Your Guide to Family Entertainment in Sandhurst
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Sandhurst as a


Pledge One:
Understand and Promote Respect, Responsibility and Rights of all in our Community

Pledge Two:
Encourage all in the community to respect and uphold the rights of everyone to be able to live in a safe

Pledge Three:
Recognise and fulfil our responsibility to each other and to our community town.

Formed in 1908, Sandhurst Silver Band is made up of two individual ensembles. Sandhurst Community Brass, a non-contesting band made up of players ranging in ability, and Sandhurst Silver Band who compete nationally at the top level of brass banding.

The bands have their own bandroom in the centre of Sandhurst and as a development area, are looking to create a youth band in the near future. Both bands regularly host concerts in the Sandhurst area, as well as appearing further afield. So we look forward to welcoming you to hear the ‘Sounds of Sandhurst’.

For more information about joining the band, or in booking one of the bands for an engagement, please visit the band website -

Batty Evening at Shepherd Meadows

Thanks to all the people who came on the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust Bat Walk from Shepherd Meadows car park on 9th September.

About 20 enthusiastic people came including several groups with pushchairs.

Steve Bailey gave an introductory talk including demonstrations with a bat puppet! Most people can’t hear bats calling, so each group was given a bat detector to tune into various bat frequencies.

Initially, the bats were reluctant to appear as the wind was blowing from the river making the hedge margins a bit chilly. We did hear one or two en-route to the Balancing pond.

And then we found the bats. They were at the pond sheltering from the winds.

We usually see Water bats (Daubenton’s bats) skimming across the water catching insects and we were lucky to some that evening. They can be seen taking insects from the water’s surface with their feet!

There were also lots of Pipistrelles flying about us and over the pond.

What do bats really look like? It is hard to see at night, so we thought you’d like to see this photo of Pipistrelles roosting in a bat box. How many can you count?

Some bat stats for you.
Head & body length 3.3cm to 4.8cm; Wingspan 18cm to 25cm
Water bats:
Head & body length 4.5cm to 5.5cm; Wingspan 24cm to 27.5cm

At this time of year the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust visit bat boxes, throughout the valley, to count the bats in the boxes and look for signs of roosting in empty ones. We also take the opportunity to repair and replace old boxes.

One of the people on the walk sent this message afterwards “Thank you so much for tonight's walk, my friends and myself really enjoyed ourselves. Couldn't believe how many bats were at the pond tonight, I don't think I've ever seen so many in one night.”

A great evening as always

Sue Cload
BVCT Trustee