On Tuesday 2nd May, 3 of our WI members, Mary Bickmore, Janet Clemas and Joan Green joined a WFWI County visit to the The Royal Hospital Chelsea. Joan has kindly given a report of their day out as follows:
“We had a guided tour of The Royal Hospital Chelsea led by Brian Cummings, a Chelsea Pensioner who was looking lovely in his red coat. Starting in the grounds with 2 fine statues, The Millennium Statue and the King Charles II Statue (an all gold statue, recently re-gilded), we then moved inside. We saw one of the old bedrooms; it only had a bed and a side table. Now they have larger rooms (12’x12’) with a bed, wardrobe, cupboard, armchair and toilet. It is a lovely room, very comfortable, where they can go & spend time on their own.
Next was the Great Hall where meals are served, followed by the Chapel. The end ceilings on both have lovely paintings in Michelangelo style. The last room was the Wellington Hall and its museum holding years of medals won and items used by the soldiers. Very interesting to walk around.
It was a really wonderful place to visit and see how well these retired soldiers are looked after and seeing how happy they all are. Thank you County WI for organising this trip. “