Get Close to Nature at Fleet Pond

February 13, 2017

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Fleet Pond gets a mention in a list of “18 Ideas for Free Cultural Dates in Hampshire” (number 10):

Officially recognised as a site of special scientific interest, Fleet Pond is a wonderful location for Hampshire daters who enjoy spotting different species of butterflies, birds and other wildlife. Access is easy with a train station close by, and there’s even a picturesque picnic area for an inexpensive alfresco meal.

Also, take a look at TripAdvisor for some recent reviews.


Fleet Pond Society AGM, 18 Feb 2017

February 13, 2017

Fleet Pond Society (FPS) will be having it’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) this Saturday, 18th February 2017.

It will be held in St. Philip & St James Church Hall, Kings Rd, Fleet and will start at 7:15 pm. There is free car parking to the rear of the church hall (accessed down the drive to the right of the church accessed from Kings Road).

All members of the public are welcome to attend, not just members of FPS.

Why attend? Items of interest include:

  • An overview of the impact that FPS makes to the upkeep of the Pond and it’s contribution to the local community
  • An opportunity to question the Committee on any matters that may concern you
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • The results of the popular FPS Photographic Competition
  • A raffle (in case you’re feeling lucky!)

There will also be an opportunity for refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Time Team at the Pond

February 8, 2017

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Cathy Holden writes:

“The ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ volunteer team morphed into the Time Team last Friday as we excavated a WWII site at the Pond. These concrete slabs were placed in situ when the land was owned and used by the military.

From the shape of them, our thoughts are that they were supports for large fuel tanks.

If anyone knows, please share with us.

Unfortunately, we didn’t unearth any interesting artifacts except possibly the remains of their china loo!”

Further fascinating history about Fleet Pond can be found here.

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Volunteer Event This Sunday, 12 February

February 8, 2017

There will be a volunteer event at Fleet Pond this coming Sunday and all are welcome to attend (see below for registering).

Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society, writes:

“The task for the coming Sunday will depend on how the water levels have settled after the recent rain. The target area is Coldstream Marsh (see map here), accessible from the “workers only” stile near to where the Coldstream Ditch flows under the footpath into the marsh. Alder and sallow scrub need to be cleared from this area. Soil conditions will be wet and muddy so please bring your wellies or borrow a pair of ours from the workshop.

Meet as usual at the Countryside Workshop, Old Pump House Close, Fleet, GU51 3DN at 9.15 a.m. Please park in Kenilworth Road as parking is very restricted at the workshop. Bring water if you need it but we will have our usual choice of warm beverages mid-morning.

Should you come later and cannot find us at Coldstream Marsh, call me on 07966 441671 and I will let you know if we have had to change location.”

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?


Rail Fishing At Pond

January 30, 2017

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This unusual photo of the secretive Water Rail catching a small bream at the margins of the ice at Fleet Pond was kindly provided by John Sutton.

See also here.


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!