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Friends of Healing Moated Site committee meeting

Posted by Healing Moated Site on January 19, 2011 at 12:06 PM Comments comments (0)

Meeting tonight for all members of the Friends of Healing Moated Site Committee. Starts at 1845. For venue please contact the chairman or secretary.

Healing Moated Site booklet

Posted by Healing Moated Site on December 17, 2010 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The booklet is now ready and on sale. It details the history of the site and is based on the archaeological reports made over the years.

It's priced £3.00 and is in colour. For more information visit the Healing Moated Site book page. To request a booklet visit our guestbook page.

Local history

Posted by Healing Moated Site on November 5, 2010 at 10:32 PM Comments comments (0)

For anyone interested in history and in particular, local history, then you must check out this blog by Rod Collins. Rod writes a regular blog, on many things which interest him, but one of his keen passions seems to be local history. There are some really good discussions taking place on here and there are some very keen, interested people that make many comments.

So I encourage you to check Rod's blog out and engage.

St Michael's Church

Posted by Healing Moated Site on November 5, 2010 at 7:58 PM Comments comments (0)

This is of interest[email protected]/sets/72157625306134008/

Photos of the stained glass windows at St Michael's Church, Little Coates

Winter is upon us

Posted by Healing Moated Site on November 1, 2010 at 9:48 AM Comments comments (0)

Winter is approaching and the leaves have begun to turn to autumnal shades of gold and red, while many trees are now starting to lose theirs.

If you have any photos of the Healing Moated site then please do share them on here with us.

Village Fayre 2010

Posted by Healing Moated Site on October 21, 2010 at 3:52 PM Comments comments (0)

The Friends of Healing Moated Site enjoyed themselves at the village fete held in September.

Committee members were responsible this year for serving refreshments and raised around £100 for funds. Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was agreed they would do it again in 2011.

There was also a display about the history of the site and a quiz had been set, which sent people around the site reading display boards and searching for clues. There were many successful entrants and winners will be published later.

Use of site

Posted by Healing Moated Site on October 21, 2010 at 5:56 AM Comments comments (0)

While the site is there for people to enjoy, some are spoiling it for others.

If you use the site to walk your dog, then please ensure you clean up after it. There are some dog owners who are not cleaning up after their pets.

Most dog owners are responsible, but there are a few who use the site who don't keep their pets on a lead within the boundaries of the site. Even if you think your dog is well behaved and wouldn't hurt the sheep, think again. 

Under The Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 it is a criminal offence for a dog to not be on a lead or under close control in a field of sheep. It is also a criminal offence if a dog worries livestock on agricultural land.

Under The Animals Act 1971 civil liability for damages done by a dog is placed on the keeper of the dog. This includes damage by killing or injuring livestock. The keeper, for the purposes of the Act, is the person in possession of the dog. If the keeper/owner is under 16, then it is the head of the household who becomes liable.

This Act also protects the farmer from legal action for killing or injuring a dog that is worrying or about to worry sheep or other livestock.

All dogs should be on a close lead when walking anywhere near livestock. Even the most loving pet can become a menace when away from its owner's control. javascript:mox();

Please take any litter home with you too and ensure that gates and fencing are not damaged.

We want the site to be enjoyed by everyone, but dog mess and litter are not welcome, so clear up after you!

Plants on the site

Posted by Healing Moated Site on October 21, 2010 at 5:52 AM Comments comments (0)

IN the second article about Healing Moated Site, Friends’ committee member, Mary Howard, talks about the many varied plants that can be found on the site.

On a sunny summer’s day a short stroll round the moated site will reveal to you a wondrous assortment of wild flowers.

You don’t have to be an expert to see that the site has an interesting mixture of habitats – areas with different types of plants.

We’ve got a small wood, an open meadow, ditches and the ‘sunken area’ that is a wetland for much of the year. Next time you visit try and spot what the main plants are in each. This variety is what we call ‘biodiversity’ – a mix of plants that encourage lots of different animals, most of which you have to be very patient to see as they scuttle or dig or fly past you.

In just half an hour on a June afternoon we spotted over 30 different types of flowering plants. Here are just three of the most interesting ones. Hedge Woundwort – a strange name, this plant looks a bit like a nettle but with small purple flowers that look like tiny orchids. It grows about 50cm tall, in the grass beside the tall willow trees.

Crush the leaves and they have a strong metallic smell. In past times the plant was used for its string fibres, for its ability to produce a yellow dye and as an antiseptic. Herb Bennet (or Wood Avens) looks like a tiny buttercup n a long, spindly stem, and grows at the edge of the woodland.

It is supposed to have the power to keep away evil spirits and poisonous snakes! We have a good number of Blackthorn trees – small trees or bushes with tiny leaves and very sharp, straight thorns.

Many are now bearing small green cherry-like fruits that will turn black and shiny in the autumn, but don’t try to eat them as they are very bitter. Instead keep an eye on the leaves and see what is having a munch, as over 20 different types of moth larvae (caterpillars) feed on them.

As evening falls the adult moths provide a spectacular display. Do enjoy the moated site in all its glory at this time of the year! Look out for a special trail that will take place on Saturday September 4th during the village fayre festivities. Come and join us and learn more about this valuable place!

History of the Site

Posted by Healing Moated Site on October 21, 2010 at 5:49 AM Comments comments (0)

In this first article, Friends of Healing Moated Site committee members’ Emma Lingard and Mary Howard explore the history of the site.

MANY villagers are familiar with the moated manor site – commonly known as the sheep field. The site was occupied in the medieval ages after the main village, by the church, became overcrowded. A manor house was established and a community developed, only to be deserted years later.

Though we know the field as the 'medieval moated site', there is evidence of human activity from many centuries before. Excavations have revealed prehistoric worked flints and also pottery from the time when the Romans occupied Britain.

Much earlier, the land had been covered by the boulders and soil carried by the melting glaciers of the last Ice Age.

The main activity on the site seems to have been between the 11th and 14th centuries. At first the site contained a small hamlet, but by the 14th century the moat had been dug out and the clay used to build platforms for bigger homes to be built on, with sturdy foundations.

A basic system of chalk tracks provided the road network. It seems likely the moat was cleaned out regularly, as animal bones and charcoal from fires have been found in the nearby banks. It would have been important to keep the moat clear, as it allowed water to drain off the site and prevented flooding.

The site also contained fishponds - and these and the moat suggest someone wealthy lived on the site. Pottery found shows the area was occupied until the 16th century. No one knows why the site fell into disuse. It became part of the farmed land of Healing and it was only in the 1990s the history of the site started to reveal itself.

Now we have the opportunity to add to the amazing story of this site by making sure we use it for fun, fresh air and exercise. 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and to celebrate this we are asking for the village to put together its own species list for the site. A wildflower survey has been started, but data is needed on any plants, birds or other animals that have been spotted.

If you would like to help the group then please send any information to [email protected]