On Wednesday 2nd May, around 20 local riders came to the “Tired of 20m Circles” evening in Chigwell and took advantage of the free tea and cake on offer.
They listened to brief talks on what the BHS does for Access, both in their area and nationally, and also to Francis Castro, Hainault Ancient Forest Project Manager. This Heritage Lottery Fund supported project should, amongst other objectives, provide improved permissive equestrian access. Following the talks, the guests had the opportunity to look at local maps and speak with local BHS access volunteers Joanne Alexander-Sefre and Liz Hollingsworth (Epping Forest) as well as Hilary Carroll, a volunteer historical researcher from the BHS North & West Kent Committee and Sarah Rayfield, the Access Field Officer for London and the South-East.
This was the first BHS event organised by Joanne, the (comparatively) new ABO for Redbridge, Havering, Waltham Forest, Barking, Dagenham, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets and she looks forward to working with the contacts she has made.