This Sunday, near the water fountain in the meadow, Farther Christmas will be coming to Warley Woods in his specially designed Santamobile. Arriving around 4pm-ish as it starts to get dark, Santa's express will wind it's way in a magical torchlit procession through the park towards the Pavilion on Lightwoods Hill.
There people will find Santa's grotto where he can meet the children, as well as a variety of events, and food and drink.
Bring torches to escort Santa, and wrap up warm… the event is very popular and there can be quite a queue for Santa.
Warley Woods has played an important part in the lives of many people in Bearwood, and beyond, and lots of people have fond memories of the park going back decades. Over the last 18 months or so trained volunteers have been collecting these memories as part of an oral history project, and now they have been published in a book, which comes complete with a 37-track CD.
Viv Cole says, “Listening to all the stories has been an absolute delight and it has been a privilege to work on the book. I hope that we have managed to capture much of the joy that Warley Woods has bought to people over that time, recorded some of the names and stories of people who cared for the site, and recorded some sense of how the park looked over the last 100 years. We are planning a get together of all the people who have been involved on 14th December. It will be lovely to meet some of the people I have only heard up to now.”
The book is available in the pavilion on Lightwoods Hill, and
cost £8 costs a mere £6 (including the CD), and there is also a DVD which is the culmination of work done by Abbey Junior School and St Gregory’s Primary School which costs £4.
The Trust would also like to acknowledge the funding provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund in supporting this project.
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Whether you’re brand new to The Senior Section or have been a member for ages, there’s something for you. If you are looking for adventure, new friendships Rangers, (a part of the Senior Section) are members of Girlguiding aged 14-25. We do a whole range of great activities which are chosen by our members. Really want to do something specific? There’s very little we can’t do!
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A small but hardy bunch toasted the switch on of the festive lights in Bearwood in the teeth of a howling gale and lashing sleet (ok, I exaggerate, but it was cold and windy).
You may remember that Philippa Carr was offering hypnotherapy sessions in return for a donation to Sandwell Women's Aid to mark White Ribbon Day.
Well, Philippa raised £110 to donate to Women's Aid, but she says if you still want to make a contribution, you can.
“If you didn’t get involved, there is another way you can get involved to show your support. Sandwell Women’s Aid are in need of Christmas presents for women and children in their refuges. This is a great opportunity to show someone that they are not alone at a time when they are far away from home at a distressing point in their life. Your support could make a huge difference, all you need to do is get an extra gift while out doing your Christmas shopping!”
I have received the following message from an honest citizen. If anyone can help try to relay this message to the person concerned I am sure it will be much appreciated.
I hope this finds you well. I'm writing because on Monday I found a drivers licence and a bunch of store cards in the street on Park Road Bearwood.
I've handed them into the police in Birmingham city centre who say that they'll try and get in touch on to return them, but I though it would be useful if you could post up a message the Blog to say that its been found and handed in. Would this be possible? I'm not sure that the person lives in Bearwood but they may have a friend or family locally who is a reader of the blog.
The persons name is Ms Suzanne Russell. I found her things on Monday 25th November on Park Road, Bearwood. They've been handed to a Police Community Support Officer in Birmingham city centre today.
We're very fortunate in Bearwood to have a couple of superb public green spaces in Warley Woods and Lightwoods Park. But running alongside Norman Road we also have an area of natural beauty in Thimblemill Brook, and their Friends Group have been working quietly away for years with conservation work and improved public access.
Take a walk along the Norman Road side of Thimblemill Brook and see the new bridge and carved seat that the Friends of Thimblemill Brook have had installed. Still on Norman Road, cross over Hurst Road towards the original bridge and see the three additional small pools that have been added widening the brook as it flows towards the bridge. The bridge will have an official opening in the Spring when additional planting of wild flowers and native trees has been completed.
Photo shows Bridge and the back of the carved seat.