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Change to February Task Day

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?

Spring Coffee Morning and AGM

When: SAT 8th April 2017

Time: 10am – 11.30am



Some of the Violets in the woodland pathways


Correction to Summer Newsletter

In the published Newsletter it was incorrectly stated that the September Task Day has been cancelled.
This should have stated that the August Task Day has been cancelled.

Instead of this there is going to be an event on the 31st August to coincide with the Shoreham Airshow


This year we have decided to have a presence on the Reserve on Shoreham Air Day. We will combine this with our Family Day when there will be activities for children, demonstrations of bush craft skills by FOLR member Mark and information available about the Friends.

There are usually a lot of people around and about during the Air Show, so we hope this will help to raise our profile in the community.

Why not come along and say hello between 10am and 1pm?

Spring AGM

The Committee were re-elected at the AGM on Saturday and will remain the same as last year, with the exception of Ann Russell who has had to stand down due to ill health.  Ann was one of the original members of the Friends of Lancing Ring and was there from the very start.  She worked hard to help the group become what it is today and until only recently was a Committee member.  The members of the FOLR and the Committee would like to say a big thank you to her for all she has done over the years and we are sorry that her health has prevented her carrying on.

Spring AGM & Coffee Morning

The AGM and Coffee Morning will be on Sat 22nd March at the usual place. (Monks Farm Presbytery, North Road. Lancing) We are hoping to have cakes, plants, jigsaw puzzles, crafts, books, bric-a-brac, raffle and refreshments.

Also, Henry is cancelling the April task day as it falls on Easter Day this year.

Our rich and varied wild haven, in the Herald newspaper

Lancing Herald Article

by Joe Riddle, with additions by Adrienne and Ray

New Funding award from Waitrose

The Friends of Lancing Ring were selected as one of three local community groups to receive money from the Waitrose in store green tokens in October 2013. Just before Christmas we went to the Worthing store and were delighted to receive a cheque for £240 which will be very useful. We would like to thank all those who supported us during October and the team at Waitrose who selected us.

~ Adrienne

The RSPB has designated the South Downs as a Futurescape..

Name: Emily Clark
Message: Hello

The RSPB has designated the South Downs as a Futurescape to celebrate and help encourage the responsible use and enjoyment of this amazing place.

We have also launched our first ever South Downs Futurescape Photography Competition and would very much appreciate it if you would highlight the competition to your group members, or feature us in your newsletter.

Through our competition you can help us to highlight the beauty of the South Downs and help the RSPB to do more for habitats and wildlife there. In the future we hope that stone curlews will flock to raise their chicks on healthy farmland, water voles will be safe to make their homes in our rivers and brooks, butterflies will abound on gloriously preserved chalk grassland and in well-managed woodland, and nightjars will fill the night skies over heathland with their churring calls.

The competition runs until 28 February 2014.  To find out more about our categories, judges and to view prizes, rules and Terms & Conditions, please visit our webpage at:

We are happy to provide more information should you need it.

With many thanks,
Emily Clark


News Updates

1. The Friends of Lancing Ring are to be one of the Waitrose in-store community groups for October.

We were delighted to receive an email from Waitrose telling us of the news.

How it works – shoppers are given a green token and they put it in the tub for one of the 3 chosen groups.  At the end of the month they add up the tokens and we will receive a share of £1000, depending on the number of the tokens given to our cause.  This will be great as it will help us replace some equipment.  Please tell friends and family about us and ask for their support and don’t forget to pop into Waitrose if you have any tokens lying around at home from previous shops.

All support will be gratefully received.

2. We will not be holding our Autumn Coffee morning this year.

The Committee regretfully decided that the work falls to a very small number of people and the amount taken makes the Coffee morning unviable.  We are sorry if anyone is inconvenienced by this.

3. We will be at the Lancing Christmas Street Fair on 7th Dec instead.  More details to follow.


Diamond Jubilee planting

Adrienne sent in this message with a link to the Woodland Trust

As you may know, we held our tree planting on a beautiful day in November. We were part of the campaign by the Woodland Trust to plant 6 million trees in Britain to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Our trees were donated by the local Council and the Woodland Trust.  Well, we’re delighted to report that we have all played our small part in achieving the goal!  6 million trees have been planted all over the country with the 6 millionth tree being planted by The Princess Royal.  Well done everyone who helped our contribution to this amazing achievement.
There is a website link for anyone who would like to know more about the Woodland Trust Campaign at
Thanks again to everyone who helped.