Sussex Matinee Club



Theatre Trips – Claire Wickes

Our members love going to see shows in the West End, and at least once a year at Chichester Festival Theatre. We call it the “Matinee Club” but in reality there is no club and no subscription either! If you’d like to join us for the occasional theatre trip, you just need to be added to our mailing list. If you have email, just email Claire Wickes at and ask to be added to the Matinee Club list.

If you don’t have email, then instead please write to Claire at: 85 Larkspur Drive, Burgess Hill RH15 0UL and please enclose a few stamps (or SAEs). Claire sends out emails/letters a few times a year with details of a show and its special offer group price. We don’t travel all together, or book a coach, we just get the theatre tickets and everyone makes our own way there and sit together in a group to enjoy the show. You don’t have to go to every show, you don’t have to go to any show! Just book if you want to, or give it a miss if it’s not your thing or you’ve already seen that one.

Outings and Theatre Trips -There are no outings being advertised to you this summer, because the take-up of the last two has been so low, that we barely made the minimum number required. By contrast, our theatre trips (publicised through our free-to-join Matinee Club) are thriving and we regularly take between 35 and 50 people to shows

in London and beyond, and these will therefore continue to be arranged. If anyone would like to organise an outing for us, you are welcome to come forward with your ideas and offers of help! However, please bear in mind that some outings require an upfront nonreturnable deposit payment, or a venue will only hold places for a month or less, which means we do not have time to advertise it in the pages of this newsletter. We do thank several of you for suggesting outings in the past, and the only reason that some of them have not been progressed is that, either we’ve already done it (e.g. Christ’s Hospital School) or they do not hold places long enough (e.g. SS Shieldhall or Paddle Steamer Waverley boat trips) or we cannot get tickets at all (popular shows in West End like Hamilton) or it’s appallingly expensive (e.g. RHS Chelsea Flower Show), or it’s not accessible by public transport (e.g. Borde Hill Garden).

It doesn’t mean we don’t like the idea, just that it doesn’t work for our group. One lovely idea was to have a boat trip from Southampton with Blue Funnel Cruises – it sounded wonderful – but unfortunately they require a hefty deposit upfront and only hold places for two weeks. TWO WEEKS! How can we advertise this sort of outing in a quarterly newsletter (which many of you receive by post), get it printed and posted, then get your bookings back by post and bank your cheques, wait for the cheques to clear so we can pay the supplier, within two weeks? It’s not going to happen!

Blue Badge guided walks in London We ran a couple of Mystery Tours, where we met somewhere in London and were then given a leisurely and informative walk around an area or venue with an expert guide. We have loads of other London (and other location) walks being offered to us, but perhaps a Mystery Tour is not the way you want to do it? Would you rather know in advance where you were going to go? Are you worried about the amount of walking, standing and listening that would be expected of you? If you’ve got any thoughts on the matter, please do contact Claire Wickes (see E-Mail address and home address above) and we can then plan ahead and take one of the varied tours that we are increasingly being sent at the moment.

OSA Holiday 2020

Next year’s holiday will be based at The Victoria Hotel in Torquay for six days (five nights) from Monday 18 May to Saturday 23 May. The cost will be £555.00 per person and a deposit of £75.00 is required to secure a place.

For more information and Insurance Acceptance Forms (see below) contact Peter Blanthorn – e-mail, telephone 01672 870493, address Moonraker, Rivar Road, Shalbourne, Wiltshire, SN8 3RR. I must draw your special attention to Travel Insurance.

Airedale Tours believe that it is important for you to be adequately insured to provide protection and peace of mind. All who travel on our holidays are offered a complimentary travel insurance policy. It is important that all travellers satisfy themselves that the cover is appropriate for their needs and opt in to the policy by completing the paperwork we will supply. Airedale Tours have been advised by their insurers that those who wish to opt in to the complimentary insurance must provide their insurance acceptance form with their deposit. Insurance acceptance forms submitted after deposits have been paid and received by Airedale Tours cannot be accepted.