PBCG AGM Thursday 10 November, 7.30pm, Painswick Church Rooms.
Invited speaker Rob Wolstenholme, Natural England – Cotswold Beechwoods and Commons National Nature Reserve.
Autumn 2016 Work Parties – Saturdays 9am till 12noon. All welcome, tools and guidance provided. Location information by email before each work party.
Saturdays 9am till 12 noon
Meeting at 9am
We have 3 work parties left- Sat 7 March, Sat 21 March and then a little later Sat 11 April.
Hello Slashers and burners
Am writing to invite you to join us on our Saturday working parties. We start this Saturday, 10th January and continue until end of March; every 2nd Saturday (i.e. 10th and 24th January, 7th and 21st February and 7th and 21st March).
We have reviewed the work needing doing against the NE implementation plan and have concluded that for the January Saturdays, at least, we should concentrate our efforts at the NW end of the Beacon (known as Areas 2, 3 and 5 and possibly Woodland Glade 1). This means we will use the lay by and car park just off the B4073 Gloucester Road where the track to Madams Wood houses starts. (and where the water trough for grazing paddocks 3 and 4 was).
The main work is brush cutting and cutting of young ash and burning. We are very close to agreeing that PBCG members can use glyphosate poison on ash tree stumps immediate at Catbrain Quarry car park and we will observe their practice and seek to follow it)
We will be on site with tools etc from about 9 am until about 1 pm. Please feel free to join us for as much of that time as you are able.
Best wishes for 2015
Dear PBCG member
I write to invite you to the Conservation Group AGM on Thursday 13th November at 7.30 pm in the Painswick Church Rooms. Attached is a poster about the AGM. If you are able to display that in your window or on a public notice board I would be grateful. You will see from the poster and the article in November’s Painswick Beacon paper that we have a line-up of experts to talk about, and answer questions on, most aspects of our work in the last year or two – a chance to find out more about cattle grazing, junipers, butterflies etc . With the guidance of Natural England, help from HLS money and under the leadership of David Allott we have achieved a lot in the past year or so on several fronts. This is a chance to find out more and help the committee set future priorities.
All are welcome – not just current PBCG members – though we will of course encourage them to join the group !
The proceedings will start with a formal AGM. We would like to conduct this properly but expeditiously. To that end there are three documents attached which you might like to look at before the meeting : –
· AGM agenda
· AGM 2013 minutes – for comments and matters arising
· 2013/14 accounts (alongside previous years). These accounts are currently with an independent examiner so there may be some changes. The main feature of the accounts this year is the large income from High Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme money – though a fair bit of that was paid out to professional tree fellers for work in Long Quarry.
Annual subscriptions of £5 are now due and can be paid to our Treasurer, David Little, on the AGM night. If you are unable to be there please could you let him have the money when practical (Sunhyld, Tibbiwell, Painswick, GL6 6XX).
The next work party is on the morning of Saturday 8th November – details will be circulated nearer the time – meet at the Catbrain Quarry public car park.
We will begin work again on Saturday 13th September, meeting at 9am at the Catbrain car park.
Further dates are:
25 Oct- Thyme Planting
Here are a mixture of items for you!
TUESDAY 8TH APRIL Joint Meeting with the Bird Club 7.30 p.m. in Painswick Town Hall. The history and wildlife of the Forest of Dean an illustrated talk from expert naturalist Andrew Bluett. Identify yourself as a PBCG member and get in for £1 (normally £3). Andrew’s photographs and knowledge are highly regarded
THURSDAYS, 10th and 17th APRIL. Joint Working Parties with Cotswold Wardens in Long Quarry. We are fortunate to have their help in the clear up of felled trees’ branches on the two days. Do come and swell the numbers. We will start from 9 a.m. on site, joined by the Wardens from 9.30 a.m. They bring coffee and lunch, and work on till 2 p.m.+. Feel free to come and go as suits you, but please help the planning by letting me know if you will be joining in. (812624).
Skittles. The skittles evening at Painswick Centre on March 25th went well. We were only a dozen or so but we had great fun and earnest conversations! We plan to do something similar in the near future, especially for those who missed out in March. Let me know if you are interested, and we will see when the alley is available. With a select team we can challenge other Clubs etc?
Thank you to all those who have helped at our work party (slashers!) sessions this last season September – March. We have achieved a huge amount and now receive compliments from passers by and others we meet in the village. It is particularly gratifying to me that recently we have averaged 10 volunteers each Saturday, about TWICE what it was a year ago. Also there have been extra weekday and weekend sessions to meet the challenging programme we set ourselves. The big party planned for 25th March did not attract sufficient numbers, but, undaunted, the committee is looking at options for a summertime ‘do’ (probably outdoors) to celebrate being ‘21’ and to provide a treat for all our supporters.
Thank you again.
Hi, Slashers, This Saturday 29th., March is the last “Regular” outing this season. There will,however, be more in April; see below. On Saturday we will return to Long Quarry, which is now dried out somewhat. There are lots of branches to deal with.
Rendezvous,(from 9.00am onwards) will be the layby on the Painswick—Gloucester road, by the turn to Holcombe at the top of The Plantation, coming from Painswick. Look for the smoke signals! Please let me know if you are coming,since we may have sufficient numbers to work two locations.
In April we have Thursdays 10th., and 17th., when we will have huge help from Cotswold Wardens. The 10th., at least, will be at Long Quarry again from 9.00am. onwards; the Wardens continue after 12.30 lunch-break until about 2.30pm.
Again, please let me know if you expect to be with us. Any questions? Try (01452-) 812624. Best regards, David A.