On Saturday 9th June, 10 members of the SAIS went to Fishbourne Roman Palace
After meeting at the Palace, we joined the guided tours offered with the entrance tickets which were led by one of the very knowledgeable guides. We were even given a chance to touch and feel some of the archaeological finds. We rounded up the visit with lunch at the Bull’s Head and a walk to a nearby pond where some Roman artefacts had been found.
Here are the comments from one of the members:
What a super day out, thank you, and of course a very strong Italian connection right on our doorstep. I’ve been driving past Fishbourne Palace all these years and it never occurred to me to see what it was all about, …. and today I finally got there. A fascinating discovery and a very professional overview delivered by Emily.
On Saturday 12th May, 16 members of the SAIS went on our now yearly “spring walk”.
This year Rod (Lanning) devised a beautiful circular walk of 6 miles which started at the Barley Mow Pub in Walderton, moved on to Stansted House and then West Marden ending again at Walderton.
We enjoyed the spring colours of bluebells and white wild garlic in the wooded areas and the bright yellow of the rapeseed cultivation in some of the open fields.
Rod organised for us to stop at the Pavilion at Stansted House for coffee and cake, and then for lunch at the Victoria Inn.
All had a good time including Ruby a delightful young black Labrador who came with Rod and Giovanna. Thank you Rod, we look forward to the next year’s one!
On Saturday 28th April, 22 members and friends of the SAIS met at Portchester for a guided tour of the Castle.
Andrew Negus was our tour guide. Andrew is a blue badge guide well known to the society, having given interesting presentations on the city of Portsmouth and a tour of Chichester almost exactly a year ago.
We followed Andrew for about two hours around the Castle and discovered it is not really a castle but a fort. It did see a Roman Emperor and a French King and monks who enhanced the sea wall with a 9 seater loo!!!
Andrew covered 2,000 years of history of the area and how the Castle changed hands remaining instrumental for the local economy.
We wandered through the cemetery to find a couple of important “guests” and went inside the church, where among the historic relics there is the tomb of a Roman child carved in stone that was found in the Castle Grounds.
We ended the tour in the quaint area of Portchester adjacent to the Castle with lunch at the Cormorant Pub.28
We thank you Andrew and everyone that joined, and look forward to the May talk by Andrew on Fri 19th – Portsmouth: Harlots, Dung & Glory Part II
SAIS VISIT TO THE TATE MODERN IN LONDON – “MODIGLIANI”
10th March 2018
On Saturday 10th March, eight members of the SAIS travelled to London to see the “Modigliani” exhibition at the Tate Modern. A beautiful collection of 100 portraits including some of his best, painted over the 14 years he lived in Paris.
Lunch at the historic “the Blackfriars” pub near St. Paul Cathedral followed. This is a unique wedge-shaped building dating from 1875 and the only Art Nouveau pub in London.
We wandered along South Bank, the Globe Theatre and further on we stopped at Southwark Cathedral an imposing 800 years old Anglican Church which has a famous Choir of girls and boys from all over London and surrounding areas. We had a thoroughly enjoyable day: the exhibition and the company were excellent!