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The end of an Era

In 2002 it was agreed that members of our Social Committee would self-cater for some of our social activities. We were very fortunate in that one of our members had been a professional caterer so knew what had to be done.

Over the years committee members have come and gone (and those who haven't 'gone' have got older) so this year it has been reluctantly decided that we can no longer continue with this service. Our buffet meal held on June 21st in Loders Village Hall was the final event. With an average of at least 3 meals a year this means that over 50 meals have been planned, cooked and served by the Social Committee members with the valued assistance of other members, amongst which included several men.

This doesn't mean that all meals have ceased but in future they will be catered for by professionals and the Social Committee Members can enjoy being waited on for a change.

27/06/2019 16:02 · admin

A Life on the Ocean Waves

Well actually it was the River Avon.

Nobody allowed the inclement weather to put them off from enjoying a four hour cruise around Bristol Docks and up the River Avon. Yes there was rain but only while we were safely tucked into the covered seating area of the boat. We did the same cruise 10 years ago and, if memory is correct, it was raining then too.

There is plenty to see while in the built up areas of Bristol and the peaceful countryside beside the Avon was a relaxing interlude from our always busy lives. There was always the chance of spotting a Kingfisher or a Heron. We were fortunate to see several herons but it appears that the kingfishers were keeping their feathers dry and not making an appearance.

The midpoint of the cruise was a stop off at a riverside pub where pre-ordered meals were quickly served.

Photos by: R Dunford; C Senior: and V Smith

27/06/2019 15:06 · admin

A return visit to Lacock

There is always so much to see and do in Lacock Village, Abbey and Fox Talbot Museum that our members were happy to return to a place we'd last visited in 2015.

The May weather was kind which made the visit even more enjoyable. As well as the Village and Abbey there is beautiful countryside to explore and a walk beside the River Avon. The NT has lots of ideas on how to make the most of the time available including a map of a mile long gentle walk taking you from the village where the TV series Cranford was filmed, over the remains of long-gone 17th-century water gardens and giving some stunning views of the abbey, not seen from within the abbey grounds.

Photos by R Dunford

10/06/2019 13:39 · admin

In Search of Green Winged Orchids

We were very fortunate to have the services of John Newbould a Specialist Nature Conservation Volunteer and his associates to lead us on this particular walk on the Golden Cap Estate. Their knowledge about the various flora and fauna of the area was invaluable. As we met beside the Stonebarrow Shop for a short briefing on what to expect we were relieved to find that the promised rain was holding off.

The Green-winged Orchid is a short orchid of unimproved grasslands. It flowers in May or June; the flower spike carries a cluster of pinky-purple flowers (sometimes white) and the hood formed by the sepals is lined with green veins - which give this orchid its name. They are classified as Near Threatened on the Vascular Plant Red Data List for Great Britain but can be found in their hundreds (possibly thousands) at NT's Westhay Farm.

We were not disappointed although this year the first week of May was towards the end of their flowering period and had been even more spectacular a couple of weeks earlier.

We were disappointed though, to realise that the meteorologists were not wrong with their forecast of rain - it started slowly then built up to becoming torrential. Some of our numbers made a hasty escape towards shelter whereas the rest of us battled on too interested in our quest to be put off by a little rain - actually, a lot of rain! We were amply rewarded and thoroughly enjoyed the experience despite getting a soaking.

Photos by R Dunford & C Senior

10/06/2019 12:42 · admin

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