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The best way to find out about Eastwood Farm and the activities of the Friends group is through our newsletters. This is our latest, and further down the page there are links to all our previous ones, in case you want to delve back further into what we’ve been doing over the years.

Newsletter May 24

Friends of Eastwood Farm

Dear all 
This is a reminder of what’s coming up this Spring and to confirm some brilliant funding news. The daffodils are flowering and it is getting warmer. Let’s hope the sun shines and it doesn’t rain on 30th March for Briz Day. 

Briz Day

The opening of Beeses at Easter means The fifth annual Briz Day, our local event which supports the work of The Friends of Eastwood Farm. The event is on 30th March  (Easter Saturday). Come along and have a great time. 
There will be: 

  • An Easter egg hunt and litter pick around Eastwood Farm. Will the Easter Bunny appear again this year? come along and find out!
  • Children’s Activities –  games, facepainting, and dream catchers.
  • An Easter Egg hunt for smaller children in Beeses garden
  • A tombola and raffle
  • Stalls promoting local crafts and the work of The Friends of Eastwood Farm
  • Music all day
  • Beeses bar and food

We could use a few more volunteers, so please offer your time for an hour or so to help us make this year’s event even more successful than previous years.
We also need prizes for our tombola. I am sure you have some unused/unwanted Christmas gifts that are lurking in the back of a cupboard. Tombola prizes can be delivered to 53 Eastwood Road at any time before the event. 
If you are a business or have access to vouchers for a business we would also love these for the raffle.
Please feel free to contact us: friends@eastwoodfarm.org.uk
In any case, please just come along and enjoy the day with your family.

Lower play area news

We’ve been awarded £98k funding for the redevelopment of the lower play area, below the playground on Eastwood Road. This is money we applied for from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), with the support of our local councillors, Tim Rippington and Katja Hornchen. The full project cost will be nearly £150k, which will provide a Multi-use games area (MUGA), further seating and other equipment, as well as paying of improvements to the existing youth shelter.
We’ll be fundraising for the remaining sum – all donations gratefully received.

The Great Avon Litter Pick this Saturday

We are joining a huge litter pick that runs the course of the Avon from Bath to Bristol on Saturday 16th March at 10:00. The winter flooding has seen an increase in detritus along the banks and on the flood plain. It is easy to see and collect before the vegetation grows. So if you are free we would love your help. We will meet at the Shedquarters, at ///bind.bars.soon on What3Words. This is down the tip road from the Whitmore Avenue entrance by Eastwood Barn. Bring a cup and enjoy a cuppa after. This is the first time we have joined this event and apparently 170 sacks of rubbish was collected at last year’s event!
PS The river has flooded today so should be plenty of rubbish dropped as the water recedes.

A Free Photography Workshop at Eastwood Farm 
What better way to add a photograph to our calendar than by attending a photography workshop at Eastwood Farm. This is taking place on Sunday 24th March from 2pm to 4pm. Please use the link to book your place. If you take a photograph you would like to have included please forward it to us for the 2025 calendar by the end of June.

Please read through the conditions of submission for the 2025 calendar

  • Photos should be in landscape orientation
  • From whichever device is used, phone, I pad or tablet, please use the highest picture settings available. e.g. largest file size or best picture quality
  • Do not include any people in the picture. This may infringe privacy law.
  • When sending in a photo this gives FoEF the rights to publish.
  • Images can be close up macro shots of insects or flowers or be beautiful views, or anything in between.
  • Images can be from a previous visit but must be taken at Eastwood Farm
  • Images should be sent to EastwoodFarmcalendar@gmail.com
  • Please include your full name and age if under 16

The calendar will be on sale in September/October, so perfect for Christmas presents.
All proceeds of the sale go to fund projects at Eastwood Farm for both humans and wildlife.

Diary of Forthcoming Events:
Saturday 16th March – The Great Avon Litter Pick. Meet at Shedquarters at 10:00
Sunday 24th March – Photography Workshop 14:00 to 16:00
Friday 29th  March – Briz Day Preparation
Saturday 30th March – Briz Day at Beeses
Saturday 7th April – work party. Meet at Shedquarters at 10:00

Please join our WhatsApp group, to keep in touch with what we are all doing, by clicking on this link.

We would love your company and help. You are very welcome.

  Love and Care for your local nature reserve

Jo Moore and Ralph Openshaw

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