Friends of Farthing Downs and
Other City of London Commons

Talks  and Walks are arranged at various times through the year.

For more details contact Friends of Farthing Downs

Telephone: 01372 279083

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Email: city.commons@cityoflondon.gov.uk

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Friends of Farthing Downs
Events:  March – November 2014

WEDNESDAY, 26TH MARCH  –  Illustrated Talk : ‘What’s happening to our Birds: The Retirement Centre, Old Coulsdon* 7.30 for 7.45 p.m.: Talk by John Birkett of Croydon’s RSPB: ‘What’s happening to our Birds’.  Following several bad winters, how is our bird population coping – you may be surprised by what John has to report. Contact 01737 554449 or email fofd2@btinternet.com for more information and to book.

SATURDAY, 12TH APRIL – Spring Quiz Night: Cameron Hall, Congregational Church, Cannons Hill: 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. Joint Social and fundraising evening with East Coulsdon RA. Quiz Master Malcolm Newman: Tickets: £9.50 for teams of up to 8 includes, fish, chicken, or vegetarian supper, soft drinks, tea and coffee.  Contact: 01737 554449 or email: fofd2@btinternet.com to book.

SUNDAY, 1ST JUNE – WALK: Bird Spotting:  Farthing Downs: 10.00 pm. Join the Friends and local RSPB walks leader in the Farthing Downs car park.  Bring binoculars and wear good walking shoes for this bird spotting morning on the Downs – about 1 ½ hours at a gentle pace.  Contact 01372 279083 or email fofd2@btinternet.com for further details or to book.

SATURDAY 7th: ‘Bat and Moth Night’:  Meet Gill Peachey and the Friends in Farthing Downs Car Park at 9.00 pm for Coffee, buns and a talk through the previous nights catch before setting off on this popular annual walk.  To book ring 01372 279083 or email: fofd2@btinternet.com

JUNE TALK: Highway Robberies and other villainies: Friends Vice Chairman, Brian Lancaster will tell us about the illustrious Highwaymen and villains connected with Coulsdon.  The talk is part of the Croydon Heritage Festival organised by the Whitgift Foundation; (date and venue to be announced).

SATURDAY,  5th JULY :: The Old Coulsdon Village Fair, Grange Park 12 – 4.30 p.m. Visit the Friends stall at our favourite event of the year,  will include exhibition, souvenirs and fund raising game.

SUNDAY, 20th JULY: Summer Butterfly Walk: Meet Gill Peachey and the Friends in Farthing Downs Car Park at 2.00 p.m. to set off for a 1½ hour walk.  Get an insight into both the rare and common butterflies inhabiting chalk grassland and perhaps see some unusual visitors from abroad. To book ring 01372 279083 or email: fofd2@btinternet.com

SUNDAY, 14th SEPTEMBER:  DATE TO BE CONFIRMED: Banstead Country Side Day:  10.30 am – 4.30 pm:  Banstead Woods:  Visit the Friends stall at this exceptional Countryside Day organised by the Downlands Trust.  See traditional countryside crafts, enjoy a nature trail and much more.  Entry is free.

WEDNESDAY, 24th SEPTEMBER: Illustrated Talk: Windmills and Water Mills around Coulsdon: The Retirement Centre, Old Coulsdon* 7.15 for 7.30 p.m.:  Gwyneth Fookes of the Bourne Society says ‘You wouldn’t believe how many wind and water mills there were within half an hour’s drive of Old Coulsdon and how many are still to be found. Parts of Coulsdon’s windmill still exist! Come along and find out more. Contact 01737 554449 or email fofd2@btinternet.com for more information and to book.

SATURDAY, 27th SEPTEMBER:  Autumn Quiz Night:  Cameron Hall, Congregational Church, Old Coulsdon, 7.00 for 7 30 p.m. Joint social and fundraising evening with East Coulsdon RA, Quiz Master Malcolm Newman. Tickets £9.50 per player for teams of up to eight includes fish, chicken or vegetarian supper, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Contact: 01737 554449 or email fofd2@btinternet.com to book.

SATURDAY: 1st NOVEMBER: Annual Fungi Foray: 10.30 a.m.  Meet Ray Tantram of the Surrey Wildlife Trust in Farthing Downs Car Park for our annual fungi foray through Happy Valley, New Hill and Farthing Downs.  There’s always something new to see.  To book ring City of London on 01372 279083 or email: fofd2@btinternet.com

The Centre for the Retired Old Coulsdon is in Grange Park, Old Coulsdon opposite the Tudor Parade.  Buses: 466 and 60.

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