Month: June 2017

Pupils and parents get to see ‘their’ Hedgehog film.

Last week members of the FBEC committee and Rachel Gillies (our Community Film Maker)  joined parents , teachers and pupils at Woodthorpe Junior and Infants school for a showing of the ‘Help for Hedgehogs’ film. This film was made entirely by pupils of Woodthorpe Primary and St Albans RC Primary under Rachel’s direction.

Rachel reported lots of giggles and prods between pupils, lots of good comments from teachers and the Headteacher is very keen to share the film on Social Media and in the school newsletter once it is available.

Several members of FBEC have worked alongside Rachel on her visits to both schools and marveled at the enthusiasm and knowledge shown by all the pupils.

Have a look at Rachel’s own site, where she gives our project a great write up!! http://www.community-film-maker.org.uk/

Our thanks go to the Heritage Lottery for funding what has turned out to be a wonderful project. Just a couple of months left and St Albans get their chance to see their input!

Part of the ‘Unremembered Project’.

The Department of communities and Local Government (DCLG), have funded an inclusive and thought-provoking programme to invite communities to commemorate the sacrifices of the Labour Corps and their contribution to the First World War.

On July 14th between 9.20am and 10.40am pupils from Swanshurst School will be in Brandwood End Cemetery, where they will recite monologues to highlight Labour Corps members commemorated on the screen walls at the Cross of Sacrifice on the main drive.

This event will be filmed for the School’s Youtube channel. Members of FBEC Committee will also be attending.

http://www.bigideascompany.org/project/the-unremembered/

New Tree Walk plans underway

The Friends are very aware how popular our last Tree Walk leaflet was but it is several years since it was designed and time and weather have taken their toll on some of the trees featured so we have started working on a new version that will cover a larger area and feature a wider variety of trees.  We have now started listing and photographing trees to be included and hope to be able to produce the leaflet early next year.

First we need to take lots of photographs, locate a good printer……and find a sponsor!

Hedgehog Documentary showing

Such a lovely evening at Park House !

It was smiles all round at the public showing of our ‘Help for Hedgehogs’ film, made by the pupils of St Albans RC Primary and Woodthorpe Primary schools, under the direction of our Community Film Maker -Rachel.

Our initial grant application for funding for a Hedgehog related project included the documentation of the year long project in the form of a short film.  Heritage Lottery have funded our work and everyone was excited to see the film, which is the culmination of a number of events in the cemetery and in both schools.  The film will be posted soon, but we still have to show it in both schools. The following photos give you an idea of what a lovely evening we had.

Litter pick in June sunshine.

Five FBEC supporters and 11 members of the 148th Birmingham St. Dunstan’s Scouts cleared 17 bags of litter this morning on their summer morning litter pick.

Our thanks go to our regular supporters and also to the Scouts, who try to turn out at least once a year to help. This time the pickers were packed away just in time to beat a downpour!