18th Jan 2014 Litter Pick…
This event saw a big turnout of volunteers from the local community and we wish to especially thank the Rugeley Fire & Rescue Cadets for the help they gave us. An hours work saw many bags of rubbish removed from the hill. On the positive side there seemed to be less rubbish and so the message is slowly getting home.
After the Litter Pick warm drinks, soup and cakes were enjoyed by all in the Church Hall, a BIG THANKS to ALL.
This talk was a great success and well attended, including some new faces. The speaker
was Phil Ward an expert on birds, who gave us a talk on a year in birds of the British
Isles. He had plenty of slides. We were so engrossed with his lovely pictures and
explanations of the migration patterns of our varied species of birds, that the time
went quickly and although we did not quite complete the whole year of birds we increased
our knowledge considerably!
We apologise that the path clearing exercise planned had to be cancelled. The Trustees of the hill have advised us that they will be paying a contractor to do this work. They have recently been using a contractor to carry out a great deal of clearance work and the Trustees have said they will begin setting heathers. We look forward to hearing more about their work
10th April 2014 Big Meeting 7.30 p.m Etchinghill Church Hall
Well attended we will be publishing details later….. Click here to see information discussed at this meeting.
There has been an agreed change to some of the wording in the aims part of our constitution. This was passed in response to discussions relating to the feeling at our Big Meeting and opinions expressed by the community surrounding the hill.
The term : "To encourage new visitors to the area" is to be replaced with "To encourage people to use and appreciate the area."
The committee has been reinstated for a further term. The officers remain the same. Geoff Brookes Chairman, Don Heath Vice Chairman, David Bowden Treasurer, Chris Brookes Secretary, Mike Mottershead and John Portman as the remaining members of the committee. There remains one vacancy so if anyone feels they would like to join us please contact any of the committee members or come along to a meeting.
Since our "Big Meeting" in April, the chairman of the Trustees has asked to come to our group and explain the work they are doing. We welcome this opportunity to hear about their role in managing the hill. Those present at the AGM felt that this should be at an extra meeting to allow plenty of discussion time, rather than having this as a double meeting in addition to another speaker. Keep a look out for the date which we will publish as soon as we can confirm the time. It will probably be in September.
21st August 2014 Reptiles One of our most interesting. The speaker was an excellent herpetologist (someone who studies reptiles and amphibians).
Roger Butler had been interested in the subject since childhood and was extremely knowledgeable. There were many slides of interesting reptiles and amphibians from the UK. He described their habitats, diets and lifestyles. We also learnt about some non native species that have settled in the UK.
As there were many people away on holiday and unable to attend this evening we may try to invite him back next year.