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January 2019

Friday, 4 January 2019

Celebrating 40 years of the Chichester RSPB Local Group

Celebrating 40 years of the Chichester RSPB Local Group

After our most popular walk over the years from Dell Quay north along Fishbourne Creek on the 29th December we adjourned to the Chichester Harbour Conservancy classroom for a celebratory finger buffet. The location was ideal being able to look out onto the rising tide which brought in 6 Goldeneyes.

Around 40 members attended an enjoyable social get together, with a rolling slide show of old members photos and historic programmes and newsletters with several current members seeing themselves and their names from the '80s.

We were very fortunate to have our founding member John Herring to give a most entertaining speech regarding the beginnings.

In 1978 John moved from the Canterbury area where he had been their local group leader. This came to the notice of Keith Noble of the South East Office who invited him to start up a LG here. This proved successful with the 1st meetings in the Chichester Assembly rooms and film shows at the Chichester college. A very successful outdoor programme was generated by Sid Hamilton whose knowledge of the local area's wildlife habitats were second to none. Our 1st treasurer Fred Corbin was acknowledged for getting the group onto a healthy financial setting. John continued in the leaders' role for 8 years before the current 5 year term of office came into being.

We ended the celebrations with John kindly cutting the cake ( expertly made by Julie Vine) followed by a "bubbly" toast.