You may have seen this advertised in the Bentham News, but just in case you haven’t – these events have been arranged to help you explore our local wildlife along the Wenning.
Tuesday 11th August 2pm: Family Friendly Sketch Walk Doris Rohr will guide an outdoor sketching walk along the Wenning up to Staggarth Farm. Meet at the cattle grid below St Margaret’s Church at 2pm for a leisurely walk along Lane Foot and then following the footpath along the river to Staggarth. Bring your own drawing materials, from wax crayone or felt tip pens to biro, a sketchpad or exercise book, preferably unruled! Family groups are welcome. Please register with Doris email@example.com, stating how many participants from one household will join.
Wednesday 12th August 2pm: Wildflower Walk Sue Halsall will lead a walk (same route as Doris) to look at wildflowers. Now fully booked – sorry.
Setting a moth trap: Date TBC as weather dependent Did you know that we have over 2,500 different types of moths in the UK? Some are more colourful than butterflies, others look like the’ve come straight out of a Lord of the Rings film! In August Anne Thwaites will be setting up a moth trap and inviting locals of all ages to explore what we’ve caught the night before. No moths will be harmed of course. We will need a warm, dry night so date and time to be confirmed. If you would like to join Anne, please email her by August 7th firstname.lastname@example.org let her know how many participants will be from one household.
Accompanied children are welcome at all these events. We will be keeping physical distancing and will limit numbers, so you do need to register with the organiser. Please bring hand sanitiser with you & wearing masks and gloves is optional. We will be outdoors all the time, so dress for whatever weather is going on and for following footpaths of varied quality.
Just a reminder that this month we are encouraging people to go to the Friends of Bowland event tonight, Thursday, at Looking Well, for your Green Cafe fix. Tania St Pierre will be talking about a Buzz in the Meadows bumblebees, wildflowers, pollination from 7.30 – 9.00pm. This is at Looking Well Studios, King St. High Bentham.
B.E.S.T. was awarded a “most original” certificate a hand made ornament of a robin (made by Sue Halsall) and a fantastic hand knitted rosette by CARnival Bentham for Collette Austin’s carnival damselfly which was made entirely from re-used waste, (e.g. plastic bottles, tin foil, plastic bags etc.). Sorry for the delay in posting this up – it was a case of getting round to taking the photo!
Also B.E.S.T. Green Cafe at 8pm Looking Well Studios tomorrow night (Wednesday). Click the following link for more details: 2015 Local Plan
We’re discussing the Local and Neighbourhood Plans – which will have all sorts of implications for developments to be green – or not. It will be really good chance to get our heads around what they mean for us, how we can be involved, what we would like to see included.- so it would be great if you came along!
Please click the link below to see the latest draft of the plan before tomorrow night.
Collette has made this damsel fly which fits in with the Carnival’s “Tales of the Riverbank” theme and is a subtle comment on the unfortunate dumping of waste plastic in our local river (the Wenning). It is entirely made out of waste plastic. Many thanks to Kathleen Kelly, Peter Knowles and Rachel (sorry don’t know surname) for donating their waste plastic.
Please come along and support the Carnival tomorrow and you’ll be able to see this giant damsel-fly in the parade at 1.30pm (assemble in car park from 1.00pm if you’re part of the parade).
Thanks everyone for all your help – so many of us so willing that none of it felt like a chore, I think.
So much came in, so much went out. So many people happy!
At the end we had collected about £90 which I think nearly covers costs. Sue Ryder took a couple of boxes of knick knacks; Edward collected not very many books; a couple of cars went via Low Bentham for the next Institute fundraiser.
Linda and I took the rest over to Settle – and a good bit of that went to Age UK (for future ref, they loved the big ring files) so really very little ended up in the dump.
And a special bonus – on the way back we picked up a hitch hiker – who turned out to be the benighted cyclist who had cycled home on Bobs bike and was now on his way back to Bentham to repair and collect his own!
So well done us, and thanks for all your cheerful work,