirmation by email or telephone call: Sunday 22 May 2022

Our walk through rolling countryside starts at the World’s End pub, Mulbarton, where we will park. From here we make our way towards St Mary Magdalen Church. We then cross the common to join the Tas Valley Trail heading north towards Swardeston. We cross some fields to visit the interesting Church of St Mary the Virgin. From there it’s over the B1113 to follow Wood Lane and, via the Mulbarton Church, back to the World’s End. The walk is just under 3 miles with very little road.

Please arrive by 10.30 to order lunch before starting the walk at 10.45.

Map: OS Explorer 237 193015

World’s End Post Code: NR14 8JT 

Tuesday 14 June 2022: Honingham and East Tuddenham

Leaders: Alan and Anne Jones

Tel: 01362 860423

Mobile on the day: 07845 963213

Email: jonesalan9@hotmail.com

Deadline for the receipt of emails or telephone calls: Friday 3 June 2022

This walk starts and finishes at The Honingham Buck, 29 The Street, Honingham, Norwich, NR9 5BL. The full walk is about 5 miles and there is one stile. A shorter version of the walk is available for those who wish (missing out the stile). The walk follows a path through woods and fields along the Tud valley before cutting up to a track towards East Tuddenham. There is a short stretch on a quiet road to join a footpath round field edges, then over common land near All Saints’ church before returning to the pub. 

At present the pub is not catering for large groups but is happy to do so on this occasion if we place our orders a few days in advance. Therefore, we will email a menu to those who sign up giving a date for your choice to be emailed back to us. We will then send the consolidated list to the pub.

Please arrive at 10.15 ready for a 10.30 start.

Map: OS Explorer 238 TG102118.

Post Code for the Buck is NR9 5BL

Tuesday 12 July 2022 Picnic Walk - East of Sheringham, inland and coast 

Leader:Janice Darch

Tel: 07796 932595

Email: janicedarch@gmail.com

Deadline for receipt of confirmation: Monday 11 July 2022

The walk will be approximately 8.5 miles. Beeston Common can be muddy at any time of year so gaiters and boots are recommended. The climbs up and down Stone and Ingleborough Hills are short and sharp.

Meet at the car park at The Plains off A1082 (the main road into Sheringham). The car park is opposite the 30mph sign on the right-hand side of the road in the woods if you are driving towards north, towards the sea.

We will walk eastwards through the woods skirting south of Sheringham, Beeston Regis and West Runton with ascents of Stone Hill and Ingleborough Hill for superb views east and west along the coast. Either of these hills is lovely for a coffee stop. We will then drop down to East Runton. If the tide is low we will walk along the sandy beach to West Runton where there is a cafe, toilets and places to sit for lunch. If the tide is high we will proceed along the cliff top path. After lunch our path will follow the coastal footpath to the base of Beeston Bump where we will cut back in land via Beeston Priory to Beeston Common and then back through the woods to the car park.

Map: OS Explorer 252 TG153418.

Post Code NR26 8NZ

Tuesday 9 August 2022 Rockland and Claxton

Leaders: Steve and Joan Mosley

Tel: 01603 437176

Mobile: 07887 399106

Email: s.mosley@talktalk.net

Deadline for the receipt of emails or telephone calls: Monday 1 August 2022

This is a walk of approximately 5 miles with no stiles starting at Rockland Staithe car park. The walk follows the Wherryman's Way, alongside Rockland Broad then follows the river Yare until the Beauchamp Arms. From here we walk away from the river to Claxton and after a short stretch alongside the road we head up a wide track until we reach St. Andrews church. From here we curve back to Rockland along small lanes and footpaths arriving back at Rockland Staithe. 

For those that wish to picnic there is a grassy area and benches adjacent to the staithe. The New Inn pub opposite the staithe also serves lunches and refreshments, or a short drive away is the Beauchamp Arms.

Please arrive at 10.15, ready for a 10.30 start.