Afternoon in Godalming

old Bible Godalming Parish Church

old Bible Godalming Parish Church

Church Street

Church Street

River Wey

River Wey

cattle grazing in water meadows

cattle grazing in water meadows

Russian Czar Peter the Great stayed at the Kings Arms Inn in March 1698

Russian Czar Peter the Great stayed at the Kings Arms Inn March 1698

The Sun Inn

The Sun Inn

Kings Arms and Royal Hotel

Kings Arms and Royal Hotel

A very warm afternoon in Godalming.

Excellent pea and mint soup at Café Mila. I thought soup was off for the summer, as not seen lately. Pea and mint soup is a summer soup. I did not though much like the quiche.

A wander down the High Street, over the bridge, then back along the river walk and the back way into Café Mila for afternoon tea.

I learnt a little more about the Wey Inn which is earmarked for a Tesco.

It was owned by Enterprise Inns. No surprise then it went under. Leased to Tesco for 20 years, with opt out after ten years and five yearly rent reviews. Enterprise subsequently sold the freehold to a property company for £1 million. Massive public opposition, over 6,000 signed a petition, biggest demonstration seen in Godalming, large public meetings. Waverley have been asked to serve an Article 4 Direction which would quash the planning consent and force a planning application, but are refusing to do so.

Long wait for 1730 No 71 bus. 35 minutes late. The wait was so long, I wish I had sat by the river and caught the 1825, though maybe it delayed too. No explanation from driver why bus was late. I wish Stagecoach would teach their drivers manners and common courtesy. But fortunate I did not go via Guildford then catch a train, as no trains, bus service only. Bus driver drove like a maniac, exceeding speed limit all the way, two people had the doors shut on them, net result only 15 minutes late by the time he arrived at Aldershot bus station. Chaos at the train station, fleet of dilapidated double-decker buses for train passengers.

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