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  • Hampshire Winchester
    Winchester College - a Medieval Marvel

    Winchester College - a Medieval Marvel

    The buildings surrounding this courtyard were constructed between 1392 to 1394. They were built around a courtyard for defensive purposes as the college was established a year after a big rebellion in the town. Designed to be self-sufficient the buildings in the outer court included accommodation…

  • Cumbria Activities
    Time to Revive our Planet

    Time to Revive our Planet

    We were privileged to have two speakers who are passionate about the need to protect our biosphere and counter the effects of global warming. Both have devoted their time and talents to creating public awareness of these issues. Ashley Cooper on Global Warming … Kate Rawles and the carbon bicycle…

  • Cumbria Windermere-Bowness
    Some Highlights of Windermere-Bowness in the Lake District

    Some Highlights of Windermere-Bowness in the Lake District

    I re-traced my steps to the bottom. But, inevitably I did not come out where I started but I did find a wooden sculpture of a Gruffalo – not that he was much help. However, I did meet up with a local farmer and his excitable border collie, Ben. We had a chat and then he gave me directions to…

  • Cumbria Hotel Reviews
    Cedar Manor Hotel in Windermere

    Cedar Manor Hotel in Windermere

    I was warmly greeted by its owner, Jonathon, and immediately offered a cup of tea. He made the tea himself and brought it to the lounge. I had noticed a beautiful stained glass church-style window behind the bar at the far end of the lounge. I was not surprised to discover that the house and…

  • Dorset Bournemouth
    The Road to Bournemouth Pier

    The Road to Bournemouth Pier

    By the time I got to the top the wind had increased in strength and I had to wait for it to drop. Once the all-clear was given the gate in front of me was opened so I walked to the edge of the platform and stepped into thin air. Any apprehension I had felt was immediately replaced by elation as I…

  • Dorset Bournemouth
    The Bournemouth X Factor

    The Bournemouth X Factor

    some characteristics of Bournemouth make it a very special place to visit. As I was walking towards the crowded sea front that I could see in front of me I noticed a garden below me and decided to visit that first. At the bottom of a flight of stone steps I had a lovely view of the Town Hall…

  • Step into Christmas at Bournemouth

    Step into Christmas at Bournemouth

    I followed the unique festive trail of over one hundred glittering trees and illuminations to the "Christmas Market":https://christmasinbournemouth.co.uk in the town square. I particularly enjoyed walking through the huge conical Wonderland Tree and watching it change colour. The Christmas…

  • Suffolk Bury St Edmunds
    The Northgate, a Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

    The Northgate, a Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

    On a recent visit to the lovely Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds I stayed at The Northgate a luxurious, yet not outrageously expensive boutique hotel close to the city centre. As soon as I entered the reception area I got the impression that someone really cared about this hotel. I sensed that a…

  • Suffolk Bury St Edmunds
    Bury St Edmunds and the Inheritance from its Abbey

    Bury St Edmunds and the Inheritance from its Abbey

    When the site of the famous Abbey of St Edmundsbury and its precincts was taken over by the local Corporation to establish a public park the ruins of the Abbey were the main feature. Since then there have been some lovely additions to this popular park. Amenities include a play areas and the…

  • Suffolk Bury St Edmunds
    Bury St Edmunds in the Limelight

    Bury St Edmunds in the Limelight

    Imagine over seven hundred unwashed bodies crammed into a small theatre. Only three water closets available; tallow candles burning for illumination and flares of powdered lime for spotlights. Performances would start late evening and last for four or five hours. Everyone knew their place and…