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Gloucester MGOC September Trip to Jersey

16th to 21st September 2011

 

 

A request was made during the middle months of 2010 that we had a return trip to Jersey in 2011 so we were given the task of organising the overseas trip.  There were seventeen couples who put their names on the list but once the dates were set for September the numbers dwindled to ten couples, which was a manageable number.

Channel Island Ferries and the Westhill Country Hotel, where we had stayed in 2007, were contacted and bookings were made.

 

 

The 16th September finally arrived and nine couples met at McDonalds on the outskirts of Poole so that we could all embark the Condor together, unfortunately due to unexpected roadworks one couple had to go straight to the ferry park.  Panic stations as we were approaching Poole town centre we were surrounded by police motor bikes stopping all the traffic and we only had an hour before departure.  The reason for the stoppage was a hearse and its’ cavalcade on their way to church, obviously someone of great importance.  We had all been a little apprehensive at the beginning of the week as we had experienced gale force winds, but luckily the weather was in our favour and we had a calm if not somewhat long crossing, stopping at Guernsey to take on more passengers.

After a rather hurried departure from the ferry port we arrived at the Westhill Hotel in time for the last dinner orders. The hotel staff were extremely friendly and carried chairs into the bar lounge so that we could all sit together and enjoy the entertainment and after dinner drinks.  For the rest of the trip they reserved the area for us.

On the Saturday we did a coastal run round the Island meeting at various locations for coffee, lunch and an ice cream stop before returning to the hotel for a well earned rest before dinner.  

 

 

We had two guests for dinner as my sister and her partner live on the Island and it was a good chance to meet up with them.  It was also Janet and Johns’ 45th wedding anniversary and the chef of the Westhill did us proud by supplying a superb celebration cake, the lights in the restaurant were put out by the Restaurant Manager and in came the cake with candles blazing, we weren’t quite sure whether to sing happy birthday or congratulations, we  settled for congratulations.

 

 

We had been in contact with the Secretary of the Jersey MGOC to see if a meeting could be arranged and Sunday morning John and Colin arrived at 10am to escort us to their usual meeting place at Lion Park for coffee and cake.  We were warmly welcomed by a contingent of the Jersey Club and then taken on an hour’s trip through the narrow lanes arriving at another watering hole in time for lunch at Jersey Pottery.  Bill had kindly organised the route and we were split into manageable groups, each group being led by a Jersey Member, this ensured that we didn’t get lost on route.  A very pleasant morning.

 

 

Two free days to explore Jersey’s history or just to relax and enjoy the sun!!!  The War Tunnels, Steam and Motor Museum were favourites as well as the castles and fortifications.

The trip did not go without its’ small incidents,  just mention showers and wardrobes to Adrian S if you want a laugh and Jane is adamant that she was sound asleep when Tony found himself on the bedroom floor!!!!

We think that Geoff (who is not a Club member) should be given a special Gloucestershire MG Owners Patience & Tolerance Medal for his dedication to looking after Adrian.  Never once did he fail in his carers duties!!!!!!

Unfortunately the weather was quite unsettled and we were a little concerned for the return ferry crossing to Weymouth on Wednesday, which did prove to be a little bumpy.   Although we had to call into Guernsey once again the trip back to England was quicker by about 30minutes.  Six couples who did not fancy the journey home in fading light spent a further night away from home at a lovely pub called the Poachers Inn in Piddletrenthide found on the net by John C. 

 

Trev & Sue Panter

 

 

 

 

 

 

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