Weston-Super-Mare 2019

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The day dawned bright on Monday, June 24th, 2019, as members gathered in the picking up places to wait for the coach that was to take them to Weston-Super-Mare for a five-day break, arranged by their Chairman, Brian Leith. With a comfort break en route, the members eventually arrived at the Wiltshire town of Devises, arriving around midday in time for lunch. Following this stop we continued on to our hotel (Smith’s), on the front at Weston in time for dinner. A singer with a backing track afforded a few hours’ entertainment.
Tuesday, 25th Today an included train journey was arranged on an historic steam train from Bishops Lidyeard for a 72-minute journey to Dunster. There was a distinct air of peace in this pretty little town and members enjoyed a leisurely stroll round (some visiting the castle), as well as taking lunch. It was back on the coach for the journey to Minehead. Not sure if members were too pleased with this stop, the town seemed to be a little tired and run down. Entertainment in the evening at Smith’s Hotel, was by a man, whom most felt was the best guitar player they had ever heard.
Wednesday 26th A bright sunny day to start for the journey to the ancient city of Wells. Among its many attractions are the Gothic Cathedral and Cathedral Green and the walled Bishop’s Palace with its 14 acres of gardens. A thriving market place, complete with Town Crier added a feeling of joy as members made their way around this lovely city. A scheduled trip to Cheddar had to be cancelled because of the restriction on where to park which would have meant a long and arduous walk when we got off the coach. An unplanned substitute – an outlet complex similar to Freeport at Braintree - was not everyone’s cup of tea. The evening’s entertainment, too, was also disappointing
Thursday 27th was a day free to spend in the resort or take the coach to the ancient city of Bath. Whilst some did stay in Weston, many members took the one-and-a-half-hours trip. The place was thronged with visitors (a large proportion of them from abroad), and though busy there was plenty of places where members could have lunch. Due to the disappointment of members hoping to go to Cheddar, Mike, our coach driver made a slight

 detour to Cheddar Gorge on the way to Bath. Entertainment in the evening was nothing to write home about.
Friday 28th Departing the hotel we head for home on the way stopping at Lacock, a typical ancient village which like Dunster was very quiet with an air of tranquility. This may have been because of the definite lack of cars or other vehicles. The village dates back more than 200 years with the oldest house pre-dating the 13th Century Abbey. Much of Lacock is owned by the National Trust and is Britain's birthplace of photography with the Abbey being the home of William Henry Fox Talbot who captured the world's first photographic negative.

It would have been good to have been able to report an uneventful journey back to Brentwood, but a serious accident on the M25 put paid to any plans about the time we would be getting home.
Generally, the holiday was well received by the members – there was plenty of good comments about the food in the hotel - all who spoke to me about it were full of praise. The accommodation in the hotel was praised by some members and criticised by a few others. Some of the day trips were a bit disappointing, though even a couple of the less attractive places visited elicited praise from some of the members. It bares out the old adage “You cannot please all of the people all of the time, etc, etc. Full praise must go to Mike Lewis jnr, our driver (his father Mike Lewis Snr owns the company). As he did when we were in Wales, he did his very best to make our journeys as stress free as possible. I would hope that we may have the opportunity to use him again.
I am grateful to all who “trusted” me sufficiently to come along on the break; for all the members who took part in the “Links Quiz”; and to those who contributed photos of themselves as they were several decades ago; and for those who took part in the challenge of trying to identify the 30 or more snaps in the “Kiddies Pic Quiz.”
For my part I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the rest of the members who singularly and together contributed so much to the enjoyment we all had.

(Report: Brian Leith, photos: Bill Reeves)

Panoramic view of the bay

On the train

between Linyeard

and Dunster

Market place, Dunster

Dunster Castle



Base camp

Evening fun

Relaxing on the terrace

Wells Cathedral

Bishops Palace Gatehouse

Bishops Palace rampart side

Prize winner

Prize winner

En route

Bath Cathedral

One of the statues in a busy square

Skeleton staff?

A study in human statuary

Entrance to the Roman Baths

Lacock Abbey entrance

Lacock Abbey west side

Lacock Abbey entrance hall

Lacock "High Street"

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