Outings and Walks!
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7 October Walk Kingston Blount Circular to Kingston Blount
19 hardy Chinnor U3A Walkers braved the wind and rain on Tuesday 27 October walking 6 miles from Kingston Blount through Kingston Stert, Chalford, Copcourt and Aston Rowant. They enjoyed a banana break in a dry barn. They were even smiling at the end of their ordeal which was led by Peter Hetherington.
Chinnor and District U3A Walking Holiday 19 -23 October 2020.
Abingworth near The South Downs.
12 U3A Members and 2 Guests went on an HF Walking Holiday to Abingworth, a small village near Pulborough.
Most of our walking was in the South Downs, the newest UK National Park. Many of you will know HF as The Holiday Fellowship. They have their own hotels in UK, so they are able to organise holidays with an absolute minimum risk of infection.
Ours was a Guided Walking Holiday. We were able to relax and allow the HF Leaders take the strain. There was a choice of 3 walks every day, ranging from 6 to 13 miles. Members could also choose to do their own thing. And one day some of us went to The National Trust Petworth House, famous for a collection of Turner paintings and for its beautiful parkland.
The scenery in the South Downs was superb, enhanced by the beautiful Autumn colours of the foliage, berries and nuts. Please see the photos. The area seems to be blessed with numerous sweet chestnut trees and often we were walking through their leaves, nuts and furry shell casings.
This walking holiday was organised for the Long and Medium Walking Groups by Ann Goold and can you believe it, this was the 11th year that she has organised a walking holiday for us.
And you guessed it, next year’s walking holiday is already booked. We hope to be going to Church Stretton in Shropshire and no doubt walking up The Long Mynd, a famous Hill in the area.
Outing to BURY ST EDMUNDS on 16 October 2020
A party of 17 from Chinnor and Risborough U3As went on a coach outing to this lovely Suffolk Market Town. This had been planned over a year ago and a 63 seater coach was booked along with tours of the town led by local residents. We already knew that the town had a lot to offer as the U3A holiday to Constable Country had a brief stop there last year and it was always the idea to return.
But Covid struck , so we reduced the size of the coach to a 42 seater, and the Tourist Agency no longer could offer tours. In the end only 17 members joined the trip and both MOTTS and Chinnor U3A subsidised the Outing. Chinnor U3A have been loyal customers of Motts for well over 10 years and Motts have helped us out immensely making full refunds for the holiday which couldn’t go ahead to Northumberland earlier this year and now giving financial support for this Outing.
Everyone was given maps of the town and information on the points of interest all packaged together in a walking route round the town which could always be shortened if needed. As instructed we all kept in very small groups and found our own way round.
Our first impression was of the beautiful historic setting, the Cathedral, the Abbey Gardens and also the shopping area on the hill. But also how well the market town is looked after. Firstly there was no litter, waste bins are emptied every day, and award winning public toilets spotlessly clean! Residents and the Town Council are proud of their surroundings and it shows. The town was relatively quiet and it was easy to maintain social distancing.
Edmund was king of King of Anglia and fought against the Danes in 869.
Not being prepared to give up on his Christian beliefs, he was decapitated. Legend says that his head was found in a local wood and brought to his body where a miracle took place and his head was fused back on his body. His final resting place was in the Abbey where his shrine became one of the most famous pilgrimage locations in England.
Near this spot in 1214 Cardinal Langdon and the 26 Barons swore at the St Edmunds Altar that they would obtain from King John the ratification of the Magna Carta.
The Abbey was destroyed by Henry V111 as part
of the dissolution of the Monasteries. All that remain are some of the walls which illustrate what a large building it was. They are now set in beautiful parkland and gardens overlooking the cathedral.
Many of us visited the Cathedral with its beautiful
Vaulted Ceiling, Nave, Sanctuary and Tower. Next to the Cathedral we found the ancient town walls into which are built some rather good
looking houses (see picture below). Across the square is St Mary’s Parish Church where Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Sister of Henry V111 is buried.
Altogether it was a very rewarding morning. After this many of us went into town, some for a nice meal, others a sandwich or a cream tea.
Having spent nearly 5 hours in town we all returned to the coach suitably tired. But even after all that we were back in Chinnor by 18.10 and we thanked our coach driver for taking the strain.