05 October 2020
Horsley parish councillors have been making safety checks in the village play areas. Councillor Lynch has offered to repair the skate board ramp. Bird detergents have been applied to the swings. The climbing frame has some warped timber and is deemed unsafe. The parish council is going to spend £2232 + VAT on repairs as this is a much cheaper option than buying a new frame. Children who use the football area are delighted to have had new nets fitted to the goalposts.
Gardening club members have produced some giant pumpkins which will be on display outside the Lion and Lamb later this month.
The swallows have left the village for their long journey south. Several groups of wild geese have returned to Welton lakes having spent the summer in the Arctic regions. The changing seasons are forever providing new interest. Birds of prey have been a common sight around the village with the successful breeding of red kites and sparrow hawks this year.
Villagers who took part in the Butterfly Conservation count this year will be keen to know that there has been an increase in small copper and large white butterflies this year. However there has been a 30%/40% drop in peacock, small tortoiseshell and red admiral butterflies. More people took part in the count this year since its conception.