Church Crookham & Fleet Men’s Shed

August 8, 2017

Making nesting boxes for Tawny Owls

Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society, writes:

Men’s Shed for Church Crookham and Fleet was set up only recently and as yet do not have a home of their own. They are very keen to take on tasks for their members and, where possible, raise funds towards building a shed of their own. Fleet Pond Society committee had decided that we would like to provide more nesting boxes for Tawny Owls at the nature reserve. Men’s Shed seemed a very good option and we approached Allan Walker with the plans. They produced two boxes for us which I collected on 19 July (see above).

The following is an extract from the Men’s Shed website (see here) which explains their aims and objectives under the general banner of:

Bringing people together to make or mend in a friendly and safe environment.

“What is a men’s shed?

A men’s shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A men’s shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men (and women) come together to work.

​A shed’s activities usually involve making or mending in wood (eg carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation) but may include metalworking (milling, sheet metal, welding etc), bike repair, gardening, electronics, tool renovation, boat renovation, model engineering (model railways, planes) and even building a car! Reclamation, reuse and restoration will feature strongly – and some say that is true of the men too! Although sheds mostly attract older men, some have included men of any age, women and young people. Whichever activities are pursued the essence of a shed is not a building, which some don’t have, but the network of relationships between the members.​

Our Shed:

Our shed is currently located at Calthorpe Park School. They have kindly allowed us to use their design technology room and tools until we have our own shed up and running. Their tools include wood and metalwork lathes, pillar drills, band saws etc and they have many workbenches. We are gradually collecting together our own collection of tools to take with us to our shed when it is ready. We are busy working on our own projects and jointly working on various community projects.”

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The Mannequin Challenge Conservation-Style

November 24, 2016

“Hart District Council and Fleet Pond Society give the Mannequin Challenge a go, in the midst of a spot of Reedbed Management.”

Of course, sometimes things go to the opposite extreme (see here) 🙂


Fleet Pond Artworks at Fleet Station

August 13, 2016

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Picture inspired by Coldstream Marsh, Jacob’s Wood and Willow Island

David Pottinger writes:

A few weeks ago I was waiting for a train to London at Fleet Station. It turned out that the train was 10 minutes late so, with nothing better to do, I started looking around at the various improvements to the station, including the new waiting room. On closer inspection, I noticed that there were some very attractive artworks on the walls of the latter and, going inside, I was very surprised to see that they were of the different parts of Fleet Pond! If you’re unfamiliar with the geography of Fleet Pond, see the map here.

The next time you’re taking a train in the direction of London, why not take a look? They’re very well done (see above and below).

Comment: I’ve been back twice to take some more photos but both times the waiting room was locked. Apparently there’s a technical fault with the press button door lock that they are aware of and presumably will sort out shortly.

Here are some photos that I took (click to enlarge). As you can see, the pictures are large and impressive:

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Picture inspired by Kenilworth Wood, Dry Heath and Fugelmere Bay

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Picture inspired by Coldstream Marsh, Jacob’s Wood and Willow Island

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Picture inspired by Lions’ View, Bramshot Wood and Boathouse Corner

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Picture inspired by Sandy Bay, East Marsh and Brookly Reedbed

 


Theft From Vehicles – Fleet Pond

July 1, 2016

Fleet Neighbourhood Policing Team issued this message on 30/06/2016:

Dear Residents,

We have had two reports today (30th June) of separate vehicles being broken into in the car park at Fleet Pond. In one incident, a window has been smashed and glove box searched, and in another the vehicle doors have been opened and a bag taken from the back seat.

Since this occurring Police have patrolled the area this afternoon and found several vehicles with windows down and personal stereos on show, and another with the keys left in the ignition.

Please read our advice below which can help deter and prevent this type of crime occurring:

  • When leaving your vehicle, close all windows and lock your car.
  • Check the vehicle is locked by trying the handles.
  • Park your car in an attended car park.
  • Look for public car parks approved by the Park Mark scheme.
  • When parking at home, use your garage. If you don’t have a garage, park in a well-lit area.
  • Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle.
  • Take all your personal possessions with you.
  • Remove sat nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens.
  • Leave the glove box open to show there’s nothing inside.
  • Fit an alarm or immobiliser to your car.
  • Do not store your car’s documents in the car.
  • Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts.

If anyone has any information which could assist with our investigations, they are encouraged to call Police on 101, quoting Police reference 44160243474.

Thank you

Fleet Neighbourhood Policing Team

Message sent by
Darren Guy (Police, PCSO, Hart District)


Fascinating Interactive Map Of Fleet

September 19, 2015

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David Pottinger writes:

The other day I was making an online payment to Hart District Council and I noticed that their website now includes a very interesting and helpful interactive map of the area (see the example screenshot above).

The link is here (I’ve found the responsivesness of the site can vary, you may need to try a few times).

Notice that on the lhs you can overlay various criteria. For the picture above I have chosen Planning Information (General) and then Rivers (the blue lines above).

On the top of the map you can also choose Background and this covers aerial imagery from 1997 to 2013.

The online map is also useful if you plan to explore the environs of Fleet Pond, as described in a previous post here.

Anyway, it’s certainly worth a look!


Blog Facts and Figures: 2014

December 31, 2014

WordPress.com has automatically prepared a 2014 annual report for our blog and here it is:

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

If you fancy setting up your own blog (personal or business), WordPress is a good option, you can find details here (they have a free plan).


Hart Hits The High Spot Once Again

December 21, 2014

_79860873_c9ca5f08-6b2a-44cd-bc97-8b43b9d57661Hart boasts the county’s largest freshwater lake – Fleet Pond

From the BBC News (England) site, yesterday:

The most desirable place to live in the UK has been named as Hart in Hampshire.

The district’s residents were found to be the healthiest and live the longest, with a high employment rate.

Surrey’s Elmbridge and Winchester in Hampshire came second and third on the annual Halifax quality of life survey’s top 50 list.

It was dominated by areas in south east England, and Hambleton, Yorkshire, was the only place in northern England to make the list at number 50.

The survey looked at factors including life expectancy, crime rates, education and weather.

It is the fourth year in a row that Hart has topped the list.

Hart, which is centred on the town of Fleet, boasts vast open spaces of heathland and woodland, as well as the county’s largest freshwater lake.

More than 97% of residents report being in good health, and the average weekly wage is £839 – one third more than the UK average of £629.

Employment rate is also high, with four out of five 16 to 64 year olds in work.

Life expectancy in Hart is the joint highest in the UK along with South Cambridgeshire, with the male population typically living to the age of 83.

However, Hart residents pay a premium to live there as the average house price is nearly seven-and-a-half times the typical local annual income.

The report, which is the ninth Halifax has produced, uses statistics from various sources including the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Met Office.

Great that they had a picture of Fleet Pond (above) at the top of the article 🙂

For relaxation and well-being, why not take a walk around the Pond over the festive period?