The Parish Church of St George the Martyr, Waterlooville
St George’s Parish outing day
Left from the service, straight away
Of early finish had great need
(No sermon and we missed the Creed!)
No time for coffee, just the loo
So many -
Our Vision Travel coach parked where
Our Jane with clipboard standing there
Efficiently, and in good time
Accounted for our 49.
With driver Jason’s navigation
To London, and our destination
Westminster Abbey, thence we came
To meet another (Canon) Jane.
In quiet garden, where on seat
Or grass, a picnic meal to eat.
(But some of us, we couldn’t wait,
And on the coach our lunches ate!)
Then tour and choral Evensong,
Familiar sermon, not too long!
A lightning visit to the shop,
We really hadn’t time to stop.
With postcards bought, and roll-
Found no one yet had been mislaid!
Instructions numerous and clear
On written sheet allayed all fear -
If any pilgrim went astray
They could, with ease, re-
In snaking line ’cross roads were borne
Past Protest Camp set out on lawn,
Through tourist throng, past vendor stall,
In winding crocodile we all
At River Thames, Westminster Pier,
Where safely “counted on” by Jane
Found, with relief, were numbered same.
The trip, by boat, with commentary
Three quarters of an hour, and very
Pleasantly spent, to Greenwich, we
Had time to wander happily
To park or pub for welcome drink
And some to shop or eat I think.
Called Jason on his mobile phone,
Boarded our coach, set off for home.
A “comfort stop” required quite near.
Could it have been excess of beer!
Back home again just after nine.
Agreed we’d had a lovely time.
Our thanks now due to everyone
Who made our Parish Trip such fun!
Summer Edition 2010
Illustration by Martin Lloyd
Illustration by Wendy Lloyd