Thanks to Andrew Smith, our volunteer web guru, we are now able to sell memberships and Warley Woods items through our website. At the moment we have kept what we sell to Warley Woods specific items until we get the hang of it. We hope this will help increase our sales and make it easier for our supporters who can’t get to the shop to get hold of what we offer or buy gift memberships.
So if you have been thinking of joining the Trust or getting hold of our postcard book, then why don’t you click on the link on our banner (top right) and be our first customer.
We are hosting our 10th Picnic in the Park on Sunday 17th July – offering a full programme of events and activities for all the family. Everyone is invited to bring a Picnic and spend the afternoon in the sunshine and fresh air.
There will be live music throughout the afternoon featuring local singers and bands: Cerys Atchison, The Tantrics, Colin Hall’s Gypsy Blood, Ghost Nation, Chickenbone John and the Homegrown Music Collective and Brandhall Community Choir. The Picnic also boast a very special guest for its 10th year – Aziz Ibrhaim, better known as the guitarist with the Stone Roses. The music starts at 1pm.
There will be a range of children’s activities – lots of craft making opportunities as well as face painting, a bouncy castle and football. The number of stalls and activities have been increased on previous years – there will be golfing, a chocolate fountain, a bookstall and local crafts alongside information stands from the Community Trust, Smethwick History Society and Sandwell Recycling. For those who don’t want the fuss of making their own picnic, or if they forget it – there will be a food van on site, so no-one will go hungry.
For the four legged park visitors, there is the dog show – anyone can bring their canine friend to enter. Classes include the dog that looks most like its owner and the waggiest tail. The event will be opened by the Trust’s patron, actor Colin Buchanan, best known as Peter Pascoe from BBC’s Dalziel and Pascoe.
This year’s event is sponsored by Global Wine and Global Food of Abbey Road.
Our next event is the Tenth Picnic in the Park on Sunday July 17th from 1.00 pm onwards. As usual local musicians will be playing throughout the afternoon; the dog show will be held from 2 –3 pm; there will be children’s activities; lots of local organisations will be here with their stalls; there will be golf and football activities and plenty more besides. So, as we say every year—bring your friends, bring your family, bring a picnic and enjoy a great day out in your local park.
In conjunction with the Picnic the running group, Warley Woods Pacers, will be having a breakfast run on the morning of July 17th before coming on to the picnic. For more information contact Nigel at email@example.com We are looking for second hand books for the stall at the picnic and also tombola prizes.
If you can help with anything please drop them in to the shop or office as soon as possible.
Following 2 very high scores in our Green Flag assessment we are being ‘mystery shopped’ by the judges this year which means we don’t know when they will come to the site—in fact they might already have been! While a full Green Flag assessment looks at much more than appearance for mystery shopping they judge on appearance, assuming that if it looks good, all the management stuff is working well too. This makes it even more important that we keep the park and woods looking good at all times and if you see anything that needs attention please tell the staff in the shop or office.
If you haven’t been round the Wilderness recently, do try and get there. The flowers look wonderful and the whole area is developing nicely. We also have a new free Leaflet about the Wilderness which you can pick up in the shop at the Pavilion, which tells you about some of the flora and fauna that can be found there. One of the wildflower meadow pilot areas is also doing well with lots of yellow rattle in flower at the moment.
Don’t forget that after the café closes in the afternoons drinks, snacks and ice creams are available from the shop. And finally if you are out in the Woods and suddenly feel inspired to donate, you can now make donations by mobile phone. Text “WWCT22” and the amount you want to donate to 70070. eg WWCT22 £10
The Community Trust has just taken delivery of its new greensmower and compliments have already started to come in about the improvement to the greens. The previous mower was 8 years old and the quality of its cut had become very unreliable and variable. The purchase of the new greenmower has been made possible through a grant from Sandwell MBC. Not only is it new, but it has additional features which will help ensure the quality of the greens at Warley Woods will continue to remain high.
After the runaway success of professional theatre in the Woods last year, Warley Woods Community Trust is really pleased to welcome the return of Heartbreak Productions on Friday 1st July with a performance of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This is part of their national tour, celebrating 20 years of outdoor productions.
Heartbreak’s productions are really accessible and designed to involve the audience in every way they can – not just as observers. The production promises to resonate with everyone who has ever been in love. It has been adapted by the company’s writer in residence, David Kerby Kendall and will highlight the wit, fun and absurdities of the characters. The drama is intermingled with period dance, music and song.
Last year was an absolutely fabulous event and we are so pleased to be able to arrange a return visit. Everyone who came was thoroughly impressed by the performers and promised to come again this year. As hoped, theatre has become a real highlight in our events calendar. Bookings are going really well, but we still have room for more.”
Audience members bring their own seats or picnic rugs and picnics if they wish. Food, drinks and ice creams will also be available to buy. The performance will take place, come rain or hopefully shine and starts at 7.30pm. The performance area will be open from 6.30pm if people want to come early, find a seating spot and have a picnic. The performance area is equal distances from parking on Lightwoods Hill or off Abbey Road, but people with mobility problems or a large picnic to carry will find the journey more level from Abbey Road.
Ticket sales on 0121 429 2440, at the shop at The Pavilion, Lightwoods Hill or at www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk . Tickets cost £12 adults, £10 children and £35 for a family ticket.
Any queries, please call 0121 420 1061
Charity number: 1092754