17th June saw the start of Beckenham Lunch Club members’ annual pilgrimage to a hotel for a few days break. The Sinah Warren Warner Hotel on Hayling Island was the place everyone voted for.
We arrived to find a very impressive hotel. Staff were very helpful and courteous, the rooms were spacious and comfortable and the restaurant was superb. It seemed to cater for any taste and the choice was almost endless.
The first evening was spent eating too much and relaxing after. The following day had no organised trips so we all took advantage of the many activities on offer. Steven took an army of men to try their luck at shooting. Thankfully, they all came back alive. I think Rachid, Ashley’s carer, was the best shot so let’s all be especially nice to him ;-).
On Wednesday a few of us went on a fast and energetic walk with Maria, who was pointing out all the landmarks she’d obtained knowledge of from her Nordic walk the day before. Keep up everyone or she’ll have you doing 100 push-ups later!
Luckily, others came on a coach trip to Stansted House. We walked around the gardens and then had lunch in the cafe before entering the house. The Titanic architects ordered four lifts but only used three. The fourth is in Stansted House and is still operating today. Joan made us all try to keep up with her pace. She had her walking stick but, as usual, it was for decorative purposes only. After a quick tour, we came back to a relax before dinner and then a catch up with today’s stories for everyone. Most of the women sat together and caused a rumpus with the singer. No one got chucked out of the hotel, even though they’re a rowdy bunch!
Thursday came and another coach trip took some of us to Portsmouth. Some went off shopping and bargain hunting. Ashley, Rachid & I found the harbour with historical nautical monuments and plaques that gave explanations for them, followed by lunch and then back to the hotel. Yet another evening of all having eyes bigger than our bellies and then having to relax to let it go down.
Friday saw us having a hearty breakfast and time to chat, more coffee and biscuits before setting off to our homes and our separate lives, allowing the hotel to resume its peaceful and sedate atmosphere.