Celebration Day

24th June 2012

The celebration day was enjoyed by local people and the Reserve's volunteers, despite the river overflowing. The marquee was moved further up the rerserve to avoid the rising flood waters.  The day's activities went ahead as planned, only cut short by half an hour when the river finally inundated much of the site.

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There was pond dipping and wildlife and bird information stands, as well as bee-keeping and arts & crafts demonstrations. Food provided by Melksham's WI.

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Ceramic tiles, made by local artist Jane Johnson and young people at Canberra Youth Centre, were installed at the three entrances. 

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An impressive cake, depicting the reserve, was made by Win Rose for the occasion and was cut by Ian and Gill Cardy (the reserve wardens) and Gary Mantle (Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Director).

Cutting the cake

(above photos by Anita Exton)

The Town Cryer livened up the day and Perry Chadwyck-Healy, the Chair of the WWT Trustees, cut the ribbon.

Chair of Wilts Wildlife Trust cuts the ribbon

(photo by Gill Cardy)


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