This lovely poem was written by Keith Paterson, and it is about a beautiful village, which is situated about two miles from Cambridge ….



It’s Summertime in Grantchester, with fields of green and gold,

Where students frolic on the Granta, making me feel old.

What ghosts lurk here amongst the mists, when Summer evening’s done ?

Of Brooke, Byron, Keynes and Woolf and Russell, now all gone.


It’s Autumn time in Grantchester and Freshers come to find

That dreaming spires and nubile girls make study worth the grind.

The two mile walk from by the lock along the water’s edge

Is time enough to plight a troth or some romantic pledge


It’s Winter time in Grantchester, the Orchard’s damp and bare

But still they come when days are bright to drink without a care.

Next term, they say, they’ll really work and show the rest they will

Get ‘Firsts’ without much trouble – meanwhile they take their fill.


It’s Spring again in Grantchester, the Granta’s running strong.

The willow’s green, the may is out, the air is full of song.

And still they come to Grantchester to shake off winter’s gloom,

So tranquil by the water’s edge compared with their dark room.


It’s Summertime in Grantchester, was ever place so fair,

So English to its very roots – a place without a care.

The student’s gone, the tourist’s here to marvel at the sight

Of distant spires across the fields, seen in the fading light.

Written by: Keith Paterson

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I am 81 years old and am passionate about computers, technology and the Internet and was the original founder of Silverhairs. I was Age UK's joint Internet Champion in 2012, and have spent the last 15 years, helping others to get up and running on computers. I was pleased, this year, to have been awarded an MBE for my voluntary work in this respect. I am profoundly deaf these days but get by with a cochlear implant. But computing puts me on a level playing field and keeping up with the technology is an excellent way to exercise the grey matter !

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