CORONA VIRUS UPDATE
Our programme of talks at the Mechanics’ Institute was originally scheduled to restart in November 2020, but following the latest Government advice, all meetings have now been postponed until March 2021. The next scheduled meeting is now the delayed 2020 AGM and the review of the Centre’s 2019 activities, which will hopefully now be held on Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 2.15pm.
The ‘Winter Garden’ visit will currently still take place on Wednesday 10th February 2021 to Castle Bromwich Hall Garden. Please click on the ‘Coach Outings’ tab above for further details.However, everything is subject to short notice changes at the whim of the UK Government, so please continue to visit this website for any updates or cancellations to the programme.
Following the imposition of further restrictions (‘The Rule of Six”) with effect from Monday 14th September, the remaining minibus walks in September and October 2020 have been cancelled. Thank you to everyone who supported the two successful outings in August 2020.
The Centre’s coach holiday to London from 9th to 11th October 2020 has been cancelled. Members booked on this holiday will have been contacted individually.
Two coach holidays are in the planning stages for 2021: (i) from Monday 31st May to Saturday 5th June, based in Eastbourne; (ii) a 3-day break in October 2021, based in Sunderland. Please click on the ‘Holidays’ tab above for further details.
You will know that many of your fellow members fall into the ‘vulnerable’ category (and are therefore at risk of more severe disease). Please do not attend Centre activities if you develop symptoms. Members are urged to follow the Government’s advice to self-isolate for 14 days if you develop a persistent cough or fever.
Please click on the links above for further information on our activities.
The Centre’s AGM in 2019 approved donations totalling £4233 from our surplus funds to support National Trust projects at Calke Abbey, Hardwick Hall, Mr Straw’s House and Dovedale. A further list of recommended donations will be submitted for approval by members at the 2020 AGM (now rescheduled for Wednesday 16th December at 2.15pm).
Further photographs and letters of thanks from the individual properties will be posted in due course.
The Centre has received the following letters of thanks from Belton House, Dovedale, Hardwick Hall and Gunby Hall, as well as an update on the tree-planting project on the Longshaw Estate in response to our donations in 2018.
NEW WHEELCHAIRS AT BELTON HOUSE
I wanted to take the opportunity to get in touch with you regarding your
kind donation which has enabled us to purchase the two manual
wheelchairs you will see in the attached pictures. They are a very
useful additional to our resources for less abled visitors and we have
already received several positive comments as to their comfort and
reliability over the rougher terrain which we have in places here at
Belton House Membership & Visitor Welcome Manager
DONATION FOR HARDWICK PLAY TRAIL 2017
Thank you ever so much for your donation last year towards the Hardwick play trail. This money has made a real difference; helping us to make Hardwick an even better place for families.
Following the receipt of your donation we carried out some consultation activities in October 2017, where we asked families who were using our play trail what else they would like us to provide.
Our Academy Ranger, Rob, then led the project to pull together ideas and formulate a plan for the new pieces of kit to be installed along Lady Spencer’s Walk. He worked closely with myself and Anna, our Community Participation Co-ordinator, to ensure what we created would be right for families with children of different ages and abilities.
The new additions to the play trail were installed throughout early 2018 and launched in time for the school Easter holidays. This included the creation of 3 vertical climbing logs with climbing pegs carved all the way up, the installation of a rope balancing line strung between trees, a new horizontal log balancing trail for younger children, log hurdles and a wild art butterfly activity carved out of wood and wooden log round jigsaws painted by our Youth Rangers.
It has taken a while to get everything into place, but I’m pleased to be able to show you some of the new play equipment now installed, that we have acquired thanks to your donation. Please see the photographs I’ve attached for you to share with your members. The butterfly has been made but has not yet arrived. This was the only item we had made offsite and when it is installed I will send you a photo if it.
We will be continuing to invest in the play trail by purchasing additional wood chip to surround these features in order to maintain safety standards and reduce the mud created by the incredibly wet start we have had to this year. Our Hardwick fairies will also be moving into Lady Spencer’s Wood very soon with the addition of new fairy houses along the play trail.
We will also continue to evaluate our play offer, including these new features, to ensure they are meeting our visitors’ needs. Informal evaluation and observation of the new additions, have so far has shown that they have been incredibly popular; they are certainly being well used and enjoyed by many.
Thank you once again.
Jo, Volunteering and Community Involvement Manager
15 February 2019
I have sent you a few photographs with regards to the kind donation that
you made last year to the garden team. I have attached photos of some of
the new pots that we used for last summer’s begonia display. The new
pots are currently full of tulips and we are awaiting their show in the
next few months. I have also attached a photograph of one of our garden
volunteers planting the new roses. We planted them the other day. The
snowdrop bulb order is due to arrive any time soon as we can only plant
them whilst the bulbs are in the “green”, so they will look good as part
of next year’s snowdrop display.
Gunby Hall & Gardens