On Saturday, 4th June, 33 members and friends visited Norwich, the first outing of the 2016 summer programme. On our departure from Melton and during most of the coach journey, the weather was overcast which did not augur too well. However, as we entered Norwich, we were blessed with fine, warm and sunny weather which persisted throughout the day. On arrival at the cathedral, we gathered inside the Ethelbert Gate before proceeding to the Refectory where coffee/tea and biscuits awaited us. Suitably refreshed, we were met by our guides who took us on a tour of the cathedral. In medieval times as a city, Norwich was second only to London and gained its prominence through the wool trade; the cathedral reflects this and today is probably only surpassed, in terms of size, height and prestige, by Salisbury Cathedral. Our guides were excellent: enthusiastic, knowledgeable and informative with a lot of stamina. For some of us, what was to have been an hour long tour became two; it was somewhat of a relief to leave the cold body of the cathedral for the warm, sunny and exquisite cloisters. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the experience and learned a great deal but how much will be retained is debatable.
Members of our party were given a street map and a map depicting recommended food outlets to sustain them for free time after the cathedral tour. They were also given details of 11 further iconic buildings to explore at will: Norwich Castle, The Assembly House, St James Mill, The Great Hospital, St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls, St John’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Surrey House, The Guildhall, Dragon Hall, City Hall, The Forum.
At 5.00 pm, tired but undaunted, we were pleased to board our very comfortable coach for our return to Melton. We all agreed that Peter Raikes, who had organised this trip, had again excelled in making the trip a success. His dedication to detail and desire to ensure that everyone had an enjoyable outing was appreciated by everyone as we made the most of a quiet return journey – arriving home on schedule.
Thank you Peter.