The following obituary is written by Susan Griffiths, Mid Cheshire Bridleway Association
Ray Hall sadly passed away on July 14th 2021. He was born in 1931 in Pilling, Lancashire joining ICI after school staying with this company all his working life, transferring to Cheshire where he became a plant manager. Ray always had a natural affinity with the countryside and gardening and always led a very active life. He was a natural communicator with a great sense of humour and was always ready to help others. Ray leaves his wife Dianne whom he was married to for 63 years. They both managed a smallholding breeding alpacas and Jacob’s sheep and keeping hens. Ray and Dianne also ran a Bed and Breakfast until recently catering for both riders and their horses as their farm is located on the Delamere Loop.
Ray was one of the founder members of Mid Cheshire Bridleway Association which formed in 1991 and acted as Chairman since 1995 for a period of 25 years! He worked tirelessly all these years to improve bridleways and secure new routes despite not riding himself. In the nineties, Ray organised many work parties to clear and improve bridleways and forged an excellent working relationship with Council officers, landowners and other user groups.
Ray was instrumental in opening up many routes for riders following years of dedicated work. These include the Aston Ring bridleway in the nineties, the Delamere Loop multi-user route in 2009 and the Oakmere Way bridleway in 2014.
Ray regularly attended rights of way meetings with several local authorities in Cheshire, contributing to access consultations and lobbying hard for issues that affected horse riders.
Ray also promoted MCBA’s activities by organising displays at local shows including the Royal Cheshire and also helped organise many fund-raising social activities over the years including quizzes which he loved to preside over.
Earlier this year, Ray received an Access Achievement Award from the BHS for his service to equestrian access and he was delighted.
Ray left a real legacy and will be sorely missed.