Encourage the kids to read books during the schools holidays with the Summer Reading Challenge: – to read ANY 6 books before they go back to school in September. There’s little rewards along to the way to motivate them and this year’s theme is called
Space Chase! It’s free to enter and you can just turn up to sign up. More information HERE or at your local library. All libraries offer the Summer Reading Challenge and most have some activities during the holidays. See below events at Acocks Green Library.
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Another weekend of community spirit. On Saturday Acocks Green Village in Bloom were at Stockfield Funday encouraging children and adults to try a little gardening, with pick and mix planters, a plant swap and seed-sowing with children. Anyone who sowed seeds on Saturday – we would love to see the results when they start to grow! Just get in touch.
On Sunday Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum Canal Group were working with Canals and Rivers Trust to clean up our adopted stretch of the canal. We did our usual litter-picking, cutting branches back, pulling out rubbish from the canal and the Canals Trust had given us lots of lovely native ferns so we planted them around the embankments. We also had some new volunteers who enjoyed putting something back in the community. Thank you to everyone who came along. There were around 14 of us altogether and we collected around 20 bags of rubbish.
We saw lots of boats, bikes and joggers. There is a really friendly feel along the canal on a Sunday morning, we are lucky to have this historic waterway in our area.
New helpers get stuck in!
John removing graffiti
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Thanks to everyone who came and supported us at the Carnival on Saturday. It was a good turn out.
We sold all our plants and the ‘Guess the Weight of the Cake’ went down well. Thanks for all the support and well done to Kate who got the weight spot
on – 31b 13oz. Thanks to Lizzie who made the lovely Dundee Cake too.
Another weekend and more community involvement! Canal Clean Up this Sunday.. come and join in!
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The community get together of the year takes place this Saturday! From 11am at Acocks Green Recreation Ground there will be shows, over 40 stalls and fun activities for all the family. So come down and support the people that work hard to improve Acocks Green.
At the Carnival 2018
The Neighbourhood Forum will have a stall selling a variety of vegetable and other plants and a ‘Guess The Weight of The Cake’!. Acocks Green Village in Bloom will also have a stall with flowering plants, free seed sowing with kids and lots more besides. Lots of other local groups and organisations will be present too so come along and support your local community and enjoy the carnival!
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Lots going on at Fox Hollies Forum, just off Shirley Road in Acocks Green. It has become a really hub of activity with the help of recent funding and some great volunteers helping bring the place alive. Luncheon club, Gardening Club, Men’s Shed, Line-Dancing and youth activities to name but a few. Check out their latest updates.
What a busy weekend we had with community activities.
On Saturday 11th May 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.