Norman’s Christmas Cheer

Never has mid-winter been so bleak, never have days been so un-jolly. The pandemic, political chaos, environment in crisis, have made 2020 a year to remember for the wrong reasons. We have fallen on dark days but as winter nights start to get longer the light of hope begins to shine again.

BCV faced it’s own crises in 2020, we closed down in March with no idea if the group still had a future, but returned in June with fewer volunteers on task but more tasks per month. Many of our members stayed away as covid fears took their toll, but new volunteers have join us. Indoor meetings at the Sweet Green have had to stop, but now we have Zoom meetings. Without tasks or walks or meetings our members were isolated, but the WhatsApp group brought people together. Our old website was forced to shut down, but was rebuilt into something new and better. Our beloved old beer-glass-newt logo was replaced with a new, more inclusive and forward looking image.

Despite all the tragedy, heartbreak, loneliness, anxiety, and isolation we have endured and found new purpose to drive us forward, and new horizons to set our compass to. After every nightfall there is a sunrise, after every winter there is a spring. The furture is finally looking up. We will continue to meet the challenges and look forward to a time when all of our members will be able to put on their wellies and meet on task again as one big BCV family. Hope to see you all in 2021.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Norman’s jolly Christmas cheers, so, the cheers for 2020 go to: Rick, Tom and Caroline for keeping the tasks running under difficult circumstances (BIG CHEER); to Colin for building, and running, the new website, and putting together the new calendar (CHEESY CHEERS); to Jane for hosting the Zoom meetings (CHEERY CHEERS); to Gill for keeping people occupied on WhatsApp (CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEER CHEER); to all of our clients for continuing to have faith in BCV (WILD CHEERS); finally to the BCV family of volunteers who have been their for each other in time of need and continue to go above and beyond being just mere volunteers (BIG BIG CHEERS and WILD APPLAUS).

And now, as is traditional, Norman T. Newt would like to sing a couple of jolly Christmas ditties for your amusement, feel free to join in, you know the tunes.

Norman’s Christmas Cheer

Dashing through the snow
Trying to ‘walk this way’
O’er the fields we go,
Tripping all the way.


Shiny bill hooks ring,
Hedges are our pride,
Oh! What fun it is to sing
A hedgerow song outside.


Oh, Jingle newts, wearing masks,
Not mingling all the day.
Oh! what fun it is to,
Social distance on Sunday.


Oh, Jingle newts, rule of six,
Sanitise the saws.
Everyone is squeaky clean,
So we break no laws.


Walking ‘cross the mud,
Rain is in the sky.
Looking for a pub,
Are they still locked down?


Rain coats, hats and gloves,
Keeping workers dry.
Oh! What fun it is to sing
A tasking song hoo-rah!


Jingle newts, wearing masks,
No mingling all the day.
Oh! what fun it is to,
Keep our distance on Sunday.


Oh, Jingle newts, rule of six,
Sanitise the gloves.
Everyone is peachy keen,
Doing what we love.

The BCV Christmas Song

Rhodys burning on an open fire
Cold mud dripping from your nose,
Caroline and Tom working without tire,
And Francis dressed in Sunday clothes


Everybody knows a bow saw and some loppers so,
Help to make the task day right.
Jane with her cheeks all aglow,
Won’t find it hard to sleep tonight.


Hedge laying season’s on its way;
Rick has saws and stakes in his ‘sleigh’.
And every volunteer will try,
To see if wildlife they can spy.


And so we’re offering these outdoor days,
To kids from eight to eighty-two,
Although its been said many times, many ways,
A very BCV Christmas to you.

Merry Christmas Everyone

November and December task blogs will appear below.

2 thoughts on “Norman’s Christmas Cheer

  1. Well done Colin for the write up and songs! Well done everyone else for your efforts. A Very Merry Christmas to you all and may the coming year bring less troubles and more opportunity to gather as the close knit “family” we are! Love and Best Wishes to you all! Lynn x x

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