Every year one of our members – Roy Sharpe who has been a member since 1970 arranges a weekend away for members, their spouses, friends and partners. The 19th consecutive time this has occurred. 

This year it was off to Sunny Suffolk for over 40 people.

Leaving on Friday morning 31st May, this jocular group boarded the coach on route to Ipswich. Naturally there were jokes along the way and commentary from the group’s leader Roy.

A stop for coffee in the majestic city of Bury St. Edmunds, then lunch, before travelling on to the small market town of Sudbury for afternoon tea ..It’s all go…And then making their way along the Stour Valley to the Holiday Inn Hotel in Orwell.


Up early for breakfast then onto the coach for a drive to Suffolk’s heritage coast, Southwold and its pier. Plenty of walking followed by coffee and then onto Aldeburgh, home to the composer Benjamin Britten.

After lunch (naturally)  the group boarded the MV Jahn for a cruise along the lovely River Deben towards the North Sea for two hours which include afternoon tea of tea and scones, before heading back to the hotel for evening dinner.


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River Deben towards the Suffolk coast


After breakfast it was off to Ipswich Marina. Officially opened at a ceremony in July 2000 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston when he predicted that “Ipswich Haven Marina will fast become the star attraction on the east coast”.

Then it was off on a tour south through Constable Country, before reaching the City Of Colchester, in historic Essex.  Britain’s first city and former capital of Roman Britain.

Once again Tour Guide and organiser Roy did not let the club down and provided a fantastic weekend away. There were plenty of weary travellers arriving back in Farnborough on Sunday evening, tired , but enthusiastic and wondering what county Roy will come up with next year for this annual event.


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