The Answer Lies in the Soil – Geology Expert comes to Welwyn

Welwyn Natural History Society and the Hertfordshire Natural History Society

Joint Annual Invited Lecture

Dr Haydon Bailey will be speaking at this year’s Annual Invited Lecture at the Civic Centre on Wednesday 25th November at 8 p.m in place of Professor John Catt, who is unfortunately unwell.

The original talk subject ‘Aspects of Hertfordshire Geology & Landscape‘, has now been sub-titled ‘Living in Hertfordshire – for the last 100 million years‘.

Dr Bailey is founder and director of Network Stratigraphic Consulting Ltd, in Potters Bar, and is a micropalaentologist specialising in the cretaceous period, and chalk field studies for the oil and related industries in the UK, Europe, and North Africa.

Dr Bailey co-authored ‘Hertfordshire Geology and landscape’ with Professor John Catt, which was published in 2010 to national acclaim. He contributed the chapters on ‘The Upper Cretaceous period’ and ‘Mineral Resources and Building Stones’.

This book is intended to explain the geology of the county to natural historians and others working in the county, who have little knowledge of geology. In the book, Prof. John Catt describes Hertfordshire, ‘in many respects an undistinguished county’, but one that has amazingly interesting geology.

For more information about the Invited Talk go to the Hertfordshire Natural History website .

The Dr Haydon Bailey talk will be held in the Civic Centre Large Hall at 8 p.m. on Wednesday 25th November.

Everyone welcome – entrance £3 – pay at the door, includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

1st Welwyn Scouts – a legacy that needs your help.

Wear and Tear.

The 1st Welwyn Scout Group Headquarters in Lockleys Drive was closed down between 2012 and 2014 because major structural repairs and essential improvements were needed. During that time the Scouts and Cubs shared meetings with their counterparts in Codicote, and the Beavers had moved to New Church House, Welwyn.

But, quite apart from the structural damage, the enforced departure from Lockleys Drive, Welwyn had an alarming hit on membership numbers too: whereas decades ago the Group totalled some 200 members, by the time of their return to Lockleys Drive in October 2014, membership had fallen to 25, more or less!

A Brighter Future

Led by Group Scout Leader Andy Trotter, the 1st Welwyn Group returned to their new Headquarters at Lockleys Drive in October 2014 with a great fanfare. The new Scout HQ has been named after the late Derek Nash, the inspirational Group Scout Leader who led a hard working team for over 20 years, battling to resolve the problem of a rapidly deteriorating HQ, and tirelessly fund-raising in order to open up alternative options for the future.

Those of you who are familiar with the original Scout Hut, should pay a visit to the new Derek Nash Scout HQ and be prepared for a big surprise.

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Membership is recovering too: from the low-point of 20 young people in October 2014 this has now risen to around 80, with beavers, cubs, brownies and scouts meeting in the building on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The high quality of the refitted Scout Hall also attracts the over ’60’s Friendship Club, Welwyn Wailers, adult and childrens yoga, keep fit classes, and Painting in Watercolour classes. Birthday parties are being held there and it is anticipated that a local band, and a drama group for kids, might also start meeting in the Hall.

A Challenging Future

But this success is leading to new problems – the perennial problem of finding volunteers: leaders and helpers.

The Group is currently operating with the minimum of two leaders per section, and the cub leader will shortly be moving on. A replacement is being sought urgently otherwise  the cub section will have to close at Christmas 2015 causing the 20 boys and girls in the cub pack to lose out on the experience of a lifetime, an experience that many of us are able to look back on as a building block for life.

The Group does desperately need volunteers, and not just for leaders. There are 60 Proficiency Badges for beavers, cubs and scouts to qualify for. Volunteers are always needed to help teach some of these subjects and to evaluate the work. Most of us have skills acquired through our lives which might be put to good use. If you believe you might have something to offer, have a word with with Andy Trotter, Group Scout Leader on 07580 942319

Our Heritage

Welwyn Scouts are classified as a ‘Foundation Group’, meaning that the 1st Welwyn Group was formed in 1908 when Baden Powell first started scouting.

Please consider what you might be able to do by way of help or support to ensure that the 1st Welwyn Group remains as a Heritage for our childrens’ generation too.

(For more information about the 1st Welwyn Scout Group – its history and its legacy – go to the 1st Welwyn Scout Group Page).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Cafe – Another Year goes by

The Community Cafe is celebrating its 6th Birthday on Tuesday 3rd November 2015, so please make a special effort to come along and support Barbara Spencer and her hard working team of volunteers.

Every Tuesday the Community Cafe offers a welcome tea, coffee and biscuits, or a toasted tea cake, all at a very reasonable price. You will meet up with many local friends for a good chat. A Parish Councillor is usually there, and sometimes the local PCSO pops in.

The Community Cafe was launched on 3rd November 2009 as one of many products of the Welwyn Parish Plan. It  is a joint venture between Welwyn Parish Plan Action Group (WPPAG) and St. Mary’s Parochial Church Council (PCC).

The Community Cafe is held every Tuesday in New Church House, Welwyn.

Opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 12 p.m.

Bee Awareness – Education and Training in Welwyn

The Welwyn Beekeepers Association (WBKA) hold a free Bee Awareness session each Autumn for those just interested in knowing more about bees and the work of the beekeeper, and those thinking about taking up beekeeping and would like to know a little more first.

This year’s session is on Tuesday 20th October 2015 from 7.30 – 10.00 pm at the Christchurch Halls, Welwyn Garden City.

All non-members of the WBKA are welcomed, but should first email the WBKA Education and Training Coordinator, Mike Goodhew, at ku.gr1550687309o.see1550687309bstre1550687309h@gni1550687309niart1550687309

Danesbury Residents Association

Background

The Danesbury Residents Association (DRA) was formed on 25th May 1982 to assist in the defeat of an Appeal to the Department of the Environment by Rialto Homes against planning refusal to allow them to build 400 dwellings initially, and later 650 dwellings, on the land adjoining Danesbury Park.

To enable professional assistance to be obtained, all founding members of the Association donated £25 to a fighting fund. The appeal enquiry was held in October 1983 and the development proposals were refused by the Department of the Environment.

The Association has remained in force ever since to continue to look after the interests of the residents of Danesbury Park Estate.

Chairmen

1982 – 1983       Ken Wadsworth
1983 – 1989       Roy Jacklin
1989 – 1998       David Matthews
1998 – 2002       John Roper
2002 – 2004       Roger Writer

2004 – to date     Peter Branchflower

Objectives

The original Constitution has remained unchanged.

The Committee is re-elected each year, and the objectives remain to be:

  • Reactive to issues raised by Residents
  • Pro-active in Committee
  • Informed on all relative issues
  • Prepared to represent all residents responsibly Continue reading

Open for Bowls at Welwyn Bowls – Open Days 2015

Welwyn & District Bowls Club have been going since 1965 (50 years ago) but are still very much young at heart, and they welcome newcomers and experienced bowlers of all ages..

They have a series of Open Days and evening sessions, to which you are invited to try your hand.

Afternoon Open Days or Evenings 2015
Friday 24th April – evening
Saturday 25th April – all day
Friday 1st May – evening
Saturday 2nd May – all day
Friday 8th May – evening
Saturday 16th May – all day

Welwyn & District Bowls Club offer a social life which continues throughout the year.

Go to Welwyn & District Bowls Club for more details. Tell them we sent you.

Pick up Litter – Sunday 8th March

The Welwyn Village Pick Up  Group will be picking up litter on Sunday March 8th.

Please come along and help us keep Welwyn clear of litter.

Meet at the Car Park in Welwyn Village High Street, opposite the Doctors’ Surgery at 11.am.

Bags and litter picking tools will be available.

 

 

 

 

Meet at 11am in the car park

WNHS Programme for 2015


WELWYN NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY (WNHS)

Programme 2015 – 2016

2015

Meetings held at Welwyn Civic Centre 8 PM.

Feb 25            Wicken Fen Past, Present & Future                   Stuart Warrington

Mar 25            Spring Bringers                                                   June Crew

Apr 22             Wallasea Island –  RSPB Project                        Rachel Fancy

May 27            Baja California Wildlife on the edge                    Ann & Phil Farrer

June 24           India its Birds, People & Taj Mahal                     Richard Pople

Sept 23           Redlist Revival & Greys Farm                             Edward Darling

Oct 28             British Wild Flowers                                            John Negus

Nov 25            Joint meeting with Hertfordshire Natural History Society

                       Aspects of Hertfordshire Geology & Landscape   Prof. John Catt

Dec 9              Light Hearted Quiz & Christmas Gathering

2016  

Jan 27             AGM and Members evening

                        Members’ photos, exhibits and short talks welcomed.

                         (Offers to Raymond Uffen please)

Feb 24             A Year at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve               Trevor Gunton

MONTHLY OUTDOOR MEETINGS

3rd Sunday    Friends of Mardley Heath work parties

                           – Meet at car park 10 am

4th Sunday    Tewinbury SSSI work parties September – April

                            – meet at HMWT car park on Farm Drive 9.30 am

3rd Thursday  Danesbury Local Nature Reserve – work parties

                             – except June & July

                             – call John Roper on 07910 311589 for 10 a.m. meeting place.

HERTFORDSHIRE NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY (HNHS)

Nov 25           Joint Meeting with WNHS at Welwyn Civic Centre (See above)

HERTS & MIDDLESEX WILDLIFE TRUST  (HMWT) – Local Group

Meetings held at Howlands Baptists Church WGC 8 pm

Feb 24           Ethiopia – The Horn of Africa – talk                    Richard Pople

Mar 8             Mad March Hares – a walk around Therfield

                         – meet at Therfield Green 10 am  Booking essential

                         – phone Neil on 01707 324313

Mar 24           Penguins & the White Continent                       Trevor Gunton

 

 

Welwyn Natural History Society – Introduction

WNHS Logo The WNHS holds regular Indoor Meetings at 8 pm on the 4th Wednesday from September to June, excepting the December meeting held on the 2nd Wednesday, and sometimes the June meeting made to coincide with Welwyn Festival week.

Indoor meetings are held at the Welwyn Civic Centre, Prospect Place, AL6 9ER at 8 pm to 10 pm.

Visitors are always welcomed for a fee of £4 per meeting, but subscriptions are available at £15 per year.  Juniors (up to 18 years) are welcomed free of charge.

President                        Rev. T.W.Gladwin

Chairman                        Raymond Uffen            01438 815693

Secretary                        Robin Cole                   01438 817618

Treasurer                        Richard Darby              01438 813403

Committee members      Isabel Darby

Sue Stephens

In Welwyn there are three Nature reserves with strong WNHS involvement:

Tewinbury Wetland Reserve map ref. TL268138 is managed by the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust on behalf of Thames Water. WHNS members are welcome to undP1080439ertake and record their own studies on a regular basis. The Warden, Robin Cole tel.01438 813403 organises work parties on the 4th Sunday, but check with him for actual dates. Wellingtons or waders are needed on this site.

 

Mardley Heath Local Nature Reserve

The volunteer group ‘Friends of Mardley Heath’ meet on the third Sunday most of the year. For details go to the WNHS Calendar.

Danesbury Local Nature reserve.

The volunteer group ‘Friends of Danesbury LNR’ meet on the thirDanesbury cattled Thursday throughout the year. For programme details go to the WNHS Calendar.

 

 

 

 

Singlers Marsh Local Nature Reserve

Awaiting an update.

 

 

 

Village Clean Up Group – Bags of success

On 24th February a resilient bunch of supporters turned up on a very cold Sunday morning at the High Street Car Park for a briefing from the Group leader, Sarah Butcher, and equipping with litter pickers and SERCO bags, before being sent on missions to far flung parts of the village.

Within the space of a few hours, the Group managed to fill 10 bags of litter, including assorted hub caps, car bumpers, traffic cones, metal, wood and one rather nice bike!!

More volunteers are encouraged to join this worthy volunteer Group.

For a full report, and details of how you can join, please go to Welwyn Village Clean Up Group.

Follow the link for details of the next scheduled meeting.