The Crosspool and District Youth Sports Trust (C.D.Y.S.T) on Cold well Lane, is a non-profit making charitable trust with sporting and recreational facilities of a hall and outside grounds available for public hire to benefit the local community, .
The children’s playground at CDYST has a variety of regularly maintained apparatus for children to use safely. Sadly after many years of use, one of the large climbing centres had reached the end of its life and was in need of being replaced.
Having to maintain and run this playground on a very tight budget, sufficient funds weren’t available to replace the climbing centre, so regrettably this popular and well used facility had to be closed.
Members of the “Royal Brunswick Lodge”, one of the local Freemasons Lodges at Tapton Hall, Shore Lane, became aware of the issue, through members families who use the playground.
The grant was applied for just prior to Covid lockdown, consequently the process had to be put on hold. After many other delays the apparatus was finally installed, enabling the playground to be re-opened in September.
Freemasons from the Royal Brunswick Lodge were invited along to inspect the new equipment. They refused to try it out, but were delighted that they were given the opportunity to support the CDYST and the community in this way.
In response to a request for information on how we can all help support and make life in the UK safe and welcoming for the people from Afghanistan and around the world, here is a list of some organisations who are working with ASSIST and SCC for the City of Sanctuary appeal.
Nature photographers are invited to give it their best shot
Amateur nature photographers of all ages are being invited to enter a prestigious competition run by conservation science charity the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).
“The Julian Gardner Awards allows us to showcase the best images of the UK countryside, from the landscapes and wildlife to the people who live and work there,” said James Swyer, awards judge and press & publications manager at the GWCT. “The competition is in its eighth year,” continued James, “and every time we are amazed by the talent out there. We’d love to see lots of entries of Yorkshire’s beautiful scenery and wildlife.”
The awards are open to amateur photographers only. There is an adult and junior category. Entries must be submitted by 30 June 2021.
“Whether nature photography is a new hobby turned to during lockdown, or something you have been enjoying for many years, we would love to see the results,” said James. “We are looking forward to seeing lots of inspiring images, perhaps taken on a local walk, in a nearby park, or in your own back garden.”
The 2020’s competition was won by Jenny Hibbert from Port Talbot, who has had a lifelong interest in wildlife photography. Her stunning image of an encounter between two hares in the Cairngorms instantly appealed to the judges and won against stiff competition.
Remarkably, 16-year-old Katy Read from Newcastle triumphed in the junior section for the second year in a row, with a photograph capturing a robin fluffing out its feathers against the cold.
The competition was launched in memory of Julian Gardner, a Sussex farmer and lifelong supporter of the GWCT, who was tragically killed while defending his property in October 2010. A donation from Julian’s family and friends funded two trophies, which are presented to the winners to display for the next year, along with prints of their award-winning photos.
The competition is open to all amateur photographers and is related to the GWCT’s research and advisory work – taking in all aspects of the UK countryside, including the people who live and work there, game, wildlife, all the various habitats and of course landscape.
There are two categories:
Adult section – The winner will be awarded the GWCT Julian Gardner trophy – a sculpture of a hare.
16 and under section – The winner will be awarded the GWCT Julian Gardner junior trophy – a sculpture of a leveret
Visitors flock to see the new ‘Hen House’ refurb at Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.
Whirlow Hall Farm was delighted to announce the opening of their newly refurbished Hen House this weekend. The project funded by local online educational publishing house, Twinkl enhances the immersive experience for visitors and the students the Trust supports. With a new 80-seater café opening in June, the Hen House refurb marks the next phase of growth for the charity, encouraging more visitors to the much-loved local spot.
The refurbished Hen House will enhance the learning delivery for the many vulnerable youngsters the charity works with but will provide the local community with opportunities to meet farm animals up close and personal, such as Horacio, the farms hand reared orphaned calf.
On Saturday 24th April, in line with all current Covid restrictions, the Hen House was officially opened by Jonathan and Susie Seaton, Co-founders of Twinkl
Jonathan Seaton, Co-founder and CEO of Twinkl said: “It is really exciting to see the new Hen House at Whirlow Hall Farm Trust open to visitors. It’s a real honour to be involved in a project that will further support the educational work the Trust does with children and young people, and it’s fantastic that we were able to assist with the refurbishment.
I look forward to visiting regularly in the future and continuing to witness the great work done by the Trust in the community.”
Whirlow Hall Farm Trust plays a vital role in the city’s alternative provision network supporting children and young people facing a complex combination of difficulties which can include a range of mental health conditions.
The new Hen House together with our playground and upcoming new café will, without a doubt, help us to keep moving forward and allow us to share more magical moments with everyone at our beautiful location.”
Sarah Kerrigan, Head of Fundraising and Events said: “We are extremely grateful to Twinkl for supporting this project. Visitors to the café and shop help support the vital work we do so being able to meet a gentle calf, groom a rabbit, and check to see if the hens have laid eggs during their visit are not only fun and informative activities for local families, but crucial to encourage them to visit.