- Published: Saturday, 30 September 2017 10:06
Thirty six people shared coach transport to the Isle of Wight on Tuesday last. There were two objectives in the itinerary, which had been designed and fine-tuned by John and Kathy Hughes.
Our first stop was the Victorian church of St. Mildred, Whippingham. The existing church on the site as removed, and this Church built to the requirements of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who owned the Church when they purchased the estate at Osbourne House. An excellent guide, Mr Colin Dutton, gave us a tour of Church and Churchyard. It was a most enjoyable and enlightening experience.
The inner man was then satisfied by a trip across the Island to Godshill, where we enjoyed various options for lunch in very picturesque surroundings. W e then re-traced our tracks to our second destination, Quarr Abbey. We were met by Father Luke, who gave an informative account of the history of the Benedictine Foundation at Quarr. We toured the grounds, visited the Church and listened whilst the monks sung evening prayer. In addition, more excellent food and drink was consumed.
The trip worked extremely well, and we were back at Beaulieu by 8.00pm, just eleven hours after we set out. Thanks again to John and Kathie.
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