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Paul Jickells Tribute 01-07-1968 - 18-11-2016

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Outdoorsman

Wye Explorer

Fun Loving Brother

Founder

Friend To Many & Seeker of Life

Paul was a remarkable man. Having experienced many challenges early on he overcame them to become T - total for many years prefering instead to live for the outdoors, wild camp, run the trails, swim hard and often beautifully in the Wye. As a twin and founder member of the Wye Explorer Project he would often be seen with his broither Mark exploring the natural world and getting excited about adventures yet to come. He dreamed of many things not least the Wye and it's many surprises, which can be explored on this website courtesy of him.

red squirrel

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Beyond the Wye he dreamed of trails in the UK and worldwide from the Offa's Dyke, Wye catchment, Snowdonia, the Lakes, Scotland, Tetons, the Appalachians, Norway, the Pyrenees, Eastern Europe and many more. All these were to come given the resources. It might surprise anyone to know though that his biggest wish out of all of these was to see a Red Squirrel. You see he loved nature the small creatures and the big. He felt there was little point in a planet if it were only poppulated by humans. That little red squirrel represented the splendid nature in our world, which he would always seek in people also.

Video of Paul speaking, swimming, camping, loving, laughing, exploring, dreaming, balancing and being a wonderful ambassador of life.

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Being Compiled & Lovingly Created

Meanwhile see Youtube for initial tribute videos

Pauls legacy was a great one. He left us a project to open up the Wye catchment to many others including the downcaste in the world. In this respect he knew the personal value of the outdoors and nature in healing the hurts inside and he wanted to share that, which he did. His own poem 'Heavens Gate' below expresses this philosophy and aspiration. It was a poem he would recite in the hills and in the city amongst the street folk who would be mesmerized by his performance, which he hoped would bring light into an otherwise dark day. His was a life for sharing, whcih literally ended with him sharing his beautiful style of swimming, which was compelling, graceful and relaxed.

Heavens Gate

When I sit in peace with myself and all things around,
I can see, feel and touch divinity.
My heart soars with love.
And my mind fills with ancient understanding.

When I play amongst the trees,
And, when I choose to stay with the gentle breeze,
Mother earths soul vibrates from within and from without.
There can be no doubt that this is peace.

When I see beautiful things to create,
My delight is such that I want to share it with someone I love.
The sun shines this way for you and me what a day.
It is here I love to stay, sharing this day.

What a day, what a day.

Paul Jickells November 2000

WATCH PAUL SWIM. CLICK PHOTO LINK

PAUL SWIMMING THE WYE AT MORDIFORD

Music

Sound, rhythm and dance was big in Paul's life. He established one of the seminal dance parties on the border of England and Wales called TRANSITION, which attracted people from all over the UK. Spontaneously he would dance if the rhytrhm of the outdoors grabbed him and he would always dream of that amazing event in the wilds of the Wye catchment. Yes sound and music was all pervasive in his life. Indeed, in the end he began playing the Harmonica and Jew's Harp on the trail, which was a beautiful addition to the hike.

Some of his favorites were Axavier Rudd, the Desert Dwellers, Pitch Black, Shpongle or events such as Boom.

At his funeral was played the 'Peace Invocation' by Ajja, which he would listened to often, 'The Land Between Two Rivers' by the Rail Male Voice Choir and lastly we played out 'He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother by the Hollies.

Peace invocation by Ajja. Nubian Sandstone - Darpan mix.

'The Land Between Two Rivers' sung by The Rail Male Voice Choir. Photo pops up.

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