Archive for September 18th, 2012

Winchester Civic Day Sept 18th

September 18, 2012

Today it was the turn of the Mayor & Mayoress of Winchester, Councillor Frank Pearson and Mrs Anne Pearson, to hold their Civic Day.

We met at Winchester’s Abbey House, together with the Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and other Civic heads from across Hampshire and, after a short speech of welcome from the Mayor, we then proceeded to the world renowned Winchester College.

 

William of Wykeham

William of Wykeham

 

Opened in 1393 by the Bishop of Winchester, William of Wykeham, the College still has some of the original stained-glass windows that were in the chapel when it was built at the end of the 14th century. Many famous and influential people have been pupils of the College over the past centuries.

Almshouses at St Cross.

Almshouses at St Cross.

Leaving the college we were taken, in a 1964 AEC Renown bus, to St. Cross Hospital for lunch. In this case the word hospital relates to hospitality and, founded between 1132 and 1136 this is now Britain’s oldest charitable institution. A tradition of St. Cross is the Wayfarer’s Dole, a drink of beer and a piece of bread, which is given to all who request it at the Porter’s Gate. Also to be found here is the magnificent Norman Church, the building of which was begun in 1135 and finished nearly 200 years later.

Meerkat at Marwell

Meerkat at Marwell

It was then back on the bus for the short journey to Marwell Wildlife Park for a short guided tour to see some of the more than 180 animals and birds that can be found around this 140 acre parkland.

Then it was back to Havant’s Public Service Plaza, where Elaine had an important planning meeting.