Havant

Use Your Bus Pass

Group Coordinator: Ken Arkell contact details - email ken.arkell@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 023 9247 6950

Do you have a Bus Pass? Do you use it apart from going shopping? We are fortunate to live in a fascinating area, full of history, old towns, wonderful countryside and coastline most accessible by bus. So why not dig it out from the back of the drawer, blow the dust off it and join us as we enjoy what SE Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight have to offer. Its surprising how far one can reasonably travel using the Pass for a day out and of course on our travels we do not neglect the inner man/woman.

We normally meet on the second Monday or Thursday of alternate months and our usual meeting point is Havant Bus Station

Bus Group Members Reminiscences

Jean T recalls that her most memorable trip was on 9/3/17 when we visited the Novium Museum in Chichester to see the Tim Peake Exhibition. She recalls that it was interactive and gave an insight into life on the International Space Station and feels that Tim’s enthusiasm was infectious and will inspire the younger generation.

Still on an aviation theme, Sundra W recalls her incredulity, on seeing in an Exhibition at Tangmere Aviation Museum, that her favourite poem was used to send messages between Violetta Szabo a Resistance Worker to her ‘minder ‘Alfred Marks. On a lighter note she also recalls my displeasure at the soggy sausage roll that was delivered from the on-site café. This is also recalled by Sheila and Dennis S but that apart it was a fascinating visit.

In complete contrast Margaret S chose our trip to Petworth on 9/10/17 recalling that we had the bus to ourselves and that it felt as if we had travelled back in time as Petworth was so old fashioned, the shops reminding her of the seventies and eighties, but all part of its charm, quiet and peaceful with quirky places hidden away from the rest of the world. We found somewhere that could take us all for lunch but still left time to explore before we had to return to modern civilisation.

On a similar theme, Ann P chose our visit on 8/11/18 to the ancient Almshouses in Chichester. It gave us an insight into their history and a glimpse into the way of life of those living there today. She was impressed by the lovely gardens and other buildings.

Sheila and Dennis S have given me a problem as they have mentioned a visit from each year from our start in 2013 up to the present so I will select one, the visit to Lymington in July 2016. A ride through the beautiful New Forest with the trees looking glorious making the ride a delight. They recall our luck in securing a large table for lunch at a pub right on the quayside making this another great day out.

I would choose our visits to the Isle of Wight and in particular the glorious Summer Day in July 2014 when we visited Ventnor. The wonderful views over Sandown Bay as we climbed out of Shanklin and the sea views as we approached Ventnor stick in my mind. The visit crowned by a lunch on the terrace of the Spyglass Inn with the English Channel below us glinting in the summer sun.

On a similar vein Barbara A chooses our visit to the Isle of Wight in July 2017 recalling our ride on the Needles Breezer, an open top double decker bus, and, after fantastic views of the Needles, treating ourselves to monster top heavy ice cream cones. Hers she remembers dripped down onto her shoes. A heavenly day.

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