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What's New Archive for 2013

8th September 2013
Vote to Help FGVW Win a £500 Grant

FGVW has been shortlisted for a Skipton Building Society "Grassroots Giving" grant of £500.

The winners are decided by a public vote, and there is a lot of competition so we really do need all the votes we can get.

If you would like to help us, please visit the following web page and click on the "Vote now" button near the bottom:


You do not need to give any details, or sign up to anything - just click on the button and that's it!

Votes must be cast before 19th September 2013.

There is more information about the Grassroots Giving campaign on the website itself if you want to know more about it.

Your support is gratefully appreciated ...And if you know anyone else who can help, please pass on this information.

18th August 2013
Bath House Open Day on Sunday 15 September 2013

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 15th September 2013 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 mugs, coasters, Christmas cards, badges, greetings cards, postcards, etc.), and providing general information about the Bath House, the woods, and the Group itself.

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.

20 June 2013
14th FGVW Family FunDay - Best One Yet!

The Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods' 14th Annual Family FunDay was probably the best one yet, greatly helped by the hot sunny weather (sadly missing from the previous few FunDays). Hundreds of local people came to join in the fun, and photos can be seen in the Events Gallery.

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 and prizes for the Tombola, Raffle and Pick-A-Bottle stalls; 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.

We would also like to thank The Three Hulats, J. & M Tree Services, Tesco and Yorkshire Water for their generous support of the FunDay.

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.

15 May 2013
FGVW Family FunDay Coming Saturday 8 June 2013

The Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods invite you to their 14th 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 8th 2013 (1.30pm - 5.00pm)
    Grassland area adjacent to Gledhow Valley Road and Allerton Grange Way.

Activities include:

  • Animal visitors from Morley Exotic Animal Rescue
  • Award winning street entertainer Steve Faulkner
  • The Corpus Christi Brass Band
  • Talon Falconry birds of prey
  • Children's Magic Show from Jonty the Magician
  • Drum circle with Daftasadrum
  • Firefighters
  • Circus skills
  • Parachute games
  • Start birdwatching
  • Bees and beekeeping
  • Radish bookshop
  • Bird box making
  • Pick-a-bottle
  • Clay modelling
  • T-shirt design
  • Coconut shy
  • Grand raffle with hundreds of pounds worth of prizes
  • Tombola
  • Plant stall
  • Face painting
  • Refreshments
  • Local community group displays
  • Find out what the Friends are doing to enhance your local woodland
  • FGVW merchandise stall including coasters, mugs, postcards, greetings cards, badges, etc.
  • ...And 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!

We also need prizes for our various stalls including bottles (anything from cooking oil or orange squash to wine or champagne!) for the "Pick-A-Bottle", as well as general prizes for the Tombola and Raffle.

  • If you are able to help with any prizes, please contact us and let us know.

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

14 May 2013
Bluebells Now in Bloom!

The bluebells are finally in 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.

7 March 2013
Roundhay Gardens Ideas Trail Coming Sunday 23 June 2013

Presented by Roundhay Environmental Action Project (REAP) Gardening Group

Following the success of this event last year, gardens in Roundhay will once again be open to visitors on Sunday 23rd June, 2013 from 1pm-5pm

Do you love your garden be it large, small or tiny?

The hope is to include some new gardens in the trail this year. The REAP Gardening Group are definitely not looking for immaculate "show" plots, just ideas, experience, work in progress and even mistakes that you would like to share with others. Last year visitors enjoyed and were inspired by:

  • Fruit & vegetable growing
  • Interesting designs
  • Imaginative planting
  • Chickens and bee keeping
  • Native wild flowers
  • Ponds and bog gardens
  • Unusual plants
  • Plants to attract insects
  • Interesting wildlife (e.g. newts and hedgehogs)
  • Good use of small spaces
  • Gardens for children
  • Creative art pieces
  • Recycled containers and building materials

If you want to take part and open your garden, please contact Sue Tuffin on 0113 266 2533 or by e-mail to sue@suetuffin.co.uk to find out more.

Visitors are needed too!

If you are new to gardening or want some fresh ideas put the date in your diary now. Come and see what your neighbours are growing! There will also be activities for children, refreshments, plant sales, advice and chat.

Follow the trail around Roundhay with the official guide and map. These will be available from the Oakwood Farmers Markets in May and June, as well as from various community locations.

No entry charge. Donations to St Gemma's.

Be inspired and join our growing community!

1 January 2013
FGVW AGM Coming Soon!

Happy New Year!

The FGVW Annual General Meeting is to be held on Friday 15 February 2013 (7.30pm 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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