While everyone is gearing up for Christmas we at the Trust are working on the events for next year. The Events calendar is here on the leaflets and documents page so you can look at that at your leisure. However, just as a taster here are some of the things going on at the start of the year.
On Tuesday January 1st there will be the annual Hangover Run. This is organised by the Warley Woods Pacers and is a good way to start the year with a resolution to get fit. People with all levels of ability are very welcome to come. Meet at the Pavilion at 10 am and get rid of that hangover. The following day, Wednesday January 2nd, the Play Service staff from Sandwell will be holding a Forest Play session from 10 am to 2.30 pm. This is for children aged between 8 and 14 years. Places are limited and can be booked by calling the play service on 0845 352 7853.
Then on Saturday January 26th we will be having our Annual Bird Walk which will be led by Warley Woods and RSPB volunteer Liz Coleman. This is a great way to help identify the numerous species of birds that there are in the Woods and parkland and helps us to build up a profile over the years of any changes that we see. The walk starts at 10 am at the Pavilion and there will be a small charge. Then in February we are really pleased to welcome back Birmingham Astronomical Society who will bring their telescopes for a Star Gazing session. This will be held on Friday February 15th from 6pm to 9pm. Let’s hope that the skies will be clear this time, but if not there will be a presentation by the society members in the Pavilion. Meet at the Pavilion at 6 pm. There will also be a small charge for this.
Finally for now, advance notice of our annual Walk for the Woods which this year will be held on Saturday March 2nd. Planning for this will take place in early January and more information will be available after that, but please get the date in your diary now. This event is our major Fundraising activity of the year and the more people that take part the more money we can raise towards the work of the Trust.
One of the things that keeps the Trust as active as it is and able to put on such a range of community activities is the commitment of our volunteers. Last year over 400 people have helped. It may only have been a one-off occasion, but that doesn’t matter. Volunteers often start by dipping their toes in the water and then deciding whether this is something they want to be more involved with—everyone is welcome to dip their toes here! There are the regular Sunday volunteers (2nd and 4th Sundays 10.30-12.30) and Monday volunteers (1st and 3rd Mondays 2.00-4.00), as well as small planning groups that help with the big events (The Picnic, Santa) and opportunities such as helping out with events, helping collate and deliver the Leaflet, and much more. So if your New Year Resolution is to become a volunteer please contact the office to talk about the opportunities available. Meanwhile, a big thankyou to all those who have helped during the year.
We should also thank the staff for all their hard work during the year. The miserable weather has been at times quite dispiriting with the golf course wet and many of our events affected by the weather. However, the running of the park and the Trust has carried on in a professional and cheerful way, and for this we thank those who work here day in and day
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