The Walk – Stage 7

Saturday 10th April. Lyneham and on to Dauntsey.  Woken up once again by the radio asking for an interview. Before being introduced by the presenter I listen to his chatter. He talks about the Grand National and gives a tip – Comply or Die. When he introduces me I chip in with the fact that Comply or Die is trained next door to where I live in Devon – well only slight exaggeration – so have to put a bet on. Hope not too many people in Wiltshire lost money on my tip. Have a long chat about the reasons for the walk and the charity Help for Heroes. Wiltshire are running a campaign for Help for Heroes with all money now going to build the rehabilitation centre in Tidworth now that the one at Headley Court is paid for. Have booked into the Peterborough Arms at Dauntsey Lock.  Very nice people who will welcome the dog.  Meeting Rev Richard Maslen who will join me on the last leg to Malmesbury. Will pass Hullavington where there is another regiment involved in Afghanistan. They are currently in Afghanistan and returning end of April. They will be having a parade through Malmesbury early May. Hopefully we may be joined on the last leg and at reunion by support staff from Hullavington. I spend some time looking around Lyneham and getting the feel of the place. Talk to 2 young lads from the RAF Regiment. They see me with my collecting tin and Help for Heroes sign and immediately stop for a chat. How many young lads stop to talk to an old un, look you in the eye and have an intelligent chat about life and times. Take a photo so that I have a record of them. Invite them round to the Peterborough for a pint that evening but say they are off to Wooton Bassett after their shift. Arranged to have dinner at the Peterborough Arms with Di and Richard and Margaret, who are both ordained clergy. Richard lived in Malmesbury in the 60’s when we were all there and has recently had a parish in Somerset, Tatworth, together with Margaret. Somerset Parishes are gradually becoming used to lady vicars! Quite a coincidence since Hazel and Steven Reed were also down in that area and I believe they all knew each other. Arranged where we were to meet in the morning for the final stage into Malmesbury.

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