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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 ***


Saturday 20th of August.

We are looking for volunteers to organise each weekend, so please contact us via the contact form.


Saturday 20th of August
Details to follow.
Please let Clive know if you are intending to come along

Saturday 16th of July
Nine volunteers this sunny morning, enough people to tackle one long running task clearing out the drain behind the block of Brookside garages. Thanks to Keith, Meryl, Mick and Adrian for removing the vegetation and some of the considerable volume of silt that has built up here. The horrible piece of plastic hanging over the Brook is the next target!
The rest of us undertook the annual inspection and maintenance tasks for the Flood Group, Woodland and Emergency Team equipment. Nicer to do this in the warmth of the summer than the bitter cold of midwinter. Thanks to Ian, Phil, Denis Paul and Clive M.

Saturday 18th of June
A good turnout of 13 volunteers today despite the pessimistic weather forecast who tackled the invasive Himalayan Balsam from Lower Mill as far as discretion enabled towards where Gods Ditch joins the Brook. In some areas it was very evident that the efforts of recent years to reduce HB has been effective but there are still some areas where stubbornly remains and these were dealt with this morning.
Thank you to Ian, Dickon, Peter, Paul, David S, David B, Sean, Gill, Phil, Clive F, Oliver, Mick and Clive M.

Saturday 21st of May
Despite the thunder storm 24 hours prior to undertaking the work, the morning of the working party was dry and sunny and most importantly the ditch / soak away to be cleared at what was previously known as Headings Pond was dry.
The removal of significant leaf mold, branches, brambles and nettles was undertaken with due care to the possibility of nesting birds (none identified) and the team set too with gusto and the cold drink provided by the neighbouring property was most welcome. All work completed by 10:30 so a shorter time frame than envisaged and what seems to be normal these days the collection of two large bags of rubbish.
The area cleared that provides the soak away to a number of road drainage pipes from Church Street (cleared and rodded previously) will be monitored over the coming weeks / months to ensure that all remains good, assisting with reduction in flooding along the street. A big thank you to the volunteers David C, Richard P, Mick, Keith, Ian, Dickon and Paul.

A quick reminder that the HFG will have a small stand at the Platinum Jubilee Michaelmas Fayre on Church Green Saturday 4th June and should you be able to help and support on the day, setting up in the morning and or manning the stand 14.00 to 16.00 in the afternoon it would be greatly appreciated. The stand will feature the work of The Hanneys Flood Group, The Emergency Team and The Letcombe Brook Project and if you could let David know by the end of May (this month) if you can help it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact David direct on

Please note that the 18th June working party will most likely be the removal of the ever returning, invasive Himalayan Balsam which appears along side the brook. More details will be published nearer the time

Saturday 19th of March
Glorious sunshine with a bit of a breeze kept the working party volunteers warm and cool working hard this morning clearing branches, brambles, tree stumps and litter out of the Brook below Lower Mill as far as Gods Ditch. Huge thanks to the volunteers cutting branches in the water and those on the bank fetching and carrying many large loads of debris away from the footpath and pilling it neatly out of the way. Visibly there is a significant improvement and more importantly potential blockage issues have been removed. Sincerely hope new volunteer Gill enjoyed herself along with Stewart, David S, Lamorna, Mick, Ian, Andrew, Keith, Phil and Clive M.
Whilst this was happening a second team was at work in West Hanney clearing blocked culverts in the area around the Meads and Church Street. Again thanks to Paul and David C with Chris Surman for tackling this.

Saturday 19th of February
Cancelled. There are currently no outstanding jobs and strong winds plus heavy rain are forecast.

Saturday 15th of January
The group assembled wrapped up against what was a chilly morning with a light frost to tackle the stretch of Letcombe Brook meandering between Philberds and Poughley Farm, where it had been identified that at least three fallen branches and one rather large tree had started to cause significant obstructions in the water flow. After a quick safety briefing, taking into account the weather and COVID, the hearty bunch split into two working groups with the larger group tackling the large tree.

After two hours of hard work, sawing, pruning, raking and consolidating wood piles (one which very much looked like a den) all of the tasks identified plus a few minor additional ones such as bramble clearing were completed and a tired and rather warmer team finished for the day. The following members are thanked for their assistance Mark, Paul, Keith, Meryl, David S, Violeta, Stewart, Lamorna, Jane and of course and a big thank you to Dickon and Ian for towing the trailer. Clive M who although not able to show up on the day is also thanked for all the preparation and loading of the trailer which without would not have enabled the session to run as smoothly as it did.

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Himalayan balsam

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