For a variety of reasons it was not possible to organise our annual summer outing for the first week in August this year, as we usually do, instead we opted for the second week, Thursday 13th, but never again. The first venue selected was vetoed, the next two were unable to accommodate us and so we decided upon Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire who would be delighted to welcome us – third time lucky.
Fortunately we are joined by friends and family on these occasions, and whilst the numbers fluctuated up-and-down, they finally settled at 41 (coach capacity 49) – tick. That is until the 12th August. Then six genuine cancellations communicated by email and telephone. Not good.
The weather forecast for the day was dire; apparently we could expect heavy rain, thunder and lightning, but undaunted the remaining 35 gathered at the two pick-up points, with wet weather gear at the ready for whatever would be thrown at us. 9 a.m. came and went, but no coach appeared. It transpired that other parked vehicles were prohibiting its progress down the hill. So like the Grand Old Duke of York’s men we marched up the hill (but not down again) to climb on board and set off for the second pick-up. No they hadn’t given up and gone home. As requested we had a lovely air-conditioned coach – but it was too powerful and our passengers were chilly. No comment. Finally some 30 minutes late we set off.
Don’t worry you can read on ………….. it was a great day. Waddesdon Manor is a spectacular venue and the weather was kinder than anticipated. Whilst overcast and a little damp underfoot, the rain held off until the afternoon by which time we were inside enjoying our tour of the magnificent house. There is so much to do at this property it is impossible to do it all in a day and I believe there is talk of some members making a return visit later in the year – by car.
Not much else on our calendars this month, the reading group met and discussed their latest selection and we are busy baking for the WI teas at the fete of course. However, a large group from the Supper Club found time to meet at The Boot in Houghton. We always have a good meal there, whatever choice is made from the menu, and as usual we seem to generate a lot of noise both from our chatter and the laughter.
Off the top of my head, I believe our next meeting is The History of Hats – 24th September at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Oh and I almost forgot, any volunteers to organise next year’s summer outing?!?
05 September – W.I. Teas at the Village Fete
08 September – Reading Group
12 September – Walking Group
24 September – Monthly Meeting 7.30 p.m. in The Village Hall – The History of Hats
26 September – Lunch Club