Alan J GANE MBE
As an agronomist and chartered biologist, Alan Gane specialised in research on pulse crops and accordingly pea(n) was chosen for the field. The chevron alludes to service in the Special Constabulary from which he retired with the rank of Chief Commandant. The gorse or whin flowers are a pruning allusion to the surname (win = gain) and to consultancy, since whin may be found in flower on every day of the year. The pierced mullet or spur rowel stands for the association of five generations of the Gane family with “boots and spurs”. The Anglo-Saxon word ‘gain’ means ‘fast’ hence the peregrine (the fastest British bird) of the crest, which also alludes to a lifetime’s interest in wildlife, while the collar reverses the colours of the chevron in the arms. The Cheddar signifies the grantees long family links with the Cheddar area of Somerset.