Alne WI celebrated its 75th anniversary with a visit to historic Ripon and afternoon tea. Some of our members had grown up, had family, or had taught in Ripon, so were able to share interesting, educational facts & personal memories, the very best way to see a place. The city had been “yarn bombed” with poppies, which added to its beauty.
The 12th Century cathedral was the focus of our visit; the cathedral is full of history, beautiful windows, interesting architecture but still retains, its gentle, calm reflective spirit. The choir screen was a delight and we learnt that Lewis Carrol’s inspiration for the white rabbit going down a hole in Alice in Wonderland came from a carving on one of the wooden pews! We completed our visit with an outstanding afternoon tea in The Yorkshire Tea Room, (how daunting for them, 22 WI members!). They rose to the challenge magnificently. We had a wonderful time as the photographs show