Do you know anyone with an interest in wild plants or who would like to learn more about them? As the weather warms and the days get longer we are looking for people to help us.
The National Plant Monitoring Scheme is helping us to understand what is happening to different habitats across the UK and is set to run for a number of years. The Scheme has been running for two survey seasons and over 900 volunteers have signed up and been out surveying. One of the reasons the scheme has enjoyed such good success in attracting volunteers is because of the support of local parish councils. Many of these volunteers are new to plant surveying and have found the scheme accessible, are enjoying taking part and are exploring places to close to them and finding out new things. Volunteers are supported by materials which are sent to them, online resources and free training courses.
Do you know somebody who enjoys being outside? There are still opportunities to get involved with the scheme as a volunteer. In fact the more volunteers we have the more information is generated allowing us to get an even better understanding of what is happening in the landscape.
Who we are and what we need:
This scheme is a partnership between Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); JNCC; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government. Volunteers are recruited and supported to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The kilometre squares to monitor have been identified by stratified random sampling. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone.
More help please:
Across Suffolk there are still 25 squares available to survey.
We would be hugely grateful if you can use your communication channels to promote the scheme using the NPMS flyer (http://www.npms.org.uk/sites/www.npms.org.uk/files/PDF/NPMS%20flyer.pdf).
The live map on the NPMS website shows the squares that are available: http://www.npms.org.uk/square-near-me-public?dynamic-return_all_squares=true
We particularly need to promote the scheme in remote areas as well as areas contain including those with coastal and upland habitats.
Thank you for your support
NPMS Volunteer Coordinator
Direct Dial: 01722 342743
14 Rollestone St, Salisbury, SP1 1DX
Following the recent resignations of several parish councillors, there is an urgent need to fill the vacancies with co-opted councillors. Interested residents should see the Vacancy Notice on the Documents page of the Parish Council section of the website.
Prospective candidates must be prepared to attend training as the post bears the responsibility of public office.
SOHAM LIGHT RAILWAY (ESLR)
As many of you are aware, ESLR is a privately owned 7.25inch gauge steam railway which runs around the garden of The Rookery in Earl Soham. Nigel and Jane Sheffield are kind enough to allow the trains to operate with paying passengers on Fete Day each year for the benefit of St Mary’s Earl Soham.
HOWEVER, whilst Nigel and his friends are able to keep the engines in running order, the track needs some serious maintenance to keep the engines running along it. To do this Nigel needs a team of volunteers prepared to give a few hours each week for a couple of months in the Spring.
The sort of skills needed to guide the team are basic practical building skills, understanding levels, angles and gradients and most important checking the gauge – perhaps you have worked in drainage or the building industry. And then, of course, man/woman power is needed!
If you are interested in this please contact Nigel or myself.
If we are unable to get a team of workers the train will NOT run on Fete day, which would be so sad as it is a huge draw - many people come to the Fete because of it
Nigel Sheffield 01728 685403
Mavis Kerridge 01728 685700
Low Road, will be closed between Willowdene and Wilbury to facilitate a new water connection. Access will be open for pedestrians and cyclists.
The diversion route will be Low Road, the A1120, The Street, Low Road and vice versa.
It is intended that the closure will operate from 19/10/2016 - 21/10/2016 but if necessary the order may remain in force for 18 months.
Click the document link below to see the formal notice and a map showing the diversion.
The EADT for 24 September has an article highlighting the erosion of the village green by heavy traffic. You can read the article by following this link
Well what a brilliant day again! We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect summer’s day and the visitors turned up in numbers – the car park was full!
The money will be used towards the upkeep of our beautiful church building. Thank you to all who helped to make the church Fete such a success on Saturday. A great team effort. Whether you were helping to set up, clear up, manning a stall or game, planning the event before hand or a combination of several of those,
Please put next year’s date in your diary – the first Saturday in August, as usual, which is 5th in 2017.
There is now a new number to call if you have a power cut.
105 is a new number that you can call to report or get information about a power cut. It will put you through to your local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, wires and substations that bring electricity into homes and businesses in your area.
105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales, and you can call the number from most landlines and mobile phones. It doesn’t matter who you choose to buy your electricity from - anyone can call 105.
You can also call 105 if you spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put you, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, call the emergency services too.
Don’t be left in the dark. Call 105.
Why not print this page, then cut out and stick the picture by your fuse box or phone as a reminder. To find out more, open the attached file.
Suffolk’s Year of Walking is a campaign celebrating walking in Suffolk. It
provides a platform that will promote walking events and activities, as well
as provide inspiration and opportunities for people to walk more often. The
Year of Walking will highlight everything from recreational Nordic and long
distance walking to the more everyday walking to work and school.
See the document below for more information.
Comments Form (at the bottom of the menu). A contact number or email would be helpful in case clarification of ideas is needed.
Looking after someone with a mental health problem?
Families and friends need support too!
The mental health team at Suffolk Family Carers understand it’s not always easy, and you may need support yourself. Our service is free and you can get in touch by calling 01473 835420 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We have experienced support & advocacy workers, who can offer a personal appointment either by phone or in locations around the County. We can provide information and advice, and help you to
think about your own needs. We can also help you speak out to have your voice heard. Suffolk Family Carers also run a variety of groups and activities where you can meet other family carers who have ‘been there’.