Oxford28th February-2nd March 2014
The weekend commenced with a meal at ‘The Trout’ a 17th Century riverside pub, in Wolvercote, used as one of the locations for filming Inspector Morse, as well as close associations with CS Lewis. There were 29 of us and as new comers we were welcomed and made to feel amongst friends. Saturday morning, a beautiful, bright sunny day saw us meeting at the Martyrs Monument in the centre of Oxford. We split into two groups and had a professionally guided tour of the city.
On Saturday evening we met up at The Chequers, a pub dating from the 1500’s when the building which belonged to a money lender was rebuilt as a pub. Again, another enjoyable evening was spent by the friendly members of the Society.
Sunday morning our able organiser Clive Gee, took us on a ramble around Oxford. We met at the main intersection called ‘Carfax’ and he pointed out the famous 'Oxford High' where, in Chapter 1 of The Purple Valley, Simon rescued Annabelle Corret from being hit by a bus and was caught on the hip himself
Come To Tuscany16th-20th May 2014
34 Society members, friends and relatives all travelled by air to Italy to go adventuring in Tuscany – and adventures were had by all in Florence, Fiesole, Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa. The start and end of each day’s activities was in Montecatini Terme, where everyone was well looked after at the Hotel Puccini.
Each day was expertly guided by our tour manager, Ludo, and we travelled in a private, executive coach. The first place visited was Florence, the City of Flowers, taking in sights such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, Sante Croce Church and the Boboli Gardens to name just a few. Although there was a guided tour in the morning there was also plenty of free time and people split into groups and explored further.
Our next destination was Fiesole, a little town on a hill above Florence, where Saville set his first Marston Baines novel and introduced us to Simon. The morning was spent in this lovely little place and then it was back down the hill, enjoying the tremendous views on the way, for more free time in Florence.
On our last full day we explored Siena and San Gimignano, both fascinating places and well worth seeing. Before catching the flights home there was also time to enjoy the delights of Pisa. A wonderful weekend which will be talked about and remembered for many years to come.
Three Towers in Tuscany
Guided Tour in Florence
Fiesole and Roman Ruins
Elegant man at Pisa
RYE FAWKES 20147th-9th November 2014
42 people – Society members, friends, relatives and members of The Monica Edwards Appreciation Society enjoyed our ‘Rye Fawkes’ weekend. There were 3 walks - one to Camber Castle which was opened for the Society, a circular walk from Winchelsea with wonderful views including a bracing stretch being blown along the shingle beach with the waves crashing down and a third to see the alter stone from a Mythraic temple at the church in Oxney and the Smuggler’s Rest at Stone with its toll charges. The weather was varied and entertaining with heavy rain, wind, hail, surprisingly warm sun and finally a grand electrical storm on Sunday night which almost, but not quite, rivalled the Saturday evening fireworks. A treasure hunt around Rye on Saturday morning was great fun and there were only a couple of slight disagreements on the answers! Rye Fawkes was exciting, noisy and crowded; and as far as we know there were no suspicious Red Indians breaking into houses. The weekend was nicely rounded off on Sunday evening, at the St Mary’s Centre, when our Mike McGarry hosted Malcolm and Monica in Rye with The Monica Edwards Appreciation Society.
A full report will follow in Acksherley!
Mithraic Temple Altar Stone
In Oxney Church
At the Start of the Winchelsea Walk