Santa at the Woods is the final event in the Warley Woods Community Trust calendar. On Sunday 8th December Santa will ride though the Woods in his specially created Virgin Train and then will take up his place in his grotto at the Pavilion on Lightwoods Hill, ably assisted by elves, to greet the young people of Smethwick, Oldbury, Harborne and Quinton. Young people are asked to bring their torches to light Santa’s way through the Woods.
Santa will begin his journey through the Woods between 4pm and 4.15pm starting within the park at the drinking fountain near the Abbey Road entrance. He will be entertained there by members of St Hilda’s Church Choir singing carols. Then he will ride through the Woods to the Pavilion at Lightwoods Hill where children will have the opportunity to meet him and receive a gift (small charge). There will also be musical entertainment outside the Pavilion on Lightwoods thanks to Bearwood Baptist Church.
Cakes, mince pies, hot drinks and mulled wine will be on offer. The Trust shop will be open late selling cards, jigsaws calendars and other gifts and there will other craft stalls and local charities at the event. Many thanks to Virgin Trains who have sponsored this event for the third year.
There are just a few spaces left for ‘Simply Santa’ on Saturday 7th December where children can visit Santa in his Grotto but visits on 7th must be prebooked on 0121 429 2440.
If you are looking for gift ideas there are lots of items in stock in the Trust shop but if you were planning on placing an order of any of the 12 Simon Lea prints, we have been advised that Sunday 8th December is the last date for pre-christmas delivery. The 12 x 8 mounted prints are £10 and include views from Warley Woods, Lightwoods Park and Thimblemill Pool.
Looking for a different present this Christmas? Why not Adopt a Tree for someone. You can choose a particular tree from a list that we have in the office (or choose your own) and you will receive a gift pack including an adoption certifcate, a Christmas Card, and information about Warley Woods. The adoption will also be shown on our website on the tree adoption map and you can include your personal gift message have a look here. Your donation of £25 will help us to keep Warley Woods looking beautiful throughout the year. To find out which trees are available please call the office or come in and talk to one of the staff or look at the leaflet here.
Just a reminder for those of you who read this before November 15th is the date of our annual fundraising quiz. This takes place at St Hilda’s church hall and starts at 7.30. Teams of up to 6 people, but if you don’t have a full team you can join with others. There will be snacks available to buy, and tea and coffee. Bring your own alcohol. All profits go to support the work of the Trust. Then on Sunday November 17th there will be our Stargazing event. This takes place at and outside the Pavilion and is from 6-9 pm. Come any time and look at the stars through the telescopes and watch on the screen which will be set up in the Pavilion.
How about an unusual Christmas present? Adopt a tree for a friend or family member. Cost is £25 for a year and you will know that the money will go towards supporting the Woods. Come to the shop any time and choose your tree!
Santa will be in the Woods again on December 7th and 8th. On 7th he will be in his grotto in the Pavilion and you can book for the children to see him. Ring 429 2440 to book a time. On Sunday 8th Santa will be coming on his sleigh through the Woods. Meet him at the fountain at 4 pm and follow him through the woods to his grotto in the Pavilion. On both days there will be festive specials in the café and Christmassy crafts for children, and on Sunday there will be additional activities outside as well. If you have any festive items for the tombola at the Sunday event please drop them in to the office. They will be much appreciated.
Ever thought of making your own Christmas tree and Christmas decorations? On Saturday November 30th from 11 am to 1 pm Mick Guy, one of our volunteers, will be making origami trees and decorations. There will be a small charge and this will go to the Trust. Just turn up on the day at the Pavilion and learn a new skill. Buying Christmas presents online? Many companies give a %age donation to charity—and this can be Warley Woods Community Trust! Go to the Give as you Live website www.giveasyoulive.com and follow the links. Enter Warley Woods Community Trust as your charity when asked.
Our Christmas Cards are now on sale in the shop. These are new designs for this year so come along and have a look. The popular Bearwood calendars and many other Christmas gifts from local businesses are available—and the shop is open 7 days a week until 4 pm right up to Christmas. We are anticipating the arrival of our new Oral History book ‘Tales of Warley Woods, Smethwick—People’s Stories of the People’s Park.’ The book including a CD is £6 and there is a separate DVD for £4. Both will be available in the shop from early December.
We have three events on this month. One outside of the woods to raise money for it (while having fun) and two others at the woods.
The annual quiz will be on Friday 15th November at St Hilda’s Church Hall on Abbey Road at 7.30. We can find you a team to join if you are a singleton or a couple. Teams can be up to 6 people and it is £3 per person. Hot drinks provided, but bring your own alcohol and soft drinks.
Then on Sunday we have our second Stargazing event of the year, in The Pavilion, Lightwoods Hill between 7pm and 9pm. This is run by Birmingham Astronomical Society. They have several telescopes and lots of information on astronomy and if the night is cloudy, they will do presentations. Always a fascinating event. Feel free to drop in during the session. £3 per adult, children free.
Then coming up Saturday 30th November 11am – 1pm, there will be the chance to have a go at origami when Mick Guy will be running a workshop to show how to make a fabulous Christmas tree from paper. In the Padgham Room, at the Pavilion, Lightwoods HIll. All materials are provided. Anyone over 7 welcome: with costs of £3 for adults and £2 for children with all funds going to the Trust (charity number 1092454)