February 2015 (as published in ‘Spotlight’)

The Old Church

The guided Tower Tours (£3adult / £2child) remained popular over the Christmas and New Year period. There is now a constant stream of visitors, particularly at weekends and in good weather with clear blue skies and back-lighting from a low winter sun the views are spectacular – well worth the entrance fee.

The Eco Lodges

Feb15_lowlightFollowing receipt of the generous grant from the Frank Branston Family Trust (reported in the December issue) instructions have now been placed to proceed with connection of the Lodges to the National Grid, thus securing a full power supply. This will provide light and power to the old church and will mean that the community room can become fully operational.

In the meantime locally based contractors Andy Gardner and Robin Odell are progressing with the installation of timber and glass balustrades on the Lodge balconies, plus carpentry in the community room. Richard Hudson continues daily site maintenance work, security and public liaison.

Forthcoming courses:

Bird of Prey Photography course – Saturday 28th February 2015

Andy Fox ARPS, Clophill-based, specialist wildlife photographer will be holding a photography course at the Eco Lodges featuring Tawny, Barn and Long Eared Owls plus a Peregrine Falcon. The class will run from 10am – 3:30pm @ £90 and will include access to the church tower. Please be advised to book early: more details here.

Guided Geology Trail – Friday 20th March 2015

This trail, aimed at home educated children, takes in all the local geology and its uses around the village. Please email us for more details.