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Thursday 6th September 2018   DAY TRIP TO OXFORD

The weather set fair as we speedily negotiated the M25 and M40, arriving in Oxford ahead of schedule. You can always rely on Golden Boy for exquisite service.

I have never been there before and was immediately taken by the super stonework and rising turrets of Oxford’s dreaming spires. After a necessary comfort stop and coffee in Boswell’s, my U3A buddy and I mooched. We found the covered market, an absolute treat, but as we had a Footprints Walking Tour booked, there was no time to purchase any delights.

Our tour guide, Martin from Merton, was excellent. Humorously knowledgeable about the city of Oxford and its history, his lively tour, past Balliol, Trinity, the Bodleian, the Sheldonian (complete with marquee and Bankers’ function!), Hertford College, the Radcliffe Camera, All Souls, Oriel and of course his own beloved Merton, was full of amusing anecdotes, interesting historical facts and the passionate rivalries between the colleges and their different quirks and customs. The Bear pub, with its myriad ties, hanging from the walls; little lanes and back alleys, we were fully immersed in a University Challenge extravaganza!

The two hours seemed to pass very quickly, but Martin had advised us of a suitable hostelry for a late luncheon. Fish and chips, with a half-pint of local beer, at the Turf, an ancient and historical tavern down a lane by the Bridge of Sighs, was a welcome repast.

Once replete we ventured forth, across the meadows and past Christ Church, then back towards the Ashmolean in time for our GB service homeward.

Another good U3A day out.
Liz Cooper

Enid Norbury:
Thank you for shepherding us on the recent trip.  It was a very pleasant day as I was able to visit Worcester College gardens and also see a splendid new building recently built there. My granddaughter was there a 
few years ago and the garden is beautiful so I do like to see it from time to time; I was very lucky to be able to go into the new building too - a most impressive design using lovely creamy stone and light oak woodwork of impeccable workmanship - no expense spared.  It is the gift of an oil prince who studied there, so -unsurprising!

Ron Tarling: I completed my itinerary plus a tour of the Westgate shopping horror searching for the toilets which turned out to be in the roof garden. But as a reward I had a fantastic all-round view of the city!

Ann-Marie Parker
Great day. Walked off the coach with someone who had never been to Oxford before and loved it

Anne-Marie (Pennington)
I just wanted to thank you for arranging a super day in Oxford yesterday, I really enjoyed it and we were so lucky with the weather.