Many people in the village will remember Desmond Meikle, who lived in Ranscombe Lodge for many years. Sadly, he died recently at his retirement home, aged in his late nineties. He was a very popular and lively member of our community, having been an internationally regarded botanist at Kew Gardens. His friendly advice and support for local gardeners will be long remembered. Jennie Maxfield is hoping to organise a small celebration of his life when it is safe to do so.