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?
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
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
Frans Timmermans, the Socialist nominee for Commission president, used the last major candidates' debate Wednesday to push for a left-wing alliance that could break the center right's monopoly control of the EU leadership. Overall it was a lackluster debate, in which the candidates struggled to distinguish themselves and offered little clarity for voters about how the EU would respond to rising nationalism or answer aggression by China or the United States. But on questions about climate change, economic policy and resurgent nationalism, Timmermans sought to portray his Party of European Socialists (PES) as close in harmony with the Greens and the far leftists, and he led his fellow candidates in blistering attacks on Manfred Weber, the German nominee of the center-right European People's Party (EPP). With less than two weeks to go until the European Parliament election, Timmermans also sought to leave space for a partnership with the new centrist-liberal force that French … [Read more...] about Timmermans lays ground for left coalition against EPP
PUBLISHED: 14:04 15 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:04 15 May 2019 Charlotte Smith-Jarvis James and David have come together to make a new Norfolk barley ice cream Picture: Submitted Archant An award-winning brewer and ice cream maker from the county have come together to create a product not found anywhere else in the world. A duo of East of England Co-op producers have joined forces to create a unique new product especially for the society's forthcoming Sourced Locally Fortnight.Producer of the Year, The Norfolk Brewhouse, and Dann's Farm Ice Cream have brought their beer and frozen dessert skills together to make a malted ice cream, infused with the county's world famous Maris Otter malting barley.Currently in production, with malty, beer-like notes at the front, David Holliday of The Norfolk Brewhouse says the new product is a tasty reminder of just how great Norfolk's farmers are at growing barley."Marris Otter is so important to the county and beyond," he … [Read more...] about This new ice cream flavour is unique to Norfolk