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Thorne Times offers readers chance to win Limited Edition Prints

December 21, 2013

Readers local to Thorne & Hatfield Moors may well receive the Thorne Times, a recent iniative which sees local stories contributed by local people.  The paper is the project of Karren Wake who funds the ‘freesheet’ and its delivery to in excess of 16,000 properties in the area through advertising.  Each edition sees 48 pages packed with local news, events and items of interest to the local communities of Moorends, Thorne, Fishlake, Hatfield, Stainforth, Dunscroft & Dunsville.

It has just distributed its fourth edition, the January copy in which the regular column “Ramblings and nature notes of a bog-trotter” offers readers the opportunity to win a set of Limited Edition Prints, individually signed by the artist, the late Dr Peter Skidmore?  Other runner up prizes include copies of An Inventory of the Invertebrates of Thorne & Hatfield Moors and other Thorne & Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum publications.  All correct entries will receive a copy of the Forum’s Hatfield Moors map (to be collected from the Thorne Times office).

There are six easy questions, the answers to which can be found in the first three editions of the Thorne Times.

  1. Who described the late Wm Bunting as “Naturalist, Pamphleteer, Archivist, Rebel, Bad-tempered old-sod and Inspiration”?
  2. In 1999 Evarca arcuata was discovered on Hatfield Moors, what is it?
  3. What year was the Thorne Moors beetle first discovered in the UK?
  4. What was the total number of species of invertebrates found from a Survey undertaken in 2012?
  5. What year did English Nature try to remove the protective status of large parts of Thorne & Hatfield Moors?
  6. Which winter thrushes breed in Scandanavia?

So, many blog readers will know the answers to at least five of the above, question 4 might be the tricky one?

Go on, get a copy and find out more on page 22.  Send in your entry – who knows a copy of the superb Limited Edition Prints may be yours for a few minutes effort.  Runners up prizes include copies of An Inventory of the Invertebrates of Thorne & Hatfield Moors and other Forum publications.



Thorne & Hatfield Moors and its campaigners receive another acolade ….

October 9, 2013

There had been some wonderful autumnal sun the week before, but the day dawned sultry and yet evocative as beffiting the moors. There were a few spots of rain but the weather held, people had dressed sensibly well aware of the nature of our wonderful, wild and windswept landscape.  One commentator suggested that “The setting could not have been bettered” another that “It was an inspired idea to take us to that evocative point on the moors”.  We would certainly agree but then we need no persuasion of the unique nature and emotions they generate.

Thorne Moors has seen some action over the years, it has had amazing discoveries made on it, it has seen demonstrations to save it it and last Friday it saw a celebration when the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Mr David Moody (the Queen’s representative) presented a British Empire Medal at a specially convened investiture to Helen Kirk, the Forum’s Executive Secretary who was honoured in the New Year’s Honours List 2013, near Blue Bridge along the limestone road actually on Thorne Moors!

The photograph below shows people drawn from the past three decades of peat campaigns, friends and family. Thanks to Craig Bennett (Director of Campaigns at FoE) and to the Rt Hon. Caroline Flint MP for their anecdotal reminiscences of the battles to save Thorne & Hatfield Moors. To Ian Carstairs OBE, a special thank you for acting as Master of Ceremonies.

A particular thank you to the Lord Lieutenant of our beloved county of South Yorkshire, Mr David Moody for his willingness to embrace the spirit of the campaign and to agreeing to the al fresco venue, also to his staff Sharon and Mike – you can tell your grandchildren that you survived the green-eyed tabanids, the cohorts of flies known to haunt the bogs in their millions!

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It has to be said that there was also the sense and a feeling that past campaigners were there with us, in spirit particularly with the last bottle of 1984 vintage “Mum’s Mild Malt” (given by the ‘infamous WB’ to the late Stephen Warburton and last aired by him at a Ministerial Conference in 2002).  The toast was to the past, to the present and ‘moor’ importantly to the future generation of conservation campaigners who will ensure that these moors, our moors are here for our grandchildren and their granchildren ad infinitum.

Thanks to Karren Wake of the newly launched Thorne Times for spending time out there with us, thanks too for allowing us to share this image marking the event.



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