In September 2009 a group from Brockenhurst Gateway Club visited the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth docks. We saw the hull of the Mary Rose being sprayed with chemicals to preserve the ancient wood. This year the sprays have being turned off and the ship hall section of the museum has been closed to allow the ship to dry out. In a couple of year’s time the ship will be viewable as never before. We will be able to walk around her at deck level and see every detail clearly without the mist of the sprays.
In May this year, Trevor and Vernon came to club and brought some of the ship’s artefacts for us to see. We handled cups and plates in wood and pewter, looked at the barber surgeon’s tools, felt the weight of a musket and tried to bend an archer’s bow. Now we can’t wait for the ship hall to open again, so that we can go to Portsmouth and walk beside the boards that were trodden by the sailors of Henry VIII’s navy, 450 years ago.
The Lions Club of New Milton arranged and subsidised a day outing to Paultons’ Park on Sunday May 9th. 23 members from Brockenhurst Gateway Club attended with helpers making up the number to 36.
Luckily the day was fine and everyone was so busy enjoying the rides, the penguin and meerkat display and the surroundings that there was no time to notice the cold wind. Age Concern New Milton supplied a minibus and volunteer driver to transport those who could not get there on their own.
You can see from the photos that a wonderful day out was enjoyed by all.