FrOTH News Archive

Lady Bay Summer Festival

We joined in the fun at the Lady Bay Summer Festival and what a great day it was. Thanks to the generosity of our contributors, we were able to sell bric-a-brac, biscuits and plants to the value of just over £150 – a very useful boost to our funds, all of which will be spent on the Hook. We were also able to have a chat with a good number of people, explaining more about what we do and the events we have coming up.


Thanks to grant assistance from Rushcliffe Borough Council, the planned dipping pond has been dug, lined and filled. We will be planting around it and installing a dipping platform in due course. In case you were wondering why there is a fence around it, this is to discourage dogs from going into the water and stirring it up and fouling it.

Josie's Meadow

We are also pleased to say that seed has been sown on Josie's meadow - a mix of native wildflowers. The picture shows the area after close mowing and scarifying. Here too we are grateful to Rushcliffe Borough Council for grant funding, and also to the many generous donations to the Friends funds made in Josie's name.

Having recorded the support we have had from Rushcliffe, we do have to say that we were disappointed to hear from them that because of cuts in the maintenance budget, they are proposing to only mow the grass on the main field once a year in September, although paths will continue to be kept clear as at present. The Friends of the Hook had not been consulted about this. However, following discussions between the Friends group and Rushcliffe Borough Council, it has now been agreed that two diagonal paths will be mown regularly across the field to at least make it easier to cross, with a circle cut where the paths intersect to provide a bit of a meeting point/picnic area/play area. The first cut has been carried out and we will see how this arrangement works in practice. Initial reactions from residents have been very positive but if you would like to comment, please contact Sam Hudson.

Josie's Meadow
Tokyo Green

Tokyo Green Fundraising Event

The fundraising gig by Tokyo Green at the Poppy & Pint on 12 November 2011 was a great success and raised over £200 for the group's work on the Hook. See a full review on the main music page.


Jeff Mackintosh, Vice Chair of the Friends of the Hook, with Tokyo Green

The creative perambulations of Sherwood Forest

Local poet Dave Wood was funded by the Arts Council of England (through the National Lottery)  to walk and facilitate creative workshops along the 1662 Perambulation route of Sherwood Forest.

Having started from the Hook earlier in the year, Dave finished his perambulation with a ceremony back on the Hook on Saturday 5 November. Around 20 people attended, including Richard and Sue Mallender, our local Green Party Borough Councillors; Ray Derby, Mayor of Stapleford; members of the Friends of the Hook; and representatives from the Woodland Trust (dressed up splendidly as trees).

Jeff Mackintosh, Vice Chair of the Friends of the Hook, welcomed everyone and set the scene, and after a speech from the Mayor, and a poem written by Dave, a sapling of the Major Oak from Sherwood Forest was planted to mark the end of this unique creative event. The Friends of the Hook are very pleased to have been associated with Dave's revival of a 350 year old tradition.

Dave Wood 077099 77684
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