The latest weather forecast is actually not too bad – from dinner time onwards …………… perfect!
The long range forecasts looked pretty dodgy for the Fake Festival but the latest forecasts look pretty good from dinner time onwards tomorrow……
Fingers crossed that it stays like that. It may not factor 50 weather but who cares – the tent is big enough to take everyone in any case!
Our Black Swans have got to be about the most photographed bird in the park and we’re proud of them – even if they are bit aggressive towards some of the other birds….. especially Canada geese!
Here’s a bit of information about the Black Swan in general:
Black Swans are primarily black-feathered birds, with white flight feathers. The bill is bright red, with a pale bar and tip; and legs and feet are greyish-black. Cobs (males) are slightly larger than pens (females), with a longer and straighter bill. Cygnets (immature birds) are a greyish-brown with pale-edged feathers. A mature Black Swan measures between 110 and 142 centimetres (43 and 56 in) in length and weighs 3.7–9 kilograms (8.2–20 lb). Its wing span is between 1.6 and 2 metres (5.2 and 6.6 ft). The neck is long (relatively the longest neck among the swans) and curved in an “S”-shape. The Black Swan utters a musical and far reaching bugle-like sound, called either on the water or in flight, as well as a range of softer crooning notes. It can also whistle, especially when disturbed while breeding and nesting. Read the rest of this entry »
At last nights FoSP meeting the winners of the May 100 Club draw were as follows:
Sarah Stokes (£28.20);
Don Crabtree (£14.10)…. Yay!
Well done to all the winners and thanks for your support.
The next Friends of Sandall Park Meeting is tonight Wednesday – 15th May 2013.
7pm start at the usual location the Sandalwood Communal Hall in the OAP complex, opposite the park on Thorne Road. All minutes from previous meetings can be viewed on our ‘publications’ page.
We know summer has not really arrived yet and we know that December seems a long way away but we are already working on this years Santa Dash and have been for some time!
We would like to thank Purple Penguin Media who have just set up an on-line booking system for this years Dash so that payments can be made through PayPal. Yet again they have have be incredibly helpful and efficient! What would we do without them? Struggle probably!
The Halifax’s chosen charity for this year is the Children’s Hospital at Sheffield.
Other charities or organisations are welcome to come along and raise funds for their own group on the 2nd June - but any funds raised by the event will go to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Bring your own bear for a picnic – but please – no live, growly ones with big paws and teeth. Our insurance won’t cover it.
Do you want to put a stall on? Contact us via our web site or email address and we’ll forward it to the organisers at the Halifax.
Is it really our park? Regular visitors know it is……..
A great picture from Paul Bettison……………… but an even better presentation from mother nature – a great combination!
Is Sandall Park a safe haven for our friendly ducks?
The BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) are trying to suss out the different trends for the Mallard duck distribution around the UK. As a regular park visitor you’d know that we have a few of our own – but only as recently as two years ago we only had a couple of breeding females. Thankfully, after a successful breeding season last year that number has increased.
One of the reasons for them not moving on is that during the winter they need water that doesn’t freeze over – and we now have an area of ice free water created by the fountain. So the larger lakes that freeze are showing a reduction in numbers.
If you want to contribute to the logging of duck numbers, you can contact the BTO: click here to go to their web site or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandall Park Sunday 2nd June – 12pm – 3pm
The Halifax Bank in Doncaster is organising a Big Lunch in the park on Sunday 2nd June from 12pm to 3pm.
There’ll be lots to do and see so bring the family, bring the dog, and have a picnic. We are trying to book some decent weather – but just in case, bring your brolly. Further details will be on the web site as we get them.