3 Benches and a Pub Quiz

Group on bench 2

Sunday 18 November 2018 was a very busy day for The Watercress Way volunteers.

Trustees spent the day installing 3 benches on the Martyr Worthy section of the disused line and then hosted a quiz at The Plough in the evening!


The Watercress Way trustees are delighted to announce the installation of our first 3 sleeper benches.

Made from locally sourced green oak , with a grant from Itchen Valley Parish Council, they provide welcome resting places along the path.

Many passers by thanked us for our efforts and welcomed the opportunity the benches give to stop a while.

Perhaps with a snack or just to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the lost 7 miles of the old Mid Hants Watercress Line whilst imagining  the ghosts of thundering trains from before 1973.

Jackie Porter, Chairman of Trustees said, “The sunshine inspired us to complete the task ahead of time, installing three benches in one day under the supervision of Jim and Bruce.

The benches are heavy, and it took several of us to dig the holes and lower each bench into position!

Once cemented into position, the ground was restored to the original state.

hope you’ll agree that these weathered oak seats look like they have been there for years!”

Pub Quiz

90 keen quizzers assembled in the Plough at Itchen Abbas on the same evening.

Overseen by Quiz Master Kim, the 16 teams were tested on local history as well as general knowledge.

Jackie, Mike, Jim and Malcolm assisted in running the quiz.

A good time was had by all and the teams participated with competitive enthusiasm-and sometimes argument!

This was a quiz with a distinctive Watercress Way twist with locally sourced watercress table decorations and questions such as:

“What is a staple town, a Hampshire hog and how many pound coins would fit end to end along the 42 km of the trail.”

The theme was well received by the contestants with Facebook comments posted immediately afterwards such as:

“A fun evening, thank you so much for all your hard work and hope you got lots of donations!”

So look out for our 2019 Quiz night!

Kim says, “Congratulations to the Green Gauges who not only won the quiz but had the best Watercress Way themed name.

The raffle offered a wide variety of prizes supplied by a range of our sponsors.

I’d like to say thank you to all of them and especially to Ashley at the Plough for hosting the evening.”

Over £600 was raised which will help enormously in funding our day to day expenses.

So expect even more leaflets, flyers and adverts for future events!

Thank you to all the participants who came out to support us.

You can also see more about our news and events  on www.thewatercressway.org.uk   and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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