A small but select group braved the elements on Saturday morning to join artist, Catherine Farr, for a gentle stroll in the country park with a couple of stops to sketch the brightening views over Fairlight towards the sea and then a close-up look at wildflowers and natural objects. Catherine gave us lots of useful tips and even the beginners amongst us felt a sense of achievement at the end of a relaxing and enjoyable couple of hours in the open air and beautiful surroundings of the country park.
Dear Friends, it is important that we respond to this consultation as a matter of urgency. The proposal is to reduce the 344 Hastings to Northiam bus service to a two hourly off peak service, Monday to Saturday and to cut out the service altogether on Sundays.This would have a profound effect on the residents all along this bus route ( especially Fairlight, as this is the only bus route going through this village) and for people wishing to visit the Country Park.
Please respond even if you do not use the buses frequently. We cannot afford to lose or have a reduced bus service.
"Art in the Park"
A reminder to all Friends that we have a new and exciting event coming up on Saturday 19th July in the form of an Art Walk through the Country Park Nature Reserve. Whether you haven't picked up a pencil in years or are a keen amateur artist this gentle stroll through the wonderful scenery of the country park is guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing! The walk will be led by Catherine Farr a talented artist based on Romney Marsh who works closely with Kent Wildlife Trust. More information about Catherine and her work can be found on her website: www.catherinefarr.co.uk
Meeting point is the Visitor Centre at 10.30am. No booking necessary. Don't forget to bring a sketchbook and pencils, crayons or felt tips!
For more information contact Jill Howell on: 01424 815256
Regular moth trapping continues in the Country Park, using the Friends' Robinson moth trap. Highlight today [June 23 ] was this Small Elephant Hawk Moth , together with its much larger and commoner relative, the Elephant Hawk Moth.
Tonight’s planning committee voted unanimously against the retrospective application, so all the weeks of uncertainty have paid off. We can all relax for a bit, but this is not the end of the line and we will see what happens next! In the meantime, a huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard on this, not least Councillor Hodges who gave a brilliant speech.
This beautiful Golden Ringed Dragonfly was found near Saxon and Barn Ponds recently. It appears to be a first record for the Country Park; this is a female and their wasp-like colouration and the visible ovipositor are said to be responsible for the [erroneous !] belief that Dragonflies can sting.
A quick reminder that our chairman, Andrew Blackman, will be speaking at tomorrow night’s planning committee; he will be arguing against the retrospective application for the increase in size of the new building. The meeting is open to all, so please do come and support him if you can! The committee meets at 6pm tomorrow,Wednesday 18th June in the council chamber at the Town Hall; the entrance is in Queen’s Road. There is likely to be a very large attendance tomorrow, so arrive reasonably early if you’d like a seat! It will help Andrew, and help our cause, if those who do attend can behave in a quiet and dignified manner at the meeting. We look forward to seeing many of you then.
We had an excellent morning on Saturday with Dr Nikki Gammans of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust who gave a fascinating talk, then led us on a short walk along Barley Lane where we found 6 species of bumblebee, and then back to the Milking Parlour to view all the Bumblebee Conservation Trust material on offer
The weather forecast was terrible and we really didn't think anyone would turn up - but in the end there were six of us, the rain stopped and we had a lovely Tai Chi session with the wonderful Catherine Burnett.