The mixed weather didn’t dampen the spirits of Friends and guests at our special Splash Out on Sunday, 12 June to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the start of the project to restore the village pond.
They were able to celebrate too the Queen’s official 90th birthday, and after a slice of 30th anniversary cake and some fizz to toast the continuing health and well being of the pond, there was a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ and a toast to the Queen. Two big events in one day, and the Church Barn was appropriately adorned with not only anniversary balloons and bunting but also the Union Jack in various forms to mark both occasions.
Attended by five young children representing the future generations, Peter Culverwell, a longstanding villager and supporter of the pond, performed the first cut of the anniversary cake.
There was a running slideshow of the pond and events over the 30 years since the restoration project got underway in 1986 led by Dorothy Richards and her team, evoking many happy memories. In his anniversary speech, Peter Applewhite, chairman of the Friends, commented particularly on the significance of the village pond as part of Biddenham’s heritage and natural beauty and, as pressures for the development of the village’s green spaces were arising and would continue to arise, emphasised the vital importance of action to protect and preserve that heritage and natural beauty for the benefit of future generations.
Terry Cross, a member of the pond management committee for six years, retired at the Friends AGM held during the afternoon and Peter paid tribute to his contribution during those years: the committee and the pond had benefitted from his wise counsel and advice and practical assistance, and he would be missed. Otherwise the committee was re-elected for a further year and Andrew Ewing re-appointed as independent examiner of the accounts. You can see the review of activities tabled at the Splash Out by clicking here – AGM 2016.
All in all, a most pleasant, enjoyable and well attended afternoon. Thank you to everyone for coming along to help us celebrate and for your continuing support for your village pond.