A significant beneficiary of the presence of agricultural research at Wye College has been Biological Crop Protection. Far from the modern, technological architecture beloved by Imperial College in its grand visions, BCP took over both glasshouses and the old building that once housed the soft-fruit harvests from the nearby fields. There will be many of you remember those fields of strawberries and raspberries protected by signs warning that they had been sprayed with deadly pesticides – yes, we were all fooled by that!
For more than a year the staff of BCP have been made redundant or moved leaving just a skeleton crew to clear up as the grand departure was prepared. WyeWeb tried its best, on behalf of those who regret the loss of all local agricultural activities, to raise an awareness of the incipient tragedy of another loss to employment possibilities in Wye.
It appears that, by the indication that you can pick up for free office furniture items, the final departure is imminent. We wish all the staff who were working in Wye and who lived among us the best of luck in finding new employment. We hear that Wye Bugs, presently occupying the former greenhouses of Wye College, may be taking over the BCP site. Mike Copland and his staff are a reminders of both the status and considerable benefit of biological methods of crop protection.
The dark days of winter may be nearly gone but there is still plenty of winter sadness for the village. We are are sorry to announce that the funeral of Mr Alexander Jones will take place at Wye Church at 2:00pm on Wednesday, February 22nd.
Mr. Jones was the last of three siblings and was until very recently to be seen jauntily smiling his way through the village. He was a small man with a very big smile and a great sense of humour, although it may be true to say that not everybody appreciated it. It was rather like having a living copy of Private Eye pronounce on current goings-on. Mr Jones was over ninety (I believe in excess of ninety-four years) and was very proud of the fact that he could get around without a stick or a mobility scooter. Mr Jones we shall miss you.
WYE PARISH CHURCH
FUNERAL SERVICE OF DR. CHARLES ANDREW PORTER
Thursday 19th January, 2017, 2:30 pm
Andrew Porter never stood on ceremony and never courted attention or celebrity and yet he was one of those people who, once you had met him, you would not forget. Despite holding strong views on the environment he never seemed to raise his voice yet his eyes burned with the passion of his belief. Indeed he stood as a Parliamentary candidate for the (Green or Ecology Party) in no fewer than three General Elections – no mean feat for a busy doctor. Another passion was cricket and in the early 1980s was a player for Wye Cricket Club Second XI. A passion that he passed on to his children.
He worked, with the same fervour and passion at our William Harvey Hospital as pediatrician and he was frequently seen riding his bicycle along the back road to work. Many of our mothers and children have been fortunate in the care and professionalism with which Andrew attended his vocation.
That vocation took Andrew and Brenda to Africa where he practiced what many of us preach – care for others who face the dangers of survival every day. Brenda, who pre-deceased Andrew by several years, had been a nurse and one can imagine what a great boon they both were to their other communities. Brenda, however, contracted a serious blood disease and Andrew found himself caring for her. The loss of a partner is always stressful and Andrew saw several years of slow decline. However, we shall be wise to remember and reflect on a life well-lived and well-loved.
We send our condolences to his children and their families.
WYE PARISH CHURCH
Tuesday 17th January, 2017 at 12:00 noon
A thanksgiving service for the life of Michael Hiscock will be held in Wye Parish Church. Michael and his wife Claire moved to Wye and rapidly established themselves as valuable members of our community. Michael had been a successful architect and there will be many in that community who will remember his honesty and professional commitment. Now we can add another perspective to his character – fortitude. Michael succumbed to a long illness that he wanted desperately to overcome, but, despite his persistent sense of humour and love of life, both in evidence in that broad smile of his, he has passed from among us.
Claire, his devoted wife who has not always been in the best of health herself, has been buoyed by her indubitable faith in God. But, despite her certainty that she and Michael are in God’s hands, she will still suffer the darkness of this vale of tears. Therefore, as a community, our care and concern for her will only ever match the care and concern that she has shown Michael and us.