Worth a Look

Blue-Green Algae Returns To Frensham Big Pond

Visitors to Frensham Great Pond and Common are being warned not to enter the water at the big pond due to high levels of blue-green algae. Waverley Borough Council was notified about the high levels of blue-green algae by the Environment Agency, late this afternoon (Friday 30 June). Signage instructing visitors to avoid contact with the algae and warning people not to enter the water will be up on site until further notice.

Blue-green algae are a natural component of a freshwater ecosystem, but their presence is potentially harmful to humans, animals, birds and fish. Periods of warm weather followed by heavy rain and then further warm, still conditions cause blue-green algae to appear suddenly. There is no way of removing the algae from the water once it is established. Although not all species of blue-green algae are harmful, Waverley Borough Council recommends that people avoid the algal bloom as it can cause ill health such as dermatitis, eye irritation, rashes, blistering, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and nausea through skin, eye contact or if swallowed. Should anyone believe that they have been affected by blue-green algae, they should seek medical advice or in the case of their pets, veterinary advice. Waverley is monitoring the situation closely and will keep the public informed through its website and social media channels.

Frensham Village Breakfast

Please come and join us! – – 8.15am

The village breakfast, or more commonly known as ‘The Great Frensham Toast Off’ is held in St Mary’s church hall on Saturday mornings four or five times a year. It runs from 8.15 – 9.30 am.

It’s an informal friendly gathering for local people of all ages to socialise with residents old and new and catch up with local issues over tea and toast.
Set up and run by Frensham parish councillor, Fiona Scimone with super duper help from co-pilots Richard and their son, Louie. Richard kindly supplies us with delicious sourdough breads and jams from his bakery.

Our most recent breakfast on the 20th May was very well attended with a lovely range of ages.

We have another coming up soon – Please come and join us!.

 

Art workshop to launch our St. Mary’s Red Phone Box Gallery

Frensham Summer Fayre, June 17th 2017

We’d like you all to be part of the very first St. Mary’s exhibition!

Come along to the F.P.C marquee and draw, collage, or write into a postcard-sized outline of a mobile phone which we will have ready for you to work on. Your work will then be exhibited in our classic 1935 ‘K6’ Sir Gilbert Scott phone box.

The theme : Your favourite things about Frensham!

It’s up to you how you interpret this as long as it fits on our postcard format. You may have memories of queuing outside the box [yes, young people we shared these three phones between us all!, ] your stories of local people, drawings inspired by/ of the local landscape, poetry, etc.

You could use contemporary photos from your mobile as a source to work from or bring along a copy of that old photo of mods and rockers gathering on the green….

Bring along any materials you may like to use- we’ll have some basic drawing pencils/pens/glue/scraps for collage.

Artists Angela Shaw, Morwenna Lake and Fiona Scimone will be on hand to guide and advise.

About our new Frensham gallery….

We will soon be hosting several shows a year in our little red cube.

It will be a community led art space and we are delighted to have several artists already putting forward proposals for future projects. Angela, Morwenna, Fiona and Graham make up the curatorial team.

Please get in touch with Fiona Scimone at Frensham Parish Council if you would like to get involved.

Graham Mollart, June 2017

 

Contact details:

Morwenna Lake: morwenna.lake@gmail.com

Fiona Scimone : fipaterson@hotmail.co.uk

Tesco Bags for Help Update

We are delighted to announce a successful application for Tesco Bags of Help and we have been awarded £1,000. The Parish Council are hoping to use this funding to purchase a new bin and bench for the Hollowdene Recreation Ground.

We thank you all for your support and will update further when the new pieces are in situ.

Frensham village breakfast

Saturday 20th May at St Mary’s Church Hall, 8.15-9.30 am.

A friendly informal gathering of local folk & a chance to chat about parish issues with pots of tea & lots of toast.

Any questions?

Fiona Scimone, Frensham Parish Councillor: 01252 792810

FRENSHAM PARISH ANNUAL ASSEMBLY WED 12 APRIL – 7.30PM – MARINDIN HALL

As we mentioned in the last post, the Parish Annual Assembly is one of the few opportunities that residents have to ask questions informally of parish councillors (and, if present, our Waverley and Surrey councillors) and to raise in public any topical local issues.  We are therefore intending this year, on a trial basis, to have a discussion forum rather than a keynote speaker.

We are aware of some village organisations whose objectives and activities might not be widely known or understood.  We would therefore like to give them an opportunity to make short presentations on their work in the community.  Several have already responded to our earlier notice, but more would be welcome.

If you would like to speak (5 mins max), please contact our Parish Clerk, Kate Shipton (clerk@frensham-pc.gov.uk), with a copy to Dick Beales (richard.beales8@btinternet.com) by the end of March if possible.

The agenda for the evening will be as follows:
1.  Approve the minutes of the previous Assembly (13.04.16)
2.  Charities Report 2016
3.  Chairman’s Annual Report 2016/17 – available to view on this website from Saturday 8th April 2017
4.  Reports from village organisations, societies and clubs
5.  Public discussion forum

Following the meeting, all are invited to join us for a glass of wine.

We will endeavour to post the Chairman’s Annual Report 2016/17 on the Council website by Saturday 8th April so that you can see what the Council has been up to over the past 12 months, and what challenges it faces in 2017/18.

We look forward to seeing you there. The more people that turn up, the more productive the discussion is likely to be.

National Plant Monitoring Scheme

Do you have an interest in wild plants and would like to learn more about them? As the weather warms and the days get longer we are looking for people to help us.

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme is helping us to understand what is happening to different habitats across the UK and is set to run for a number of years. The Scheme has been running for two survey seasons and over 900 volunteers have signed up and been out surveying. One of the reasons the scheme has enjoyed such good success in attracting volunteers is because of the support of local parish councils. Many of these volunteers are new to plant surveying and have found the scheme accessible, are enjoying taking part and are exploring places to close to them and finding out new things. Volunteers are supported by materials which are sent to them, online resources and free training courses.

Are you somebody who enjoys being outside? There are still opportunities to get involved with the scheme as a volunteer. In fact the more volunteers we have the more information is generated allowing us to get an even better understanding of what is happening in the landscape.

Who we are and what we need:
This scheme is a partnership between Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC); Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government. Volunteers are recruited and supported to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The kilometre squares to monitor have been identified by stratified random sampling. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone.

More help please:
Across Surrey there are still 10 squares available to survey with more to be released in the future.  The live map on the NPMS website shows the squares that are available:

To sign up please visit www.npms.org.uk or for further information please email support@npms.org.uk or phone 01722 342743.