Tuesday 15th August – 30th meeting of 2017
Today was our second planned meeting during the Summer break. A Mystery Tour with Lunch which was being run by our local coach company Jay and Kay was our choice for today.
All bright and early seven of us meet for the 9.15 pick up. Coach arrived on time and was almost full. Two pick ups and then we were on our way, to where no-one knew but it was a lovely sunny day so all was good.
The driver gave us a rough plan for the day but no mention of area. We headed to M25 and Dartford crossing. Traffic was very heavy so slowed us down but once over the Thames we made our way into Essex. We were guessing our destination, Southend, Clacton were the favourites but we were all wrong. We arrived just after one o’clock at the charming little Essex village of Finchingfield. Straight into The Fox Inn where a delicious lunch was waiting for us. This lovely old pub gave us a lovely welcome and food. A nice relaxed atmosphere. After lunch we had an enjoyable short walk around this pretty well kept village looking at the river, beautiful flowers, cottages and church.
Once back in the coach we enjoyed a lovely drive to another unknown destination which was Lavenham. This charming old village is Suffolk and is regarded as one of the finest surviving examples of a medieval town with a splendid church and fine timber-framed houses. The weather was still lovely and sunny so we all enjoyed a walk around the town popping into some of the antique and gift shops. We stopped for a drink in a very nice pub and were glad for a sit in the sunshine.
On the walk back to the coach we enjoyed a very tasty ice cream! That made me really feel that I was on holiday!
The journey back home was much quicker than the outward one with traffic being much easier. We went through some lovely countryside and we all enjoyed the views but I must say a few of us had 40 winks myself included!
A fabulous day which we all enjoyed, the good weather making it even better. This was the first time we had ventured on a day like this but we all really enjoyed it so I feel we will repeat it at some stage!