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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 2018 schedule is shown below.

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

HAPPY CIRCLE COACH TRIPS 2018 (open to everyone in the village)

The trips start in May and finish with the November trip.  They are on are the first Tuesday of the month and are open to all villagers.  Please go to specific month to get information on the trip.

Cost per person is £13 payable in advance.  Payment can be made at Happy Circle, Homefield Centre on Tuesday between 1.30 and 2.00 pm or please put the money in an envelope, with your name and trip you are paying for and put through the door of 2 Shortwood Road, cottage on the corner opposite the Spar Shop.  Coach leaves Pucklechurch at 9.00 a.m. and returns no later than 7.00 p.m.  Pick up points are (1) Shortwood Road bus stop and (2) Village Hall bus stop.  If you require information about any of the above please ring Lesley on 9374073.   

Cardiff:  7th May (This is a change of destination)

Cardiff Bay, Cardiff Castle, National Museum, Pierhead Building, Norwegian Church, Llandaff Cathedral, Castell Coch, St Fagans Castle and National History Museum and shopping.

Weymouth: Thursday 6th June:  (no coach available on the Tuesday)

Usually a sand sculpture exhibition at Sandworld.  The coach would be able to take you here and then bring back at a set time.  Apart from that - we all know Weymouth - so enjoy.

Dartmouth/Totnes: 2nd July

Coach to Dartmouth.  After an early lunch for those who wish a boat cruises up the River Dart to Totnes - £7.50 concession for one way trip - boat leaves Dartmouth at 13.45.  Trip is 1 1/2 hours so a little time in Totnes for a quick shop.  If some do not wish to take the boat trip the coach will remain in Dartmouth and then go back to Totnes later on for the return to the village.

Botanical Gardens of Wales: 6th August

For those with Westonbirt cards entry is free. Groups of 10 or more discounted rate of £7.50. This includes entry to the British Birds of Prey centre in the gardens with several flights a day with birds of prey and with owls.  It also includes several gardens including Apothecary Garden and Bee Garden; plus many more.  Also a garden centre;  Seasons Restaurant and the Great Glasshouse; the largest single-span great glasshouse in the world which houses the largest collection of Mediterranean plants in the Northern Hemisphere.  Although these regions cover less than 2% of the Earth’s surface, they contain more than 20% of all known flowering plant species, and their richness and plant diversity are considered second only in importance to tropical rain forests.

Winchester:  3rd September:

Plenty to do in the City:  For those who would like something different, (if I get enough take up) I will get the coach to take those interested to Marwell Zoo, home to over 1,200 animals from 135 of species.  Quite a few of the animals are on the endangered species list.  This trip would take up most the day to get full benefit from it.

Discounted concession price for groups of 12+ is £14.80.

Hereford:  1st October:

Cathedral; Mappa Mundi; Chain Library; Cider Museum (10 minute walk from City centre)(concessions £5); Museum & Art Gallery; Old Market - lots of shopping!  If anyone fancies a trip outside Hereford - Hampton Court Castle - 15th century.  £12.50 concessions for house and gardens.  About 15 min trip from Hereford.  Discounted rates for groups of 20 or more.  Allow around 2 hours for garden walk.  Also River walks - 30-60 mins and Orangery Cafe for snacks or light lunches.

Worcester:  2nd November:

Last visited in 2016 and Wow!  Another Cathedral! and statue of Edward Elgar who came from the Worcester area. Cripplegate Park - not too far from the cathedral.  Gheluvelt Park great for a stroll.  Croome Park (NT) - garden designed by Capability Brown.  Around 20 minutes from centre.  I could arrange a trip out there on the coach if enough people are interested.  £13.40 - £11.40 for group of 15 or more.