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posted Aug 26, 2014, 1:16 AM by Sandra Jones
The third meeting of the Explorer group was on a breezy August Day and was organised by Carolyn Lyness.  She chose Worth Matravers in the Purbecks to explore and those of us who thought there was only a pub - albeit your reporter's favourite- and a quarry there were proved wrong!

Carolyn, Sue King, Anne O'Neill, Sheila Vogwell , Barbara Smith, Cherry Bush, Sandra Jones and special guest Bern Slater parked on the outskirts of the village and walked to St Aldhelm’s Head and explored the St Aldhelm’s Chapel.   It is only 25feet square and the interior contains a 12th century groin vault supported by a central column.

After a brisk walk to view Chapman’s Pool - no they didn't go down the steps - they returned to the village studying the ancient farming method of strip lynchets on the way.  Evidence of farming in strips working with the natural erosion of the soil can be noticed at Portland too.

They enjoyed a tasty lunch at the Worth Tea and Supper Room which is vintage heaven for many and has pretty gardens so well worth a visit and after an impromptu stop at the village craft show they ended up at another church!!  Carolyn explained that the churchyard contained the grave of Benjamin Jesty who successfully vaccinated his wife and children against smallpox twenty years before Edward Jenner became famous for vaccination.

The explorers returned home via the Burngate Stone Carving centre which is a delightful spot where you can join a stone carving class or view the sculptures.  They left the famed pasties at the Square and Compass for another day!

Sandra Jones,
Aug 26, 2014, 1:16 AM