Bracken Hall Countryside Centre is now open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4pm. There's a great summer programme of walks organised by the Friends of Bracken Hall and a range of activities for schools, groups and individuals is provided. For more information please see the friends of Bracken Hall Website here:
We can't promise you that May's weather will be a good as it was over the Easter weekend, but there is a wide variety of things going on indoors and out over the next few weeks, so hopefully there's something for all tastes and weathers. The activities in the Classroom are themed around 'senses' during May, and then 'growth' in June. Our regular visitors know how much effort and imagination BHCC's volunteers put into these. If you haven't explored these, then come along, sit down with a cuppa and try your hand.
Other firmly established offerings are Paul King's birding walks. His second walk for 2019 took us from BHCC along the edge of the Glen then along the streamside path to Glovershaw Farm, past Golcar Farm, and then back along the edge of the golf course. Paul was almost apologetic – saying that we'd have seen more birdlife early in the day or towards dusk. But there was plenty to get excited about. Paul Marfell has described the sightings and included his wonderful photos in his excellent blog (http://www.marfell.me.uk/wordpress/shipley-glen-to-golcar-farm/). If you think you're missing out, join us at BHCC for Paul King's next birding walk at 1.30pm on Saturday 18th May. Please wear subdued clothing and stout footwear, and bring binoculars (and a drink if it's as sunny as his last walk).
Another firmly established part of BHCC are the Friends of BHCC's Wild Wednesdays. The next of these is from 2-4pm on May 29th. There will be a variety of family friendly, indoor and outdoor activities available and lots of enthusiasm from the volunteers.
A new event will take place at BHCC on Sunday May 12th, namely, an Introduction to Running. Run leaders and qualified coaches from Baildon Runners will share their love of running in our lovely countryside. The event will give interested individuals and families a taste of how running can be sociable, fun, good for you and take place in inspiring scenery. The event is from 1.30 to 3pm, and will include guidance on all aspects of running, a practical introduction to dynamic warm ups, a short and scenic, almost flat, guided run, guidance on stretches, and then refreshments afterwards. Everyone – all ages and abilities – welcome (but minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Please wear trainers and clothing suitable to exercise in.
On Saturday June 1st, John Parker of the Bradford Branch of the British Cactus & Succulent Society will introduce a range of cacti & succulents to us. A short talk will be followed by Q&As & a guided tour of a selection of his plants. John has also been growing on a new batch of plants and all children that attend can choose one of these to adopt and take home! 2-4pm.
Saturday June 8th sees another open day for Baildon Men's Shed. Women, children & men all allowed! Come celebrate the Men's Shed's 1st birthday, make something to take home & learn all about this thriving group. 1-4pm. The event will also see the Grand Opening of the new shed that the group have been building from planks of wood. Can't wait that long and want to get involved? Contact James for details (07946 155 347 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
This brings us to the end of our bulletin, other than to say that there are lots of ways to get involved with BHCC. Fancy volunteering? Want to hire our venue for a function? Want to offer to run an event? Contact Richard White, the BHCC Manager on 07938 063 062 or email@example.com).