Chairman of the Friends, Peter Applewhite, was one of three speakers celebrating Biddenham’s heritage at the Biddenham Society’s 50th anniversary AGM yesterday.
Peter described the history of the pond and the dovecote that once stood by it, the rare species to which the pond is home, and how the pond is now managed and conserved.
He thanked those present who were already supporting the pond through membership of the Friends of the Biddenham Village Pond, and asked those who weren’t yet please to consider joining, and for all to encourage family, neighbours and friends to join too.
He said “And it’s not just new money we need, we need new bodies too!
The pond team, together with our volunteers at work mornings and our grass mowers, works hard for the village. But none of us are getting any younger – we won’t be around forever and we need new younger Friends now and increasingly in the future who will carry the torch forward.
Wouldn’t we all want future generations to be able to enjoy that beautiful and tranquil spot, like we can today, rather than despairing at an uncared for, overgrown, and derelict pond, a dump for supermarket trolleys, mattresses and worse.”
Friends membership forms were available at the AGM, one was completed there and then and a number were taken away, so fingers crossed!