“We had a very nice outing to Hampton Court. Simone was very nice. We went by mini coach, which is easier for elderly people. There was so much to see in Hampton Court.”
We’d like to say thank you very much to the Wates Foundation—in particular Michelle, who recently fundraised for our talented Re-cycle-art group to enjoy a coach trip to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens.
“Really enjoyed the day out to Hampton Court. It was such a wonderful day. We enjoyed the performances they put on and all the information about Henry’s wives, the paintings and the gardens and courtyards. The trees were amazing. Thank you to Wates for such a wonderful trip.”
The group were singing non-stop on the journey to the palace (and enjoying Celebrations chocolates!) which gives you an idea of how excited they were.
“When I received the invite to go to Hampton Court I was a bit down. Maybe I would not be able to as it’s all day and I’m not used to being out that long… I went though and it was so nice to be with others from the club, and not alone all the time. We had a lovely ride in the coach all together. We arrived at the palace and was given headphones which explained how the palace came to be, Henry VIII and all his wives. I liked to tapestrys, his crown, the chapel. What a wonderful day. We had a walk in the gardens, I did a drawing of the front of the palace. Simone stayed with us all day, she looked after us so well I did feel wanted, I could not tell her how happy I was to be part of the group. Singing on the way home and some sweet treats really boosted me up. Thank you Wates for giving us such a wonderful day.
They spent time admiring the garden and interiors of the palace, which will definitely provide some inspiration for future artworks. Jean and Frank bravely stood up outside in the cold and produced amazing sketches of the Palace’s façade.
“I was looking forward to the trip, there was lots to do there and it was warm inside and I don’t go out much on my own and I have achieved a lot and looking forward to coming back.”
Christine and Dorry kept nice and warm indoors and sketched beautiful details of the building. We all had lunch together in the Palace’s café, Chanda brought delicious sandwiches and Indian snacks.
“I enjoyed the trip very much. It was great fun. Before the trip I was thinking of things… after I felt energised and happy. Our group were great and the transport made the whole experience special. Seeing the actors was great fun and made you think of a different era.”
Sally, Connie, Ellen, Violet, Chanda, Kanchan, Frank and Carmel travelled in time, watching the indoor and outdoor performances going on at the time. Frieda and Frank also visited the palace’s kitchen and were very impressed with the size of it.
“I had the most entertaining time. I am not sure what was the best bit. Wonderful company, great location, and a caring leader. I got home feeling so blessed. I am grateful for all my friends at the Abbey. They are full of fun. Up for any mischief. My inner child was able to enjoy herself. Something I could never do when I was young. I was able to learn lots about Henry VIII and his last wife Catherine Parr. I never had time to embrace history. The enactment makes it easy to retain the details. I hope to visit lots of other historical sites. Thank you to Wates, who made this visit possible.”
A big thanks to Wates for providing such a special experience.