End of June Update
Trust staff and volunteers are gearing up for the Picnic in the Park on Sunday July 14th, from 1 pm to 6 pm. There is a great line up of music including Less for Murder; Cerys Atchison; Metz Jnr; Flat Stanley; Brandhall Community Choir; brothers of cædmon; and the Sapphire Dance Studios who will be doing a collective dance performance and Zumba workshop. The music starts at 1pm so come early so you don’t miss any of the acts. There will be many other stalls and activities. Registration for the Dog Show starts at 1 pm. Don’t forget to bring your picnic. There will be some refreshments available on the day but we want to encourage families and friends to bring picnics and enjoy what we hope will be a sunny summer Sunday afternoon in their local park.
The current special golf offer—£6 for 9 holes after 6 pm–is proving very popular, with players coming up after work to enjoy a round of golf in the evening sunshine. On some evenings it is very busy so it might be advisable to ring and book a time in advance– 429 2440.
The Volunteers thank you evening was held on June 5th and the Dick Marsh award was again presented. The award, in memory of the former Vice Chair of the Trust, is given to a volunteer who has inspired others to get involved and nominations come from within the group of existing volunteers. This year 2 awards were made: Firstly to Liz Coleman, who is a long standing supporter of the Woods, a trustee, and the regular leader of the Bird Walks held every year: Secondly to Norma Woods, who has worked for many years ‘behind the scenes’ helping to organise the various events that the Trust puts on and also supporting staff by doing odd jobs round the Pavilion. Norma has encouraged many of her family and friends to get involved as well.
Have you heard of the iPad summer school? This is being led by Marie Bastable, a primary teacher, ICT specialist and mother, and is designed to engage children from 2½ to 4 years in having iPad fun! Marie has designed a course to encourage young children to explore through the use of an iPad and she wants to share this with others. The course will run in August in the Padgham Room in the Pavilion and more details can be obtained from Marie on 07530 695979 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve just heard that Virgin Trains will be sponsoring Santa again this year, and that a group of workers from Virgin will soon be coming to paint the play area fence. Thanks very much to them for their continued support.
We had our Green Flag judging on Friday June 7th. The two judges spent a long time on the site, and were very thorough, asking the staff and volunteers lots of questions. We will get the result in July and hope that the feedback will be useful in helping to improve the park and woods for the future.
Sadly, we have to announce that our Veteran beech tree which is by the Abbey site does need to be felled and we are planning ways to acknowledge its importance to the history of the Park. Our efforts to save it by mulching it with chippings and feeding it sugar have failed. Chris Shortis, our tree adviser, is telling us it should be felled within three months. When we know the exact date we will publish it on this website and on Facebook so that people have a chance to say good bye. If you would like to make a donation to the fund to create a memorial to it, or have an idea on what we should put in its place, then please get in touch.
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