AUGUST 7 2021 – THE SATURDAY TRESPASS WALK II – IFIELD BROOK MEADOWS AND ST MARGARET’S PARISH FIELDS

INTRODUCTION

 

‘Trespassers’ outside the Plough at 11am

Twelve of us braved the showers for the Saturday Trespass Walk II [August 7].

Thank you to the police for ‘keeping an eye’ on us – a motley crew of ‘trespassers’ – at the start of the walk [and at the end].

 

Pauline Smith [with an appropriate logo for the walk]

Richard told us at the start that the Private Land signs were “beyond nonsense” and “while Homes England can own, control, bully, confuse and manipulate, they cannot build on this beautiful ancient parish [including the Golf Club] because they have yet to secure planning permission from Horsham District Council”.

Jo told us she was discouraged to walk the area because of the ‘Private Land’ signs.

Ed questioned the legitimacy of the ‘Private Land’ signs.

The Friendly Dragon of Ifield Brook Meadows was not seen by the twelve two-legged animals, but the four-legged dogs did so [but ignored him as they were far too busy playing in the Brook and the Fields].

Clare believed the area at Rusper Road Playing Fields was once an ancient settlement, and evidence can be found of a Roman fireplace somewhere in and around Ifield Brook.

The walks will continue every Saturday until Homes England dismantle their ugly signs within this beautiful area.

Next Saturday’s walk [Aug 14] will be led by Crawley Community Award Winner David Moon – ‘Parish Insects’ [if dry] or ‘Parish Wild Flowers’ [if wet]. 11am from the Plough [return by 1pm].

‘Diego The Dog’ on the riverbank in Ifield Brook Meadows

 

 

THE ROUTE – ‘TRESPASS WALK II’

 

The Plough at Midday

 

The Plough at Night

 

St Margaret’s 13th century Parish Church – and War Memorial – in Ifield Village

 

 

William Frederick Drughorn [1895-1916] – see War Memorial – “What If?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geraint Thomas [1950-2019]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Bloody poser”

 

Comma butterfly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ifield Brook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Antony Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Robert Stass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Minihane – in 2020 – Church hidden behind trees on left [to the east]. Maples development straight ahead [looking south]

 

Photo by Antony Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

St Margaret’s Parish Fields – Photo by Clare Wilson

 

A View of St Margaret’s 13th Century Church and Ifield Brook Meadows – from the ancient Parish Fields [under serious threat from developers]