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iMPFT

Inkpen Parish Council is the corporate trustee for the Inkpen Memorial Playing Field Trust. The IMPFT has its own website and this can be found at http://impft.co.uk. All bookings, events schedule etc. is available on the impft website.

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The Bulletin
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The Hungerford and Kintbury Ward news can be found here.

THE RHYTHM OF LIFE
Last spring the Kintbury Charity Plant and Cake Sale team donated £500 to the North Wessex Downs National Landscape (formerly North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.)
The NWDNL at Denford asked for this money to be put towards promoting their ‘Dark Skies’ initiative to help increase awareness within the community of the importance of darkness to the natural Circadian Rhythm and, conversely, the negative affects light pollution can have on the environment.

Many of us are aware that increased levels of artificial light drown out the stars and severely disrupts the feeding and breeding cycles of insects, bats, birds and animals. It can also have a negative impact on human health. Almost 15% of the sky in the North Wessex downland area is as dark as anywhere in the UK. On a beautiful moonless night there are as many as 3000 stars visible from places like Combe Gibbet or Wilton Windmill.

Kintbury in partnership with neighbouring Inkpen, during 2024 we’d like to encourage people of all ages to embrace the night. If you are an environmentalist, astronomer, teacher or otherwise interested in joining us to discuss different ways we might do this, please get in touch. Kate Adams Tee (Kintbury): csadams1@hotmail.com. David Thomas (Inkpen): inkpen-climate@outlook.com For more information about the NWDNL dark skies visit: https://www.northwessexdowns.org.uk/our-work/our-current-projects/dark-skies/

Please give us a hand – Oak Trees in Inkpen
We need your help to measure oak trees. Measuring tree girths helps us to evaluate changes that have taken place in Inkpen and enable future researchers to evaluate the effect of climate change on tree growth and distribution. This is work of real value, be part of it. Go to inkpenhistory.uk to find out more

Pop-In-Cafe - Feb 1st and 15th

The next Pop In Café mornings are February 1st and 15th, followed by March 7th and 21st at the Inkpen playing field pavilion. All are welcome at whatever age. Visitors from outside Inkpen are requested to donate towards the cost of refreshments but all are very welcome.

The café is a good place to meet with friends or make new friends, discuss problems or just pass the time of day. The heating is on, plenty of parking, a choice of coffee, tea or hot chocolate with cake and biscuits. What’s not to like? Make a date in your diary. If you’re on your own, please do give it a try.

Going for a walk
If you want a breath of fresh air and some exercise, check out the Inkpen walks, but keep your distance from others, that's at least 6 feet apart in old money. If you feel that you should wear a face mask when outdoors, then checkout the design given on the News page.

On the news page this month there are a number of updates including from the Inkpen Primary School and pre-school, from the Playing field trust and Village Hall, and there's this months Police Report .

Climate change issues.
England's hedgerows would stretch almost ten times around the Earth if lined up end to end. That's according to a new map - the most comprehensive to date - of these historic features of the landscape.

Ecologists hope the data will lead to better protections for the much-loved lines of trees and shrubs that provide food and shelter for wildlife, and store large amounts of carbon. Laser scanning from the air reveals a total of 390,000 km of hedges. The South West boasts the most hedgerows, led by Cornwall. Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire are the counties with the least - excluding big urban areas.

We are depending on renewables to help us get to net-zero carbon emissions. If you'd like to see what contribution renewables are making on a daily basis, have a look here.


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