Monthly Archives: July 2015

From potatoes to paths: loss of a hero

It’s a sad fact that you learn more about a person at their funeral than during their lifetime.  So it was when I went to Oliver Statham’s funeral in Amersham last week.   Oliver died on 11 July aged only 74, having suffered ill … Continue reading

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Swincombe—saved for the second time

30 July 1975: At last, at five o’clock, the phone rang and I grabbed it immediately.  And as I heard Sylvia Sayer’s voice my heart leapt, for I knew that Swincombe was saved.  She would never have phoned if the … Continue reading

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Flawed at Fawley

On Thursday 2 July I decided to take a stroll on the Buckinghamshire side of the River Thames on Fawley footpath 12.  It runs from Henley along the west bank of the river, across a stream on a footbridge, and … Continue reading

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Not so benign?

Last week I went to a reception at the House of Lords to celebrate England’s national parks. It was held in the Attlee Room, under the shrewdly benign gaze of Clem Attlee whose portrait hung on the wall.  Since he was prime … Continue reading

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Back to Barossa

At the end of June I returned to the usual meeting place for the nightjar survey on the Surrey heaths near Camberley.  About 20 volunteers met by the cattle-grid at the end of King’s Ride at 7.45 on Sunday 28 … Continue reading

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Perfect party

It may be a cliché, but my (belated) fiftieth birthday party, ten years ago on 16 July 2005, was a perfect day. My friend Marion Saunders had offered to host it at Hillbridge Farm, near Peter Tavy on western Dartmoor.   I had known … Continue reading

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‘A bloodless coup’

Another anniversary!  Today, 9 July, the Open Spaces Society holds its AGM exactly 30 years after the AGM on 9 July 1985 when, for the only time in its 150-year history, the society booted out its president. That president was the late Earl of … Continue reading

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