This page will show details of forthcoming outings for members living with MND and
photos of past outings.
THE BRANCH ON SAFARI IN THE FOREST AUGUST 2010
It may have stopped the Airshow and ruined the cricket but a bit of rain did not
deter our annual trip out, this time to the New Forest. Meeting at the Reptilarium
was a bit of a damp squib as the residents had more sense than us and remained in
their warm dry shelters.
The trailer ride through the Forest was fascinating with lively commentaries from
Volunteer helper Steve and Keeper Andy. We learnt much about the highs and lows of
the conservation programmes. Steve has immortalised the Natterjack toad breeding
experiment in the song “There’s a Toad in my Bucket” commemorating the accidental
scattering of young toads in the forest and not in the purpose built pen. The moral
of the story being you can never have too many buckets.
Andy who should have his own TV show was informative and amusing highlighting the
successes and failures of past forest management schemes. He explained the economics
of forest management in his unique blend of anecdote and fact but his love of everything
that grew or lived in the forest shone through.
Slightly damp in body but not in spirit we arrived at the pub for lunch which was
enjoyed by all Thanks to all who made the trip so enjoyable including our chauffeur
Alan who has driven us all over East Dorset in recent years.
Note to Committee. Why don’t we arrange the trips in the summer?
PS Just to show how devious and cunning we are the whole of the above was subterfuge
for the main purpose of the day which was to ambush “Rambling Doug” with a birthday
cake made in his honour by Melanie Broomfield with her own fair hands. It was enjoyed
as the sweet course and made a touching finale to an excellent day.
By Royal Appointment
.Branch Members visit HRH Princess Royal. At St James’ Palace. They scrub up well
don’t they!, so I’ve treated them to some appropriate music. Click here for the