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The Life of a Norfolk Heroine – The Edith Cavell Pilgrimage Trail
Sat 31 December 2016, 10:00 – 14:00 GMT
When: 10:00 hrs on Saturday 31st December
How long: 7 miles (although some of this is by bus!), approximately 4 hours
Suitability: Moderate level of fitness, children 12 yrs+
Start: The car parking area beside Swardeston Village Hall, High Common, Swardeston, NR14 8DL
Finish: Norwich Cathedral, NR1 4DH
Getting there: First Eastern Counties’ Service 37 (Purple Line: Hellesdon to Mulbarton via Norwich) stops at the stop opposite the Church after Kewsick Crossroads on the Norwich to Mulbarton Road, which is a short walk from Swardeston. The bus can be caught in Tombland, close to Norwich Cathedral. (£2.70 for a single ticket) The starting point is at the car park beside Swardeston Village Hall, which has a good capacity.
Cost: FREE Booking required, bus fare applicable
Edith Cavell was a nurse in Brussels during the First World War. She treated injured soldiers from both sides of the conflict and showed extraordinary heroism in helping British servicemen to escape to Holland, before being betrayed, tried and executed for treason by the German occupying authorities. This seven-mile trail goes from her birthplace in Swardeston to her grave at Norwich Cathedral. There will be a chance to see the Edith Cavell memorabilia held at Swardeston Church and to hear about some of the places that featured in her life along the way. After being received by a member of the Norwich Cathedral staff and having refreshments at the Refectory, the participants can make their way back to Swardeston if they need to by taking the No. 37 First Bus ‘Purple Line’ service, which runs every half an hour from Tombland (£2.70 for a single ticket). The participants will meet someone from Swardeston Church at the beginning of the walk to be shown the memorabilia in the Edith Cavell Room in the grounds of the church. There are also stops on the walk outside: • Cavell House in Swardeston (where she was born) • The Old Vicarage in Swardeston (where she grew up) • Keswick Hall (where she worked as a governess) On reaching Norwich Cathedral, the walkers will be met and welcomed by a member of the cathedral staff, who will show them the grave and say something about her significance as a historical figure.
Any other information: Some refreshments i.e. tea/coffee/hot chocolate and cake are available to participants at a discounted rate of £3.00 from the Cathedral Refectory.
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