Tag: R.I.P

Cathy’s Farewell

Cathy Smith supported Veggies since day one in 1984. Her Forest Fields home, with Pat & Francis, was one of the bases for Veggies outreach work since 1985, and she continued to give whatever help she could even through her final years.

Her 12 year fight with cancer came to a peaceful and comfortable end on 2nd February 2017 with her family by her side. She leaves us with many happy memories of a determined and immensely loving life. Take her strength and conviction with you always. Fight for a better world for everyone and everything that lives upon this Earth, just as she would have done. She will stay a part of us always.

Following her funeral on 27th February there will be a celebration of her amazing life on Saturday 10th June at Ravenshead Village Hall from 4pm until pretty late!

Cathy requested no flowers but a collection for the two hospices who provided care (Notts/John Eastwood) and a memorial bench.

Feel free to spread the word with the key note of the celebration of her life being the priority.

Cathy at Clinton Street 1986

Cathy at Veggies at Clinton Street (next to Wilco’s) circa 1986

Jill’s Day

This is the time of the year that we remember Jill Phipps and other friends of the animals that we have lost. Groups and individuals are urged to take action on behalf of the animals.

Kent Against All Live Exports – Wednesday 1st February – Ramsgate

Ramsgate is the only port in England, if not the UK, to transport live animals abroad for slaughter. A Memorial for Jill has been every year since live exports started from Ramsgate back in 2011. We also remember Mike Hill hunt saboteur as his death anniversary is also in February (see further below).

Please come to Nethercourt Roundabout, Ramsgate CT11 0JX, to meet the cattle trucks for a Jill Phipps Memorial Vigil on Wednesday 1st February 2017 from 12pm to 3pm the 22nd Anniversary of Jill’s murder by a live export truck driver and Coventry police.

Please bring banners and placards, pictures of Jill along with flowers, wreaths and purple ribbon to tie on the roundabout and in the vicinity. There will be a 2 min silence, wreath laying and speakers at this Memorial to dear Jill our friend and anti live exports activist. Please put this date in your diary and let’s remember Jill who lived and died for the animals.

In memory of Jill and Mike Ramsgate campaigners are having an anti-vivisection stall in Ramsgate on Saturday 4th February for Animal, Human and Earth Liberation.

Meanwhile, we at Veggies will also be remembering Louis Stott, a much missed Veggies member, live exports campaigner, sanctuary volunteer & all round great guy, who we lost in 2016.

Birmingham – Wednesday 1st February

On the day of our fallen comrades anniversary West Mids Connection will be in town for a few hours leafletting and trying to recruit more people to join  the fight for animal rights. At 12 noon they’ll be raising a glass to Jill at 3 Threes, feel free to join them. Meet up point for the outreach is 1pm @ Bull Statue. If you are free please attend. Facebook event details.

Southend Animal Aid – Sunday 5th February

To mark the anniversary of Jill Phipps death, Southend Animal Aid will be showing ‘Jill’s Film‘, a documentary about her life as an animal rights activist and about her untimely death at a live export demo in 1995.

We will also be showing The Ghosts in our Machine, a film by Liz Marshall which follows activist and photo-journalist Jo-Ann McArthur who uses her camera to document the plight of abused and exploited animals and advocate for their rights as sentient beings.

Donation upon entry with the funds going to Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary to help with their recent Piggie rescue.

Facebook event details



You could organise a vegan food event, a campaign/info stall or a public showing of an animal rights film, such as ‘Behind the Mask‘ or Jill’s Film.

You could join a workday at you local animal rescue or F.R.I.E.N.D Animal Rescue, support live exports vigils in Dover or fur protests in London & elsewhere, campaign against Greyhound racing in Manchester, or anything more on your own initiative.

Jill Phipps Documentary from Animal Tv on Vimeo.

  • 1st February for Jill Phipps
  • 6th February for Vicki Moore
  • 9th February for Mike Hill
  • 18th February for Gari Allen

Jill Phipps

15 January 1964 – 1 February 1995

Jill PhippsExtract from A Personal Tribute To Jill Phipps:

“Jill was a beautiful young woman at the height of her powers who loved and cared for all life, at 31 she was much too young to die and I am sure she will always be remembered with love by everyone who had the privilege of meeting her.

When the earth has been ravaged and the animals are dying, a tribe of people from all races, creeds and colours will put their faith in deeds not words to make the land green again. They shall be known as The Warriors of the Rainbow, Protectors of the Environment.

Jill was one of those people.”

See also:
Jill Phipps at Wikipedia
Jill Phipps :: Memorial Website
and rememberance of Jill’s mother, Nancy Phipps

Vicki Moore

1955 – 2000

In 1987 Vicki rescued the donkey ‘Blackie’ from death in a fiesta in Spain. She discovered that there were many thousand Blood Fiestas.

In June 1995, whilst videoing ‘undercover’, in the village of Coria, Spain, Vicki was gored by a bull. She was tossed into the air 10 times, gored 11 times in the chest, back, groin and legs. She also suffered a punctured lung, 8 badly smashed ribs and the loss of a kidney.

Despite being in constant pain, Vicki continued to campaign for the animal until her death in 2000.

From the website of Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe (F.A.A.C.E.), formed by Tony & Vicki Moore in 1987.

Mike Hill

Mike Hill

At 4.00 pm Saturday 9th February, 1991 Mike Hill became the first hunt saboteur to be killed whilst trying to protect wildlife. Mike was only 18 and for two years lived and breathed animal rights, not just dogs and cats but every living creature. He was a vegan, worked at both Heavens Gate Sanctuary and Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre and was an active sab with Yeovil sabs and Merseyside sabs.

Mike was too nice a person for this world. There was no hurt nor malice in his soul. He thought good of everyone and everything. He was quite, unassuming, softly spoken and gentle. He lived and died for his beliefs.

From the A Tribute to Mike Hill
See also a-tribute-to-mike-hill-hunt-saboteur at Nectu Watch.

Gari Allen

Gari had been involved in the movement for well over 20 years, and was still very active on demos, stalls, meetings etc. He is without doubt the one person that we could say attended more events than anyone else we know!! Coach trips to events will never be the same again. He could almost invariably be seen at big marches shaking a tin raising money for Green Meadow Animal Sanctuary and selling purple lapel ribbons out of a bucket. In his home town of Coventry, he was heavily involved in cat rescue, neutering, rehoming etc.

When he died on 18th June 2006 the animals lost one of their greatest friends.

Also remember…

David Lane [1934 – 2014], pacifist & vegan advocate, without whom Veggies Catering Campaign would not exist. …more…

Louis Stott – a much missed Veggies crew member, live exports campaigner, sanctuary volunteer & all round great guy, who we lost in 2016.

Nancy Phipps. Nancy died on Friday 30th May 2014. A very caring and lovely person who was a great activist too. She will be greatly missed. …more…

Pam Kinnunen. Pam, who passed away on Sunday 17th August 2008 following a battle against cancer, will be remembered for her energy, warmth, sense of humour, positive approach to life and her unlimited compassion for animals and people. …more…

Neil Lea [1958 – 2007]. “Neil’s strength and determination should inspire us all to continue the fight – no matter how tough it gets” …more…

Kevin Hickey [1972 – 2006]. Kev was involved in grassroots activism, for years, especially anti-fascism, class issues and later animal rights …more…

Friedenstern Howard. Frieden, a major character in active veganism, and a trustee of Vegfam, the charity that feeds the hungry without exploiting animals, for over 38 years died in April 2006 …more…

Barry Horne. 5th November is the anniversary of the death in prison of fellow activist Barry Horne. Barry died in Long Lartin prison in 2001 of liver failure, a direct result of three prison hunger strike protests against government policy on animal experiments …more…

Tom Worby, hunt sab, killed on Saturday 3rd April 1993 by huntsman Anthony Ball. Facebook remembrance . …more…

Peace DoveNovember 11th: And remember all the animals have suffered and died as a result of human conflicts …Animal Rememberance Day…

Joan Court R.I.P

Joan Court & DarrenWe are sad to bring you the news of Joan Court‘s death this month. She died very peacefully, her cats around her. She was ninety seven.
Joan’s Funeral will be on Wednesday 14th December at 12.45 pm in Cambridge City Crematorium, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0JJ

 It will be followed by a party to celebrate Joan’s life at Mill Road Baptist Church, 178 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3LP Veggies will be providing food and drink but it is strictly non-alcoholic!
All Joan’s friends are warmly invited. If you are able to come, please email JoanCourt74@gmail.com.
Joan requested donations instead of flowers, to be shared equally between Animal Aid and Hunt Sabs.There will be collection boxes at the party.

 It would be lovely if you could bring something purple (e.g. a ribbon or a flower) to put on her coffin at the crematorium.
We will have Memory Boards at the party, and we hope that you will post a memory or a thought about Joan. After the party we will put these together into a book to celebrate her life.
I do hope you can come, and help us make this a true celebration of an amazing life.
Joan was a tireless campaigner who has supported Veggies Catering on many occasions. Her book ‘In the Shadow of Mahatma Gandhi’ has been available from Veggies bookstall.

Today we say goodbye to a great warrior for the oppressed, Joan Court who was a nurse, midwife and social worker, who walked with Mahatma Ghandi, who fought for the rights of women in India and Pakistan, who fought for children’s rights and for the rights of non humans. In 2013 she came to the Gloucestershire badger cull zone and, we think, in her mid 90s was the oldest sab in the field for the 2 nights she was out. Total respect and love to this wonderful lady, sleep well Joan, you have earned it xxxxx

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A tribute to Joan Court, written by Andrew Tyler of Animal Aid, has appeared on the “other lives” section of the Guardian website & in print edition on 24 December.


My friend Joan Court, the animal and human rights activist, who has died aged 97, was driven by a powerful impulse to expose and remedy injustice and cruelty. She was also, as she put it, a “born sensualist”, her tastes running to strong colours, perfumes and “exciting action”. This, and her desire to do good, underpinned her many adventures.

Her start in life was hard: her father, Cecil Court, a solicitor, took his own life, and her mother, Muriel (nee Gibson), was an alcoholic. She had an older brother, Peter.

Joan’s schooling ended when she was 12, after her father’s death. She and her mother moved from their London home to work in domestic service in Cornwall and then Cape Town, South Africa. Returning to London in 1936, she went on to qualify as a nurse and midwife at St Thomas’ hospital, and as a social worker in Bristol. She practised as a midwife and, funded initially by the Friends Service Council (FSC) and later as a World Health Organisation employee, worked in impoverished regions of India and Turkey, and the Appalachian mountains of North America.

In the 1960s, she was appointed director of the NSPCC battered child research unit, and was influential in gaining acceptance of a then unfamiliar concept in the UK.

In 1946, when she was working for the FSC, organising midwifery services in the slums of Calcutta (Kolkata), she met and got to know Mahatma Gandhi. Joan, a lifelong vegetarian, developed a profound respect for his commitment, compassion and determination to achieve change through non-violent means. She tried to emulate these goals, campaigning first for children and, for the last 38 years, for animals.

In 1978, after seeing a poster describing the horrors of animal research, she took part in an Animal Aid anti-vivisection march in Cambridge. The next day she founded a new Cambridge group, which was soon involved in all animal-related issues, including live exports, hunting, shooting, whaling and the meat and dairy industries.

Her advanced age made her attention-grabbing stunts also irresistible to the media. Her animal campaigning began just before she was 60 – when she gained a social anthropology degree from Cambridge. There were banner-hangs, public hunger strikes and sit-downs in inconvenient
places. She locked herself in a cage and chained herself to railings. In speeches and interviews she refused to apologise for radical direct action, although she was opposed to violence.

Her most lasting triumph was, with Pat Griffin and Sue Hughes, as one of three Cambridge “granarchists” who initiated what became a national campaign of opposition to Cambridge University’s plans for a massive new research facility that would have specialised in invasive neurologicalexperiments on monkeys. The university abandoned the project in January  2004.

At the age of 85, she joined the Sea Shepherd flagship, Farley Mowat, on a hunt for illegal fishing vessels in the South Atlantic.

Joan could be self-absorbed, cantankerous, bossy and infuriating, but her friends were friends for life.


Remembering David Lane

On Sunday June 7th at the Sumac Centre there will be an informal memorial meeting for our late supporter, life-long peace activist, conscientious objector and vegan, David Lane [1934 – 2014].

David’s friend & follow campaigner, Bruce Kent, honorary vice-president of CND, will join us, as will a number of people who worked alongside David in the book trade and on many campaign trails over the years.

Vegan catering will be provided Veggies Catering Campaign, whose very existence, let alone 30 years of campaigning, came about through David’s constant support.

Further information from Moyra, Chesterfield CND,  Ross, Five Leaves Bookshop or Pat at Veggies.

David Lane, 21.2.1934 ~ 16.09.2014

David was born in London, but his mother was from Norfolk and as a small boy (about 5) he was evacuated to his great uncle’s farm in Norfolk. He loved the freedom and space of the country. In later years he combined his love of Norfolk with his love of snowdrops and many a February saw a visit to Little Walsingham to visit the woods full of snowdrops. When that was too far, Hodstock Priory had to suffice. The north Norfolk coast and its great variety of birds had also been a favourite spot.

At school he was keen on athletics and as a middle distance runner represented his school in the 800 and 1500 yards at national level.

At school he also became interested in Peace and Pacificism and at eighteen became a Conscientious Objector and relinquished his athletics to give his time to the Peace Movement which was to be his great interest throughout his life. From then on until his active life ended he sold Peace News and distributed it.

He was a life-long member of CND and went on the Aldermaston March from its inception. Demonstrations and marches were a part of his life and although ill in 2003 he went with the local group on the Don’t Invade Iraq London demonstration. We still have the badge. The Peace Movement was always a very important part of David’s life as were his other great interests, animal welfare, vegetarianism and veganism.

David and Nancy had met in 1957 at a Pacifist Youth Action Group where they both met Ian Dixon who also became a life-long friend. Not long after, Nancy went off to Canada to work and was surprised when David visited her soon after her return in 1960. He had been working all hours at a hostel for boys in Hackney, and his boss had insisted he took some time off. So he had set off to hitch-hike around the country, and on the way visited various friends and some of the people he had met at PYAG. Nancy was quite surprised one day to see David coming up her parent’s garden path.

In 1962 David and Nancy married and he became, like her, a vegetarian. During the 1970s and 80s he played a very active part in the Nottingham Vegetarian Society. He was chairman of the local group and also a member of the national council. He was very good at using the media and made links with the local press and radio which he used to good effect. He also invited nationally known figures like Eva Batt to speak locally and Rose Elliot to do a cookery demonstration. He belonged to Compassion in World Farming and other animal welfare organisations which he supported in many ways.

David did have other interests and relaxations. He loved music and enjoyed jazz and classical. He enjoyed reading, but mostly around peace and politics and John Betjeman’s poetry. He also enjoyed the theatre, plays mostly, especially by George Bernard Shaw. He enjoyed singing although he was self-conscious if anyone was listening. He had a good voice and enjoyed family sing songs.

After he finished his alternative National Service at The Royal Free Hospital in London, David had worked for a while in the library service and then with social services as a house master in a hostel for working boys. Eventually he went back into books which were always his passion, this time selling books on Peace and Green Issues. He was a member of the Green Party and supported many green issues.

David loved walking and the countryside and spent most of his holidays walking, lazing, or boating or rowing in the Lake District which he loved and where he enjoyed the red squirrels and the mountains.

He retired after a life in cities to the Peak District which he loved, although he always kept his contact with the political life of Nottingham and Chesterfield.

His years in Bakewell were marked with nature; snowdrops, bluebells, heather, rowan. He was a member of the bird group and the Civic Society and had a close association with Bakewell Friends’ Meeting.

David managed to stick to his vegan diet to the end of his life, and was grateful to the nursing home for that. David had spent the last three years of his life in a nursing home while the Parkinson’s progressed and he became completely dependent on other people for all his needs.

David showed great fortitude right to his end.


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MUSIC ~ these were selected by David


  1. Masters of War ~ Bob Dylan
  2. Imagine ~ John Lennon
  3. Danny Boy ~ Nigel Kennedy
  4. Foolish Notion ~ Andrew Martin’s Choir


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