Fleet Pond Society AGM – Saturday 21st February

Michelle Salter, Secretary of Fleet Pond Society, writes:

Fleet Pond Society looks forward to seeing members at the Annual General Meeting.

Saturday 21st February 2009
7.15 to 7.30 pm start
SS Philip’s & James’ Chuch Hall, Kings Road, Fleet

This is an opportunity to meet the Committee and other society members to find out what’s been happening at the pond in the past year and what may be in store for the future.

First up is the presentation of prizes to the Under 16 category of the Photographic Competition (so our younger members don’t have to sit through the official business of the evening).

This is followed by a review of the minutes from the last AGM and any matters arising from these minutes. This is a very informal event and members are welcome to put questions to the Committee and join in the discussions.

Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society, will update the society on the events and developments that have taken place at the pond over the last year, and report on any ongoing plans. Colin is always happy to answer questions and receive comments from those attending. The future of the pond depends on our members support.

The Treasurer’s Report, the Election of Officers and other Committee Members, and Any Other Business follows – then that’s the official society business over for the night.

After a short break for refreshments, we announce the Winners of the 2008 Photographic Competition. It’s always inspiring to see the diverse and imaginative interpretations of the category titles; I’m sure the 2008 themes of Shoots and Leaves, Reflections and Shadows, and Quiet Corners will be no exception.

All entries received for the 2008 Photographic Competition will be on display throughout the evening, and I can assure you that there is always a wonderful selection of scenes taken from every conceivable corner of Fleet Pond Nature Reserve.

I look forward to seeing you there.

The Pond Needs You

Fleet Pond Society is made up of people from all walks of life. Some of our members donate their time as well as their money. Conserving the pond involves a great many tasks including dipwell measuring, gauge reading, party planning, walk organising, letter delivering, litter-picking, account auditing, minute taking, newsletter editing, blog posting… and of course our merry band of conservation volunteers, who regularly chop, saw, burn, dig, erect and demolish.

If you feel you could contribute in any way, we’d love to hear from you.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with funding research.

Funding Researchers

The Restoration of Fleet Pond

A report into the restoration of Fleet Pond gave a figure of £3Million in order to remove the silt from the pond and improve the condition of the reserve as a whole. Whilst raising this figure may be way out of our reach, the report has listed smaller, more achievable projects. There are many avenues of funding available. We need help in researching these areas, and in consultation with the Committee, drawing up applications and bids. This is a challenging task that could be shared by two or more individuals.

If you have any spare time and would like to help the pond, please contact Colin or myself.

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