Our first visit to Toddington , a flat area behind the eco friendly village hall with some lovely Cotswold views. The village itself was first recorded in 1087 and the Manor House is now the home of Damien Hirst ,he of half a cow fame.
Only 4 of us made it this weekend and the Friday was a dry day for once. Entertainment laid on in the hall, Bridge in the afternoon which Digby tried to join in (two woofs is not an acceptable opening bid) and Scottish Country Dancing in the evening. Friday evening saw us able to eat outside.
There was a wonderful sunset, but unfortunately it went a little chilly so we had to repair to the Chairman’s vast abode for the rest of the evening.
The picture tells it all. Toddington is the home of the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway so we took advantage of some free tickets and went for a ride on the train.
Our steam horse for the day was none other than Merchant Navy Class 35006 Peninsular & Oriental S.N.Co. Built in 1941 it was withdrawn from service in 1964 and sold for £350 for scrap. Rescued from scrapyard in 1983 restoration was completed in 2016.
Our Chairman went off to look at a different type of motive power, which one of his work colleagues is a part owner. A mere youngster this one is only 53 years old.
In the evening we had booked into the local pub for a meal which was within walking distance.
Wonderful menu, food hot and fresh, but had to wait a bit between courses as it was very busy. Gave us a chance to sample the different drinks on offer. Especially as we could walk back to our vans.
The forecast was not good for Sunday. Not as bad as expected though but damp enough for us to pack up and depart before lunch.