Friday, June 16, 2017

Duncan Pepper

It was a most dreadful and totally unexpected shock to hear from Duncan Pepper on 1 March 2017 to inform the Society that:

‘I've had confirmed that I have pancreatic cancer with secondaries in the liver. This gives me a rather restricted future as the cancer is notoriously quick.
To spare my daughter un-necessary  work I am working my way through my financial affairs clearing up wherever possible.
You can never get a medic to give a forecast of survival so I have set up my own:
(1) Pessimistically ... April.
(2) Realistically, mid-May when we have a regular family holiday booked on the Helford River in Cornwall.
(3) Optimistically midsummers day-a romantic day!’

As a retired doctor he was well aware of what was in store. Duncan wrote to the Hon. Sec not to gain sympathy but for purely practical reasons to sort out his membership renewal for 2017-18 should he survive that long.

He died peacefully on 10 June 2017 and almost achieved his optimistic forecast. 

His funeral will take place at the Bristol Memorial Woodlands on 27 June starting at 11.30am

Our thoughts are with his family. He will be greatly missed by the Society - always helpful and a kind cheerful man.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Exhibition at the Richard Jefferies Museum

Terry Humphries and Susan Carr have an exhibition of work at the Richard Jefferies Museum Gallery which includes paintings and drawings made in and around the museum.

Monday, June 05, 2017


From the left: Angus Maclennan, John Price and Richard Fortey
The Richard Jefferies Society and The White Horse Bookshop Writer's Prize has been awarded to British palaeontologist, natural historian, writer and broadcaster Richard Fortey for The Wood for the Trees (William Collins). From a short list of five, the panel judged that the book best met the criterion of reflecting themes or topics broadly consistent with Jefferies’ writing.

John Price, Chairman of the Richard Jefferies Society said: “With a strong sense of place in Fortey's recording of the passage of the year in the woodland, we felt that the book was a worthy successor to Jefferies' writing.”

Angus Maclennan, Manager of The White Horse Bookshop added: “In this golden era for nature writing we are delighted to award Richard Fortey for his intimate portrait of our environment and our place within it. It strikes the perfect balance between science and sensibility.”

The £1000 prize was announced on Saturday 3rd June at The White Horse Bookshop in Marlborough.

Following his retirement, Fortey bought 4 acres of ancient beech and bluebell woodland in the Chilterns, near Henley. The book chronicles, month by month, his developing relationship with the wood, investigating the range of species living in his territory, then expanding to consider the socio-economic history of the area, and issues involved in the maintenance of the woodland as a thriving ecosystem. The author's academic background allows for scientific accuracy in recording species, and the holistic approach to describing the woodland echoes Jefferies' approach to writing about the area around Coate, near Swindon.

Jefferies (1848 – 1887) last published work was an introduction to Gilbert White's Natural History of Selborne. He wrote: I did not come across Mr. White's book till late in the day, when it was in fact, too late, else it would have been of the utmost advantage to me.” John Price said: “We feel that this could also apply to Richard Fortey's book, so all budding naturalists, and would-be nature writers should be alerted. White, Jefferies, and Fortey, all demonstrate the enormous interest that can be obtained from the study of a relatively small area of land over an extended period.”

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Connections and Inspirations: the Influence of Richard Jefferies on Writers and Poets


SATURDAY 24 June 2017

Connections and Inspirations: the Influence of Richard Jefferies on Writers and Poets

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Birthday Lecture 5 Nov 2016

Saturday, July 09, 2016

new sponsor for writers' prize

Tuesday, May 24, 2016