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WI visit to Norwich

Trip to Norwich – April 2022

After a long wait and several postponements (we were originally going to visit Cardiff before lock-down), eight ladies from King’s Somborne WI eagerly awaited the arrival of the taxi to take us to our meeting point in Andover.  In true WI fashion we actually followed the coach to our departure destination.  A fine and sunny Monday morning.

Our first port of call was Bury St Edmunds, and a look round the cathedral with its beautiful vaulted ceiling, installed in 2010.  A cup of tea and then a stroll around the Abbey gardens and through the shopping centre.  It was unanimously agreed that Bury St Edmunds was well worth a visit.

Arriving at our hotel we were given our keys and could go and have a short rest before dinner.  Our hotel was situated right by Norwich Football Ground and if there had been a match on some of our ladies would have had a front row view of the goal from their windows.

On Tuesday morning we had a tour of Norwich in the coach with all the points of interest highlighted and then as we were dropped off in the centre we were able to revisit the cathedral and museums or just gently stroll around, maybe shopping or enjoying food in one of the many cafes.  Those who had a little more energy walked back to the hotel others were picked up by the coach.

On Wednesday the coach took us to Wroxham where first of all we were  able to sample the many delights of “Roys”, possibly the largest village store in the world.  Roys toys, Roys garden centre, Roys store, and Roys garages and so on!  We then boarded our boat for a glide through the waters of the Broads.  A very knowledgeable commentary on the history and flora and fauna, even seeing a Great Crested Grebe.  Bright and sunny but very cold.

The next stop was Sandringham House.  We were divided into two groups, one taking a short route to the house and the other wandering along a very picturesque path with the guide showing us all the new planting that had taken place recently up to the house.  Once inside we could either listen to guides in the rooms or carry head phones and listen at our own pace.  Nine rooms in total.  A very cosy house not ‘palace’ like at all.

On the way back to the coach we took the opportunity of visiting the church.  Many of us have seen it many times on the TV at Christmas but not the inside so that was quite a treat.

Thursday time to return home.  On route we stopped off at Cambridge for a few hours, some to wander the streets and colleges, some to see an exhibition and one to revisit old haunts of younger days.  A lovely city.

Taxi home after four glorious days.  What it is to be a WI member.  A big thank you to Hampshire Federation for the organisation.  Quite a feat to organise three coach loads of mainly ladies on a four day trip.

Linda Aucock

Secretary, King’s Somborne WI


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