Cherry Davies organises theatre visits and can be contacted on 01297 560093 for the latest news. We arrange transport either in our own cars or by taxi and it's great fun to go as a group and support our local amateur companies.
Vicar of Dibley
A group of us had the pleasure of seeing The Vicar of Dibley at the Marine theatre. What a great time we had watching our favourite characters brought to life by such a talented group of players. We are already Planning our next trip which will be to see The Little Shop of Horrors in Axminster on the 21st April.
It’s so nice to go together and discus our opinions afterwards. We do try to arrange drivers so everyone is included.
Every two months or so we go on a coach outing. Call Janice Gale on 07460 707294 for more information.
This picture is of us on the way back where we stopped briefly at Hardy’s Monument to look at the view on a perfect day.
Trip to Athelhamptonby Margie Wade
We were a much smaller group for this trip so had a smaller coach, which was very comfortable apart from the cool air which didn’t seem to work very well. This didn’t spoil the trip though, which we all I think enjoyed very much. I had visited the grounds a good few years ago for the Antiques Roadshow but we weren’t allowed in the house then. The weather was very kind and made the trip much more enjoyable.We stopped off for coffee and nibbles if wanted at Poundbury Garden Centre, a place we have visited before. A few of us indulged ourselves and bought plants which were safely stored in the luggage compartment of the coach.From there, onwards to the house itself. The original house was surprisingly small but had been built on by various owners over the centuries. Not a mash-mash of building but which fitted in completely with the original. A fascinating house with lots of history. Sadly I and one other lady could not climb the stairs (really rather dangerous) to visit the bedrooms which we would have loved to have been able to do. Especially the en-suite bathroom with its copper bath. We had a meal there which we all enjoyed, then off to the beautiful gardens. They are renowned for the marvellous hedges and ponds etc. I could have sat there quite happily for the rest of the day. It is fascinating to see how our ancestors lived, albeit the very rich ones. Jan had once again chosen an interesting choice for us. I wonder what we’ll get next time? Margie Wade.
A La Ronde
Once again we were smiled upon by the gods - a rain free trip - until we got on the coach to come home! Then the rain started. In passing, Devon was much colder than Dorset. Firstly we stopped at Ottery Garden Centre for a coffee and food if needed. We managed to have a quick look around before getting back on the coach and heading for A La Ronde. What a fascinating place made even more interesting because it was built for two sisters who designed it at the end of the 18th Century. We had a guide who took us around if we so wished. There is a restaurant where we could have a meal or just tea or coffee. The views were spectacular. One could see the river, and the sea, and each room had a different view as there were windows all round. There were plenty of things to admire. Sadly we couldn’t go up to the shell gallery as it is unsafe at present. From there we went on to the surprise visit to the Donkey Sanctuary. A short visit as all the donkeys were under shelter but we managed to stroke some of the lovely creatures. We got back on the coach just in time. The rain started which seemed set for the night. How lucky were we! An interesting trip with a surprise ending. All very enjoyable. Margie Wade.