The weather couldn’t have been better when a group of members and guests visited Island Hall in Godmanchester. Island Hall is the ancestral home of Christopher Vane Percy and his family who are the 7th generation to occupy the house. Following its decline during the Second World War the house was taken over by the Council and used as emergency housing. Saved by the Herrtage family in 1979 who were responsible for restoring the structure of the house to its original eighteenth century design, the current owner who is a highly recognised Interior designer, has brought the property back to its original glory. The beautiful grounds extend down to the river and ‘island’ and after a tour of the gardens, we enjoyed afternoon tea in the very grand Hall and then we had a relaxed wander around the interior of the home.
Two recent outings have included a theatre trip to see “The Full Monty” which six members thoroughly enjoyed and a trip to Papworth Hospital for a snack lunch, followed by a talk about the future of the hospital and then our doughty bargain hunters made tracks to the Gift Shop to snap up some of the wonderful Christmas items which have newly arrived in stock.
Ten members left Papworth on the 8 July for a very memorable visit to Bletchley Park. I think we were all so impressed and proud of the brilliant work that the Code Breakers did during World War 2, working around the clock in shifts 7 days a week. It is said that they shortened the war by 2 years and saved countless lives. Bletchley Park is also where the world’s first electronic computers were installed and operated. On the tour round there are many points with interactive machines, so you can have a go at being a code breaker.
All in all a very good day out, and one that made you proud to be British.
A lovely view over the lake added to the enjoyment of the high tea which we all tucked into at Wyboston. The fare included a selection of delicious sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, and tiny pastries and very soon the plates were empty.
On 3 July we made our way down the A1 to Roxton Garden Centre where over 20 of us enjoyed a delicious lunch followed by tea and coffee on the terrace before we went round the Garden Centre and snapped up some plant bargains or bought some of the tempting plants and gifts in the shop.
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