GMS Notes No. 57 April 2013

April Meeting

 

blackthorn_Cherry_LaneOn Thursday 18th April Steve Franks will be talking about “Insect Life on the Hedge”. As a student I was introduced to the complex habitat which we call the hedgerow. The network of hedgerows which across the countryside provide a safe haven for a wide range of small birds and mammals.  Coltsfoot A bountiful larder is also provided by the prolific range of insects and other small invertebrates to be found there. The varied habitat on either side of the hedge allows for a diverse range of wildflowers. Ecologically hedgerows relate to woodland margins, and so link small pockets of woodland providing a corridor linking populations of various species of small mammals and birds allowing interchange which encourages genetic diversity.

Our hedgerows are belatedly returning to life as can be seen in the photographs (Blackthorn in Cherry Lane to the right and coltsfoot left).

We meet as usual in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm. 

 

 

Last Month’s Meeting

Alan_King_3Our speaker on March 21st was local resident and member of the GMS, Mr Alan King was. Self confessed petrol Head , air head and Anorak . Alan has an abiding passion for the Vulcan bomber, a love a affair which has extended over many years and the lucky man also  enjoys the luxury of full support from his wife who was present in the audience.

Designed in 1947 as the first jet engine bomber, it first flew in 1949. Due to its speed and manoeuvrability that enabled it to fly under radar systems, it played an important part in the NATO defence force, and was operational from 1956 - 1963.  Disbanded in 1967, it was superseded by Polaris submarines, and its last mission was in 1972.

With the outbreak of the Falklands war in 1982 the Vulcan was once again called on to play a key role in the conflict, with the dramatic longest ever bombing raid in history down to the islands. Alan King graphically spelt out the huge logistical difficulties involved, such as refuelling in mid-air thousands of miles from a base on Ascension Island. The bomber successfully completed its mission to bomb the runway and radar installations in the Falklands, thus contributing greatly to the British victory. Six months later it was scrapped. Now one Vulcan has been saved by a Trust and is based at Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster. It is hoped that it will fliy at the Folkestone Air Show on June 8th of this year and at Manston on June 22nd. It should be well worth a visit.

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