Team WBCC on the magnificent stairway in the hall of the old house (picture not sharp as it was taken in near darkness)

Another Warners weekend was arranged this year by Sue and her assistant Alan, this time to the Cricket St Thomas site in Somerset. The weather was really kind to us for the time of year with no rain and pleasant temperatures. 20 members and friends spent the 3 days enjoying the wonderful grounds and facilities. There was so much on offer from archery and rifle shooting to hiking trail walks, there was even a fully equipped gymnasium and a heated swimming pool available but most of us just took the opportunity to explore the surrounding area.

Some people went to Lyme Regis for the day and those of us that went to the Fleet Air Arm museum came back with glowing comments. Personally we went to the Perrys Cider factory cum shop where we, or should I say I, was able to sample most of the 25 different ciders available. They also served the best bacon and brie toasted Ciabatta roll ever and latte coffee that was properly hot.   

Sue's list of local attractions proved to be very useful even if it didn’t include the Haynes Motor Museum which was only a couple of miles away from the Fleet Air Arm site. Jean discovered this attraction on the web and to her delight I agreed to go, 400 classic cars and motorbikes, what’s not to like? Her face did drop a bit when we arrived there though to discover that the 3rd Sunday of every month is “Bikers Breakfast” day and the car park was full of hundreds of motorbikes and leather clad men of all shapes and sizes.

The choice of food in the dining room was wide ranging and for breakfast, if it wasn’t available in the huge buffet, you could order specials from the kitchen. We had our own waitress to look after us for breakfast and dinner which again had a comprehensive choice. We all met up in the Terrace bar for pre-dinner drinks before ambling into the dining room where we had tables pre-allocated to the Club.

After dinner there was a choice of a movie in the screen room or a full blown show in the large show lounge where again we had pre-allocated seats near the front arranged by Sue so that there was no bunfight for the best seats. The shows were a good standard especially the “Queen” tribute show put on by the in house entertainment team. If anything it was a bit loud, I reckon that they think all older people are deaf!

Jim presents Sue and Alan a small appreciation of our thanks for a job superbly done.


An interesting shot of the food court down by the lake that was abandoned about 15 years ago.


Part of the car park at the Haynes car museum on “Bikers Breakfast” day