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Walking the Peddars Way to raise funds for Little Massingham church after lead theft




Two over-70s completed a 90 mile walking adventure as they continue to collect funds in aid of a West Norfolk church which was targeted by lead thieves.

Rosemary Jewers , 76, and her walking companion Rina Adams, 77, completed the ancient Peddars Way from Colchester to Holme in late September.

She is raising funds for St Andrew's Church, a Grade I listed building in Little Massingham, where she is patron, after a lead theft which will cost £150,000 to refurbish.

Rosemary Jewers and Rina Adams battle the elements during their epic challenge
Rosemary Jewers and Rina Adams battle the elements during their epic challenge

The pair were greeted by representatives from Little Massingham, where her family are from, as they finished the walk.

Rosemary, whose great-great-grandfather was rector of the church in 1802, said: "It was a long, and at times difficult walk owing to the very bad weather we encountered and my horrendous blisters which I suffered with on my feet, but we made it.

"I’m 76 and Rina is 77. I think there is about 10 months between us. Now we are back home we still meet to walk once a week. There are no plans as yet to walk any more long distances, but you never know!"

Rosemary Jewers and Rina Adams left Colchester to walk around 90 miles to Holme in late September. Picture: SUBMITTED
Rosemary Jewers and Rina Adams left Colchester to walk around 90 miles to Holme in late September. Picture: SUBMITTED

Rosemary has raised more than £8,800 in total for the church, including a current total of £1,154 on her Just Giving page.

The page states: "From an early age I’d been keen to follow up a story handed down through some four generations of my family, that Peddars Way went all the way from the Norfolk coast to Colchester.

"Having been born and raised in a West Norfolk village where Peddars Way runs, this family story really resonated with me.

Rosemary Jewers and Rina Adams show their delight after a case of mission very much accomplished Picture: SUBMITTED
Rosemary Jewers and Rina Adams show their delight after a case of mission very much accomplished Picture: SUBMITTED

"At long last I had a very good reason for trying to solve this mystery. When I left Colchester I tried to follow a possible Roman route joining the known Peddars Way."

For more information on the walk, and to donate to the cause visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rosemary-peddars-walk.



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