Dry for a change

It was a bright sunny and warm day on Sunday 7th October and we had a good turnout of volunteers, thankfully with no rainwear in sight.

A few of the merry crew spent some time lopping the Alders whilst the rest of the group focussed on the reeds, with Kevin at the helm of the Grizzly. There was a moment when he was enthusiastically cutting the reeds, when he and Grizzly disappeared and all we could see was Kevin’s baseball cap peeking through. However the rescue team arrived and Kevin and Grizzly reappeared unhurt.

(No photographers were present this time, but this is, as they say in the real media, a library image of the said Kevin at the controls in less challenging conditions.)

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With that in mind we are pleased to announce that Kevin has now completed his apprenticeship and John has promoted him to a fully-fledged Grizzly operative; congratulations Kevin, well done.

The morning was pleasantly warm but the ground was quite soggy, which John H found out when he started to sink. A few of us had our wellies stuck in the mud but we were warm and dry, unlike the previous outing.

Alas, the two Johns have spotted some more Himalayan Balsam, much to our dismay. But never fear, Margaret put out a rallying call to the balsam bashing team which met on Thursday for the last encounter of this year. Let’s hope we have cracked it!

Here is Chairman John's message of thanks:

Hello All

I have some news which I hope is worth a good bit more than just a pinch of salt; worth crossing your fingers and everything else for!

But first a big thank you to yesterday's crew who shifted prodigious quantities of reed and got me very dirty in the process.  You are just lucky I don't take these things to heart.  Kirsty, our Norfolk Wildlife Trust Warden Designate, visited this morning and was mightily impressed with what has been achieved so far this season.  So you can feel proud.

Yes I did say NWT Warden.  Some of you have met Kirsty already and we should be seeing a lot more of her.  The mood music from solicitors on both sides is sufficiently promising to arrange the long-awaited and much talked-about meeting between NWT and the whole volunteer group, i.e. all of you.  This is so that you can put questions directly to NWT senior management, and  tell them how you would like things to be. (I'm only talking about Southrepps Common!)  We are aiming for an evening in early November  in the village hall when I sincerely  hope for a good turn-out.  Look out for more information the moment it is available.  

The next full session is in two weeks time, Sunday 21st October, meeting at 9:30am.  (The 10 o'clock starts come in on 4th November, after the clocks go back.)  I hope you will welcome our newest recruit, thirteen year old Harry who is going to do the volunteering part of his DoE Award with us.  

Thanks and regards,

John