maurice added a topic in RalliesDr Maxwell HooperYou may remember me talking of my very good friend Max Hooper who I met at collage some 40+ years ago together with David Bellamy.David for a long time inspected caravan site and gave the ecological ratings.Unfortunatly Max has diedI felt you might like to know. It was a sad day for all of his family and friends, with some 200 turning up for the woodland funeral.l had never been to one before and I was very surprised by the way it was conducted.Maurice Max Hooper obituary
Biologist and historian best known for Hooper’s Law, used to estimate the age of a hedgerow
In 1983 Max Hooper became head of the Monks Wood research stationApart from his investigative work, Hooper was a teacher on field courses, encouraging schools and universities to take up projects on hedges. He was a good speaker, able to communicate with students and children as much as fellow scientists, and his enthusiasm was infectious. It probably helped that he was a colourful figure with his beard, the woollen smoking cap he often wore and his amusing, self-deprecatory manner. At least one well-known naturalist remembers being inspired to take up a scientific career after Hooper had taught him how to identify grasses. His interests were not confined to botany: he had a passion for collecting silver spoons, for history and genealogy (“any old stuff”, he claimed) and, more surprisingly, driving classic cars.
Hooper was born in Leytonstone, east London. His father served in the RAF, then
based at Biggin Hill. Max attended Sir George Mono us grammar school in Chingford and won a scholarship to read botany at University College London. His doctorate, also at UCL, was on the cytology – the study of cells – of grasses. He became a close lifelong friend of a fellow student, David Bellamy, with whom he went on an expedition to Sierra Leone – returning, it is said, with a young crocodile in the wash basin of their cabin.
In 1960 Hooper took up a lectureship at Wye College, the agricultural arm of London University, where he met his future wife, Phyllis Waldron,and his other lifelong friend Maurice Haynes BEM
In 1963 he was appointed to the team at Monks Wood in Huntingdonshire, which was beginning to study the effects of pesticides on wildlife under Norman Moore. Hooper’s remit was to look at the possible genetic effects, but when those turned out to be minimal, Moore suggested he turn to hedges instead. One outcome of this work was Hedges (1974), in the famous Collins New Naturalist series, written with Ernie Pollard and Moore. Another was his creation of a highly successful Historical Ecology Discussion Group, which brought in national experts for its symposia and encouraged the subject’s development. In 1974 Hooper also co-wrote two bestsellers with the author Richard Adams, Nature Day and Night, and Nature Through the Seasons.
In 1973, the research station at Monks Wood became part of the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology within the Natural Environment Research Council. Hooper became head of the plant ecology section in 1981, and head of station two years later, a post he held until his retirement in 1992.
Inevitably, promotion meant a preoccupation with administrative matters, but as a Monks Wood old boy he was always ready to support and encourage staff over their difficulties. He spent part of this time on secondment to UCL to teach on its MSc conservation course.
Hooper was an active member of the Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust from its formation in 1968, and served on its council. He was also an honorary fellow of the British Naturalists’ Association and a recipient of its Peter Scott memorial award. He was buried among native trees and wild flowers at the Arbory Trust’sBarton Glebe, near Cambridge.
He is survived by Phyllis, and their daughter, Rachel, and son, Jeremy, as well as two grandchildren.
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maurice added a topic in Touring and TentingSelling my Abbey Vogue 215 GTSAbbey Vogue GTS 215 - 2 berth caravan
know this seems drastic but it seems that Mary don't want to caravan any more. She wants a holiday where she is waited on and meals cooked etc.
It will be a shame to finish as I have been doing this for 50 or so years
You have seen the van in various pics through the site just had it cleaned and it looks and feels like new.
I have had the Alko system fitted :
Motor mover :-- Tyron wheel bands --: New battery last year:ko system fitted --:I have had the Alko stabiliser system fitted,
All the normal things like -- Waste master -- water roll -- pumps and spare pumps. -- gas bottles (if required)
Large porch awning -- ground sheet -- etc. etc. Full service each year since now -- got the stickers etc.
I hope you like what you see drop me a line if you are interested
Photos taken after Paul had finished cleaning it. -- Looks like new -- even better than new...
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maurice added a topic in Touring and TentingClean or New CaravanWOW -- it has happened again -- it looks like I have a new van again -- that's what it feels like after Paul from Tourershine has worked his magic on it.
I rang him in a great emergency as over Christmas my caravan cover had split on the roof and I had to remove it. I ordered a new cover from Cover Systems of Rushden who make tailor made bespoke covers for you caravan -- car or anything else. They supplied the last one some 8 years ago, and the good thing was that they remembered me, and had my old cover dimentions and patterns, stored in their file, thay said they would normaly be a 6 week lead time - butfor me they said they would start ASAP...believe it or not 6 days later they said it was finished.
Now I could collect it and get the van covered up again ---- but before that it MUST be cleaned. I cant climb up steps or ladders (SWMBO wont let me -too old she says) to do the roof so I contacted Paul -- I had seen from his postings that there was a six to eight week lead time....GRRRRR. when I rang on Monday and he said can I come on Wednesday making me his second job -- I was gobsmaked
He turned up dead on the time that he said. He started straight away and washed it three times and the polished it.-- I cant say any more that the van looks like new!
I think he made a smashing job and it doesn't look like a 10 year old Abbey
Well done Paul
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