Volunteer Event This Sunday, 2 November

October 29, 2014

David Pottinger writes:

There will be a volunteer event this Sunday, 2 November at Fleet Pond.

Why not come along for some fresh air and exercise, as well as having the nice feeling that you’re doing something really useful for the local community?

For further information and booking (which is essential as tools and resources have to be planned beforehand), please contact Hart Countryside Services:

Phone: 01252 623443

Email: countryside@hart.gov.uk

The next Sunday volunteer event will be on the 14th December 2014.

The tasks are supervised by Rachel Jones of Hart Countryside Rangers together with members of Fleet Pond Society.

To get a flavour of activities, photos from previous events can be found here.

 


The Interesting History Of Fleet Station

October 26, 2014

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David Pottinger writes:

From Get Hampshire (please see the article for full details):

The fascinating history of Fleet railway station is on display in the town’s library. Staged by Fleet and Crookham Local History Group, the display of pictures includes one of troops on the platform on their way to the Boer War in 1899. There is also a set of photographs taken during the recent demolition and rebuilding of the new-look station.

See also a previous blog post (from which the picture above is taken), especially the last two sentences!

The original station was named Fleetpond and located on the west of the current Fleet Road Bridge across the railway.

However, the amount of traffic at the station was so little that in 1858 there was a proposal to abolish the station completely although this never happened.

In 1854 the War Department had purchased Fleet Pond and much of the surrounding area as a training ground. A successful temporary training camp on nearby Chobham common in 1853, just prior to the Crimea War (1854-56) had led to the army looking for a permanent training site in the area. In 1897 the LSWR purchased a further area of land from the War Department to allow the widening of the line, construct the new station and a goods yard.

The new station at Fleet came into use in 1904. At the time the population in Fleet had grown to about 2,000 and the first local council had been formed in the same year. The council, generally formed of local businessmen appeared to have some regard to maintaining the rural nature of the area. It is perhaps with some irony that when the LSWR applied to build a works at Fleet the request was refused. Instead the LSWR would build their works at Eastleigh; this would become one of the world’s most famous locomotive works.

The Fleet station display is on the first floor of Fleet Library and runs until the end of November. Further details on the local history group (incl. future talks and how to join) can be found here.

In case you’re not familiar with the local geography, a map that illustrates the near proximity of the station to Fleet Pond can be found here. It’s worth noting that the new station car park allows some impressive views of the Pond (see below).

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 View of Fleet Pond from the upper floor of the new station car park


A Good Year For Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies

October 24, 2014

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Peter Martin, who has written many interesting articles on the butterflies that can be seen at the Pond, has let us know that the Small Tortoiseshell has continued its 2013 recovery this year. In fact he has recorded its presence on 18 different days. Peter notes that, hopefully, the beautiful butterflies’ near-extinction by the parasitic fly, Sturmia bella, has now been reversed!

Please also see Peter’s previous posts:

The Recovery Of The Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Butterfly Of The Month: July – The Small Tortoiseshell

Picture credit here.


Free Walks For Half-Term

October 22, 2014

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From Get Surrey:

Youngsters can explore the great outdoors by going on one of many countryside walks this autumn.

Why not take the whole family along and stop off for a pub lunch to make it a great day out.

We’ve compiled a list of popular child-friendly strolls across Surrey and north-east Hampshire.

The list, which gives 17 different locations, includes:

Fleet: 1km, 3km and 4km walks to choose from around the wildlife haven that is Fleet Pond off Cove Road, Fleet. Lunch stop: Heron on the Lake pub, Old Cove Road, Fleet, GU51 2RY.

Details of the three walks around Fleet Pond can be found here and are illustrated in the map above.


Fantastic FPS Feast In Fleet

October 18, 2014

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From left to right: Colin Gray (FPS Chairman), Terry Austin (FPS Deputy Chairman) and Jamie Balfour (High Sheriff of Hampshire).

As seen in the poster below, there was a fund-raising feast organised by Fleet Pond Society (FPS) held in the WE restaurant in Fleet last Monday.

Jim Storey, Committee Member of FPS, writes:

“And what a feast we had! Lots of lovely food served by very friendly staff. Jamie Balfour, the current High Sheriff of Hampshire joined us and shared some of his wide experiences with us. We had 130 members, friends, local business people, councillors and Lions join us for the dinner. And weren’t they generous too! Our guests bought lots of raffle tickets and weren’t disappointed with their winnings.

Sue Tilley, who organised the evening, had also been donated some very smart prizes by local businesses and restaurants. When we finished counting the money, we’d raised £1,750 from the evening. We’ll find some very worthwhile things to invest this in for the Pond.”

Many thanks to everyone who attended the meal for supporting FPS in it’s aim of helping maintain and improve Fleet Pond.

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Volunteer Event This Sunday, 12 October

October 9, 2014

David Pottinger writes:

There will be a volunteer event this Sunday, 12 October at Fleet Pond.

Why not come along for some fresh air and exercise, as well as having the nice feeling that you’re doing something really useful for the local community?

For further information and booking (which is essential as tools and resources have to be planned beforehand), please contact Hart Countryside Services:

Phone: 01252 623443

Email: countryside@hart.gov.uk

The schedule for the following Sunday volunteer events (up to the end of 2014) is

  • Sunday 2nd November (so as not to clash with Remembrance Sunday)
  • Sunday 14th December

The tasks are supervised by Rachel Jones of Hart Countryside Rangers together with members of Fleet Pond Society.

To get a flavour of activities, photos from previous events can be found here.

 


Recent Volunteer Activities At The Pond

October 8, 2014

David Pottinger writes:

A wide variety of companies and volunteer groups visit Fleet Pond to carry out conservation activities. These tasks take place during the working week or on the weekend, depending on what is most practicable for the groups involved.

Although these activities make an important contribution to the upkeep of the Pond, they are not always well known to the general public. To give a flavour of these volunteer activities, here are some photos taken at events over the last month or so:

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Mucky work is no problem for the Hedgehogs! 27-28 September

The volunteer group known as the ‘Hedgehogs’ (who have connections with Southampton University) are regular annual visitors (see photos above and below). See also a previous post from 2013.

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Now it’s time to get cleaned up :-)

In case you’re thinking of getting involved in the future, I hasten to add that volunteer tasks are typically very straightforward and not at all mucky!

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Hedgehogs taking a well earned break: 27-28 September

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Installing a wooden seat at Boathouse Corner: 12 September

The above photo illustrates the work carried out on Friday mornings by the Last of the Summer Wine team (see here and also here).

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The enthusiastic team of volunteers from SSE: 5 September

The photos above and below provide examples of company events.

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Dimension Data pay a visit to help clear up one of the islands: 29 August

You can read about volunteer activities carried out by SSE and Dimension Data here and here respectively.


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