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Come for a Tree Walk and Talk in Wincanton

Thu 3 Oct '19, 17:44
By Jonathan Astill
Come for a Tree Walk and Talk in Wincanton

Come for an autumn tree walk and talk in the centre of Wincanton, on Saturday 5th October, and learn all about the trees where you live. Local arboriculturalist Jonathan Astill will be your guide, and gives his time in support of the Balsam Centre.

C.A.T.C.H. River & Wildlife Day

Fri 13 Sep '19, 17:51
By Steve Lee
C.A.T.C.H. River & Wildlife Day

With World Rivers Day approaching at the end of September, C.A.T.C.H. is excited to announce that it will be hosting a free River & Wildlife Day at Cale Park on Sunday 22nd September. Come and learn about the wildlife of our very own River Cale.

Have you spotted the Cale Park woodpecker? VIDEO

Wed 5 Jun '19, 20:46
By Dave Smith
Have you spotted the Cale Park woodpecker? <small style='color: blue;'>VIDEO</small>

I was walking through Cale Park when I heard the curious sound of distant gunfire. Or some kind of automatic tool being used nearby. Thankfully, before my curiosity cost me the rest of the day, another walker supplied a helpful hint: "That must be the woodpecker."

Huge volunteer turnout for C.A.T.C.H.'s litter pick last weekend

Thu 31 Jan '19, 22:48
By Dave Smith
Huge volunteer turnout for C.A.T.C.H.'s litter pick last weekend

On Sunday 27th January 2019, C.A.T.C.H. held a public litter pick along the River Cale in Wincanton, its first of the new year. Over 30 people turned up, the group's largest haul ever!

Just Dance just raised £300 for C.A.T.C.H!

Mon 11 Jun '18, 16:24
By Emma O'Brien
Just Dance just raised £300 for C.A.T.C.H!

Turns out they do other stuff, too. Local dance studio Just Dance recently raised £300 for C.A.T.C.H.; the proceeds from a raffle at their show at King Arthur's School in May.

Vote for C.A.T.C.H. to get funding from Aviva

Tue 31 Oct '17, 23:14
By Dave Smith
Vote for C.A.T.C.H. to get funding from Aviva

C.A.T.C.H. has been nominated as a potential recipient of funding from the Aviva Community Fund, but the amount of money they could win depends entirely on the number of votes they receive. Here's how to support the group!

BBC Somerset radio broadcast from Cale Park last Sunday

Sat 6 May '17, 08:25
By Dave Smith
BBC Somerset radio broadcast from Cale Park last Sunday

Last Sunday, 30th April, the BBC Somerset radio programme Clueless with Richard Lewis featured Cale Park, broadcast in part from the old bridge near the car park. Wincanton Town Clerk and members of C.A.T.C.H. were interviewed about the new play park and the work the team does to help the river.

Support C.A.T.C.H. at their jumble sale this Saturday

Thu 27 Apr '17, 23:12
By Dave Smith
Support C.A.T.C.H. at their jumble sale this Saturday

The river people are holding a jumble sale this Saturday, 29th April, to raise money to fund the work they're doing to improve the River Cale. Their previous sales have been so successful that for the second year running it'll be held in Wincanton Memorial Hall, the only venue with enough room for all the stuff and things.

It’s Time For a C.A.T.C.H. Jumble Sale

Mon 29 Feb '16, 23:13
By Dave Smith
It’s Time For a C.A.T.C.H. Jumble Sale

C.A.T.C.H. will be holding its annual jumble sale this week, on Saturday 5th March, this time in the Memorial Hall, 11.00am till 2.00pm. There’s still time to donate good quality items you’d like rid of, in support of a local, noble cause.

Join C.A.T.C.H. for a Christmas Litter Pick on Sunday 20th

Mon 14 Dec '15, 23:25
By Dave Smith
Join C.A.T.C.H. for a Christmas Litter Pick on Sunday 20th

What better way to celebrate Christmas this year than to pick other people's grimey rubbish out of a cold, wet river? And to top it off, it's totally FREE.

Free Green Skills Hedgelaying Course at Carymoor

Fri 4 Dec '15, 11:52
By Rupert Farthing
Free Green Skills Hedgelaying Course at Carymoor

Join us at Carymoor Environmental Trust on 10th December for a free course, giving people a chance to learn the traditional rural skill of hedgelaying to maintain livestock-proof hedges and create a fantastic habitat for wildlife.

C.A.T.C.H. Action Day on Sunday 19th July – Balsam Bashing

Fri 17 Jul '15, 21:53
By Dave Smith
C.A.T.C.H. Action Day on Sunday 19th July – Balsam Bashing

The C.A.T.C.H. team have organised a public action day for this Sunday, 19th July, for the specific purpose of pulling up Himalayan Balsam, an invasive, non-native plant species that takes over the river bank and damages the ecosystem.

The Sowing of Cale Park’s Memorial Meadow VIDEO

Mon 4 May '15, 17:23
By Dave Smith
The Sowing of Cale Park’s Memorial Meadow <small style='color: red;'>VIDEO</small>

On Saturday 25th April 2015 volunteers, including members of C.A.T.C.H. working with the Recreation Ground Working Group as well as other members of the public, worked tirelessly to prepare the soil and sow the seed for a new wild flower meadow near the play area.

C.A.T.C.H. Open the Weir Near Hawkers Bridge VIDEO

Mon 27 Apr '15, 10:41
By Dave Smith
C.A.T.C.H. Open the Weir Near Hawkers Bridge <small style='color: red;'>VIDEO</small>

On Sunday 19th April 2015, the C.A.T.C.H. team removed a sluice gate in the Hawkers Bridge weir, Wincanton. There are two weirs bookending the Wincanton stretch of the River Cale, preventing fish passing back up through them to reach up-stream.

Come and Support the Planting of Memorial Meadow UPDATED

Fri 13 Mar '15, 14:38
By Steve Lee
Come and Support the Planting of Memorial Meadow <small style='color: blue'>UPDATED</small>

Join the C.A.T.C.H. team and other local organisations on Saturday 25th April to watch (and maybe help!) as a new Memorial Meadow is planted with wild flowers and poppies in what was once overgrown land at Cale Park.

Springwatch's Chris Sperring Will Talk in Wincanton on 13th March

Fri 20 Feb '15, 16:47
By Steve Lee
Springwatch's Chris Sperring Will Talk in Wincanton on 13th March

Chris Sperring, a professional wildlife conservationist most recognisable these days by his involvement with the BBC's Springwatch, will be in Wincanton on 13th March to give a talk on wildlife conservation in this area. Tickets only £3!

A Butterfly Summer: Monitoring Butterflies at Carymoor

Fri 13 Feb '15, 16:57
By Julian Rawlins
A Butterfly Summer: Monitoring Butterflies at Carymoor

Volunteer ‘Butterfly Transect Walker’ Julian Rawlins monitors butterfly numbers on the Carymoor nature reserve near Castle Cary. He reports on his 2014 results, revealing that it was a good summer for butterflies.

C.A.T.C.H. Litter Pick Along the River Cale – Sunday 1st March 2015

Thu 5 Feb '15, 16:17
By Steve Lee
C.A.T.C.H. Litter Pick Along the River Cale – Sunday 1st March 2015

Community action group C.A.T.C.H. will be carrying out their next litter pick along the River Cale on Sunday 1st March 2015. As always, the group would like to invite any willing volunteers to join them on the day from 9.00am.

The Next C.A.T.C.H. Jumble Sale is on 8th Feb

Mon 26 Jan '15, 18:57
By Dave Smith
The Next C.A.T.C.H. Jumble Sale is on 8th Feb

C.A.T.C.H. aims to repeat the success of its jumble sale held in the Balsam Centre on the same date last year. To help raise money for the work the team does to clean and protect the river Cale, donate your non-electrical stuff! 11am - 2pm, 30p entry, under 12s free.

EA Releases Fish into the Cale Due to C.A.T.C.H. VIDEO

Fri 7 Nov '14, 00:34
By Dave Smith
EA Releases Fish into the Cale Due to C.A.T.C.H. <small style='color: red;'>VIDEO</small>

The Environment Agency has seen fit to release a significant stock of bred fish into the River Cale in Wincanton, as a direct result of, and credit to the work C.A.T.C.H. has been doing to clean up the river and improve its status as a bio-diverse habitat.

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