WEST WICKHAM PHOTGRAPHIC SOCIETY
2015-16 OUTINGS PROGRAMME
Sunday 6th December
Dickens Christmas Festival - Rochester
An enchanting of traditional Victorian Christmas festivities. Street entertainment, song, dance and classic readings - PLUS rub shoulders with some of Dickens' most beloved and infamous characters.
Train – Bromley South 09.02 am. arriving at 09.26 am. The recommended way to travel, based on previous years, as town centre parking is impossible.
Park and ride services will be running from Dockside Outlet multi storey car park and Blue Bell Hill commuter car park. Buses start at 9am, last buses leave Rochester at 6pm.
Please note that in the following there are references to High Street, on the map this is also shown as Eastgate.
09.45 am. – Breakfast at the Golden Lion, 147-149 High St, Rochester ME1 1EL (Wetherspoons Pub). On your right as you walk up the High Street from the station.
11am – Seven Poor Travellers’ Procession - Led by The Right Royal Revels from outside The Guildhall Museum. The procession will move along the High Street and finish outside The Six Poor Travellers’ House, next to the Medway Visitor Information Centre. A short speech will be made by Charles Dickens followed by the carving of the Christmas turkey.
12 noon – Main Parade - Led by the Mayor of Medway, Cllr Barry Kemp, the parade of costumed characters will start on the High Street by Almon Place. It will move along the High Street, turn left into the Esplanade, continuing up Castle Hill before finishing on the Boley Hill Stage.
Lunch – After the parade – Everywhere will be busy, unlikely to all be able to sit together, so suggest we try the Golden Lion again, but I believe there will be light snacks in the Guildhall.
4.45pm – Candlelit Parade -
Led by the Mayor of Medway, Cllr Barry Kemp, the parade will start on the High Street by Almon Place. It will move along the High Street, turn left at Northgate into Boley Hill, to join the carol concert on the open-air stage.
5pm – Carols for Christmas -
Join BAE systems Brass Band and all the festival performers in a selection of popular Christmas carols outside Rochester’s magnificent Cathedral in, Boley Hill under guaranteed snowfall.
17.45 am Catch the train back to Bromley South arriving at 17.49
|Sun, 6th December||Dickensian Christmas, Rochester.||Bob Zwolinsky|
|Thur, 10th March||Sky Garden and a London City Church.||Tony Warran|
|Sat, 16th April||Treasure Hunt in Edenbridge||Bob Zwolinsky|
|May (TBA)||Eagle Heights||Norman and Joyce Bernard.|
|May (TBA)||High Elms Nature Reserve||Derek Miah|
(TBA) = To be announced.