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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.   

TRIPS


1st May Bournemouth:   golden beaches, gardens, shops. Land train    between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers.  Also Boscombe Chine   Gardens inland from the pier.  Plenty of restaurants to choose along   the front.

5th June Weymouth:  Regulars will know Weymouth well. Try the sand    sculptures at Lodmore Country Park - entry concessions £5     (£1discount when purchased online).  2018 theme TV and film.   Good place to have a paddle!

3rd July Portsmouth:  Royal Naval Dockyard;  HMS Queen Elizabeth, the new aircraft carrier;  Mary Rose;  HMS Victory; HMS Warrior - 1860;   Harbour Tours.  Entry (senior)  £25.20 - covers all the above and lasts for 1 year.  D-Day tapestry, slightly on the outskirts but the coach parks there so can take you out and bring back to dockyard and Gun Wharf Quays (shops and restaurants)  Senior cost for D-Day museum £8.00.

7th August Sidmouth:  Folk Festival.  Everyone enjoyed this in 2016 so thought a return visit would be welcomed.

4th Sept. Poole:  Jurassic Coast boat trip or Brownsea Island  Cafe open from   10.00 n island serving home cooked meals and a cold selection. Jurassic trip along the coast is 2 1/4 hrs - £12.50 for trip.  Bars on board - hot and cold drinks and snacks.  Note:  Poole Pottery has closed down.

2nd Oct. Kew Gardens:  Autumn colours and exhibition around the grounds of around 70 sculptures.  Concessions £14 paid online.  Land train £5. Treetop walkway; Palm House - tropical plants; paintings gallery; Arboretum; Bamboo Garden; Alpine House; Great Pagoda; Japanese Landscape; Kew Palace and Kitchens; Kitchen Garden, Mediterranean Garden; 37 acre natural area.  Several cafes serving selection of food.

6th Nov. Oxford: Colleges, shopping, canal, museums (e.g. Ashmolean) and Radcliffe Camera (built 1737-49 to house the Radcliffe Science Library)   attached to the Bodleian Library.  The Ashmolean (free entry) was   founded n 1683 by Elias Ashmole.  It is the oldest public museum in   the world.  There is an interesting story behind this for recounting on   the day involving a father and son called Tradescant.