During the recent Celebrating Age Festival, Vectis Housing’s Wild About Wight project organised a trip to Quarr Abbey and its stunning grounds.
It was a wonderful opportunity for people who wouldn’t normally be able to make a trip like this to be taken out and to learn more about East Wight’s natural and built heritage as well as the life of the monastery. Vectis Housing collected residents from all over the Isle of Wight so they could join in this informative, interesting and joyful day out. One lady said she hadn’t been to Quarr Abbey in 25 years as she hadn’t been able to get there, so this was a fantastic opportunity to visit this wonderful place and meet new people. Another lady said she was on her own and wouldn’t have made the trip alone, but this organised visit allowed her to get out and join in with others. The group had a tour of the Abbey with Father Luke who inspired people with details of life at the Abbey and it’s history, while Matthew Noyce the Head Gardener and Estate Manager was on hand to offer tours of the grounds and it’s many uses from food production to animals and bee’s to creating a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy. There was still time to enjoy a cup of tea and some lovely lunch in the café, which everyone enjoyed.