Leisure

ASHWELLTHORPE TOAD WATCH 2017

The Toad watch patrols along The Street in Ashwellthorpe started on 14 February 2017. Each year the toads make their way from Ashwellthorpe Wood to their breeding pond on the west side of The Street and there are now about 27 volunteers who will patrol the toad crossing area and help them to cross the road. This avoids many toad (frog and newt) roadkill casualties. At present the patrols work from 6.00 to 8.15 p.m. whenever the temperature is above 5 C and, preferably for the toads, also damp as well. Up to 25 February 2017, 4 toads, 16 frogs and 6 common newts have been carried to safety with, unfortunately, 5 roadkill frog casualties.

ASHWELLTHORPE GARDENING CLUB NEWS – MARCH 2017

Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club is hoping to increase its membership, so please share this information with friends and family and anyone you think might be interested, especially if they are new to the area. Non-members can pay a£2.00 “drop-in” fee and are very welcome.

Here is the programme for the rest of the year:

Tuesday 4 April 2017 – Speaker: Hilary Read “Making a Wildlife Pond”

Saturday 17/Sunday 18 June 2017 – OPEN GARDENS WEEKEND

Sunday 13 August 2017 – 2.00 p.m. Outing to Raveningham Gardens

Tuesday 3 October 2017 – to be advised

Tuesday 5 December 2017 – Christmas Party

WRENINGHAM & DISTRICT WOMEN’S INSTITUTE at ASHWELLTHORPE VILLAGE HALL – 2017 PROGRAMME

The Wreningham and District Women’s Institute meets at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall, The Street, Ashwellthorpe, on the second Tuesday each month starting at 7.30 p.m. (unless indicated otherwise). The President for 2017 is Mrs Shirley Moss (01508 489460) and the Secretary is Mrs Carole Bradford (01508 489211), both of Ashwellthorpe. You’re very welcome to come along to any meeting to see what the WI is all about and enjoy the varied programme of talks and demonstrations.

2017 PROGRAMME

Tuesday 10 January          Speaker: George Rockingham from PACT – Competition: Christmas Card depicting animals

Tuesday 14 February         Bring and Buy

Tuesday 14  March               Speaker: Patsy Martin on EXTEND classes – Competition: A Recipe for a Healthy Dessert

Wednesday 22 March         Birthday Meal (not at Village Hall)

Tuesday 11 April                  Speaker: Dave Balcombe “Looking out for Whales and Dolphins” – Competition: A Picture of Wildlife from a Magazine

Wednesday 12 April           Joint Meeting of the Kett Group of local WIs (not at Village Hall)

Tuesday 9 May                      Resolutions Meeting – Discussion and vote on the National Federation of Women’s Institutes AGM

Tuesday 13 June                   Speaker: Amy Newmeir “My Suitcase, My Patience and Him!” – Competition: Things I have lost while on Holiday

Tuesday 11 July                     Afternoon Summer Party (venue to be agreed)

Tuesday 8 August                 Speaker: Anna Meek “The Galapagos Islands” – Competition: Photo of Favourite Holiday Destination

Tuesday 12 September        Speaker: Stan Chapman “The History and Role of a Magistrate” – Competition: Howe many words can you make from “magistrate”?

Tuesday 10 October              “Edith Cavell”  Meet Nurse Edith Cavell in the early hours of 12th October 1915 with Georgette Vale – Competition: An Autumn Fruit, Flower or Vegetable in a nice setting

Tuesday 14  November          Annual General Meeting of the Wreningham and District Women’s Institute

Tuesday 12 December          Christmas Party with “The West End Waiters”

 

 

 

ASHWELLTHORPE GARDENING CLUB MEETING – 7 FEBRUARY 2017

The first meeting of the Gardening Club in 2017 will be on Tuesday 7 February starting at 7.30 p.m. –  this time at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall so that the speaker can make use of the fixed large screen for his power point talk. The speaker is Jaime Blake from Bressingham Gardens, talking on ‘Alan Bloom……..a thinker and a doer’ and it will trace Alan Bloom’s life from relatively humble beginnings to the founding of the Bloom name in horticulture and in steam preservation. (Jaime says “don’t worry, the Steam side of things isn’t a key part of the talk”). He hopes “to explore some of Alan Bloom’s motivations and how they came to be formed from his early experiences of his Nursery and farming activities in Cambridgeshire. It also considers some of the personal and professional relationships he had and how they influenced him and were influenced by him.The talk has a broad appeal as it is not plant specific”

 

 

PARISH WALKS in 2017

Details of the New Year Parish Walk on Sunday 8 January 2017 are given below. Other walks planned by Nancy and Rick so far are:

Sunday 5 March 2017 – Meet 10.00 a.m. at Spooner Row School and Playing Field Car Park (Sat Nav NR18 9JR). There will be a need to park carefully and, perhaps, even double park in case of other use. The walk will be circular, about 4.5 miles and partly on quiet roads and some lovely footpaths.

Sunday 9 April 2017 – Meet 10.00 a.m. at Forncett Village Hall, Low Road, Forncett St Mary (Sat Nav NR16 1JG). The walk will be about 4.5 miles’ long and will take the same route as the November 2016 walk but, hopefully, with much better views out across the Tas Valley not obscured by the thick fog which occurred in November!

Sunday 21 May 2017 – Meet 10.00 a.m. at Wreningham Village Hall, Mill Road, Wreningham (Sat Nav NR16 1AN) for a walk over water meadows and along quiet roads to Bracon Ash, returning via part of the Tas Valley Way and then quiet roads.

PLEASE WEAR APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR

NEW YEAR PARISH WALK – SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 2017

Nancy and Rick’s first parish walk of the New year celebrates the 10th Anniversary of these Parish walks and will start from Ashwellthorpe Village Hall at 10.00 a.m. The walk will not be long or fast-  a sociable ramble just over 3 miles – to Long’s Wood in Wreningham and back. There will also be the chance to partake of Nancy and Rick’s festive refreshment en route.

ASHWELLTHORPE WEATHER DATA – ANNUAL SUMMARY 2016

Rainfall – 2016

Total Rainfall – 674 mm

Highest Monthly Rainfall – 98 mm (June)

Lowest Monthly Rainfall – 20 mm (August)

Highest Daily Rainfall – 39 mm (17 September)

 

Temperature – 2016

Warmest Day – 23 C (20 July)

Coolest Day – -3 C (January, November and December)

Warmest Monthly Average – 17 C (July)

Coolest Monthly Average – 3 C (February)

Comparisons with the annual reviews of previous years can be made by scrolling down this page.

ASHWELLTHORPE WEATHER DATA – DECEMBER 2016

The Ashwellthorpe weather data is collected each morning between 07.00 and 08.00 at 5 Greenwood Close, Ashwellthorpe. The temperature and humidity readings are, therefore, not necessarily the warmest/coolest or highest/lowest of any 24-hour period.

Rainfall – the total rainfall for December 2016 was 27 mm with the highest daily measured amount of 12 mm being recorded on Sunday 11 December. There were twenty-four days in the month when there was no measurable rainfall.

Temperature – the average temperature for December 2016 was 4 C with the highest of 11 C being recorded on Thursday 8 December and the coolest, of -3 C, recorded on Wednesday 28 December. There were seven days in the month when the recorded temperature was 0 C or below.

Humidity – the highest humidity reading of 64% was recorded on several mornings – Wednesday 7, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 and Saturday 17 December 2016 – with the lowest of 43% recorded on Monday 26 December.

Comparisons with previous years can be made by scrolling down this page.

ASHWELLTHORPE WEATHER DATA – NOVEMBER 2016

The Ashwellthorpe weather data is collected each morning between 07.00 and 08.00 at 5 Greenwood Close. The temperature and humidity readings are therefore, not necessarily the warmest/coolest or highest/lowest of any 24-hour period.

Rainfall – the total rainfall for November 2016 was 65 mm with the highest daily measured amount of 12 mm being taken on Sunday 20 November; there were thirteen days of the month with no measurable rainfall, with eight of those days being Wednesday 23 to Wednesday 30 November inclusive

Temperature – the average temperature for November 2016 was 3.7 C with the highest of 10 C being recorded on Tuesday 15 November. There were only four days of the month when the temperature read freezing point or below, with the lowest of -3 C being recorded on Monday 28 November 2016.

Humidity – the highest humidity reading of 63% was taken on Sunday 13 November 2016, with the lowest of 47% being read on Tuesday 22 November.

Comparisons with previous years’ weather data can be made by scrolling down the page.

 

ASHWELLTHORPE WEATHER DATA – OCTOBER 2016

The Ashwellthorpe weather data is collected each morning between 07.00 and 08.00 at 5 Greenwood Close. The temperature and humidity readings will, therefore, not necessarily be the warmest/coolest or highest/lowest of any 24-hour period.

Rainfall – the total rainfall for October 2016 was 38.5 mm with the highest daily amount of 5.5 mm being recorded on Tuesday 11 October. Sixteen days of the 31-day month had no measurable rainfall to record.

Temperature – the average temperature for October 2016 was 9.43 C with the highest of 14 C being taken on Sunday 2 October 2016. The lowest temperature of 6 C was taken on Tuesday 25 October 2016.

Humidity – the highest humidity reading of 61% was taken on the four mornings  of Wednesday 12, Monday 17, Thursday 20 and Wednesday 26 October, with the lowest of 42% being recorded on Sunday 2 October 2016.

Comparisons with previous years’ weather data can be made by scrolling down the page.