On Tuesday 1st May, we visited Gilbert White’s House and Oates Museum at Selborne. We left Romsey at 10am and returned around 5pm after a fascinating day out.
On Tuesdays 23 October and 6 November, two parties of Friends visited the National Air Traffic Control Centre, Swanwick. They were fascinated by what they saw and learned, and felt much more confident to travel by air now they understand more fully all the care taken to make sure that incidents should never happen.
Winchester has a wonderful heritage of medieval carvings and also some extremely old furniture. This was a fascinating tour; the guides were excellent.
. We toured in small groups so that everyone could see properly.
We left Church Place, Romsey, after lunch. Following the tour, we were entertained to a very enjoyable tea by the Friends of Winchester Cathedral in the Prior’s Hall, then stayed on for Evensong before heading for home.
We hope you enjoyed the Abbey’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which took place on Wednesday 21 December. With timeless readings, music from the Abbey Choir and lots of favourite carols, there was indeed something for everybody.
On 17 November, we climbed above the Abbey’s lofty nave to the ringing chamber, where the bellringers gave us a demonstration. Hot chocolate was also served.
June Thorpe gave an illustrated talk about textiles in the Abbey.
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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s home was built in 1851. Prince Albert designed the garden terraces, the lower of which was opened to the public for the first time on 26 August. The bedroom where Queen Victoria died is on show.
We also visited nearby Whippingham Church, which has many links with the Mountbatten family.
We left Church Place, Romsey, at 9am to catch a car ferry leaving Southampton at 10am and arrived at Osborne at 11.30. Returning on the 4.30 pm ferry, we arrived back in Romsey by about 6.15pm. It was a very enjoyable day out.
On Sunday 28 August, we enjoyed a delicious strawberry tea with home-made shortbread in the Vicarage garden, by kind invitation of the Revd. Tim and Mrs Caroline Sledge. This was a lovely opportunity to meet other members in informal surroundings.
We continued to Evensong in the Abbey, where Friends received a special welcome.