What a busy weekend we had with community activities.
On Saturday Village in Bloom had a busy fund-raising street event. Springfest took over Mallard Close and the service road on Warwick Road with stalls and activities. Lots of homegrown plants were sold and there were some lovely stalls selling handmade crafts, food and jewellery.
Scouts supplying tasty food
A chance to see bees close up
Another happy customer
Canoe perform with greengrocer Ian
Seed-sowing with children
The scouts served hot food and local band Canoe got people dancing with some great tunes, supported by the amiable Barrie the Busker with famous tunes from 1950s onwards.
Local greengrocer Ian Macauley joined the band for a few tracks to wow people with his amazing lead guitar playing and singing. We were also joined by our local beekeepers, Amanda, Brian and Eddie, and lots of bees – making honey behind a glass screen for everyone to see. There was seed-sowing for children to do and take home and DIY pick’n’mix planters to buy.
There was also a rendition of the anti-litter tune written by Kathie – one of the Village in Bloom Volunteers.
Thank you to everyone who came along and spent money, bought raffle tickets and supported the team in other ways. Great community spirit.
On Sunday the Neighbourhood Forum volunteers worked with the Canals and Rivers Trust to tidy up our stretch of the Grand Union. We were also supported by 3 volunteers in kayaks – locals Scott, Sharon and Craig, who bought their boats on Ebay and now come along and help fish the litter from the canal. What decent people we have and so nice to enjoy the spring weather.
Motorbike pulled from canala
The haul of rubbish
Stewart and Bridget tidying the steps
Kayaks and giant door!
If there is anyone out there who would like to help Village in Bloom volunteers or be informed of the Canals Clean Up dates then get in touch.
Come along to our next public meeting to find out the latest updates for Acocks Green. The Police will be there to give us an update of recent events as well as councillors and the Focus Group talking about the planned Conservation Area. Everyone welcome!
Come along to a celebration of all things Springtime and help support the valuable work of Acocks Green Village in Bloom. Live music, Beekeeping demonstrations, loads of interesting garden plants to buy including unusual tomato plants, free seed-sowing for children and a nice variety of stalls selling local crafts and tasty treats – perfect for gifts.
The event will take place in and around Mallard Close, opposite Morrisons. Spread the word and bring your friends and family!
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The month long organised Great British Spring Clean continues and we have another local litter-pick organised by Village in Bloom. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in, (families, individuals, groups of neighbours etc). All equipment is supplied and you can stay as long as you want to. We hope that people can tackle some of the side streets that often get missed by the regular street-cleaners.
If you live near Yardley Road and are fed up of litter in the gutters and on the pavements then here is a chance to be pro-active. Meet outside the Great Western Pub at 10am. Volunteers will be given equipment and special bags and can go in different directions to tidy up our local streets, work with friends/neighbours, on your own or meet some other locals with the same mission! Don’t be shy – make a difference!
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