Outings 3 Photos
Outings Group 3, co-ordinated by Jean Smith, visited Southern Television Centre in Southampton, arranged by Binky Porter. Eight people attended and they all thoroughly enjoyed it.
Arundel Castle - June 2015
Guided walk of Chichester Medieval city walls - April 2015
St Cross, Winchester - Feb 2015
Guided walk around Wickham
During October members of Outings Group 3 were taken on an entertaining guided walk around Wickham by the village’s historical society. We discovered that it was the fording place of the River Meon on the Roman road between Chichester and Winchester. It was the birthplace of William of Wykeham, founder of Winchester College and New College, Oxford and the village was an intermediate station on the Meon Valley Railway, a late Victorian route, until the line closed in 1955.
We learnt lots of fascinating facts about the famous Wickham square which is the second largest in Britain (although it is a rectangle, not a square!) and explored the many architectural styles of the buildings surrounding the square and beyond. After our 90 minute wander we had a well-deserved cream tea at the Baytree tea rooms!
Visit to Rolls Royce factory at Goodwood
In August 2013 our group and a few members from other groups had a very enlightening visit to view the car production line at the Rolls Royce factory based near Goodwood. We saw how they produce their Phantom, Ghost and new Wraith models which range in price from £200,000 to £600,000 depending on the number of bespoke features are ordered. We tried to have a whip round to buy a top of the range one for our chairman but couldn’t quite raise enough cash! We all left rushing off to buy lottery tickets!
A New Forest Visit
A beautiful May day saw our group in the New Forest. We were to initially have lunch at the catering teaching college at Brockenhurst and then to take a boat trip on the Hamble River from Bucklers Hard. The sun shone throughout the day from clear skies as the photos show. The meal was excellent, in taste, presentation, and service. The trip from the Hard was on a calm river and, since this was not the height of the tourist season, not crowded. Leaving the launch a quick exploration of the shipwright’s cottage and church was made and then before dispersing a reviving cup of tea! It was a very good day out, with many thanks to the organiser.