News archive

October 2014

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


The funeral of Mike Stephens will be held on Friday 31st October at 12.15pm at Worcester Crematorium when we will say our final farewell to a lovely man and valued colleague.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014


At the Indoor Meeting on 8th October, we said farewell to Pam Scroop our treasurer for nineteen years. The meeting was attended by Anna Keen from the RSPB's Regional Office in Banbury when she presented Pam with a framed photgraph of a white-tailed eagle in recognition of her work for the RSPB and the local group.

The Group Leader also thanked Pam for her years of service to the Group and hoped she would be happy back in her home town of Salisbury. As a reminder of her time in Worcestershire, she was presented with a water-colour painting of an avocet at Upton Warren.

Janet Jones who, over a number of years, has held several different roles in the Group, was presented with her ten year puffin badge by Anna and was thanked for her continuing service.

The meeting ended with a really excellent talk on spoon-billed sandpipers given by the Head of Species Conservation at Slimbridge.

Monday, 13 October 2014


It is with great regret and sadness that I report the news of Mike's sudden death this morning. He was ill for only a short while and though not expected to recover, we had all hoped he might have a few more months with us. But, he was without pain and died in his sleep which is a great comfort.

Mike was a founder member of our group and for many years has been the lynchpin; a true gentleman always cheerful and smiling and unfailingly helpful and welcoming to newer members. For many years he organised and participated in the Sponsored Bird Watch which must have raised thousands of pounds for the RSPB. He also made and sold nest boxes to add to the funds; organised monthly walks and coach trips to reseves and other birding spots, and looked after the nest boxes at Chateau Impney and othe locations. He was a mine of information and avian knowledge and his loss will be felt keenly. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Fay, daughter Michelle and the family.