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We held our latest Committee meeting after the government’s announcements last week on Covid regulations. We’re still seeking more detailed guidance from the Trust, but latest thinking is that SSNTV will not be organising workdays before the end of March at the earliest.

As time has passed, we also need to talk to the properties again to update our programme further into the spring /summer, as they decide locally when to involve more volunteers.

..So for now, keep safe and watch out for further news in about a month’s time. Any questions – contact one of the Committee.

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Pleased to say that NT have confirmed that for next year, given that with the pandemic it hasn’t been possible for all volunteers to achieve the minimum necessary hours to qualify for a volunteer card for the coming year, new cards will be issued to any SSNTV members who were entitled to one last time, regardless of the hours worked. (Until these arrive and are distributed by the regional hub offices, old volunteer cards and parking permits will remain valid, i.e beyond the end of February)

(This is in line with the email message from Hours Sec, Gill).

There’s more info about the details of the cards’ use here

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SSNTV Committee met on 30th Jan and as you may have been anticipating, on account of the current state of government Covid regulations and Trust guidance (…”essential only”…), we have regrettably decided to suspend the workday programme for February. 

We will review the situation again in a month’s time.  If you’ve any questions you can contact one of the committee.

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For anyone who’s not seen this in their emails….As with previous recordings click the link and enter the code when prompted.

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Doubtless many SSNTV’ers will recognise this worksite….

But (with some allowance for technical / practical niceties) seems that even the recent snowy weather doesn’t stop the cut, even if it does stop the burn!

#2 …..So where is it, then?

Answer: Al or Kate doubtless in the snow at WENLOCK EDGE. …There are more snowy pictures here but doubtless all this rain has washed the white stuff away!

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So instead at which worksite was it that we were socially distanced exercising instead (#1)?

…Do you need a clue?…. KINVER, of course, some of the wider new rides in the snow

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SSNTV Committee met on Monday 4th and in the light of latest Covid-related government and NT guidance unfortunately we have decided to stop the programme of workdays until further notice.

We will review the situation at the end of January and update everyone again then.

Stay safe and make sure you enjoy a bit of green and outdoors as part of your regular exercise….just think of all that pent up cut and burn!

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Seasons Greetings to One and All!

Here’s hoping for a Much Better New Year in 2021 (which starts early with work at Morville Hall on Sunday 3rd January – look it up in your programme, see notes from Dave and contact Chairman Chris)

…Thanks too to all the workday leaders who metaphorically put pen to paper to record the intermittent work of the Group this year and others who contributed material here…

…Very Merry Christmas……(Covid notwithstanding)

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Were you walking on the Edge last Sunday? Workday leader David explains the origin of the thick clouds of smoke at times obscuring the views on the ridge:

For the last workday before Christmas SSNTV was back at Kinver, which during these Covid-restricted times has become a very regular work place. We worked near the top of the Edge a few yards down from the toposcope on the site of the Iron Age hill fort. A new interpretation board has been placed near the main path, which explains to the public what is literally under their feet, in case they should miss it.  But to date the extensive gorse cover has prevented visitors from seeing across the fort site to the earthwork rampart at the far end. To enable visitors to see right across the site and to help their understanding, our task was to remove a section of gorse to open up a view. There would be plenty of gorse left to provide cover for wildlife and to add colour when in flower.

Although gorse thorns are very sharp our gauntlets made it possible to tackle this prickly beast. The cuttings were burned in the tumbril. But unfortunately gorse creates thick, noxious smoke which the breeze took towards the toposcope, meaning that the many visitors out walking and enjoying the views didn’t hang around for very long! Enough smoke too, for ranger Ewan to pre-warn Fire Control to avoid any unintended false alarms.

After much hard work, we were all pleased with the dramatic results of our efforts. This had the desired effect of making the far rampart much more prominent from the information board viewing point. Considering how much rain there has been recently, we were lucky that the weather was reasonably bright and warm, in the sun at least.

The views from this section of the Edge are extensive and are part of the appeal of this worksite – creating a feeling of space and big skies (also helping us to keep to necessary Covid requirements for space and the like). Although the Malverns weren’t very clear it was possible to distinguish the Clents, Bredon Hill and the distant Cotswolds towards the south-east, while to the west the Sedgley-Rowley ridge was prominent.

Head Ranger Ewan stayed with us to supervise and help with the work. It was incredible to find out that when conditions are favourable, such as at times of drought, the circular outline of some of the Iron Age dwellings can still be seen in the ground. There must be some interesting archaeology still to discover on that part of the Edge.

Ewan also explained that the longhorn cattle which now graze  around the site, have gone down to their home farm, on lower land for the winter. When they were introduced a couple years ago some visitors weren’t happy to see the cattle. But no doubt as a result of the positive efforts of the NT staff, people have been won over and now the animals are a popular attraction in their own right. Each year however a small portion of the herd are sold for their wonderful heather-reared meat. This provides a bonus for Ewan he explained, as some of that meat is going to be the centre piece of his Christmas Day dinner this year!

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..As before, click the link, enter TRUST when prompted:

Merry Christmas!

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