Arthur’s Oak stands strong at Davy Down

DAVY Down’s next Open Day falls on Sunday October 9th and there are free activities for all the family from noon to 5 pm. You can opt for four hours of digital photography or learn to use water colour pastels.(reserve your place by phoning 01375 413939)

But for the more energetic there will be guided walks and rides. The walks vary in distance and content.

Last year the fungus hunt proved a great success and with the addition of the new mural the Art and Sculpture trail is a guaranteed hit. Bring your bikes to explore the Mardyke or follow the river towards Aveley & Purfleet or North Stifford & Bulphan.

At 2 pm there will be a break in the programme, for those who knew Arthur well, to celebrate the life of former Mayor, Arthur Clarke who died earlier this year. Arthur was a Davy Down and Thames Chase Trustee and a long term governor of the former Aveley School. Diana Clarke’s family and friends will be there together with representatives who reflect Arthur’s contribution to Thurrock. Thurrock Council have donated an oak which will be planted inside the Pumping Station garden. Diana hopes that others will just drop in between 2 & 3 pm.

After 3 pm it will be business as usual with the warden bring out his menagerie of snakes, bull frogs and reptiles and giving tips to visitors on how to look after them.

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