Guided Tour of Haynes Motor Museum Thurs 21st March 2024.

Guided Tour of Haynes Motor Museum Thurs 21st March 2024.

This will be a “guided tour” of Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford, near Yeovil, with time to explore individually too. The museum contains a collection of over 400 cars and motorcycles along with a collection of automobilia. (

This trip will be via a minibus in which we are able to take 16 people and the driver (total 17) so allocation of spaces on the minibus will be on a first come first served basis. If more than 16 people wish to go and are willing to self-drive they will be able to meet us at the museum in Sparkford and join in the tour.

The proposed timetable is the following:

  • Leave Wickes 09:00
  • Arrive at Haynes approx. 10:15
  • Time available when we arrive for comfort break and orientate and make ourselves known to guide
  • Tour to start at 10:45, which will last up to 1 ½ hours
  • Lunch 12:30 – 13:30. The museum has a café that selection of
    • Sandwiches
    • Soup
    • Pasties
    • Sauage rolls
    • cakes
  • 13:30 -14:45 free time to look around
  • 14:45 leave for Home

The cost for the trip is £20.00

If you wish to come on this trip, please advise me as soon as possible. As the trip is restricted to 16 persons it will be on a first come, first served basis for the minibus. No money should be paid just now but I will send the successful applicants’ details of how to pay by BACS. If we have more than 16 and if people are willing to self-drive their cost will be adjusted accordingly.

If you have any questions on this trip, please contact Kevin Barter at or 07974 111551

Photography Group February Meeting

The Group met at 10:15 on 12th February with the theme ‘Mood/Atmosphere’.

4 people attended as Mike Liberson had a hospital appointment.

Overall best picture was Rosemary Crumplin’s ‘Halo’.

Halos are a sign of high, thin cirrus clouds drifting 20,000 feet (6 km) or more above our heads. These clouds contain millions of tiny ice crystals. The halos you see are caused by both refraction, or splitting of light, and also by reflection, or glints of light from these ice crystals. The crystals must be oriented and positioned just so with respect to your eye, for the halo to appear. Rosemary’s photo was taken using her mobile phone – the phenomena is very transient, her husband John Clark was not quite at the same view angle and missed it.

The overall standard of the folios was very high (see Group Web page for individual samples) with different takes on the subject theme. The web page contains two pictures by John Hawke of the same trees that appear as one – a before and after following a recent storm – hence his title ‘Tragedy’.


The March theme is ‘Motion. John Hawke encouraged members to try various techniques such as panning, intentional camera movement, slow exposure, etc to create an impression of movement.

Trip to Bath Christmas Market, Thursday 30th November 2023 

A small group assembled at Wickes on a dry, bright morning and awaited the coach, organised by Test Villages U3A.  It arrived on time and we had an excellent trip to Bath where the organisation and signage for the drop-off point was excellent.  There were plenty of officials on hand to point us in the right direction for the market and off we went, to meet up again just after 8pm for the equally quick return journey.  The market, spread over several streets was not too crowded and it was easy to see, browse, in some cases sample the goods and buy from numerous chalets. As darkness fell the lights made it a very festive scene.  An excellent trip, it wasn’t too cold nor did it rain, some presents bought and a good restaurant found to return to on future trips to Bath.  The only drawback – for me anyway was the walk up the hill to get back to the coach!

Ann Barter

 (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)