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The Fernhurst Society

Newsletter no 24, January 2006


Keeping you informed – moving with the times

We have been asked by several members if we can provide updates on our events by e-mail reminder. We are more than happy to do this, and have set up a process to make this work simply, and within the guidelines and regulations concerning data protection.

This means that we will need your agreement (annually) to use your e-mail address for Fernhurst Society news. We can do this via “subscribe/unsubscribe” box on your membership forms each year. Of course, you will be able to subscribe or unsubscribe to e-mails from us at any time throughout the year.

We have no reason to pass your e-mails to any third party organisations, and will keep your e-mail addresses secure in our membership database.

We will continue to advertise our forthcoming events via Fernhurst News, so don’t worry if you don’t have an e-mail address, or don’t want to receive information from us in this way. We are just offering an extra way of distributing information to members.

If you would like to add your e-mail address to our membership data, please send an e-mail, containing your name and confirming your e-mail address, to the Society's email address.


Forthcoming Events

Wednesday 15 February – our regular half-term afternoon slot for members and their children
This year John Self, a local expert on rabbits and national rabbit judge, will be talking about these lovely cuddly creatures. Hopefully he will be bringing along some for you to see. Join is in the Village Hall at 2.30pm for a 3pm start.

Sunday 26th Marchnext leg of Boundary Walk
We are getting close to completing the Parish Boundary Walk that we started in April 2003. This penultimate leg takes us from Poison Copse to Lower Lodge. We’ll meet at 1.45pm at the Fernhurst Car Park for the usual car sharing to the start point. We expect the walk to take a maximum of 2 hours, so home in time for tea! Judith Turner is leading the walk.

Thursday 13th April – “Memories are made of this – growing up in Fernhurst in the ‘30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s".
Join us to hear Maureen Duke, whose family have been long term village residents, for a slide show and talk. The Archive Team will be supporting, hopefully including a film of the coronation pageant that Maureen was involved with.

Our Chairman, Robin Barnes, can provide further details for all events and activities. Please call him via the Society's email if you have any questions or suggestions.


Junior Fernhurst Society

Help to keep healthy - come and join in these fun nature walks and find out more about the area you live in. Walks are from 10am-12 noon.

Sat 21st January - Blackdown: Flint collecting
Sat 18th March - Prestwick Farm: Lambing
Sat 13th May - Blackdown: Bluebells
Sat 24th June - Levin Down: Butterflies
Sat 16th September - Fernhurst: Blackberry picking
Sat 14th October - Marley / Camelsdale: Sweet chestnut harvest and roasting
Sat 18th November - Older Hill / Redford: Scramble

Parents MUST book beforehand with Sue Gibbon or Julia Roxan for each walk. When you book in you will be given details of starting and end points and times – we will not wait for you if you are not booked in!

Age range 5 – 10 year olds. Parents must accompany children aged 5 – 7 years. Parents of older children are strongly encouraged to join in too – it makes supervision much easier and the children enjoy having their parents there. Dogs are only permitted if on a lead. Children (and parents) should wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring own refreshments.

There is a one-off membership fee of £1 to join the Junior Society and a charge of 50p per child per walk to cover our administration costs.


What do you think?

We enjoyed another Fernhurst Society Christmas Party in the Village Hall in mid-December, and a good time was had by all. However, we are disappointed not to see more members. So we want to know if a different (or another) event would encourage you to join us?

Please let us know by your thoughts by one of the following methods:

  1. Calling our chairman, Robin Barnes.
  2. Sending us an email
  3. Dropping a note into the Fernhurst Centre, marked for the attention of the Fernhurst Society.
  4. Talking to any of our Executive Committee members.
    • Do you think we should hold an annual social gathering at all? Yes/No
    • Should we continue holding a Christmas Party? Yes/No
    • Would you be interested in attending a Summer BBQ? Yes/No
    • Any other suggestions and/or comments?