The High Sheriff Of Hampshire Visits Fleet Pond

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The High Sheriff of Hampshire, Rupert Younger, with Terry Austin (right) at the Pond last week

Cathy Holden writes:

“We are absolutely thrilled that Terry Austin, Vice Chairman of Fleet Pond Society, has been named as a winner of the Hampshire High Sheriff’s Community Award. This prestigious award is given to members of the community who deserve special recognition for their community activities.

Rupert Younger, High Sheriff of Hampshire, and his team visited Fleet Pond last week for Terry to give them a tour and update them on the Restoration Project.

Terry is a tireless worker for the Pond and is responsible for planning and implementing several innovations such as the Fleet Pond Clearwater Campaign DVD, the Kenilworth Road boat launching platform, the dipping platform at The Flash and the History Board and leaflet amongst a myriad of other projects.

He also leads the ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ team of volunteers on a Friday morning; this team complete a variety of jobs to help keep Fleet Pond and its surrounding Nature Reserve in good condition and a site of great benefit to the local community.

Terry will be receiving his award from the High Sheriff in the Great Hall at Winchester on 1st March.

There will be a full article on Terry’s achievement, along with photos of the award ceremony on this blog as well as in the Spring issue of the FPS newsletter (available to members of FPS, joining instructions here).

Congratulations Terry on a very well deserved award!”

Ed. The pictures below give a flavour of the activities mentioned above.


Producing the Clearwater Campaign video (featuring Chris Packham)


The Boat Launching Platform near Kenilworth Road

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Putting together the Dipping Platform at The Flash


Installing the very popular History Board

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The ‘History of Fleet Pond’ leaflet (available as a downloadable pdf)

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Members of ‘The Last of the Summer Wine’ team in action on one of the new islands

Credits: Top picture courtesy of Nick Royse.

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