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
FAMILY DAY / AIRDAY – SUN 31st AUGUST
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?
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.
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.
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.
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Name: Emily Clark
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: http://www.rspb.org.uk/futurescapes/southdowns/photo-competition.aspx
We are happy to provide more information should you need it.
With many thanks,
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.
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 http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/jubilee-woods/about/Pages/our-aims.aspx
Thanks again to everyone who helped.
Around 60+ Friends of Lancing Ring including the Chairman of Adur District Council, Peter Metcalfe and the Adur Watch team with Graham Gunn, gathered on Sunday morning to take part in the creation of a Jubilee Diamond, consisting of Spindle, Whitebeam and Beech with a centrepiece of an Oak sapling.
The oak was planted by FoLR chairman Henry Heath with a short ceremony, assisted by a very young member of the assembled crowd.
Henry made this declaration “We’ve got a very special tree, a Royal Oak” and reading from the label which said ‘this sapling has been grown from a seed collected from one of the Royal Household Estates’, he added “You won’t get a more important tree than this one!”
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The committee members wish to give sincere thanks to everyone who came along.
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