Monthly Archives: January 2013

On the brink of Cramber’s calamity

In 1969 the National Trust took a brave decision. It resolved not to renew its licences to the Ministry of Defence for training on trust land in the Dartmoor National Park.  It said that the licences would end in 1975 unless it could … Continue reading

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Open space to lose parliamentary protection

In the next week or so, the House of Lords will determine the fate of a multitude of open spaces, when it debates clause 22 of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill.  The clause removes parliament’s right to intervene when open space is … Continue reading

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A cold coming at Twigside

‘A cold coming we had of it’ and not just because of the snow.  The modest Twigside Farm, at Ibstone in Bucks, has now, with no thanks to Wycombe planners, been replaced by a mansion.  Users of the adjoining bridleway are not … Continue reading

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A rarified atmosphere

My friend Lis Hawkins once described a visit to a record shop in London (was it the old HMV shop near Bond Street station?).  She would enter among the cacophany of pop music and climb the stairs higher and higher through various dissonances … Continue reading

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Gentle Jack had a spine of steel

On 27 January 1998 Ramblers demonstrated at the Treasury against the scandal of inheritance-tax exemption in exchange for public access which was not publicised.  One of the leaders that day was Jack Ibbott, who died on 27 December aged 91. Jack was treasurer … Continue reading

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What would Eeyore have said?

The Open Spaces Society is preparing for its new look.  A new logo has been designed and it will soon appear on website, stationery and publications. Its first outing was today, when we changed the signs outside the office in … Continue reading

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I bought a common

Common Wood part 1 On 19 October 2011 I bought a common.  I hadn’t expected to become a landowner, but when Common Wood, near Horndon on the western side of the Dartmoor National Park, came on the market, along with other parcels of … Continue reading

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