For some years now wqe have taken a stall at the League of Friends fete at Victoria Recreation Ground. We did this year too. We like to have a theme to the event and this year we continued our "reuse and recycle" theme. Obviously we had a quiz too. This year is was "Odd one out". Again - it wasn't easy - why should it be? We say it is free fun!
Local businesses gave us prizes. Very many thanks to The Prince, The Plough, The Village Butchers, The Lemon Plaice. We really do appreciate your generosity. And indeed thanks also to Village Properties for all the photocopying they did for us.
Tilehurst library invited us to join them to make local people aware of the possibilities to reuse and recycle. John Venning had produced a really helpful chart of the places around Tilehurst where you can take items that are recyclable. Because people have found this chart to be useful, we have included it on this website too - click here to view it. We also handed out our leaflet about how long it takes litter to rot. You may remember that we did a quiz about this in 2016. Two years on, and it is still shocking - but we have made a few advances -= especially re3 and the red bin collections are now really good.
Again we invited volunteers to come and help clear litter from our local woodlands.
We had to cancel the event that was planned for the beginning of March because of the snow. Fortunately when we rescheduled the event the weather was a bit kinder. You can read a summary report about the event and a full report too. Thanks to all the people who came and helped and to the businesses who donated prizes for the raffle.
Some time ago Kew Gardens gave us some wildflower seeds. We had a chat about where we would put them and decided to set up a trial area to see how they went. Paul did very well getting the seeds germinated and decided it was time to get them in the ground at the junction of Armour Road and Lower Armour Road. The weather had proved impossible and we had to cancel a couple of sessions but eventually we got them in. Fingers crossed!
And if all goes well we will plant some more around Tilehurst to brighten our days.
I looked back to see what we had done in previous years and found that this time last year we had planted some snowdrops and aconites in the grass here and that it had rained. I thought at the time that it was unusual for it to rain during our planting sessions. Not so. Two years running we have been rained on to plant the snowdrops. But at least we got the snowdrops on time!
We did get a load of helpers, despite the rain. And we got the snowdrops in in record time - no doubt urged on by the weather. Apart from the regular helpers Sally came - she had seen us working away and since she lives nearby she thought it only fair to help plant the snowdrops since she would get the benefit more that any of us.
And here is what the snowdrops that we planted a couple of years ago in front of the library look like this year. Yes, it is all worth while.