Statue of Rupert Brooke in The Old Vicarage, Grantchester: Rupert Brooke World War 1 Armistice Walk.

Just before the outbreak of The First World War, Rupert Brooke volunteered for active service. He was commissioned as a sub-lieutenant in the Royal Navy volunteer reserves. He was sent to Belgium, where he came under heavy bombardment during the retreat from Antwerp. On his return from Antwerp, toward the end of 1914, he wrote his most famous poem, The Soldier, and the immortal lines:

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.

In February 1915,. Brooke was ordered to The Dardanelles, a strait between Europe and Turkey, for The Gallipoli Campaign, planned for the spring. However, during the journey. he contracted blood poisoning from an insect bite, and he died on a ship in The Aegean Sea, and was buried in an olive grove on the Greek island of Skyros.


Next Winter Walk.

The next Winter Walk, the last of the series, will take place on Sunday April 8th, starting from the The White Hart, Wimbish. The post code is CB10 2UZ. The organisers are Pat and Ray Shanks. Their telephone number is 01440 762198. There will be a 10k and 20k walk.

After the walk, there will be The April Appetiser meal. Members are welcome to complete the walk, but not stop for the meal, or they can miss the walk and just come for the meal. Alternatively, they can complete the walk and have a meal. Anyone who wishes to have a meal, and has not yet booked, should contact Pat Shanks on 01440 762198, by 25th March.

Parish Pump House, Rushbrooke: Bury Cathedral WW1 Walk

This is a small 16th century building enclosing a 19th century parish pump. It has a conical roof and a surrounding parapet. There is a narrow entrance on the west side of the structure and the interior is circular.
You will pass this on the Bury St Edmunds Cathedral WW1 Walk.



Next Thursday Walk

The next Thursday Walk is on March 15th, starting from The middle section of Swan Meadow car park, Saffron Walden. Please note: parking charges apply. The organisers are Ann and Chris Whiting. Their telephone number is 01440 763744.
Their will be two distances, 5k and 10k. Anyone wishing to share transport should meet in the cul-de-sac outside Ray’s house at 9:10.


Gate of College Sudbury Armistice Walk

Simon Theobald achieved fame by becoming Archbishop of Canterbury and Chancellor of The Exchequer. He used his wealth to establish a college for priests in Sudbury at the end of the 14th century. All that remains is the gate to the college in St Gregory’s churchyard (below).