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Cookham Society Historical Walk Enjoyed by All 

(28 April 2002)

After the success of the Historical Evening held by the Cookham Society in February, they decided to follow it up with an historical walk around Cookham Village. This took place on the afternoon of Sunday 28th April with thirty people joining in and was split into two groups, one led by the historian Elias Kupfermann and the other by Molly Hurley who leads walks around Cookham based on Stanley Spencer's paintings and is very knowledgeable about the area. The walk was so popular than some people had to be turned away.

Elias starts the walk outside the Crown

The two groups went in opposite directions, Elias going straight to Holy Trinity Church and Molly Hurley taking her group along School Lane and finishing up at Holy Trinity. The weather was a lot better than was originally expected although one group did get caught in the middle of a field when a downpour ensued.

Arriving for Tea at Ovey's Farm

The actual walk took about one and a half hours and ended with a cream tea in the coach house at Ovey's Farm. Ovey's Farm was the last working farm in Cookham Village and appears in one of Stanley Spencer's paintings showing that animals were still there during his lifetime.

Susie Tremlett and Sally Lloyd-Parry Prepare for the Walkers

The tea had been prepared by Sally Lloyd-Parry who had baked ten home made cakes along with piles of home made scones. These were accompanied by clotted cream and a choice of jams, plus a very welcome cuppa.

A Welcome Cup of Tea is Enjoyed

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and everyone felt that it was something different to do on a Sunday afternoon. The only comment was that the Cookham Society should have charged more, £4 was just not enough for such an enjoyable afternoon.

The Stanley Spencer Gallery will be offering guided walks as part of the Jubilee Celebrations from June 1st - 3rd. If you are interested the walks start at 11am on all three days, phone 01628 471885 to book a place.

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