Bequest will help to get hikers on the right track
ANYONE who has ever pulled on a pair of walking boots has been there – following a path, meeting another one and then finding no signpost to tell you which to follow.
Now, walkers in and around Cheltenham will be spared at least some of that navigational nightmare.
A 54-year-old bequest is being used by Gloucestershire County Council to put up signposts on public paths.
The fund was set up on the death of Herbert Lucas Bradbury in 1959. He originally left £1,500 in trust for putting up signposts on public paths within a six-mile radius of Cheltenham Post office.
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Since then, the growing "Bradbury Bequest" has been used by the Open Spaces Society and Gloucestershire Ramblers. Now the remaining £7,000 has been given to the county council which can use it only for signs around Cheltenham.
Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, said: "It was a joy to pass this fund to the county council to spend on improved signposting of paths around Cheltenham.
"Mr Bradbury's name will be remembered by walkers and riders who are able more easily to find their way as a result of his generosity." Signs have already gone up in Down Hatherley bearing the society's logo and an inscription: "Bradbury Bequest paid for the sign."
Principal rights of way officer with the county council John Lane said: "The Bradbury Bequest is enabling us, working with the local Ramblers and the Open Spaces Society, to enhance our rights of way by replacing broken and dilapidated signs as intended when the bequest was made over 50 years ago."