PROBUS CLUB COACH TRIP TO EAST DEVON …… 10th OCTOBER 2017
“A super day out !” was the judgement of Bishopsteignton villagers and Probus Club members after a coach trip organised by Probus Club vice chairman Baz Carpenter. In the morning, we visited the Norman Lockyer Observatory in Sidmouth, where guides gave us views and knowledge of the stars in the dome-shaped planetarium. We were shown enormous, antique telescopes and the latest high technology equipment showing the large number of meteorites that enter earth’s atmosphere; as often as every 20 seconds throughout the day and night. The observatory’s computers showed vividly meteorites arriving even though they were only as small as a grain of coarse sand.
The coach took us to Sidmouth for lunch and an opportunity for a little “retail therapy” before travelling to Beer Quarry Caves which is a complex of underground tunnels resulting from quarrying during the past 2,000 years. John, the guide, whose family have been Beer residents for over 200 years painted a vivid picture of life for local workers who had to quarry at least a 4 ton piece of rock to earn just 2p a day. The limestone blocks mined from the caves have been cut and carved as doors and windows in many buildings including Exeter and St. Paul’s cathedrals and Windsor Castle