Passengers and crew enjoyed a two day cruise on the SS Lambourn Valley at an event for older people who are unable to go on holiday and are at risk of loneliness and isolation and its attendant problems.
The cruise was held in the Walwyn Hall, Lambourn and was planned and supported by the three churches in Lambourn and the Quakers of East Garston.
Passengers enjoyed meals provided by the George Hotel and the Nippy Chippy, and afternoon tea provided by Simply Delish.
A busy programme of activities included themed crafts, seated exercises, hand massage, a music quiz and a sing-along. One particular highlight was provided by Thomas Forrester who came aboard to share his extensive knowledge about the antiques and curios that passengers had brought along.
All arrived back in port, union jacks in hand, to the strains of Rule Britannia and disembarked, tired, having made new friends, and delighted to share in a holiday without leaving Lambourn.
Captain and Crew of the SS Lambourn Valley (L to R): Jeff Britt (Ship's medic), Karen Frost (Captain) and Revd Peter Bennett (Chaplain).