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.


Local Photography Competitions And Fleet Pond

September 18, 2014

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Liza Toth’s winning entry for the 2013 FPS Competition

David Pottinger writes:

Here’s a reminder that Fleet Pond Society’s Photographic Competition for 2014 was launched in July and has a deadline of 5th January 2015. The theme for this year is ‘Fleeting Moments’.

The overall winning photo for the 2013 competition (with theme ‘Woods, Water & Wildlife’) was awarded to Liza Toth and is displayed above. A full set of winners for 2013 can be found here and, under Pictures, the results from previous years.

Why not give this year’s FPS competition a go?

Please note that there are two other local photographic competitions currently running (with earlier deadlines) where pictures of Fleet Pond would also be eligible:

Whichever ones you enter, we wish you the very best of luck!

 


Feast Yourself For FPS – 13 October

September 15, 2014

FPS Dinner WEEd. Some fascinating background on the current High Sheriff of Hampshire, Jamie Balfour, can be found here and some interesting information on the history of the Office of the HIgh Sheriff is here, including:

The post has developed over a thousand years or more of continuous existence and devotion to the Crown. The duties of the High Sheriff have been adapted and moulded to the particular needs of each century. In a period of huge social change, the High Sheriff of the 21st century still fulfils the ancient role of supporting the shire, upholding its peace, encouraging loyalty to the Crown and stimulating its communities and voluntary societies to work for the common good. The Office lasts for a year.

Regarding Fleet Pond Society (FPS) and the High Sheriff, you can read about Terry Austin‘s recent prestigious award for his conservation work at Fleet Pond over many years, greatly benefiting the local community.


Volunteer Event This Sunday, 14 September

September 11, 2014

David Pottinger writes:

There will be a volunteer event this Sunday, 14 September at Fleet Pond, the start of a series of events for 2014-15.

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 12th October
  • Sunday 2nd November (so as not to clash with Remembrance Sunday)
  • Sunday 14th December

In general terms, and naturally depending on weather conditions, the aim of the first few tasks is to clear N E Marsh from Boathouse Corner through to the Lions’ View (clearance and thinning of trees and scrub).

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

If you are new to these activities, here are some pictures from previous events to give you an idea of what they can be like.

As you can see, we have all age groups with both genders and we like to think we’re a very friendly and welcoming bunch! Why not give it a go?

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You always get coffee and cakes as part of a mid-morning break and sometimes you get delicious baked potatoes as a special treat at the end!

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Dimension Data At Clearwater Island

September 7, 2014

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Getting to the island

Colin Gray writes:

In late August, four very hard working volunteers from Dimension Data, led by Julie, were helping us remove a large invasion of weeds from Clearwater Island to expose the gravel for next year’s gulls and terns to nest on. A vast amount of weed was removed and is now in two huge piles to be burned at a later date when dry.

We were impressed at the amount of work they achieved in just 3.5 hours; in fact we had trouble persuading them to stop work and leave the island when Rachel and the LSW volunteers had commitments elsewhere in the afternoon. I think it was only the threat to leave them there without a boat and come back around 5 p.m. that decided them to leave!

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The Dimension Data team taking a well-earned break

Ed. Dimension Data is a Corporate Member of Fleet Pond Society (FPS) and volunteers have helped out at the Pond over a number of years which has been greatly appreciated.

In addition, staff members have also raised funds for FPS through various challenges (see Three Peaks and Refresh Fleet Pond). Some reminder photos are given below:

Mike Ollington at Fleet Pond

Mike Ollington at Fleet Pond

Rob Johnson & dog

Rob Johnson & dog

Linda Biggins & Julia Eyles

Linda Biggins & Julia Eyles


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