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Spelthorne Civic Pride Volunteers
Working with local residents 1989 - 2006
Community Projects Autumn / Winter 2006

Spelthorne Civic Pride VolunteersWe are proud to display the Queen’s Award logo which we received this summer, thanks to the help and support thousands of Spelthorne volunteers.

Our newest project is a joint venture with Spelthorne Natural History Society to restore Splash Pond in Shepperton. It has almost disappeared under reeds and parrot weed, but with you help we CAN restore it and make it a haven for wildlife and a delight for local residents once more.

Could you spare a Sunday morning to help continue this work . You don’t need any experience, just come along to a work day and see what we do. We will provide the tools and refreshments. All you need are old cloths, stout boots and energy!
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Date Site What We Are Doing
9th Sept 2006 Saturday Laleham Pond
Ashford Road, Laleham
Heritage Open Day 1.30 to 4pm
The pond will be open to all comers from 1.30 to 4 as part of the Heritage Open Day weekend. At the last open day in July a visitor saw three Kingfishers flying across the pond – you might be that lucky too.
8th Oct  2006 Sunday
Funky Footprints Nature Reserve
Along Black Ditch footpath, off School Lane, Shepperton.
Community Project Work Day
The paths, new hide, bare ground and the footprint sand pit will all need clearing despite the lack of rain over the summer.

22nd Oct 2006  Sunday
Splash Pond,
Far end of Old Charlton Road, Shepperton.
We have been asked for help by Spelthorne Natural History Society to restore this little pond. Nature is taking over and if we don’t act soon the water will disappear under reeds and parrot weed. This is a great opportunity to help local wildlife as shallow ponds are rare in Spelthorne, but they are just what frogs, newts and toads need. Please bring your wellies! Egham & Staines Conservation Volunteers will help us to get this project started.
5th Nov 2006  Sunday
Laleham Pond
Ashford Road, Laleham
Community Project Work Day
Now that it has been confirmed that we have Great Crested Newts in the pond we have to be specially careful about the work we do here. We need to clear reeds from the pond and cut back some of the summer growth of nettles and brambles. Egham & Staines Conservation Volunteers will be getting wet in the pond, leaving the rest of us to clear the land vegetation.
19th Nov 2006  Sunday
Funky Footprints Nature Reserve Community Project Work Day
The reeds in the little seasonal pond need to be cleared, and the willows round the back coppiced. There will be work for all as we would also like to remove some more of the Goat’s Rue before it totally takes over.
3rd Dec 2006
Swan Sanctuary
Felix Lane, Shepperton
Community Project Work Day
Planting more trees to benefit the local wildlife.
The Swan Sanctuary Shepperton

  Swans in love?
How do I get involved?
It’s easy!
You don’t need any experience – all the projects are suitable for first time volunteers. Everyone is welcome. Just turn up!

What time?
Our work days start at 10am and finish at about lunch time, unless otherwise stated.

Spelthorne Civic Pride Volunteers at Work
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What should I wear / bring?
Old cloths and sturdy footwear is essential. We provide tools and a hot drink at coffee time.

We have Public Liability insurance.

Can the children come?
Children of school age are welcome, but little of our work is suitable, or safe to the under 10s. All, children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

What if the weather is bad?

In the event of heavy rain or bad weather please call Jill Stephens to check that the work day is still going ahead but not before 9am please – 07803-580966 (N.B. Please do not use this number at other times as it is only switch on for work days)

Where do we meet?

Please see our map for exact locations.
Spelthorne Civic Pride Volunteers - Working with local residents 1989 - 2005
For more information
Please contact
Jill Stephens, SCPV Chairman
87 Briar Road, Shepperton, TW17 0JB
Tel: 01932 829460 Mon-Thurs 9-4 or use email button below
Spelthorne Tree Wardens
As well as helping Civic Pride with many of our projects, the Tree Wardens have their own programme of planting and caring for existing trees. They, like us, rely on the help of local residents to continue their work.

If you would like more information about the Tree Wardens and their work within Spelthorne please contact Carol Keys Shaw 01932 566 167
Health Tips
There are three diseases that you should be aware of if you are involved in practical conservation work - Weil's Disease, Tetanus and Lymes disease.

However, don't panic, all are relatively rare and are easily avoided with basic hygiene: wash your hands before eating and wash out any cuts with plenty of soap & clean water, which is always available on site.

is carried by rat's urine and is associated with stagnant or still water. The disease can be avoided by covering any old or new cuts with a waterproof plaster before starting work on a pond, river or ditch. If you get a temperature or aches and pains within two weeks of working in or near water consult your doctor. It is vital to explain that you have been working near water and that Weil’s disease is a possibility.

can be very painful and occasionally fatal, if not diagnosed early. However it is entirely preventable by keeping your immunisation up to date. If you are in any doubt, consult your doctor.

is carried by ticks that "lie in wait" in long grass, bracken or other long vegetation. They will attach themselves to any bare skin or may even crawl up a trouser leg or into a loose shirt. You can avoid being bitten by wearing long trousers, tucked into your socks, where there is long vegetation - no matter how hot it is! A bite from a tick carrying the disease could result in a temperature and aches and pains, like flu. The bite may also become inflamed with a ring of redness around it. Consult your Doctor explain the circumstances and request a blood test.

In addition, if you suffer from any condition such a diabetes or epilepsy, please tell the leader before starting work. This information will be held in confidence.


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