Club Trip to the Solent Area, April 2017
Text by Des and Ethel Ransom; video by Keith White.
Day 1 - Saturday 8th April 2016
After a very comfortable overnight stay, a good breakfast, & an early swim in the hotel pool, all aboard 9.15 am for the 45 min trip for a whole day visit to Amberly Heritage Centre, Arundel, a 36 acre site housing many buildings full of interesting collections to explore. Transport on site was either by classic double-decker bus or a bone shaking ride on a narrow gauge railway. This location was in early times a chalk pit for the making of lime. Altogether a very interesting day. All aboard the coach back to our hotel in time for our evening meal and a good natter.
After a big breakfast, on to the coach at 9.15 am with cases packed and loaded for our later return home. Today we are visiting for our 1st venue the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport showing the earliest sub of 1600s – more like a diving bell; mini subs; also an early vessel which had been raised after lying on the seabed for 30 years. Our prime visit is a tour of the awesomely massive HMS Alliance, which was de-commissioned in the 1970’s. This had a crew of 60, although a huge vessel, not a lot of room for officers & ratings. Head injuries must have been very high with hundreds of levers, valves, gauges plus two large diesel engines at waist height.
Some video of the Submarine Museum (recorded by Keith White)
All aboard for our final visit, the Bursledon Brickworks near Southampton, showing items from early production (employing seven year olds), to more mechanised steam-powered times. This museum was especially opened on the day for our party, with the impressive steam engine running. Tea & cakes were supplied, which were also very welcome.Late afternoon and with heavy traffic we headed for home, with a stop for fish & chips near Yeovil. Our three day trip went very well and we were blessed with dry sunny weather. Our grateful thanks go to Keith & Michael for the hard work for a very successful tour, to our driver Kelvin for his careful driving & timing and as always to Blakes Coaches for their excellent service.