Amenities

Thank you from Sally Blyth

At Christmas time, my daughter lost her puppy’s extendable lead on the field. Despite criss crossing the field, 4 of us failed to find it and had to bring the puppy home on a rope! A new lead cost £25.
Imagine her delight during her next visit at half term, to find the lead in a plastic bag hanging on the fence. Some kind person had found it and helpfully left it for whoever had lost it. We have no idea who it was but would like to say thank you via this site.
We now have a spare lead to keep in Honingham ready for her next visit.

Thanks a lot.

Sally 🐕 x

Library Van Weds 22nd Feb

The library van will be here in Honingham on Wednesday 22nd February……0940’ish at Fellowes Road and 10’ish at The Pump.

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Library Van

Library Van will be making its first visit of the New Year next Wednesday, 25th January, usual times – 0940 at Fellowes Road and 10am at The Pump 📖📚📕

Power to the People!!

Great News – the electricity supply to the Bowls Club has now been reconnected. Thanks to George Middleton and Craig for getting that organised.

During the past few weeks the green has been treated with chemical to improve the water penetration, and then lawn sand has been spread to kill the moss and weeds, and fertilise the grass. All made possible by the Parish Council’s funding to purchase the necessary machinery and chemicals.

Now we can get a bit of light and warmth in the pavilion we are planning to have a Committee Meeting with a view to organising some kind of Social event, as well as deciding what work can be achieved in the coming months to get ready for the start of the fun on the green. Watch this space……..

We thank you all for your interest and support.

Merry Christmas!

Bell ringing this evening at The Pump, then in The Buck, lots of favourite Christmas Carols……and singing! Well done everyone.

Merry Christmas One and All!

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img_0049Library van will be visiting Weds 28th Dec, 0940 Fellowes Road and 10am at The Pump.

 

An Autumn walk around Honingham

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Autumn Wildlife Walk Round Honingham – with Jerry Bart

It was a beautiful cold but bright Sunday morning and I decided to go for a birding walk  from our house up Mill Lane and through the woods to Berry Lane. I had already seen a Little Egret from our kitchen window in the Tud so felt confident of a fruitful walk.

I am sure many of you dog walkers know this route well.

The first people I see are a couple walking back from Susan Grants house with two jars of her wonderful jam. Stopping just opposite the old pig sheds saw my first birds. Blackbird, Wood Pigeon and Blue Tit. Was just about to move on when I saw another bird fly away towards the giant poplars. I saw a white rump and thought …maybe a Bull Finch or possibly the very rare Brambling. I didn’t count it as wasn’t sure.

Moving through the woods the leaves were mostly blown down and I was able to see Natasha’s eco-house through the trees. I went off the path hoping to scare a  wintering Woodcock into the air. Unfortunately no luck.

Walking on Chaffinch and Great Tits appeared in the canopy. I scanned them closely looking for a Brambling or even a Redpoll. No luck until I nearly got to Berry Lane. From the field on the left up popped a Chaffinch. Then I took a second look and thought…that’s a bit different. I tried to double checking through the bins  and as usual it flew off just as I was focusing. However I saw the white rump. Now 80% sure it was my dream winter bird. Once in Berry Lane I saw a pheasant, a  flock of long tailed tits and then an unexpected bird. Willow Tit high in the canopy. Definitely a good day so far I thought. Then I caught some movement high up and hoped this was the bird I was really after. Then yes..a  beautiful male Brambling and realised the one I saw before must have be a female which is a bit duller than the male. Then I saw 4 more feeding on the seeds high in the trees. This was only the second time I had seen this bird in Honingham. The last time was 2010 in that very cold winter when Julie and I first moved here.

Feeling well pleased I moved on to the bridge hoping for a Kingfisher or a Grey Wagtail. No such luck but Jackdaw and a Carrion Crow flew over adding to my list. Turning into the field back to the village came Robin, Wren and more Blue Tits. Scanning high I hoped for a Red Kite. But no.

Passing Anthony’s plantation two flashing white rumped birds flew into the bushes. First Bull Finches of the day then a Wren and Hedge Sparrow (Dunnock).

Almost at The Buck and I scanned the field for Red Legged Partridge. No joy. Strolling back to the Old Mill I saw House Sparrow and Starlings. Stopping at the bridge I crept up over the wall hoping for that elusive Kingfisher. Now that would have capped off a great walk. It was however not to be.

That’s what I find so wonderful about bird spotting. You never know what will turn up and often the ones you expect to be around seem to disappear.

All in all a great hours walk.

When you are strolling around our wonderful village why not take some binoculars with you. You will be surprised what you may see. If you see anything different and are not sure what it may be just email me the description and I will try and help identify it for you.

 

Jerry Bart – The Old Mill Honingham