Annual General Meeting 2016

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Wrens will be held on Wednesday 23 March 2016 in Wrenthorpe Village Hall commencing at 7:30pm.

The AGM will be followed at 8pm by a talk given by Mike Green titled

Waterton, Walton Hall and Woralia
The man who brought the paralyzing poison

Tickets for the talk are limited to 100, and cost £2 for Wrens members and £4 for non-members. They can be obtained from any member of the Committee or by contacting the Acting Secretary Tel: 01924 375843 email secretary@wrensoc.co.uk

Wise Owls 31 Jan 2016

ADSC03843_smallWRENS held their first event of 2016 on Sunday at Wrenthorpe Village Hall which was filled to capacity by lots of children with adults to see a presentation by the Wise Owl Birds of Prey display team.
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ADSC03849_smallIn his opening remarks, Chair for the event Charles Cantillon briefly outlined the aims of WRENS to develop interest in the environment within the local community together with a general outline of the programme for the afternoon. The audience was encouraged to make donations at this free event all of which would be to support the preservation costs of Wise Owls. The stage was then left open for Wise Owls to fill in the details, and they began by introducing the five birds that they had brought along.

European Eagle Owl
European Eagle Owl
White Faced Owl
White Faced Owl
Little Owl
Little Owl
Harris Hawk
Harris Hawk
Barn Owl
Barn Owl

The first three birds;

followed by the barn owl and Harris Hawk.The owls drew admiring gasps from the audience; the hawk however looked less impressive apart from its size. That is until it opened its wings and its tail.

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Wise Owls then held an informative discussion with the children present on facts about owls before an interval for coffee, tea and buns. Pictures of the birds were available on small tables with colouring pencils and crayons.

ADSC03846_smallAfter the short break and the drawing of the raffle we were entertained by a wonderful flying display of the full length of the hall. Birds in flight are difficult to photograph at the best of times; indoors in a crowded environment it is almost impossible. There were some impressive telescopic lenses in the hall so if you have any better pictures we would be pleased to include them.

Here it comes!
There it goes!
Safely landed
Safely landed!
There it goes!
Here it comes!

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The scariest part came when the bravest children were encouraged to lie perfectly still and absolutely flat on the ground while the hawk flew close above their bodies.

The small owl and barn owl also took part in the flying display.
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Unfortunately the small owl was too small to photograph in flight and the barn owl blotted its copybook on one occasion by landing on the cameraman.
Finally Wise Owls encouraged all the children to come and be photographed holding the birds.

A wonderful afternoon enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Wise Owl and WRENS volunteers for their efforts. Please feel free to add comments.ADSC03930ADSC03924_smallADSC03929_small