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Spelthorne Civic Pride Volunteers
Newsletter August 2006
What a year! – a national award, two 10th Birthday celebrations and two films about our work
Newsletter Contents
Special Edition

Queens Award for Voluntary Service
Our Partners
Community Projects
Other Initiatives


Projects 2006
Projects 2005
Newsletter - Autumn 2005
Newsletter - Spring 2005

August Newsletter - Other News

Community Projects
Funky Footprints Nature Reserve
Splash Pond
Millenium Wood
Laleham Pond
Litter News
Make A Difference Month
Spring Clean Litter Picks
Anti-Litter Poster Competition
Environmental Awards
Free Daffodils & Crocuses
BAA Grants for Environmental Projects
Steering Group
More Information

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2006

As some of you may already be aware from the press coverage, Spelthorne Civic Pride has been given The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It was presented on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen by the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey Mrs Sarah Goad J.P. in July.

We were delighted that so many of our supporters and partners were able to join us despite the appalling thunder storms that evening. We are very grateful to our Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Royer for hosting the ceremony and to the Council for allowing us to use the magnificent Council Chamber for the ceremony. We even had a Guard of Honour for the Lord Lieutenant provided by 1st Shepperton Guides!

The Award is a beautiful crystal tablet with the wording engraved within it. We were also presented with a certificate that had been signed by Her Majesty the Queen herself which is truly a great honour to receive.
No group could have achieved what we have by working alone, and it’s thanks to you and all your support that Civic Pride’s work has been recognised. This award was for everyone who has worked with us over the last 17 years, from the youngest 6 year old tree planter, to the multi national corporations who supported us financially.
We must single out three individuals for special thanks, as it was they who brought Civic Pride to the attention of the Award committee – Spelthorne Councillor Robin Sider, Jill Barton Head of Conservation at Surrey Wildlife Trust and Karen Satterford the former Chief Executive of Spelthorne Council.
The records show that since 1989, more than four thousand volunteers have contributed in excess of 14 thousand hours to improve Spelthorne’s environment for both people and wildlife. We cannot name every individual who has turned up, come rain, come shine or even snow, to work on our Community Projects but we would like to take this opportunity to offer you our sincere thanks. We hope that you too have found the work as rewarding and as much fun as we have.
We have scoured our records for all the groups we have worked with over the years and have discovered that a staggering one hundred and eighty nine schools, companies, churches, residents associations and youth groups have taken part in one way or another. If you group or school has been missed out please accept our humble apologies. No ones records can be 100% accurate over 17 years despite our very best efforts.

Our Partners have included
1st Ashford Guides
1st Laleham Scout Group
1st Shepperton Guides
1st Shepperton St Nicholas Beavers
1st Stanwell Cubs
1st Stanwell Scouts
2nd Shepperton Brownies
2nd Sunbury Guides
398 Squadron Air Training Corps
3rd Ashford Guides
6th Staines Guides
6th Staines Scouts
7th Ashford Beavers, Cubs & Scouts
Alan Freeman Trust
All Saints Church
A2 Sheltered Housing -
Church Villa
Dennis Court
Elizabeth Court
Grove Barns
Kennedy Court
St Martin's Court
St Mary's Crescent
Ashford Hospital Voluntary
Service Dept
Ashford Library
Ashford Park Primary School
Ashford Sports Club
Ashford Youth Club
Ashurst Drive Improvement Assoc
B A A Heathrow
BBC Springwatch Programme
Beauclerc Infants School
Bishop Wand C of E School
BP Sunbury
Brett Aggregates
British Airways
British Gas
British Telecom
British Trust for Conservation
British Trust for Ornithology
Buckland Infants School
Charlton Village
Neighbourhood Watch
Charlton Village Residents Association
Chennestone Primary School
Christ Church Parochial Church Council
Chubb Fire
Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter- day Saints
Civic Service Yacht Club
Clarendon Primary School
Community Service Volunteers
Computer Solutions Ltd
Courage Ltd
Desborough Sailing Club
Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Echelford Primary School
Egham & Staines Conservation
Engineering Appliances Ltd
English Nature
Environment Agency
Fairways Day Centre
Farming and Wildlife Advisory
Fordway School
Friends of Kenyngton Park
Friends of Littleton Rec Ground
Friends of Shortwood Common
Friends of Sunbury Park
Girls Venture Corps Air Training
Glebe Nursing Home
Greeno Centre
Groundwork Thames Valley
Guardian Newspapers
Halliford School
Halliford Women's Institute
Hawkdale First School
Heathrow News
Heathrow Villager
Hidden Garden Centre
Hythe Primary School
Informer Newspapers
Kenyngton Manor Primary School
Kingscroft Junior School
Knowle Park Infants School
Laleham Residents Assoc
Laleham Society
Laleham Village Hall Committee
Littleton C of E Primary School
Littleton Sailing Club
London Amphibian Group
London Wetland Trust
Lower Sunbury Residents Association
Manor Mead School
Manygate Lane Residents Association
Marks & Spencer Plc
Matthew Arnold School
McDonald’s Restaurants
Metropolitan Police
Neighbourhood Watch Groups
in Spelthorne
North West Surrey Landscape
Conservation Programme
Nottcuts Garden Centre
Onyx UK Ltd
Ordinance Survey
Our Lady of the Rosary
Primary School
Owl House
Perrin Court Retirement Flats
Proctor and Gamble
Ramblers Association
River Thames Society
Rivermount Residents
Royal Holloway College
Runneymede Volunteer Bureau
Salvation Army
Science & Technology
Regional Organisation
Saxon Primary School
Shepperton Allotment Assoc
Shepperton Green W.I.
Shepperton Ladies Circle
Shepperton Library
Shepperton Play School
Shepperton Residents Assoc
Shepperton Rotary
Shepperton Tree Wardens
Shepperton Village W I
Shepperton Youth Club
Shortwood Infants School
Spelthorne Borough Council
Spelthorne Junior School
Spelthorne Crime Prevention Panel
Spelthorne In Bloom
Spelthorne Infant & Nursery
Spelthorne Natural History
Spelthorne Tree Wardens
Spelthorne Volunteer Bureau
Springfield Primary School
Springtime Nursery School
Squires Garden Centre
St David’s School
St Ignatius Primary School
St Mary’s Junior School
St Mary's Church Fellowship
St Mary's The Virgin Church
St Matthews Church
St Michael’s Primary School
St Nicholas Primary School
St Paul's R C School
St Peter's Church Sunday
Staines Cine & Video Society
Staines Library
Staines Preparatory School
Staines Tree Wardens
Stanwell Library
Stanwell Village Hall
Stanwell Women’s Institute
Stanwell Woodcraft Folk
Stanwell Youth Club
Sunbury Cross Residents
Sunbury Library
Sunbury Manor School
Sunbury Women’s Institute
Sunbury Youth Club
Surrey Amphibian and Reptile
Surrey Bat Group
Surrey County Council
Surrey Herald Newspapers
Surrey Probation Services
Community Service Unit
Surrey Tree Wardens
Surrey Wildlife Trust
Swan Sanctuary
Tarmac Ltd
TASIS American School
Thames Meadow Residents
Thames Water Ltd
Thamesmead School
Tidy Britain
Tools for Self Reliance
Toshiba Plc
Town Farm Primary School
University of the Third Age
Upper Halliford Residents
Vision Aid Overseas
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
Community Projects
Some of our volunteers prefer to work on projects close to home, so you may not be aware of all the areas we have worked in. Over the years local residents from every corner of the Borough have given up their Sunday mornings to clear litter, plant tree and bulbs, clear nettles and brambles and restore ponds. And, we even have a new project this autumn to tempt new volunteers to help.

Ashford Hospital - bulb planting
Beggars Lane footpath - rubbish clearing, tree planting, pond restoration
Black Ditch Walk footpath - nettle and litter clearing
Briar Road footpath – litter and tree planting
Burgess Way - tree planting
Charlton Village - litter removal and clearing vegetation
Dumsey Meadow - Ragwort and litter clearing
Funky Footprints Nature Reserve – enhancing site for education and wildlife Halliford Wood - tree planting and litter collecting
Hawthorne Way - tree and bulb planting
Hithermoor Road - litter removal
Kenyngton Park – tree and bulb planting
Laleham Nursery – creating tree nursery for Spelthorne tree Wardens
Laleham Park - tree planting and litter collections
Laleham Pond - restoration
Littleton Recreation ground - tree planting
Lords Bridge Pond - restoration
Millennium Wood - creation of new wood
Pocket Park - tree and bulb planting
Ramblers - litter pick along footpaths
River Thames - litter picks beside the river
Russell Road - tree planting
Shepperton Allotments - bulb planting and creating raised plot for disabled users
Shepperton in Bloom
Shepperton Green - tree planting
Shepperton - tree planting
School Walk footpath - litter clearance and stile building
St Nicholas Cemetery Footpath - litter clearance
St Saviours Church - site clearing
Shortwood Common - litter clean-up
Swan Sanctuary - tree planting
Thornhill Way - tree planting
Woodlands Parade - Tree planting
Other Initiatives
We don’t all want to spend our Sunday’s getting muddy and so we have tried over the years to offer alternatives. It is clear from the support we have received that many, many residents care about Spelthorne’s environment and are willing to join us in improving it.

Anti-Litter poster competition
Bulb planting
Christmas tree shred
Collection of unwanted spectacles for Vision Aid Overseas
Collection of used tools for Tools For Self Reliance
Community Litter Picks
Environment Village
Environment Week
Environmental Awards
Environmental Pledge
Fairs and displays
Graffiti removal
Litter Free Schools initiative
Liveability Project tree planting
Make a Difference Day Litter Picks
Recycling Competition
Park Watch
Scrap workshop
Tidy Schools Competition
Tidy Scout & Guide Headquarters Competition
Veteran Tree recording
Wild flower growing for Community Projects by schools and residents
Win-A-Bin school’s initiative
Looking back over our records, The Queen’s Award is not the only occasion when our work has been recognised, although undoubtedly it is the most prestigious. We thought you might like to be reminded of the other awards.

1997 - Surrey County Council and Toshiba’s Pride of Place Award for Laleham Pond.
1999 - Spelthorne Borough Council’s Design Award for Laleham Pond

1999 - Queen Mother’s Birthday Award – National Commendation
2001 - Surrey County Council and Toshiba’s Pride of Place Award for our Community Projects.
2004 - British Trust for Ornithology’s Business Bird Challenge for Funky Footprints Nature Reserve,
jointly with Tarmac Ltd
2004 - Spelthorne Borough Council’s Design Award for Millennium Wood jointly with Spelthorne Tree
2005 - Surrey County Council’s Minerals & Waste Development Departments Award for Good
Practice for Funky Footprints Nature Reserve

In summary, perhaps the most appropriate way to end this special newsletter is to quote our slogan


Thank you all!
August Newsletter - Other News
Community Projects
Funky Footprints Nature Reserve
Splash Pond
Millenium Wood
Laleham Pond
Litter News
Make A Difference Month
Spring Clean Litter Picks
Anti-Litter Poster Competition
Environmental Awards
Free Daffodils & Crocuses
BAA Grants for Environmental Projects
Steering Group
More Information
August 2006 Newsletter - Community Projects News
Despite the excitement we have managed to continue our normal programme during the spring and summer, so there follows our usual round up of events.
Funky Footprints Nature Reserve
Sadly, Neal Adolphus, the Head teacher of St Nicholas School retired at the end of July. We will miss his enthusiastic support and expertise but we hope that he will come back often to the reserve to see how we are doing.
Our new bird watching hide was finally erected this spring and we are very grateful to Lynn Lewis of Nauticalia for his financial help for this. The main event of the summer was the Open Day in July, with pond dipping organised by Surrey Wildlife Trust. The children really enjoyed it and found lots of life in the pond. We were able to identify many new species for us including a water stick insect, which looks exactly like the land variety. One of our members, Shirley Proud, devised a Nature Trail that helped the children understand more about the area and what wildlife lives there.
During a scuba dive in March to measure the lake depth and silt levels, the divers described one area as being like swimming in a tadpole soup! And, our bird count has reached 86 species, with Barn Owls and an Osprey seen very close but not actually on the reserve YET! Funky Footprints and some children from St Nicholas School were filmed for a Parliamentary Committee presentation in June so its fame is spreading far and wide.
Work this autumn will depend on the weather, as we cannot plant trees unless we get more rain. But, the low water levels will make the reed clearance and other pond work easier.
Work days – Sunday 8th October and Sunday 19th November both 10am. Full details in the enclosed leaflet.
NEW PROJECT - Splash Pond
We have a new site to get our teeth into thanks to Spelthorne Natural History Society. We have often had their help in the past with wildflower surveys, but this is the first time we have embarked on a joint project. Splash Pond is a tiny pond at the far end of the Old Charlton Road and it needs clearing of reeds and pond weeds. If we don’t act soon the water will totally disappear. Our first work day will be on Sunday 22nd October and we will be joined by Spelthorne Natural History Society members, Egham & Staines Conservation Volunteers and local residents.
So, we still need your help with this lovely little project. There has even been talk of ending up at the pub for a quick drink afterwards! Tempting?
Work day – Sunday 22nd October 10am
Millennium Wood
As one of the major projects of the Spelthorne Tree Wardens it was an ideal site to host the 10th Birthday celebration of the Tree Wardens. There are volunteer wardens all over the Borough helping local residents to pant and care for trees. We often work along side them because our aims are so similar. If you would like to know more about their work, or how you could plant more trees please contact Carole Keys-Shaw 01932 566167.
Laleham Pond
Time passes fast when you are enjoying yourself, so it was quite a surprise to realise that the restoration was 10 years old. The pond has matured well and seems to be just what the wildlife need. And they are not alone – the BBC2 Springwatch came to film the project as an example of what can be achieved by volunteers.
This March we saw frog spawn, toad spawn – our first ever - and a pair of mating great Crested Newts! What could be better? – well a pair of Kingfishers seem to have nested in the bank and a family of three made an appearance at the 10th Birthday celebration in July! Our Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Royer cut the cake and we were delighted that so many of our supporters were able to join us on a lovely, hot summer day.
Surrey Wildlife Trust ran the pond dipping for the day and Karen Bartlett organised a Nature Trail and visitor survey as part of her Open University Degree course. It was very encouraging that 197 visitors came and many of them joined in the activities. A useful side effect of the pond dipping is that we have a survey of the pond’s inhabitants, so our thanks to all the children who helped.
One visitor to the pond had a special request that we were delighted to agree to. Brain Gallagher from Ashford wanted to paint the pond each season – so we can now boast an Artist In Residence. What a great year for the pond!
Work day – Sunday 5th November 10am
Heritage Open Day – If you weren’t able to get to the pond in July, then you have another opportunity on Saturday 9th September from 1.30 to 4pm when we will be opening the site again as part of Spelthorne’s Heritage Open Days initiative.
Litter News
Litter Free Schools Awards Results 2006
Over the last three years we have worked with McDonalds Restaurants in their initiative to encourage more litter awareness in schools. This year was even better supported and we are proud to include a list of the schools achievements.

Gold Award
St Michael’s RC Primary School
Buckland Infant School
Chennestone County Primary School

Silver Award
Spelthorne Infant and Nursery School
St Nicholas C of E Primary School
Saxon County Primary School
Springfield County Primary School
Town Farm County Primary School

Bronze Award
Ashford Park County Primary School
Clarendon County Primary School
Echelford Primary School
Buckland Junior School
Knowle Park County Infant School
Our Lady of the Rosary RC Primary School
Shortwood County Infant School
Hawkedale Infants School
St Ignatius RC Primary School
Matthew Arnold Secondary School
Make A Difference Month
If you are willing to help tidy up Spelthorne after the summer, we are again offering £2 for every bag of litter you collect on an organised Litter Pick during the whole of October. Please see enclosed leaflet for details.
Spring Clean Litter Picks
The anti-litter message is certainly getting through to school children, but some adults aren’t so careful with their rubbish. We would like to thank all the following groups for helping to clear up other people’s mess!

2nd Shepperton Guides
4th Ashford Guides
6th Staines Scouts
6th Staines Guides
7th Ashford Scouts
398 Squadron Air Training Corps
Charlton Village Residents Association
Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints
Fairways Day Centre
Matthew Arnold School
Spelthorne Tree Wardens
Staines Town Society
Swan Sanctuary

These groups collected 306 bags of litter from footpaths, riverbanks, streets and parks all over Spelthorne and earned themselves £612 for their funds.
Anti-Litter Poster Competition
We need to work together – no one section of the community can do it alone so we are delighted to be working with McDonald’s Restaurants again. Their secondary schools project was to design a poster to encourage everyone to recycle their rubbish.

This successful project was the result of a partnership between McDonald’s Restaurants,
Spelthorne Borough Council,
Runnymede Borough Council,
Spelthorne Schools,
Runnymede Schools,
Education Business Partnership,
And Civic Pride.

There were 1163 entries in total and we are delighted that Conan Thomas from Matthew Arnold School was the winner. You should see his poster whenever you visit a McDonalds in the area.

Environmental Awards
Once again, our task of choosing winners for these awards was very difficult. There are so many dedicated people in Spelthorne who care deeply about the Borough.

The Junior Award was given to Matthew Arnold Secondary School for their many environmental initiatives both within the school and in the surrounding area. They are truly an example to us all.

The Senior Award gave us even more pause for thought. Two residents Peter Routley and Hugh Evans stood out, but which of them should have to wait until next year to receive recognition? In the end we decide to give them both the award which they will share for the year.

Peter’s work at the new Swan Sanctuary organising volunteers to help turn a derelict site into a haven for both the swans and other wildlife was, and is, outstanding. As one of the founders of the Spelthorne Natural History Society his advice and guidance on this and other projects will ensure that wildlife flourishes in our Borough.

Hugh has spent hour upon hour recording bird life at Funky Footprints. Over the last 4 years he logged 87 species and his dedication helped us to win the British Trust for Ornithology’s Business Bird Challenge with Tarmac last year. His advice and continued support for the project has been invaluable and we will be looking to him for help for many years to come..
Free Daffodils & Crocuses
The funding we received from Surrey County Councils’ North West Surrey Conservation programme will allow us to buy more bulbs for voluntary groups again this year. The only conditions are that they should be planted where they can be seen by the general public and that you have the landowner’s permission. We would like to have 3 photographs of the volunteers planting the bulbs please. For full details and an application form please see the enclosed leaflet.
BAA Grants for Environmental Projects
Yet again this year, BAA Heathrow supported a number of local groups who wanted to carry out environmental improvements in Spelthorne. If you have a project that needs funding please check your local paper or contact us for an application form which should be available later this year.
Steering Group
If you have been impressed with the work detailed in this newsletter could you perhaps spare some time to help organise it? The Steering Group needs new members

and new ideas.

How much time are we asking for? Just 4 short meetings a year.
What experience do you need? NONE! We are just a group of ordinary residents who care about the environment and are prepared to help. If we need special experts we know where to find them. What we need are enthusiasts!

If you would like more information please give me a call. Contact details below.
For more information
Please contact
Jill Stephens, 87 Briar Road, Shepperton, TW17 0JB
Tel: 01932 829460 Mon-Thurs 9-4 or use email button below

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