Fleet Pond Footpath Closure – Monday 4 April

March 31, 2011

The tree safety works planned for 24 March (see here) will now take place on Monday 4 April.

From Hart Countryside Service:

Essential tree safety works will be carried out along the footpath running parallel to Fleet Station car park using large machinery.

The footpath leading from Wellington Avenue to the Carnival Bridge will be closed on Monday 4 April. Access to Fleet Station from Fleet Pond Nature Reserve can only be accessed via the concrete steps from the eastern edge of Fleet Pond (see map from previous post).

To reach Fleet Station from Wellington Avenue you will need to walk up Wellington Avenue to Avondale Road and then onto Fleet Road.

We apologies for any inconvenience caused by these works.

For further information please contact the Countryside Service on 01252 623443. Thank you for your support and co-operation.

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Share Your Photos Of Fleet Pond

March 25, 2011

Image Above: Screenshot of Some ‘FPS Group’ Photos in Flickr

I’ve recently set up a photo-sharing group in Flickr for Fleet Pond Society:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1501643@N22/

We’re really keen to see what different people find attractive or interesting about the pond from a photographic perspective! So, if you have any good photos that you would like to share, please apply to join the group, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

There’s no need to be a member of FPS to join the group.


Fleet Pond Footpath Closures – 23/24 March

March 18, 2011

From Hart Countryside Service:

Essential tree safety works will be carried out along the footpath running parallel to Fleet Station car park using large machinery.

Wednesday 23rd March 2011:

The footpath leading from the wooden station steps to Carnival Bridge (near concrete station steps) will be closed on the above date. Circum navigation of the pond will not be possible on the above date. Access to the Station car park can be gained from both the wooden and concrete steps (see map below).

Thursday 24th March 2011:

The footpath leading from Wellington Avenue to the Carnival Bridge will be closed on the above date. Access to Fleet Station from Fleet Pond Nature Reserve can only be accessed via the concrete steps from the eastern edge of Fleet Pond (see map below).

To reach Fleet Station from Wellington Avenue you will need to walk up Wellington Avenue to Avondale Road and then onto Fleet Road.

We apologies for any inconvenience caused by these works.

For further information please contact the Countryside Service on 01252 623443. Thank you for your support and co-operation.


Interactive Map Of Fleet Pond And Surroundings

March 15, 2011

Above: This Is Just An Image – Click On GeoGraph Site Below For Fully Interactive Version

Interesting interactive map of Fleet from the GeoGraph site that includes some spots around the Pond. On the site you can enlarge and move the ‘window’ in the usual manner (controls at top left).

Just click on a yellow dot to get a picture! You can also get a table of pictures – see here.


Mavis Gray Voted Fleet Pond’s Top Volunteer

March 10, 2011

Mavis Gray with Councillor Colin Ive

Cathy Holden writes:

Mavis Gray has volunteered for the Fleet Pond Society since 1985 and this dedication was recognised when she was honoured with the Hart Chairman’s Award for ‘Fleet Pond Society’s Volunteer of the Year 2010’.

Hart Council Chairman, Councillor Colin Ive presented Mavis with the award at the Society’s recent AGM.

In the citation, read out by Councillor Ive, it was noted that in her support of the Society Mavis wears a variety of hats. Over the years Mavis has manned information stands which raise the Society’s profile in the community and recruit new members, spent many hours preparing and providing food and refreshments at social events, at the Executive Committee meetings and at the monthly work parties, where her special energy cakes are legendary.  On the administration side, Mavis proof reads the quarterly newsletter and is a great support to her husband Colin Gray, the Society Chairman.

Mavis’s reaction on receiving the award was one of shock and pleasure:

‘This Award has come as a complete surprise to me and I am both honoured and proud to receive it. I feel privileged to have been nominated and I thank Councillor Ive for coming along to present it to me.  I have enjoyed all the years that I have been a part of the Society.’

Three nominations were received for ‘Volunteer of the Year 2010’ and the other two were:-

Colin Gray (Chairman FPS) with Nick Keeley

Nick Keeley for his impressive sponsored cycle ride to Liverpool and back in July 2010 which has raised more than £4,000 for the Clearwater Campaign aimed at funding the preparation work for the restoration programme for Fleet Pond.  Nick had no support team for the ride, relying on his own initiative in finding food and overnight accommodation at each stage. Only on one occasion did he need to call on his wife Margaret to take him to the nearest hotel when there was none available at one of his stops.

The ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ Volunteer Team

The ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ volunteer team led by Terry Austin, for their dedication to on-site management works while the Fleet Pond Ranger needed to devote all her time to writing the Management Plan.  The team regularly performs numerous week day support tasks around the Reserve including: building the new boat jetty at Kenilworth Wood, clearing the overgrown paths along the Brookly Stream, putting up protective fencing and repairing broken fencing as well as helping the Rangers with the reed bed project, amongst many other tasks.

As Chairman of Hart Council during 2009/2010, Councillor Sharyn Wheale donated this trophy to the Society to be awarded to the volunteer that the Executive Committee decided had contributed most to the Society either in the year in question or over several years leading up to the award. On this occasion the Executive Committee had a long debate over the merits of each nominee, all considered very worthy of nomination, but the vote for Mavis Gray to receive the award was unanimous.

If you would like to learn more about the Fleet Pond Society and the Clearwater Campaign please visit the Society’s website at www.fleetpond.fccs.org.uk

 


Brookly Wood – Removal Of Invasive Plants

March 3, 2011

The Incriminating Bamboo!


Results Of Photography Competition 2010

March 2, 2011

Photographer Of the Year – Richard Bebb

Runner-Up – David Thompson

Sue Dee writes:

The results of this year’s FPS photography competition were announced at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 19th February and the Rose Bowl was awarded to Richard Bebb. The standard of entries was very high and the judge, Terry Chapman, had a very difficult task in selecting winners.

Here are the results (click on each photo for a larger version):

Photographer Of the Year – Richard Bebb

Runner-Up – David Thompson

Highly Commended – Barry Stevens

Highly Commended – Martin Durrant

Highly Commended – Peter Bebb

Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all who submitted entries.

Many thanks must go to Terry Chapman for giving up his time to both judge the competition and to come to present the prizes.

Terry has lived and worked as a photographer in the area for over 50 years. He began his talk by showing a photograph of him rowing on Fleet Pond in 1953!

Further information on the competition can be found here and pictures from previous competitions (2005 – 2010) can be found under Pictures here.

Highly Commended – Barry Stevens

Highly Commended – Martin Durrant

Highly Commended – Peter Bebb