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News and Views – Page 2 – Penn and Tylers Green Residents Society
Jul 142021
 

Friday 10 September: 1000, 1130, 1430
Sunday 12 September: 1000, 1130, 1430

Booking essential for this rare opportunity to be guided around Penn House by the Earl and Countess Howe.

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/penn-house2

Ground floor tour, mainly paintings and naval memorabilia.

A number of tours with small groups will be guided by Earl and Countess Howe in person. Social distancing will apply and personal details of all attendees are required. All attendees will need to pre-book places prior to the open days. No late entries will be accepted.

Jul 142021
 

Come along on to Holy Trinity Church, Church Road, Penn, HP10 8NY

Friday 10 September: 1100-1600
Saturday 11 September: 11am-4pm with refreshments
Sunday 12 September: 1300-1600, Bell Tower 1400-1600 with refreshments

Admire the Penn Doom, and learn why it is so special that the V&A displayed it. See the family memorials from the Curzon, Penn and Howe families who still live locally in Penn Street and own most of the local land that you have enjoyed walking on recently. Visit the bell tower and see the bells ringing from close up.

Parking is available opposite the church or enjoy the walk.

Full details here https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/holy-trinity-church23

Jul 012021
 

At 7am on a cold March Sunday morning I left the Village Hall for a “nobby no mates” walk around The Back Common. I was in search of our feathered friends who had no idea that Lockdown 3 had let me out, all alone, with a mug of tea and a set of Opticron binoculars. I was hoping to get a glimpse of some early nesting sites prior to full foliage arriving. A Blackbird in a hedge adjacent to the Village Hall and a Wren busying in the low vegetation were welcome sitings. With buds on the trees and snowdrops in the margins, all adding to the sense that Spring was upon us. 

For our April  trip I was joined by some enthusiastic new comers Emma and Dave Byrne who were soon being schooled in birdsong  awareness by one of our most experienced birders, Mary Miller. That morning 26 different species were identified including an early Chiff Chaff and Blackcap. In the 5 years since Spring watch restarted these summer visitors have been the headline grabbers with their unique melodic songs. Dave and Emma were soon on the case with Mary pointing out other favourites such as the Dunnock and noisy Wren.

For our May jaunt we managed to get Miles out with us which proved invaluable. Not only did we have a willing list keeper but another set of eyes and ears. We managed to log up 28 different species which turned out to be our best day of the year. Song Thrushes in abundance continued to serenade on our walk and a solitary Swallow was seen passing over. Another new comer to our group is Francis, a man who delights in drawing birds. He gave us all some interesting insight as to bird sizes and that when observing Red Kites, which we all see frequently, try and spot the female, which  is considerably larger than the male.

Our final Outing in June was an overcast and chilly day. For the third year running Greenfinch numbers were disappointingly low but Goldfinch was still in abundance. The Wren, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Robin and Pigeon all reined supreme with Blue Tit/Great Tit a close second. On the Pond was the usual flotilla of Mallard with several ducklings. A Moorhen with her brood busied around but no Coot was observed, a slight disappointment. The House Martins were back, swooping over the Front Common but did not appear to be at their usual nesting site at the First School, as yet.

A Spring watch survey on the Common was first conducted in 1965. 20 years later Local bird enthusiast Eric Britnell carried out another in 1985. 30 years later a group of local birding numpties resurrected the scheme and produced the attached list. This really is just a snapshot as to what was seen during our strolls but It is very noticeable that some species from Eric’s notes have not knowingly been seen or heard. The Linnet, Willow Tit and Garden Warbler, all feature in his notes. Not on our list this year and for the first time is Nuthatch. I’m sure this is just a blip as I have seen them in Common Wood but fingers crossed for next Spring and its return to The Common. 

Bill Sadler

Jun 172021
 

Congratulations to The Rt. Hon. Frederick Richard Penn Curzon, The Earl Howe, and President of the Penn & Tylers Green Residents Society, on the award of the Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the recent Queens Birthday Honours.

There was only one such award this year – it is a considerable distinction as it is the highest award possible under the Order of the British Empire (MBE, OBE, CBE and KBE being more familiar to most of us). 

Earl Howe received this award as he was the longest continuous serving Conservative front bench minister having held a Government or Shadow office for 30 years without a break, in Defence, Agriculture and Health.

Earl-How

(c) Image from The Houses of Parliament 


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