Last night, over 30 people attended a wonderful talk by David Powell, weather recorder for Hastings Borough council. Many thanks David for such an interesting and informative evening.
We are posting this on behalf of the group 'Save Ecclesbourne Glen':
There will be a Public Meeting - Sunday October 5th, White Rock Hotel 3pm – 5pm
In the light of recent developments we’ve decided it’s time for a public meeting to discuss the next stage in our campaign, to share views and ideas how we can best channel our energy and resources – and to make another public show of our discontent.
Start making your placards…
We will also be looking for volunteers to join the committee, in roles where we need more help and fresh energy.
Specifically we need a Secretary to take the minutes at committee meetings, a Membership Secretary to keep tabs on all that and someone handy with figures to be our book keeper.
We would also welcome more analysts to help Lynne and Bob Okines and Chris Hurrell crunch the tidal wave of documents and information into heat-seeking missiles.
We are now in the process of incorporating the group into a formal entity with subscribing members, a constitution and a bank account, so we can legally take up the generous pledges towards the barrister’s fees already made on the campaign website.
We are now in the process incorporating the group into a formal entity with members, a constitution and a bank account, so we can legally take up the generous pledges towards the barrister’s fees already made on the campaign website.
Don't miss the community event re the new Interpretive Centre which is from 17th – 20th September– a pop-up shop by Marks and Spencer in Priory Meadow. A great chance to hear more about the proposals and give feedback as to what is important to you in this exciting new development for the park.
19 keen photographers joined Naturalist and Photographer Crystal Ray and her husband Pete ( who carried all the equipment!) on a wonderful photo walk in the Country Park yesterday.
Crystal was very knowledgable and was able to inspire everyone at every level whether they owned a state of the art DSLR, a basic compact camera or a camera phone.
Crystal was brilliant at pointing out things that we wouldn't even have spotted and we all came away determined to spend more time noticing and photographing our surroundings at every level.
Thank you Crystal and Pete for a wonderful morning.
Sunny weather with a light breeze made for perfect conditions for the Friends' gentle stroll around Ecclesbourne Glen and meadow last Saturday morning.
Various experts from the Friends were on hand to chat about the history of the area (Steve Peak), the flora (Jacqueline Rose) and the wildlife (Alan Parker). Jill Howell also gave us recipes for some of the hedgerow fruits we spotted on our walk - sloes and blackberries.
All in all a very enjoyable event - wonderful views, good companions and lots of interesting information!
A reminder to all Friends that this Saturday, 16th August, experts from the Friends will lead a Summertime Ramble past Ecclesbourne Glen and round Ecclesbourne meadow. This will be a chance to learn about the history of this corner of the Country Park and also the flora and fauna to be found here. The walk will start from Barley Lane car park (£2 car parking charge) at 10.30am and will last about 2 hours. There are some steep steps at the start of the walk so please wear appropriate footwear. Regret no dogs.
Butterflies and ponies
The recent sunny weather has been wonderful for counting butterflies as part of Butterfly Conservation's annual "Big Butterfly Count". On a walk from Fairlight through the Country Park to Hastings last Saturday, Alan and I made three 15 minute stops to count butterflies along the way.
At our first stop near the Firehills entrance we were delighted to spot a beautiful Brimstone butterfly and at our next stop at the top of Warren Glen a distinctive Comma flew past and close to the ground two bright orange Small Coppers glowed like jewels in the sunshine. Our last stop by Saxon pond saw many dragonflies hawking over the water and hedges and, amongst the butterflies, a Peacock was a welcome addition to our list. By far the most numerous butterfly in all our counts was the Gatekeeper with a total of 18 recorded. A map showing the results of all the butterfly counts to date can be seen at www.bigbutterflycount.org There is still time for records to be sent in as the closing date is not until the 10th August. You can count butterflies in any local habitat from gardens to open countryside and help with identification is available on the website in the form of downloadable apps and identification charts. Do have a go!
And finally, an unexpected and most welcome sight on our walk were four Exmoor ponies which have been put out to graze in the field below the access for all path behind the coastguards' cottages. This field was previously grazed by Highland cattle but I'm sure the ponies will do a great job and prove equally as popular with visitors to the Country Park.
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.