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Jasmine Safety Track Trust News

2nd of February 1999

We hope you are enjoying riding our grass safety track at the Bucks Hill Road and admiring our monument and brass laminate plaques dedicated to your special horses. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Chess Valley Bridleways Association, we have now reduced the cost of these plaques from £35.00 to £25.00 for one and £46.00 for two, for a period of time. Anyone wishing to apply for one will find application forms in the boxes placed at each end of the track. 4JJ money collected goes directly towards the fencing. maintenance and purchase/rent of the Jasmine Tracks, so if you feel your horse deserves a special ‘thankyou for the pleasure he gives or has given you, remember, if you buy him a plaque you are also contributing to yQ riding pleasure and safety. Many thanks go to the customers of The Boot, Tower Hill, Kimblewick Feeds, Kings Langley Riding School, and Rose Hall Farm for the generous contributions to our collection boxes, raising approximately £100 in all.
A major project which was completed this autumn was the re-surfacing of The Narrows Jasmine Track by Bensons Contractors of Cholesbury. As already mentioned it is the Silver Jubilee of the CVBA, and they have very kindly donated a large amount of money and their time to help with raising the very generous donations from local
businesses – Land Rover, Chipperfield, N. C. Engineering, E. H. Smith, Taylors Tools, Tower Hill Garage, Olivers Agricultural Supplies, Dorothy Heathcote Florists, Parishs, Great Westwood Equestrian Park, OBH North Pony Club, Chandlers Cross Riding Club, and of course many riders. We have raised a considerable amount of money, but a small amount is still outstanding. It requires everybodys help and support to raise the balance. Anybody wishing to donate to this, to order a plaque or to help with fund-raising in any way, please contact me: Tina Robinson, on 01923 267519, We do hope you are pleased with the finished track and we look forward to hearing from you.

The great thing about our British Weather is that its never boring! The first week in January, and I have been gardening in my shirt sleeves. One of the warmest January days on record has also made the blackbirds feel it must be spring and time to mark out their territories. There have been numerous fights on the front lawn this week, with 3 or 4 males trying to stake their claim. One of them is a youngster from last year; his bill still a sooty black colour instead of the mature birds bright orange. I am always surprised by just how many blackbirds there are in the garden, and it seems as if they work shifts as we rarely see more than one on the lawn at a time until spring.
The song thrushes have been singing to us each morning, competing with the mistle thrush, or storm cock as they are often known, who perches in the topmost branches of one of our Christmas trees and sings at the top of his voice, often swaying about in the breeze. Mistle thrushes always sing throughout the winter but its been a treat to hear the song thrush so early. Despite all the doom and gloom one reads in the national press, we seem to have a good number of thrushes in the garden, at least three pairs, and we are still able to see and hear skylarks in the fields around Chipperfield. Long may this continue, and I will avoid using the little blue slug pellets again this year, even if a few of our plants suffer as a result. Whenever I am indoors I usually wish I was outside, and while doing my chores I cant help looking out of the windows (I was just the same at school!). Most of the time I enjoy the view, but a couple of mornings ago I looked up from my dusting to see one of the biggest foxes I have ever seen leap gracefully over the electric fence and into the new orchard where the bantams ‘free range. I dropped the duster and raced down the garden, but I was too late, and Bertie, our pekin cock bantam, had been decapitated. The fox was a most magnificent creature, quite a dark chestnut colour with a large white tip to his tail. No doubt I shall see him again, I expect he will soon come back for the two hens. The Good Life has its ups and downs!
Wendy Bathurst

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