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What's New Archive for 2011

15th September 2011
Bath House Open Day a Great Success!

This year's Bath House Open Day event went extremely well with over 250 visitors attending to take the guided tour, learn about the local history of the area, try the home-made refreshments, and find out about the Friends group. The Group was also able to raise money from the sale of merchandise, and from generous visitor donations.

We would like to say a big "thank you" to everyone who helped out, especially those who provided home-made refreshments, and those who helped run the stalls and look after visitors on the day.

Details of previous Bath House Open Day events, including photos, are available in the Events Gallery.

9th August 2011
Bath House Open Day on Sunday 11 September 2011

The Gipton Spa Bath House on Gledhow Valley Road will be open to the public under the supervision of FGVW members from 12.30-4.30pm on Sunday 11th September 2011 to correspond with the country-wide "Heritage Open Days" event.

...Come along for your free tour!

There will also be refreshments and an FGVW stall promoting the group, selling merchandise (including Christmas cards, greetings cards, postcards, coasters and place mats), and providing general information about the Bath House, the woods, and the Group itself.

On Saturday 3rd September 2010 (9.45am-12.00pm) there will be an Action Morning which will include clearing and preparing the Bath House for the Open Day. Please come along if you are able to help.

We need help with home-made refreshments for the Bath House Open Day - if you might be able to help, please contact us.

Details of previous Bath House Open Day events, including photos, are available in the Events Gallery.

21st July 2011
12th FGVW Family FunDay 2011 - Best One Ever!

The Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods' 12th Annual Family FunDay was perhaps the best one we've ever had. The weather was sunny and warm and we had a great turnout, with hundreds of local people coming to join in the fun.

As always, we would like to say a very big 'thank you' to everyone who helped... those who spent hours assembling tents all morning; those who provided home-made food for the refreshments tent; those who helped run the stalls and activities, and sold raffle tickets; those who helped pack everything away at the end of the day; and the many local businesses which generously donated raffle prizes. Without this help the event would not have been possible.

Details of what happened at the FunDay, including photographs and a 360 degree panorama of the event in full swing are now available in the Events Gallery.

16th May 2011
12th Annual Family FunDay on Sat 11 June 2011

The Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods invite you to their 12th Annual Family FunDay!

The FunDay brings local people together for an afternoon of fun, activities and entertainment focussing on the local woodland and the plants and wildlife that live there. There are loads of displays, activities, games and entertainments to keep the whole family busy, not to mention home-made refreshments and live music!

When & where:

  • Saturday June 11th 2011 (1.30pm - 5.30pm)
    Grassland area adjacent to Gledhow Valley Road and Allerton Grange Way.

Activities include:

  • Meet birds of prey, bees, hedgehogs, frogs, tarantulas, rabbits and other wildlife guests.
  • Tailwaggers Dog Display Team
  • Live performers including the New World Steel Orchestra, Hullabaloo juggler, Magicadabra magic act.
  • Plant sale.
  • Bird box making.
  • Design a t-shirt.
  • Clay modelling.
  • Tombola
  • Book & craft stalls.
  • Drum workshop by "Daftasadrum".
  • Henna artist & face painting.
  • Local community group displays.
  • Parachute games.
  • Firefighters.
  • Home-made drinks & refreshments.
  • Grand Raffle with hundreds of pounds worth of prizes.
  • Find out what the Friends are doing to enhance your local woodland.
  • Much more...!

Please can you help?

We badly need volunteers who can help out on the FunDay either by bringing food for the refreshments stall, helping to put up the tents and marquees in the morning, or helping to look after the stalls or sell raffle tickets in the afternoon.

  • If you are able to spare any time, please contact us and let us know.

It doesn't matter if you can only spare an hour ...all help will be gratefully appreciated!

Have a look in the Events Gallery to find out what happened at last year's Family FunDay.

20th April 2011
Bluebells Now in Bloom!

The bluebells are now coming into bloom in Gledhow Valley Woods. If you want to see them, don't wait too long - they're usually only at their best for a few weeks, depending on how kind the weather is.

16th March 2011
The "Urbal Fix" Film and Discussion

Roundhay Environmental Action Project (REAP) brings you a film and discussion with film maker Tom Bliss on transforming Leeds and its environment.

Wednesday 23 March 2011 at 7.30pm
Saint Andrew's Church, Shaftesbury Avenue, Leeds LS8 1DS

The "Urbal Fix" puts cities in the driving seat of an adaptive strategy against imminent resource depletion, economic chaos and climate crisis.

"Rurban" describes the bleeding of unsustainable urban consumerism into formerly healthy rural resources. Its polar opposite "Urbal" describes the only logical cure: the injection of countryside, by means of green productivity, deep into the heart of our cities. Urbalism distils a select range of theories focusing on how to bring environmental sustainability into our major cities.

Entry is free!

The film is presented by landscape architect and film maker Tom Bliss with major contributors including Hilary Benn MP, Councillor Richard Brett (former Leader of Leeds City Council), and Jonathan Porritt CBE.

Tom Bliss will set the scene and answer questions after the film.

15th March 2011
Gledhow Valley Woods on VisitWoods Web Site

Gledhow Valley Woods is now listed on the VisitWoods web site...

"VisitWoods.org.uk is the only website where you can find almost all of the woods in the UK where you are welcome to visit. For the first time you are able to search our interactive mapping to find any wood to visit, no matter who owns it.

"Working with other landowners such as the Forestry Commission, National Trust, Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, local authorities and private owners, the Woodland Trust has mapped almost all woods across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

"This website is part of a wider VisitWoods project. The project's aim is to inspire you to discover woods and the many benefits they have to offer.

We want everybody to enjoy woods but we particularly want to inspire older people, disabled people and children to visit woods. Research has shown that they are the people least likely to visit woods but who may benefit the most. Our partnerships with organisations such as AgeUK, Mind, The Scout Association and DisabledGo are helping us to achieve this aim.

"VisitWoods is a partnership project, led by the Woodland Trust which receives funding from Natural England (through their Access to Nature programme, part of the Big Lottery Fund Changing Spaces Programme), the Forestry Commission England, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and People's Postcode Lottery."

3rd January 2011
FGVW AGM Coming Soon!

Happy New Year!

The FGVW Annual General Meeting is to be held on Friday 4th February 2011 (8.00pm onwards).

The Three Hulats Pub (13 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton) has kindly agreed to host the meeting once again. Food will be provided, and all are welcome to attend. The positions of Chair, Treasurer and Secretary are open for voting.

It would be helpful to know how many people might attend so please, if possible, contact us to let us know you're coming.

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