2013 Mystery Trip

Cleethorpes - Saturday, June 29th

 

This years trip saw two coaches filled with Snarestone families on their annual trip to the seaside. The choice this year was Cleethorpes, to coincide with Armed Forces Day, which meant the town was buzzing with activities, marching bands, air displays, music and costumes from the 1940's. The weather behaved and the coaches did too, which meant that the day was a great success. We hope everyone that came enjoyed themselves, and will join us again on next years trip, wherever that may be!

 

Below are a small selection of the many fine photographs taken by Seppo on the day. Many Thanks once again Seppo for these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Mystery Trip

Llandudno - Saturday, June 25th

 

Another year on and the good folk of Snarestone were on their way to the seaside again. This years destination was a new one, thanks mainly to the improved road network across North Wales but also the fact that this was one of the least likely places to suffer rain today. On arrival, people left the bus to set off and discover the town, which impressed many with its pretty architecture, attractive promenade and pier, all set in the shadow of the Great Orme. Some took the tram as far as the half way house, some just crashed on the beach for a game of cricket and a picnic. A great day was had by all, but will probably be remembered as the trip when the bus broke down on the way home leaving us all for three hours at Sandbach services waiting for a replacement. Still, worse things have happened, and the company remained in good spirits thanks to the entertainment provided by adults and children alike as we waited.

 

The summer Mystery trip is organised by the Tote committee.

Snarestone children and OAP's go free (And also get a little spending money). The event, along with the Christmas Party is funded by the weekly running of the tote. If you would like to enter into the Tote draw and support these events, please contact any of the Tote committee or email this website and we will be happy to help.

Tote@snarestone.org.uk

 

Some photos from the day.....

 

Exploring on the beach

 

Myles in fine form

 

Gymnastics on the beach

 

As well as the traditional planting of children

 

Laura, a donkey and the pier.

 

Take That, the early days.

 

We had an apology from the coach company about the breakdown.......

 

but no apology from Chubb for his singing.

 

Tote Treasurer smiling. Suspicious.

 

2010 Mystery Trip

Weston Super Mare - Saturday, June 19th

 

Various date clashes and the small matter of the World Cup Finals meant that this years trip was slightly earlier than usual, but still brought together nearly 80 villagers and friends outside the Globe in the early morning sunshine to catch the double-decker bus to sunny Weston. Heavy rain had been forecast on the East, so the decision was made. A reasonably short motorway rumble with a service station stop along the way saw the party arrive in good time to make the most of their day. As ever, everyone set off with their own agenda's on arrival, for some it was straight onto the beach, others set off to mooch, some enjoyed the RAF band playing in the gardens and many enjoyed the sand sculptures on the beach, a selection of which are pictured below. The weather turned out even better than expected and there was plenty of colour in the faces when everyone returned to the coach at the end of the day.

 

The summer Mystery trip is organised by the Tote committee.

Snarestone children and OAP's go free (And also get a little spending money). The event, along with the Christmas Party is funded by the weekly running of the tote. If you would like to enter into the Tote draw and support these events, please contact any of the Tote committee or email this website and we will be happy to help.

Tote@snarestone.org.uk

 

A selection of the sand sculptures. This years theme was "Britain".

 

Causing chaos on Weston's roads

 

Has to be the picture for a caption competition......send in your suggestions. (Printable please)

 

Nice to see the kids playing together so nicely.

 

 

2009 Mystery Trip

 

Saturday 27th June saw this years Mystery Trip for the OAPs and Children of Snarestone, plus guests, as the Tote Committee celebrated its 50th Anniversary. To mark the occasion there was a glass of the fizzy stuff on offer as the party returned to the luxury double-decker coach after its first service station stop on route to sunny Southport. As with most years, the weather forecast was not too promising for any corner of the country which was a little disappointing considering the scorching sunshine of the previous week. However, Southport we knew to be a fine resort with plenty to do whatever the weather, and it had also been improved yet further since our last visit back in 2005. There was plenty on offer, from tram rides down the pier, to walks along the prom and boating lake, the beach, some fine shopping opportunities and the usual selection of amusements and eateries. It has to be said, that the weather could have been worse, starting a little overcast, it rained for half an hour at lunch time, but then the sun came out for the afternoon and it was really turning into a nice evening by the time we were getting back on the coach!

On returning to the coach, it was nice to see what variation there was in everyone's day with most people making the most of their time doing exactly what they wanted to do, from watching the parade of war veterans in the morning to a day on Lord street shopping, some wandered from chip shop to pub and back, some lay on the beach, some went boating on the lake, some did absolutely nothing, but either way, it looked like everyone had had a great day.

 

The summer Mystery trip is organised by the Tote committee.

Snarestone children and OAP's go free (And also get a little spending money). The event, along with the Christmas Party is funded by the weekly running of the tote. If you would like to enter into the Tote draw and support these events, please contact any of the Tote committee or email this website and we will be happy to help.

Tote@snarestone.org.uk

 

Photos to follow soon. IF you took any on the day, please send them to me at Richard@snarestone.org.uk

Thanks

 

Last Year

Mystery Trip 2008

 

Saturday, July 5th was the date for this years village Mystery Trip. After hours of monitoring the nations weather patterns, it soon became obvious that there was nowhere in the British Isles that wasn't going to experience some rain during the day. The east coast looked like getting some sunshine later in the day, and that seemed a better option than the tornado which was sweeping up the west coast. So Mablethorpe it was, a new venue, but one which seemed to have most of the ingredients required for such a trip.

On arrival, however, the tornado seemed to have drifted off course and arrived the same time as we did. One by one, each village elder would step off the coach, and as they opened their umbrellas, all would say "What time are we back at the coooooooooaaaaaaaa......" as they blew away towards the town. Defiantly, and to the chuckles of the coach driver and car park assistant, the younger ones reached for their buckets and spades, each insisting that they were alright and that they didn't need a coat. Approximately three minutes later, many found themselves taking shelter in 'Sharkys', a surprisingly pleasant bar, with indoor go-karting for the little people.

While the village elders continued to see how much water their kagools could take on, some sought shelter in two beach huts, much to the amusement of the locals, again. The attendant took great delight in reminding us just how hot it was yesterday.

Gradually familiar faces all gathered at 'the huts' as finally the forecasters vision of a sunny afternoon materialised.

Old, middle aged and young all used the conditions to dry out their wet clothes and enjoy the new purchases from Mablethorpe's abundance of 'Pound shops'. Harold in his new cap (3), June in her new tracksuit trousers (2) and Niamh and Eve in a number of new outfits, many of which will probably never be seen again, however, they did have enough to convert one of the huts into their own personal dressing room for the day.

 

The summer Mystery trip is organised by the Tote committee.

Snarestone children and OAP's go free (And also get a little spending money). The event, along with the Christmas Party is funded by the weekly running of the tote. If you would like to enter into the Tote draw and support these events, please contact any of the Tote committee or email this website and we will be happy to help.

Tote@snarestone.org.uk

 

Here are some memories of the day, thanks to Paul and Di Barnard for the photography. Again!

 

Lord Thorp completes breakfast, and politely waves at the public

 

Adrian impresses the ladies as he tries to dry his shorts 'from within'

 

Mike entertains the troops in the beach hut 11.

 

Come on, you WILL enjoy the seaside.

 

Snarestone's laser media hardman offers Harold and May some warming coffee.

 

Malcolm smiling, despite the rain.

 

May drying out

 

"Point that camera somewhere else!"

 

Coach Davies and Coach Thorp put Malcolm through a tough 'sit-up' workout.

 

Now who wished they had sunglasses?!

 

Finally chance to lie on the beach

 

Me, me, pick me, pick me.

 

Cheers

 

John was this years 'Sleeper on the coach'

 

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2007

Saturday 7th July 2007

Another year, and another mystery trip. This years destination was sunny Cleethorpes. After a nervous few minutes, the coach arrived  slightly late to a relieved crowd gathered outside The Globe at 07:00, with memories of last years 'coach situation' still fresh in the minds! All was OK this time though, and there was no need for Norman and Pam's emergency tea and bacon sandwiches or for Trudy to make use of all those Snarestone millennium mugs for the waiting trippers sat along the pavement! With refreshments loaded, children thrown in and everyone accounted for, we were ready to go.

This years driver was keen to add to the mystery by 'going the long way' out of the village. A move which was soon advised against by the organising Tote committee who figured that nobody would be able to work it out just by going via Twycross rather than Measham! Back on course, and with a brief stop at Doncaster services, we were on the beach by 10:30.

With choice of beaches, Theme Parks, Land trains, crazy Golf, a promenade and the shops, there was plenty for everyone, and all who went seemed to have a good day out.

Here are some pictures from the day, thanks to Paul Barnard for contributing most of them.

Security was lapse, as they appeared to let anyone on the beach.

 

 

The punishment for poor behaviour on the coach soon became obvious.

 

Donkeys!

 

Base Camp!

 

A sad reminder of modern times in Britain, as for some, the beach is 'home'.

 

The Mixed Doubles match was delayed while Harold looked out for another partner.

 

Traditional supper.

 

The elegant Saunders, enjoying the views.

 

The Ripley's, after a wander to 'Blue Bay'

 

A great day out, and a Torres has signed for Liverpool. No wonder she is smiling.

 

    

But for some, it was just too much.

 

The summer Mystery trip is organised by the Tote committee.

Snarestone children and OAP's go free (And also get a little spending money). The event, along with the Christmas Party is funded by the weekly running of the tote. If you would like to enter into the Tote draw and support these events, please contact any of the Tote committee or email this website and we will be happy to help.

Tote@snarestone.org.uk