Final Point on the FPS Photo Competition 2016

January 14, 2017

Evelyn Auld, FPS Photographic Competition Organiser, writes

“I would like to make it clear that if competition entries have not been acknowledged they have not been received. So I would like to ask anyone who thinks they have entered but have not had a reply to contact me as soon as possible.”

You can contact Evelyn via the competition email address: photocomp@fleetpond.org.uk

Best of luck to all who have entered the competition!


Urgent: Possible Problems with Photo Competition

January 7, 2017

Please note that if you emailed your entries to the FPS Photographic Competition yesterday or today and they were bounced back, please re-submit them.

We apologise for the technical hitch, which has now been sorted.

We look forward to receiving your entries at photocomp@fleetpond.org.uk

Many thanks and best of luck!


A Pictorial Review Of 2016

January 5, 2017

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Holly Reeves (TAG Farnborough) and Colin Gray (FPS) at the formal opening of the Hemelite Bay Jetty in June 2016

David Pottinger writes:

Here’s my selection of images and videos that appeared on this blog during 2016. They are mostly in chronological order, January to December.

They vividly illustrate the many ways in which Fleet Pond Society (FPS) benefits and interacts with the local community. As you can see, a lot more goes on than you might imagine! If you’d like more details of any of the activities, you can track down the original articles via the search box on the top rhs.

Last year was also an important one for FPS, it reached it’s 40th birthday and there were a number of events to celebrate this.

If you’d like to support FPS, please consider joining, we’re really keen to get new members and it’s just £10 a year (with the newsletter emailed) or £15 via post (see here for joining). Membership fees help us carry out a multitude of tasks that extend and complement those performed by Hart Countryside Services.

In addition to individual contributions, we also greatly appreciate the funds and services kindly provided by a number of local organisations and companies.

Finally, on the theme of pictures, please note that the deadline for the FPS Photographic Competition for 2016 is fast approaching – Sunday 8 January 2017. You can find the details here. Best of luck!

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The year started with the opening of a new bridge at the bottom of Guildford Road

A fascinating video was produced by John Sutton that reviewed conservation progress at the Pond

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Pat McKenzie with Cllr Steve Forster

(Hart District Council Chairman’s Award for Fleet Pond Society’s Volunteer of the Year 2015)

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2015 FPS Photographic Competition: the winning picture by Vicki Jull

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The bluebell patch at the Pond in full bloom

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Terry Austin testing water quality as part of the Water Blitz project

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The opening of the Hemelite Bay Jetty (above, below and top)

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The colourful FPS float at Fleet Carnival 2016

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Members of the FPS Carnival Team

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The impressive artwork at Fleet Station featuring Fleet Pond

Full of Life video from Hart District Council featuring FPS volunteers

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FPS volunteers helping Elvetham Heath Primary School in making it’s own pond

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A picture of the elusive Water Rail captured at the Pond

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Rushmoor Mayor Jacquie Vosper with Michael Thompson of FPS

(Volunteer Recognition Event)

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Included just for fun, spotted in a garden very near to Fleet Pond – Santa’s on his way!


Volunteer Event This Sunday, 8 January

January 3, 2017

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There will be a volunteer event at Fleet Pond this coming Sunday and all are welcome to attend (see below for registering). As a taster, pictures from previous events are given above and below.

Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society, writes:

“We start 2017 with a task to widen the corridor between Wood Lane Heath and Fugelmere Marsh with some thinning of Bog Myrtle bushes and removal of birch seedlings and saplings. This will be a rather wet task as recent rain has made the soil even soggier in this low lying zone between two moist habitats. I highly recommend wellington boots. We can loan a pair if you do not have your own but our range of sizes is a bit limited.”

For further information and booking for this event (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 Sunday volunteer tasks are supervised by a Hart Countryside Ranger, Nick Macfarlane, together with members of Fleet Pond Society.

A full listing of the Sunday volunteer events for the 2016/17 season can be found here. Why not give it a go?

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Season’s Greetings To All Our Readers

December 17, 2016
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David Pottinger writes:

Many thanks for the interest you’ve shown in Fleet Pond Blog this year. We’ve been fortunate in having had over 164,000 visits since it started in July 2008!

We’ve lots of ideas for posts for 2017 that we hope you’ll find interesting, so please stay tuned. Also, if you have any requests for topics, we’d be very happy to hear from you…

Until then, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


FPS Photo Competition Deadline is 8 January 2017

December 17, 2016

There’s still three weeks left to go through your photos and decide which may be good entries to send in (theme is ‘Seasons’) as well as a few weekends to go round the Pond and capture that special picture!

Why not give it a go?

Details of this year’s competition are (see here for last year’s results):

  • 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.


Fleet Half Marathon Supports Fleet Pond

December 10, 2016

YouTube Video of Fleet Half Marathon 2016 (from MikeSpectrum)

David Pottinger writes:

The famous Brooks Fleet Pre-London Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 19th March 2017, starting at 10:30.

Why not put watching this event into your diary, it’s very impressive and has a great atmosphere!

Full details can be found on their website here, which advertises Fleet Pond Society (FPS) as the nominated local charity for 2017:

New for 2017:
  • Revised course – faster, flatter final 2 miles
  • New local charity – Fleet Pond Society – helping to support the natural environment in Fleet. Run for them and make a difference.
  • Brooks event t-shirt available to buy when you enter the race.
  • Medal, re-useable kitbag and other gift for all finishers.
  • More toilets within the park following runner feedback.
  • New race partner ‘Everyone Active’ the management company of the new Hart Leisure Centre opening March 2017.

 Five runners have already volunteered to run for FPS:

  • Dan Franklin
  • Imogen Sutherland
  • Lauren Saxby
  • Shane England
  • James Wicks

and we all wish them well in their preparations for the demanding event next year.

We also have 5 free places left – why not run for Fleet Pond? If you are interested please drop a line to our Chairman, Colin Gray at chairman@fleetpond.org.uk or phone 01252 616183.

We will publish further details nearer the time, including relevant charity giving pages.

FPS will be providing several stewards for the race and will also have a gazebo at the finish at Calthorpe Park Race Village. Please call by on the day if you’d like some information on how FPS benefits the local community.

FPS have been involved with this event previously. In 2015, two runners from Mackenzie Smith Estate Agency, Roxanne Lewington and Tara Skinner, raised £559 for the Pond by participating in the Half Marathon, see here and picture below.

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From L to R: Colin Gray of FPS with Roxanne Lewington, Tara Skinner and Graham Tufnell of Mackenzie Smith