Category Archives: Obituary

Michael Dower, doyen of the countryside

Adrian Phillips writes an obituary of Michael Dower, 1933-2022, both important figures in the development of British and European rural policy. Continue reading

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My cousin Frank

My cousin Frank Woy has died aged 92. He led an interesting life. Continue reading

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Robert Balfour: non temere

My great grandfather, Sir Robert Balfour, left parliament a century ago. Continue reading

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A tribute to joyous Julie

Julie Boston, who died last October aged 88, was an indefatigable campaigner on many issues, and she inspired others to join her. Continue reading

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Hugh Crawley’s centenary

Oxfordshire Rambler Hugh Crawley would have been 100 today. Chris Hall write a tribute to him. Continue reading

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Joan, the Ramblers’ lynchpin

Joan Long, lynchpin of Devon Ramblers and North Devon Group, would have been 74 today. I remember her with affection. Continue reading

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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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