Hebe "pronounced (Heebee)" is the godess of youth and regeneration, and, from memory, the cup-bearer for the gods. It is also the name of my grandmother who gloried in the name of Hebe Ellen Etheldreda Curwin Collis. (My father, Arlingham Jerome D'Arcy Burdett was let of lightly when it came to the naming thing). Collis and Co were hop merchants in the city of London. When her only brother died in 1948 Hebe went from being a penniless wife of a Burdett to a minor heiress when the hop merchants was sold. She bought Chapter Farm for her daughter Betty (not my mother, my aunt) and then Dad joined in in 1958 when he left the Navy. So we thought it very appropriate that the wood was named after her.
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