Didn’t we have a lovely day – the day we went to ‘All Saints’!

St Andrew’s ‘Thursday Fellowship’ had a very successful day excursion to ‘All Saints’

All Saints East Meon

parish church in the beautiful village of East Meon on Thursday the 15th of September. The weather was as beautiful as the church which was a wonderful bonus.

Eassons 'Fun Bus'

The ‘Fellowship’ were transported by Eassons and our driver Ian, a member of our congregation, made sure we were all picked up on time and certainly took us the ‘pretty way’ to our first destination of East Meon and the beautiful church of ‘All Saints’ where a Eucharist was performed for us by Father John.

 

Here are some pictures of the Fellowship arriving and interiors of the beautiful old church.

The Sun shines on All Saints

The beautifully carved font that greets you as you enter the church is a real show stopper.

The magnificent font at 'All Saints'

The spacious nave of ‘All Saints’

All Saints interior

Looking towards the high altar from the nave.

The high altar in the background.

Our charming hostess who made us all feel very welcome, and in the background the stunning tapestry of East Meon.

Our charming hostess

A Closer look at the tapestry!Beda where were you!

A closer look at the tapestry!

A surprise find was the ships bell from HMS Mercury! But before we had a chance to liberate it and bring it home, Dennis assured us it was not from our TS Mercury but from a completely different ship of nearly the same name; HMS Mercury! Glad we had you along Dennis!

HMS Mercury's ships bell.

The beautiful view as you leave ‘All Saints’

Leaving 'All Saints'

After we left the beautiful ‘All Saints’, Ian took us, via roads that only a very brave coach driver would dare to use but which are among the most beautiful that our lovely county has to offer, to our next stop of Petersfield where we had time to have a leisurely lunch and explore.

Break Time in Petersfield

Then it was back aboard the coach for the return journey.

All aboard!

Aboard the very comfortable Eassons coach!

Are you sitting comfortably?

But Ian wasn’t quite finished with us yet, he took us back to Hamble via the Portsdown hills where we had a chance to stop and take in the superb view, and for some the chance to buy an ice lolly, the weather was so good the ice-cream man had sold out of ice-cream by the time we arrived!

The Lolly Stop

I am sure all who went will agree that it was a marvellous day that we all enjoyed immensely, and I would like to thank Pat Gillman, Father John and especially Ian who all worked so hard to make sure we all had a day to remember – Thank you so much!

For those who would like more information about ‘All Saints’ below are some links for you to follow:

http://www.eastmeon.net/History_of_All_Saints/Ninian_Comper.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Meon

http://www.winchester.gov.uk/LeisureAndCulture/TrailsOnline/MeonValleyChurchesTrail/1.AllSaintsChurchEastMeon/

http://www.wilfrid-meon-pilgrimage.co.uk/church_all_saints_east_meon.htm

http://portsmouth.anglican.org/who_we_are/deaneries/petersfield/churches/all_saints_east_meon/

 

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