Visit to Christchurch, Sunday 12th June 2011

Last week, a band of intrepid members met  at the old Kings Arms in Christchurch for a tour of the archaeological sites of interest under the expert guidance of Sue Newman and Mike Tizzard. Back in the winter when we selected the date, mid-June must have seemed a safe bet but as it turned out the long drought came to an abrupt end that day! In spite of the wet weather, 10 of us attended and we had a most informative walk with Sue and Mike providing lots of information about the sites as well as filling us in on the ups and downs of local planning and excavations over recent decades. Perhaps we could arrange another visit in the not-too-distant future as I’m sure a drier day would allow us to do justice to Sue’s and Mike’s research. Also, it would be good to take some pictures as our cameras had to stay firmly sealed up for the afternoon.

Having taken our tour, the party repaired to Marilyn and Alan’s house for refreshments and drying-out. After partaking of the wonderful spread on offer and drying out in front of the fire, the last of us left reluctantly at 7pm having enjoyed a good old chin-wag concerning local memories and characters.

Many thanks must go to everyone involved in our visit for their endurance and kindness. Our next visit is a walk around Stoney Cross airfield on Sunday next, 26th June.  We will keep our fingers crossed for good weather!

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