Chairman’s Tribute to Paul Bailey

Sadly, I have news of one, shocking event that knocks everything else for six, notably the tragic death of our much-loved Secretary Paul Bailey. His passing on 9th September was the awful end to a battle with cancer that Paul fought bravely with a remarkable self-belief and optimism that will remain with anyone who witnessed it for a very long time.

 Paul was a friend as much as he was SCT Secretary.  He was a top-flight club cyclist who rode pretty much twice as fast as me, and he could do it for a hundred miles!  But it was as Secretary for Southrepps Commons Trust that he gave so much to our community, in the quiet, understated way that good secretaries do.  He underpinned our administration since  2011, and his good practice will carry on. As if that wasn’t enough, Paul got his hands dirty too.  As a familiar member of Sunday morning working parties Paul could wield a pitchfork with the best and he was a reliable winchman.  Latterly, even when he was desperately ill, Paul would make his way as best he could to join us at coffee break.  He really didn’t want to let anybody down.

 All in all Paul was just a lovely man who dealt with a cruel hand in a quite inspirational way.  One of Southrepps finest.


Wildlife in Common

This is a two-year lottery funded project being run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust in partnership with the University of East Anglia and Norfolk County Council.

The aim is to

  • Reconnect people with their commons
  • Celebrate the importance of Norfolk’s common land.
  • Inform community-led solutions to improve commons for wildlife and people.

To achieve this NWT volunteers are surveying over 60 Commons in Norfolk delving into their history; who owns them? What were they used for? They will be looking at the land, examining maps and historical documents and listening to oral history.

A survey of all living things on the commons is being carried out over the two years. For example, plants, birds, insects, mammals, invertebrates, amphibians, butterflies, moths, spiders, dragonflies, trees.

We at Southrepps Common are part of this important project. We already have good flora and fauna records that we will be sharing with NWT.

Despite having an extensive plant list the surveyors attached to the Commons are still managing to discover new species (to their amazement)!

Help is really needed to record such a wide range of species. We (the surveyors) are only visiting once a month. So if you are walking around the Commons and see anything you recognise then let us know. It’s not just the unusual we want, it’s the everyday species that are so easily taken for granted. Having said that don’t forget the unusual as well!

It’s simple to record your discoveries: click here for our sightings report form.

The information collected will help to inform future management and help safeguard our precious Commons.

Click here to go to the Norfolk WildlifeTrust's 'Wildlife in Common' page.

Click here for the programme for the Norfolk Commons Week, 22-29 September. (PDF - 860 KB)

Thank you for your help.