Organiser : Dave Smith 01243 376019 firstname.lastname@example.org Club mobile (on the day only) 07810 494624
Coach leaves North Harbour at 8.30am and returns at 16.45 hrs
Cost £34 p.p
Closing date: 4th May
Kentish Curios with a two course lunch and a hot drink included.
When we think of the River Medway we tend to think of Rochester and Chatham but in the Upper Medway Valley the river flows through some of our most beautiful countryside. We begin at an ancient country church with beautiful stained glass by Marc Chagall and end at the serene Carmelite Friary founded beside the river by a crusader. Along the way we enjoy many Kentish curios, myths and legends in the county where the Medway or middle-way divided the Men of Kent from the Kentishmen.
We join the Blue Badge guide at 10.30am for morning coffee and biscuits (included) at Tudeley near Tunbridge Wells.
In the early 1960's a young girl from the local manor house showed great potential as an art collector when she bought David Hockney’s student exhibition painting. When she drowned in a sailing accident at Rye her heartbroken parents commissioned the Russian artist Marc Chagall to design stained glass windows for the parish church in her memory and the result is magical. The joy of the Tudeley windows in this tiny church is that they are at eye level: one can go right up to them and see the marks of Chagall’s hands.
From Tudeley we
follow the Medway crossing from side to side, sometimes Men of Kent,
sometimes Kentishmen. We see the Hoppers Hospital, some very pretty
villages and marinas full of bobbing boats and cross the ancient bridge
at Yalding - a village that floods so often you begin to suspect that
the name is Saxon for Don’t Build Your House Here!
Crumble and Custard
After lunch we continue
our tour with a visit to Aylesbury Friary.
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The Pilgrims Hall