44 members of he Serendipity group, which is part of Crewkerne & District U3A, enjoyed a five day Turkey and Tinsel holiday on the Isle of Wight. The group visited St Mildred’s church, which Queen Victoria used to attend while staying at Osborne, the Needles and Alum Bay, where they sampled various wines, liqueurs and fruit juices at a vineyard. They also visited Ryde for shopping and a stroll on the beach. Some members of the Serendipity group visited Sandown zoo, home to big cats including lions and tigers that have been rescued from circuses and tourist attractions.
The group stayed at the Parkbury Hotel in Sandown where they enjoyed a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding and an early visit from Father Christmas, who handed out presents to everyone. Entertainment was laid on by the hotel with an evening of dancing and singing. Val Warren said: “It was a cracker. We had a fabulous time.”
On the last morning in the Isle of Wight, a presentation of a painting of the Needles was made by Mike Larcombe on behalf of the Serendipity group, to Dave and Janet Wilkinson who organised the trip. The aim of Serendipity is to provide friendly enjoyable and affordable holidays in the UK for members of Crewkerne & District U3A. Val Warren said: “It was a wonderful holiday and the group does help to show that learning can be fun.”