Category Archives: Obituary

Tony Hams remembered

Remembering Tony Hams on what would have been his 76th birthday, a great leader and a dear friend. Continue reading

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Valiant Valerie

I learnt a great deal about my Rambler friend Valerie Plunkett at her funeral on the South Downs. Continue reading

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Never stopped learning

I was pleased to have the chance, at the Ramblers’ Nottinghamshire Area AGM, to pay tribute to Alex Staniforth who died suddenly last year. Continue reading

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Ian Mercer’s life celebrated

I was delighted when the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) accepted my offer to write an entry for Ian Mercer.  I first met Ian in 1973 when he was about to become the first Dartmoor National Park Officer, and … Continue reading

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Elsie’s centenary

On Elsie Gaskell’s centenary, I describe a book about her father which explains why she was an access campaigner. Continue reading

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Jerry’s Way

We celebrated the life of Ramblers champion Jerry Pearlman by opening the Jerry Pearlman Way between Alwoodley and Harewood. Continue reading

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Les Preston, path protector

I was shocked to learn that Les Preston, a feisty campaigner with the White Cliffs Ramblers, had died. Here is my tribute. Continue reading

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A gate for Bob

Northamptonshire Ramblers have organised a gate at Little Harrowden in memory of their president, the late Bob Coles. I unveiled the plaque. Continue reading

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A bench for Bounds

I unveiled a memorial bench for walkers’ champion David Bounds who died in October 2019. Continue reading

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Ruthless Ruth

Ruth Colyer, campaigner for public paths and commons in Dorset, died ten years ago this month. Continue reading

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