Category Archives: People

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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And life no longer what it was

Fifty years ago today I was inspired to become a campaigner. 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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Ambassadorial visit

Karen Pierce is the first woman UK ambassador to the US; Anne Armstrong was the first US ambassador to the UK—and my Dad painted her. Continue reading

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Last post for Bob

My good friend Bob Coles, indefatigable Northamptonshire rambler, has died aged 90. Continue reading

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Memorial to Maurice

I unveiled the plaque to Maurice Tebbutt, Northamptonshire rambler, on a gate in his memory. Continue reading

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Celebrating Jerry’s life

On 20 July 70 people gathered to remember Jerry Pearlman, former Ramblers’ solicitor and member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Continue reading

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Activist Anne Wilks’s centenary

Anne Wilks, an activist for paths and greens in East Kent, would have been 100 today, 9 November. Continue reading

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A Story for Mukti

On the late Barbara MacDonald’s 106th birthday I write about her daughter’s book of letters from her lover, Indian thespian Habib Tanvir. Continue reading

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Two Exmoor centenaries

This month we celebrate the centenaries of two indefatigable women associated with Exmoor: Hope Bourne and Anni MacEwen. Continue reading

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