Members' Events - 2009
This year's outing: Saturday 20 June 2009
This year's visit took place on Saturday June 20th. As the photos show, it started with a convivial lunch at a local hostelry, the Ham and Blackbird, in Farnborough. After lunch, the group visited Farnborough Abbey, an extraordinary memorial created by the Empresss Eugenie first as a mausoleum for her late husband, the exiled Napoleon III, then, tragically, for her son the Prince Imperial, who died at an early age fighting in the British Army in the Zulu war, and finally for herself. The visit coincided with a pilrgimage led by Fr Abbot Cuthbert, who described the history to the group, and we were also guided by the guestmaster, Brother Michael, and by Michael Carden who supervised the recent repairs.
The second visit was to St Mary's Church, Eversley which was the home of Charles Kingsley, author of the Water Babies to whom a window by Christopher Webb was dedicated and whose North Aisle contains a Sarsen Stone. Like all Historic Church outings, the proceedings finished with a generous tea provided by St Mary's.