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
Charity number: 1092754