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Bench created from a single log, with the ends left in place as arm rests and a backboard with an oak tree carved in relief, in a roundel, with initials carved below this:

M. C. L.

Brass inscription plate on the right arm rest:

Maurice Lucas
1913 - 2003
and the many hours he spent
walking and working on Shotover Common
one of his favourite places.

Brass inscription plate on the left arm rest:

Valerie Lucas
1926 - 2008
Wife of Maurice, who sadly passed away on
3rd October.
She too, loved to spend time on Shotover.

Maurice Lucas 1913-2003 was one of the most active members of Shotover Preservation Society. From the earliest days of the society he ran volunteer working parties on the hill spreading his infectious enthusiasm and conservation skills to all who came in contact with him. Maurice was a "doer" with no time for committees and bureaucracy. Even in his eighty seventh year he turned up with his spade on his shoulder as the first volunteer to help clear out the jungle in the Horspath railway cutting to convert it into a nature reserve<\a>.

Before joining Shotover Preservation Society Maurice was a distinguished army officer and the retired sales director of Frank Cooper's Oxford Marmalade, a business originating in 1874, when Maurice's maternal grandmother, Sarah Jane Cooper (née Gill), made a 76lb batch of marmalade to her secret recipe.

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