If you haven’t already done so, Vote for Warley Woods as your favourite park in the People’s Choice Awards managed by the Green Flag Awards consortium. Go here and vote now. As things currently stand we have a good chance of winning the gold medal so please do vote and ask your friends too as well.
Roger Haslam, one of our very longstanding greenkeepers, is retiring after well over 40 years working at Warley Woods. We wish him all the best for the future and will miss his dedication to the job. Hopefully he will have time to play more golf now. Meanwhile, we are looking for a new Deputy Head Greenkeeper and Park Supervisor to replace Roger. More details about the vacancy are available here (scroll to the bottom of the page). Closing date is September 5th.
The Trust AGM will be held on Saturday October 15th at 2 pm in the Pavilion. All members are invited to attend to hear about the work that has been going on over the last year and to ask questions of the Trustees and staff. It is at the AGM that we elect our Trustees for the coming year. One third of the current trustees stand down and can put themselves forward for re-election, but we are always looking for other members who might want to get involved.. Going to Board Meetings and volunteering in this way is not for everyone, but if you love Warley Woods and think that this is an area where you can give something to the Trust, please contact the office and they can provide more details and an opportunity to talk to one of the current trustees.
We have recently had a spate of petty vandalism round the Pavilion, including 2 break-ins and the hedge at the front of the building being set on fire. We have decided to switch off the lights round the building at night to try and discourage the groups who congregate there, although this does mean that it is darker for people coming to meetings.
On Sunday September 11th we are having our annual dog event, All About Dogs. This will be held from 11 am to 4 pm in the meadow. There will be a dog show, dog agility competitions, micro chipping for £5 and lots of stalls and other events. Thanks to local estate agent, Derek Spires, who has sponsored the event. We are looking for one final judge who can choose the Dog most like its Owner. So if you’d like to have a try at being a judge please get in touch with Viv at the office, 420 1061. Also If you have any second hand books or tombola prizes for these stalls at the event please drop them in to the shop or office.
Despite clashing with the Thimblemill Brook bat night our Bat Event on August 17th was very well attended and much enjoyed. Chris Sherlock from Brumbats gave an entertaining and informative talk before well over 70 people ventured out with their bat detectors. Fortunately the bats weren’t scared off and we enjoyed watching them whizzing about searching for insects. An event enjoyed both by adults and children.
Finally—don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for the Big Prize Draw and have chance of winning a Fiat 500. Tickets are £2 and £1.90 comes straight to the Trust to help our funds. So it’s a possible win for you and a definite win for the Trust! You have until mid September to buy you tickets which are available from the shop or online here.
The golf course will be buzzing on Saturday with the first Warley Open. Play 9 holes or 18 whether you have a handicap or not. Lots of prizes available. A few places left, so call for a tee time on 0121 429 2440
The Board of the Community Trust has decided not to increase its prices this Summer. Over the last few years there have been inflationary rises in either August or September, but the Trust has decided not to make an increase this year. The Board knows that people are having to stretch their money further and that golfers already saw a rise on 1st January when the VAT rate when up to 20%. So for 2011 the fees will remain as they are with seniors able to play 9 holes for £5.35 during the week and £8.70 for others. Fees for the weekend are £9.25 for 9 holes.
We’ve put together a handy guide of how you can help the Trust raise funds to help manage and maintain the site.
They don’t all involve giving money directly, some just involve a little time setting things up on your computer, others are letting us have things you don’t need any more.
Please have a look here and help if you can.
If you love Warley Woods, please vote for it in The People’s Choice Awards, managed by the Green Flag Award consortium. This competition gives the general public an opportunity to vote for their favorite Green Flag-awarded park. The top 10 nationally will be announced on September 21, with the top three claiming the bronze, silver and gold People’s Choice Awards.
To vote for Warley Woods, please click here.
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