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Laurie Burroughs


When Laurie with his wife and three children came to live in Cornard in July 1973 he was still serving in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps as a Warrant Officer and had been for 25 years, travelling all over the World.  Even whilst in Cornard he was called to Cyprus and won a Commendation for his work there during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. He finally left the army in 1978 and the rest of his working life was spent in the Health Service at Colchester except for a three-year spell at Guilford Kapwood in Great Cornard.


As soon as they moved to Great Cornard Laurie and his wife Beryl started to help at the summer playscheme run by Manuel Andres as their own children went there and they thought it would be a good way to get to know people. They very soon became involved with another local group, the Woodcraft Folk, run for both boys and girls and was part of a nation-wide organisation. Laurie was a leader for 13 years between 1974 and 1986 with activities including camping in the summer, hostelling in the winter and trying, through games and badge work, to instil a love for the countryside.


Laurie is a member of the Rambler’s Association and now arranges a lot of their walks. Five of his Cornard walks have appeared in past issues of ‘Cornard News’ and four of them have been published as a leaflet ‘Cornard and Beyond’. Laurie is also a member of the River Stour Trust and he began the boat trips up the Stour in 1984 with an old boat that had an outboard engine. Now there are two electric boats operating from the Quay basin in Sudbury and at Flatford. Laurie is very happy to see the recently built Education Centre & River Stour Trust museum at Cornard Lock that will have its grand opening in the spring of this year.


In 1999 Laurie had to have a quadruple heart by-pass operation – an event which would have slowed down most people but inspired Laurie to become involved in Upbeat – a group that helps people who have or have had heart trouble. He is now on the committee and assists in the arrangement of their social events.


In spite of all this activity Laurie still manages to go 10 pin bowling three Mondays in the month and is also in the Scout Fellowship that helps out at Cub and Scout camps. Laurie’s two sons, David and Jeff, each run their own businesses and still live in Cornard.  His daughter Sue lives in Hartest and he has four grandchildren.


Just listening to the details of Lauries busy life makes one want to go and take a rest but to the benefit of a great many people in the area Laurie seems to have an inexhaustible source of energy.  Long may he continue!


Interview by Joan Herbert (Cornard News) – 10 Feb 2005


Sadly Laurie died very suddenly at the end of February 2006. He will be greatly missed by the many people who came into contact with him. He wrote five articles for Cornard News on walks in Cornard and was a dedicated walks leader in the Ramblers Association. He was also a member of Upbeat and the River Stour Trust and he began the boat trips up the Stour that are now a regular summer Sunday event, in 1984. His warmth and generosity towards everyone along with his energy and enthusiasm meant that he was always busy helping out somewhere. We all send our deep commiserations to his family.