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Monday, June 29, 2015

Armed Forces Day event in Park

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

A ‘Picnic in the Park for the Armed Forces’ event took place on Sunday 28th June 2015 from 1pm to 9pm at Queens Park in Crewe. The event was organised by Creative Crewe http://www.creativecrewe.co.uk/ and Crewe Town Council http://www.crewetowncouncil.gov.uk/ in honour of current and ex-servicemen. A stage area hosted a number of choirs including Crewe Male Voice Choir, St Mary’s Rainbow Peace Choir and Funky Choir, along with performances from We Are Nomad, Gambler and The Start, plus a variety of dance performances. The Cat Community Radio provided the public address system. There were a number of local uniformed youth organisations in attendance including the Army Cadets, Boys Brigade and Scouts; along with The Royal British Legion, Creative Crewe and Special Olympics Cheshire East. There was also an inflatable slide, a carousel, a land train and all facilities within the Park were open to the public. Attendees were encouraged to bring a picnic and the event took place in hot, sunny weather and was enjoyed by several hundred people.

Mayor of Crewe Dennis Straine-Francis with The Royal  British LegionPicnic in the Park for the Armed Forces

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Swallow Attack

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The park, golf coarse and playing fields have had swallows flying low again some inchs off the ground and very fast I had a hard time getting any sort of photo there are lots of them and they fly straight at you and miss by only a foot.

When the swallows fly high, the weather will be dry. This weather folklore rolls easily off the tongue and there is even some truth to it.

In this case the swallows are not flying high to admire the view; instead they are chasing their next meal. On fine summers' days warm air rises upwards. Insects are also swept up in these bubbles of warmth, sometimes carried hundreds of metres aloft. And, since swallows eat insects, they have to fly higher on fine days to find their food.

Conversely during unsettled and cold weather insects will seek the shelter of trees and buildings, so swallows have to swoop low to find them.

So far this year the swallows haven't had to do much high-level flying. Thanks to a meandering jet stream (the high level band of westerly winds that brings much of the UK's weather) April and May have been pretty soggy affairs.

At the end of March the jet stream meandered north around the UK, anchoring a high pressure system over us and bringing fine sunny days. But since April the jet stream has been turning south at the UK, allowing the low pressure systems, cloud and rain to come our way. Worse still, the winding nature of the jet stream means there is no strong west to east airflow to blow the weather systems through.

Let's just hope the jet stream changes its tune soon, bringing us the kind of weather that will make the swallows fly high.

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The young Canada geese are still very well protected by the parents swimming along side them in convoy and you can see how quick they are growing in a few weeks.

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A few new ducks chics are about very late  but some are very quite this mother only has the one

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Bettys Bench Vandalized

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Down the main drive the gardeners have been buzy putting in the summer beading. If you remember from February we reported on Betty Bench http://www.queensparkcrewe.com/2015/02/bettys-bench.html the new bench is right by the lodge but its still been vandalized with graffiti

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In various part of the park there are a lot of Foxgloves out

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With a bit of sun we have had baby rabbits running about and the Blackbird taking in the sun. It a problem in the park that we have a lake but birds cant drink from it as its too deep so they need puddles to get water which there arnt many what is needed is the wildlife group to spend some of their several £1,000 of pounds are provide watering spots for wildlife

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Baby Ducks

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The Herron back again this week and strange behaviour from swallow that have been flying very fast very low in large packs they are not only in the park but other parts of Crewe doing the same thing only just missing people they are that low

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There also seems to be a lot of bees about which can only be a good thing

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Five baby duck very young and late this year as there is not many places for them to breed a lot have been seen in Tipkinder were they have cover as there is very little in the park despite the fact we were promised plants and floating islands for the wildlife

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Coronation Walk a Disgrace


The heron has been back again this week he seems to come when there is no fishing
  

The Canada geese babies are doing well and the parents are guarding them on all sides
 

still rhododendrons coming into flower by the little bridge and the south side of the lake 



Coronation walk is a disgrace the weeds are as high as your waist once one of the best parts of the park now its a tip. The ANTS come along and tidy it then leave it for months so its back to being a tip so they have wasted their time but they just cant see that but the evidence is there. If they went down there every time they came and kept it clean and weed free it could be nice again but they wont listen to reason. The blame is with the council who took a lovely place and destroyed it the cost to make it nice is next to nothing. Remove all the weeds plant some flowers reseed the grass and the jobs done so why isnt it being done people should be up in arms over it