Fleet Lions and Fleet Pond

October 29, 2016

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The impressive Lions’ View at Fleet Pond was opened in April 2014 (see here)

Jim Storey, Fleet Lion and also a Committee Member of FPS, writes:

“Fleet Lions have been involved with the Pond for many years. And let’s not forget the help that the ‘Pondies’ give to running the Lions Beer Festival and Fireworks Fiesta – it works both ways.

The ladies from Hart Lions have been involved too, as well as the younger members of the Leos Club. They installed the original benches at the picnic area and Sandy Bay as well as doing more basic jobs like stream bank maintenance, dog steps and scrub clearance. They love setting fire to things!

However they also built the Kenilworth Road viewpoint and have given a few donations over the years too. The biggest of which was to fund Lions View and was the biggest donation that Fleet Lions have ever given to anyone.

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The Lions’ View during construction

This year is a special one for Fleet Lions because they and all the other Lions around the world are celebrating the first Lions Club being set up in Chicago a hundred years ago. There are now nearly a million and a half Lions in the world. And there are 45,000 Clubs based in over 200 countries.

Fleet Lions provide help locally but they’re proud to be part of an international organisation that is helping to eliminate diseases and bring relief after disasters, like the recent ones in Haiti and Italy. So Fleet Pond Society has put a new plaque on Lions View to celebrate the achievement of Lions in Fleet and all around the world.

Just go to their website if you want to find out more or are thinking of joining : http://www.fleetlions.org.uk.”

Here are some additional photos:

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Jim Storey at Fleet Carnival 2014 – scary or what?

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Lions’ View mentioned in the spectacular artistic murals at Fleet Station

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Colin Gray (far right), Chairman of FPS, awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship by Fleet Lions

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Birds Use The Pond To Commute Too

October 18, 2016

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Autumn Photography at the Pond

October 11, 2016

With the change in light and colours, why not take your camera with you on your next walk around the Pond and, if you get inspired, consider entering this year’s photographic competition?

The FPS Photographic Competition for 2016 has the theme, ‘Seasons’. This should give you lots of flexibility!

Regarding the competition, please note that:

  • 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.


Volunteer Event This Sunday, 9 October

October 4, 2016

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:

“Our task for this Sunday is some marsh clearance work at Fugelmere Marsh (the one close to Sandy Bay) and a large bonfire of previously cut material. We will also need to move material cut at the Coldstream task to Fugelmere to add to the bonfire. It should be quite a conflagration if it has not been too soaked by the rain!

Nick has ordered baked potatoes so it is off to get them today to stock up (see also taster picture below).

Soil conditions will be soggy so please wear wellies or waterproof boots and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. Watch out for sparks from the fire too as these can burn holes in clothing. As usual a warm drink mid-morning will be supplied but bring your own water if needed.”

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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Enjoying hot potatoes at a previous Sunday event