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HAXEY AND WESTWOODSIDE HERITAGE SOCIETY MEMBERS MEETING - 8TH. MARCH 2012. Welcoming members to the March meeting of the Society the chairman apologised for the cancellation of February’s Villages of the Isle talk by Mr. John Roberts and Mr George Fiddler, this had been due to the poor weather conditions and the talk would now take place at the Society’s July meeting. Members also heard of the death and funeral of past Society member Mrs. Peggy Knowles. Details of the Parish Council’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations were made available and chairman Jackie Starr outlined the Society’s own celebration plans, which were an indoor ’Street Party’ 1950s style, members were invited to bring along memorabilia of the period and to dress in an appropriate style.

Mr. Geoff. Trinder demonstrates a Trust leaflet to Society Life President Mrs. Norma Neill

Introducing the evening’s speaker, the well known Mr. Geoff. Trinder, the chairman said that she was not too sure what to expect from his title of ‘Wild Life of North Lincolnshire’. Members were in fact, by means of a range of colour slides, given an introduction to the wild Flora and Fauna of the local countryside. Geoff. Deputy Chairman of the Lincolnshire Wild Life Trust explained that Lincolnshire possessed many Reserves including beaches, salt marshes, heathland reedbed and grassland and that although some appear to be natural landscapes they were man made and that when lands were acquired by the Trust these were managed in order to return the habitat to its original condition. Ranging through wild flowers, insects, snakes and both resident and migrant birds Geoff. explained how populations of these could become almost extinct but often had the amazing ability to recover especially where the right conditions were created. Discussing the management and habitat of woodland that had been donated by well known Haxey doctors Green and Dyson Geoff explained that this area was particularly favourable to wild life due to it’s large amount of wetland. Giving a thought provoking finale to his presentation Geoff. said that as we are all part of the natural world that if we destroy the wild life we will destroy ourselves. Mrs. Pam Johnson then gave the vote of thanks, refreshments were served and the meeting closed. The next meeting of the Society will be on Thursday, 12 th. April when Society member Mr. Malcolm Dolby will give a talk on ’The Mayflower Pilgrims’.

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