Monthly Archives: August 2012

Barbara the red-haired rebel’s centenary

Today, 28 August, Barbara MacDonald would have been 100 years old.  Founder of the Dartmoor Livestock Protection Society, she campaigned for Dartmoor’s livestock and landscape – and much else.  This is what I wrote in the Western Morning News shortly after … Continue reading

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From pillar to post

You’d have thought Waitrose would be totally geared up to parties. One phone call or one visit to a store and you could order glasses, drink and food.  No such luck! My partner Chris was having his eightieth birthday party, … Continue reading

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Pat’s party

It was the hottest day of the year so far, 18 August, when I joined the Meopham and District Footpaths Group for its fiftieth anniversary tea-party, hosted by the president Pat Wilson. Pat is no ordinary president.  A sprightly 95 year … Continue reading

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Worldwide postcard-stamps – with a smile

Recently I visited the North York Moors National Park with members of the Symonds Club (colleagues from the national park movement, the club being named after the Lake District campaigner, the late H H Symonds).  The national park officer, Andy Wilson, … Continue reading

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A golden evening

This year the Ramblers’ Farnham Group celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with a number of events. These included a week of walks, adding up to 50 miles and each illustrating a campaign success for the group; the 50-mile circuit of Farnham; an anniversary booklet; a hog roast … Continue reading

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Octavia’s centenary

Was it a coincidence, or clever timing? Today (13 August) the National Trust announced the appointment of its new director-general, Helen Ghosh. Today was also the centenary of the death of one of its founders, Octavia Hill.  Octavia would surely have been … Continue reading

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A vital Welsh tradition

Every year, just before the Welsh national eisteddfod, the Open Spaces Society, Ramblers and other organisations receive an invitation from the chairman of the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) to join him on a walk during the eisteddfod. We start … Continue reading

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Why not walking?

As the Olympics close, the Prime Minister has said that ‘promoting competitive team and individual sports will be at the heart of the new primary school curriculum’. But it would be far better to promote non-competitive walking to children: enable and encourage … Continue reading

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