Millions of people across the English-speaking world are familiar with:

If I should die, think only this of me;
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England.

Rupert Brooke

The author of these poignant words, found in The Soldier, is Rupert Brooke (pictured left) widely acclaimed as the leading War Poet of World War One and Rugby's most famous son. When resident in Hillmorton, Brooke would often walk across the county boundary to visit his aunt in Barby, winding up the Drover's Track to ascend high above the Leam Valley. Looking out from Barby Hill, Brooke would marvel at the majesty of his beloved English countryside.

Fewer will be familiar with Brooke's lesser-known ode in part to the English countryside, which describes the view from Barby Bill across the Leam Valley to the Malvern Hills:

White mist about the black hedgerows,
The slumbering Midland plain

and is the same vista and environment that Rugby Borough Council wish to blight forever with the unsustainable Lodge Farm (DS10) development.

On Remembrance Sunday, members of the SALFV Commiteee gathered at the trig point on Barby Hill to remember all those who have fallen, and particularly Rupert Brooke, who died in 1915 while on active service with the Royal Navy.

The short video below illustrates the splendour of the Leam Valley as seen from Barby Hill on Remembrance Sunday.

Remember, this is our culture and heritage as immortalised by Rupert Brooke that:

  • Councillor Stokes (Leader - Rugby Borough Council)
  • Councillor Timms (Portfolio Holder for Growth and Investment - Rugby Borough Council)
  • Councillor Butlin (Rugby Borough Council, Deputy Leader - Warwickshire County Council and Portfolio Holder for Transport & Planning - Warwickshire County Council)
  • Mr Back (Rugby Borough Council - Head of Growth and Investment)

are so keen to see CONCRETED OVER.

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