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Trebetherick: Homage to a Poet Laureate

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Hidden : 07/13/2006
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We used to picnic where the thrift
Grew deep and tufted to the edge;
We saw the yellow foam-flakes drift
In trembling sponges on the ledge
Below us, till the wind would lift
Them up the cliff and o'er the hedge.
Sand in the sandwiches, wasps in the tea,
Sun on our bathing-dresses heavy with the wet,
Squelch of the bladder-wrack waiting for the sea,
Fleas round the tamarisk, an early cigarette.

From where the coastguard houses stood
One used to see, below the hill,
The lichened branches of a wood
In summer silver-cool and still;
And there the Shade of Evil could
Stretch out at us from Shilla Mill.
Thick with sloe and blackberry, uneven in the light,
Lonely ran the hedge, the heavy meadow was remote,
The oldest part of Cornwall was the wood as black as night,
And the pheasant and the rabbit lay torn open at the throat.
But when a storm was at its height,
And feathery slate was black in rain,
And tamarisks were hung with light
And golden sand was brown again,
Spring tide and blizzard would unite
And sea came flooding up the lane.
Waves full of treasure then were roaring up the beach,
Ropes round our mackintoshes, waders warm and dry,
We waited for the wreckage to come swirling into reach,
Ralph, Vasey, Alastair, Biddy, John and I.

Then roller into roller curled
And thundered down the rocky bay,
And we were in a water-world
Of rain and blizzard, sea and spray,
And one against the other hurled
We struggled round to Greenaway.
Bless‚d be St. Enodoc, bless‚d be the wave,
Bless‚d be the springy turf, we pray, pray to thee,
Ask for our children all the happy days you gave
To Ralph, Vasey, Alastair, Biddy, John and me.

Sir John Betjeman CBE (28 August 1906 – 19 May 1984) was a poet, writer and broadcaster who described himself in Who's Who as a "poet and hack".
He was born to a middle class family in Edwardian London of Germanic background. His parents had a second house in Trebetherick where the young Betjeman would spend time cycling around the countryside seeking out churches.
Although he failed his degree at Oxford University his early ability in writing poetry and interest in architecture would support him throughout his life. He wrote poetry throughout his life; starting his career as a lowly journalist he ended it as a much loved figure on British television.
He was knighted in 1969 and became Poet Laureate in 1972.

The above coordinates are for the recommended parking place although Rock Quarry car park at N 50 2.740  W004 55.500 will do equally as well.
Follow the footpaths across the dunes and the golf course to St Enodoc Church at N 50° 33.480 W 004° 55.295 and take a rest on Tony's and Majorie's seat.

In front of you is Sir John's grave.

Now the hard bit:-
Betjeman wrote a poem about playing golf at St Enodoc, but what green was he beside? (Nothing to do with the poem "Seaside Golf" or where his grave is situated in relation to the golf course! may wish to do some research before visiting the church...the poem you are looking for is called "By The ? Green St Enodoc")answer A
From your seat you will see a plaque to Elizabeth Lucille Stanley 1930 - 199B
Now place these numbers in the coords to find the cache N50 33.9(A-3)1  W004 54.8(B+1)2


Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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