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Hayling Billy Heritage Project February update


Project logo

In the previous newsletter we asked if any volunteers could create a logo for the project.  Thanks to Terry Smith for coming up with the concept of the island and the train.  The oyster catcher was added by the partnership board and voila here is our final logo.


Mid Hants Railway Spring Steam Gala

Peter Drury (Hayling's BEST), Kate Saunders (The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre), Rachel Moroney (The Conservation Volunteers) and Alex Foy (HCC) spent 3 days at the Mid Hants Railway's Spring Steam Gala to promote the project.

We met many people who were interested in the Billy Line and people who use it for walking and bird watching.  Several people too remember travelling on the Billy Line for day trips to the sea side and one gentleman used to be a signal man on the Billy Line.  The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre will be in touch with these newly found contacts to record their stories.


Conservation Sessions

Our February session was spent learning the traditional art of hedge laying.  We all learnt new skills and the end result was a fantastic hedge which has opened up the view onto the field and will provide a valuable wildlife habitat.

We will continue with the hedge laying in our March session and then for our April session we'll be joining forces with the RSPB to do some conservation in the harbour!

Upcoming dates

Wednesday 11th March

Wednesday 8th April - note different time of 1pm to 5pm

Wednesday 13th May

Wednesday 10th June

Oral History DVD

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre will be previewing their Billy Line DVD which will contain stories of people who worked and used the train on Friday 29th May at 2.30pm.

The film preview is free of charge to attend but please phone the box office on 023 9247 2700 to reserve your ticket.

If you have any tales of travelling on the Billy Line, or know anyone else who has, then please contact Kate Saunders at  The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre on 023 9224 9063 or email 
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