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Baboon Research in Eastern Cape South Africa
by Sophie Collier from Shurlock Row
Thanks to the Waltham St Lawrence Village Charities Education Grant I have extra support in studying for my PhD. My PhD will determine how baboons and other primates modify their behaviour to cope with extreme conditions. There will eventually be a lot of writing, reviewing and re-writing of my findings but for now I am collecting behavioural data from Madison Troop, a wild-living troop of Chacma baboons resident to The Samara Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
There are 58 baboons in total in Madison troop. It took the two of us (myself and my fellow researcher Chrissy) 8 months to identify every single troop member and each baboon is known individually and by name. Some are easy to identify, for example Indigo has a white patch on her cheek and Luna only has half a tail, but for many individuals we just had to wait until we recognised their faces.
Couple could attend WSL concert! (if they wanted)
In a move intended to make the most of their special day, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed at Windsor on 19th May, the date chosen so they have the option to rush away from a tedious reception at the Castle to attend the Waltham St Lawrence Choral Festival Concert, which this year includes Haydn's Nelson Mass, widely thought to be one of Meghan's desert island disks, while Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson is well known to be one of Harry's heroes.
The couple have not yet officially commented on this important aspect of their plans, presumably to avoid a rush on the box office by the paparazzi.
Watch this space for further news.
"The 2017 Fete Bar will be serving a range of the finest ales from Rebellion Brewery, coupled with lagers for those with slightly odd taste buds!
There will also be a selection of Chilean and Antipodean wines, not to mention Pimms O’Clock all day…
During the evening, Prosecco will also be available for that aperitif, before your Haweli Dining experience whilst soaking up the atmosphere of live music."
Posh eh? But we're told that prices remain very reasonable! (Webmaster)
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What a spread!
Always a very popular feature of the fete, the lovely ladies of the tea tent
will tempt you with their delicious sandwiches and cakes.
Do you know someone who would like to sell or exhibit at the fete?
Stalls are available at £35 for a 3m-wide pitch - from 1pm to 5pm.
Stall holders will need to provide their own gazebo and table/chair.
No food, sweets, or plants I'm afraid, as these are already booked.
(and no early leaving for safety reasons)
or fill in this form - click here...
The famous fete barbeque will be in operation again,
with delicious spicy chicken rolls and steak sandwiches as well as the usual top quality burgers and sausages.
As many of you here in the village know, my family and I have been fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy over the past 30 years.
We are holding a Charity Ball for Muscular Dystrophy on Saturday 24th February 2018 at The Coppid Beech Hotel in Bracknell.
Local singers performing hits from circa 1600!
Upcoming concert appearances:
Fri 6th Oct 2017 at 7.30pm - St Mark's Methodist Church, Maidenhead
Concert with Turpins Consort
non-ticketed - optional suggested donation £5
Sun 15th Oct 2017 at 7.30pm - Christchurch URC, Oxford Rd, Marlow
Reformation 1517 - Luther, Bach and Beyond - sacred and secular music
with Christine Wells, organ
tickets £10 from www.musicinmarlow.org.uk or on the door
Sat 13th Jan 2018 at 12 noon - St Mary's Slough
30-minute lunchtime concert - "Sad Songs, Sonnets and Soliloquies"
non-ticketed - retiring optional collection
Sat 3rd Mar 2018 at 2.30pm - Beaconsfield Festival of Choirs - St Mary's Church
afternoon concert with five other choirs
tickets £5 on the door
Sat 19th May 2018 - 7.30pm - Waltham St Lawrence Choral Festival
evening concert with other local choirs
details and tickets nearer the time
If you would like to sing unaccompanied secular choral music from the last 400+ years, with regular performances, then get in touch. We have 2 or 3 vacancies for singers, so come for a try-out.
Everyone is welcome to join Loddon Valley Ramblers on any of these walks.
Just turn up at the start or phone the leader for more details. Please wear appropriate clothing & footwear.
For more walks, including some longer ones, visit Loddon Valley Ramblers Website: www.lvra.org.uk