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Here are the posts for January 2014
RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
Author: Liz Edwards, Date Published: Sun 26th Jan 2014

In the Big Garden Birdwatch the RSPB encourages as many people as possible to spend an hour recording the number of birds in their gardens or in a local green space on a designated weekend in January.

So on 26th January, a small group led by RSPB member Martin Ellis met at 9am on the Sunday morning to see what birds could be found in the Park. The heavy cloud cover made it a gloomy morning and many birds were not as active as they might have been in brighter weather. In fact, we probably heard as many species as we saw, with enthusiastic territorial singing from wrens, robins and great tits.

Nuthatches were busy investigating the crevices in the bark of the oak trees and woodpeckers were heard in Folly Shaw. A few greenfinches were on the wing and we listened to the soft piping of a small group of bullfinches foraging in the shrubby areas. There were the usual blackbirds, starlings, blue tits, wood pigeons, collared doves, carrion crows and a singleton mistle thrush flying by. It was a quiet morning for the birds and by the time our hour was up, the predicted rain had begun to settle in for the day.

What Next?
Author: Carolyn T Gray, Date Published: Wed 22nd Jan 2014

Last year we held a few talks in St Barnabas School Hall, but we decided the hall was generally too big for our needs, and this year are reconvening to the pub instead!

So thanks to Keith and all at The Allotment pub on St James Road, for letting us take over the conservatory on Wednesday 22nd January to chat about the Park, particularly the Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The evening was hosted by FoGH Chairman Liz Edwards, aided by Sue Kaner and John Bushell, who have all attended the HLF Project Board meetings. We were pleased to see about forty people had come along, including our two town councillors (David Neve and Ben Chapelard), as well as Sarah Tree from KHWP.

After explaining all that has gone on, and will be going on, there were various questions and queries, which covered subjects such as preserved trees and health issues with children coming to the pond dip in open water. Also raised were concerns about lighting, the community orchard, closure times of the playground and Bowls Pavilion for work, construction traffic issues, potential to add CCTV and employing local apprentices.
It was really good to see so many interested people, and to collect more feedback.

It's the sort of event we will consider holding again!

John Lewis at Home Community Matters
Author: Mary Hughes, Date Published: Thu 16th Jan 2014

The Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park were fortunate to be selected as one of three community groups to share £3000 from John Lewis At Home in Tunbridge Wells.

Customers decided how much each nominated group would receive by using a token to vote for their chosen organisation. FoGH was up against Headway and HiKent and we were pleased to receive over 22% of the vote, giving us a sum of £668. This will go towards making our Family Fun Day our biggest and best event yet, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Park!

FoGH Treasurer John Bushell (centre) was presented with the cheque on 16th January and we are very grateful to John Lewis At Home and to everyone who voted for us.

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