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Spring 2006

    Where does the time go to?  So here we are at Dragonfly 100.  It would have been really interesting to go through all the past issues and look at some of the highlights of the past (not so) few years.  Perhaps then I could have given an accurate analysis of the developments in the Vale since the start of the Amenity Group; the changes in our venue including The Volunteer, at Grove - which is where I came into the W&BCAG, our move to the Plough, West Hanney and later to the British Legion.

    Dragonfly editions would have branch notes from Peter Scatchard and Ian Graham my predecessors as Branch Chairman, and covered the birth of the restoration around Grove and Wantage, the work at the Elm Farm section, the official opening (complete with boat trips), and the Big dig in 1994.  Looking back, some of our late members names would have come up.....Geoff von Hoven, Brian Bray Bray and Raymond Bird who died only recently.

    We forget just how many people have been involved in getting this restoration going and keeping the momentum up.  Edition 100 is a good opportunity to thank all those past and present for their hard work and faith in this project.

    In the East Vale work has been continuing around West Challow/Childrey.  We have been working on Mr. Norman Smith's land to the west of the Childrey footpath and it looks very good.  Work will soon be commencing on the length between West Challow road bridge and the footpath bridge putting in fencing and thereby opening up a permissive footpath.  Work continues around Childrey New Road....on both sides of the road, and our continued thanks go to the landowners.  Scrub bashing has now ceased for the spring bird nesting season.

    This very evening we had a talk at our social meeting given by Sally Wallington who is in charge of the Letcombe Brook conservation project.  This was fascinating and gave us much food for thought.

        Brian Stovold
branch chairman

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