Aug 11 2019

Smithills Volunteer Update 30th July 2019

Hello all


To Siobhan Fearon, who joins the Wildlife Group.


 Sport on the Square

Alex, Pete and Pam braved the hottest day of the year (34.5 degrees!) stood under a gazebo on the Town Hall Square, where they spoke to visitors about the various wellbeing activities we have at Smithills. There seemed to be a lot of interest in what we are doing, and Sport in Bolton (who ran the event) tell me that they estimate that 5,000 people visited the Square during the day, which is amazing! Alex and Pete also managed to have their picture taken with the Mayor of Bolton (third time this year and counting!) – the Mayor has also been interested in what we are doing, which is great news.



Fantastic Fridays

Anne and Liz were at Smithills Hall last Friday for the first of Bolton Museum’s summer holiday sessions. The format has changed slightly which means smaller groups than last year, but a good time had by those who attended. Sessions continue this Friday.


Walk and Talk

Following on from the success of the dementia-friendly walks, the next strand of our community work is a partnership with Bolton Council of Mosques, aimed at helping those people who would like to get outdoors but feel that they can’t – either they can’t get to us, or they have no one to go with and perhaps are nervous or heading out alone, or perhaps there is a barrier such as not having English as a first language, or struggling with a mental health issue such as anxiety. The idea of Walk and Talk is to offer a friendly walk where everyone is welcome. BCOM are providing pick up points by minibus at two locations, and we will provide a guided walking route and space for lunch at chat (this month at Barrow Bridge Mission). We have distributed information about this to local charities, befriending services, and community centres, and will be publicising it further in August. The first walk is 20th August at 12pm


Wildlife Group meeting

Next meeting is 13th August at 7pm at Smithills Hall – this will be led by Rob Ball. Wildlife Group members


Upcoming Events

On Thursday 1 August, City of Trees are running their monthly Citizen Forester volunteer day here at Smithills. Anyone can join – no registration required. The group will be checking on the newly planted trees at Walker Fold, clearing grasses from the tubes…

On Saturday 3 August, Tony will be leading a public guided walk – the Smithills History Walk – which you can book onto here –

Also on 3 August, there is a public guided walk on Smithills’ grasslands, led by John Lamb from Lancashire Wildlife Trust, who have conducted a series of surveys of our grasslands on the Estate. Places available here –

And finally for this week, we have Paul Blundell leading a Tai Chi Qigong session at Walker Fold. This is not a Woodland Trust event, but is being run by one of the social enterprises working on the Estate. Tickets are £5, with a percentage of this going back to Smithills. Info here


On 8 August, Mark is leading an Introduction to Woodlands Walk at Walker Fold, looking at how we manage our woodlands and why we are planting new woods here at Smithills :


Finally, join Clive, Rob and Doug on 22 August for a Short Introduction to Smithills Estate – a route through Walker Fold, Burnt Edge and back down via Sugar Loaf. A lovely route, hilly in parts, with some excellent guides!


Vicky Entwistle, Smkthills Engaging Communities Officer

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