Saturday, 26 January 2008
Bevis - the Council Oak and Cecily's Bridge at Coate
These are the actual places where the writer Richard Jefferies, from Coate played and grew up. He later wrote his famous children's book 'Bevis' based on his childhood adventures around the area of Coate Water - back then, no motorway, no dual carriage way and no massive hospital serving the now very large town of Swindon. Hopefully what is left of this precious land-scape is now going to be protected from development as Bath University has bowed to the pressure of the Save Coate Water Campaign - three cheers for Jean Saunders and her dedicated team of protesters who have fought tirelessly to bring this outcome about. Thank you.