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Patch News – March 2007 – Issue 7

In this issue: Spring in the Patch, Cycle Training, Patch Improvement Group, Wildlife enhancements,  Gate-locking & New Web-site

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This is our new-look website which was launched on 27th February (thanks to committee members Dave Meakins & Mark Bolwell). The site includes photos of our events, downloadable issues of PatchNews & FWCP reports, a history section including items on the Kemp Town branch line, web-links to our neighbouring community groups and details about all our working groups and forthcoming events and activities. 

 Contact us to let us know what you think of the new site - all comments and suggestions welcome. 

 

Spring in the Patch

Sat 21st April, 1- 5pm

Time to unfurl ourselves from the winter cold & dampness in readiness for the first major 2007 Patch event - the annual spring celebration.  All local residents and Friends are invited to come along, join in, hang out, breath the Spring Air and 'mingle with the good people we meet'. There's several new activities planned as well as some of the usuals...  * Farmers Market* Bric-a-brac stalls

* Tea Tent

* BBQ* Bouncy Castle* Treasure hunt* Crafts* Dr Bike session * Studioscape singers* A 4-legged Llama!   

Mucking in - all welcome...

As usual we'll be in need of the many hands of FWCP members to make light of the work. Contributions in any of the following areas would be much appreciated:* Bake a Cake (or other food) -  If you can contribute an item of do a stint on the stall please contact Suzanne - 671755 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it * Distribute flyers to local streets, shops or schools contact Gill Morris on 697045 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it * Help supervise the Bouncy Castle - do a 30min stint - contact Fi & Wilf on 387095 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it * Site Set up (from 9am) & set down (6pm - 8pm)- contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it 07944-152706* If wanting to run a stall contact Alex 07939-002047 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Fab posters & flyers beautifully designed by folks at the Wellington House day centre. Spot the deliberate mistake (not) - yes it is happening this year. 

Next meetings:Thu 19th Apr 8pm at 1 Seville St - For info contact Duncan 07944-152706 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )

  

Going Wild

 A band of  Wildlife Grp diggers have spent several wholesome Sundays  (25th Feb and 13th & 18th Mar) planting trees, shrubs and wild flowers as part of a plan to enhance the park's role as a habitat for wildlife. The planting took place around the periphery of the park from Franklin Street gate right up to Elm Grove School. Some turf was removed and used to repair damaged areas in the middle.  The wild flower seeds included common poppy, corn cockle and corn chamomile, and some with evocative names such as pheasant's-eye and night-flowering catchfly - all historically associated with downland fields.  These species will provide nectar for bumble bees and butterflies, and seeds for birds, bringing more wildlife in to the Patch, which will  also spill over in to surrounding gardens.  They will also create a splash of colour for people using the park whilst also contributing to the conservation of a number of rare species of plant.   Later in the year we plan to start work installing a small pond adjascent to Elm Grove School.For a full copy of FWCP Wild-life Plan check the web-site. To get involved with the Wildlife Grp, contact  e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   

On yer bikes! - CycleTraining Sessions - for age 6-12+ yrs

 We've received an Awards for All grant to support cycle training sessions in and around the Patch during 2007. The sessions will be aimed at children to develop their competence & confidence on two wheels and will take place during all the school holidays from Easter through to the Autumn half-term.

 Three activities will take place:

  • Fun riding: -   2 hour sessions, in the Patch, teaching National Standard Level 1 basic bike control skills - for children age 6-9yrs.
  •  Introduction to road Riding: - 8 hours of training,
  • 2 x 4.5 hour days with 30 min break for lunch. Teaching National Standard Level 2 skills, for children ages 8-12+
  •  Dr Bike sessions: A free bike health check."get your bike checked out for the summer" - for all ages.
 There are limited places for each session 12 for Fun riding, 10 for road riding. There will be a basic charge of £2 and £5 respectively - BARGAIN! Easter Hols
  • 11th April: Fun riding 11am-1pm.
  • 12th & 13th April: Intro to road riding 11am-3.30pm
  • + April 21st: Dr Bike at Spring in the Patch
Summer half term
  • 30th May: Fun-riding 11am-1pm.
  • 31st May & 1st June: Intro to road riding 11am-3.30pm
  • + 14th July  - Dr Bike at PatchFest 2pm - 8pm
Summer Hols:
  • 30th July: Fun-riding 11am-1pm in Patch.
  • 31st July /1st August: Intro to road riding 11-3.30pm
  • 29th August: Fun riding 11am-1pm.
  • 30th/31st August: Intro to road riding 11am-3.30pm

To book places or for more info contact Ian Davey at Bike for Life This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   Btn 729979 or 07931-570719 or check the web-site: www.bikeforlife.org.uk Cheques should be made payable to 'Friends of William Clarke Park'Bike4Like -  promoting cycling for all - Registered charity no. 1108243For details about Adult road-riding sessions on 28th April  in Hove &  on 26th May  in Brighton contact Bike for Life (see contact details above). Price £25.

   

Patch Improvement Group (PIG)

We are in the process of developing ideas for an Improvement plan. This will focus particularly on the Tarmac area and will look at ways of improving facilities and accessibility without impinging on the 'green and pleasantness' of the Patch.  Kevin Parker & family are building an interactive model of the area which will be on show at Spring in the Patch to help people imagine different set-ups. This will be followed by a questionnaire to local residents and park users. The final plan will be used to draw in investment in partnership with the City Council to make the agreed ideas a reality.      This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Jolly Green Grants

Our Fundraising Group has successfully applied for two grants - from Awards for All and a B&H City Council Sustainability grant - to support cycle training sessions and community action to improve the Patch as a wildlife habitat.  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Gate locking resumes

Regular gate-locking resumed from Fri 23 March 2007. Gates are locked after 8pm and unlocked before 8am each day. If you are interested in joining the rota contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it