Bats and belfries at Discover 2012
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On Wednesday 19 September, St Barnabas Church, Warmley is opening its tower from 7.30 – 9pm allowing local people come along and find out more about church bells and bell ringing. Bell ringing skills have been much in demand over the last two years with the Royal Wedding in 2011 and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the Olympics this year – so this is an ideal opportunity to ring in the changes and try something new.
Out and about, this week offers two opportunities to join a bat walk with Avon Bat Group. Nature lovers can enjoy a twilight stroll through Yate Common on Wednesday 19 September or Grimsbury Farm, Kingswood on Thursday 20 September. Both walks start at 7.15pm and bat detectors will be provided.
Bell ringing and bat walks are part of the Discover Festival in South Gloucestershire which runs from 6 September to 4 November. Bringing together many successful celebrations in the district, the programme includes something for all ages and tastes – including events, talks, walks and workshops celebrating local heritage, local food, local nature, local arts and also special events for life age 50-plus. Most events are free.
Other events this week include:
Tuesday 18 September 2 – 4pm
Portrait Drawing for Beginners
Join Tuesday Palettes for this hands-on drawing workshop to get you started or improve your skills.
Wednesday 19 September 7.30 – 9pm
Staple Hill Library
Discover the West’s very own dinosaur, Thecodontosaurus, which was found in Tytherington, South Gloucestershire! Learn about the life of this amazing creature who lived here over 200 million years ago. This fascinating talk is suitable for adults and accompanied young people age 12 and over.
Wednesday 19 September 7.30pm
Holy Trinity Church Hall, High Street, Kingswood
Calling All Men – Great Western Chorus Open Evening
An introduction to singing with The Great Western Chorus – includes watching a Chorus rehearsal, learning a short song and performing with the Chorus at the end of the evening. For men wanting to learn to sing in harmony and their guests. Light refreshments provided. See www.greatwesternchorus.com or call 01454 775547.
Thursday 20 September 7.15 – 9.15pm
Grimsbury Farm, Grimsbury Road, Kingswood
Join Avon Bat Group for a twilight stroll in search of bats. Bat detectors provided. Wear warm clothes and boots and bring a torch. Meet in the farm car park off Grimsbury road.
Friday 21 September 6 – 7pm
An Introduction to Bee Keeping
Join Richard Dalrymple-Smith of South Gloucestershire Bee Keepers’ Association to learn everything you ever wanted to know about bees and beekeeping. Richard will be discussing the problems facing all pollinators, especially honey bees, and explaining how bee keepers are trying to resolve these problems.
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