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Colchester Civic Society Social Program 2020

All our events and meetings have been cancelled from March 2020 onwards because of the Covid19 Lockdown.

Reports on Previous Outings

Below are reports with short videos on two of our 2019 outings. We hope you enjoy them.

Badgers at Fingringhoe Wick

Our social program in 2019 included evening visits to Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve to watch a badger clan. Just four people are admitted each time along with a volunteer warden. You get to sit in an armchair in a hide and watch the badgers feeding through the large windows. A very special evening, which hopefully will be on offer again in 2021.
The reserve has a badger cam set up where you can watch live. Here is the link
If you would like to watch a video made by one of our members on one of these visits, then see below.

Badgers at Fingringhoe Wick

The Great Stink

Shown here are photos and a short video from an extraordinary outing for Civic Society members. Titled THE BIG STINK, this trip began with a guided coach tour around central London where we learned about the development of London’s sewerage system in the 19th century and how this was created to take away the sewerage from London’s Streets and from being discharged directly into the Thames, which by this time had become a stinking open sewer.
The solution, we learned, was to build a sewer to take it all down river to a covered reservoir and a pumping station on the south bank of the Thames at Thamesmead. Our journey there began on a river bus from Westminster Pier to Greenwich where we met the coach again for the final stage of the journey through Woolwich to the Crossness Pumping Station at Thamesmead.
The central feature here turned out to be a giant steam powered beam engine, which was used to pump the raw sewerage from a covered reservoir into the river as the tide was running out! This was a truly spectacular sight, as you can see for yourself.
For more information you can follow this link to the Crossness Engines website
The Civic Society offers a range of outings for its members, which in 2019 ranged from Badger Watching at Fingringhoe Wick to THE BIG STINK outing. If you would like to join us on future outings then you can become a member here

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The Crossness Beam Engine