I was pleased to be invited by Jane Beveridge to hold a workshop with Rowland’s Castle Brownies and Guides. The girls were very enthusiastic about the Shipwrights Way project and they produced some wonderful drawings as inspiration ideas for sculptural waymarkers for Rowlands Castle and near to St Hubert’s Chapel. We also had some older participants at the workshop who provided very useful information about local history and archeaology. Many thanks to all who came.

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We had a very useful discussion workshop at the Five Bells in Buriton recently, mulling over ideas for sculptural waymarkers at Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Buriton. The strongest ideas for inspiration were the rare Cheese Snail for Buriton old chalk pits, a sheep for the viewing point at QECP and a Roman figurine for the other spot within QECP.

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Hampshire Down sheep

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Cheese snail

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A cast of a Roman goddess figurine found at Queen Elizabeth Country Park

I had a good informative walk with Deadwater Valley Trust ranger Jamie Cummins and his dog in Bordon enclosure. Jamie was very generous with his time and told me a lot about the rich and varied local flora and fauna, including rarities. We hope to be able to hold a workshop in a local school sometime soon.

I had a very nice morning with Peter Drury and Ann Griffiths who showed me some great locations on and near Shipwrights Way on the northern part of the island. One particular site adjacent to the oyster pens gives wide ranging views from the South Downs to the Isle of Wight with the oyster pens in the foreground.

Lagoon with Portsmouth on the horizon

Peter and Ann – both have a great enthusiasm for the locality and are mines of information

The old railway crossing from Hayling to Langstone

Original signal gear at the beginning of the crossing from Hayling to Langstone.

 

Little egret

 

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