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Nature Art Butterfly making FREE event on Zoom

WILD WEDNESDAY Nature Art Butterflies | London Wildlife Trust

Join Laura from the Brilliant Butterflies team who will guide you step by step to create your very own nature art butterfly!

Date – Wednesday 23 December 2020

Time 4:30pm – 5:30pm

About the event

Fun and easy to make for all ages. It can even be turned into a Christmas tree decoration!

You will need:

• 1 thin stick (for the body)

• 2 thinner twigs / berries with their stalks (for antennae)

• A handful of leaves (ideally a few matching pairs for wings)

• Pinecones / shells for decoration

• Glue stick / PVA glue

• A4 paper

• Scissors

• Hole puncher and string (if you want to make into a tree decoration)

This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom.

Please contact brilliantbutterflies@wildlondon.org.uk if you have any other questions.

https://www.wildlondon.org.uk/events/2020-12-23-wild-wednesday-nature-art-butterflies

Bob Shekyls Achievement Award for Young People 2020

Bob Shekyls was a much-respected local Councillor for 12 years, between 1994 and 2006, and sadly passed away a few years ago. In normal circumstances, in memory of Bob, the Residents Association invites locals to nominate young people under the age of 25 who live, go to school or work in the area, for the annual Bob Shekyls Achievement Award for Young People. 

I’m sure we’re all agreed that 2020 has been a very strange year and so, with that in mind, the Biggin Hill Residents Association committee has decided that this year, the Bob Shekyls Award should be given to people in recognition of their contribution to helping our local community. 

We’re therefore delighted to announce that Bob’s award will be given to the wonderful organisers of Biggin Hill’s Covid-19 Mutual Aid Team. Jo Ryan, Louise Bell, Simon Turner and Jordan Brown have all worked tirelessly to recruit and coordinate 120 local volunteers who, in turn, completed over 720 requests for shopping and collecting medication for vulnerable and shielding people in our community. You’ve done a fantastic job guys and we’re all really proud of you! 

In celebration of this amazing achievement and to reflect the spirit of giving, the committee will be awarding £100 each to Biggin Hill and Oaklands Primary Schools. 

2020 will be remembered in many ways and we hope this year’s award will help us recall all those simple acts of kindness that made all the difference to people’s lives. 

Residents Association Autumn 2020 News Round-Up

Autumn News Round-Up from the Committee

Hi everyone!

It’s been great to see our village busy and buzzing again these past couple of months. The virus hasn’t gone away and life certainly isn’t ‘normal’, but we continue to go about our day to day lives as best we can, supporting local shops and businesses. We’ve resumed our monthly committee meetings, albeit via Zoom rather than face to face and, whilst our summer plans had to be cancelled, we’re making a few tentative plans for the autumn (fingers crossed).

Firstly, we want to let you know that, due to the ‘Rule of 6’, our annual AGM in October is cancelled. The existing committee will continue to serve until an AGM can be arranged, hopefully in the spring. A sad sign of our times, I’m afraid, but, in the meantime, here’s a brief update for you.  

Message from our Chairman, Peter Martin 

It’s trying times like these that make me feel grateful for friends, neighbours and our community. In some ways the situation we’ve found ourselves in has made our community much more resilient and the ‘village’ atmosphere is stronger than ever. We here at the Residents Association have done what we can to assist in the day-to-day business of local activities throughout the summer and are making plans for when things return to normal. I feel that whatever fate decides to throw at us over the next few months will be dealt with through our spirit of community and our ability to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On!’     

Finance update from our treasurer, Graham Savage

Pending the final detailed accounts, we have total reserves of £1960. During the year we received £1085 of membership fees, had a surplus of £270 from the two social events we were able to hold, and approximately £200 profit from merchandise sales. Full accounts will be available for the AGM. 

Litter Pick  

We’re organising a litter pick on Sunday 4 October at 10:30am and invite you to join us, observing all the social distancing rules of course! Equipment will be provided. Just turn up outside Waitrose or at Roundways in the valley. It’s a great opportunity to get some exercise and do something good for your community. 

Poppies

It’s become something of a tradition that we do our best to support The Royal British Legion and demonstrate our gratitude to those who have given all for us in conflicts in the past and those going on at the present. Therefore, as usual, we will be flooding the village with poppies to commemorate Remembrance Day and we’ll be out and about on the weekend of 24 October, putting them up on lamp posts. Unfortunately, because of restrictions on gatherings, we can’t have our normal stand outside the New Life Church, where we ask you to sponsor a poppy and collect donations for the Royal British Legions Poppy Appeal. Instead, we ask you to dig deep and give generously direct to the appeal yourselves, by buying a poppy in person or making a donation online at www.britishlegion.org.uk.  

Finally, if you know of a local group or organisation that could benefit from a donation or indeed, our help, then please get in touch. Email us at admin@bigginhillresidentsassociation.co.uk or by phoning Peter on 07763 215037.