See their website: thegrovebournemouth.co.uk
Only 9 members travelled to support this event, the 10th year that we have carried it out. The Friday arrival was distinguished by torrential rain and busy roads, and by 3 members, Bob Nason, Ann and myself, being stuck in the hotel lift for about 2 and half hours, 15 mins after we arrived. We were well supported by Manager Brendan, and by his staff, and it became quite a social event, three of us stuck about 3 feet below floor 2, the doors open and conversation etc taking place. We were even asked whilst stuck to choose our evening meal from the menu handed down – not just room service but lift service then!
Saturday brought dreadful weather, and a bit of concern for our walk on the Sunday. But lo! We were treated to a lovely warm day with no rain and no wind. The numbers were boosted for the walk by three of Ann’s family. Two of our group were not walking, so the number setting off from The Grove was 10. Our destination was Hengistbury Head, walking along the seafront. Three dropped out at Boscombe Pier, and the magnificent seven made it to the target in good time. Ann was in charge of logistics, picking up from Boscombe Pier and twice from Hengistbury Head. Walkers were rewarded upon return with a complimentary cream tea.
The following morning Brendan came to our breakfast table to thank us individually, and we were presented with two framed certificates in appreciation of our efforts over the ten years, one for the OARC and a personal one for myself.
Ann’s family joined us for the evening meal on the last evening, the group photo in the lounge includes all us. The total raised was £770, contributed by those staying at the hotel, some contributions by both Ann and my family, and by one OARC member who did not attend at the hotel. I express my personal appreciation for the support of all those who took part in any way.