04/09/18 – CROQUET and TEA at HAMPTWORTH GOLF CLUB
Sue giving us all a lesson (with Hilary thinking “I can do better than that”).
The action on Pitch 2
Meanwhile, on Lawn No.3
Back on Rink 1 someone doesn’t know what he is doing.
Whilst on Green 4 it’s all too easy.
04/08/18 – PIMMS & BBQ PARTY at LANGDON & DAWN’S
The colourful dining room.
And the kitchen.
Everything is ready…… awaiting the horde.
Let battle commence.
Time to annoy everyone while they are eating (1)
Time to annoy everyone while they are eating (2)
Time to annoy everyone while they are eating (3)
Time to annoy everyone while they are eating (4)
Time to annoy everyone while they are eating (5)
Time to annoy everyone while they are eating (6) – and our Secretary on a mission…..
It’s getting late……
The hangers-on (1)
The hangers-on (2)
13/07/18 – SUMMER SOUL PARTY at HILLIERS’ ARBORETUM
Let’s get down to the serious business.
No time to pose….. blame the paparazzi.
No time to pose….. blame the paparazzi.
Hey Ho! Rain? What rain?
Ah! Saw you coming…..
Sorry, can’t pose….. this salmon is getting cold.
Someone doesn’t mind the drizzle.
And another jolly customer waiting for the music to start.
….. and it does.
There’s nothing I can say that wont get me into trouble.
08/06/18 – SUMMER WINE-TASTING at ALEC & SHEELAGH’S
After the serious judging it was time to mingle (1).
After the serious judging it was time to mingle (2).
After the serious judging it was time to mingle (3).
……. until sundown.
21/05/18 – TREASURE TRAIL AROUND SALISBURY’S CATHEDRAL CLOSE
One of our members eager to begin.
And another, no so keen…..
Peter, looking for clues in a different direction.
Well, perhaps this is the way?
What some members will do to get the right answers.
Langdon and the team deciding getting the right answer isn’t worth investing in a helmet and a hi-vis jacket.
12/04/18 – AGM and BUFFET in the WHITEPARISH MEMORIAL HALL
Our Chair’ and Secretary keeping a watchful eye on preparations.
Time for some “shut-eye”.
Laying down the laws…..
“Below stairs” it is all hands to the wheel.
Polite and patient “Out & Abouters” await the feast.
15/03/18 PARISH PLODDERS’ WALK – LONGSTOCK and FULLERTON
Almost ready for the off, not expecting the worst.
After the mud a slight hill is a welcome sight.
A break for elevenses.
It’s a good job you get a course in bushcraft when you join the Plodders.
Well, someone thinks it is funny.
Peter complaining about the new boots and ruined cashmere socks.
And why we couldn’t go round.
09/01/18 PARISH PLODDERS’ WALK – KEYHAVEN MARSHES
Off towards a grey horizon.
John has spied something of interest as well.
Hurst Castle and The Needles are somewhere out there.
07/11/17 PARISH PLODDERS’ WALK – WHERWELL
Our two Sallys, modelling the latest from the House Of The Roaring Forties.
First feet forward.
Something to smile about – it’s stopped raining.
Peter would seem especially pleased.
A river view, and probably not the best.
Di, very pleased with an unexpected discovery.
Those threatening clouds.
05/09/17 “SILLY GAMES” EVENING at the WHITEPARISH MEMORIAL HALL
“Croupier Katie” ready for the fray.
“This all sounds very complicated”!
…… and it is!
Come on Sue, flap the flipping thing.
When it says “2yrs and upwards” that isn’t how long it is meant to take.
A wonderful spread.
Puff, puff, puff……. GASP!
Somehow Peter doesn’t really look committed to the task.
Dawn looks nervous while Shirley hits new heights.
Concentration etched in every furrow.
Tragically, blood was spilled.
The ultimate victors, garlanded in glory.
05/09/17 PARISH PLODDERS’ WALK – SPARSHOLT, HAMPSHIRE
Most are, but not all Plodders were gifted with good looks.
The long, and not so winding road.
Someone’s hair goes curly if it gets wet.
First sight of the pub and its always the same pair up in front!
The well-earned reward.
15/08/17 PETANQUE EVENING at the HOOK & GLOVE, FARLEY
The white heat of competition.
Ten for style…… just miles away from the target!
That’s my one….. way over there!
Obviously talking tactics.
06/08/17 PIMMS & BBQ PARTY at the BURNARD’S
“You were right about the chafing dishes Di”.
The stage is set.
Our hostess and some committee members…. looking mighty pleased with themselves.
There’s a lot of posing (and not cooking) going on.
OK, we’ve got a Pimms, where’s dinner?
Right, we’ve had dinner, where’s the dessert?
Two chefs, looking mightily pleased with themselves.
“Did I hear you say you enjoyed the Lemon and CHICKEN skewers”?
The gallery awaits the after-dinner entertainment.
There were a lot of these to choose from, but I guess this personifies the latter part of the evening.
And another I couldn’t leave out….. for reasons that are all too obvious.
27/07/17 MASKERS’ OPEN-AIR PLAY at HAMPTWORTH
NOTE: I’m afraid not everyone was at their most photogenic for the evening (and that includes yours truly)
Dawn, Sheelagh & Alec
Sue, Langdon and Dawn
Kathy and Sue
Duncan, Sue and Trisha (with Cathy and Helen in deep chat mode)
Brian, Chris, Diana and Geoff
Sarah and Brian
Jan and Keith
“Nomates” Peter…….. and a thank you to Sally for taking the pictures
03/07/17 PARISH PLODDERS’ WALK – BURCOMBE
Di and Sally admiring Mike’s, Di’s and Keith’s vehicles. (It is the nearest I could get to a motorhome).
The Punch Bowl on the way up.
Salisbury Cathedral to the left.
The perfect spot for a break, and a group photo.
Said photo….. oh Henry!
Sally carving the path back, minus machete.
27/06/17 PETANQUE EVENING at the HOOK & GLOVE, FARLEY
Waiting for the kick-off that never came.
03/05/17 PARISH PLODDERS’ WALK – SPEARYWELL WOODS, MOTTISFONT
They’re off, at a gallop.
I’m sure there are bluebells somewhere
When did he sign up to Plodders?
Ready for Di and her clean shoes……
Speeding up on the home straight.
24/04/17 – TREASURE TRAIL around ROMSEY
Heads down together to solve the next clue.
There’s a danger of two different answers.
There’s a danger of six different answers.
“Quick, I’ve seen this dress I like…..”
John and Di going in opposite directions…..
We had to send out a search party for Richard & Diana.
30/03/17 – AGM in the MEMORIAL HALL, WHITEPARISH
The Hilton could not have done better.
What a spread! And more was to come.
The trouble is, in these times of Brexit, you can’t get the bar staff.
Waiting for the fun to begin.
Theresa May (sorry, Sarah) in fine voice, but no leopard skin high heels.
Jeremy’s (or rather Keith’s) turn to “shine”!
….and then it’s everyone’s turn to participate (1)
….and then it’s everyone’s turn to participate (2)
16/03/17 PARISH PLODDERS’ WALK – OTTERBOURNE, HAMPSHIRE
Waiting for the “off” (and Mike & Cathy).
Signs of Spring in Otterbourne Park wood.
A view of the River Itchen.
The “wildlife” looking for the wildlife.
One Plodder that did have the right footwear.
Nearing the end (it is Keith that is missing).
Nearing the end (it is John that is missing, and Brian has recovered).
10/02/17 SKITTLES NIGHT at the BLACK HORSE, WEST TYTHERLEY
Peter calling the troops to the line.
Alec and John get the “short straw”.
Mike, looking more professional than the result.
Victoria, receiving a variety of “expert” advice.
Langdon, our referee and scorer (notice that previous score).
Some (Sally, Jenny and Dawn) who look pleased with their scores.
Our arbiter and referee keeping a wary eye on proceedings (evidently needed).
Two members of the committee “gloating” over their success……
Alec braves the cauldron of the arena.
Sue, Eddie and Andy watching proceedings. Diana and Geoff have other things to ponder.
“I have to polish this? For a whole year?”
18/01/17 PARISH PLODDERS’ WALK – FRITHAM, NEW FOREST
The frosty way ahead.
Everyone seemed keen to get going.
Trying to be “arty”.
Rambling along nicely.
Some Plodders on a well-earned rest.
27/10/16 Lunch after the SOUTHAMPTON ART GALLERY tour
[ A screenshot of the hoi polloi at lunch follows……. courtesy of Langdon and ITV ].
17/08/16 PARISH PLODDERS’ WALK – BROADCHALKE
Langdon and the now obligatory reward
The front view (not as appealing)….. it was extra marks for the silliest hat
Heading away from Little London
Amid the flowers and the grain
Alec satisfying his curiosity
The rewarding view after that first climb
Waiting for the off!
Last to leave the altar
13/08/16 PIMMS and BBQ AFTERNOON
Diane – to be found at the Pimms Bar.
Katy & Dawn – I’m not sure who the little ‘uns between them are
Sarah in her Little Orphan Annie outfit.
David (and Keith) doing the “man” thing.
There aren’t words. —- (Sorry Sally, didn’t get you (again))!
15/06/16 PARISH PLODDERS’ WALK – DUNBRIDGE and MOTTISFONT
Peter S and Chris decide to don the fatigues.
Into the interior…. they always pick off the last one.
Open country. Now just hop over this…..
Approaching 3 ladies with keen and interested eyes.
Langdon, usually our vanguard, bringing up the rear.
Lunch (notice the shock on Petet K’s face when Langdon discards the dessert menu).
11/05/16 Visit to the NEW FOREST WILDLIFE PARK
Meeting our Guide for the day
Otter than we thought
The wolves waiting for lunch
O&A members having their lunch
I may have got that last caption wrong
27/04/16 PARISH PLODDERS’ WALK – WEST TYTHERLEY and BENTLEY WOOD
The gang’s all here.
A queue at the stile, not sure who is having trouble getting over it!
A rest for the weary.
With encouragement from the sidelines.
Alec doing his “Eddie the Eagle” impression.
What we came for……
The watercolours beckon.
A final glance….. aaaahh!
24/04/16 AGM at The Memorial Hall
Nearly a full house.
Our chairperson in “full cry”.
Our delightful serving staff for the evening.
24/03/16 HOSPITAL of ST.CROSS visit and tour
The Hospital’s church seen from the water meadows.
A rapt audience.
A decorative display in the corner of the garden.
The Brothers’ quarters.
On into the buildings.
The old kitchen with its automatic spit, powered by a fan turned by the heat of the fire.
The ornate ceiling of the church.
24/02/16 PARISH PLODDERS’ WALK – PITTON
“Ooooh, where did you get those?”
Indian file to begin with.
Then into the woods to avoid the Orinoco.
“We need not have done that last bit”.
A dry stretch brings out the smiles.
It would seem a further stretch of mud has delayed many…..
…… so the vanguard must wait.
Clarendon Palace and the cathedral.
05/01/16 PARISH PLODDERS’ WALK – LOWER PENNINGTON, KEYHAVEN MARSHES
Making our way to the coastpath.
A rum bunch dressed for worse weather.
What a wonderful sight…… and there’s a rainbow as well.
The other end of the rainbow, over Lymington harbour.
Time to make tracks – lunch awaits!
Henry insists on having his picture taken
Sally duly obliged
Somebody else insisted as well
Negotiating the nasty bits
18/12/15 – MULLED WINE EVENING at SARAH’s
Tonight’s host (Sarah) and our last host (Alec) discussing the traumas involved in the role.
Brian and Chris A making merry.
Helen, Di, Dawn, Diana S, and Keith
Chris H and Sally N
David, June and Katie
Sheila, John and Sheila’s daughter (SORRY, forgotten her name…. blame the copious helpings of the mulled stuff)!
Richard, Trish and Jenny M
Sue, Diana and Shirley (apologies to anyone that was missed, especially to the photographer…… I should have thought of that).
16/11/15 PARISH PLODDERS’ WALK – ROCKFORD, NEW FOREST
THE OFF! (Guide banished to the rear).
They looked dangerous – so we sent Langdon on ahead.
The only climb of the day.
A joyous return.
The lengths Sarah has to go to to stop Henry running off……..
29/10/15 WHITCHURCH SILK MILL and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE GIN DISTILLERY
Braving the rain to look outside the Silk Mill.
Some old-fashioned apparatus and not a HO&A member to be seen.
Glasshouses at the distillery.
The tour outside.
Intrigued by the botanical sampling room.
21/09/15 PARISH PLODDERS’ WALK – DOWNTON
The obligatory group photo, this time before the “off”.
A “get to know each other” stop.
An unsavoury diversion.
Diane holds court.
The Avon is reached.
The Moot garden, and now for lunch.
16/09/15 MAGNA FLORA at SALISBURY CATHEDRAL
Members discussing the Whiteparish team’s exhibit.
An individual exhibit.
From the ceiling as well
Lunch at The Coach & Horses.
01/08/15 PIMMS & BBQ EVENT
Members attend to the important details (with Sarah, and without Sally and John)
Members attend to the important details (without Sarah, and with Sally and John)
What can I say on a clean website?
Jane, Betty and Sheelagh
Peter entertaining Jenny, Sue, Shirley, Diana, and her namesake from Turin
Mike, Sheila, Roger, Richard, Helen, a coy Cathy, and Jenny
Priscilla, Peter, Ros, Trisha and Hugh
Brian, Chris and Alec
Jennys 1 & 2, Peter, Judy, John and Stephen
Catching the last of the sun
22/07/15 – PARISH PLODDERS WALK – EBBESBOURNE WAKE
“The Horseshoe” welcomes careful Plodders.
The climb at the start of the walk – we were warned.
An artistic touch!
Our group for the day – at the crest of the climb.
Two members fancy themselves as “the good shepherd”.
And another, complete with sheepdog.
09/07/15 – NIGHTJAR EVENING at BLACKWATER in the NEW FOREST
The jollity started early.
…… and continued.
Well they hadn’t tasted the cooking yet.
Will I recognise a nightjar when I see it?
About to set off (I wish they’d keep still in low light).
Spot the nightjar ……… no, neither did we.
There’s one out there somewhere.
One seems to have flown over Peter’s car in our absence.
17/06/15 – PETANQUE EVENING at the HOOK & GLOVE, FARLEY
Langdon insists it is “all in the wrist action”.
Although Mike relies on an upright stance.
… And Sue believes the low down Barnes-Wallis method is best.
But whatever…….. it’s a serious business.
10/06/15 – PARISH PLODDERS WALK – LINWOOD, NEW FOREST
Off into the wide blue yonder.
The Group Photo – but only on a 2-second time lapse. Hence the back of Keith’s head.
Give him 10 seconds to get there…..
According to Diane, it was flat all the way.
Bad Tidings on our return.
“How does one get a drink around here”?
Di delivers the good news that prohibition has ended at “The Alice Lisle” up the road.
28/04/15 – PARISH PLODDERS WALK – WHITSBURY
The sign which Langdon brought to our lady members’ attention. Glad it wasn’t me!
Spaced out along the gallops.
Along the beech avenue.
Good ol’ Sir Eyre Coote!
Some of the real visiting mares, a sight stressed to Langdon.
Langdon gets his just desserts.
26/02/15 – PARISH PLODDERS WALK – BERWICK ST.JAMES
“Getting ready for the fray”.
“Our damp contingent, at this stage unaware of the adversities that await them”.
“Fancy being out on a day like this …..”
“The long and winding, and muddy, and glutinous, and squelchy road”.
“Katie, in need of emergency resuscitation”.
“Sue, in need of emergency laundry”.
“Our reward”. Apologies to Langdon for missing him out of the picture – you can see his soup though!
05/01/15 – PARISH PLODDERS WALK – PENNINGTON & KEYHAVEN MARSHES
Our merry band (with Sally taking the picture).
Our merry band (with Di taking the picture).
Henry’s ready….. we can hit the road!
Some of the local wildlife – four species in one photo.
Looking across to the lighthouse at Hurst Point.
A scattered bunch – some more eager for The Chequers than others……
09/11/14 – PARISH PLODDERS WALK – BRAEMORE
The underused stocks beside the A338.
The tree, which is older than all the Plodders, bar one.
Approaching the little pad known as Breamore House.
The required ‘groupie’ – with more sunglasses than Don Corleone’s family.
St.Mary’s and the corner in which the group’s new moral compass is etched in stone.
…. “locking the stable door”.
Into unchartered territory and 8ft high sweetcorn.
Waiting for the 12:10
30/09/14 – PARISH PLODDERS WALK – MICHELMERSH and MOTTISFONT
Peter and Langdon agree to arm wrestle for David Frost’s old property.
The merry band take in the views, before arriving at the north face of the Eiger.
The picturesque Rive Test at Lower Brook.
The “Yes” campaign is alive and well in Mottisfont.
Looks like ANOTHER sermon from our leader……
24/08/14 – PIMMS and BBQ
Committee at the erection stage, but Di still finds time to dance….
Sally applying the final touches. Ready for the masses ….
In full swing …..
In full swing ….. (2)
You can get the staff providing you pay enough …..
Well fed and content.
Keith hiding the bald patch.
Sally, obviously taking exception to something said at the next table.
31/07/14 – PARISH PLODDERS WALK – WOODGREEN and GODSHILL
“Manuel” waiting to take the lunch orders.
All smiles before that steep gradient. Langdon is out of picture in oxygen mask.
Trying to convince the rebel leader that we are NOT lost.
Admiring the view.
Some admire the view in a more sedate manner. I’m sure I heard snoring.
16/07/14 – HAMPTWORTH OPEN-AIR PLAY
The reward, well earned.
Sue, the venerable David (“Happy Birthday to you……”, and Katie
Sally & Peter with friends (I should have asked……..)
Ken and Sue (with a posh hamper I notice ……)
John and Jenny (with colourful plates and chair)
Langdon, Alec and Sheelagh (Langdon has all the raspberries I notice……)
John, Yvonne and Dawn (I was wrong….. there are the rest of the raspberries)
Shella and Jan (note:- Sally took all the photos, which is why she is not in them….. I will be in trouble)
Keith (in trouble with the mother-in-law again) and Shella
Algernon Moncrieff & John Worthing discuss the importance of being Earnest.
01/07/14 – LYBURN FARM and CHEESE TOUR
Ready for the “off” (1)
Ready for the “off” (2)
Mike Smales explaining the labour involved in growing runner beans
The village idiot (standing)
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25/06/14 – PARISH PLODDERS WALK – HORSEBRIDGE, HOUGHTON
Lost already, Pedro is bringing up the rear.
Langdon reading the exercise instructions, and deciding against it.
At last, one we can all do.
King’s Somborne church. Presumably the picnic table is for a “late” supper.
Still looking relaxed as we crest the hill.
A potential des-res?
At last, the John O’ Gaunt and all is right with the world.
What can one say?
Trying to decide who had jumped!
This is the best bit!
11/06/14 – JANE AUSTEN TOUR and CREAM TEA
The merry band (after John and Yvonne had left, and with a missing Graham and Ann)
We found Graham and Ann.
Pat, one of our charming guides.
30/04/14 – PARISH PLODDERS WALK – WEST TYTHERLEY
The High Priestess pays homage to the big “bird”.
The way ahead.
The bare-earthed woods.
Langdon finds his bluebell.
The bluebells, and other local flora.
…. and the Mother Hen.
A muntjac, as surprised as we were.
18/03/14 – PARISH PLODDERS WALK – CRAWLEY, HAMPSHIRE
The exotic wildlife to be found at Crawley village pond.
25/02/14 – QUIZ AND SUPPER EVENING – KING’S HEAD
The aptly(?) named “The Motley Crew”.
The “Cowesfield Numpties” (nuff said?).
“4 and 5/10ths”, taken after the banishment of one individual, together with her smartphone.
The “Be Very Afraid” team. Still astonished (naturally) at second place.
“MCC”. Proud and deserving winners.
Our Question Master (who seems to have “nodded off”) and his lovely assistant.
04/02/14 – PARISH PLODDERS – KEYHAVEN MARSHES
Twixt Keyhaven Marshes and the sea.
An old sea dog, and a man with a beard.
A local resident – a Great Crested Grebe.
20/11/13 – PARISH PLODDERS (ROCKBOURNE and WHITSBURY)
Plodders take a rest and investigate St.Leonard’s church in Whitsbury.
The “home straight” back to Rockbourne, and into the face of a hailstorm. Ouch!!
Grimaces turn to smiles once The Rose & Thistle, a log fire and a pint are achieved.
08/10/13 – PARISH PLODDERS (BROUGHTON DOWN)
The whole gang (except for Sally, who took the photo) celebrate making it to the highest point on the walk.
Various Plodders rest before the final stretch back to Broughton and the “Tally Ho”.
22/08/13 – PARISH PLODDERS (LOWER WOODFORD)
Lost in “darkest Africa” (a quite sunny copse near Lower Woodford actually).
SUMMER BARBECUE 2013 :-
It may be August, but just look at the coats……..
Chris & Jan Allerton and David Pantling.
The merry (probably something to do with the Pimms) cooking staff.
John & Gill Fielding and John & Jane Dunlop tucking in to the “goodies”.
….. and there’s more than enough to go round.
Langdon giving his “Thank You” speech, and no one is yawning.
Someone said the sun was coming out.
AN ASSORTMENT OF LONG-PAST OUTINGS ………
Alec Knight and Wendy (our founder) with Sue Taylor at a barbecue evening at Sarah’s house.
Our first visit to an open-air play at Hamptworth, and another typical English Summer’s evening.
The results of the weather at Hamptworth, and a picture of which some members should not too proud.