Young Memories of an Old Fisherman
By Trevor Randall, Cherry Tree Propagator
Trevor shares these memories with us in recognition of the work Cherry Tree volunteers have been doing with the Stour Valley wardens and the wildlife walks they share together.
There used to be a lovely island full of wildlife on the River Stour between Cherry Tree and Redhill. The channel on either side of the island was very deep, but so narrow I can remember people putting a scaffolding plank down to walk across from the riverbank.
There were a few trees on the island, and the river alongside it was always full of massive silvery shoals of roach with orange-red fins, weighing up to 3 lbs each. There were some huge pike and I once watched one of them pull a full-sized mallard duck under the water!
At the top end of the island was a very deep hole where I used to fish with my friend Alan, using my grandfather’s old wooden sea rod, and wooden centre-pin reel. Every so often I used to hook the same old eel – I could only get his head above the water before he would shake the rod and break the line, even though I used the very strongest fishing line I could find. Alan and I hooked him many times, but he always got away.
There were many birds on the island, and it was especially good for different types of warbler. Two great crested grebes used to nest in the rushes, and I have to say their courtship in ritual formation was truly spectacular.
Later on, down past the island, they changed the course of the river. But there are still a few trees in the field as you look down towards Redhill which used to be along the bank of the river when it ran alongside Redhill caravan park. The river is far away now, and the island no longer exists.
Click here to see map: trevors-stour-valley-map-centred
Cherry Tree Nursery, off New Road Roundabout, Northbourne.
Open 8 to 3.30 weekdays, 9 to 3 Saturdays, 10 to 3 Sundays.
ONE WORLD WEEK 10 – 14 OCTOBER 2016
A SERIES OF FILMS AND PRESENTATIONS ON ISSUES AROUND GLOBAL JUSTICE
THEME FOR 2016: “Man did not weave the web of life – he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” – attributed to Chief Seattle, 1854
MON 10th to Friday 14th OCTOBER 2016
Traidcraft items, local goods, Cherry Tree volunteers’ knitting and sewing, all for sale in the shop all week. Special promotions and many extra local, fairly and ethically traded goods available. “Well worth coming just for the shopping!”
We have a shorter programme than usual this year, but hope you will be motivated to attend.
TUES 11th OCTOBER
11.00 to 12.30: True Costs: film about sweat shops and production for the clothing industry
1.30 to 3.00: Refugees. Presentation by Irwin Buchanan, head of the Bournemouth-based International Care Network which has been welcoming and settling refugees in this area for 15 years.
WED 12th OCTOBER
11.00 to 12.30: No to the Dakota Access Pipeline – the remarkable resistance of the Standing Rock Sioux which has “united the tribes for the first time since Little Bighorn!”
1.30 to 3.00: Film: The Last Peyote Guardians, about the Huichol of Mexico and their annual pilgrimage.
THURS 13th OCTOBER
11.00 to 1.30: ‘Moving Beyond Emergency Water Aid’ – presentation by Anna Sowter PhD
Entrance and parking are free.
Toilets and light refreshments available. No hot drinks in the film and presentation room.
From Bournemouth Echo 23/09/2016
A SPECTACULAR series of outdoor events are taking place in Dorset as part of the Inside Out Festival.
Theatre companies, circus performers and artists have created extraordinary installations and performances for some of the county’s extraordinary places, alongside a family-friendly programme of events for the Inside Out Festival. Eight artists and companies have been commissioned to create work for Hengistbury Headlines, an installation and performance trail through the nature reserve at Hengistbury Head, a haven for wildlife, home to over 500 plant species and 300 types of birds.
The artists have rooted their work in this important conservation site to explore the effects of climate change. Visitors will be able to wander through the landscape of the nature reserve, including areas normally closed to the public, and discover these new artworks one by one.
Sound artist Jane Pitt will be working with people from Cherry Tree Nursery to create sonic maps as part of the Fl-utter-ances project. Cherry Tree is a charity based on horticulture aiming to restore well-being to people with mental illness. Participants will join Jane at Hengistbury Head for a ‘sonic stroll’ – a quiet and thoughtful listening walk.
The walkers will then create sonic maps, which will be displayed in an exhibition at the Visitor Centre at Hengistbury Head in October.
Outreach programme manager Inside Out Dorset, Wendy Petitdemange said: “Inside Out takes extraordinary events to some of Dorset’s amazing outdoor places, and it’s wonderful that we have the opportunity to engage all sorts of community groups in the events.” She added: “Taking time to listen to natural sounds can create a moment for reflection and peace and we’re very fortunate to have Jane Pitt to take us on her listening walks.”
Sound artist Jane Pitt said: “By sharing my practice with people from Cherry Tree Nursery, we’ve created art works resulting from the unique Hengistbury soundscape; a combination of landscape, weather, human and wildlife as experienced during our walks together. “Through the experience, we’ve developed a heightened awareness of the environment there, its daily and seasonal changes, our sensory perception and sound memory. Using deep listening as a way of being in and responding to our environment has enabled a focus and a sense of well-being in the moment.”
Fl-utter-ances is one of a series of community events as part of Inside Out Dorset – a biennial festival with theatre companies.
From the September issue of 4DORSET
Cherry Tree Nursery is the Bournemouth-based project of the registered charity the Sheltered Work Opportunities Project
It is unique among work rehabilitation projects for people with mental illness in that it addresses the whole person, all aspects of their lives.
From the beginning, a unique part of our service was the provision of specialist disability rights advice. Originally this was mainly about benefits, but it now covers a much wider range, especially housing and debt. When required, volunteers are accompanied to appointments, and given help with filling in forms.
Other basic provision on offer is support with English, Maths and basic understanding of computers, all in the form of weekly classes. Other classes provided are Healthy Eating, Cooking on a Budget, Food and Health, along with one-off sessions on Money Management, Dealing with Debt, aspects of horticulture, and even making marmalade and chutney.
Events around food are especially popular, especially the occasional hot soup lunches in winter. There is also the birthday party, the summer barbecue, the Christmas party and one-off events for special occasions. At the end of October we have the Day of Celebration and Remembering, when, with shared memories and a colourful feast, we remember and celebrate those we have lost.
Thanks to Bournemouth Borough Council, volunteers have regular visits to Hengistbury Head and the Stour Valley, where they have wildlife walks and an opportunity to participate in the wildlife gardens, and share ideas from our own pond area.
Regular outings are available for those who wish to participate, and provide a further opportunity to develop social networks and visit new places. There is an annual outing to a local garden, a selection of boat trips, walks in the New Forest, the Slades Farm community garden, the Great Dorset Steam Fair, and a huge variety of places have been visited over the years. There is also the opportunity to join in local events, such as the Ellingham and Ringwood Agricultural Show.
The wider world comes to Cherry Tree not only through the regular visitors we have from Bolivia bringing news of the volunteers’ water projects, but also through all the speakers and films we have during One World Week, like the Tibetan monks who helped celebrate our 25th anniversary.
We all hope that by opening up so much of the world, volunteers may have the chance of experiencing more fulfilled and meaningful lives.
The Nursery’s final plant sale of the year takes place on Saturday 17th September. Everyone is very welcome. Open 8am to 3.30 pm Mon – Fri, 9 to 3 Sat, 10 to 3 Sun
ONE evening there came into his soul the desire to fashion an image of The Pleasure that Abideth for a Moment. And he went forth into the world to look for bronze. For he could think only in bronze.
But all the bronze of the whole world had disappeared, nor anywhere in the whole world was there any bronze to be found, save only the bronze of the image of The Sorrow that Endureth For Ever.
Now this image he had himself, and with his own hands, fashioned, and had set it on the tomb of the one thing he had loved in life. On the tomb of the dead thing he had most loved had he set this image of his own fashioning, that it might serve as a sign of the love of man that dieth not, and a symbol of the sorrow of man that endureth for ever. And in the whole world there was no other bronze save the bronze of this image.
And he took the image he had fashioned, and set it in a great furnace, and gave it to the fire.
And out of the bronze of the image of The Sorrow that Endureth For Ever he fashioned an image of The Pleasure that Abideth for a Moment.