Leighton Buzzard ‘Old Linslade Circular’ Saturday December 30th

The close of 2023 walk for the Milton Keynes group was on Saturday December 30th.  The day commenced with a kindly offering of yummy homemade chocolate brownies baked by Tom’s husband Mark and walkers could choose a shot of Baileys, Amaretto, or fresh orange juice in advance of welcoming 2024. After the preprandials there followed announcements about the forthcoming January and February walks.

Martin Thornhill announced on behalf of the GOC the requested appeal for a replacement treasurer a much-needed GOC member is being sought to fulfil this necessary role. We then headed off along with the Grand Union Canal, the weather, there was lots of cloud cover, it looked bleak with threats of passing showers but once on foot the weather remained dry, and it felt good to be out in the open with the fresh air a boon for us who may indulged and slouched over the Christmas period.

Most of the paths were well trodden but the fields as I had forewarned were seasonally mucky. Lunch was at St Mary the Virgin C of E Church Great Brickhill which provided a shelter as this was the only real drizzle of raindrops the occurred during the walk. Members were able to munch within the Sacred dwelling as the back of the consecrated grade II* listed building was none another a fanciful WREN installed kitchen area used for the Worshipers fellowship after a Sunday service. Therefore, some of our jolly GOC male fellows followed suit.

Lunch was a shorten one give daylight hours, heading out I noted above the Narthex of the Church was a painted shield with the Latin inscription In Coelo Quies the rough translation means ‘They will be peace (or rest) in heaven’ for us a 30-minute break was enough, and heaven can call us decades on from now!

It was then on along towpath and woodland tracks with short break at Stockgrove entrance to Rushmere Country Park and another breather and the entrance on the Leighton Buzzard side before reaching our end point again at the three locks.

The number of attendees was 17 including two newbies recently joined as members delighted to have them and a good 14 of us stayed for refreshments and further ‘fellowship’ at the Three Locks Pub Stock Hammond. Thank you to all who took part as ever lovely company chats and laughter. A word of gratitude to Martin Thornhill and Peter who kept the group together and assured there were no lost souls.

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