Working with Natural England the Charity proposes to trial a new method of managing our beautiful Common. For two months (January & February) sheep will be allowed into a fenced enclosure around the Fen to see if they can help control the growth of silver birch thereby substantially reducing the need for herbicides. Sheep have been used in this way since the Middle Ages creating diverse landscapes and wildlife rich habitats. No official footpaths will be affected, the flock will be checked regularly and a contact number will be displayed in case of any problems. 

The Trustees have again made Christmas donations to local schools, hospitals, health care organisations and other bodies that serve the Village.

Following analysis of responses to their questionnaire on the future of the Pavilion, the Trustees have concluded that there is insufficient demand to re-build the existing Pavilion. However there may be the case for a permanent shelter for the benefit of parents supervising children and options are being investigated.

The Charity owns Robinson’s Marshes, which was flooded on 5 December after being breached by the tidal surge in three places. The Environment Agency has said it will repair these breaches but it is not clear whether they will continue to do this in the future. The Trustees are investigating a ‘self-help’ solution to preserve the Marshes and footpath from the Ferry Hut to Bailey Bridge for the long term as they are such an important amenity to the economy of the Village and its residents.


Jayne Tibbles (Clerk)                                               James Darkins (Chairman)