15th February is a busy day at Warley Woods. We already have Willow Weaving 10-12, kindly run by Steve Hodgkinson on Black Country Living Landscapes Project. We have also just had an offer from Sandwell Play Service to run a taster day of Forest Play at Warley Woods for 8-14 year olds. Sessions run from 10am – 12.00 and 1.00 – 3pm. You can learn about den building, making shelters and cooking on a camp fire. You need to be dressed in warm clothing and suitable footwear. Pre registration is absolutely essential for this activity. Forms can be collected from the Pavilion on Lightwoods Hill, or by contacting Out to Play on 0845 352853. Both activities are free of charge.
Have you stared up at the sky and wished you understood what you were looking at? Wished you had access to the equipment to be able to see things more closely?
Come to the Pavilion in Warley Woods on 12th February when Birmingham Astronomy Society will be there with equipment and information to help you appreciate the night sky. No need to book, just come between 6pm and 9pm. Hot drinks will be available and there will be a slide show indoors if the weather is cloudy. £3 for adults, children free.
Walk for the Woods this year will be held on Saturday 17th March (between 10 and 2) which is also St Patrick’s Day. So we have set ourselves the collective challenge to walk or run the Long Long 260 miles from Warley Woods to Tipperary. We’d also like to beat last year’s fundraising total of £1,805 plus gift aid. Please come and help raise money which will go towards the maintenance of our lovely site -this is your opportunity to give back for all that time you spend in beautiful Warley Woods. Get sponsored, or just pay for your walk on the day – get dressed up, or just wear something green!
There is a new route for 2012, an exclusive badge for everyone who takes part and a prize draw for every fundraiser who raises over £50, £100 and £300. It is a Long Long Way to Tipperary – so we need all the help we can get! Sponsor forms and continuation sheets are are available on our downloads page or follow the link here.
Through October and November we ran two public surveys – a User and a Non User Survey. 7,000 leaflets were distributed to homes nearby and people were invited to complete the surveys on line or call us for a questionnaire. Around 300 replied to the two surveys. Thank you.
What people told us is now available online here and summaries are on the notice boards around the park. They can be linked to below
When we say “full” we really mean it – if someone typed it – you will find it here – apart from contact details of course. If you want to find these documents in the future, when this post has long since disappeared down the page, then they, with a lot more documents, can be found on our downloads page. Happy Browsing!
The very severe winds last week did some major damage to 6 trees in the park. Some came right down and others lost branches. We know the winds were exceptional and the trees that were damaged were not ones that had been identified in our recent tree survey as in need of urgent attention. (Those have all been attended to.)
Fortunately no people were hurt or property damaged, but it does bring home to us the need to be vigilant in our management of the site.
On Saturday January 21st the West Midlands Schools Cross Country Championships will be held in the park. The route will be mainly in the meadow, but it will not prevent others from walking there. Perhaps you’d like to go and cheer on these athletic stars of the future.
We have three events in February, none of which have taken place here before. On Sunday 12th we are holding a Star Gazing evening. This is being run by the Birmingham Astronomy Society and they will be bringing their telescopes for us to use. They have chosen this date as they think there will be a lot to see. The event will take place near the Pavilion so if it’s cold you can pop inside and have a drink and a warm. It is from 6 pm to 9 pm and you can drop in any time between those hours.
If it’s cloudy the astronomers will give an illustrated talk in the Padgham Room. Cost is £3 for adults, free for children, and includes drinks.
On Wednesday 15th (half term) Steve Hodgkinson from the Living Landscapes project will be running a Willow weaving session based at the Pavilion. Steve will help you create things like wands, fish and spiders which you can take away. This will be using willow that our volunteers cut down earlier this month in the Wilderness. The event runs from 10 am to 12 noon and is free. Although primarily for children, adults will also be welcome.
On Saturday 25th we are holding the first training session for volunteers who want to learn how to take oral histories. This is the start of our HLF funded oral history project. Once the first group of volunteers are trained they will start to do some interviews and the project will develop from there. If you would like to take part in the training, which is free or would like to be interviewed about your memories of Warley Woods, please get in touch with Viv Cole, Trust Manager (420 1061). The training is from 10 am until 4 pm and you must book your place.
Walk for the Woods, our big fundraising event, takes place on Saturday March 17th. This year we are suggesting that our supporters bring along a group of people, maybe from your workplace, your sports club, your brownie/scout/guide group, your book club—or any other group with which you are involved. Participants can either recruit sponsors or make a donation for walking in the park. It’s up to you! The most we have raised in the past is £1500 so let’s see if we can double that amount this year. The event starts at 10 am and the last people can go out at 2 pm.
Learn Golf in a Day courses will be held every month this year starting on Sunday February 5th from 10 am to 1.45 pm and the cost is just £25. To book contact the golf shop (429 2440) or Greg Lynch, the Professional running the course (07812 579929). Future courses will be held on March 11th and April 1st.
There will also be half term golf camps for children of all ages and abilities.
These are on Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February from 10 am to 12 noon.. Cost is £10 per day, but reduced to £25 if you book all 3 days. Again, these can be booked via the shop or by ringing Greg.
Charity number: 1092754