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Hidden : Saturday, 23 October 2010
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Geocache Description:

Well, I am pleased to say that this event seems to be popular and as I have been requested to continue, here is #3 which will be from 1400hrs onwards on the 23rd October 2010. I have chosen the same venue as it turned out to be very accommodating and served excellent food, The landlord has again kindly donated the usual prize for which a free raffle will be held.

The word search was very popular last time too, so this time there will be another but this time, I will insert all the cachers names who have logged a will attend, so if you are coming make sure you log a will attend before 1100hrs on the 23rd so your name can be added to the puzzle, so come along and join in sharing experiences, discovering and swapping bugs/coins, meeting new cachers and have fun, happy caching.

The Moonrakers
The Moonrakers legend can be interpreted two ways and it takes on several forms as to time and place.

One version is that a traveller came upon drunken Wiltshire yokels trying to rake a reflection of the full moon in a village pond convinced it was a cheese. This one conveys the notion that Wiltshire men were drunk and stupid.

However, another (true?) version says the legend shows these yokels to be very clever and that they originated back in the 17th century in Devizes. A group of smugglers were forced to hide their loot in a pond, the Crammer, when they were tipped off that the Revenue men were waiting in ambush. They returned on the night of a full moon to the Crammer with rakes. This again attracted the attention of the Revenue men. When asked what they were about they pretended that they were raking a cheese, the moons reflection, from the water. No doubt the Revenue men walked away shaking their heads at the stupidity of the ‘simple’ Wiltshire folk leaving them to recover their contraband at their leisure.

This legend has become firmly embedded in the folklore of Wiltshire and the natives of Wiltshire were known. The name has spread throughout Wiltshire with pubs, clubs, hotels and even learned societies named after them.

I recollect hearing of a local after-hours Wiltshire drinking den being renamed the lofty title The Moonrakers Literary Society to get around the antiquated English licensing laws of that time. Thus members could quite legally be served liquor beyond the 2230hr deadline of those days. I believe that the local police were forever encountering drunks after a late night at the Literary Society. A modern take on an old legend shows us again how our ‘simple’ Wiltshire man once again has the last laugh.

The Venue
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The Moonrakers is run by Russell and his family and they serve high quality meals every day from 1200 till 2100, there is a nice beer garden where we can meet if the weather is ok, , the pub is dog and cacher friendly. There are wheelchair ramps into the lounge, parking in the pub car park and if the car park if full there is plenty of street parking.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gel gur ybhatr

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)