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ISLE OF WIGHT 2012


 

What a fabulous four days we've just had.  48 of us headed off early on Friday 2nd March, destination Sandown, Isle of Wight.   We were greeted outside the Bronze Club by Keith our Driver who stayed with us the whole trip and did a marvelous job. After just a couple of pick up points it was off on the motorway. Beautiful sunny skies were with us most of the way even though the forecast had been for thick fog.  Keith had a surprise for us when he diverted off the route and took us to see 'Downton Abbey' - a great time for us to take a few photos albeit a little misty. Onwards to Portsmouth to meet the Ferry.  We actually arrived early, but due to the thick fog in the Solent sailing was delayed.  Nevertheless we managed to get on the 2.30 crossing - a bit choppy - but we all 'survived'. The mist had cleared on our way to the hotel and those who hadn't been to Sandown before I think were pleasantly surprised at the location of the hotel - right on the front overlooking the beautiful bay.
After light refreshments it was off to our rooms, many with balconies - warm cosy and comfortable with cleanliness to an excellent standard.  It was unusual for us to be in a hotel with several other coach trips, nevertheless it had a nice friendly atmosphere.  All our meals were served to us and were of a good standard with plenty to eat, nothing seemed too much trouble for the waiting on staff and they certainly did work well to feed the amount of people there.
After our meal on Friday the hotel put on a short bingo session - it was nice to see our party winning - then afterwards we put on our linedance music and danced till it was time for bed.
Keith (our driver) informed us that Broadcaster were playing at the Trouville  next door, on Saturday night  and they would be happy for us to go along. Many did go for the linedancing and on Sunday as Natalie was there many more ventured to the Trouville (a hotel we had stayed at several times).  Quite alot of us stayed in the Carlton and also had a thoroughly entertaining night, dancing the night away to the entertainment provided.
The weather Saturday was beautiful so we opted for a full day trip around the island to different locations - first stop, The Pearl Factory, then Allum Bay to see the Needles, through Yarmouth to Cowes for lunch then on to Godshill to see the beautiful thatched cotages - although we had been before there were a few changes as one of the thatchs had burned down and the 'kangaroo' was missing. The Griffin (pub) was still the same and several of us had to call in as all the sightseeing was thirsty work.  Then it was back to the hotel for a quick change ready for evening meal. 
Sunday morning was our linedance workshop time - A very big thank you to Graham Morgan who taught us 3 lovely dances.  With the weather turning quite cold and heavy rain the workshop was full and it was nice to see several people from the other coaches join in. Afternoon time was 'do your own thing' time - Several went off to the local Social Club to watch a match, others went to Osbourne House or shopping.
A group of us did the walk from Sandown to Shanklin, then onto Old Shanklin to see the lovely thatched pubs and of course we couldn't have left there without sampling the local beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Thankfully the rain had stopped and lovely blue skies followed. Then alas it was time to venture back and get ready for the evening meal. We did actually cheat here and got the bus !!!
I must say it was a brilliant weekend - everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves doing just what they wanted whether it be dancing, shopping, sightseeing or generally relaxing, that's what the holiday was all about.
Everyone has said they'd like to go on next years trip, that's even before they know where we're going, but as always they will get offered it first.
A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you from BIll and myself for the VERY generous gift you gave us- we are so gratefull, but it is all of you that make the trip such fun and such a pleasure.


LETS ALL LOOK FORWARD TO 2013.

 

 

 

Sunday mornings Dance workshop.
Nice to be joined by people from other coach parties.
Graham taking us through some of the steps. Thanks Graham you did a brilliant job.
Ina, leading the dancers & concentrating hard.
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
A lovely surprise when Keith our driver took us for a quick photo opportunity on the way down.
Elaine G, Elaine H, Doris, Joyce & Frances
Joyce
Joyce
See she was on the 'pints'
Rose & Dave
Rose & Dave
Having a quick rest between dances
Joan & Eileen
Joan & Eileen
St. Trinians enjoying the entertainment
Bill& myself
Bill& myself
Someone said this was a 'bum grabber' think I need longer arms !!!!!!
Doris & Elaine (No.2)
Doris & Elaine (No.2)
Ferry Crossing
Ferry Crossing
Mal, Pam & Joyce out on deck - they were brave.
Eileen & Terry
Eileen & Terry
Beautiful sunny day, but that wind was cold.
Poor Keith
Poor Keith
Keith our driver being surrounded by a few of us - he was good fun and up for a laugh. Well done Keith.
Elaine, Pat & Margaret
Elaine, Pat & Margaret
Oh Dear
Oh Dear
Who moved that bench !!!!!!!
HIlary & Pam making their way down the steps at Allum Bay
dance workshop
dance workshop
Elaine (No.l), Eileen & Joan
Elaine (No.l), Eileen & Joan
Mal & Mike
Mal & Mike
Go on Mal, give him a nudge and wake him up !!!!!!!!!!
Pam, Mal, Michala & Chris
Pam, Mal, Michala & Chris
Getting ready for a big bingo session.
St.Agnes Church, Freshwater
St.Agnes Church, Freshwater
Beautiful old thatched church.
Gorgeous scenery
Gorgeous scenery
Beautiful blue skies
Elaine & Peter
Elaine & Peter
Relaxing in The Griffin in Godshill
Heading off on our day trip
Heading off on our day trip
Sun setting
Sun setting
Looking across the lovely bay at Sandown
Ted, Dave Hughes & Dave Mills
Ted, Dave Hughes & Dave Mills
BIll with Jo & Terry
BIll with Jo & Terry
Dave, Dave, Ted & Margaret
Dave, Dave, Ted & Margaret
Thirsty work all this sight-seeing
The Carlton Hotel, Sandown, IOW
The Carlton Hotel, Sandown, IOW
Clean, Warm, Comfortable,Good food & entertainment - superb location - excellent value - what more could we have asked for.

Lots more photos to follow.