Kate Jones, our project leader for the Studley Grange Wildlife Trail, was invited to set up a display for the networking session of the local Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Area Board Meeting last week. This gave her the opportunity to show off some of the work that local young people have been doing for the project. She took along some of the draft Interpretation Boards with a variety of illustrations done by students at Swindon College, some brass rubbing plaques, made from designs by local primary school children and bee hotels and bird boxes made by local schools and scout/guide groups. Richard and Judy, local WBCT members with a keen interest in ecology, supported Kate at the event. I understand that it was received with some very positive remarks, noting that it was a good resource for the community for the future and a great project for community involvement. It also gave Kate the chance to explain that there is no access at the moment to the site, but that we hope work will re-commence in April, weather permitting.
We should hear by the end of this week about one of the funding bids for Pewsham so all fingers crossed for that. Also this week we have an important meeting planned to discuss next steps at the Peterborough Arms. I am pressing on with writing bids, large and small for funding for various projects but as we know these things can take a long time and have varying results!
I asked in Dragonfly for members’ thoughts on the Trust Annual Draw for 2016 and whether we should change the format. I had an interesting response today from a member suggesting online draw tickets which I shall look into. Apparently they are simpler and easier to buy. It is always good to hear other views and get ideas.
Those of you who receive Dragonfly magazine will have noticed that I advertised some surplus paving slabs in exchange for a donation to the Trust. I can report that these were snapped up quickly with a generous donation. Obviously a good forum for advertising. Maybe other people have items to clear out for the benefit of the Trust?