Sunday 29th December 2019
Our annual walk, and this year a visit to Hubbard's Hills.
Sadly Rob Whitworth had messaged that he was poorly and he and Jean wouldn't be able to join us today. Barry Jordan and Jim Brennan had also sent their apologies. Never the less joining Tim for a morning chat, and for some bacon sandwiches, were John and Celia Ambler, Chris and Ying Owen, Alan and Karen Hockham and Mike Gray. Reg and Chris Bagshaw would be waiting for us at the Woolpack for lunch.
A very pleasant hour or so in Louth before setting off to re-locate at Hubbard's Hills Cafe. Grey skies but at least it was dry. Hubbard's Hills has been a favourite for the townsfolk ever since it first opened in 1907. There's an interesting history too and Rob Cook is quite knowledgeable on the subject. It was donated by the trustees of Auguste Alphonse Pahud, a Swiss citizen who came to Louth to teach English at King Edward VI Grammar school. He married a local girl who sadly died after just a few years. It was his wish to create a memorial for Annie.
An enjoyable ramble around the park, in spite of the mud, and time at the end to partake in welcome tea and coffee at the Cafe. A short journey then for the social gathering at the Woolpack in Louth for lunch, arriving on schedule at 1 pm. Great to meet up with Reg and Chris. Good food, good company and a very pleasant time chatting away. Before we knew it the clocks were indicating 3.30 pm and time to depart just as the the cloud was clearing and treating us to a glorious technicolor sunset. One of the most spectacular of the year!
Many thanks to all for their company and thanks too for all the support over the last year. Looking forward to a new year, indeed an new decade. Wishing Rob Whitworth a speedy recovery.