Sandon Church People
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Intervillage Walk 2017

Our walk this year was a repeat of last year's but equally enjoyed I think. We had 31 walkers who set out at 10.10 a.m. from the church car park heading down Hall Lane to travel down the side of the A12 and then over past Sandon Hall and on to Mayes Lane.

A short walk took us to The White House where Pat Eden and helpers welcomed us with tea, drinks and biscuits etc. Again thank you Pat!

Next it was to the nearby T junction and left up Gibcracks, turning left at the top to head down through the fields down to the Ford. From there it was the very tiring uphill plod to the Cricketers Arms at Danbury Common.

Adrian had again come up trumps with the food planning and provision and we had an excellent lunch mainly outside the pub, just wondering if it was going to rain! It did not! We were lucky again.

Some 90 minutes later the residual walkers (most of us) set off to climb up the steep path to St. Mary's Church, Danbury. Great views but most of us were too busy avoiding the speeding traffic across the A414 around the sharp bends there! Next we plunged almost straight down into the Bellhill Wood and Lingwood Common to come out near a little orchard and then down to Graces Cross, Graces Laneand finally Graces Walk. By this time the feet were complaining and personally the last climb from the Sandford Mill Lock up to the A414 near Brick Kiln Road was tough.

Now we were on the homeward stretch and the Crown P.H. appeared as a welcoming oasis in the distance. Sure enough mine host Andrew was open and welcoming. Even Adrian from the Cricketers with 'his better half' were

There!

Now, few words of praise are needed here!

The youngest walker who did all 8.5 miles was my granddaughter Imogen Ottley aged 10.However,the very youngest walker was 3 and a half named Eden Birkin, who is Eileen Bartrup's great nephew but he only didthe first half! Only?!

Well done!

We had 5 accompanying dogs who were very well behaved - better than their owners!

I want to thank all who walked or sponsored or supported this event in any way- sorry to keep bugging you for money every moment every year!!

However, so far we have raised about £300 for this year's charities which are Water Aid and Church Funds but I do hope that we can stretch this up to £600 ultimately.

David Farrar: Retiring Church Warden