The 2017 FPS Photographic Competition: Beauty and the not so…

April 27, 2017

The theme for the 2017 Fleet Pond Society (FPS) Photographic Competition is:

‘Beauty and the not so…’

This year’s theme is a “warts and all” celebration of all aspects of Fleet Pond Nature Reserve from the beautiful to the still eye-catching but not so cute. This interesting theme leaves a lot to your imagination and interpretation!

The rules of the competition are:

  • Entry is open to all amateur photographers and there is no entry fee.
  • All photographs must have been taken at Fleet Pond Nature Reserve.
  • The taking of photographs using drones or aerial cameras is prohibited.
  • All entries must be received by 7th January 2018 (up to 4 photographs per person).

The “Photographer of the Year” will receive the annually awarded Rose Bowl, which was donated by Fleet Photographic.

Please note that all photographs may be used by FPS for any purpose it chooses.

Please send your entries by email to

All photographs that are received will be acknowledged and the winners will be announced at the FPS AGM in February 2018.

To see the results of previous competitions, please take a look at the FPS web site (under the Photography tab at the top).

The winning entry for the 2016 FPS Photographic Competition by Rachel Jones. The theme was ‘Seasons’.

FPS Photographic Competition Results for 2016

March 26, 2017

A poster of the winning photographs for the 2016 FPS competition

The results of the 2016 FPS Photographic Competition were announced at the FPS AGM held in February. The theme for 2016 (‘Seasons’) captured people’s imagination and there was an impressive number of entries.

Our judge, Kevin Whibley of ‘Captured Moment’ photographic studio in Fleet was extremely thorough in making his selection. He stated that: ‘ Just as every person who takes a photograph sees something different in a scene, every judge looks for something different in a photograph.’

As well as looking for photographs that reflected the ‘Seasons’ theme, Kevin was looking for sharp focus, well framed pictures with good composition, colour and atmosphere.

He projected all the photographs onto a big screen and narrowed the number down to 41. He then printed these and spread them out on a big table to make his final selection. You can read Kevin’s illuminating comment on each photograph here.

The winning photos from previous competitions can be viewed at the FPS web site (see under the Photography tab).

Also, see the FPS Flickr Group for additional inspiration and interest!

Here’s a larger version of the impressive winning image from Rachel Jones:



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.

Rail Fishing At Pond

January 30, 2017


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:

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

Many thanks and best of luck!

A Pictorial Review Of 2016

January 5, 2017

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Holly Reeves (TAG Farnborough) and Colin Gray (FPS) at the formal opening of the Hemelite Bay Jetty in June 2016

David Pottinger writes:

Here’s my selection of images and videos that appeared on this blog during 2016. They are mostly in chronological order, January to December.

They vividly illustrate the many ways in which Fleet Pond Society (FPS) benefits and interacts with the local community. As you can see, a lot more goes on than you might imagine! If you’d like more details of any of the activities, you can track down the original articles via the search box on the top rhs.

Last year was also an important one for FPS, it reached it’s 40th birthday and there were a number of events to celebrate this.

If you’d like to support FPS, please consider joining, we’re really keen to get new members and it’s just £10 a year (with the newsletter emailed) or £15 via post (see here for joining). Membership fees help us carry out a multitude of tasks that extend and complement those performed by Hart Countryside Services.

In addition to individual contributions, we also greatly appreciate the funds and services kindly provided by a number of local organisations and companies.

Finally, on the theme of pictures, please note that the deadline for the FPS Photographic Competition for 2016 is fast approaching – Sunday 8 January 2017. You can find the details here. Best of luck!

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The year started with the opening of a new bridge at the bottom of Guildford Road

A fascinating video was produced by John Sutton that reviewed conservation progress at the Pond

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Pat McKenzie with Cllr Steve Forster

(Hart District Council Chairman’s Award for Fleet Pond Society’s Volunteer of the Year 2015)

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2015 FPS Photographic Competition: the winning picture by Vicki Jull

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The bluebell patch at the Pond in full bloom


Terry Austin testing water quality as part of the Water Blitz project

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The opening of the Hemelite Bay Jetty (above, below and top)


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The colourful FPS float at Fleet Carnival 2016

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Members of the FPS Carnival Team

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The impressive artwork at Fleet Station featuring Fleet Pond

Full of Life video from Hart District Council featuring FPS volunteers


FPS volunteers helping Elvetham Heath Primary School in making it’s own pond


A picture of the elusive Water Rail captured at the Pond


Rushmoor Mayor Jacquie Vosper with Michael Thompson of FPS

(Volunteer Recognition Event)


Included just for fun, spotted in a garden very near to Fleet Pond – Santa’s on his way!