Contrary to popular belief, Thanet does still have a natural environment – and on Saturday it will be celebrated at Margate’s second Eco Expo. The event is billed as “an afternoon of collaborative discussions to further our collective eco-education” – and who wouldn’t want to be part of that?! Speakers include Dr Hannah Scott talking on Thanet & the Climate Emergency, Peter Hasted revealing all about Thanet’s Urban Forest and Tim Craven telling us about Trees in British Art. And there’s a whole load more than that – please do come along!
Eco Expo is being held at The Margate School, 31-33 High Street, Margate CT9 1DX, on Saturday, May 9, from 2pm
There are still tickets available for CPRE’s Hope for the Countryside event on Tuesday (September 7). You can still join us for an evening full of fun, creativity and hope in the face of the climate crisis, either in person at Glaziers Hall, London Bridge SE1 9DD, or remotely via an interactive livestream. During the evening, we will hear from:
• Emma Bridgewater CBE, pottery designer and president of CPRE, explaining why we should have hope for our beautiful countryside
• Emma Marrington, who leads CPRE’s work on landscape enhancement, explaining why hedgerows are an important part of the solution to combat the climate emergency and nature’s decline
• Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective, who will talk about how protesting using crafts can have a positive and empowering impact on us as individuals and on our campaigning. During the craftivism workshop you will create a craft supplied by us, whether attending online or in person
• Crispin Truman OBE, CPRE’s chief executive, will explore other ways the countryside can tackle the climate emergency, providing many of the solutions to addressing climate breakdown
• Safia Minney, social entrepreneur, founder of People Tree and newly-appointed trustee of CPRE, will draw on her extensive experience to talk about how to build strong relationships to make change happen
How to book You can order your in-person or virtual ticket at www.cpre.org.uk/hope. Alternatively, call the supporter care team on 020 7981 2870. The deadline for online ticket purchases is Monday (September 6) to allow time to post the crafting kits.
In February, more than 2,400 people across the country took part in a star-counting survey run by CPRE, the countryside charity. By counting the number of stars visible in the constellation of Orion, it helps build up a picture of the nation’s views of the night sky. CPRE believes that a star-filled night sky is one of the most magical sights of the countryside. And throughout the coronavirus lockdown, gazing up at the stars will have brought comfort to many. Yet light pollution can spread from towns and cities into the countryside, denying many people the chance to experience the wonder and tranquillity of seeing a sky full of stars. The results of this citizen science survey, carried out annually, suggest that across the UK 61 per cent of people are in areas with severe light pollution, counting fewer than 10 stars. This is a rise of 4 per cent from last year, when 57 per cent of people taking part were in these areas. Crispin Truman, CPRE chief executive, said: “Gazing up at the heavens can inspire and help lift our spirits, especially when many of us are forced to do so from within our homes at the moment. It is a shame that few of us can see the starry skies in all their glory, without the intrusion of light pollution.” There was some good news at the other end of the scale, with 3 per cent of people counting more than 30 stars within Orion, meaning they were in areas with truly dark skies. That’s a rise from 2 per cent in 2019. Families who took part and were able to see plenty of stars on the night of their count reported how much they loved the experience. In addition, 99 per cent of star-counters asked said they believed that every child should be able to experience the wonder of a star-filled night sky. Bob Mizon from the British Astronomical Association’s Commission for Dark Skies (CfDS) said: “It’s wonderful to hear about families having fun doing the Star Count. Children should be able to see the Milky Way, their own galaxy, by looking up at the sky, not looking online!” CPRE and CfDS believe that councils have the power to give people better views of the night sky. And, when asked, 82 per cent of star-counters responding to a survey said their local council should do more to tackle light pollution. Mr Truman added: “We’d like to see councils adopting better policies in local plans to tackle light pollution and protect and enhance our darkest skies, where people can still experience the wonder of a star-filled night sky. “There are straightforward steps councils can take, in consultation with local people, that don’t just reduce light pollution but save energy and money, too.’
See the map with the results of CPRE’s Star Count 2020 here
The development onslaught on Thanet has surely never been greater. Its natural environment already trashed and degraded to a scarcely credible degree, you might be tempted to simply throw your hands in the air and give up as the diggers move on to yet another site. However, please don’t! You are not alone – other people do care about the isle and are trying to do help salvage something good from the wreckage. Some of those people will be at an event called Eco Expo being held in Margate this month – and CPRE Kent will be among them, hosting a stall at which you can learn more about what we do. The “ecological afternoon” includes Karen Jones from the University of Kent speaking on The Urban Green Idea, Dr Clive Nuttman addressing Biodiversity – Global to Local and Dr Hannah Scott talking on Verges – Nothing to be Wasted. It promises to be an uplifting event – please join us.
Eco Expo is being held at the Margate School (old Woolworth building), 33 High Street, Margate CT9 1EA, on Saturday, March 28, from 2pm
This week, CPRE, the countryside charity, is inviting everyone to join in with Star Count 2020, a fun and easy way to enjoy the wonders of the universe. By simply counting the number of stars they can see in the Orion constellation up until Friday, February 28, those taking part will help map the best and worst places to see the awesome sight of a star-filled night sky. Throughout history, people have gazed up at the magical starry night sky in wonder and used the cosmos to navigate. Looking at the stars we get a feeling of tranquillity rarely experienced in today’s frantic lives. Seeing dark skies full of stars is something we associate with the countryside, and part of reconnecting with the natural world. However, places to view these spellbinding sights are becoming harder to find, even in the countryside. Last year’s Star Count results showed that light pollution, often caused by the glow and glare from street and outdoor household and sports lighting, is making beautiful starry skies a rare sight for many of us. Just 2 per cent of people who took part in Star Count 2019 told us they were viewing a truly dark sky. Emma Marrington, CPRE’s starry skies expert, said: “A starry night sky is one of the most magical sights the countryside can offer, connecting people to such an important part of our natural heritage. But many people don’t get to experience this beauty due to light pollution. We want to get people out counting the stars and helping to save them now and for future generations to enjoy!” As well as preventing us from seeing the stars and wonders of our Milky Way galaxy, the Northern Lights and meteors (shooting stars), light pollution has serious impacts. It disrupts the natural behaviour of wildlife and can be harmful for our health. It’s also a waste of energy at a time when many people are trying to live more sustainably. Using the results from the annual Star Count, CPRE will lobby the government and local authorities to tackle light pollution and also highlight which ‘dark sky’ areas need to be protected and enhanced by strong policies. CPRE’s Star Count is supported by the British Astronomical Association’s Commission for Dark Skies (CfDS). Expert astronomer Bob Mizon from the CfDS said: “As well as being a wonderful opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the night sky, Star Count is starting to give us some really useful information. We’re hoping many more people will join in this year and give us the best map ever.” To take part, star counters are asked to choose a clear night this week. Without using a telescope of binoculars, people can then count the stars within the rectangle shape formed by Orion, except the four stars on the outer corners, then submit their results at cpre.org.uk/starcount
The CPRE Kent party’s in full swing at the Lady Ottoline pub in Bloomsbury
All aboard! The journey on the underground railway at the Postal Museum was a highlight for all
A party of 25 people who know a good time when they see one enjoyed CPRE Kent’s trip to London last week.
The excursion (on Friday, June 1) was organised for members, friends and supporters and entailed visits to the Charles Dickens Museum in Holborn and the Postal Museum in Farringdon, where an undoubted highlight was a journey on the old underground postal railway.
If all that wasn’t enough, a splendid lunch was taken at the delightful Lady Ottoline pub in Bloomsbury.
Such was the impression made that two people on the trip signed up to join CPRE Kent as members – there’s a recommendation if ever there was one.
Our next event is Christmas dinner at The George in Molash on Friday, December 7. Put the date in your diary now!
This year’s AGM is being held on Friday (this week – November 17!) at the usual venue of Lenham Community Centre.
This time we are holding the meeting in the morning, starting at 10.30am and ending after lunch, which will be served at 12.30.
Please let us know if you would like to appoint a proxy if you are unable to vote, or if you would like to join us for lunch after the meeting (the charge for lunch is £12 per person, cheques payable to CPRE Kent, please, to be received no later than Wednesday, November 8).
The agenda, location details and forms for lunch and proxy votes, together with the minutes of last year’s AGM, are available at the links below:
Our AGM will be held on Friday 17th November 2017, at the usual venue of Lenham Community Centre. This time we will hold the AGM in the morning, starting at 10:30, and close the meeting after lunch which will be served at 12:30. Please let us know if you would like to appoint a proxy if you are unable to vote, or if you would like to join us for lunch after the AGM (the charge for lunch is £12 per person, cheques payable to CPRE Kent, please, to be received no later than 8th November). The agenda, location details and forms for lunch and proxy votes, together with the minutes of last year’s AGM, are available at the links below:
Seventy members attended our 2016 AGM on Friday. As well as the election of officers and approval of the annual report and accounts, they heard from president Graham Clarke about the wealth of wonderful building materials in Kent, followed by his poem about St Eanswythe. To read the poem click here.
The keynote speaker was Sue Chalkley, Chief executive of Hastoe Housing Association, who talked of the challenges of getting affordable homes built. You can view her presentation below:
The 2016 AGM of CPRE Kent will be held at 2pm on Friday 18th November at Lenham Village Hall.
Flax field by Vicky Ellis
At the meeting the Honorary Officers and members of the Board will be elected, accounts considered and membership and volunteering opportunities discussed.
Following the AGM business the Keynote Speakers will be Sue Chalkley OBE FCIH, Chief Executive of Hastoe Housing Association, and Helen Whately MP who will talk about “Delivering Rural Affordable Housing”.
The AGM will be preceded by a ploughman’s lunch at 12:30 (£12 per person). Between 12:30 and 2pm there will be an exhibition of CPRE Kent’s campaigning work, as well as interesting books and gifts for sale.
The Dover district committee of CPRE Kent holds its annual general meeting next Saturday (8th October) at 2pm at The Royal Hotel in Deal.
The speaker will be Kent branch chairman Christine Drury who will outline the work of CPRE nationally and at county and district level and take questions.
Dover lane by Graham V photo
Members and anyone interested in CPRE is welcome to attend. Tea and coffee will be served at the end.
CPRE Kent is keep to attract new members throughout the county. Don’t forget members are entitled to two-for-one or half price entry to many gardens and attractions across England and receive both Kent Voice and Countryside Voice twice a year.
For more information contact Derek Wanstall, Tel: 01304 363610 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our garden party at to celebrate CPRE’s 90th anniversary was a wonderful occasion. We had a fitting 90 guests and enjoyed the lovely setting of Hever castle. It was also an opportunity to raise our concerns about airport expansion as well as mark 90 years of campaigning to protect our amazing countryside.
A very special couple joined the celebrations – long time CPRE members Peter and Jean Davies who both turned 90 this year, along with the Queen of course. Peter cut the specially made CPRE cake.
All photos by CPRE Senior Planner Paul Buckley – thank you to everyone who made the event such a success.
Peter Davies, aged 90, cutting the CPRE 90th anniversary cake
Peter and Jean Davies, former Kent members, celebrated 90th birthdays on 26/3/1926 and 15/3/1926 respectively
Among the 90 guests were the chairmen of CPRE Kent, Sussex and Surrey, aviation campaigners, many committee chairmen and members of CPRE Kent, our president Craham Clarke and vice presidents Amanda Cottrell DL and Richard Knox-Johnston.
Julia Robinson from Wakehurst; Sally Pavey, CPRE Sussex; Brendan Sewill, Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign; Duncan Leslie, Chief Executive of Hever Castle; Martin Barraud, Gatwick Obviously Not
Wendy and Graham Clarke with Sarah Sturt from Kent Life
CPRE Chief Executive Shaun Spiers and CPRE Kent vice president Richard Knox-Johnston
Director Hilary Newport, Wendy and president Graham Clarke, vice president Amanda Cottrell DL, chairman Christine Drury
CPRE Kent Director Hilary Newport; Ashford Chair Hilary Moorby; Maidstone Chair Gary Thomas; Kate Britten and Sevenoaks Chair Nigel Britten
Wonderful celebration planned to celebrate our 90 years
Monday 5th September, 4-6pm, Hever Castle, £30 per ticket
Ninety years of protecting the countryside, the wonderful landscapes we love and our passion to preserve this scenery and rural heritage for future generations – that’s surely something to celebrate!
So we are looking forward to our special garden party to mark the 90th anniversary of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, an especially appropriate milestone coming in the 90th birthday year of CPRE’s Patron, Her Majesty the Queen.
Photo, Peter Smith
Hever Castle in West Kent will provide the perfect setting of a picturesque and historic English castle and gardens. Hever epitomises what CPRE is about: celebrating amazing landscapes and heritage and the importance of campaigning to protect the countryside. The party will not only celebrate our 90 years of campaigning, but will highlight current threats, in particular the effect of aviation noise on tranquillity which has such a big impact on Hever and parts of Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Tickets are now sold out but we will be posting photos of the celebration and reporting it in our autumn edition of Kent Voice.
Payments can still be made via the button here (scroll down to the ‘merchandise payments’ button) if you have booked a ticket but still need to pay.
We look forward to seeing many of you there – monday 5th 4-6pm, entry to the grounds from 3pm.
We had a great weekend meeting supporters and new people at the Kent County Show. We discussed our latest campaigns with HRH the Duke of Kent and were joined on our stand by our new vice president Helen Whately MP.
Thank you to all our volunteers who helped out. We recruited 18 new members which is great news for the charity.
HRH Duke of Kent visits our stand
Hilary Newport, Helen Whately MP, Richard Knox Johnston and Christine Drury