Friends of Langley Park

Beautiful Historic Grade II Listed Parkland near Pinewood Studios, Iver

COMMITTEE PROFILES

 
Chairman

 

Position is currently vacant.


Rhys Jones - Treasurer

Hi, my name is Rhys Jones.  I joined the FOLP in 2009 and shortly afterwards was asked to join the committee to help with marketing, an area I have spent most of my working life in.

Was born in Chile, went to an English school in the Argentine and then in the early 1970’s as a family decided to come back to live in England.  My parents bought a house in Iver Heath were I now live - although I spent several years living up in Milton Keys I was always drawn back to Iver Heath. It was not long after we came to live in the area that we became acquainted with Langley Park.
 
I have always been a keen sports man having played most sports at one time or another, but hockey seemed to be the dominant sport having played for many years for both Richings Park and Farnham Common up to the end of 2008 when, although the mind was eager and willing to carry on, the body has other ideas!!! So I decided it was time to bow out gracefully.  For a time I looked around for other activates that would interest me and got involved with Simply Walk first at Black Park and then, when the walks were extended, to Langley Park.  It was during one of these walks that I was asked to help out and became a walk leader so now I am at the Park most Monday mornings involved in some way with Simply Walk.  Whenever it is possible I go to the conservation days on the first Saturday of the month.
 
I am now semi-retired, having spent my first 25 year working in After Sales Marketing in the Motor Industry and then lately for a Business Gift company base in Slough developing and looking after there Management Information Systems.

Since being with FOLP I have organised and run the stall at the Denham Fayre and The Langley Launch promoting the Park and explaining to people why the redevelopment of the Park was necessary and what it has meant to the Park.  I now look forward to the next stage of future development of the Park which and maintenance of all the restoration work. 


Sally Boserup - Membership Secretary

Hi, I'm Sally.  I became a member of the Friends of Langley Park at the official launch of the park in July 2010 and have recently joined the FOLP committee as Membership Secretary.  I will make sure that new members receive their  introduction packs and that annual reminders are sent out to existing members. Time will tell what other activities I may get involved in within FOLP.

Though I moved to Farnham Royal 10 years ago, I found that when I retired from my IT job that I did not really know the area or any local people at all. Discovering Simply Walk soon helped change all that. I have now walked many miles in Black Park, Langley Park, Marlow, Denham, Lane End and Chalfont St Giles to name just a few. In the process, I have also met many interesting and friendly people amongst the other walkers. Langley Park has been especially fascinating as we followed the restoration work from week to week at close hand - gradually watching the muddy tracks transformed into sleek paths and seeing TempleGardens reborn from the wilderness.

As part of my other interests and activities, I work as a volunteer for Age Concern on the Home from Hospital team. It gives some interesting insights in how to (and how not to!) grow old.  Moreover, it certainly makes me appreciate my own health and lifestyle.

For the last 6 years I have helped out weekly at Swan Lifeline, a swan rescue centre in Eton. I love working with the swans and since my retirement, I have added Abbotsbury Swannery inDorset to my voluntary work several times a year, where I help the permanent staff with some of their duties.  


Maureen Stevens - Newsletter Editor

Hello, my name is Maureen and I put together the Newsletters for Friends of Langley Park.  

I have known Langley Park for many years and have a deep love of wildlife and the countryside, passed on to me through my father.  From childhood he has always taken me out and about and shown me many beautiful places, from the mountains and forests of Wales to many areas around Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.  The Chilterns are probably at their most beautiful in Autumn, although I really love the fresh greens of Springtime.  The early childhood interest has never left me and I always try to instil something of nature into people around me, either at work or where I live.  I never walk far in the countryside without having to stop to hunt for whatever I heard scurrying through the undergrowth and invariably it is a mouse or a vole or even sometimes a lizard.  If you wait long enough and patiently enough it will appear.  Wildlife is never far away.

When the chance came to get involved in doing some conservation work in Langley Park I jumped at the chance and from that grew the Friends of Langley Park.

I have gained many wonderful friends through the Friends of Langley Park in particular the other committee members and volunteers and I very much enjoy meeting with people through the events we put on.  Invariably it is people with the same interests.  We truly have become a “Friends group”.

In my normal daily working life I am a Secretary for a large construction company in Slough, which at times can be pretty monotonous and a walk through the woods or the Rhododendron Gardens at the end of a long and busy day, listening the wonderful bird songs, can be a good release.

I also enjoy gardening and try to incorporate plants and flowers that attract the butterflies and insects which can be beneficial to every gardener and when I get some spare time, however small it may be, I do like to sit down and do some card making.  You never know, one day I may get the chance to sell some at some of our events.


Andy Stevens - Member

My name is Andy Stevens and I am the Conservation and Photography Officer for the Friends of Langley Park.  My role allows me to get involved with the volunteering side of the group which is a very important part of our objectives and it is rewarding to know that we are helping the Country Parks Team to maintain and improve such a special place.  Have a look at our Conservation page to see the kind of volunteering work we do.

My day time job is that of Park Manager at the Orchards Residential Park, which is situated very close to Langley Park and which also had a mention in the historical survey carried out by John Phibbs for the HLF bid, as the site of an Elizabethan Pleasance Garden, this is exciting news and is yet another piece of the historical jigsaw.

The photography side of my job involves documenting as many of our varied activities as possible in order to monitor our progress, keep the website up to date and have a good laugh at some of the strange things FOLP members do at events and social functions (some will never be seen!!) and of course to implement and supervise the Fixed Point Photography of Langley Park which is a requirement of the HLF project.

Fixed Point Photography is a method of recording photographic data of designated areas including the Lake, the Car Park, the Temple Gardens and the Arboretum, etc from fixed points around the given areas at regular intervals for as long as is required.  This is normally done over many years.  The information is stored in hard copy and data files that can be cross referenced throughout the project and beyond allowing the Country Parks Team and the HLF to see exactly where the monies are being spent.  This is a project any keen photographer within the group can do as expensive equipment is not required, although a tripod is quite important. 

Every visit to the park is different and I gain a feeling of great pride and pleasure to know that the FOLP members ably assisted by the hard working Country Parks Team are helping to promote and maintain a place of such diversity and interest that is Langley Park. 

I look forward to seeing you during my many wanderings. 


Margaret Ashmore - Dog Show Organiser and Member

My name is Margaret Ashmore and I have been involved with the Friends of Langley Park from the start.  As a committee member I am described as a 'helper' which is what I try to do.  One of my main contributions is to make the cakes on volunteer days.  I also organised and ran the Dog Show at the Langley Launch in 2010. 

I am fortunate to live on the edge of the Park, with my husband Aubrey, our two dogs and the cat.  I walk the dogs every day in the park, as I have done for the past 11 years.  It is a beautiful place with a wide variety of wildlife and it is a privilege to play a small part in its restoration.


Ann McCullough - Minutes Secretary

 

My name is Ann McCullough; my role is helping Tansie with the website which involves informing interested parties about Langley Park, conservation work and related items.

I hope that by helping with the website we will be able to create interest in the work that we do in Langley Park and towards conservation projects.

I moved into Iver in 2000 from NW London.  Being single and a keen gardener I found joining FOLP an opportunity to further my interest in conservation and an excellent way of meeting people and making new friends.

Moving from NW London has given me the chance in my retirement to enjoy the open spaces and parks that this area has to offer, which has also given me the chance to join Simply Walks, where I am able to not only exercise on a regular basis, but study conservation and nature more closely with a twice a week walk.

I am also a member of the Iver Garden Club and attend the meetings and outings on a regular basis.  I am looking forward to becoming a useful member of the Friends of Langley Park committee.


Eugenie Pattison - Member  

I retired in 2005, and as I enjoy the out of doors life and meeting like minded people, I joined the conservation volunteers as I believe we need to preserve these parks, not just for now, but for the future.  I hope, in a small way, I am helping to do this.

I joined the Simply Walks in 2007, and  became a Leader and Back-marker for both Langley and Black Park walks.

I am currently on the Friends of Langley Park committee and am a back-up for the Minutes secretary. 


Merle Fletcher - Member

I've been walking in Langley Park for over forty years.  I used to take my two sons there for a game of ‘cowboys and indians’ amongst the trees and later on we walked our two dogs there.  We could walk there from home, watching cormorants as we walked through the gravel pits and again when we reached the park. Of course there was no café back then so we couldn’t get a cooling ice cream in summer or a hot drink in winter, as we can now.

Its been great watching the developments in more recent years as restoration has been ongoing with the lake, paths etc.  Much work has been done, not only by park rangers but also by volunteers giving up their own time to improve the park.  This spring should produce a wonderful sight of thousands of daffodil and crocus bulbs planted by the conservationists.

I’ve been a ‘Friend of Langley Park’ since its launch but only joined the Committee last year.  I’m not sure I contribute much apart from always having a lot to say! I don’t do conservation days since I have a large garden myself that always needs more doing in it than I have time for.  Just once in my life I’d love the satisfaction of it all being done though I doubt it will ever happen.

A retired school teacher, I’ve taught all ages from nursery through to adults and once ran a disco for under 16: I’ll leave you to guess which was the hardest.  I’m still in touch with some past pupils and its great hearing how their lives have progressed. 

My other interests are wildlife (everything from trees to insects) though birds and fungi are amongst my favourites.  I also belong to the Iver Heath Garden and Allotment Club and am also a member of that committee.  I enjoy the cinema, theatre and writing.  I am a member of Slough Writers, a most successful group that has been running since 1967.  I have always loved the sound of words and stringing them together to see what I can come up with.  Over the years I have written short stories, articles and poetry.  I am fortunate enough to have had some of each published.  It even better to have been paid for it! Sadly I’m very much a ‘been there and done that’ type of person and though I still write, I probably don’t devote as much energy to it these days.  I’m not as desperate for the extra money anymore and that was always a good incentive to write! However, I can always find something to write about the park and do the occasional article or poem for the ‘Friends of Langley Park’ newsletter.


 Jim Gore

 

I have lived in Langley for 40 years and during that time have walked, run and cycled through Langley Park on many occasions.

When I retired 6 years ago I needed things to keep me active and out of the Pub, so I became a Volunteer at The Iver Nature Study Centre, and worked there for over 4 Years. 

At the same time I became a member of FOLP.  I remember my first few times working with other volunteers hacking our way through the overgrown paths in the Temple Garden.   

Since then I have attended the Volunteer Sessions regularly and with my Wife Yvonne have helped with various events in the Park.

In 2011 I led the refurbishment of the Park Stile Garden, and still maintain it.

Earlier this year I was invited to join the Committee.  FOLP is a wonderful asset to the Park, the members are very friendly and I would recommend anyone to join FOLP. 

John Watson - Chairman

How did I ever find time to go to work?  I expect you’ve heard that before.

I’m John Watson, and this is a picture of me with Molly and Brandy.  I’m the tall one.

We moved to George Green in October 1998 and, very quickly, the dogs showed me all the footpaths and fields within a two mile radius.  There’s an old truism that goes “the more you put in, the more you get out” and, sure enough, all that walking made me realise how little I knew about the wild flowers that I saw.  So I put that right.  But then came bushes, deciduous tress, and then conifers, and the more I learned the less I knew.

Just about when I retired, I saw a notice asking for volunteers for Langley Park, and I thought that this would a be good opportunity to put back some of what I had gained, without taking more.  I volunteered, and far from not getting more, the park threw things at me I never even dreamed of.  There is a bigger variety of trees than anywhere between here and Kew Gardens.  There are more, and rarer, bugs in dead trees than anywhere between here and The New Forest.  There are roe deer and  voles, hobbies and cross bills, fungi and bats, butterflies and spiders.  Every time I turned a corner the park stuck something else in my face as if saying “So what’s this then Mr Know-it-all”, and often I didn’t.  So I put that right.

Then they started a group “The Friends of Langley Park”.  I’m not a friend; I’m an ardent fan and admirer, so I joined the committee.  I don’t have a particular role, I just help all the others who are much more skilled and able than I.  But at meetings I get to pontificate about every subject, and have no responsibility for any.  Makes me feel like a real politician !!  I also thought it was a opportunity to put back some of what I had gained without taking more.  Until the floodgates opened.

I gave up history in the third form in 1953, and never had cause to regret doing that during fifty years in commerce.  That was until 2005, when I suddenly found out about lots more “Friends”.  King John of Magna Charta fame, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Queen Charlotte wife of George III, Dukes, Earls, Lords and Ladies, the Kedderminster family, the Bateson Harvey family, Capability Brown, and Stiff Leadbetter.  All had walked the same paths in the park as I.  Mind you, none of them had been on the committee.

And if you don’t want any of this, then the park just stands there, welcoming all who come through it’s gates whatever the time; 6 o-clock sunrises over the lake in spring, or January squalls down the vista shot blasting your face with rain and dead leaves.  And if this is still too much, then solitude is in Temple Gardens, Kings Wood, or by the lake.

My dad always told me not to believe everything I read.  I’m telling you “Don’t believe everything you read”. Come to Langley Park and find out for yourself.  I did.

You could wonder how you ever found time to go to work. 

 

 

 Davina Watson - Treasurer

My name is Davina Watson and I am the Treasurer for the FOLP.  It is my duty to keep the funds raised by membership, donations and events safe and to ensure that any expenditure is accounted for and to work closely with the Chairman and Secretary on any fundraising.  My background has been varied and I have held similar positions for the Friends of Slough Museum when the Museum first opened, and also for the Southern Skirmish Association - a national re-enactment group.  It was whilst holding the latter position that I had the unenviable task of registering for VAT before the ceiling was raised to a more realistic level, and for many years I also kept the accounts for a friend’s company where the turnover could be as high as one and a half million, but I don’t think FOLP will reach that level!  Most of my working life has been spent in the film industry and I have even been responsible for Langley Park being used as a location by one company I worked for.

I came to this area in the mid-50’s when my parents returned from Canada and spent most of my formative years having fun in both Langley Park and Black Park, where my first brush with filming was when my friend’s horse bolted through the trees and straight through a column of ‘American WWII prisoners’ and their ‘German’ guards scattering them to the four winds.  It was only later that I discovered the strangulated scream of ‘Cut’ came from the famous director Carl Foreman!  Basically I can say that over the past 50 + years I have walked dogs, ridden horses and earned a living in Langley Park and hope that it continues to provide as much fun and entertainment to the generations to come as it has to me. 

  

Jean Richardson - Minutes Secretary

Hello, I’m Jean Richardson and I’m the Minutes Secretary with the Friends of Langley Park.  I have only recently joined the FOLP group and I attend the monthly meetings, take minutes and circulate to everyone on the committee. 

I have lived in Iver and Iver Heath for many years and both Langley and Black Parks have been regular places for me to exercise my dogs and horses in the past. Now I enjoy cycling and walking in both of the parks and love all the wildlife.  Quite regularly I stumble upon the small deer while walking, it is fascinating to see them, and I am usually trying to get photographs of them in amongst the undergrowth. After a day in the office the parks are wonderful places to chill out and relax.

I work for a pharmaceutical company close to Heathrow Airport and my personal interests are cycling, walking, photography and gardening. 

 

Sally Boserup - Membership Secretary

Hi, I'm Sally.  I became a member of the Friends of Langley Park at the official launch of the park in July 2010 and have recently joined the FOLP committee as Membership Secretary.  I will make sure that new members receive their  introduction packs and that annual reminders are sent out to existing members. Time will tell what other activities I may get involved in within FOLP.

Though I moved to Farnham Royal 10 years ago, I found that when I retired from my IT job that I did not really know the area or any local people at all. Discovering Simply Walk soon helped change all that. I have now walked many miles in Black Park, Langley Park, Marlow, Denham, Lane End and Chalfont St Giles to name just a few. In the process, I have also met many interesting and friendly people amongst the other walkers. Langley Park has been especially fascinating as we followed the restoration work from week to week at close hand - gradually watching the muddy tracks transformed into sleek paths and seeing TempleGardens reborn from the wilderness.

As part of my other interests and activities, I work as a volunteer for Age Concern on the Home from Hospital team. It gives some interesting insights in how to (and how not to!) grow old.  Moreover, it certainly makes me appreciate my own health and lifestyle.

For the last 6 years I have helped out weekly at Swan Lifeline, a swan rescue centre in Eton. I love working with the swans and since my retirement, I have added Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset to my voluntary work several times a year, where I help the permanent staff with some of their duties.  

launch of the park in July 2010 and have recently joined the committee for
FOLP as Membership Secretary. I’ll make sure that new members receive
their introduction packs and that annual reminders are sent out to existing
members. Time will tell what other activities I may get involved in within
FOLP.

Though I moved to Farnham Royal 10 years ago, I found that when I retired
from my IT job that I did not really know the area or any local people at all.
Discovering Simply Walk soon helped change all that. I have now walked
many miles in Black Park, Langley Park, Marlow, Denham, Lane End and
Chalfont St Giles to name just a few. In the process, I have also met many
interesting and friendly people amongst the other walkers. Langley Park has
been especially fascinating as we followed the restoration work from week to
week at close hand - gradually watching the muddy tracks transformed into
sleek paths and seeing Temple Gardens reborn from the wilderness.

As part of my other interests and activities, I work as a volunteer for Age
Concern on the Home from Hospital team. It gives some interesting insights
in how to (and how not to!) grow old. Moreover, it certainly makes me
appreciate my own health and lifestyle.

For the last 6 years I have helped out weekly at Swan Lifeline, a swan rescue
centre in Eton. I love working with the swans and since my retirement, I have
added Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset to my voluntary work several times a
year, where I help the permanent staff with some of their duties.

Tansie Nicole - Website Editor and Events Organiser

Hi, I am Tansie Nicole and the IT Officer for the Friends of Langley Park, which basically means I run and update the website.  I was originally asked if I knew anything about FrontPage web design, and after admitting I did, given the job of creating this site.   (Next time I will keep my mouth closed!)

It has been a lot of fun and at times challenging to work out ways of getting things done on the site, but also very rewarding, and I am pleased to say I am now quite proud of it!

My background has been Admin/PA based, mixed in with being a Complementary Therapist and Trainer, and I now also design web sites for people.

I also organise the Friends of Langley Park day trips, such as Exbury Gardens, Blenheim Palace, and recently Wisley Gardens, as well as our events - you may have seen us at  Apple Day, Crooked Billet Fun Day, Denham Fayre, and coming up Langley Launch and Canal Festival.

My passions are being in nature (so I love the conservation work we do, especially as we have a great group of people doing it), working with animals (I currently foster 4 adorable kittens and a beautiful 5 year old female for the Cats Protection League), dog walking for the Harefield Dogs Trust, gardening, cooking, photography, socialising, self-development, spending time with my 6 nieces and nephews - its great to be a child again! - to name but a few.

Going back to the website, we have tried to include as much of interest to people as possible, namely the guided walks, orienteering trail, maps of Langley and Black Parks, and conservation work.  We also have a monthly Park User, Photo Competition and Forum to make this site more interactive.   And the latest addition has been using PayPal so that anyone can pay by debit or credit card for membership or our other goodies online, as simply as possible.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the website and Langley Park, and if you have any ideas for improvements or suggestions for either please let me know. 

 

Rhys Jones - Marketing Officer

Hi, my name is Rhys Jones.  I joined the FOLP in 2009 and shortly afterwards was asked to join the committee to help with marketing, an area I have spent most of my working life in.

Was born in Chile, went to an English school in the Argentine and then in the early 1970’s as a family decided to come back to live in England.  My parents bought a house in Iver Heath were I now live - although I spent several years living up in Milton Keys I was always drawn back to Iver Heath. It was not long after we came to live in the area that we became acquainted with Langley Park.
 
I have always been a keen sports man having played most sports at one time or another, but hockey seemed to be the dominant sport having played for many years for both Richings Park and Farnham Common up to the end of 2008 when, although the mind was eager and willing to carry on, the body has other ideas!!! So I decided it was time to bow out gracefully.  For a time I looked around for other activates that would interest me and got involved with Simply Walk first at Black Park and then, when the walks were extended, to Langley Park.  It was during one of these walks that I was asked to help out and became a walk leader so now I am at the Park most Monday mornings involved in some way with Simply Walk.  Whenever it is possible I go to the conservation days on the first Saturday of the month.
 
I am now semi-retired, having spent my first 25 year working in After Sales Marketing in the Motor Industry and then lately for a Business Gift company base in Slough developing and looking after there Management Information Systems.
 
Since being with FOLP I have organised and run the stall at the Denham Fayre and The Langley Launch promoting the Park and explaining to people why the redevelopment of the Park was necessary and what it has meant to the Park.  I now look forward to the next stage of future development of the Park which and maintenance of all the restoration work.

 

Maureen Stevens - Newsletter Editor

Hello, my name is Maureen and I put together the Newsletters for Friends of Langley Park.  

I have known Langley Park for many years and have a deep love of wildlife and the countryside, passed on to me through my father.  From childhood he has always taken me out and about and shown me many beautiful places, from the mountains and forests of Wales to many areas around Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.  The Chilterns are probably at their most beautiful in Autumn, although I really love the fresh greens of Springtime.  The early childhood interest has never left me and I always try to instil something of nature into people around me, either at work or where I live.  I never walk far in the countryside without having to stop to hunt for whatever I heard scurrying through the undergrowth and invariably it is a mouse or a vole or even sometimes a lizard.  If you wait long enough and patiently enough it will appear.  Wildlife is never far away.

When the chance came to get involved in doing some conservation work in Langley Park I jumped at the chance and from that grew the Friends of Langley Park.

I have gained many wonderful friends through the Friends of Langley Park in particular the other committee members and volunteers and I very much enjoy meeting with people through the events we put on.  Invariably it is people with the same interests.  We truly have become a “Friends group”.

In my normal daily working life I am a Secretary for a large construction company in Slough, which at times can be pretty monotonous and a walk through the woods or the Rhododendron Gardens at the end of a long and busy day, listening the wonderful bird songs, can be a good release.

I also enjoy gardening and try to incorporate plants and flowers that attract the butterflies and insects which can be beneficial to every gardener and when I get some spare time, however small it may be, I do like to sit down and do some card making.  You never know, one day I may get the chance to sell some at some of our events.

 

Andy Stevens - Member

My name is Andy Stevens and I am the Conservation and Photography Officer for the Friends of Langley Park.  My role allows me to get involved with the volunteering side of the group which is a very important part of our objectives and it is rewarding to know that we are helping the Country Parks Team to maintain and improve such a special place.  Have a look at our Conservation page to see the kind of volunteering work we do.

My day time job is that of Park Manager at the Orchards Residential Park, which is situated very close to Langley Park and which also had a mention in the historical survey carried out by John Phibbs for the HLF bid, as the site of an Elizabethan Pleasance Garden, this is exciting news and is yet another piece of the historical jigsaw.

The photography side of my job involves documenting as many of our varied activities as possible in order to monitor our progress, keep the website up to date and have a good laugh at some of the strange things FOLP members do at events and social functions (some will never be seen!!) and of course to implement and supervise the Fixed Point Photography of Langley Park which is a requirement of the HLF project.

Fixed Point Photography is a method of recording photographic data of designated areas including the Lake, the Car Park, the Temple Gardens and the Arboretum, etc from fixed points around the given areas at regular intervals for as long as is required.  This is normally done over many years.  The information is stored in hard copy and data files that can be cross referenced throughout the project and beyond allowing the Country Parks Team and the HLF to see exactly where the monies are being spent.  This is a project any keen photographer within the group can do as expensive equipment is not required, although a tripod is quite important. 

Every visit to the park is different and I gain a feeling of great pride and pleasure to know that the FOLP members ably assisted by the hard working Country Parks Team are helping to promote and maintain a place of such diversity and interest that is Langley Park. 

I look forward to seeing you during my many wanderings. 

  

Margaret Ashmore - Member

My name is Margaret Ashmore and I have been involved with the Friends of Langley Parkfrom the start.  As a committee member I am described as a 'helper' which is what I try to do.  One of my main contribution s is to make the cakes on volunteer days.

I am fortunate to live on the edge of the Park, with my husband Aubrey, our two dogs and the cat.  I walk the dogs every day in the park, as I have done for the past 11 years.  It is a beautiful place with a wide variety of wildlife and it is a privilege to play a small part in its restoration.

  

Ann McCullough - Member

 

My name is Ann McCullough; my role is helping Tansie with the website which involves informing interested parties about Langley Park, conservation work and related items.

I hope that by helping with the website we will be able to create interest in the work that we do in Langley Park and towards conservation projects.

I moved into Iver in 2000 from NW London.  Being single and a keen gardener I found joining FOLP an opportunity to further my interest in conservation and an excellent way of meeting people and making new friends.

Moving from NW London has given me the chance in my retirement to enjoy the open spaces and parks that this area has to offer, which has also given me the chance to join Simply Walks, where I am able to not only exercise on a regular basis, but study conservation and nature more closely with a twice a week walk.

I am also a member of the Iver Garden Club and attend the meetings and outings on a regular basis.  I am looking forward to becoming a useful member of the Friends of Langley Park committee.

 

John Watson - Chairman

How did I ever find time to go to work?  I expect you’ve heard that before.

I’m John Watson, and this is a picture of me with Molly and Brandy.  I’m the tall one.

We moved to George Green in October 1998 and, very quickly, the dogs showed me all the footpaths and fields within a two mile radius.  There’s an old truism that goes “the more you put in, the more you get out” and, sure enough, all that walking made me realise how little I knew about the wild flowers that I saw.  So I put that right.  But then came bushes, deciduous tress, and then conifers, and the more I learned the less I knew.

Just about when I retired, I saw a notice asking for volunteers for Langley Park, and I thought that this would a be good opportunity to put back some of what I had gained, without taking more.  I volunteered, and far from not getting more, the park threw things at me I never even dreamed of.  There is a bigger variety of trees than anywhere between here and Kew Gardens.  There are more, and rarer, bugs in dead trees than anywhere between here and The New Forest.  There are roe deer and  voles, hobbies and cross bills, fungi and bats, butterflies and spiders.  Every time I turned a corner the park stuck something else in my face as if saying “So what’s this then Mr Know-it-all”, and often I didn’t.  So I put that right.

Then they started a group “The Friends of Langley Park”.  I’m not a friend; I’m an ardent fan and admirer, so I joined the committee.  I don’t have a particular role, I just help all the others who are much more skilled and able than I.  But at meetings I get to pontificate about every subject, and have no responsibility for any.  Makes me feel like a real politician !!  I also thought it was a opportunity to put back some of what I had gained without taking more.  Until the floodgates opened.

I gave up history in the third form in 1953, and never had cause to regret doing that during fifty years in commerce.  That was until 2005, when I suddenly found out about lots more “Friends”.  King John of Magna Charta fame, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Queen Charlotte wife of George III, Dukes, Earls, Lords and Ladies, the Kedderminster family, the Bateson Harvey family, Capability Brown, and Stiff Leadbetter.  All had walked the same paths in the park as I.  Mind you, none of them had been on the committee.

And if you don’t want any of this, then the park just stands there, welcoming all who come through it’s gates whatever the time; 6 o-clock sunrises over the lake in spring, or January squalls down the vista shot blasting your face with rain and dead leaves.  And if this is still too much, then solitude is in Temple Gardens, Kings Wood, or by the lake.

My dad always told me not to believe everything I read.  I’m telling you “Don’t believe everything you read”. Come to Langley Park and find out for yourself.  I did.

You could wonder how you ever found time to go to work. 

 

 

 Davina Watson - Treasurer

My name is Davina Watson and I am the Treasurer for the FOLP.  It is my duty to keep the funds raised by membership, donations and events safe and to ensure that any expenditure is accounted for and to work closely with the Chairman and Secretary on any fundraising.  My background has been varied and I have held similar positions for the Friends of Slough Museum when the Museum first opened, and also for the Southern Skirmish Association - a national re-enactment group.  It was whilst holding the latter position that I had the unenviable task of registering for VAT before the ceiling was raised to a more realistic level, and for many years I also kept the accounts for a friend’s company where the turnover could be as high as one and a half million, but I don’t think FOLP will reach that level!  Most of my working life has been spent in the film industry and I have even been responsible for Langley Park being used as a location by one company I worked for.

I came to this area in the mid-50’s when my parents returned from Canada and spent most of my formative years having fun in both Langley Park and Black Park, where my first brush with filming was when my friend’s horse bolted through the trees and straight through a column of ‘American WWII prisoners’ and their ‘German’ guards scattering them to the four winds.  It was only later that I discovered the strangulated scream of ‘Cut’ came from the famous director Carl Foreman!  Basically I can say that over the past 50 + years I have walked dogs, ridden horses and earned a living in Langley Park and hope that it continues to provide as much fun and entertainment to the generations to come as it has to me. 

  

Jean Richardson - Minutes Secretary

Hello, I’m Jean Richardson and I’m the Minutes Secretary with the Friends of Langley Park.  I have only recently joined the FOLP group and I attend the monthly meetings, take minutes and circulate to everyone on the committee. 

I have lived in Iver and Iver Heath for many years and both Langley and Black Parks have been regular places for me to exercise my dogs and horses in the past. Now I enjoy cycling and walking in both of the parks and love all the wildlife.  Quite regularly I stumble upon the small deer while walking, it is fascinating to see them, and I am usually trying to get photographs of them in amongst the undergrowth. After a day in the office the parks are wonderful places to chill out and relax.

I work for a pharmaceutical company close to Heathrow Airport and my personal interests are cycling, walking, photography and gardening. 

 

Sally Boserup - Membership Secretary

Hi, I'm Sally.  I became a member of the Friends of Langley Park at the official launch of the park in July 2010 and have recently joined the FOLP committee as Membership Secretary.  I will make sure that new members receive their  introduction packs and that annual reminders are sent out to existing members. Time will tell what other activities I may get involved in within FOLP.

Though I moved to Farnham Royal 10 years ago, I found that when I retired from my IT job that I did not really know the area or any local people at all. Discovering Simply Walk soon helped change all that. I have now walked many miles in Black Park, Langley Park, Marlow, Denham, Lane End and Chalfont St Giles to name just a few. In the process, I have also met many interesting and friendly people amongst the other walkers. Langley Park has been especially fascinating as we followed the restoration work from week to week at close hand - gradually watching the muddy tracks transformed into sleek paths and seeing TempleGardens reborn from the wilderness.

As part of my other interests and activities, I work as a volunteer for Age Concern on the Home from Hospital team. It gives some interesting insights in how to (and how not to!) grow old.  Moreover, it certainly makes me appreciate my own health and lifestyle.

For the last 6 years I have helped out weekly at Swan Lifeline, a swan rescue centre in Eton. I love working with the swans and since my retirement, I have added Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset to my voluntary work several times a year, where I help the permanent staff with some of their duties.  

launch of the park in July 2010 and have recently joined the committee for
FOLP as Membership Secretary. I’ll make sure that new members receive
their introduction packs and that annual reminders are sent out to existing
members. Time will tell what other activities I may get involved in within
FOLP.

Though I moved to Farnham Royal 10 years ago, I found that when I retired
from my IT job that I did not really know the area or any local people at all.
Discovering Simply Walk soon helped change all that. I have now walked
many miles in Black Park, Langley Park, Marlow, Denham, Lane End and
Chalfont St Giles to name just a few. In the process, I have also met many
interesting and friendly people amongst the other walkers. Langley Park has
been especially fascinating as we followed the restoration work from week to
week at close hand - gradually watching the muddy tracks transformed into
sleek paths and seeing Temple Gardens reborn from the wilderness.

As part of my other interests and activities, I work as a volunteer for Age
Concern on the Home from Hospital team. It gives some interesting insights
in how to (and how not to!) grow old. Moreover, it certainly makes me
appreciate my own health and lifestyle.

For the last 6 years I have helped out weekly at Swan Lifeline, a swan rescue
centre in Eton. I love working with the swans and since my retirement, I have
added Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset to my voluntary work several times a
year, where I help the permanent staff with some of their duties.

Tansie Nicole - Website Editor and Events Organiser

Hi, I am Tansie Nicole and the IT Officer for the Friends of Langley Park, which basically means I run and update the website.  I was originally asked if I knew anything about FrontPage web design, and after admitting I did, given the job of creating this site.   (Next time I will keep my mouth closed!)

It has been a lot of fun and at times challenging to work out ways of getting things done on the site, but also very rewarding, and I am pleased to say I am now quite proud of it!

My background has been Admin/PA based, mixed in with being a Complementary Therapist and Trainer, and I now also design web sites for people.

I also organise the Friends of Langley Park day trips, such as Exbury Gardens, Blenheim Palace, and recently Wisley Gardens, as well as our events - you may have seen us at  Apple Day, Crooked Billet Fun Day, Denham Fayre, and coming up Langley Launch and Canal Festival.

My passions are being in nature (so I love the conservation work we do, especially as we have a great group of people doing it), working with animals (I currently foster 4 adorable kittens and a beautiful 5 year old female for the Cats Protection League), dog walking for the Harefield Dogs Trust, gardening, cooking, photography, socialising, self-development, spending time with my 6 nieces and nephews - its great to be a child again! - to name but a few.

Going back to the website, we have tried to include as much of interest to people as possible, namely the guided walks, orienteering trail, maps of Langley and Black Parks, and conservation work.  We also have a monthly Park User, Photo Competition and Forum to make this site more interactive.   And the latest addition has been using PayPal so that anyone can pay by debit or credit card for membership or our other goodies online, as simply as possible.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the website and Langley Park, and if you have any ideas for improvements or suggestions for either please let me know. 

 

Rhys Jones - Marketing Officer

Hi, my name is Rhys Jones.  I joined the FOLP in 2009 and shortly afterwards was asked to join the committee to help with marketing, an area I have spent most of my working life in.

Was born in Chile, went to an English school in the Argentine and then in the early 1970’s as a family decided to come back to live in England.  My parents bought a house in Iver Heath were I now live - although I spent several years living up in Milton Keys I was always drawn back to Iver Heath. It was not long after we came to live in the area that we became acquainted with Langley Park.
 
I have always been a keen sports man having played most sports at one time or another, but hockey seemed to be the dominant sport having played for many years for both Richings Park and Farnham Common up to the end of 2008 when, although the mind was eager and willing to carry on, the body has other ideas!!! So I decided it was time to bow out gracefully.  For a time I looked around for other activates that would interest me and got involved with Simply Walk first at Black Park and then, when the walks were extended, to Langley Park.  It was during one of these walks that I was asked to help out and became a walk leader so now I am at the Park most Monday mornings involved in some way with Simply Walk.  Whenever it is possible I go to the conservation days on the first Saturday of the month.
 
I am now semi-retired, having spent my first 25 year working in After Sales Marketing in the Motor Industry and then lately for a Business Gift company base in Slough developing and looking after there Management Information Systems.
 
Since being with FOLP I have organised and run the stall at the Denham Fayre and The Langley Launch promoting the Park and explaining to people why the redevelopment of the Park was necessary and what it has meant to the Park.  I now look forward to the next stage of future development of the Park which and maintenance of all the restoration work.

 

Maureen Stevens - Newsletter Editor

Hello, my name is Maureen and I put together the Newsletters for Friends of Langley Park.  

I have known Langley Park for many years and have a deep love of wildlife and the countryside, passed on to me through my father.  From childhood he has always taken me out and about and shown me many beautiful places, from the mountains and forests of Wales to many areas around Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.  The Chilterns are probably at their most beautiful in Autumn, although I really love the fresh greens of Springtime.  The early childhood interest has never left me and I always try to instil something of nature into people around me, either at work or where I live.  I never walk far in the countryside without having to stop to hunt for whatever I heard scurrying through the undergrowth and invariably it is a mouse or a vole or even sometimes a lizard.  If you wait long enough and patiently enough it will appear.  Wildlife is never far away.

When the chance came to get involved in doing some conservation work in Langley Park I jumped at the chance and from that grew the Friends of Langley Park.

I have gained many wonderful friends through the Friends of Langley Park in particular the other committee members and volunteers and I very much enjoy meeting with people through the events we put on.  Invariably it is people with the same interests.  We truly have become a “Friends group”.

In my normal daily working life I am a Secretary for a large construction company in Slough, which at times can be pretty monotonous and a walk through the woods or the Rhododendron Gardens at the end of a long and busy day, listening the wonderful bird songs, can be a good release.

I also enjoy gardening and try to incorporate plants and flowers that attract the butterflies and insects which can be beneficial to every gardener and when I get some spare time, however small it may be, I do like to sit down and do some card making.  You never know, one day I may get the chance to sell some at some of our events.

 

Andy Stevens - Member

My name is Andy Stevens and I am the Conservation and Photography Officer for the Friends of Langley Park.  My role allows me to get involved with the volunteering side of the group which is a very important part of our objectives and it is rewarding to know that we are helping the Country Parks Team to maintain and improve such a special place.  Have a look at our Conservation page to see the kind of volunteering work we do.

My day time job is that of Park Manager at the Orchards Residential Park, which is situated very close to Langley Park and which also had a mention in the historical survey carried out by John Phibbs for the HLF bid, as the site of an Elizabethan Pleasance Garden, this is exciting news and is yet another piece of the historical jigsaw.

The photography side of my job involves documenting as many of our varied activities as possible in order to monitor our progress, keep the website up to date and have a good laugh at some of the strange things FOLP members do at events and social functions (some will never be seen!!) and of course to implement and supervise the Fixed Point Photography of Langley Park which is a requirement of the HLF project.

Fixed Point Photography is a method of recording photographic data of designated areas including the Lake, the Car Park, the Temple Gardens and the Arboretum, etc from fixed points around the given areas at regular intervals for as long as is required.  This is normally done over many years.  The information is stored in hard copy and data files that can be cross referenced throughout the project and beyond allowing the Country Parks Team and the HLF to see exactly where the monies are being spent.  This is a project any keen photographer within the group can do as expensive equipment is not required, although a tripod is quite important. 

Every visit to the park is different and I gain a feeling of great pride and pleasure to know that the FOLP members ably assisted by the hard working Country Parks Team are helping to promote and maintain a place of such diversity and interest that is Langley Park. 

I look forward to seeing you during my many wanderings. 

  

Margaret Ashmore - Member

My name is Margaret Ashmore and I have been involved with the Friends of Langley Parkfrom the start.  As a committee member I am described as a 'helper' which is what I try to do.  One of my main contribution s is to make the cakes on volunteer days.

I am fortunate to live on the edge of the Park, with my husband Aubrey, our two dogs and the cat.  I walk the dogs every day in the park, as I have done for the past 11 years.  It is a beautiful place with a wide variety of wildlife and it is a privilege to play a small part in its restoration.

  

Ann McCullough - Member

 

My name is Ann McCullough; my role is helping Tansie with the website which involves informing interested parties about Langley Park, conservation work and related items.

I hope that by helping with the website we will be able to create interest in the work that we do in Langley Park and towards conservation projects.

I moved into Iver in 2000 from NW London.  Being single and a keen gardener I found joining FOLP an opportunity to further my interest in conservation and an excellent way of meeting people and making new friends.

Moving from NW London has given me the chance in my retirement to enjoy the open spaces and parks that this area has to offer, which has also given me the chance to join Simply Walks, where I am able to not only exercise on a regular basis, but study conservation and nature more closely with a twice a week walk.

I am also a member of the Iver Garden Club and attend the meetings and outings on a regular basis.  I am looking forward to becoming a useful member of the Friends of Langley Park committee.

 

John Watson - Chairman

How did I ever find time to go to work?  I expect you’ve heard that before.

I’m John Watson, and this is a picture of me with Molly and Brandy.  I’m the tall one.

We moved to George Green in October 1998 and, very quickly, the dogs showed me all the footpaths and fields within a two mile radius.  There’s an old truism that goes “the more you put in, the more you get out” and, sure enough, all that walking made me realise how little I knew about the wild flowers that I saw.  So I put that right.  But then came bushes, deciduous tress, and then conifers, and the more I learned the less I knew.

Just about when I retired, I saw a notice asking for volunteers for Langley Park, and I thought that this would a be good opportunity to put back some of what I had gained, without taking more.  I volunteered, and far from not getting more, the park threw things at me I never even dreamed of.  There is a bigger variety of trees than anywhere between here and Kew Gardens.  There are more, and rarer, bugs in dead trees than anywhere between here and The New Forest.  There are roe deer and  voles, hobbies and cross bills, fungi and bats, butterflies and spiders.  Every time I turned a corner the park stuck something else in my face as if saying “So what’s this then Mr Know-it-all”, and often I didn’t.  So I put that right.

Then they started a group “The Friends of Langley Park”.  I’m not a friend; I’m an ardent fan and admirer, so I joined the committee.  I don’t have a particular role, I just help all the others who are much more skilled and able than I.  But at meetings I get to pontificate about every subject, and have no responsibility for any.  Makes me feel like a real politician !!  I also thought it was a opportunity to put back some of what I had gained without taking more.  Until the floodgates opened.

I gave up history in the third form in 1953, and never had cause to regret doing that during fifty years in commerce.  That was until 2005, when I suddenly found out about lots more “Friends”.  King John of Magna Charta fame, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Queen Charlotte wife of George III, Dukes, Earls, Lords and Ladies, the Kedderminster family, the Bateson Harvey family, Capability Brown, and Stiff Leadbetter.  All had walked the same paths in the park as I.  Mind you, none of them had been on the committee.

And if you don’t want any of this, then the park just stands there, welcoming all who come through it’s gates whatever the time; 6 o-clock sunrises over the lake in spring, or January squalls down the vista shot blasting your face with rain and dead leaves.  And if this is still too much, then solitude is in Temple Gardens, Kings Wood, or by the lake.

My dad always told me not to believe everything I read.  I’m telling you “Don’t believe everything you read”. Come to Langley Park and find out for yourself.  I did.

You could wonder how you ever found time to go to work. 

 

 

 Davina Watson - Treasurer

My name is Davina Watson and I am the Treasurer for the FOLP.  It is my duty to keep the funds raised by membership, donations and events safe and to ensure that any expenditure is accounted for and to work closely with the Chairman and Secretary on any fundraising.  My background has been varied and I have held similar positions for the Friends of Slough Museum when the Museum first opened, and also for the Southern Skirmish Association - a national re-enactment group.  It was whilst holding the latter position that I had the unenviable task of registering for VAT before the ceiling was raised to a more realistic level, and for many years I also kept the accounts for a friend’s company where the turnover could be as high as one and a half million, but I don’t think FOLP will reach that level!  Most of my working life has been spent in the film industry and I have even been responsible for Langley Park being used as a location by one company I worked for.

I came to this area in the mid-50’s when my parents returned from Canada and spent most of my formative years having fun in both Langley Park and Black Park, where my first brush with filming was when my friend’s horse bolted through the trees and straight through a column of ‘American WWII prisoners’ and their ‘German’ guards scattering them to the four winds.  It was only later that I discovered the strangulated scream of ‘Cut’ came from the famous director Carl Foreman!  Basically I can say that over the past 50 + years I have walked dogs, ridden horses and earned a living in Langley Park and hope that it continues to provide as much fun and entertainment to the generations to come as it has to me. 

  

Jean Richardson - Minutes Secretary

Hello, I’m Jean Richardson and I’m the Minutes Secretary with the Friends of Langley Park.  I have only recently joined the FOLP group and I attend the monthly meetings, take minutes and circulate to everyone on the committee. 

I have lived in Iver and Iver Heath for many years and both Langley and Black Parks have been regular places for me to exercise my dogs and horses in the past. Now I enjoy cycling and walking in both of the parks and love all the wildlife.  Quite regularly I stumble upon the small deer while walking, it is fascinating to see them, and I am usually trying to get photographs of them in amongst the undergrowth. After a day in the office the parks are wonderful places to chill out and relax.

I work for a pharmaceutical company close to Heathrow Airport and my personal interests are cycling, walking, photography and gardening. 

 

Sally Boserup - Membership Secretary

Hi, I'm Sally.  I became a member of the Friends of Langley Park at the official launch of the park in July 2010 and have recently joined the FOLP committee as Membership Secretary.  I will make sure that new members receive their  introduction packs and that annual reminders are sent out to existing members. Time will tell what other activities I may get involved in within FOLP.

Though I moved to Farnham Royal 10 years ago, I found that when I retired from my IT job that I did not really know the area or any local people at all. Discovering Simply Walk soon helped change all that. I have now walked many miles in Black Park, Langley Park, Marlow, Denham, Lane End and Chalfont St Giles to name just a few. In the process, I have also met many interesting and friendly people amongst the other walkers. Langley Park has been especially fascinating as we followed the restoration work from week to week at close hand - gradually watching the muddy tracks transformed into sleek paths and seeing Temple Gardens reborn from the wilderness.

As part of my other interests and activities, I work as a volunteer for Age Concern on the Home from Hospital team. It gives some interesting insights in how to (and how not to!) grow old.  Moreover, it certainly makes me appreciate my own health and lifestyle.

For the last 6 years I have helped out weekly at Swan Lifeline, a swan rescue centre in Eton. I love working with the swans and since my retirement, I have added Abbotsbury Swannery inDorset to my voluntary work several times a year, where I help the permanent staff with some of their duties.  

launch of the park in July 2010 and have recently joined the committee for
FOLP as Membership Secretary. I’ll make sure that new members receive
their introduction packs and that annual reminders are sent out to existing
members. Time will tell what other activities I may get involved in within
FOLP.

Though I moved to Farnham Royal 10 years ago, I found that when I retired
from my IT job that I did not really know the area or any local people at all.
Discovering Simply Walk soon helped change all that. I have now walked
many miles in Black Park, Langley Park, Marlow, Denham, Lane End and
Chalfont St Giles to name just a few. In the process, I have also met many
interesting and friendly people amongst the other walkers. Langley Park has
been especially fascinating as we followed the restoration work from week to
week at close hand - gradually watching the muddy tracks transformed into
sleek paths and seeing Temple Gardens reborn from the wilderness.

As part of my other interests and activities, I work as a volunteer for Age
Concern on the Home from Hospital team. It gives some interesting insights
in how to (and how not to!) grow old. Moreover, it certainly makes me
appreciate my own health and lifestyle.

For the last 6 years I have helped out weekly at Swan Lifeline, a swan rescue
centre in Eton. I love working with the swans and since my retirement, I have
added Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset to my voluntary work several times a
year, where I help the permanent staff with some of their duties.

Tansie Nicole - Website Editor and Events Organiser

Hi, I am Tansie Nicole and the IT Officer for the Friends of Langley Park, which basically means I run and update the website.  I was originally asked if I knew anything about FrontPage web design, and after admitting I did, given the job of creating this site.   (Next time I will keep my mouth closed!)

It has been a lot of fun and at times challenging to work out ways of getting things done on the site, but also very rewarding, and I am pleased to say I am now quite proud of it!

My background has been Admin/PA based, mixed in with being a Complementary Therapist and Trainer, and I now also design web sites for people.

I also organise the Friends of Langley Park day trips, such as Exbury Gardens, Blenheim Palace, and recently Wisley Gardens, as well as our events - you may have seen us at  Apple Day, Crooked Billet Fun Day, Denham Fayre, and coming up Langley Launch and Canal Festival.

My passions are being in nature (so I love the conservation work we do, especially as we have a great group of people doing it), working with animals (I currently foster 4 adorable kittens and a beautiful 5 year old female for the Cats Protection League), dog walking for the Harefield Dogs Trust, gardening, cooking, photography, socialising, self-development, spending time with my 6 nieces and nephews - its great to be a child again! - to name but a few.

Going back to the website, we have tried to include as much of interest to people as possible, namely the guided walks, orienteering trail, maps of Langley and Black Parks, and conservation work.  We also have a monthly Park User, Photo Competition and Forum to make this site more interactive.   And the latest addition has been using PayPal so that anyone can pay by debit or credit card for membership or our other goodies online, as simply as possible.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the website and Langley Park, and if you have any ideas for improvements or suggestions for either please let me know. 

 

Rhys Jones - Marketing Officer

Hi, my name is Rhys Jones.  I joined the FOLP in 2009 and shortly afterwards was asked to join the committee to help with marketing, an area I have spent most of my working life in.

Was born in Chile, went to an English school in the Argentine and then in the early 1970’s as a family decided to come back to live in England.  My parents bought a house in Iver Heath were I now live - although I spent several years living up in Milton Keys I was always drawn back to Iver Heath. It was not long after we came to live in the area that we became acquainted with Langley Park.
 
I have always been a keen sports man having played most sports at one time or another, but hockey seemed to be the dominant sport having played for many years for both Richings Park and Farnham Common up to the end of 2008 when, although the mind was eager and willing to carry on, the body has other ideas!!! So I decided it was time to bow out gracefully.  For a time I looked around for other activates that would interest me and got involved with Simply Walk first at Black Park and then, when the walks were extended, to Langley Park.  It was during one of these walks that I was asked to help out and became a walk leader so now I am at the Park most Monday mornings involved in some way with Simply Walk.  Whenever it is possible I go to the conservation days on the first Saturday of the month.
 
I am now semi-retired, having spent my first 25 year working in After Sales Marketing in the Motor Industry and then lately for a Business Gift company base in Slough developing and looking after there Management Information Systems.
 
Since being with FOLP I have organised and run the stall at the Denham Fayre and The Langley Launch promoting the Park and explaining to people why the redevelopment of the Park was necessary and what it has meant to the Park.  I now look forward to the next stage of future development of the Park which and maintenance of all the restoration work.

 

Maureen Stevens - Newsletter Editor

Hello, my name is Maureen and I put together the Newsletters for Friends of Langley Park.  

I have known Langley Park for many years and have a deep love of wildlife and the countryside, passed on to me through my father.  From childhood he has always taken me out and about and shown me many beautiful places, from the mountains and forests of Wales to many areas around Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.  The Chilterns are probably at their most beautiful in Autumn, although I really love the fresh greens of Springtime.  The early childhood interest has never left me and I always try to instil something of nature into people around me, either at work or where I live.  I never walk far in the countryside without having to stop to hunt for whatever I heard scurrying through the undergrowth and invariably it is a mouse or a vole or even sometimes a lizard.  If you wait long enough and patiently enough it will appear.  Wildlife is never far away.

When the chance came to get involved in doing some conservation work in Langley Park I jumped at the chance and from that grew the Friends of Langley Park.

I have gained many wonderful friends through the Friends of Langley Park in particular the other committee members and volunteers and I very much enjoy meeting with people through the events we put on.  Invariably it is people with the same interests.  We truly have become a “Friends group”.

In my normal daily working life I am a Secretary for a large construction company in Slough, which at times can be pretty monotonous and a walk through the woods or the Rhododendron Gardens at the end of a long and busy day, listening the wonderful bird songs, can be a good release.

I also enjoy gardening and try to incorporate plants and flowers that attract the butterflies and insects which can be beneficial to every gardener and when I get some spare time, however small it may be, I do like to sit down and do some card making.  You never know, one day I may get the chance to sell some at some of our events.

 

Andy Stevens - Member

My name is Andy Stevens and I am the Conservation and Photography Officer for the Friends of Langley Park.  My role allows me to get involved with the volunteering side of the group which is a very important part of our objectives and it is rewarding to know that we are helping the Country Parks Team to maintain and improve such a special place.  Have a look at ourConservation page to see the kind of volunteering work we do.

My day time job is that of Park Manager at the Orchards Residential Park, which is situated very close to Langley Park and which also had a mention in the historical survey carried out by John Phibbs for the HLF bid, as the site of an Elizabethan Pleasance Garden, this is exciting news and is yet another piece of the historical jigsaw.

The photography side of my job involves documenting as many of our varied activities as possible in order to monitor our progress, keep the website up to date and have a good laugh at some of the strange things FOLP members do at events and social functions (some will never be seen!!) and of course to implement and supervise the Fixed Point Photography of Langley Park which is a requirement of the HLF project.

Fixed Point Photography is a method of recording photographic data of designated areas including the Lake, the Car Park, the Temple Gardens and the Arboretum, etc from fixed points around the given areas at regular intervals for as long as is required.  This is normally done over many years.  The information is stored in hard copy and data files that can be cross referenced throughout the project and beyond allowing the Country Parks Team and the HLF to see exactly where the monies are being spent.  This is a project any keen photographer within the group can do as expensive equipment is not required, although a tripod is quite important. 

Every visit to the park is different and I gain a feeling of great pride and pleasure to know that the FOLP members ably assisted by the hard working Country Parks Team are helping to promote and maintain a place of such diversity and interest that is Langley Park. 

I look forward to seeing you during my many wanderings. 

  

Margaret Ashmore - Member

My name is Margaret Ashmore and I have been involved with the Friends of Langley Park from the start.  As a committee member I am described as a 'helper' which is what I try to do.  One of my main contribution s is to make the cakes on volunteer days.

I am fortunate to live on the edge of the Park, with my husband Aubrey, our two dogs and the cat.  I walk the dogs every day in the park, as I have done for the past 11 years.  It is a beautiful place with a wide variety of wildlife and it is a privilege to play a small part in its restoration.

  

Ann McCullough - Member

 

My name is Ann McCullough; my role is helping Tansie with the website which involves informing interested parties about Langley Park, conservation work and related items.

I hope that by helping with the website we will be able to create interest in the work that we do in Langley Park and towards conservation projects.

I moved into Iver in 2000 from NW London.  Being single and a keen gardener I found joining FOLP an opportunity to further my interest in conservation and an excellent way of meeting people and making new friends.

Moving from NW London has given me the chance in my retirement to enjoy the open spaces and parks that this area has to offer, which has also given me the chance to join Simply Walks, where I am able to not only exercise on a regular basis, but study conservation and nature more closely with a twice a week walk.

I am also a member of the Iver Garden Club and attend the meetings and outings on a regular basis.  I am looking forward to becoming a useful member of the Friends of Langley Park committee.

 

 

John Watson - Chairman

How did I ever find time to go to work?  I expect you’ve heard that before.

I’m John Watson, and this is a picture of me with Molly and Brandy.  I’m the tall one.

We moved to George Green in October 1998 and, very quickly, the dogs showed me all the footpaths and fields within a two mile radius.  There’s an old truism that goes “the more you put in, the more you get out” and, sure enough, all that walking made me realise how little I knew about the wild flowers that I saw.  So I put that right.  But then came bushes, deciduous tress, and then conifers, and the more I learned the less I knew.

Just about when I retired, I saw a notice asking for volunteers for Langley Park, and I thought that this would a be good opportunity to put back some of what I had gained, without taking more.  I volunteered, and far from not getting more, the park threw things at me I never even dreamed of.  There is a bigger variety of trees than anywhere between here and Kew Gardens.  There are more, and rarer, bugs in dead trees than anywhere between here and The New Forest.  There are roe deer and  voles, hobbies and cross bills, fungi and bats, butterflies and spiders.  Every time I turned a corner the park stuck something else in my face as if saying “So what’s this then Mr Know-it-all”, and often I didn’t.  So I put that right.

Then they started a group “The Friends of Langley Park”.  I’m not a friend; I’m an ardent fan and admirer, so I joined the committee.  I don’t have a particular role, I just help all the others who are much more skilled and able than I.  But at meetings I get to pontificate about every subject, and have no responsibility for any.  Makes me feel like a real politician !!  I also thought it was a opportunity to put back some of what I had gained without taking more.  Until the floodgates opened.

I gave up history in the third form in 1953, and never had cause to regret doing that during fifty years in commerce.  That was until 2005, when I suddenly found out about lots more “Friends”.  King John of Magna Charta fame, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Queen Charlotte wife of George III, Dukes, Earls, Lords and Ladies, the Kedderminster family, the Bateson Harvey family, Capability Brown, and Stiff Leadbetter.  All had walked the same paths in the park as I.  Mind you, none of them had been on the committee.

And if you don’t want any of this, then the park just stands there, welcoming all who come through it’s gates whatever the time; 6 o-clock sunrises over the lake in spring, or January squalls down the vista shot blasting your face with rain and dead leaves.  And if this is still too much, then solitude is in Temple Gardens, Kings Wood, or by the lake.

My dad always told me not to believe everything I read.  I’m telling you “Don’t believe everything you read”. Come to Langley Park and find out for yourself.  I did.

You could wonder how you ever found time to go to work. 

 

 

 Davina Watson - Treasurer

My name is Davina Watson and I am the Treasurer for the FOLP.  It is my duty to keep the funds raised by membership, donations and events safe and to ensure that any expenditure is accounted for and to work closely with the Chairman and Secretary on any fundraising.  My background has been varied and I have held similar positions for the Friends of Slough Museum when the Museum first opened, and also for the Southern Skirmish Association - a national re-enactment group.  It was whilst holding the latter position that I had the unenviable task of registering for VAT before the ceiling was raised to a more realistic level, and for many years I also kept the accounts for a friend’s company where the turnover could be as high as one and a half million, but I don’t think FOLP will reach that level!  Most of my working life has been spent in the film industry and I have even been responsible for Langley Park being used as a location by one company I worked for.

I came to this area in the mid-50’s when my parents returned from Canada and spent most of my formative years having fun in both Langley Park and Black Park, where my first brush with filming was when my friend’s horse bolted through the trees and straight through a column of ‘American WWII prisoners’ and their ‘German’ guards scattering them to the four winds.  It was only later that I discovered the strangulated scream of ‘Cut’ came from the famous director Carl Foreman!  Basically I can say that over the past 50 + years I have walked dogs, ridden horses and earned a living in Langley Park and hope that it continues to provide as much fun and entertainment to the generations to come as it has to me. 

  

Jean Richardson - Minutes Secretary

Hello, I’m Jean Richardson and I’m the Minutes Secretary with the Friends of Langley Park.  I have only recently joined the FOLP group and I attend the monthly meetings, take minutes and circulate to everyone on the committee. 

I have lived in Iver and Iver Heath for many years and both Langley and Black Parks have been regular places for me to exercise my dogs and horses in the past. Now I enjoy cycling and walking in both of the parks and love all the wildlife.  Quite regularly I stumble upon the small deer while walking, it is fascinating to see them, and I am usually trying to get photographs of them in amongst the undergrowth. After a day in the office the parks are wonderful places to chill out and relax.

I work for a pharmaceutical company close to Heathrow Airport and my personal interests are cycling, walking, photography and gardening. 

 

Sally Boserup - Membership Secretary

Hi, I'm Sally.  I became a member of the Friends of Langley Park at the official launch of the park in July 2010 and have recently joined the FOLP committee as Membership Secretary.  I will make sure that new members receive their  introduction packs and that annual reminders are sent out to existing members. Time will tell what other activities I may get involved in within FOLP.

Though I moved to Farnham Royal 10 years ago, I found that when I retired from my IT job that I did not really know the area or any local people at all. Discovering Simply Walk soon helped change all that. I have now walked many miles in Black Park, Langley Park, Marlow, Denham, Lane End and Chalfont St Giles to name just a few. In the process, I have also met many interesting and friendly people amongst the other walkers. Langley Park has been especially fascinating as we followed the restoration work from week to week at close hand - gradually watching the muddy tracks transformed into sleek paths and seeing Temple Gardens reborn from the wilderness.

As part of my other interests and activities, I work as a volunteer for Age Concern on the Home from Hospital team. It gives some interesting insights in how to (and how not to!) grow old.  Moreover, it certainly makes me appreciate my own health and lifestyle.

For the last 6 years I have helped out weekly at Swan Lifeline, a swan rescue centre in Eton. I love working with the swans and since my retirement, I have added Abbotsbury Swannery inDorset to my voluntary work several times a year, where I help the permanent staff with some of their duties.  

launch of the park in July 2010 and have recently joined the committee for
FOLP as Membership Secretary. I’ll make sure that new members receive
their introduction packs and that annual reminders are sent out to existing
members. Time will tell what other activities I may get involved in within
FOLP.

Though I moved to Farnham Royal 10 years ago, I found that when I retired
from my IT job that I did not really know the area or any local people at all.
Discovering Simply Walk soon helped change all that. I have now walked
many miles in Black Park, Langley Park, Marlow, Denham, Lane End and
Chalfont St Giles to name just a few. In the process, I have also met many
interesting and friendly people amongst the other walkers. Langley Park has
been especially fascinating as we followed the restoration work from week to
week at close hand - gradually watching the muddy tracks transformed into
sleek paths and seeing Temple Gardens reborn from the wilderness.

As part of my other interests and activities, I work as a volunteer for Age
Concern on the Home from Hospital team. It gives some interesting insights
in how to (and how not to!) grow old. Moreover, it certainly makes me
appreciate my own health and lifestyle.

For the last 6 years I have helped out weekly at Swan Lifeline, a swan rescue
centre in Eton. I love working with the swans and since my retirement, I have
added Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset to my voluntary work several times a
year, where I help the permanent staff with some of their duties.

Tansie Nicole - Website Editor and Events Organiser

Hi, I am Tansie Nicole and the IT Officer for the Friends of Langley Park, which basically means I run and update the website.  I was originally asked if I knew anything about FrontPage web design, and after admitting I did, given the job of creating this site.   (Next time I will keep my mouth closed!)

It has been a lot of fun and at times challenging to work out ways of getting things done on the site, but also very rewarding, and I am pleased to say I am now quite proud of it!

My background has been Admin/PA based, mixed in with being a Complementary Therapist and Trainer, and I now also design web sites for people.

I also organise the Friends of Langley Park day trips, such as Exbury Gardens, Blenheim Palace, and recently Wisley Gardens, as well as our events - you may have seen us at  Apple Day, Crooked Billet Fun Day, Denham Fayre, and coming up Langley Launch and Canal Festival.

My passions are being in nature (so I love the conservation work we do, especially as we have a great group of people doing it), working with animals (I currently foster 4 adorable kittens and a beautiful 5 year old female for the Cats Protection League), dog walking for the Harefield Dogs Trust, gardening, cooking, photography, socialising, self-development, spending time with my 6 nieces and nephews - its great to be a child again! - to name but a few.

Going back to the website, we have tried to include as much of interest to people as possible, namely the guided walks, orienteering trail, maps of Langley and Black Parks, and conservation work.  We also have a monthly Park User, Photo Competition and Forum to make this site more interactive.   And the latest addition has been using PayPal so that anyone can pay by debit or credit card for membership or our other goodies online, as simply as possible.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the website and Langley Park, and if you have any ideas for improvements or suggestions for either please let me know. 

 

Rhys Jones - Marketing Officer

Hi, my name is Rhys Jones.  I joined the FOLP in 2009 and shortly afterwards was asked to join the committee to help with marketing, an area I have spent most of my working life in.

Was born in Chile, went to an English school in the Argentine and then in the early 1970’s as a family decided to come back to live in England.  My parents bought a house in Iver Heath were I now live - although I spent several years living up in Milton Keys I was always drawn back to Iver Heath. It was not long after we came to live in the area that we became acquainted with Langley Park.
 
I have always been a keen sports man having played most sports at one time or another, but hockey seemed to be the dominant sport having played for many years for both Richings Park and Farnham Common up to the end of 2008 when, although the mind was eager and willing to carry on, the body has other ideas!!! So I decided it was time to bow out gracefully.  For a time I looked around for other activates that would interest me and got involved with Simply Walk first at Black Park and then, when the walks were extended, to Langley Park.  It was during one of these walks that I was asked to help out and became a walk leader so now I am at the Park most Monday mornings involved in some way with Simply Walk.  Whenever it is possible I go to the conservation days on the first Saturday of the month.
 
I am now semi-retired, having spent my first 25 year working in After Sales Marketing in the Motor Industry and then lately for a Business Gift company base in Slough developing and looking after there Management Information Systems.
 
Since being with FOLP I have organised and run the stall at the Denham Fayre and The Langley Launch promoting the Park and explaining to people why the redevelopment of the Park was necessary and what it has meant to the Park.  I now look forward to the next stage of future development of the Park which and maintenance of all the restoration work.

 

Maureen Stevens - Newsletter Editor

Hello, my name is Maureen and I put together the Newsletters for Friends of Langley Park.  

I have known Langley Park for many years and have a deep love of wildlife and the countryside, passed on to me through my father.  From childhood he has always taken me out and about and shown me many beautiful places, from the mountains and forests of Wales to many areas around Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.  The Chilterns are probably at their most beautiful in Autumn, although I really love the fresh greens of Springtime.  The early childhood interest has never left me and I always try to instil something of nature into people around me, either at work or where I live.  I never walk far in the countryside without having to stop to hunt for whatever I heard scurrying through the undergrowth and invariably it is a mouse or a vole or even sometimes a lizard.  If you wait long enough and patiently enough it will appear.  Wildlife is never far away.

When the chance came to get involved in doing some conservation work in Langley Park I jumped at the chance and from that grew the Friends of Langley Park.

I have gained many wonderful friends through the Friends of Langley Park in particular the other committee members and volunteers and I very much enjoy meeting with people through the events we put on.  Invariably it is people with the same interests.  We truly have become a “Friends group”.

In my normal daily working life I am a Secretary for a large construction company in Slough, which at times can be pretty monotonous and a walk through the woods or the Rhododendron Gardens at the end of a long and busy day, listening the wonderful bird songs, can be a good release.

I also enjoy gardening and try to incorporate plants and flowers that attract the butterflies and insects which can be beneficial to every gardener and when I get some spare time, however small it may be, I do like to sit down and do some card making.  You never know, one day I may get the chance to sell some at some of our events.

 

Andy Stevens - Member

My name is Andy Stevens and I am the Conservation and Photography Officer for the Friends of Langley Park.  My role allows me to get involved with the volunteering side of the group which is a very important part of our objectives and it is rewarding to know that we are helping the Country Parks Team to maintain and improve such a special place.  Have a look at ourConservation page to see the kind of volunteering work we do.

My day time job is that of Park Manager at the Orchards Residential Park, which is situated very close to Langley Park and which also had a mention in the historical survey carried out by John Phibbs for the HLF bid, as the site of an Elizabethan Pleasance Garden, this is exciting news and is yet another piece of the historical jigsaw.

The photography side of my job involves documenting as many of our varied activities as possible in order to monitor our progress, keep the website up to date and have a good laugh at some of the strange things FOLP members do at events and social functions (some will never be seen!!) and of course to implement and supervise the Fixed Point Photography of Langley Park which is a requirement of the HLF project.

Fixed Point Photography is a method of recording photographic data of designated areas including the Lake, the Car Park, the Temple Gardens and the Arboretum, etc from fixed points around the given areas at regular intervals for as long as is required.  This is normally done over many years.  The information is stored in hard copy and data files that can be cross referenced throughout the project and beyond allowing the Country Parks Team and the HLF to see exactly where the monies are being spent.  This is a project any keen photographer within the group can do as expensive equipment is not required, although a tripod is quite important. 

Every visit to the park is different and I gain a feeling of great pride and pleasure to know that the FOLP members ably assisted by the hard working Country Parks Team are helping to promote and maintain a place of such diversity and interest that is Langley Park. 

I look forward to seeing you during my many wanderings. 

  

Margaret Ashmore - Member

My name is Margaret Ashmore and I have been involved with the Friends of Langley Park from the start.  As a committee member I am described as a 'helper' which is what I try to do.  One of my main contribution s is to make the cakes on volunteer days.

I am fortunate to live on the edge of the Park, with my husband Aubrey, our two dogs and the cat.  I walk the dogs every day in the park, as I have done for the past 11 years.  It is a beautiful place with a wide variety of wildlife and it is a privilege to play a small part in its restoration.

  

Ann McCullough - Member

 

My name is Ann McCullough; my role is helping Tansie with the website which involves informing interested parties about Langley Park, conservation work and related items.

I hope that by helping with the website we will be able to create interest in the work that we do in Langley Park and towards conservation projects.

I moved into Iver in 2000 from NW London.  Being single and a keen gardener I found joining FOLP an opportunity to further my interest in conservation and an excellent way of meeting people and making new friends.

Moving from NW London has given me the chance in my retirement to enjoy the open spaces and parks that this area has to offer, which has also given me the chance to join Simply Walks, where I am able to not only exercise on a regular basis, but study conservation and nature more closely with a twice a week walk.

I am also a member of the Iver Garden Club and attend the meetings and outings on a regular basis.  I am looking forward to becoming a useful member of the Friends of Langley Park committee.

 

 

John Watson - Chairman

How did I ever find time to go to work?  I expect you’ve heard that before.

I’m John Watson, and this is a picture of me with Molly and Brandy.  I’m the tall one.

We moved to George Green in October 1998 and, very quickly, the dogs showed me all the footpaths and fields within a two mile radius.  There’s an old truism that goes “the more you put in, the more you get out” and, sure enough, all that walking made me realise how little I knew about the wild flowers that I saw.  So I put that right.  But then came bushes, deciduous tress, and then conifers, and the more I learned the less I knew.

Just about when I retired, I saw a notice asking for volunteers for Langley Park, and I thought that this would a be good opportunity to put back some of what I had gained, without taking more.  I volunteered, and far from not getting more, the park threw things at me I never even dreamed of.  There is a bigger variety of trees than anywhere between here and Kew Gardens.  There are more, and rarer, bugs in dead trees than anywhere between here and The New Forest.  There are roe deer and  voles, hobbies and cross bills, fungi and bats, butterflies and spiders.  Every time I turned a corner the park stuck something else in my face as if saying “So what’s this then Mr Know-it-all”, and often I didn’t.  So I put that right.

Then they started a group “The Friends of Langley Park”.  I’m not a friend; I’m an ardent fan and admirer, so I joined the committee.  I don’t have a particular role, I just help all the others who are much more skilled and able than I.  But at meetings I get to pontificate about every subject, and have no responsibility for any.  Makes me feel like a real politician !!  I also thought it was a opportunity to put back some of what I had gained without taking more.  Until the floodgates opened.

I gave up history in the third form in 1953, and never had cause to regret doing that during fifty years in commerce.  That was until 2005, when I suddenly found out about lots more “Friends”.  King John of Magna Charta fame, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Queen Charlotte wife of George III, Dukes, Earls, Lords and Ladies, the Kedderminster family, the Bateson Harvey family, Capability Brown, and Stiff Leadbetter.  All had walked the same paths in the park as I.  Mind you, none of them had been on the committee.

And if you don’t want any of this, then the park just stands there, welcoming all who come through it’s gates whatever the time; 6 o-clock sunrises over the lake in spring, or January squalls down the vista shot blasting your face with rain and dead leaves.  And if this is still too much, then solitude is in Temple Gardens, Kings Wood, or by the lake.

My dad always told me not to believe everything I read.  I’m telling you “Don’t believe everything you read”. Come to Langley Park and find out for yourself.  I did.

You could wonder how you ever found time to go to work. 

 

 

 Davina Watson - Treasurer

My name is Davina Watson and I am the Treasurer for the FOLP.  It is my duty to keep the funds raised by membership, donations and events safe and to ensure that any expenditure is accounted for and to work closely with the Chairman and Secretary on any fundraising.  My background has been varied and I have held similar positions for the Friends of Slough Museum when the Museum first opened, and also for the Southern Skirmish Association - a national re-enactment group.  It was whilst holding the latter position that I had the unenviable task of registering for VAT before the ceiling was raised to a more realistic level, and for many years I also kept the accounts for a friend’s company where the turnover could be as high as one and a half million, but I don’t think FOLP will reach that level!  Most of my working life has been spent in the film industry and I have even been responsible for Langley Park being used as a location by one company I worked for.

I came to this area in the mid-50’s when my parents returned from Canada and spent most of my formative years having fun in both Langley Park and Black Park, where my first brush with filming was when my friend’s horse bolted through the trees and straight through a column of ‘American WWII prisoners’ and their ‘German’ guards scattering them to the four winds.  It was only later that I discovered the strangulated scream of ‘Cut’ came from the famous director Carl Foreman!  Basically I can say that over the past 50 + years I have walked dogs, ridden horses and earned a living in Langley Park and hope that it continues to provide as much fun and entertainment to the generations to come as it has to me. 

  

Jean Richardson - Minutes Secretary

Hello, I’m Jean Richardson and I’m the Minutes Secretary with the Friends of Langley Park.  I have only recently joined the FOLP group and I attend the monthly meetings, take minutes and circulate to everyone on the committee. 

I have lived in Iver and Iver Heath for many years and both Langley and Black Parks have been regular places for me to exercise my dogs and horses in the past. Now I enjoy cycling and walking in both of the parks and love all the wildlife.  Quite regularly I stumble upon the small deer while walking, it is fascinating to see them, and I am usually trying to get photographs of them in amongst the undergrowth. After a day in the office the parks are wonderful places to chill out and relax.

I work for a pharmaceutical company close to Heathrow Airport and my personal interests are cycling, walking, photography and gardening. 

 

Sally Boserup - Membership Secretary

Hi, I'm Sally.  I became a member of the Friends of Langley Park at the official launch of the park in July 2010 and have recently joined the FOLP committee as Membership Secretary.  I will make sure that new members receive their  introduction packs and that annual reminders are sent out to existing members. Time will tell what other activities I may get involved in within FOLP.

Though I moved to Farnham Royal 10 years ago, I found that when I retired from my IT job that I did not really know the area or any local people at all. Discovering Simply Walk soon helped change all that. I have now walked many miles in Black Park, Langley Park, Marlow, Denham, Lane End and Chalfont St Giles to name just a few. In the process, I have also met many interesting and friendly people amongst the other walkers. Langley Park has been especially fascinating as we followed the restoration work from week to week at close hand - gradually watching the muddy tracks transformed into sleek paths and seeing Temple Gardens reborn from the wilderness.

As part of my other interests and activities, I work as a volunteer for Age Concern on the Home from Hospital team. It gives some interesting insights in how to (and how not to!) grow old.  Moreover, it certainly makes me appreciate my own health and lifestyle.

For the last 6 years I have helped out weekly at Swan Lifeline, a swan rescue centre in Eton. I love working with the swans and since my retirement, I have added Abbotsbury Swannery inDorset to my voluntary work several times a year, where I help the permanent staff with some of their duties.  

launch of the park in July 2010 and have recently joined the committee for
FOLP as Membership Secretary. I’ll make sure that new members receive
their introduction packs and that annual reminders are sent out to existing
members. Time will tell what other activities I may get involved in within
FOLP.

Though I moved to Farnham Royal 10 years ago, I found that when I retired
from my IT job that I did not really know the area or any local people at all.
Discovering Simply Walk soon helped change all that. I have now walked
many miles in Black Park, Langley Park, Marlow, Denham, Lane End and
Chalfont St Giles to name just a few. In the process, I have also met many
interesting and friendly people amongst the other walkers. Langley Park has
been especially fascinating as we followed the restoration work from week to
week at close hand - gradually watching the muddy tracks transformed into
sleek paths and seeing Temple Gardens reborn from the wilderness.

As part of my other interests and activities, I work as a volunteer for Age
Concern on the Home from Hospital team. It gives some interesting insights
in how to (and how not to!) grow old. Moreover, it certainly makes me
appreciate my own health and lifestyle.

For the last 6 years I have helped out weekly at Swan Lifeline, a swan rescue
centre in Eton. I love working with the swans and since my retirement, I have
added Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset to my voluntary work several times a
year, where I help the permanent staff with some of their duties.

Tansie Nicole - Website Editor and Events Organiser

Hi, I am Tansie Nicole and the IT Officer for the Friends of Langley Park, which basically means I run and update the website.  I was originally asked if I knew anything about FrontPage web design, and after admitting I did, given the job of creating this site.   (Next time I will keep my mouth closed!)

It has been a lot of fun and at times challenging to work out ways of getting things done on the site, but also very rewarding, and I am pleased to say I am now quite proud of it!

My background has been Admin/PA based, mixed in with being a Complementary Therapist and Trainer, and I now also design web sites for people.

I also organise the Friends of Langley Park day trips, such as Exbury Gardens, Blenheim Palace, and recently Wisley Gardens, as well as our events - you may have seen us at  Apple Day, Crooked Billet Fun Day, Denham Fayre, and coming up Langley Launch and Canal Festival.

My passions are being in nature (so I love the conservation work we do, especially as we have a great group of people doing it), working with animals (I currently foster 4 adorable kittens and a beautiful 5 year old female for the Cats Protection League), dog walking for the Harefield Dogs Trust, gardening, cooking, photography, socialising, self-development, spending time with my 6 nieces and nephews - its great to be a child again! - to name but a few.

Going back to the website, we have tried to include as much of interest to people as possible, namely the guided walks, orienteering trail, maps of Langley and Black Parks, and conservation work.  We also have a monthly Park User, Photo Competition and Forum to make this site more interactive.   And the latest addition has been using PayPal so that anyone can pay by debit or credit card for membership or our other goodies online, as simply as possible.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the website and Langley Park, and if you have any ideas for improvements or suggestions for either please let me know. 

 

Rhys Jones - Marketing Officer

Hi, my name is Rhys Jones.  I joined the FOLP in 2009 and shortly afterwards was asked to join the committee to help with marketing, an area I have spent most of my working life in.

Was born in Chile, went to an English school in the Argentine and then in the early 1970’s as a family decided to come back to live in England.  My parents bought a house in Iver Heath were I now live - although I spent several years living up in Milton Keys I was always drawn back to Iver Heath. It was not long after we came to live in the area that we became acquainted with Langley Park.
 
I have always been a keen sports man having played most sports at one time or another, but hockey seemed to be the dominant sport having played for many years for both Richings Park and Farnham Common up to the end of 2008 when, although the mind was eager and willing to carry on, the body has other ideas!!! So I decided it was time to bow out gracefully.  For a time I looked around for other activates that would interest me and got involved with Simply Walk first at Black Park and then, when the walks were extended, to Langley Park.  It was during one of these walks that I was asked to help out and became a walk leader so now I am at the Park most Monday mornings involved in some way with Simply Walk.  Whenever it is possible I go to the conservation days on the first Saturday of the month.
 
I am now semi-retired, having spent my first 25 year working in After Sales Marketing in the Motor Industry and then lately for a Business Gift company base in Slough developing and looking after there Management Information Systems.
 
Since being with FOLP I have organised and run the stall at the Denham Fayre and The Langley Launch promoting the Park and explaining to people why the redevelopment of the Park was necessary and what it has meant to the Park.  I now look forward to the next stage of future development of the Park which and maintenance of all the restoration work.

 

Maureen Stevens - Newsletter Editor

Hello, my name is Maureen and I put together the Newsletters for Friends of Langley Park.  

I have known Langley Park for many years and have a deep love of wildlife and the countryside, passed on to me through my father.  From childhood he has always taken me out and about and shown me many beautiful places, from the mountains and forests of Wales to many areas around Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.  The Chilterns are probably at their most beautiful in Autumn, although I really love the fresh greens of Springtime.  The early childhood interest has never left me and I always try to instil something of nature into people around me, either at work or where I live.  I never walk far in the countryside without having to stop to hunt for whatever I heard scurrying through the undergrowth and invariably it is a mouse or a vole or even sometimes a lizard.  If you wait long enough and patiently enough it will appear.  Wildlife is never far away.

When the chance came to get involved in doing some conservation work in Langley Park I jumped at the chance and from that grew the Friends of Langley Park.

I have gained many wonderful friends through the Friends of Langley Park in particular the other committee members and volunteers and I very much enjoy meeting with people through the events we put on.  Invariably it is people with the same interests.  We truly have become a “Friends group”.

In my normal daily working life I am a Secretary for a large construction company in Slough, which at times can be pretty monotonous and a walk through the woods or the Rhododendron Gardens at the end of a long and busy day, listening the wonderful bird songs, can be a good release.

I also enjoy gardening and try to incorporate plants and flowers that attract the butterflies and insects which can be beneficial to every gardener and when I get some spare time, however small it may be, I do like to sit down and do some card making.  You never know, one day I may get the chance to sell some at some of our events.

 

Andy Stevens - Member

My name is Andy Stevens and I am the Conservation and Photography Officer for the Friends of Langley Park.  My role allows me to get involved with the volunteering side of the group which is a very important part of our objectives and it is rewarding to know that we are helping the Country Parks Team to maintain and improve such a special place.  Have a look at ourConservation page to see the kind of volunteering work we do.

My day time job is that of Park Manager at the Orchards Residential Park, which is situated very close to Langley Park and which also had a mention in the historical survey carried out by John Phibbs for the HLF bid, as the site of an Elizabethan Pleasance Garden, this is exciting news and is yet another piece of the historical jigsaw.

The photography side of my job involves documenting as many of our varied activities as possible in order to monitor our progress, keep the website up to date and have a good laugh at some of the strange things FOLP members do at events and social functions (some will never be seen!!) and of course to implement and supervise the Fixed Point Photography of Langley Park which is a requirement of the HLF project.

Fixed Point Photography is a method of recording photographic data of designated areas including the Lake, the Car Park, the Temple Gardens and the Arboretum, etc from fixed points around the given areas at regular intervals for as long as is required.  This is normally done over many years.  The information is stored in hard copy and data files that can be cross referenced throughout the project and beyond allowing the Country Parks Team and the HLF to see exactly where the monies are being spent.  This is a project any keen photographer within the group can do as expensive equipment is not required, although a tripod is quite important. 

Every visit to the park is different and I gain a feeling of great pride and pleasure to know that the FOLP members ably assisted by the hard working Country Parks Team are helping to promote and maintain a place of such diversity and interest that is Langley Park. 

I look forward to seeing you during my many wanderings. 

  

Margaret Ashmore - Member

My name is Margaret Ashmore and I have been involved with the Friends of Langley Park from the start.  As a committee member I am described as a 'helper' which is what I try to do.  One of my main contribution s is to make the cakes on volunteer days.

I am fortunate to live on the edge of the Park, with my husband Aubrey, our two dogs and the cat.  I walk the dogs every day in the park, as I have done for the past 11 years.  It is a beautiful place with a wide variety of wildlife and it is a privilege to play a small part in its restoration.

  

Ann McCullough - Member

 

My name is Ann McCullough; my role is helping Tansie with the website which involves informing interested parties about Langley Park, conservation work and related items.

I hope that by helping with the website we will be able to create interest in the work that we do in Langley Park and towards conservation projects.

I moved into Iver in 2000 from NW London.  Being single and a keen gardener I found joining FOLP an opportunity to further my interest in conservation and an excellent way of meeting people and making new friends.

Moving from NW London has given me the chance in my retirement to enjoy the open spaces and parks that this area has to offer, which has also given me the chance to join Simply Walks, where I am able to not only exercise on a regular basis, but study conservation and nature more closely with a twice a week walk.

I am also a member of the Iver Garden Club and attend the meetings and outings on a regular basis.  I am looking forward to becoming a useful member of the Friends of Langley Park committee.

 

 

John Watson - Chairman

How did I ever find time to go to work?  I expect you’ve heard that before.

I’m John Watson, and this is a picture of me with Molly and Brandy.  I’m the tall one.

We moved to George Green in October 1998 and, very quickly, the dogs showed me all the footpaths and fields within a two mile radius.  There’s an old truism that goes “the more you put in, the more you get out” and, sure enough, all that walking made me realise how little I knew about the wild flowers that I saw.  So I put that right.  But then came bushes, deciduous tress, and then conifers, and the more I learned the less I knew.

Just about when I retired, I saw a notice asking for volunteers for Langley Park, and I thought that this would a be good opportunity to put back some of what I had gained, without taking more.  I volunteered, and far from not getting more, the park threw things at me I never even dreamed of.  There is a bigger variety of trees than anywhere between here and Kew Gardens.  There are more, and rarer, bugs in dead trees than anywhere between here and The New Forest.  There are roe deer and  voles, hobbies and cross bills, fungi and bats, butterflies and spiders.  Every time I turned a corner the park stuck something else in my face as if saying “So what’s this then Mr Know-it-all”, and often I didn’t.  So I put that right.

Then they started a group “The Friends of Langley Park”.  I’m not a friend; I’m an ardent fan and admirer, so I joined the committee.  I don’t have a particular role, I just help all the others who are much more skilled and able than I.  But at meetings I get to pontificate about every subject, and have no responsibility for any.  Makes me feel like a real politician !!  I also thought it was a opportunity to put back some of what I had gained without taking more.  Until the floodgates opened.

I gave up history in the third form in 1953, and never had cause to regret doing that during fifty years in commerce.  That was until 2005, when I suddenly found out about lots more “Friends”.  King John of Magna Charta fame, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Queen Charlotte wife of George III, Dukes, Earls, Lords and Ladies, the Kedderminster family, the Bateson Harvey family, Capability Brown, and Stiff Leadbetter.  All had walked the same paths in the park as I.  Mind you, none of them had been on the committee.

And if you don’t want any of this, then the park just stands there, welcoming all who come through it’s gates whatever the time; 6 o-clock sunrises over the lake in spring, or January squalls down the vista shot blasting your face with rain and dead leaves.  And if this is still too much, then solitude is in Temple Gardens, Kings Wood, or by the lake.

My dad always told me not to believe everything I read.  I’m telling you “Don’t believe everything you read”. Come to Langley Park and find out for yourself.  I did.

You could wonder how you ever found time to go to work. 

 

John Watson - Chairman

How did I ever find time to go to work?  I expect you’ve heard that before.

I’m John Watson, and this is a picture of me with Molly and Brandy.  I’m the tall one.

We moved to George Green in October 1998 and, very quickly, the dogs showed me all the footpaths and fields within a two mile radius.  There’s an old truism that goes “the more you put in, the more you get out” and, sure enough, all that walking made me realise how little I knew about the wild flowers that I saw.  So I put that right.  But then came bushes, deciduous tress, and then conifers, and the more I learned the less I knew.

Just about when I retired, I saw a notice asking for volunteers for Langley Park, and I thought that this would a be good opportunity to put back some of what I had gained, without taking more.  I volunteered, and far from not getting more, the park threw things at me I never even dreamed of.  There is a bigger variety of trees than anywhere between here and Kew Gardens.  There are more, and rarer, bugs in dead trees than anywhere between here and The New Forest.  There are roe deer and  voles, hobbies and cross bills, fungi and bats, butterflies and spiders.  Every time I turned a corner the park stuck something else in my face as if saying “So what’s this then Mr Know-it-all”, and often I didn’t.  So I put that right.

Then they started a group “The Friends of Langley Park”.  I’m not a friend; I’m an ardent fan and admirer, so I joined the committee.  I don’t have a particular role, I just help all the others who are much more skilled and able than I.  But at meetings I get to pontificate about every subject, and have no responsibility for any.  Makes me feel like a real politician !!  I also thought it was a opportunity to put back some of what I had gained without taking more.  Until the floodgates opened.

I gave up history in the third form in 1953, and never had cause to regret doing that during fifty years in commerce.  That was until 2005, when I suddenly found out about lots more “Friends”.  King John of Magna Charta fame, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Queen Charlotte wife of George III, Dukes, Earls, Lords and Ladies, the Kedderminster family, the Bateson Harvey family, Capability Brown, and Stiff Leadbetter.  All had walked the same paths in the park as I.  Mind you, none of them had been on the committee.

And if you don’t want any of this, then the park just stands there, welcoming all who come through it’s gates whatever the time; 6 o-clock sunrises over the lake in spring, or January squalls down the vista shot blasting your face with rain and dead leaves.  And if this is still too much, then solitude is in Temple Gardens, Kings Wood, or by the lake.

My dad always told me not to believe everything I read.  I’m telling you “Don’t believe everything you read”. Come to Langley Park and find out for yourself.  I did.

You could wonder how you ever found time to go to work. 

 

John Watson - Chairman

How did I ever find time to go to work?  I expect you’ve heard that before.

I’m John Watson, and this is a picture of me with Molly and Brandy.  I’m the tall one.

We moved to George Green in October 1998 and, very quickly, the dogs showed me all the footpaths and fields within a two mile radius.  There’s an old truism that goes “the more you put in, the more you get out” and, sure enough, all that walking made me realise how little I knew about the wild flowers that I saw.  So I put that right.  But then came bushes, deciduous tress, and then conifers, and the more I learned the less I knew.

Just about when I retired, I saw a notice asking for volunteers for Langley Park, and I thought that this would a be good opportunity to put back some of what I had gained, without taking more.  I volunteered, and far from not getting more, the park threw things at me I never even dreamed of.  There is a bigger variety of trees than anywhere between here and Kew Gardens.  There are more, and rarer, bugs in dead trees than anywhere between here and The New Forest.  There are roe deer and  voles, hobbies and cross bills, fungi and bats, butterflies and spiders.  Every time I turned a corner the park stuck something else in my face as if saying “So what’s this then Mr Know-it-all”, and often I didn’t.  So I put that right.

Then they started a group “The Friends of Langley Park”.  I’m not a friend; I’m an ardent fan and admirer, so I joined the committee.  I don’t have a particular role, I just help all the others who are much more skilled and able than I.  But at meetings I get to pontificate about every subject, and have no responsibility for any.  Makes me feel like a real politician !!  I also thought it was a opportunity to put back some of what I had gained without taking more.  Until the floodgates opened.

I gave up history in the third form in 1953, and never had cause to regret doing that during fifty years in commerce.  That was until 2005, when I suddenly found out about lots more “Friends”.  King John of Magna Charta fame, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Queen Charlotte wife of George III, Dukes, Earls, Lords and Ladies, the Kedderminster family, the Bateson Harvey family, Capability Brown, and Stiff Leadbetter.  All had walked the same paths in the park as I.  Mind you, none of them had been on the committee.

And if you don’t want any of this, then the park just stands there, welcoming all who come through it’s gates whatever the time; 6 o-clock sunrises over the lake in spring, or January squalls down the vista shot blasting your face with rain and dead leaves.  And if this is still too much, then solitude is in Temple Gardens, Kings Wood, or by the lake.

My dad always told me not to believe everything I read.  I’m telling you “Don’t believe everything you read”. Come to Langley Park and find out for yourself.  I did.

You could wonder how you ever found time to go to work. 

 

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