Fleet Pond Artworks at Fleet Station

August 13, 2016

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Picture inspired by Coldstream Marsh, Jacob’s Wood and Willow Island

David Pottinger writes:

A few weeks ago I was waiting for a train to London at Fleet Station. It turned out that the train was 10 minutes late so, with nothing better to do, I started looking around at the various improvements to the station, including the new waiting room. On closer inspection, I noticed that there were some very attractive artworks on the walls of the latter and, going inside, I was very surprised to see that they were of the different parts of Fleet Pond! If you’re unfamiliar with the geography of Fleet Pond, see the map here.

The next time you’re taking a train in the direction of London, why not take a look? They’re very well done (see above and below).

Comment: I’ve been back twice to take some more photos but both times the waiting room was locked. Apparently there’s a technical fault with the press button door lock that they are aware of and presumably will sort out shortly.

Here are some photos that I took (click to enlarge). As you can see, the pictures are large and impressive:

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Picture inspired by Kenilworth Wood, Dry Heath and Fugelmere Bay

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Picture inspired by Coldstream Marsh, Jacob’s Wood and Willow Island

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Picture inspired by Lions’ View, Bramshot Wood and Boathouse Corner

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Picture inspired by Sandy Bay, East Marsh and Brookly Reedbed

 


A Reminder on the FPS Photographic Competition

August 6, 2016

The 2016 FPS Photographic Competition was announced earlier this year and has the theme, ‘Seasons’.

Why not take some suitable photos on a summer’s walk around the Pond?

Regarding the competition, please note that (see also here):

  • Entry is open to all amateur photographers
  • No entry fee
  • All entries must be received by 8th January 2017
  • “Photographer of the Year” will receive the annually awarded Rose Bowl donated by Fleet Photographic
  • All photographs must have been taken at Fleet Pond Nature Reserve (however please note that the taking of photographs using drones or aerial cameras is prohibited)
  • Up to 4 photographs per person
  • All photographs may be used by FPS for any purpose it chooses

Please send photos by email to photocomp@fleetpond.org.uk

All photographs received will be acknowledged and the winners will be announced at the FPS AGM in February 2017.

The above competition details are also available on the Society’s website together with pictures of winning and commended photos from previous years.


TripAdvisor and Fleet Pond

August 4, 2016

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David Pottinger writes:

There have now been 109 reviews of Fleet Pond on TripAdvisor, 62 of which rate it as excellent!

Take a look here for the full list of comments.

Why not add yours?

For a description of three recommended walks (short, medium and long) that are helpfully identified by colour-coded posts along the way, see here.

If you haven’t been to the Pond before, why not try it out this weekend? I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!


FPS, Rio and Fleet Carnival 2016

July 24, 2016

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A good shot of the FPS Rio float travelling along Fleet Road (click to enlarge)

David Pottinger writes:

Fleet Pond Society (FPS) is well-known for the activities it carries out at the Pond and major projects include the Lions’ View platform and the new pond dipping jetty.

However FPS interacts with the local community in many other ways, including giving talks and presentations to increase awareness, and also participating in the famous Fleet Carnival.

Each year ideas are discussed by the FPS Committee and a team and approach are chosen. Then all the hard work starts in actually bringing the ideas to life!

From the Carnival web site:

This years Carnival theme is Rio.

The ideas for floats are endless, you can choose to base your entry on the Olympics as a whole, or one of the 42 sports that will be featured or the Rio Carnival.  The choice is yours!

Here are some photos from the FPS entry (special thanks to Terry Austin and Mandy Saxby for the float design and costumes respectively):

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Some of the FPS team at the start of the procession

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Introducing the very athletic Meercat members of the team…

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Michelle Salter, FPS Secretary, just about visible under the hat!

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Another shot of the colourful FPS float

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FPS Chairman, Colin Gray, in South American mode!

 


The Big Butterfly Count 2016

July 16, 2016

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From the Big Butterfly Count web site:

“The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 52,000 people took part in 2015, counting over 580,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK (see the 2015 results).  

Join in with big butterfly count 2016 from 15 July – 7 August.

Why count butterflies?

Butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators. Butterfly declines are an early warning for other wildlife losses.

That’s why counting butterflies can be described as taking the pulse of nature.

The count will also assist us in identifying trends in species that will help us plan how to protect butterflies from extinction, as well as understand the effect of climate change on wildlife.

How to take part

Simply count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright (preferably sunny) weather during the big butterfly count. We have chosen this time of year because most butterflies are at the adult stage of their lifecycle, so more likely to be seen. Records are welcome from anywhere: from parks, school grounds and gardens, to fields and forests.”

Why not give it a go?

Here are some interesting and informative articles on butterflies that can be seen at Fleet Pond:


The Birth of the New Pond Dipping Platform

July 11, 2016

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Holly Reeves (TAG Farnborough) and Colin Gray (FPS)

Cathy Holden writes:

The brand new dipping platform at Fleet Pond’s Hemelite Bay proved to be one of the highlights of the recent Wildlife Day event. From its official opening it was packed with families the whole day.

The Fleet Pond Society ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ team of volunteers carried out the construction led by Terry Austin, Vice Chairman of Fleet Pond Society (FPS).

Terry said: ‘This was not an easy task but a very satisfying one as it was built to commemorate forty years of volunteering at the Pond. The frame of the old jetty proved very difficult to remove having sunk deep into the mud and involved us spending a lot of time in our waders, chest deep in the water.’

A grant organised through the Rushmoor Environment Fund, from the Farnborough Airport Community Environment Fund enabled the Society to buy the necessary materials and have the jetty framework constructed. From their site:

For every take-off or landing at Farnborough airport, the community environmental fund receives money to help support local projects. The airport pays a levy of £2 for every take-off or landing or £5 if the aircraft is a Boeing business jet or an Airbus A310 corporate jet. This money goes into the community environmental fund, which we manage.

The Society were delighted to welcome Holly Reeves, the Environment Management Assistant for TAG Farnborough Airport to cut the swan decorated tape and declare the jetty open (see pictures above and below).

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Colin Gray, Chairman of FPS, said: ‘We are very grateful to Rushmoor Environment Fund for sponsoring this project. It is a fitting memorial to the Society’s 40th year.’

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Adults and children enjoying the new platform on Wildlife Day 2016

Ed. Here’s a series of photos that gives an idea of all the hard work and planning that went into constructing the new jetty. It also provides an impressive example of how FPS provides substantial and long lasting benefits to visitors to Fleet Pond.

We are a registered charity and your financial support would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to contribute you can make an online donation (see tab above) or you can join the Society to also receive a very attractive and informative newsletter (see tab above).

We hope you enjoy the new jetty in your walks around the Pond!

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Planning the construction on the ground

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Getting the foundations right

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Putting in the planking

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The impressive finished product


Theft From Vehicles – Fleet Pond

July 1, 2016

Fleet Neighbourhood Policing Team issued this message on 30/06/2016:

Dear Residents,

We have had two reports today (30th June) of separate vehicles being broken into in the car park at Fleet Pond. In one incident, a window has been smashed and glove box searched, and in another the vehicle doors have been opened and a bag taken from the back seat.

Since this occurring Police have patrolled the area this afternoon and found several vehicles with windows down and personal stereos on show, and another with the keys left in the ignition.

Please read our advice below which can help deter and prevent this type of crime occurring:

  • When leaving your vehicle, close all windows and lock your car.
  • Check the vehicle is locked by trying the handles.
  • Park your car in an attended car park.
  • Look for public car parks approved by the Park Mark scheme.
  • When parking at home, use your garage. If you don’t have a garage, park in a well-lit area.
  • Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle.
  • Take all your personal possessions with you.
  • Remove sat nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens.
  • Leave the glove box open to show there’s nothing inside.
  • Fit an alarm or immobiliser to your car.
  • Do not store your car’s documents in the car.
  • Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts.

If anyone has any information which could assist with our investigations, they are encouraged to call Police on 101, quoting Police reference 44160243474.

Thank you

Fleet Neighbourhood Policing Team

Message sent by
Darren Guy (Police, PCSO, Hart District)


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