Middlebrook Pike UMC Choir - England 2012

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A presentation outlining Middlebrook Pike UMC Choir's Methodist Heritage performing tour across England in June 2012. First presented at the church on May 10, 2011.

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  • The company's motto is "Learn to travel, travel to learn" and it's this idea that travel is a special form of education and the philosophy that learning can be and should be fun, that is at the heart of all of Casterbridge's activities and why, as a former (personalize) teacher, I take particular pleasure in being associated with Casterbridge Tours.
  • As we make these opening words I thought that you might like to see where our company was founded, this is Casterbridge Hall, where we began our operations in 1979 in the southwest of England in the little village of Templecombe. You would be quite right to ask (name), where do you English come up with ridiculous-sounding names for these English villages? In fact Templecombe - because Combe is an ancient celtic word meaning Valley and Temple because this used to be home to the Knight's Templar. So it was literally on the rolling countryside around C. Hall that these medieval knights used to joust, practice horse riding, sword fighting and various chivalrous arts before going off on their crusades to defend the Christian treasures in the Holy Land .   25 years ago Casterbridge brought our first few groups stayed to C. Hall around the surrounding Wessex area and this is where our touring philosophies evolved:
  • In a musical context we have adopted the words of Josef Haydn: “My Language is Spoken throughout the World.” We believe that music is a universal, unifying form of communication and see evidence of this demonstrated throughout the year as our choirs, bands and orchestras perform to appreciative audiences throughout the world on a weekly basis.
  • In a musical context we have adopted the words of Josef Haydn: “My Language is Spoken throughout the World.” We believe that music is a universal, unifying form of communication and see evidence of this demonstrated throughout the year as our choirs, bands and orchestras perform to appreciative audiences throughout the world on a weekly basis.
  • Firstly, every group has their own private tour. You will never be combined with other groups who might not share your same standards or interests. It is your own bus, your own driver, your own guide, 24 hours a day, your own private program.
  • Secondly, this structure of having your own private tour means you can custom-design your own tour exclusively for your own group anywhere around the themes, dates and destinations of your choosing and that is exactly what Mr/Mrs has done with their tour of ........(Historic and Literary England).
  • On a touring note, we like to spend more time off the bus visiting the sights rather than more time on the bus going past the sights!
  • If that is the case, let’s include in advance as many of the admissions as possible. Nothing is worse than putting a student in a position where they have traveled half-way round the world and don’t have the funds to visit a sight on any one day that they have waited half their life to see. This also means that the students don’t have to carry large amounts of spending money, which for younger students is very important indeed. And this also allows us to take advantage of our group rates for you to offer our group's the best possible value for money at all times.   You are looking at one of our groups at Glastonbury Abbey, sat in front of the grave of King Arthur and Guinevere
  • Finally (if we are trying to give the group a maximum insight into the local culture) let's have a guide with you at all times throughout the day. The guides are under a strict brief to make the evenings as much an activity filled part of the day as the morning and afternoon. To be honest, it is often such personal touches that we think can make the difference between a good tour and a really great tour.
  • What has happened 25 years later by using these philosophies? We now have our own full-time office in North America, we've gathered a team of great travelers, many former teachers, we're not only doing tours around the south-west of England, we are doing tours throughout all of Britain,
  • For your reference, around groups travel with Casterbridge on an annual basis (everything from schools, colleges to choirs, bands and special interest adult groups) .
  •   2002 …we were very honored to be awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award
  • We’ve obviously undergone a tremendous growth over recent years and we attribute that success to the very tangible benefits of having your own private tour and the personal attention and service that ensues for each group as a result. The advantages are that it is infinitely more flexible, intimate, more personal atmosphere for all concerned and it is a safer, more fun, more educational ,.   A Casterbridge tour is safe, fun, flexible, intimate and of course educational………
  • What is our aim at the end of a day. to provide you with an interesting, enjoyable vacation but more than that, with your own guide and this variety of activities we to provide you with a unique and very personal insight into the people and culture of the country you are visiting. The European way of life.   Conclusion So, as you look over…. and view …as you will have the opportunity to do on one of your final evenings (in Rome), for our part, I know that everyone at CT both in our Head office in Europe and in our liaison office in Virginia, we will all be doing our utmost to make sure that you all have an, interesting, rewarding and very highly enjoyable experience as you discover (Historic and Literary England). Thank you very much.
  • And that is why it is a particular pleasure for us to work with our choral or performing groups, because by performing in an awe-inspiring or historic setting, you are bringing the music alive in a very personal way. And of course the interaction and communication that can ensue with the audience as a result of your performances is exactly what we think travel should be all about!
  • After that we will stroll through Covent Garden, one of the more popular social gathering places in London. We'll dine in the area before seeing a theatre performance
  • A bit about the hotels Casterbridge chooses.... Casterbridge does not choose to use large monolithic cookie-cutter hotels.
  • into Asia, China, Hong Kong, Turkey,
  • And while we are at it - you won't be finding McDonald's on the list of places we dine. INstead we will choose smaller cafes serving local cuisine.
  • After that we will stroll through Covent Garden, one of the more popular social gathering places in London. We'll dine in the area before seeing a theatre performance
  • After that we will stroll through Covent Garden, one of the more popular social gathering places in London. We'll dine in the area before seeing a theatre performance
  • So... On to our tour of London, the Capital of Great Britain.
  • Our next mroning, we will have the opportunity to see the treasures that the Britich Museum holds.
  • Including items from ancient greece, the Sutton Hoo treasure and the Rosetta Stone - the discovery that gave us the key to be able to decipher hieroglyphics.
  • See Tony Blair's home (10 Downing Street)
  • Before our tour ends, we will also spend time in a local London Street MArket, and take a tour of BBC television.
  • For your reference, around groups travel with Casterbridge on an annual basis (everything from schools, colleges to choirs, bands and special interest adult groups) .
  • into Asia, China, Hong Kong, Turkey,
  • into Asia, China, Hong Kong, Turkey,
  • into Asia, China, Hong Kong, Turkey,
  • Middlebrook Pike UMC Choir - England 2012

    1. 1. MIDDLEBROOK PIKE UMC CHOIR: Exploring England’s Methodist Heritage in 2012
    2. 2. Casterbridge Tours <ul><li>Learn To Travel </li></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul><ul><li>Travel To Learn </li></ul>
    3. 3. Casterbridge Hall <ul><li>Casterbridge was Founded in 1979 by Educators, for Educators </li></ul><ul><li>Located in the Southwest of England in the Village of Templecombe </li></ul><ul><li>Former Grounds of the Knights Templar </li></ul>Where Our Touring Philosophies Evolved
    4. 4. CASTERBRIDGE CONCERT TOURS <ul><li>My Language is Spoken Throughout the World </li></ul><ul><li>Joseph Haydn </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>I look on All </li></ul><ul><li>of the World </li></ul><ul><li>as my Parish </li></ul><ul><li>John Wesley </li></ul>
    6. 6. You Will Always Have Your Own Private Tour
    7. 7. Custom-Design Your Own Personalized Itinerary <ul><li>Your Chosen </li></ul><ul><li>Destinations </li></ul><ul><li>Your Specific Cultural </li></ul><ul><li>or Musical Theme </li></ul><ul><li>Your Exact Dates </li></ul>
    8. 8. We Spend Time Off The Bus
    9. 9. All Admission Costs are Included in Advance <ul><li>Maximize the Travel </li></ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Less Spending Money </li></ul><ul><li>Needed on Tour </li></ul><ul><li>Group Admission Rates </li></ul><ul><li>Many Admissions are </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Booked to Avoid </li></ul><ul><li>Wasting Time in Lines </li></ul>King Arthur’s Grave at Glastonbury Casterbridge Has No Optional Admissions or Excursions!
    10. 10. A Tour Manager/Guide with the Group 24 Hours Per Day Ultimate Peace of Mind <ul><li>Meets the Group at the </li></ul><ul><li>Arrival Airport </li></ul><ul><li>Leads Daily Sightseeing </li></ul><ul><li>Handles all Logistical </li></ul><ul><li>Aspects of the Tour </li></ul><ul><li>Suggests and Arranges </li></ul><ul><li>Evening and Spare </li></ul><ul><li>Time Activities </li></ul>
    11. 11. So What has Happened Since 1979? <ul><li>We have put together a staff of world travelers & Performing Arts specialists </li></ul><ul><li>We have opened a new Head Office in Sherborne, England and have a US Office in Staunton, Virginia </li></ul><ul><li>We have grown due to word of mouth & have acquired a reputation for quality </li></ul>We Now Operate Tours on Six Continents!
    12. 12. Our New West Coast Office at Castle Green in Pasadena
    13. 13. Every Year Over 200 Groups Travel On Casterbridge Programs <ul><li>Choirs, Bands and Orchestras </li></ul><ul><li>Schools, Colleges and Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Alumni Associations </li></ul><ul><li>Church Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Adult & Family Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Museums, Clubs and Institutions </li></ul>TRAVEL AS YOUR OWN PRIVATE GROUP WITH AS FEW AS 10 PARTICIPANTS
    14. 14. Perform in Prestigious Sacred Venues <ul><li>Options Include: </li></ul><ul><li>Kaiser Wilhelm Church in Berlin </li></ul><ul><li>St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin </li></ul><ul><li>St. Paul’s Cathedral in London </li></ul><ul><li>St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome </li></ul><ul><li>Domkirche in Salzburg </li></ul><ul><li>St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice </li></ul><ul><li>St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna </li></ul>Notre Dame St. Vitus Cathedral
    15. 15. Perform in Local Churches <ul><li>Options Include: </li></ul><ul><li>St Michael’s Church in Haworth </li></ul><ul><li>St Nicholas’ Church in Galway </li></ul><ul><li>Franciscan Church in Rothenburg </li></ul><ul><li>Bach Church in Arnstadt </li></ul><ul><li>St Thomas’ Church in Prague </li></ul>
    16. 16. Perform in Public and Social Venues <ul><li>Options Include: </li></ul><ul><li>The Pump Rooms in Bath </li></ul><ul><li>Letensky Chateau in Prague </li></ul><ul><li>The Sampson Centre in York </li></ul><ul><li>Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg </li></ul><ul><li>Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh </li></ul><ul><li>The Spanish Steps in Rome </li></ul><ul><li>Schools, Colleges and </li></ul><ul><li>Embassies around the World </li></ul>Luxembourg Gardens Schonbrunn Palace
    17. 17. Royal Recognition in 2002 <ul><li>The Queen’s Award recognizes the best companies in Great Britain </li></ul><ul><li>Casterbridge was the only travel company to win the Queen’s Award in 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>We are only the fourth tour operator to be honored since 1995 </li></ul><ul><li>The award was presented to our Head Office by Prince Edward & his wife Sophie </li></ul>
    18. 18. The Advantages of a Private and Custom-Designed Performing Tour <ul><li>The Best Concert Arrangements </li></ul><ul><li>Greater Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Intimate Atmosphere is a Safer Recipe for Success </li></ul><ul><li>The Potential for More Fun on Tour </li></ul><ul><li>A Truly Musical & Cultural Experience </li></ul>
    19. 19. What is our Aim at the End of Every Casterbridge Tour? <ul><li>Give All Participants a Rewarding and Enjoyable Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Meet the Educational, Musical & Cultural Goals of Each Group </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a Unique Insight into the Local Culture, People and Way of Life </li></ul>
    20. 20. See The World From a Musician’s Perspective…
    21. 21. Scheduled Flights
    22. 22. YOUR OWN PRIVATE BUS & DRIVER
    23. 23. GREAT BRITAIN WITH CASTERBRIDGE TOURS
    24. 24. ENGLAND WALES AND SCOTLAND
    25. 25. Manchester
    26. 26. YORK
    27. 27. YORK CITY WALLS WALKING TOUR
    28. 28. SHAMBLES
    29. 29. STREET INSIDE THE YORK CASTLE MUSEUM
    30. 30. YORK MINSTER
    31. 31. YORK MINSTER
    32. 32. YORK MINSTER NAVE
    33. 33. PERFORM IN YORK MINSTER
    34. 34. YARM – Octagonal Methodist Chapel
    35. 35. GUISBOROUGH – Wesley in the Marketplace
    36. 36. Visit the Guisborough Priory Ruins
    37. 37. WHITBY
    38. 38. A Visit to Pickering
    39. 39. EPWORTH - RECTORY
    40. 40. ST. ANDREW’S PARISH CHURCH
    41. 41. EPWORTH WESLEY CHURCH
    42. 42. Gainsborough Old Hall
    43. 43. Scrooby
    44. 44. Where We Will Be Staying?
    45. 45. ????????
    46. 46. CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: WHERE WILL WE BE STAYING IN BRITAIN? <ul><li>Three Star or Superior 2-Star </li></ul><ul><li>Tourist Class Hotels with </li></ul><ul><li>Private Facilities Guaranteed </li></ul><ul><li>Clean & Comfortable Hotels </li></ul><ul><li>Charm & Character of the </li></ul><ul><li>Area you will be Visiting </li></ul><ul><li>Twin Rooming (on occasion a </li></ul><ul><li>triple may be used if there is </li></ul><ul><li>an odd number) </li></ul><ul><li>Centrally Located Hotels </li></ul><ul><li>in London </li></ul>
    47. 47. A visit to BOSTON and Tattershall Castle
    48. 48. LINCOLN CATHEDRAL
    49. 49. TRADITIONAL ENGLISH BREAKFAST
    50. 50. PUB LUNCH IN OXFORD
    51. 51. FOOD IN BRITAIN
    52. 52. COVENTRY CATHEDRAL
    53. 53. WARWICK CASTLE
    54. 54. WARWICK CASTLE TOUR
    55. 55. OXFORD
    56. 56. OXFORD UNIVERSITY WALKING TOUR
    57. 57. CHRIST CHURCH COLLEGE
    58. 58. CHRIST CHURCH COLLEGE DINING HALL
    59. 59. LINCOLN COLLEGE CHAPEL
    60. 60. PUNTING IN OXFORD
    61. 61. BRITAIN’S MAGNIFICENT CAPITAL CITY: LONDON
    62. 62. WINSTON CHURCHILL STATUE
    63. 63. BRITISH MUSEUM
    64. 64. THE BRITISH MUSEUM
    65. 65. TREASURES OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM
    66. 66. BRITISH MUSEUM - GOLD NECKLACE
    67. 67. EGYPTIAN COLLECTION
    68. 68. MESOPOTAMIAN COLLECTION
    69. 69. THE ELGIN MARBLE
    70. 70. ELGIN MARBLES
    71. 71. ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL
    72. 72. ASCENT TO THE WHISPERING GALLERY
    73. 73. WHITEHALL WALKING TOUR
    74. 74. HORSE GUARDS PARADE
    75. 75. 10 DOWNING STREET
    76. 76. WESLEY CHAPEL
    77. 77. Wesley Statue Wesley’s House
    78. 78. BUNHILL FIELDS CEMETERY
    79. 79. Aldersgate Street Little Britain
    80. 80. York
    81. 81. Lincoln at night
    82. 82. THE UNIVERSITY CITY OF OXFORD
    83. 83. ST. PAUL’S AT NIGHT
    84. 84. TOWER BRIDGE AT NIGHT
    85. 85. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT AT NIGHT
    86. 86. A HIGHLY REWARDING AND ENJOYABLE TOUR OF ENGLAND
    87. 87. CASTEBRIDGE TRAVEL INSURANCE A Comprehensive Coverage that Includes: <ul><li>Trip Cancellation & Interruption </li></ul><ul><li>Trip Delay </li></ul><ul><li>Baggage & Personal Effects </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Expense </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency Medical Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Accidental Death & Dismemberment </li></ul><ul><li>Services of AIG’s Travel Guard Assist and Live Travel </li></ul>
    88. 88. TRIP CANCELLATION & INTERRUPTION <ul><li>Normal Valid Grounds for Cancellation Include: </li></ul><ul><li>Sickness, Injury or Death of the participant or a member of the Immediate Family </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Default of an Airline, Cruise Line or Tour Operator </li></ul><ul><li>Inclement Weather causing cancellation or interruption of the trip </li></ul><ul><li>Unforeseen Strike resulting in the cessation of travel services </li></ul><ul><li>Insured Participant’s principal residence being made uninhabitable by fire, flood, </li></ul><ul><li>vandalism, burglary or natural disaster </li></ul><ul><li>Insured participant being subpoenaed, required to serve on a jury, hijacked or </li></ul><ul><li>quarantined </li></ul><ul><li>A Terrorist Incident in a City listed on the group’s Itinerary within 30 days of the </li></ul><ul><li>group’s scheduled arrival date. </li></ul><ul><li>Termination of employment or layoff affecting the insured or his/her traveling companion. (Must have been with the same employer for 5 consecutive years) </li></ul>Full Tour Cost Covered in the Event of Cancellation
    89. 89. PRE-EXISTING CONDITION WAIVER! For full details of the coverage, please visit: www.travelguard.com/casterbridge <ul><li>We will waive the pre-existing medical </li></ul><ul><li>condition clause from the cancellation </li></ul><ul><li>portion of the travel insurance for any </li></ul><ul><li>participants that purchase the travel </li></ul><ul><li>insurance at the time of the initial deposit. </li></ul><ul><li>You must provide the $500 deposit plus the amount for the travel insurance. </li></ul><ul><li>The cost of the Travel Insurance is non- </li></ul><ul><li>refundable and non-transferable. </li></ul>
    90. 90. HOW MUCH IS THE TRAVEL INSURANCE? STUDENT RATE (Age 30 or Younger) Trip of 10 or Fewer Days $71 Trip of 11 or More Days $102 ADULT RATE (Age 31 or Older) Trip of 10 or Fewer Days $112 Trip of 11 or More Days $133 INSURANCE = PEACE OF MIND
    91. 91. Steward School Webpage Private Tour Webpage available – Contact your Group Leader for info

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