The inaugural War Horse Walk took place through Pamber Forest, in Hampshire on Saturday, August 24, organized by our wonderful Ambassador Volunteer, Simon Greaves. Over 90 walkers completed the 5k walk starting from either the Beacon, Pamber Heath or the Plough Inn (home to Arthur the War Horse), in Little London. Simon explains: “The idea was to enjoy a pleasant stroll while learning about the life of the forest at 10 information points. The dappled shade of the trees provided welcome respite from the glorious summer sun on an August Bank Holiday weekend. A truly friendly family feel was experience by all as people chatted to others on the way. My thanks go to all those who took part and made this such a memorable event.”
So far the event has raised £1,028, and still to be included will be the donation from Terry the Landlord of the Plough Inn from the sale of the War Horse Ale, a barrel of which was in turn donated by Andrew Watts of the Little London Brewery, and the money from the collection boxes for the Purple Poppy pin badges.
Thanks to the support of Englefield Estate, AWE, Sainsbury’s Tadley and Pamber Parish Council. 100% of all money raised from the entrant fee and donations will be presented to the War Horse Memorial CIC, Ascot, and organisers of the Purple Poppy appeal for equine, military and animal charities.
The walk, to be held annually, is to remember the animals and humans who perished in the First World War. It is held between the two memorials installed by the Pamber Parish Council in 2018 as part of the 100-year celebrations. In the north is the War Memorial bench installed and dedicated on November; 11 and in the south is Arthur the War Horse, installed and dedicated on August 23, 2018, now known as national Purple Poppy Day.
Simon says a big thank you to those involved, and hopes to see you all – and even more people – next year.