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December 2013.
Issue No 49

North Wessex Downs AONB Office
Units 3-4
Denford Manor
Lower Denford
Hungerford
Berkshire
RG17 0UN

Telephone: 01488 685440
Fax: 01488 680453
E-mail us at: info@northwessexdowns.org.uk
Visit our website at: www.northwessexdowns.org.uk

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Christmas festivity in our historic market towns

Christmas Steam Engine

Imagine yourself back to the Jane Austen Regency period or in the swing of Victorian England. You're taking the horse-drawn stage coach from London to spend Christmas in Bath, stopping a night or two (as they did) at the half way point - in the market towns of Marlborough, Hungerford or Devizes.

Sizzling food, local ale and handmade crafts - brilliant Christmas gifts (don't forget to treat yourself, too!)

enjoy Santa Cruises on the Kennet & Avon Canal

Take a look at the events section below for a taste of the Christmas events happening across the North Wessex Downs.

You can also enjoy Santa Cruises on the Kennet & Avon Canal throughout December.

All aboard the Rose of Hungerford or the Jubilee of Newbury!

 

new book by Steve Davison

If you are looking for a special gift for Christmas, why not pick up a copy of the new book by Steve Davison.

The most comprehensive account of the history, culture, landscape and people of our area, 'The North Wessex Downs' is available in local bookshops.

Hungerford Bookshop will be hosting a book signing on December 13th at 18:00.

 

 


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Christmas Competition!!

Our Land

Christmas might just have come early! We have teamed up with National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty across the UK in a Christmas Advent Calendar Competition. Enter each day from 1st -24th December for your chance to win the daily prize.

Fantastic prizes include a Virgin Balloon Flights voucher for 2 people, a 7 night state on the glorious Isle of Wight, craft courses in Sussex, meals out in Kent plus guide books and Ordnance Survey maps.

Visit the Our Land website for further details of how to enter.


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North Wessex Downs AONB Forum

Annual Forum

Over 115 people visited Rockley in the north west of the North Wessex Downs AONB to attend the 2013 Forum.

This year's Forum offered something rather different from recent years. The theme was conservation on a truly landscape scale, and we focused on three strategic projects that are collaborating across the North Wessex Downs and beyond, Stepping Stones, Winning Ways for Wildlife and the Marlborough Downs Nature Improvement Area, followed by a presentation by Dr Dan Hoare from Butterfly Conservation.

The afternoon activity was a tractor/trailer tour to see highlights of the NIA. Many of those attending remarked how the forum offers a valuable chance to meet other AONB partners 'particularly of like minded folk, of which there were many'!

Thanks to Count Konrad Goess-Sarau and Estate Manager, Chris Musgrave of Temple Farm for kindly hosting us.


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Update on management plan consultation

Our consultation on the draft North Wessex Downs AONB Management Plan 2014-19 has now closed.

We received responses from groups and individuals representing a wide range of interests and are now considering these views. A final draft will be agreed and presented to our Council of Partners in March, before adoption by local and statutory organisations.

For further information about the Management Plan Review process or to discuss your comments further, please contact the acting Assistant Director, Oliver Cripps by email: olivercripps@northwessexdowns.org.uk or telephone: 01488685440.


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Grown in Britain

Grown in Britain

Grown in Britain brings together everyone who values our forests, woods and trees and the products we can make from the wood they produce.

Among other initiatives, the campaign will label products from British woodlands and encourage the growth of indigenous industries such as sawmills, forestry and wood treatment.

A film has been produced that encapsulates Grown in Britain - watch it here.


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Some dates for your diary

If you have any events that you would like to include in our events calendar, please send details to info@northwessexdowns.org.uk

December 2013

Christmas on the farm

Date: 1 December 2013 10:00 to 23 December 2013 17:00
Full details on website >>

Christmas at Basildon Park

Date: 1 December 2013 10:00 to 22 December 2013 16:00
Full details on website >>

Wallingford Christmas Festival

Date: 1 December 2013 11:00 to 17:00
Full details on website >>

Hungerford Christmas Light turn on

Date: 1 December 2013 17:00 to 18:30
Full details on website >>

Coppicing

Date: 3 December 2013
Full details on website >>

Blood, Sweat & Tears..Is it all worthwhile? - Talk

Date: 3 December 2013 19:30 to 22:00
Full details on website >>

K&A Partnership Workshop

Date: 5 December 2013
Full details on website >>

Family Wildlife Fun Christmas Crafts

Date: 6 December 2013 14:00 to 16:00
Full details on website >>

Wantage Dickensian Evening

Date: 6 December 2013 18:00 to 21:00
Full details on website >>

Christmas Bingo in Inkpen

Date: 6 December 2013
Full details on website >>

Christmas at the Earth Trust

Date: 7 December 2013 10:00 to 16:00
Full details on website >>

Churches of the Berkshire Downs – Walk 4

Date: 7 December 2013
Full details on website >>

Santa Cruises the Kennet and Avon

Date: 7 December 2013 12:00 to 08 December 2013 15:00
Full details on website >>

Walk along Bury Down

Date: 8 December 2013
Full details on website >>

Scratch Choir at the Watermill

Date: 8 December 2013
Full details on website >>

Small is Beautiful - Moss Walk

Date: 8 December 2013 10:30 to 12:30
Full details on website >>

Christmas Fair NAWT

Date: 8 December 2013 11:00 to 14:00
Full details on website >>

Winter Bird Walk

Date: 8 December 2013
Full details on website >>

Coppicing

Date: 10 December 2013
Full details on website >>

The Snow Queen

Date: 10 December 2013
Full details on website >>

Greenham Common Bird Walk

Date: 11 December 2013 14:00 to 16:00
Full details on website >>

Hungerford Victorian Extravaganza

Date: 13 December 2013 17:00 to 22:00
Full details on website >>

Book Signing at Hungerford Book Shop

Date: 13 December 2013
Full details on website >>

Cruise with Santa at The Rose of Hungerford

Date: 14 December 2013
Full details on website >>

Recycled Arts Workshop - Tree Decorations

Date: 15 December 2013 11:00 to 16:00
Full details on website >>

Crazy Christmas Cracker Run

Date: 15 December 2013
Full details on website >>

Coppicing,felling & scrub clearance

Date: 17 December 2013
Full details on website >>

Avebury Manor at Christmas

Date: 18 December 2013
Full details on website >>

Christmas Songs and Sweet Sounds

Date: 22 December 2013
Full details on website >>

Major Mustard presents Cinderella

Date: 29 December 2013 00:00 to 23:59
Full details on website >>

New Years Eve dance at Inkpen

Date: 31 December 2013
Full details on website >>

And Finally...

Palpita vitrealis

River Kennet moth nights

Action for the River Kennet's latest moth nights have continued to record new species.

At a recent moth trapping, 106 moths were caught. This included at least ten new species for the site, including Palpita vitrealis, an immigrant typically found in southern coastal counties (pictured).

For further details contact Charlotte Hitchmough on 07880 515859


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The North Wessex Downs AONB Team:

Julie Baldwin, Partnership Co-ordinator
Oliver Cripps, acting Assistant Director
Dawn Hamblin, Leader Programme Manager
Andrew Lord, Planning Advisor
Henry Oliver, Director

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