About jonoatousewashes

Programme Support Officer for the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) scheme. I will be supporting the 3-year delivery phase of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant-aided scheme which is run in close cooperation with a wide range of local, regional and national partner organisations. The various OWLP projects focus on: conservation works to historic and natural environmental assets; improving community participation & engagement with the landscape and its heritage; increasing access and learning opportunities; and providing more opportunities for training in traditional land management skills. The overall aim is to leave a long-term legacy for this fascinating and unique landscape, in the process creating tangible improvements to social, economic and environmental aspects of this landscape, its heritage and communities. Find out more about the landscape, the aims of the project and the partnership by following our: Blog, https://ousewasheslps.wordpress.com/ Twitter: @ousewasheslp

An event-filled week in Willingham

Willingham Feast 2014

If you are looking for something to occupy your time over the next couple of weeks in the Ouse Washes area, you probably need look no further than the Willingham Feast logos2014.

Full programme of Events

With everything from a Feast Market to a Ceilidh and from a live music night to an exhibition in commemoration of World War I, there will be something for all interests.

The full programme of events is on the Willingham Life website, with a copy of the schedule below.

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Tales of Washes, Wildfowl and Water

Volunteers needed

One of the projects of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership is well underway and very keen to recruit more young volunteers to help make a short, animated film all about the creation of the Ouse Washes.

The details of who is eligible and how to get involved:Rosmini animation project A5flier jpeg

The film will be all about the archaeology, landscape heritage, natural heritage and the people who created the landscape and worked in the washes; it will lead those involved to explore the landscape heritage and how the Ouse Washes were created.

The Project

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The project is being run by the Fens Museum Partnership, in conjunction with a local volunteer community group linked to the Rosmini Centre in Wisbech. The volunteers involved in the project will shape the story and direction of the film, select the topics and then put the film together, thereby gaining a great sense of ownership over the project and final product.

Once the Ouse Washes Partnership scheme has completed its work, this film will continue to be used by various organisations, for example schools, youth clubs, libraries, local history groups and community groups, providing a concise story of the Ouse Washes to many more people and allowing them to learn about its heritage.

We will also promote the film at many of our partnership events, such as the Festival Fortnight during July 2015 and 2016, and other occasions when we showcase the Ouse Washes scheme to the public.

Previous films from the Fens Museum Partnership

To give you an idea of the wonderful films that are put together using this technique, follow this link to see some films that are part of a series of short, stop-frame animation Fenland Storiesfilms entitled Fenland Stories previously produced by The Fens Museum Partnership.

Once again, on this project, the film will be produced as a packaged DVD, allowing it to be widely distributed to the scheme partners, the Heritage Lottery Fund and other organisations. It will also be uploaded to the scheme’s website, social media and our YouTube channel.

How to Get Involved

If you are interested in getting involved in the project, please get in touch with Ruth Farnan at the Fens Museum Partnership directly on:

  • 07881 924374, or
  • ruth.farnan@Norfolk.gov.uk

Or you can contact the central team for the partnership using the details on our contact page.

Radio Interview – Community Heritage Fund

Mark stars on the radio again

Mark Nokkert – the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) Programme Manager – was Logosinvited onto BBC Radio Cambridgeshire early on Saturday morning. Seven o’clock to be precise – the sacrifices he makes for OWLP!

The interview was relatively brief but gave Mark the opportunity to get the message about the Community Heritage Fund out to a wider audience.

The Community Heritage Fund

This fund is for small grants of between £500 and £2000 available to individuals or groups inside Captureor outside the OWLP area for projects which “help people look after, learn about, extend the understanding of and celebrate the unique landscape and hidden heritage of the area”. You can read all about it in a previous blog post here.

We have had several expressions of interest from people who are hoping to secure some of this funding, but we are keen to encourage more people to come forward with new and inspiring ideas. Some examples of ideas we’ve had so far are to improve access to local walks through digitisation of walk maps, the development of “silent” canoe trips focusing on bank-side flora and fauna, a “ride-and-walk” tractor and trailer tour allowing for a tractor “walk” and stops for talks about the local flora and fauna, the creation of new circular walks with interpretation panels, a new hide, the cleaning up of a former railway station and then having community events there, the creation of a film by a local heritage centre about the area’s cultural heritage to be shown in homes and pubs throughout the area, the establishment of tours looking specifically at the area’s drainage engineering, fen poetry writing workshops, and microlight aerial photography. But there may be something completely different that you think would fulfil the criteria and engage the local community in the area, its story and its history. An ideal thought starting point: “Get people involved”.

If you are interested in applying for a grant and would like to speak to us, you’ll probably find us in the pub! (See accompanying image, above).

Please come and see us and enjoy a complimentary snack or two!

  •  Lamb & Flag, Welney – Monday 30th June 5.30 – 7. 30 pm
  •  Jenyns Arms, Denver Sluice – Tuesday 1st July 7 – 9 pm
  •  Three Pickerels, Mepal – Wed 2nd July 5.30 – 7.30 pm
  •  Old Ferryboat Inn, Holywell – Thursday 3rd July 5.30 – 7.30 pm

Please find our leaflet here, for the four above events: Community Heritage Fund A5 poster (PDF, 0.5MB) – please hang this up for people to see or pass around to friends, family and colleagues.

Application forms and grant guidance can be found here (and also in our Resources):

The full interview

You can hear the full radio interview given by Mark by clicking below. Once again, as a result of technical restrictions we are not able to upload the interview to this blog for you to download, however if you would like a copy of the file please get in touch and we will happily provide one.

Circular Walks in OWLP area – part 2 : Manea

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So here it is, the second instalment of the series of circular walks and rides! Following on from Mark’s excellent first blog of the series all about a circular walk in Mepal, this second entry in the series looks at a walk which starts and finishes in Manea.

Manea

Manea is a village which is found at about the half way point along the Landscape Partnership area, and it is a place with a surprising amount of history; for example Charles I had designs to build a new Capital City here (although, it has to be said, it was never built!). Welches Dam, just outside Manea, was also host to another Fenland oddity: The Floating Church, which used to travel the Fenland waterways offering religious services to local communities. It was moored at Welches Dam for two years from 1904. And then there are the fantastic stories surrounding the 19th century utopian Manea Colony.

The Walk

As always with Fenland walks, this one gives you the opportunity to experience the traditional Fen landscape with its massive skies and flat horizons.

Distance 6.3 miles (10.1km); Minimum time 3hrs; Ascent/gradient Negligible; Level of difficulty Medium; Paths Lanes and hard farm tracks; Landscape Wide, flat fields separated by ditches and drainage channels; Suggested map aqua3 OS Explorer 228 March & Ely. (All information and detailed description of the walk can be found on the AA Website from which the map below is taken).

As an alternative at point 3 on the map, you can turn left to take you along the route of the former light railway used to transport earthwork reinforcements to the flood banks of the Old Bedford River. All the details of this walk can be found by following this link to the AA website.

Alternatives

There are several footpaths in and around Manea (as you can see on the map below) so it is quite possible to find your own circular walk. Be warned though, some footpaths marked on the map may be closed for part of the year (during the bird breeding season),

Manea map showing the position of Interpretation Panels.

Manea map showing the position of Interpretation Panels. Source: Cambridgeshire County Council Rural Group

although you should always be able to find an alternative route if you find you are confronted by a shut gate!

A copy of this map is available to download from here.

This map also has marked on it the position of some interpretation panels which will be installed as part of the Manea Community Conservation Project, which is one of the projects of this Landscape Partnership Scheme. (You can see all the partners and link through to their websites on the OWLP Partnership page.) These interpretation panels have been deliberately placed along the route that is taken by the local children between the school and The Pit.

I hope that this blog will inspire some people to take the opportunity to visit Manea and take a stroll through its local countryside. It’s certainly inspired me – keep an eye out for updates to this post with pictures from my trip.

Join our Team: Summer Placements are here again

Cambridgeshire ACRE is looking for volunteers who would like work experience as a Logossummer placement, to assist with the delivery of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Are you looking to embark on a career in environmental, community, landscape or heritage management? If so, then this could be the volunteering opportunity for you as it will give valuable, varied experience and will give you that head start when it comes to applying for jobs in the sector.

If you are successful, you will be working with a small team of experienced Cambridgeshire ACRE staff and will benefit from on-the-job mentoring across a number of different elements of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme.

What kind of person are we looking for?

You will need to be flexible and keen to work on a wide variety of types of work, as you will be involved with a partnership which includes a wide range of local, regional and national organisations.

What sort of things will the role entail?

We would love to welcome you to our team.

We would love to welcome you to our team.

There will be fieldwork including interviewing members of the public about their visitor experiences, as well as desk-based work to record data and to write up consultation findings. You will also get involved in communicating via our social media resources (such as this blog) and at various community events and workshops.

 

Full Job Description

For a full job description and to find out the full range of the role, you can download the role description directly here: Summer Placement 2014 (This is also available on the Resources page).

Applications

If you wish to make an application, please send your CV together with a short covering letter outlining why you feel you are suitable for the role to mark.nokkert@cambsacre.org.uk.

The final closing date for applications is 30 June 2014, although we urge people to come forward as soon as possible, as we will be assessing applications when they come in.

We look forward to hearing from you soon. Any questions? Just contact Mark Nokkert, the Programme Manager.

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If you’re the right person, there’s a chair waiting…

Radio interview about the Ouse Washes scheme

Getting the word out

On Sunday 5th May, Mark Nokkert – Programme Manager of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme – was invited to join Bill Hensley on his County Matters Logosprogramme on Huntingdon Community Radio to be interviewed about the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme.

It was a very full interview which covered a lot of ground, and it included information which is interesting both for those who are familiar with the scheme, and for those who are finding out about it for the first time.

Covering all aspects of the scheme it gives an in-depth feel for what the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership could achieve for the area, from the skills and training 337-LA-10 - Parish Boundariesundertaken and the legacy this will leave, to the bringing together of partnerships of parishes, districts and counties. From the emphasis on community involvement to the over-arching aim of “putting the area on the map”, it tells what the project is about, where it is and what it will do.

 

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You can hear the interview in its entirety at the link below; it’s about 35 minutes long, so maybe get a cup of tea ready before you start!

As a result of technical restrictions we are not able to upload the interview to this blog for you to download, however if you would like a copy of the file please get in touch and we will happily provide one.

A New Face Joins the Team.

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My name is Jonathan Jarvis and on 1st May I joined the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership as its newest member of staff.


One of the sluices at Denver

One of the sluices at the Denver complex

 

New to the Area

As someone who is new to the area (both geographically and in terms of the type of project we’re running) I am looking forward with great excitement to learning about the area around my new home.

 

Although I have joined the team to deal with the financial claims processing in relation to the Heritage Lottery Funding, I am very keen to learn about the area, its history and its unique features, and to get involved in the project in as many different ways as possible. I have already enjoyed some excursions in and around schemes which will be supported by the project, and I have enjoyed every one.

I’m also greatly looking forward to getting volunteers involved in the program, and doing my best to pass on some of the enthusiasm I feel for opening up the area to local people and visitors.

The sluice at Denver - controlling the flow

The sluice at Denver – controlling the flow

Those involved in the project may well encounter me dealing with any general project enquiries or offering assistance anywhere to ‘help out’.

 

Meet and Greet

I hope to meet those involved in the project soon and look forward to working with them in relation to their diverse interests and areas of expertise.

 

Circular ~ Walks and Rides

I will also be taking on the responsibility for our circular walk blogs, so if you know of any good circular walks in the area – one of those well kept secrets! – please do let me know and I will do my best to incorporate it into the series.

Plaque dedicated to 350 years of flood alleviation begun by Vermuyden

Plaque dedicated to 350 years of flood alleviation begun by Vermuyden

 

I will be in the office on a part-time basis: every week Monday to Wednesday.

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