Vice-President Doreen Procter welcomed members and two visitors to the Parish Hall on 12th April with greetings for 3 “birthday girls” and thanks to Margaret Wilkinson for the bouquet of carnations for the top table.
President Mike Wilson BEM, friends, partners, and members of the Rotary Club of Newton & District Jubilee, attended the Club’s 30th Anniversary Charter Night at The Culcheth Sports Club (Daten) on Tuesday 6th March to celebrate, in fellowship, those years supporting good causes in Culcheth, Glazebury, Croft, Winwick and Birchwood, the designated area in which we operate. The Club’s name marks it’s formation in the Jubilee year of our Newton mother Club. The following brief history of the Rotary movement is our motivation.
Now is the perfect time to discover one of the best bluebell woodlands in the region - at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, near Neston. Each spring, the nature reserve’s Gorse Covert – an area of ancient woodland, bursts into colour with a blanket of blue.
Due to the slow start to spring, the flowers are slightly behind their usual timings but their leaves and stems are growing strong across the woodland floor. Last year, hundreds of visitors to the nature reserve told staff of their delight at seeing such a pristine area of the iconic British flower.
Dan Trotman, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Dee Estuary reserves, said: “It’s one of my favourite times of the year, when the woodland floor gradually changes from its dull winter green and brown to the vibrant blue hue, signalling the start of fresh life across the reserve. Over the past couple of years more and more visitors have commented on the brilliance of the bluebells. The contrast of the deep blue against the greenery of the trees creates a lovely setting for a relaxing stroll.”
While Gorse Covert can be enjoyed independently by all visitors to the reserve, joining one of the Bluebells and Birdsong events with a knowledgeable guide will allow visitors to discover more about the bluebells plus other interesting flowers and wildlife on the reserve.
Dan added: “The walk is a great way to discover more about the wildlife that makes its home here. The nesting birds will be in fine voice, adding to the tranquil atmosphere, and you will be given tips on how to pick out the songs of different birds. It’s a lovely way to spend a morning.”
The ‘Bluebells and Birdsong’ guided walks will be held on Wednesday 25 April and Sunday 29 April, from 10am to noon. The cost is £10 per person, discounted to £8 for RSPB members. This covers the entry fee to the reserve for non-members too. To book your place, phone 0151 353 2720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the reserve and its activities, check out the website www.rspb.org.uk/burtonmerewetlands
Students from Warrington & Vale Royal College gained valuable insight into the hotel industry after taking over the Holiday Inn in Woolston.
Dog walkers and hikers were amazed at the sound of “bill hooks”, bow saws and axes when they witnessed some 14 volunteers from the New Cut Heritage and Ecology group as they began the task of laying a stretch of overgrown hedge at the far end of Paddington Meadows one Saturday in February.
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