In view of the current guidance relating to the coronavirus pandemic, this years AGM, due to be held next month, as been cancelled. A newsletter will be sent to members in due course. The existing committee members will continue to monitor the situation. With respect to subscriptions these will be suspended for the coming year.
As agreed at the AGM the subscription for this year remains at £5. If you have not already done so please pay your subscription by the end of July 2019. For the method of payment refer to the April 2019 Newsletter. If you should have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Chairman.
As there is very little to report it has been decided that the next newsletter will be sent out in the new year.
Fallow Deer: One of the County Ranger and deer wardens for Staffordshire has notified us that on Friday 16th June at 9pm the Rangers were alerted by Staffordshire police of a vehicle collision involving a fallow deer doe, which was hit and killed on the A51 at Hopwas Woods. This is the first time that they have recorded Fallow deer in this part of Staffordshire. They know that Hopwas is home to Muntjac and the occasional passing Red deer, but never have they recorded Fallow.
The owner of the old quarry situated off School Lane, and adjacent to the Social Club, has kindly informed us that he will be carrying out improvement works on the site over the next week or so, which will involve heavy machinery having to be brought in to deal with large lumps of concrete. The owner continues to manage the site in such a way that it is preserved as a natural area and there will be no adverse effect on its overall appearance. Our thanks to the owner for keeping us informed. If you should have any queries please contact Ray Vanstone.
From Major Jim Salisbury:
WHITTINGTON RANGES AND HOPWAS WOOD UPDATE
The area of the ranges has had to be closed off again due to continuing works to ensure the ranges and woods are safe for all to use.
Matters have taken some time due to some unforeseen issues which are being resolved and once complete will enable us to fully open the ranges for Military use.
As and when we know of the dates for shooting to be carried out we will keep you informed via these firing notices and local media.
The small 25mtr no danger area ranges will continue to be in use.
The area of Hopwas Wood will also be used for Military training so please pay heed to any signage giving warnings or advice from Military personnel.
The bridleway from the White House is open for Public Access.
The next Newsletter is due to be sent out in October. As in the past there is the request for the payment of subscriptions and it is important to note that if the subscriptions are not paid by 31 December membership is cancelled in accordance with our Constitution. If any member does not receive a Newsletter by the end of October please contact Ray Vanstone by e-mail.