On Tuesday 13 June, blessed with a glorious evening, a number of members, with colleagues from the Andover Photographic Society and other friends and relations, and accompanied by the archaeologist, Julian Richards, visited the Inner Circle of Stonehenge. The majority gathered at 7.30pm at the Visitors’ Centre and walked the mile or so to the Stones, with Julian showing us ancient features of the landscape, the remnants of earlier archaeological digs and modern improvements to the site. There was a bonus of wonderful bird song – we could see a few skylarks but was that also a curlew we heard?
We reached the Stones at our allotted time to meet the rest of our party and we went to the Inner Circle. Julian told us the latest theories on how the monument was built: the larger, outer, sarsen stones probably come from a more local site, perhaps Marlborough, whereas the smaller bluestones were transported from Preseli in Pembrokeshire. In the centre is the sandstone altar. We were able, under the watchful eye of the security men, to walk around the stones and the wider area and to watch the sun go down. We had a wonderful visit.
On 11 July from 2pm we are going to visit Andy McIndoe’s garden in Sherfield English, outside Romsey. The cost will be £10.00 with own transport to the venue. Please telephone Lois Allender on 889967 or Helen Norman on 889337 if you’d like to come.
The August meeting will be a wood turning demonstration by world renowned wood turning artist, Stuart Mortimer on Tuesday 8 August at 7.30pm in Grateley Village Hall.