DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Workdays, Saturdays (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
East of the A38
Saturday 2 Feb:Hedging & ditching on the Common
Saturday 2 March:New Orchard hedge and grass
Saturday 6 April:Manor Farm pond & ditch
Saturday 4 May:Primrose Bridge
West of the A38:
Wednesday 20 Feb:Gorse Covert
Wednesday 20 Mar:Eagle Meadow wall & paths
Wednesday 17 April:Spring Clean on The Tumps Meet at end of Elmore Road May also have time for step repair
Wednesday 25 May:Turners Pond
Please contact any of those listed at the end of the Newsletter for details of where to meet for Workdays or check the information on the website. www.patchway-town.co.uk
Meetings at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesdays each month in the Council Offices at Callicroft House, Rodway Road. Combined with a meeting of Patchway Recycling Group: 19 February.19 March and 16 April
NEW YEAR CHANGES !
After many years of working twice a month on Saturdays, the commitee of the Group has decided to try a different pattern-one Saturday per month and one Wednesday.We hope that some of our supporters may find a Wednesday morning more convenient than a Saturday morning.You will see the dates above on this new pattern and we will see what happens in the next few months.We are alwasys pleased to see you whenever you can manage a few hours in the open air -just come along with stout footwear and a pair of gardening gloves and enjoy looking after the wild spaces of Patchway.
Members of the Group enjoyed the community groups in October at Nailsea sponsored by the Forestry Commission on managing woodlands in green spaces and working with young people A good number joined the Fungi Foray in November organised by South Gloucestershire Council with a very knowledgeable guideIt was amazing what we found in Gorse Covert and Eagle Meadow.This event was part of the Discover Festival Thanks to all those who joined us for our Christmas Meal at the Bowl in Almondsbury in December.
We have had a meeting with Rowena Kenny, the Wild4life Project Officer who will be working with us in Patchway for the next 4 years.These are her current plans:
DADS & CHILDREN
Fun days are being organised at Gorse Covert by Southern Brooks Community Partnership for dads and children to join a Wild Cookout.These are on the following Sundays from 11-2: 17 February, 24 March and 2 June. Come and join in our outdoor activities climb trees, build shelters, get muddy – and help cook up a feast on the fire for a totally different kind of Sunday lunch! Please bring food to share, e.g. sausages, burgers etc. Limited places so please book early:01454-868570 or email corrinabuchanan@southernbrooks,org.uk
INFORMATION FILMS ON VEGETARIANISM
If you have always wanted to know more about vegetarianism, you may be interested in Vegucate Bristol, a local community group which is running a 6 week film series at the Polish Club in St. Paul’s Road, Clifton (off Whiteladies Road opposite the BBC). The films are on Tuesday evenings from 2 April to 7 May starting at 6.30 p.m and open to all. There is no charge for entry and the evening also includes free snacks.For more information please email: email@example.com
Wild plant charity, Plantlife (www.plantlife.org.uk) are hoping to rah out to many wild plant enthusiasts and nature lovers by inviting them to become wild plant ‘pioneers’ and subscribe to a free quarterly e-learning bulletin to learn more about our native wild plants via the ‘Wild About Plants’ project website – www.wildaboutplants.org.uk. This project aims to help people reconnect with the outdoors and their local greenspaces. Working with schools, families and communities from all walks of life and with fantastic free downloadable resources, the team hope to engage people with the nature on their doorstop. In recent years subscribers have been asked to record the plant life in their local area and recount what they used to see/pick and forage for. Wild Abou Plants is funded by Natural England through Access to Nature, as part of the Big Lottery fund’s Changing Spaces programme. It is a partnership project involving partner organisations throughout the country.Finally, did you know that the County Flower of Gloucestershire is the wild daffodil?
THORNBURY REUSE SHOP – “REVIVE”
A pilot of a Reuse Shop, located at Thornbury SORT IT! Centre beside the Leisure Centre, will open for business in January.Called “Revive”, it will initially sell selected items that have been discarded by local residents (not electrical) and, if the venture is successful, will also take items from other SORT IT! Centres in South Gloucestershire.The shop will be run by SITA UK staff. Items will be checked to ensure they are fit for purpose and do not pose a hazard before they are put on sale.Local residents will have the chance to buy “pre-loved” items at an affordable price, browse in an indoor environment and have free parking just outside the building.Opening hours will be 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. so do go and have a look next time you are in Thornbury.
PATCHWAY GARDEN SOCIETY
All are welcome to our evening meetings in the Casson Centre, Rodway Road, on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7.30 p.m. Refreshments & raffle at each meeting.
Monday 18 February Interactive Talk on recycling & composting by the SORT IT! Team
Monday 18 March Cactus plants & flowers by Mr. Alan Phipps
Monday 15 April A Herbalist’s love of weeds by Ann Freeman
Tuesday 21 May Monologues, Anecdotes, Recitations & Poems by Mr. Paul Evans
Please note that Patchway Flower & Gardens Show 2013 will be held on Saturday 7 September (not July)
For further information on the Society, please contact the secretary, Joe Hicks, on 01454-898369
Patchway Conservation Group is a member of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE CONSERVATION GROUP CONTACT THOSE LISTED ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE .
For further information on the Conservation Group contact:
64 Callicroft Road
0117 940 0020 (home)
30 Bourton Avenue
01454 898369 (home)
50 Eastfield Road
01454 868530 (office)