Getting outside with kids in Bolnore Village

Map of children’s playgrounds in Bolnore Village

By Elaine Goodwin

As the weather improves those of you with children might be looking for a new play park to take the kids to.

Maybe there is a play park in the village that you have yet to discover?

Here is a map of all the goodsize play parks in Bolnore, the largest of which is at Kingfisher Drive. The skate park at the recreation ground and the community garden in the village square are also good options for getting the kids outdoors while staying close to home.

Bolnore Village's Royal Street Party - 19th May 2018

Duke and Duchess of Sussex Royal Wedding Street Party

By Jim Hoodless

On Saturday 19th May the sun was shining and the streets of London were lined with supporters of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Further afield, residents of Bolnore made their way to The Woodside for a classic British Street Party.

As soon as the wedding was announced, plans were being made by the Bolnore Village Events Team to bring everyone together and raise money for charity. 

WellChild, the National Charity for Sick Children makes a big difference in people’s lives and, with Prince Harry as a supporter, seemed the perfect choice.

Guests started arriving from 2pm to be greeted by the happy couple, or at least life-sized cardboard cutouts. Welcomed with afternoon tea including an array of sandwiches, cupcakes and scones with jam and cream, adults and children alike were treated to a taste of British tradition. Music and games were provided by Jojo’s disco keeping the kids entertained while some of the grown-ups relaxed with a cold beer or prosecco for the main event. To add to the atmosphere, Tiaras and Top Hats were the theme of the day and there were some great, and some comedy, efforts on show.

It was a really fun day and night that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of local businesses including W J Armstrong Ltd, The Bay Tree, Collingwood Batchelor and many more. They, as well as residents, put in time and effort and donated raffle prizes, some of which are still to be claimed. Not least Yellow 317 who have a box of Moet waiting for them on Friday or Saturday night.

More than £700 has been raised for WellChild so far. You can still boost that total. Just visit www.wellchild.org.uk and, when asked why you’re donating, please put something like ‘donating on behalf of the Bolnore Village Royal Wedding Street Party - celebrating Harry and Megan’s nuptials as well as raising funds for a very worthy cause.’

Thank you to everyone who supported the event, took part, made the most of a wonderful day and raised awareness for Wellchild. We’ll find an excuse to do it again soon.

If you want to find out what else is happening at the Woodside, follow us on Facebook. If you’re interested in getting involved in the events run by the Bolnore Village Events team, please email Alison Armstrong on alison.events@ bolnore.org.uk.

Bolnore CIC: April Update

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By Chris Belton

As part of our landscaping work, a number of trees and shrubs have been ‘coppiced’.

As a non-gardener, this was a term I had heard but not fully understood until I saw the outcome from the work this time last year.

It did look as if the trees and shrubs had been reduced to just a few stubs and looked all set to die off. But come the spring and early summer they were beginning to grow. 

The Royal Horticultural Society, who must be the experts in the matter, define coppicing as ‘a pruning technique where a tree or shrub is cut to ground level, resulting in regeneration of new stems from the base. It is commonly used for rejuvenating and renovating old shrubs’. This is, of course, exactly what happened.

The outcome from this year’s activity is much the same and, after several years of neglect by FirstPort, our trees and shrubs will begin to look a lot stronger and sturdier than they have in the past. This can only benefit the plants and at the same time improve the Village.

Whilst on the subject of plants, it is disappointing to see cultivated areas of the Village being ruined by drivers mounting kerbs and planted areas in order to make progress. There is a cost associated with these actions which will fall to residents to cover as our contractors have to make good these areas. I know the streets are not wide and that there are many 90-degree junctions. Is it really that difficult or time consuming to give a little ground and stop the destruction of the Village?

Our regular Residents’ Surgeries continue to generate interest with a number of people attending each session. It is an opportunity to discuss specific issues with Pembroke or to ask general questions about the village with the Community Interest Company Directors. The next session is scheduled for 18th June in the evening in order to facilitate meetings with those who cannot make other times. 

If you live in the Village and would like to become a Director of the Community Interest Company please email estate at bolnore.org.uk for more details.