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It has become a tradition of the Somerset Commanders Lodge No 1656 to have an annual day out. This takes place during the summer if we have one!) Wives and partners are of course very welcome. The responsibilty for organising the day falls to the Worshipful Commander. This years commander, John Lendon decided that the trip would have a nautical flavour and so chose a morning cruise along the Tiverton Canal.
Twenty four Lodge members and partners boarded the horse drawn barge, the Tivertonian, at Tiverton Wharf and were taken out into the Devon countryside. The barge travels for 1 hour to East Manley, where it turns around and moors up allowing the opportunity to take a short walk to see the one and only Aqueduct on the Grand Western Canal, or we could stay and talk to the horse as he rests awhile under the shade of a tree. During the journey we heard some tales and history of the canal, and enjoyed a minutes silence thus experiencing the true peace and tranquility of traveling by Horse-Drawn Barge.
On returning to Tiverton Wharf everyone made their way to the Fishermans Cot at Bickleigh. This is a lovley old pub by the river Exe, where we all enjoyed a very pleasant lunch.