Thursday, 12 October 2017

Friends of A Rocha

All of our friends all know by now that the Sandbach A Rocha Group has formally closed. Thus the group no longer runs meetings or has a public face or money/fundraising activities. Rev Andrew Bailey's departure to pastures new after ten years of sterling work for our group (thanks, Andrew!!!) has meant that the group had insufficient leadership. But do not despair! We have morphed into the "Friends of A Rocha in Sandbach", an informal contact group. George Hill will keep people informed of prayer meetings and local nature walks (both about three times a year) and other events of interest.
Please let him know if you want to hear about these. God bless.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

New Year ways

We will try to post more often on the Sandbach A Rocha UK blog in future. Events in Paris, the UK and the USA mean that the environment is high on many peoples' agendas now.
What has happened locally? The Sandbach A Rocha UK group continues to support the excellent path-creation projects around the town. Moreover, we have produced (for the Sandbach Woodland and Wildlife Group) the new Sandbach Bridges Trail (South) nature trail text, and we are working on a 'North' text too.
Last summer, we rescued nearly 20 fine Common Spotted Orchids from the threatened Waterworks Farm site, and these, in mapped locations, will be monitored in the coming year.
Local wildlife is slowly emerging from the winter season, with the Marsh Marigolds putting up rich green leaves.Life after the dark and cold of winter speaks of Jesus who rose from the dark and coldness of the tomb.
We will be Litter Picking on Feb 25th - please contact a group member for details.
Please note that the email address attached to this blog is not now regularly monitored (due to spam).

Saturday, 4 April 2015

New Season

New life is appearing all around, in keeping with Easter. The Park Pond had a field of watercress with some frogspawn and, more attractively, some nice Marsh Marigolds coming up. The Moorhen pair looked very contented.
Elsewhere in the Park I spotted a single Wood Anemone, much rarer in the Park than Celandines. George

Saturday, 26 July 2014

More Pond Life

More sightings at the Pond include Brown Hawker and Common Darter dragonflies, the latter breeding. The Ponds are really an evidence of how rich Creation can be, if only we learn how to manage the Creator's work as we may.   George

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Summer Days

The new boardwalk and pond in Sandbach Park is full of good stuff. New flowers seen there yesterday included Fool's Watercress, Gipsywort, Ragged Robin and others. Just outside the area is one small Common Spotted Orchid, the only scion so far in the Park from our transplanting rescue of last year. Down in Church Street the Black Spleenwort fern is doing well and has been joined by Common Polypody; the Hard Shield Fern is also spreading. All the rich growth is a real evidence of God's bounty to us through His works, a wonderful addition to His work through His Word. - George 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

The biggest news from the Environment Trail recently is that the magnificent new boardwalk around the (now) three Park ponds is open for walkers. A pair of moorhen are in residence. The sudden warm weather has brought all sorts of life to birds, flowers and insects. The rain and storms caused modest damage but all is now growing again! let's hop our faith survives storms as well! - George

Monday, 20 January 2014

Moving fast

It seems like the year is moving fast now, as the evenings lighten. Also moving fast is a bird I have seen twice recently in the centre of Sandbach. I was standing outside the door of the Literary Institute when I was startled as a bird flew quite low and fast over me. I was even more amazed to realise it was a sparrowhawk! It shot across the roundabout and up Hope Street. A few days later, I watched another sparrowhawk soaring for a full minute or two in circles over the cobbled Square. No doubt all the small birds on the Environment Trail were watching it, too. Such is the bittersweet, perfect but tragic balance of our present world. - George