We had a fantastic weekend with the Romany Society on Saturday. 30 members of the Society came along to have a tour of Martin Mere on the Community Reedbed Walk, the grounds, the Roundhouse Village and we watched a swan feed at 3pm. We had a lovely lunch in the Mere Side cafe, and we were treated to a show by Romany’s grandson Roly Bain. The Society donated us £300 to put up a bird table at the Canoe Safari for people to enjoy watching the birds whilst viewing the canoes and I would like to thank them for that and for choosing Martin Mere for the location for their visit this year.
A bit about Romany:
George Bramwell Evens, who broadcast as ‘Romany of the BBC’, presented Out with Romany on BBC Radio Children’s Hour in the 1930s and 40s. He was also a prolific writer and wrote many natural history books for children, the best-known of these are the ‘Out with Romany’ series, much reprinted throughout the 1930s, 40s and 50s. The Romany Society was created to promote and encourage the study and appreciation of Britain’s first broadcasting naturalist, the forerunner of and inspiration for David Attenborough and David Bellamy.
The Romany Society was originally formed in 1943 and continued until 1965. It was re-founded in 1996, with Mr Terry Waite as Patron and Mrs Romany Watt (Romany’s daughter) as President. Terry Waite is Patron because when he was in captivity he stated that he spent time recalling his books that he read as a child.