AFTERNOON TEA CRUISE on River Wey Longboat on Saturday, 2nd July
Cruising down the River Wey on the Alfred Leroy and enjoying a delicious High Tea was a great way to spend a sunny summer’s afternoon.
This event was agreed at a Committee meeting earlier this year as a Cruise had proved popular in the past. The main aim was to have the opportunity to informally meet other ICDC members, their family and friends.
Margaret and Greta made the arrangements for a High tea and Riverboat Cruise in Guildford. They took into account our changeable weather and booked a boat that would suit all conditions! It was arranged that members who were free, could meet for pre-cruise drinks/lunch at the local Pub .Several people took up this opportunity and enjoyed a chat and refreshments before the cruise.
Parking was challenging as unbeknown to us Guildford was holding its Raft Boat Race. The riverside was packed with colourful boats and people relaxing-which made for entertaining viewing.
Our group of about thirty boarded the boat which had a covered deck and small external one. The Captain gave a very light-hearted introduction and welcomed us on board He highlighted health and safety issues –which were luckily not needed!
The tables were well laid and we enjoyed a delicious spread of scones and cake-accompanied by refreshing tea. There was plenty of room to socialise and to have the opportunity to talk to other people to share their experiences on ICDs.
The cruise took us southwards from Guildford, travelling on a beautiful, peaceful stretch of the River Wey and Godalming Navigations. We passed water meadows, and at St Catherine’s, the golden sands which some say gave Guildford its name (Old English: Guilden Ford) and the Pilgrim's Ferry point (used for centuries by Canterbury Pilgrims). We passed through St Catherine’s Lock and then turned around for a relaxing and entertaining return cruise.
As the Raft Race was in full swing, we had the unexpected bonus of seeing creative, amusing and very decorative boats.-a lot of people waving to us from the shoreline made us feel very much part of the race as well!
We thanked Greta for organising the raffle and also those people who generously donated prizes and bought tickets. We raised £271 towards the raffle which will be a boost for our ICDC funds.
We would like to thank Margaret, Graham and Greta for organising the event-which was good value for money .We are pleased that Dr Ian Beeton, his wife Lesley, and the physiologists -Ian and his colleagues, joined us and are grateful for their continued support to the ICD Club. We look forward to more members joining us in future.