Sewa Day – 5th October 2014

Chairman Steve Batt writes,

We had the pleasure of welcoming back the wonderfully community minded group from Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh HSS – Rugby branch for part of their annual Sewa day. A day where across the world this group volunteer their time to make communities a better place. See for more details of this international event.

We all met up in the small car park by Ashlawn Road bridge, where we were treated to some very tasty snacks before heading down to the Cutting to start the task for the day. Luckily the sun was shining and it soon warmed up to be a very pleasant day, the task was to rake off and clear the grassland area by the bridge which had been cut earlier in the week and to push back the surrounding scrub to open up the grassland. All 18 volunteers were soon hard at work and it was great to see the youngsters fully engaged and working hard, learning as they went, very impressed with their efforts and stamina. In all a total of 63 hours were worked on the day to help maintain the grassland habitat which is a rare commodity in Warwickshire these days.

Luckily with the sunshine some wildlife appeared and Phil and Steve were able to find little frogs, a toad, Common Darter and Southern Hawker Dragonflies, and Comma, Large White, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Common Blue butterflies to show. The time passed quickly and soon the area was clear and it was time to go, everyone appeared to enjoy themselves, in fact so much so that we have already agreed to do it all again on Sunday 4th October 2015. Raj also gave each of the Rugby Group volunteers a Sewa day tee-shirt, which we will all wear with pride, as it was a genuine pleasure to host such a fabulous happy hard working group and have the opportunity to share the beauties of the Cutting and their special day.