Thursday 7 October – we’re getting things up & running again
A dip into the past made a very fitting reminder of how things used to be on Moleside visits before the pandemic. Though we felt it still prudent to avoid using our regular coach transport for our adventures, 19 of us took to our cars and enjoyed the bracing open air of The Weald & Downland Museum.
Feeling free again to experience together this growing collection of transplanted south country buildings from as far back as Anglo Saxon times proved a marvellous precursor to the restart of our complete Visits programme in November.
Organised by Steve Mustoe we were able not just to investigate the work of the craftsmen and volunteers who care for and develop this Living Museum but also to go behind the scenes into the amazing work space and storehouse of the collection.
What’s very clear is that there is a lot more the Weald & Downland already has to bring visitors like us back for years to come.
And thanks to Peter Wall for his photos
Throughout 2021 Moleside’s been making careful, tentative steps to getting our Visits programme into action as quickly as prudently possible.
Big thanks to Alan Reilly who organised our first live outing since Covid restrictions halted our regular programme back in February 2020. On Tuesday 29 June twenty three of us visited Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham and dined in Covid compliant circumstances at The Crown close by.
And on Sunday 18 July Terry & Margaret made their wonderful garden available to Moleside members – a donation was made to the National Garden Scheme on the club’s behalf.
……. and now Coming Up in the Moleside Calendar
Tuesday 9 November Visit to BLETCHLEY PARK
Monday 13 December Moleside’s CHRISTMAS CONCERT
And our thanks to our Outings Coordinator PAUL WALKER who managed to keep us travelling VIRTUALLY during the Lockdown.
Throughout the restrictions caused by the pandemic Paul liaised with other local organisations to make it possible for Moleside to make virtual visits from our armchairs and via our computers to several beautiful places around the world including –
Moscow’s Red Square
St Mark’s Square VENICE
….and the London that Shakespeare knew
Thanks Paul – great job.