Next Saturday we are holding our Coffee morning and AGM, so why not come along and find out more about what we do and even think about joining us. There will be free refreshments, a raffle and also a few stalls with books, plants, cakes, crafts and the local Men in Sheds will have items they have made for sale, including things like bug boxes.
There will also be short AGM and an opportunity to raise anything with the group. All are welcome.
We would love people to come along and meet us and help us celebrate this big birthday.
Date – Sat 7th April 2018
Time – 10am
Venue – The church hall, The Holy Family Catholic Church, North Road, Lancing.
Saturday, February 17
10:00 – 12:00
This February’s task day is being moved from Sunday 18th Feb to Sat 17th Feb. We will still meet at the car park at 10am and will be going to the Diamond Jubilee Plantation field to plant the new elm trees. The change is being made to accommodate the local White Letter Hairstreak expert from Butterfly Conservation with whom we have been working. We are sorry if this is inconvenient for any of our regular task day helpers. We will return to our normal Sunday next month. If you are not usually able to come to the Sunday task days, why not join us for the Saturday tree planting?
When: SAT 8th April 2017
Time: 10am – 11.30am
Where: AT THE CHURCH HALL. THE HOLY FAMILY CHURCH, NORTH ROAD, LANCING
SPRING COFFEE MORNING AND AGM-colour poster
Some of the Violets in the woodland pathways
Adrienne would like to let people know that they should be getting their summer newsletter in the next few days and to let me know if it doesn’t arrive either by email or post? (That way she can be sure that her list is working ok!)
If you use the area for walking, exercise, fun or whatever we are your chance to have a voice in what goes on in the Reserve and we provide a link between the people who use it and the Council. Please consider joining the Friends of Lancing Ring. Membership details.
Adrienne shared these images of her walk around the reserve recently
Also thought we ought to put an update after the AGM. At the recent AGM, the Committee were re-elected with the addition of Chris Ball, who we are delighted to say has re-joined us now that her health has improved again. The current Committee are:
Henry Heath (Chairman and Treasurer)
Veronica Eltringham (Vice Chair)
Adrienne Stevenson (Secretary)
Sue Crowhurst (Membership Secretary)
Look out for your member’s copy of the Spring newsletter which will soon be popping into your inbox or through your letterbox. If you don’t receive your copy in the next week or so, please contact Adrienne on AdrienneStevenson@gmail.com or 01903 753977.
For membership enquiries, or if you would like to join the Friends of Lancing Ring, please contact Sue, our Membership Secretary, on 01903 368978
or by letter to 31 Sedbury Road, Sompting.
Winter on the Reserve.
Strangely enough, winter is quite a busy time on the Reserve, as it gives us a good opportunity to get some of the maintenance work done before the birds start nesting and the flowers start appearing. The Council managed to get most of the mowing done before the weather got really bad and there are just a couple of areas to finish mowing before spring gets underway. At the January task day the FOLR managed to reinstate most of the view from their seat just to the north of the Clump. This was despite a sudden change in weather at the time to a light scattering of snow. We hope that people using the seat now will have a better view across to Cissbury.
At the moment most of the paths are extremely muddy after all the rain and the Council have recently delivered some bark chippings which will be spread on the muddiest paths by the car park in Mill Road.
At today’s task day we managed to thin out some of the hawthorn that has been growing taller by the path just to the south of the Clump. This is a good, sheltered butterfly spot, but the hawthorns have started blocking out the sun and the light, which is not so good for the butterflies and the area needs opening up a bit again. We have used the trimmings to put a sort of fence round the main orchid bed in the woods. We are always grateful to people who come along to help and would like to say a big thank you to the Worthing Conservation Volunteers for their help today. We welcome any members who would like to come and get their hands dirty and have been very encouraged to have a couple of new helpers at recent task days. Thank you for all you do. It can be very rewarding seeing the change that the work makes to an area.
There are the first signs of the orchid leaves appearing in the woods. At this stage they are very vulnerable to being trodden down. We have put a “dead hedge” around the main orchid area. Please do not step over it and walk on the site as you will damage the orchids. Please also do not let children play in that area or pick the flowers when they start to appear. Thank you for your help. We hope to see a lovely display of early purple orchids in a couple of months time.
We have a meeting this week with the council and the ranger from the national park about the clump, so if you have any views on the management of the clump let us know on here or the facebook group and I can mention it!
These lovely photos were taken by Adrienne on MacIntyres Field . They show Common Broomrape (Orobanche minor) Its a parasitic plant which means it takes it nutrients from another host by means of a fungal appendage. Broomrape host plant are members of the pea family.
Further information about this plant species
Most of the Committee were re-elected, although, unfortunately Chris Ball has had to stand down for health reasons. We would like to thank Chris so much for her contributions on the Committee and we will miss her and hope she might think of coming back when her health recovers. So the current line-up is: Henry Heath as Chairman, Veronica Eltringham is Vice Chair, Sue Crowhurst is Membership Secretary, Adrienne Stevenson is Secretary and also Keith Dollemore. We currently have no Treasurer, so Henry is doubling as Treasurer. However, if anyone else would like to join the Committee or would like to offer themselves as Treasurer, we would be delighted to hear from them.
Sue Crowhurst has moved and changed her phone number. The new details are:
31 Sedbury Road, Sompting. Tel 01903 368978