A Thin Slice Of Heaven

132. Thornleigh Christian Hotel

“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? John 14: 2”
and lo, The Thornleigh: Grange Over Sands, just like Heaven, hath many rooms:
13 Single,
12 Twin-bedded/Double &
6 Family rooms.
All bedrooms are en suite.

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This quaint Newbury turned up in a local Charity shop and whilst it gives nothing away in terms of it’s religious persuasion, (wot no Fish symbol!?) the rear elevation is adorned with a fine line drawing of the hotel. We’ve seen similar treatment meted out to PGL, which is in fact our all-time most popular blog post on Mugspotters.
I had half expected the mugs’ innards to perhaps have a deep red tinge to indicate communion usage but it looks like this vessel’s been reserved for hot beverages or in fact just plain old living water, perhaps used by a parched pastor as  he/she delivers a rousing sermon.  But Brothers & Sisters, we have to remember that whilst man looketh on the outside, that is the mug of self righteousness, God looketh on the inside.

I have to say, their website sells the Thornleigh experience to me, especially ‘The Hideaway‘ annex and the promise of home baked scones, cakes & biscuits. However man cannot live by baked products alone so thoughtfully there are a variety of hot beverages available in “The Coffee Stop” situated in the hotel entrance.
In conclusion, I think need to draw this post to a close before my religious pun-slinging becomes tiresome.
And all the Mugspotters said…Amen.

Parents: Get Lost!

29: PGL Adventure Holidays

Anyone whose offspring has been on a PGL break will be familiar with this phenomenon.
What does PGL stand for? The official web definition is “PGL Travel Ltd. is a company established in 1957 by Peter Gordon Lawrence and is a provider of school activity courses and summer camps… “
Although folklore and playground defiance have translated it into simply: ‘Parents, Get Lost!”
Typically occurring in Year 6 of Primary school, kids are taken off for a 3 day break to some adventure camp where the order of the day is abseiling, zip-wiring, canoeing and quad biking with discos and talent shows by night.
After your 3 day break (from your child), you’ll collect them from school and invariably they will be in a cranky state due to sleep depravation and present you with an Everest-high bag of rank washing.
However, this mug is a stunner. I just love this mug.
This early example of a Lincoln (although with a sleeker handle) gives you the juxtoposition of a naff 70’s Travel Agents-style logo on one side and a fine line illustration of Boreatton Park, Shrewsbury on the other. You could argue it’s not Trade but 11 year old kids would not buy this even if it was available in their on-site gift shop.
We must assume this mug has been brought into captivity courtesy of a teacher or ex-PGL employee.
And I’m thankful they have as the world and this web site is a better place for it.

Parents: Just Do One

Boreaton Park