Join us for lunch in The Orangery at The Cliffe at Dinham on Thursday, June 20 to raise money for Friends of Whitcliffe Common and Teme Weirs Trust.
You need to book by June 14 with Daphne Jones on 01584874773 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The two course lunch, 12.30 for 1pm is £18.50.
Can’t get there? Ring Vince Bufton on 01584874515 to arrange transport.
Main course choices.
A. Confit of duck leg
Garlic potato terrine, ribbon veg, seasonal greens
Lemon, sherry and thyme jus.
B Mediterranean stone bass
Couscous, cavalier Nero, tempura sapphire Ras en hangout vinaigrette.
Summer berry compote, mint crunch
Cool ginger rice pudding
Apricot compote, puffed rice
Volunteers were out again strimming footpaths at the end of May and down by the River Teme spotted plenty of damsel flies. these few needed a spot of sun still to spread their wings
A few dates for your diary concerning Whitcliffe starting with a lunch at Fishmore Hall on April 4. If you have anything you are willing to donate as a raffle prize then please let Daphne Jones know email@example.com
On May 16 there will be a coffee morning at Fishmore Hall and once again if you can help with manning stalls, providing raffle or tombola prizes please let Daphne know.
A wide range of wood turning, ranging from bowls to birds, all made by Tom Crowther at his Whitcliffe workshop will be on sale to boost our funds. In the past year donations for Tom’s work have raised more than £1,000 for the Friends for which we are extremely grateful.
Friends of Whitcliffe Common Trustees have welcomed plans for the memorial soldier on Whitcliffe to return for a week each side of Remembrance Day but decided that having the silhouette there all year round would make it less special.
Rick Summers said the soldier had been absolutely right to celebrate the centenary this year but would would lose its poignant effect if it was there all the year round.
“We already have a permanent memorial bench and we should welcome the silhouette back into position for a week each side of Remembrance Day as well as look at any future special anniversaries.
Steve Sankey managed to get this fantastic picture near the Mill Street weir of a pair of otters.
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Fungi of Whitcliffe Common
Autumn on Whitcliffe is a beautiful time. Golden colours, stunning light but above all its fungi. The array of habitats and mix of trees mean a diversity of toadstools.
Fungi and trees have evolved together for millions of years and have become mutually dependant. The red and white-spotted fly agaric associates with birch and is a frequent sight at the top of the Common.
In the meadow around the toposcope look out for colourful little jewels that are waxcaps. These thrive in old grassland not poisoned with fertilizers and pesticides.
The fungal stars of Whitcliffe are its ancient trees – oaks, beeches and sweet chestnuts. These have been hollowed out by the action of fungi. Far from making the trees dangerous, it helps them to survive by reducing the forces from high winds. Hollow trunks and branches become homes for wildlife such as owls and even pine martens.
So the next time you take a walk on Whitciffe and spot a mushroom sprouting out of the ground or on a tree, just remember that without fungi there wouldn’t be the wealth of wildlife and the Common would look very different indeed.
Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Wood turner Tom Crowther will have some of his excellent work on sale at a festive coffee morning in aid of the Friends at Fishmore Hall on Thursday, November 22 at 10.30am. Entrance is £4 and includes a coffee and a festive mince pie.
My thanks to Dennis Pitt for these two lovely pictures of the dog otter on the lookout and with a large salmon at Mill Street weir.
Still good numbers of salmon making their way up though it has slowed down from the weekend. Two made it over the weir at Mill Street while I watched this afternoon but 16 failed during an hour of watching.
An event which began on Ludlow’s Whitcliffe Common with just a handful of youngsters a few years ago has turned into a most popular evening for children and their parents.
The annual Lantern Walk, which is organised by Shropshire Wildlife Trust, had fewer than a dozen the first time it was held. Year on year the numbers have increased so that this time there were almost 90 children and parents taking part.
They were led on a twilight walk over the common, stopping from time to time for Bryony Carter, SWT’s People and Wildlife Officer, to tell them light hearted “ghost” stories.
The walk ended with the procession making their way back along the Breadwalk to the picnic area at Dinham, their balloon lanterns making a lovely display which was reflected in the river.
The picnic area is used because it is a safe place for parents and helpers from the Friends of Whitcliffe members to watch the children as they served them drinks and handed out sweets (which are paid for by two of the FOWC Trustees as they have been since the event began).
Bryony supervised the toasting of marshmallows over a fire dish while most of the children enjoyed sparklers. The evening, as it has since it began, ended with a very brief display – just one combination firework – paid for by another FOWC Trustee.
Bryony Carter paid tribute to the assistance given to her by the FOWC members which helped to bring so much enjoyment to so many.
Chair Daphne Jones said FOWC was delighted to be able to help at such a popular event for youngsters. “We have watched this event grow in popularity over the years and are so pleased that it brings youngsters to Whitcliffe where they can appreciate what a wonderful asset it is for Ludlow.”