Watch out Bob, pupils are after your job

Published on: 02 Jan 2015

bob crampton at barley close school

ITV Westcountry presenter Bob Crampton joined 25 primary school pupils in Mangotsfield to explain the function of a new weather station.

It has been installed at Resound in Blackhorse Road and children from Barley Close Primary School attended its launch.

They showed the TV weatherman gauges they had made to monitor wind and rain. Their work includes experiments to learn how clouds are formed.

The weather station is part of Wildwood - Natural Neighbours, a £10,000 project paid for by Cotswold Homes, which is building houses on the site of the former Blackhorse Day Centre.

Guy Edge, Cotswold Homes’s head of construction said: “The project aims to encourage social engagement and a sense of responsibility for the local environment by providing opportunities for the community to explore, monitor and document theirlocal ecology.”

Anyone can access the weather data available from the new weather station installed on the roof of Resound at which also shows weather stations world-wide.

Penney Ellis, who is managing the weather station in Mangotsfield, is organising seasonal events at Resound, themed around the local ecology. Local experts and enthusiasts will be invited to share their knowledge on topics such as biodiversity and Penney is keen for the local community to take part in events such as a dawn chorus walk, a night walk to seek out bats, owls and other nocturnal critters and a harvest gathering. Details are on her website at

Alongside the community project, work is nearing completion on the homes at Wildwood. where 65 per cent have been sold off-plan. Many of the buyers are local people, ranging from young families to couples close to retirement.

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