2012 Open Meetings
Monday 30 January at 7.30 pm
Redbourn St Mary's Transept Hall - speaker will be Kate Bretherton. Kate, a Redbourn resident who will be speaking about “Remarkable Trees of St Albans” which is a book she published about a year ago.
Tuesday 1 May at 7.30 pm
St Stephens Parish Centre - speaker Tom Day – Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Thursday 26 July at 7.30 pm
Markyate Village hall – speaker Allen Beechey – Chilterns Conservation Board Chalk Stream Officer
Tuesday 23 October at 7.30 pm
St Michaels Parish Centre – AGM - speaker to be confirmed.
January 2013 at 7.30 pm
Redbourn St Mary's
Transept Hall - speaker will be from the Thames Trust.
All meetings are free entrance to members and non members - If you are coming to one of our meetings please check our newsletter or the web page a few days prior to the meeting in case of any late changes. If you require directions to any of the venues please contact a committee member. (see contacts page)
Discover the River Ver for Yourself
The Discover the River Ver Project has created a series of 8 short walks following the River Ver and exploring the surrounding countryside. These were launched on the 16th May 2011 with the Deputy Mayor of St Albans joining partners and volunteers on a guided walk through St Albans encountering actors telling tails of the River and re-enacting stories from history.
New pages on the website give you a virtual tour of the routes and provides lots more, from peoples memories of the River to local history of the areas that you will explore on the walks.
There are also eight bespoke oak benches which interpret the surrounding area and provide a resting spot to enjoy the view on each of the walks. The walks use public and permissive rights of way and funding has enabled us to improve the surface, remove stiles and replace footbridges to allow for better access in popular areas.
The Discover River Ver Project Team getting up close and personal with the Ver.
The project is a partnership between the Ver Valley Society, Countryside Management Service, Hertfordshire County Council, St Albans City and District Council, local groups and the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project. It has been made possible thanks to a grant of £49,000 secured by the Countryside Management Service from the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund, £13,850 from Lafarge Aggregates Ltd and other key funding from Hertfordshire County Council, Watling Chase Community Forest, St Albans City and District Council, the Ver Valley Society and the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project. In addition a huge amount of volunteer effort has been contributed from the Ver Valley Society - a local voluntary group who have worked for many years to protect, enhance and celebrate the River Ver and its surroundings - and Countryside Management Service volunteers.
The walk leaflets are available to download or from libraries, tourist information centres and council offices.
Find out more about these maps.
Previous Open Meetings
Tuesday 25 October 2011 at 7.30 pm
St Michael's Church Hall - AGM - followed by a talk by Stuart Hayes who is an E A Hydro Geologist
Tuesday 26 October 2010 at 7.30 pm
St Michael's Parish Hall - AGM - the speaker will be Rob Sage of Veolia Water
Monday 31 January 2011 at 7.30 pm
Redbourn St Mary's Transept Hall - speaker will be John Tylor a naturalist on "The Changing wildlife of the Chilterns" - from coral seas through the ice age to present times.
Tuesday 19 April 2011 at 7.30 pm
St Stephens Parish Ce ydon Bailey - "Geology of Chalk"
Check the web site or your newsletter nearer the date as these may change to suit the availability of speakers and venues.
All meetings are free entrance to members and non members - If you are coming to one of our meetings please check our newsletter or this web page a few days prior to the meeting in case of any late changes. If you require directions to any of the venues please contact a committee member. (see contacts page)
Want to be kept informed?
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