Chancel Choir 2006 England Tour
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Well today was our last full day in England and my was it a great one.
We started out our journey by waving goodbye to dear-sweet Swindon and heading
to the town of Sherborne. The streets in Sherborne were so small that our
bus was unable to drive into town, so we had to park on the edge of town and
then walk carrying all of our extra clothes with us, but it was worth it.
For our fourth concert we found ourselves in the ~150 member Cheap Street
Methodist Church, of which we later learned hasn't had a permanent choir in over
2 years. The sound in this church didn't have the same echo that we heard
in the larger stone cathedrals, but what it did have was a very warm tone and
that small homey atmosphere that reminded us of singing back in Arroyo Grande.
Following the church service we enjoyed great fellowship with the members of
the church and then had lunch in town and visited the Sherborne Abbey. In
the afternoon we returned to London for the last night before our departure to the
USA. However, we weren't going to spend the last night sitting around in
out hotel rooms. After a wonderful (and spicy) Indian dinner we went to
take a ride on the London
Eye. The London Eye was built for the Millennium by British Airways
and takes passengers up to 442 feet above London for a 360 degree view of the
city. We went at a particularly great time because as we were going around
we got to watch sunset and the city transform from being lit by the sun to
being lit by the city lights.