PUBLISHED: 11:23 25 July 2019 | UPDATED: 11:23 25 July 2019 Emily Thomson Bats in Churches. Photo: Hugh Clarke Hugh Clark They are a symbol of Halloween and things that go bump in the night - not to mention Dracula's shape-shift. Bats in Churches. Photo: Hugh ClarkeBats are also the scourge of many church wardens, nesting in roof spaces and firing dropping into the aisle.But a new project is encouraging churches to embrace the bats in the belfry - and use themn to raise valuable funds and educate visitors.Bats in Churches is a project to help churches across England which are struggling with the protected creatures. According to the Bat Conservation Trust, 60pc of medieval churches are home to bats and in Norfolk they have been causing problems.A Soprano Pipistrelle BatPhilip Parker, an environmental consultant on part of the project, said: "I have looked at 270 churches in Norfolk and we have only found three or four without bats."We have a lot of … [Read more...] about Can bats ands church wardens live in harmony?
Byrds natural harmony
When summer arrives, so do wasps as they take to mating flights. Local NGO natur&ëmwelt is advocating for the public to better understand these insects and has created a network of consultants to help. The volunteer consultants are available to advise Luxembourg residents on how to deal with wasps and their nests in a bid to find a solution that won’t resort in stings or the unnecessary killing of wasps, which are ecologically important not only in their roles as pollinators, but also when it comes to predation and parasitism. The organisation has further developed an informational brochure to educate the public on ways to avoid stings as well as solutions to deal with nests, such as installing special screening on windows or outdoors to help deflect the wasps’ flight paths. The organisation can also help identify wasp species. For more information, visit natur&ëmwelt. … [Read more...] about Living in harmony with wasps
Night and Day offers a programme of contrasting piano and choral music by the Emsworth-based Renaissance Choir. They are offering a concert in the Church of the Holy Spirit, 197 Fawcett Road, Southsea, PO4 0DY, on Saturday, July 13 at 7.30pm.Spokesman Simon O’Hea said: “In this concert the Renaissance Choir will be exploring and contrasting bright and effervescent choral music alongside the dark and sombre.“Much of the harmony in this programme is of the contemporary “crunchy” type, where gentle discords provide an appealing and restful backdrop to contemplation. It’s music to de-stress, to relax, to chill.“Music will include Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, along with pieces by Holst, Guerrero, Byrd, Whitacre, Mealor, Kodaly, Schubert, Skempton, Wood and Dale.“The choir will be launching its new CD at this concert, which features “Stream of Life”, a recently-commissioned a cappella work from contemporary local composer Ian … [Read more...] about Emsworth’s Renaissance Choir offers Southsea concert
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency Maintaining momentum in relations between Turkey and China is crucial to both the welfare of their peoples and international stability, Turkey's president said on June 1. “We are on the same page regarding President Xi's approach to the initiative, which is not only to improve transport and communication networks, to construct trade corridors and to harmonize trade policies and development strategies, but also to boost cultural and human ties in this framework,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in an interview with Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua ahead of his official visit to the People's Republic of China today, referring to Chinese leader Xi Jinping. "We are acting in line with the conscience that the Sino-Turkish economic and trade partnership, besides its regional benefits, has potential to contribute to world peace, prosperity and stability," Erdoğan … [Read more...] about Turkey’s president praises ties with China
PUBLISHED: 17:09 13 June 2019 | UPDATED: 17:09 13 June 2019 Franki Berry The Carolines in 1953/4 with their grandfather. Picture: Submitted Archant One of the St Albans sisters who were thrust into the limelight as a three piece teenage harmony backing group during the swinging 60s has looked back on their incredible career. Carolyne, of The Carolines, now enjoys beauty pagents. Picture: Submitted by Carolyne MartinTwins Carolyne and Helen Samuels, and their younger sister Marion Samuels, were taught three part harmony from a young age by their father - who Carolyne described as a "brilliant pianist". Living in a house on Sandridge Road and attending what is now Beaumont School, the trio were already entering talent shows at just 13 years old as The Samuels Sisters. A big break came in 1963, after the family answered an advert in The Stage magazine for exactly their brand of harmony group.Carolyne, who is now 70, recalled: "We were very nervous. It was … [Read more...] about Reminiscing with St Albans 60s harmony group The Carolines