March 2, 2017
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Colin Gray writes:
“The timescale for the final part of the above works is to complete by 31st March 2017. This could slip due the current wet weather but it is still the plan. This will include the cleaning out of the four stew ponds in Brookly Wood.”
For an interesting article on this part of Fleet Pond, see Hotspots and Hidden Gems – The Stew Ponds by Michelle Salter.
February 28, 2017
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A ‘Full of Life’ video from Hart District Council featuring a selection of FPS ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ volunteers
If you have some free time on a Friday and fancy being out in the fresh air and working with a friendly bunch of volunteers, why not consider joining the Last of the Summer Wine (LOSW) group organised by Fleet Pond Society?
Sessions, which typically run most Fridays (roughly 10:00 – 12:30), cover a wide variety of tasks, from cutting down overgrown vegetation to managing the islands. No previous skills required.
Please contact FPS Chairman, Colin Gray, for further information: phone 01252 616183 or email Colin Gray.
Here are some photos from previous major LOSW tasks (rest assured, most tasks aren’t this complicated!):
Helping construct a new pond for Elvetham Heath Primary School
Constructing the new pond dipping platform
A new bridge at the end of Guildford Road
February 13, 2017
Fleet Pond gets a mention in a list of “18 Ideas for Free Cultural Dates in Hampshire” (number 10):
Officially recognised as a site of special scientific interest, Fleet Pond is a wonderful location for Hampshire daters who enjoy spotting different species of butterflies, birds and other wildlife. Access is easy with a train station close by, and there’s even a picturesque picnic area for an inexpensive alfresco meal.
Also, take a look at TripAdvisor for some recent reviews.
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.
February 8, 2017
Cathy Holden writes:
“The ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ volunteer team morphed into the Time Team last Friday as we excavated a WWII site at the Pond. These concrete slabs were placed in situ when the land was owned and used by the military.
From the shape of them, our thoughts are that they were supports for large fuel tanks.
If anyone knows, please share with us.
Unfortunately, we didn’t unearth any interesting artifacts except possibly the remains of their china loo!”
Further fascinating history about Fleet Pond can be found here.
February 8, 2017
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:
“The task for the coming Sunday will depend on how the water levels have settled after the recent rain. The target area is Coldstream Marsh (see map here), accessible from the “workers only” stile near to where the Coldstream Ditch flows under the footpath into the marsh. Alder and sallow scrub need to be cleared from this area. Soil conditions will be wet and muddy so please bring your wellies or borrow a pair of ours from the workshop.
Meet as usual at the Countryside Workshop, Old Pump House Close, Fleet, GU51 3DN at 9.15 a.m. Please park in Kenilworth Road as parking is very restricted at the workshop. Bring water if you need it but we will have our usual choice of warm beverages mid-morning.
Should you come later and cannot find us at Coldstream Marsh, call me on 07966 441671 and I will let you know if we have had to change location.”
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
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?
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.