Come and learn about the birds in Warley Woods with Liz Coleman, RSPB and Community Trust Volunteer. Liz will help with the identification of birds and walkers will record their sightings which will be fed into the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch figures. Cost is £2 for adults with children free and a drink in the cafe afterwards included. Meet at the Pavilion.
Santa was our last event of the year, and despite the rain he arrived in the Woods on time and the children followed his sleigh along the carriage drive to his magical grotto in the Pavilion, where he gave out presents and had his photo taken. He had also been in his grotto on Saturday and was there all afternoon giving presents to children who had booked in advance. Organising an event such as this involves a lot of work. Thanks to the 38 volunteers and 3 members of staff who helped with the Santa weekend – and we’d also like to thank the group of unpaid workers in the community who helped clear the car park and put up the marquees on Sunday morning.
2012 calendar of events is mostly confirmed and those of you who are members of the Trust will have received a copy of the calendar in the edition of the Leaflet that went out this month. For others, information will be on this website and notice boards. As taster for the year some of the events are listed in the post below this one and a few more here.
The Oral History Training Day will be held on Saturday February 25th starting at 10.30 am. If you are a good listener and woud like to hear people’s stories directly, then perhaps you would like to train to be an interviewer? If so, please let Viv know as soon as possible. We think there will be a lot of demand for this so first preference will go to volunteers and members of the Trust. If you are not a member and would be interested please also let Viv know—and you could also join the Trust at the same time!
Our third Walk for the Woods is taking place on Saturday March 17th. This year we are encouraging groups as well as individuals to come and walk. So why don’t you ask your family, or your class at school, or your brownie group, or your Pilates or Yoga group – or any other group with which you are involved – to come and get some exercise and raise money for the Trust at the same time.
Are there any designers out there who would like to volunteer to help with the design of our posters that go on the notice boards? It would be really helpful if these could be done well in advance so that when the event approaches we have the posters ready to go up. If you are interested in helping with this please contact Viv or Kathy at the office (420 1061).
Thanks to all those of you who returned the User/Non user surveys. We had over 280 responses and these will be used when the Trustees consider plans for the future at their planning day in February. The results will be here on our website and a summary will be put on the notice boards in the New Year. Although the date for the return of the questionnaires is now past this does not stop you letting us have any thoughts/comments etc about the site and the facilities here. It’s your park and the board and staff rely on you to tell us what you want or how you would like to see things develop. Please keep your comments coming!
The winner of the box of chocolates was Dawn from Tividale. Hope you enjoyed them!
Learn Golf in a Day will be held on Friday December 30th. Ring the shop for more details (429 2440).
Over the holiday period the golf course, the shop and the café will be closed for Christmas Day only. Open all other days with slightly shorter hours in the afternoons.
Friday 23rd Dec 9-4pm 9-3pm
Saturday 24th Dec 8-3pm 9-2pm
Sunday 25th Dec CLOSED CLOSED
Monday 26th Dec 9-2pm 10-2pm
Tuesday 27th Dec 9-2pm 9-2pm
Wedy 28th Dec 9-2pm 9-2pm
Thursday 29th Dec 9-2pm 9-2pm
Friday 30th Dec 9-2pm 9-2pm
Saturday 31st Dec 8-3pm 8-2pm
Sunday 1st Jan 8-3pm 10-2pm
Monday 2nd Jan 9-2pm 9-2pm
Tuesday 3rd Jan Back to Normal
With everything for our final event for 2011 – Santa in the Woods, just being put away, we are already looking forward to 2012.
You can find information about forthcoming events, and regular meetings and volunteering on our website calendar. An events calendar can also be printed off from our downloads page.
The year starts with the Warley Woods Pacers and their Hangover Run – now a firm part of the calendar and in its fifth year. It is a 5km social run on 1st January – warm up at 10am at the Pavilion. Not quite ready for such an early run after the festivities, well join the Pacers on their regular Saturday morning session instead.
There are currently 21 events in the calendar for next year. All of the regulars are there – Easter Egg Roll (April), The Picnic (July), All About Dogs (September) Halloween (October) and Santa (December). We will also be having a theatre performance again from Heartbreak (May) – this time it is Much Ado About Nothing, sponsored again by Derek Spires Estate Agents. Regular nature events, like the bird and bat walks will be happening again (January and August), along with a tree walk (May), a fungi identification walk (October) and a repeat of the lovely “How to Identify Birds” day (May) . New for this year will be Star Gazing – an evening with experts with telescopes on Sunday February 12th 6-9pm (warm drinks available throughout).
Our two fundraisers will also be happening again – the Walk for the Woods and the Quiz and perhaps a wine tasting evening too. There will also be some training and sharing events linked to our Oral History Project.
We hope that there really is something for everyone in 201.
We have a range of 8 different Christmas Cards, a new jigsaw and a first ever calendar of pictures of Warley Woods for sale.
You can buy them in our online shop (see the link top right of the menu) or in person at the shop at the Pavilion. Never been in? Think it is just for golfers? There are lots of gifts for sale, doggy items, and postage stamps as well. The shop is open 9am – 4pm weekdays and 8am – 4pm at weekends. Have a preview of our exclusive items in the online shop and either pop into the shop or just pop them into your online shopping cart.
Santa is coming to the Woods twice this year. On Saturday December 10th he will be in his grotto for children to visit him from 1 pm until 3.45 pm. You must book a slot for this session (NOW FULLY BOOKED). There will be no other activities that day although the café will be open until 4 pm. On Sunday December 11th Santa will be coming to the Fountain at 4 pm and riding his sleigh through the Woods to his grotto where he will see children until 6.30 pm. These times cannot be booked and children will have to queue. Also on Sunday there will be refreshments available—hot chestnuts, mince pies, chocolate fountain, mulled wine and more—and there will be Tombola, children’s activities, carol singing etc during the afternoon/early evening in and around the Pavilion.
We need more prizes for the tombola. These do not need to be expensive, so if you have any unwanted gifts, tins of food or drink etc that we could use please drop them in to the office or shop. Thank you!
Stuck for a Christmas present? Why not give a Golf Voucher? This can be either for lessons with Greg the professional, a round of golf, or for golf accessories. All prices of vouchers are available in the shop.
Also we have new stock in for Christmas. There are new designs of Christmas Cards, a new Warley Woods jigsaw, the book, Vintage Images of Warley Woods and also a Warley Woods Calendar with scenes of the woods during the year. These are available from the shop or here on line (see the link to our shop in the top right hand corner). There are lots of other things for sale in the shop so do come and browse and buy—opening hours are 9 am to 4 pm weekdays and 8 am to 4 pm at weekends.
The Oral History Project will be getting under way in the new year with a training session for all those who would like to do some of the interviews. This will take place on Saturday 25th February from 10 am until 4 pm. This session will be for those people who definitely want to take part in the project and also for others who are not sure but would like to find out more. Please ring Viv at the office for more details (420 1061) and to book a place.
The running group, Warley Woods Pacers goes from strength to strength, with a lot of the group running in the recent Birmingham Half Marathon. You don’t have to be up to that standard to join, however! All levels welcome, and help and support will be given. Contact Nigel, the organiser, on 07785 342366 for more details.
Another Christmas present idea – give someone Trust Membership for a year. Only £6 a year individual or £12 for a family or perhaps sponsor a tree in their name? Alternatively, if you’re not a member yet perhaps you should join yourself. Application forms available at the shop or on the downloads page here.
From time to time we have groups of corporate volunteers who help in the Woods, and recently groups from HSBC have been helping our Monday volunteers. It has been great to work with them, and has certainly made the tasks easier! Hopefully they will be sending groups through December and January as well, and we’d just like to say thank you for giving up your time to do some of the less attractive jobs in the park, such as pulling out brambles and nettles and sweeping leaves. If your company wants to send a group please contact the office and we will try and arrange a date.
Finally, thanks to all who came to the Quiz last week. The hall was packed and although some of the questions were a bit hard it appeared that people had enjoyed the evening. Also, we raised over £175 for the Trust.
Charity number: 1092754