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18 Jun 2023


WOTY 2023

 A gorgeous sunny June day heralded the start of what was to be a similar weekend.. Coffee break on Friday was held at the Langham Vineyard near Dorchester, sitting outside under sun umbrellas, with many saying it was like being in France. The group then proceeded to the New Forest, traversing, not always the planned routes, the variety of beautiful scenery to be had in the Forest. Lunch stop was by the sea at Bucklers Hard. The group then proceeded to the beautiful Langstone Quays Hotel, alongside Langstone Harbour. A special parking area had been set aside for our 17 cars and every couple were greeted with a bottle of bubbles and chocolate muffins by the hotel. The next day was a busy one. Participants were able to pick and mix what they wanted to do, some went to the Victory and Mary Rose, but the majority, after navigating the traffic on the A27 went firstly to Tangmere Military museum and then on to Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, where sitting in the luxurious Pit Restaurant they were able to watch the Alfa Romeo Club having a track day or the aircraft, including a Spitfire flying in and out of the airfield. After a prolonged stop some then went to the Weald Downlands Museum, home of BBC TV’s Repair Shop or directly on to the lunch stop at the Sky Park deer farm. After lunch the groups again went their separate ways, some who had not visited the Weald Museum returning there, some to Porchester Castle and others back to the hotel to relax in the pool. Saturday evening, like Fridays was held in a private dining room where we all enjoyed a good 3-course meal. As was tradition, a fun quiz was held based around what we had seen, or in most cases not seen whilst driving. Sunday again offered a choice of venues. Some went to the Whitchurch Silk Mill, others to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery. Both groups reported that the visits vastly exceeded their expectations and were very enjoyable. After a beautiful scenic drive down the River Test Valley past beautiful flint and thatched cottages covered in roses, we all met again at THE May Fly sitting alongside the River Test. We all then reluctantly had to bid our farewells and wound our way to Salisbury and onwards via the pretty River Nadder Valley and home.   All agreed we had been spoilt with the Mediterranean weather and amazing venues. Some discussion was held as to the location of next year’s event, and I must admit that some preliminary enquiries have already been made! On this subject, watch this space for the official launch of WOTY24 later in the year.

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