Ifton Meadows Your Local Nature Reserve.
Saturday, 2nd November 2013:
Everything was going to plan. A superb team of volunteers turned up at 10am to help erect the marquees, the lanterns were being sorted, the wind and rain eased and the sun came out. Then disaster struck.
A sudden gust of wind lifted the marquee, snapping one of the strops and pulling other pegs out of the ground, then smashed it all down into a frenzied heap of billowing canvas and bent poles. Swift action tamed the billowing canvas and team effort saved most of the lanterns, placing them into vehicles before the second marquee - still partly standing but with several bent poles – was grounded and dismantled for safety.
Then began the long and dispiriting task of clearing up the mess and transporting everything back to the shelter of the Community Centre. At 2pm the team were able to disperse for a meal break and to start the publicity of cancellation of the event. An hour later the team reassembled for a couple of hours of cleaning and further sorting out, as well as placing notices around the village, and later, to check at the Colliery Entrance for anyone who may have missed the news of the cancellation.
Diary Date 2013 Lantern Parade
The 2013 Lantern Parade will be held on Saturday 2nd November. Free workshops' dates will be held at St Martins Centre on Saturday 26th and Wednesday 30th October.
Workshops will run between 11am and 5pm . Since lanterns take at least one hour to make, the last start time of the day will be 4pm.
We will need help both from our regular volunteers and hopefully some new ones.
Can you help? Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Gyms are held each month and are working sessions designed to maintain the site, its paths and habitats. The full calendar of tasks for 2013 Green Gyms can be seen here. Tasks 2013. .
Anyone wishing to join us should meet at the Main Colliery Entrance at 1.30pm on the second Sunday of all months except December and January.
A regular monthly meeting is held in St Martins Community Centre on the second Tuesday of each month except December. Guests are very welcome.
A request from The Friends of Ifton Meadows
Do you take pictures at Ifton Meadows and would you be happy to share them with others? Someone is always on the nature reserve. Your photographs could help us to find out what Flora and Fauna is on the site. Email them to email@example.com (this is not checked every day so please be patient, we will reply.) with your name and date/month the picture was taken. This is so that we can credit you with the pictures and record them officially on the survey sheets.
Minutes of previous meetings.
Click below for our Chairperson's Annual Reports