2017 Events
March 30th, 2017
The 2017 events are now available on the ECA Diary page.  We finish the year's programme with The Autumn Get Together which will be held on Wednesday November 29th and features a talk by Bill Downey from Butterfly Conservation, which promises to be a popular evening.  Non-members are very welcome for a small fee of £2 which includes membership of the Association until the AGM next April.

The 2017 EcoVols programme is available on the EcoVols page.

Very sadly our former chairman, Vic Hayden, passed away in June this year; an appreciation follows.
 
Victor George Hayden, March 1932 - June 2017

Vic was a stalwart of the Association for over forty years.  He was one of the founder members in the mid 1970s and developed a passionate interest in nature conservation.    He was an enthusiastic member of the EcoVols team, with one of his favourite roles as leader of the cattle checking team, and eventually became Chairman in 2005.  This role enabled him to get involved with local campaigns and conservation issues which he tackled with great enthusiasm.  He was particularly thrilled to be invited to a House of Commons reception by our local MP Chris Grayling because of his voluntary work.  Vic strongly believed that it is up to local residents not only to monitor but also to actively assist in the preservation and improvement of our environment. 
Vic was born in Brentford, with Kew Gardens and Syon House within walking distance of his home, and he soon developed a love for natural history.  After a period working as an electrical engineer in Scotland, Vic met his wife Ina and also became a keen hillwalker.  Vic and Ina moved to a house on The Wells in 1961 and he soon developed a passion for the Common.  During the 1960s Vic and Ina adopted two children, Neil and Sheena.  Also during this period Vic took an active role in the community and became a cub and scout leader.
Vic had many other interests including singing with the Epsom Male Voice Choir, badminton and working as a volunteer for the Born Free Foundation.  He gave a great deal to the community through his voluntary work and was very well respected and liked by all who knew him.