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OSS and the High Wycombe Society are jointly celebrating an important anniversary with a Big Picnic on Wycombe Rye on Sunday 9 August. It is 50 years since the Rye Protection Society, with help from the Open Spaces Society, saved The Rye from a road scheme.
The event is free and open to all, from 12 noon to 4 pm. There will be a jester and circus-skills workshop, morris dancing, yoga classes and river trails, with exhibitions and displays at Pann Mill. The mill will be open to visitors and there will be information available within the grounds.
The event will also mark the 50 years since The Rye was saved from a road scheme, in 1965.
Says Jackie Kay, the High Wycombe Society’s chairman: ‘The High Wycombe Society is delighted to be joining with the Open Spaces Society in celebrating this milestone in both our histories. We hope that many of the people of High Wycombe, who appreciate all that The Rye has to offer, will come and celebrate with us. Just bring your family, a rug and a picnic and we’ll provide the entertainment.’
Adds Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society: ‘We were overjoyed that we were able to help save The Rye from a devastating road-scheme 50 years ago. Through the efforts of the two societies The Rye is still open for everyone to enjoy today. Our Big Picnic is a fine way to celebrate both the saving of The Rye and our 150th anniversary as Britain’s oldest national conservation body.’
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