2021 – December Delights

We are very much looking forward to our 13th MRA Annual Dinner, postponed from 2020, on Wednesday 15th December at The Greyhound. Probably best if you can arrive from 7.00 pm for a drink and chat and we’ll allow 10 minutes for “The AGM” before letting the team begin service at 7.30. Thanks to those who have already booked their space but, if you haven’t and can join us, we would love to see you. If “Annual Dinner” sounds POSH, be assured, we are not! If “MRA Annual Dinner” sounds as if it will all be about paddling in rivers, believe me, it won’t! So if you enjoy a relaxed, fun meal with plenty of lovely people and lots of laughter, it will suit you well.

Talking of an AGM, which as you know is really only happening because we had to grow up and have a Constitution, the only agenda items are likely to be To approve the Constitution and to Confirm the 3 Committee Members for 2021/2022.

November saw several further enthusiastic work-parties confirming our return to active service. Since September we have now prepared stream friendly watercourses from Chalfont St Giles for best part of 2km towards Chalfont St Peter, removing tons of blocking watercress, and again from Mill Meadow in Chalfont St Peter down to the village centre, plus some other bits. Although the flow (and some fish!) tried to follow us for a good way from Chalfont St Giles, we frequently commented to each other in both locations “just add water”.

In the event, little water was to be had in the month. The Chalfonts rainfall was just 15mm – by far the lowest November total of the past 30 years. Consequently, the tiny signs of winter recharge seen in October’s groundwater level figures were reversed and Dave reports an unseasonal drop. GWL’s till above long term average but a lot less so than they were.

Our little WhatsApp group has been working quite well with regard to local work-party arrangements etc. If you would like to join it, please let me know and, of course make sure we have you mobile phone number.

Readers will probably be aware that the group MEP were unsuccessful in their attempt to stop HS2 tunnelling. Nevertheless, they will have ensured even more attention is given to monitoring compliance with the methods approved by The Environment Agency. It appears the leading machine is currently somewhere under The Epilepsy Centre, Chesham Lane, Chalfont St Peter on it way to the close encounter with The Misbourne at Chalfont St Giles.

That’s all for now. I look forward to receiving lots more requests to join us on the 15th and will send menu choices in a few days.

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