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Working sessions
We are again planning to carry out some regular maintenance in and around East and West Hanney this year. We plan to work from 09:00 until noon, and as usual, the location will depend upon what needs to be done. Please add these dates to your diaries. It would be great if everyone could do at least one session during the year as it then spreads the load out.
*** Venue and work details will be advised each month by email to subscribers of our E-newsletter ***


June 15th.
Further dates to be confirmed.

We are looking for volunteers to organise each weekend, so please contact Stewart Scott on 01235 868503 or via the contact form.

> Saturday 15th of June
We will meet at 09:00 hrs. Details to follow nearer the date.

> Saturday 18th of May
A big thank you to Ian, Dickon, Charlotte, Bob, Myfanwy, Phil, Clive F, Meryl, Steph and Clive M for the significant amount of Himalayan Balsam pulled from the banks and edges of the Brook on Saturday morning. The efforts put in last year on this stretch below Lower Mill were evident but we still found plenty to work on as it takes several years to eliminate to manageable levels. There is plenty more that needs doing further downstream over the next couple of months before it starts to flower and then seed.
Keith, David S and David B finished off the external work needed on the Hanney Hut creating a step and a fine piece of flaunching! Great job.

> Saturday 20th of April
Great turnout this morning in Ebbs Lane with beautiful weather. Many thanks to Mark, Ian, Dickon, David B, Steph, Jim, Jane, Alistair, Adrian, Bob, Paul, Oliver, Stewart, Stella, Phil and Clive. Double thanks to Ian and Dickon for towing and returning the trailer.
We tackled three projects this morning. Firstly a large group of volunteers completed the maintenance work and clearance in God's Ditch which was started last month. The second group cleared some of the culverts, ditches and water channels along Ebbs Lane. Some issues were noted with blocked or partially blocked culverts that will require some intervention by the riparian owners, including a completely blocked second culvert beneath a driveway. A third group had the first go at clearing Himalayan Balsam from the Brook in that stretch between Poughley Farm and Philberds Manor's fields. There was a very large amount of HB showing already and this will need significant input and extra sessions this season to eradicate it from the village.

> Saturday 16th of March
Despite an overcast day the rain stayed away and the wind dropped somewhat from the nearly gale winds we have had recently. Mark, Bob, Ian and Dickon tackled Gods Ditch and cleared lots of small blockages caused by leaf litter and small twigs and branches. Ian stated that Gods Ditch would benefit from another visit later on to remove some heavier stuff which although not currently blocking the flow would benefit from being removed.
Dave S, Keith, Meryl, Alistair, Lamorna and Adrian tackled the Lower Mill over flow which again had backed up in places with leaf litter and what looked like numerous little Beaver dams. Needless to say that due to the hard work put in by both teams the ditch and overflow are now flowing freely. Carlene is thanked for the use of her drive and a big thanks to Ari and Annabelle for the box chocolates which were well received. All are thanked for their efforts and until the next time keep an eye out for the swans who are back in the brook and of course the water vole near the iron bridge.

> Saturday 16th of February
Cancelled as there is no work to do after last years achievements.

> Saturday 19th of January
A great turn out this morning despite the cold and drizzle 16 volunteers displaying numerous skills and getting the job done efficiently. We are in good shape for the coming season. Numerous thank yous for making it happen: Ian and Dickon for collecting and returning the trailer, David and Ann for the workshop facilities, doughnuts, teas and coffees and Phil for the flapjacks.
For the record we thank Stella, Keith, Steph, Adrian, Ian, Dickon, David S, David B, Stewart, Graham, Guy, Myfanwy, Jane, Jim, Phil and Clive M.

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