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Posted:  Saturday 26th June 2010; updated 4th July.

A Spring Holiday in North Wales
for London Plant Associates

Monday - Friday, May 3rd to 7th, 2010

DAY 1 - Thurrock to North Wales with stops at a Farm Crafts Centre and The National Memorial Arboretum.

North Wales is a popular destination with Associates with the North East Associates visiting Llandudno in March 2010 and Manchester Associates in October 2008.

So, when on Monday May 3rd 30 London Associates boarded a coach at London Plant to go to Warner's Hotel, Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales, for 4 nights 5 days we were following a well trodden path.

Our first stop was for breakfast at The Old Dairy Farm Crafts Centre, Upper Stowe, Northamptonshire, which was very welcome after our early start.

The entrance to the Old Dsairy Farm Crafts Centre
The Old Dairy Farm Craft Centre.

Ross, our driver.
Ross, our driver for the week.

En route.
En route again, headed towards our next stop.


The next stop was Arboretum Memorial at Lichfield, Staffordshire; the stay of 1½ hours did not give sufficient time to see all of it, but it did give Derek Germaney, our photographer, time to take a lot of photos, some of which are shown below.

The National Memorial Arboretum was conceived as a tribute to the war time generations of the twentieth century and as a gift to the memory for future generations to reflect upon and enjoy.


Some photos from the National Memorial Arboretum.

Sculptures at the National Memorial.

From the start it was seen as a place of joy where the lives of people would be remembered by living trees that would grow and mature in a world of peace. The project began with no money, no land, no staff and no trees. The National Lottery granted forty per cent of the funds and this was matched by thousands of donations large and small, from a wide variety of organisations both military and civilian.

We then continued to the hotel where a warm welcome awaited us.

Warner’s Hotel, Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales
Our hotel, Warner's at Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales

Click here to go to the next page, for an account and photos of our second day, or follow the links below.


Text:  Ron Suttling (Trip organiser)  Photos:  Derek Germaney


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