Summer Splash Out and AGM 2017

On a sunny and pleasant though breezy summer’s day, our Summer Splash Out and Friends AGM on Sunday, 11 June was a most enjoyable and well attended occasion. Thank you to everyone for coming along to join us in the Church Barn and for your continuing support for the Biddenham village pond.

We looked back over another busy year for the village pond, including the concluding events in the special programme of events celebrating the pond project’s 30th anniversary, the comments submitted to the Borough Council on the Bedford Local Plan 2035 seeking to safeguard the future of the pond and its wildlife, and impending work to remove from the pond the azolla which had returned with a vengeance this year. You can see the full review of activities tabled at the Splash Out by clicking here – AGM 2017.

There was a slideshow of how we celebrated the 30th anniversary, and Chris Jones showed us wildlife from the pond under the microscope.

Jenny Kimber retired after 12 years as our secretary at the Friends AGM held during the afternoon. The chairman, Peter Applewhite, paid tribute to Jenny’s tremendous and tireless contribution to the work of the Friends and the pond team over those years, and presented her with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the Friends with their thanks.

Paul Godden was nominated and appointed as our new secretary and thereafter the pond management committee was re-elected for a further year, and Andrew Ewing was re-appointed as independent examiner of the accounts.

Our cream tea bakers and makers once again provided a most delicious spread, and were warmly thanked by those present.

Finally, another date for your diary: Saturday, 11 November from 10.00 am to lunchtime, our Autumn work morning at the pond. More details nearer the day on the website, on the Facebook page, in The Loop and on the village notice boards.

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