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A Great Past 2020 Event

Wildlife Watching Sessions

All free - Booking essential as places are limited.

Dear All and a Happy New Year!


Some of you may remember Wivenhoe Watching Wildlife when we ran regular meetings/events introducing the fascinating and important Wildlife of Wivenhoe.  In recognition of the fact that everyone’s horizons are currently very limited, we would once again, on a strictly one-off basis, like to share our knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the natural world : a ‘Reunion tour’ in the form of a short series of on-line lectures, using the wonders of Zoom.


Your favourite wildlife team – Greg, Glyn, Richard, and Chris,  joined for the first time by Mark, have each put together an interesting half-hour, with slides and comment, each covering a different aspect of wildlife, some local, some far away and all bound to be fascinating! 


All Free!  Booking essential as places are limited.



  • Tuesday 12 January        Chris (Gibson)      ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’

  • Wednesday 27 January  Greg (Smith)        ‘WildSmiths - a Hebridean adventure’

  • Thursday 11 February     Glyn (Evans)        ‘Bird Watchers – What makes us tick’?

  • Tuesday 23 February      Richard (Allan)     Live demo of a work of art being created

  • Wednesday 10 March     Mark (Halladay) ‘Making the most of Wivenhoe green spaces: every verge a nature reserve!’


Each will begin at 7.30 sharp.


If you would like to book a place on any/all let me know asap I will send you the relevant link nearer the time. 


Thank you


Jude Gibson

07503 240387


Great Past 2019 Events

Gin Fest Feedback - Congratulations to you all for organising such a successful event last night.  The planning and organisation of it was faultless. I am quite sure everyone had a good time. The different gins gave everyone something to talk about. The food was wonderful. The whole thing was great fun and did a great deal to help the profile of WivSoc as a fun and worthwhile organisation in Wivenhoe with many people there who were attracted by the nature of the event.

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Wivenhoe Gin Fest…first of its kind in Wivenhoe and tickets were sold out within 10 days of going on sale – who’d have thought it! It was a great fun night, with guests finding out a little more about each gin that was served and having a chance to test and choose their favourite. The GinTelligence quiz caused quite a stir and the winning team bagged a bottle of the “best gin in the world” according to our Chairman! The raffle was popular too. Thank you all for coming along and supporting. We’ve heard such great feedback, we’ve agreed to do it again next year!

Peter Hill

The Crabbing Competition….the annual Wivenhoe crabbing competition in August saw  beautiful weather attracting lots of crabbers along the quay. The winning crab was won by former winner Conall Kane with a crab over 83g! Prizes were presented by Wivenhoe Mayor Cllr Nick Tile. The money raised this year is being donated to Broomgrove Infants and Junior schools and Millfields Primary School

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Wivenhoe River Boat Trip….was a huge success in early September, the sun shone, the boats were full and there was lots of banter and high spirits as the skippers manoeuvered their way from Alresford Creek, then up to the Roman River and past Rowhedge.