Come and rolled your hardboiled eggs down the meadow at Warley Woods and see if you can roll the furthest. Register from 10.45, at the Upper St Mary’s entrance, with the first roll around 11am. Adults welcome to roll too (you have your own heat). You can also enter the painted egg competition and/or follow the Easter Trail through the Woods working out the clues. £1 for the roll, £1 for the trail, £1 to enter the painted egg competition. Something for everyone.
Thanks to everyone who walked for the woods and raised money to replace the damaged benches. Gary, pictured here, did 10 laps, as did Sharon McGuire—our superheroes! Thanks also to Crafty Muthas who donated the £138 takings from their raffle at the Bearwood Handmade Spring Fair towards the bench appeal. We have now raised £4529 and all the damaged benches will be replaced as soon as we can get them delivered and installed. A great achievement.
The Trust will be having a stall at the May Day Festival in Lightwoods Park. We are planning to run a tombola and need your unwanted gifts and other donations. These do not need to be anything big or expensive—just those things that you don’t know what to do with! Tin of baked beans is fine! If you can help please drop any donations into the shop/office over the next couple of weeks. Thank you.
You may have seen lots of ‘10s’ attached to the railings around the Woods. This is in celebration of Warley Woods Community Trust running the site for 10 years. We are really proud of this achievement and look forward to the next 10 years. There is a special cake which will be cut at the Volunteers’ thank you evening on June 2nd.
Talking of the thank you evening, we are looking for donations of wine to go with the cake! Lots of people who use the Woods do not always appreciate the amount of time and effort put in by the volunteers and this is the annual opportunity to thank them for their work. So if you are a park user and would like to acknowledge the work of the volunteers the donation of a bottle of wine would be a lovely gesture. Please leave any donations at the shop/office.
Calling all egg rollers! The Easter Egg roll will be taking place as usual on Easter Monday, April 21st, starting at 11 am. Registration, at the top of the meadow by Upper St Mary’s entrance, will be from 10.30. There will be various rolls for children, rolls for adults and the Treasure Hunt through the park back to the Pavilion.
There are 2 events to invite you to on Saturday May 10th. For those of you who are insomniacs (or keen bird watchers) there will be a Dawn Chorus Walk starting at 5 am. This will be led by Matt Hadlington and will start at the Pavilion. There will be a small charge and hot drinks will be available afterwards. Then from 10.30 until noon on the same morning there will be a Volunteers get together over a cup of coffee at the Pavilion. This is an opportunity for volunteers and prospective volunteers to come and talk about what they do and what they might do to help keep the Woods looking beautiful. Viv Cole the Trust Manager and some of the Trustees will be there, so drop in any time during these hours—everyone welcome!
The golf course is getting busier, with many compliments about the condition of the course. There is a Twilight Golf offer of £7 after 5 pm and for the first time we are offering Annual Golf Passes. These cost £405 (£320 concessions) and give unlimited golf on the course throughout the year. Equipment hire and lessons are also available so contact the golf shop (429 2440) to book a tee time or talk to a member of staff.
The Junior Golf Academy is getting into full swing again and there are Saturday and Sunday clubs with Greg and a Sunday club with Nathan. For more details ring or call in at the shop (429 2440) or look on the website www.warleywoods.org.uk/golf
Warley Woods Community Trust is really pleased to be able to celebrate 10 years of managing Warley Woods. The lease for the site was finally signed back in April 2004 after 7 years of discussions with both Birmingham City Council and Sandwell MBC.
Since then the Trust has been actively improving the physical state of the site and organising events and activities to ensure that more local people will be able to enjoy the beautiful green space in many different ways. The Trust has over 800 members and last year over 400 people volunteered at Warley Woods – giving their time, so that the site can keep giving back to everyone who visits.
The site has been awarded Green Flag for the last five years and in 2011 and 2012 it came second in the public vote for the UK’s favourite green space. The Trust was the first charity of its kind to take on the running of an urban park and its survival has never been guaranteed. It has taken hard work and persistence through the 10 years to continually improve and thrive.
Trustees, staff and volunteers will be celebrating this significant milestone on 3rd April at 2pm with a specially designed 10th Anniversary Cake. The Trust will be sharing its celebration throughout the year to come with special activities at its many events.
Juniors from age 5 are welcome to come and learn the game of golf in a fun and exciting way this Easter. The chance for them to improve through a variety of skills challenges and games, been awarded points as you play through the day. Prizes and trophies to be won.
The camp takes place on Wednesday 23rd and Friday 25th April - 5-9 years 11am-1pm 10+ 1:30-3:30pm The cost is £10 per child per day – all equipment is provided. Please call 0121 429 2440 to reserve your child’s place, a 50% deposit is required.
Great News: Sandwell Play Service will be in back in Warley Woods at Easter on Thursdays 17th and 24th April. They will be offering Forest Play for 8-14 years old 10am – 3pm. This includes crafts, tree climbing and campfire activities. Forest Friends runs on the same day but is for 3-7 year olds with their parents. 10 – 12 -for stories, rope swings, den building etc – There has been a change in arrangements which means that all sessions for both age groups need to be booked as they are so popular. Please don’t just turn up as you may be disappointed. For more information and to book call 0845 352 7853 or email email@example.com