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The Happy Circle provides activities and outings for the older citizens of Pucklechurch. It was founded in June 1960.

Meetings are held in the Homefield Centre (which is behind Nos. 38 & 40 Shortwood Road). During the summer months (May to October), outings are arranged to places of interest. The 2013 schedule is shown below.

If you would like to join Happy Circle on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm, please contact Liz Archibald on 937-4054 or just come along to the Village Hall. Where else can you go and have tea and biscuits for £1?

(open to everyone in the village)

All trips are on the first Tuesday of the month and are open to all villagers.

For details ring Lesley on 9374073 or Diane on 9372428. Cost are payable up front.

In general the coach leaves Pucklechurch at 9.00 a.m. and returns no later than 7.00 p.m. Pick up points are Shortwood Road bus stop and Village Hall bus stop.

2nd May Royal Leamington Spa:  Regency architecture.  Jephson Gardens, formal and also contains a sensory garden and the Aviary cafe.  Royal Pump Rooms.

6th June Paignton and train to Dartmouth:  Those who do not want to do train trip can stay on the coach to Dartmouth.  Concession fare for train and ferry to Dartmouth is £15 (2016 price).  Group discounts for parties with 20+ passengers, single (train & ferry)  £10.57 pp.

4th July Weymouth: - optional trips will be offered to Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens and Abbotsbury Swannery.  The price for the individual attractions is £12 (if a group of 10 or more then £8).  Those not wishing to go will be dropped off in Weymouth first.  1 1/2 hrs for visit and then back to Weymouth.

1st August Lynton & Lynmouth:  by popular demand.  Cliff railway, Valley of the Rocks Watersmeet House (NT free entry) (roof in the process of being renovated but should be finished by then), Lynmouth National Park Centre, harbour and beach.

5th Sept. Cardiff:  Have booked for coach to visit Royal Mint at Llantrissant before going to Cardiff for lunch and afternoon shopping.  The cost of the tour for a group of seniors of 15 or more is £11. They will accommodate 25 per tour so have booked for 11.15 and 11.30 - tours about 1 1/2 hrs. Priority will be given to regular coach trippers.  I will need to pay 1 week prior so will be collecting money for this on the July and August coach trips. The tour consists of a guided factory tour to see how coins are minted and then an interactive self-guided exhibition with visitor hosts available to answer any questions.

3rd October Coventry: Cathedrals (old and new), shopping, transport museum - admission free. From old bicycles to tractors to classic cars to buses.  The ride on the 4D simulator is £3.50 for concessions and it simulates the experience of the land speed record attempt moving faster than the speed of sound!! - definitely for adrenaline junkies!!!

7th Nov. Cheltenham: Gustav Holst (Planets Suite) museum, Pittville Park, Montpelier (shops and restaurants), art gallery and museum.

You can book (and pay for) any of the trips in advance.  Either contact Lesley by email or phone.  Also, from January next year you can drop in to Happy Circle in the Homefield Centre on a Tuesday around 1.30 pm and see Diane, or put your money in an envelope with your name/s, trip/s you are paying for, the amount in the envelope and a contact number in

case of any queries or changes to trips.  Put the envelope through Diane's door at 4 Edmund Court, off Parkfield Road.  Contact details for Lesley are:  happy.circle@pucklechurch.org or phone 01179 374073