Putting on a flash show at Pav­il­ions

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

WHILE in the streets and gar­dens of Lon­don the cherry trees are in full bloom, come April at Welsh Harp Lake the blos­som sea­son is wan­ing and now it be­comes the turn of the wild flow­ers to lit­er­ally have their turn in the sun.

Most of th­ese can af­ford to be small and low-grow­ing as, ap­pear­ing early in the year they don’t have to com­pete with the taller plants that will dom­i­nate the scene later. How­ever, their small size can lead to them be­ing over­looked, and some pic­tured or men­tioned here I only no­ticed while bend­ing down to pho­to­graph some­thing else that had caught my eye.

This a bless­ing of pho­tog­ra­phy, forc­ing me to slow down or stop and pro­vid­ing the chance to re­ally notice what’s around me. Many is the time when stoop­ing to get a bet­ter an­gle on a flower, I’ve dis­cov­ered an in­sect hid­ing in a rolled up pe­tal, or a spi­der lurk­ing on the un­der­side of a leaf wait­ing to am­bush the un­sus­pect­ing fly rest­ing on its up­per sur­face. Or it may be just dis­cov­er­ing an­other tiny flower of real beauty, but on so small a scale that a faster pace would have caused me to miss it.

I’ve also found that by slow­ing down I’ve be­gun to recog­nise the rhythm of the sea­sons at the lake, from the blos­som wall that ap­pears each Fe­bru­ary to patches of daf­fodils, lesser celandines and for­get-me-nots that ap­pear in par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tions every year.

In the next cou­ple of weeks I’m ex­pect­ing to en­counter a small but no­tice­able cloud of black flies,known as St Mark’s flies, as they ap­pear around St Mark’s Day on the church cal­en­dar. I’m not a fan of black flies, but I en­joy the sense their pres­ence gives of a re­li­able con­tin­u­a­tion year af­ter year, help­ing me build a con­nec­tion with the place and the things liv­ing there.

I men­tioned last month my fond­ness for old names for wild flow­ers, as they posses a won­der­ful ex­pres­sive­ness and char­ac­ter. Just the com­mon ones at the lake in­clude dog vi­o­let, herb robert, cuckoo flower, wood avens, hairy bit­ter­cress, shep­herds purse, and many oth­ers that I don’t know.

I’d like to be able to recog­nise more of th­ese but this isn’t about be­ing able to put a name to ev­ery­thing, al­though this can help un­der­stand what’s go­ing on, its about sim­ply en­joy­ing it, so if you get a chance this month (or any other), get out there, slow down, and see what stands out for you. STU­DENTS from Hilling­don Manor School per­formed a fun flash mob in front of sur­prised shop­pers in Uxbridge on Fri­day to raise aware­ness of Autism Dance Day.

The 17 stu­dents, along with street dance teacher Jonathon Baron, per­formed a chore­ographed dance to the pub­lic out­side the Pav­il­lions shop­ping cen­tre, and even taught the Mayor of Hilling­don some moves at the event.

The event was or­gan­ised by Jonathon Baron with autism char­ity Anna Kennedy On­line .

Autism Dance Day takes place an­nu­ally on the last Fri­day of April, and aims to raise money and aware­ness for autism spec­trum dis­or­der through dance.

Anna Kennedy OBE, founder Anna Kennedy On­line, said: “The Mayor and May­oress and Gabriel my Zumba dance teacher came to sup­port the chil­dren from Hilling­don. They were im­pressed, as were their par­ents and pub­lic watch­ing.

“There was a huge crowd en­cour­ag­ing the pupils, clap­ping and singing. Fam­i­lies were very proud watch­ing their chil­dren per­form­ing out­side the Pav­il­lions.

“Jonathon Baron, the pupils’ street dance teacher, has done an amaz­ing job with the pupils, his en­thu­si­asm spills over with the chil­dren. It was a fun event and was the cherry on the cake to fin­ish Autism Aware­ness Month.”

To do­nate to Anna Kennedy On­line, sim­ply text “Giv­ing AKOL01” fol­lowed by £2, £5, or £10, to 70070.

n FLASH MOB: Anna Kennedy with the Mayor and May­oress of Hilling­don and pupils from Manor School per­form­ing to shop­pers at the Pav­il­ions shop­ping cen­tre

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