Closure of Droushia Heights for Renovation

Droushia Heights Hotel is now closed for renovations; their re-opening date is not yet clear.  Until further notice History Group meetings will be held at the Coral Star taverna.  Due to limited seating capacity these meeting are open to P3A members only. 


P3A Saturday talk : 1st December at 11am in the Tremithousa Community Hall 

46 MILES : by Jarra Brown MBE

Wootton Bassett has become known for the corteges of fallen servicemen passing through the town on their 46 mile journey from the Royal Air Force base at Lyneham to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.   Jarra’s talk is about the extraordinary way in which local residents turned out to pay their respects and support the families and friends of those who had fallen in a ‘Foreign Field’.   It is a moving story which caught national interest in the United Kingdom.  

Laurence (Jarra) Brown served for 13 years in the British Army as a Royal Engineer.   He was posted to various countries including Cyprus, before joining the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Police.   Jarra’s final posting was to the Royal Air Force base at Lyneham in 2006, when an extraordinary sequence of events began in Wootton Bassett.   

Jarra was awarded the MBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List and retired to Cyprus later that year.   Jarra has written a book entitled ’46 Miles’, published by Menin House in 2015 which is also available on Amazon.

For further details and to book a place at this event, please contact

Events Organiser:  Linda Maidment

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