Day 11 Leafield – Tom’s Walk 2020

September 17 Leafield Leafield Slightly less humid and thank goodness for that. Three delightful walkers – two young women and their Mum. The last mile was a chore for the greedy toad of a farmer had ploughed up the path, and you know how hard that can make walking. Our friend David Cook turned up,...
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Day 10 Noke – Tom’s Walk 2020

September 16 Noke Anatomy of a tiff! Last night I told General Jane that she couldn’t map read for toffee. She told me that I was less than supportive – in fact, what she said was rather less ladylike than that. She then went to bed without saying “good night darling” as he usually does...
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Day 9 Bourton On The Water – Tom’s Walk 2020

September 15 Bourton on the Water ZANE and the Art of Motorcycle… Another red hot day: we were met by four delightful ZANE supporters who walked the entire route with us. At lunch, we were greeted by Ralph Fergusson Kelly, who motor biked from Monmouth to meet us, bless him. Hume Truths Some of our...
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Day 8 Chastleton – Tom’s Walk 2020

September 14 Day 8 – Chastleton Benyon’s Rule A scorcher of a day for mid-September. A great walk with four loyal supporters so we were just about legal! Our walk muscles are hardening as day by day we squeeze out some of last year’s evil living. The validity of Benyon’s rule of pain is proving...
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Day 6 Rollright Stones – Tom’s Walk 2020

September 12 Rollright Stones Already Arrived A great gathering… old friends and new: one is Christopher Turner, 90 years old and very distinguished past Stowe headmaster. A perfect day for walking through some of merrie old England’s finest Cotswold countryside. When such flawless beauty is right here, why does anyone want to crawl off in...
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Day 5 Buckland – Tom’s Walk 2020

September 12 Buckland Missing the Missionary We walked from Buckland to Faringdon and back in good time; we lunched in Faringdon, and it was a sad occasion. First, this is more or less the second anniversary of the death of Doctor and Missionary, Graham Scott Brown, who lived here. Graham not only sounded like the...
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Day 4 Letcombe Basset – Tom’s Walk 2020

September 10 Letcombe Basset A Great Escape A perfect day’s walking, the sort of day to convince yourself that BREXIT and COVID are an illusion, that reality is to walk in perfect English countryside on a sunny day with friendly people. God is in His heaven: all is right with the world. We zipped through...
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Day 3 Cholsey – Tom’s Walk 2020

September 09 Cholsey Cholsey Got up early after a patchy night to a “dingo’s breakfast”- a fart and a look around. Met up with another excellent chatty group of ZANE donors. One prospective walker got himself hopelessly lost and spent the day playing hide-and-seek trying to find us. Little Shops and Horror Many of the...
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Day 1 Cleeve Common – Tom’s Walk 2020

September 07 Cleeve Common Hilly and Milly “If you have been to San Fransico you will know what hills are like.” That sums up today’s walk, and if I can walk up those hills, I can still walk up anything! On the last walk from Canterbury – it seems another era – we started off...
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The Day Before – Tom’s Walk 2020

September 05 Jane and I are all set for our “circular” walk. It’s sad that driver Markus won’t be here –but since we’ll be sleeping in our own beds at home this year, we can’t justify his presence. He will be much missed. As ever, we are walking for Zimbabwe’s poor. This is the eleventh...
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Tom And Jane Benyon Walk For ZANE 2020

Monica Scots’ Story For 16 years the desperate plight of the poor in Zimbabwe has involved famine, hyperinflation, political violence, disease, gross government mismanagement, and chronic corruption – a dreadful story of grinding hardship for its people. Yet despite teetering on near collapse, somehow Zimbabwe survives by the skin of its teeth: the reality is...
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Tom And Jane Benyon Walk For ZANE In Oxford

With COVID 19 seriously curtailing movements this year, many of the regular ZANE fundraising events have had to be cancelled. However, Tom and Jane Benyon have come up with a novel way of staying within the restrictions and still completing their annual walk for Zimbabwe – they are undertaking daily walks in a social bubble,...
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