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October 1907 - Badsey Choir Excursion

Badsey with Aldington & Wickhamford Parochial Magazine
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On Monday, September 9th, the Badsey Choir, accompanied by the Vicar, went to Weston-super-Mare for their annual outing and spent a most delightful day. Mr. Wilkins very kindly drove the boys to the station, and the party left Evesham a little before seven o'clock. Everyone was in the highest spirits, and the two hours' journey to Sharpness seemed over in no time. Here they embarked on the Cambria, an exceptionally fine and well-equipped steamer. Everyone had a more or less subdued look at first, due to fear of sea-sickness, but no one actually succumbed (though one boy had a narrow escape) for the sea was as calm as our Avon, and the weather altogether glorious. Various places of interest were pointed out by Mr. Binyon on the way down the Bristol Channel, and Weston was reached by eleven o'clock. The party landed at the Old Pier, where they found so much to interest them in the flying machines, water-chutes, motor races and other amusements that the dinner-hour came quite as a surprise. A very good and substantial meal, to which full justice was done, was provided at Huntley's Restaurant. The company then separated, some going to one of Weston's delightful parks, and others to the sands, where the boys had donkey-rides and patronised the various entertainments. As usual the tide was too far out for bathing. After a "shrimp tea" at Huntley's Mr. Binyon took a photograph of all who could be got together, and then there was a rush for the pier, for the boat was timed to start at 6.45, and the Weston steamers are remarkable for punctuality. Very thankful was the Vicar when he counted his charges and found them all safe. The sail back was delightful, and when it became dark the lights twinkling on shore and on the various boats which were passed looked very pretty. The journey home by rail from Sharpness had a soothing effect on the tired but happy party, and at least some of them had a quiet doze. They all woke up however when Evesham was reached at eleven o'clock, and the repose of Badsey was soon to be disturbed by the merry strains of "He's a jolly good fellow." K.H.