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Norman the Newt's News

Minutes : Read Colette's minutes of our December 2017 indoor meeting - click HERE

This Month's Old News :  Our 1996 BCV 20th Birthday Party - click HERE

 NEW - 12th January - Edith
Some sad news, Edith Elebert, who edited the BCV newsletter many years ago has passed away. Both Edith and her husband Dennis (who passed away in 2016) were helped BCV enormously in its early years . BCV offers its condolences to the Elebert family.

1st January 2018 - Ringing in the Past

To celebrate the new year I've added a new gallery to the News and Photos pages. Ever wondered what BCV was like before the internet, before Lottery funding and when Rick had a moustache? Well now is your chance to see what we all looked like when the world was young and social media was made of paper. There's also a blast from the past above with an article from our 1996 newsletter. This is a new monthly feature, which I hope people will read. Happy New Year and enjoy.

10th December - Brucie Bonus

Congratulations to Tom on his birthday. When most people are putting on their slippers and comfortable pants and sitting down to read Gardeners World to continues to play thundering air guitar on his heavy metal chainsaw. Just because time creeps up on you like an accountant with a grudge and a clipboard doesn't mean you have to stop drinking from both sides of the beer glass. Keep on rocking Mr. T, from BCV.

10th October - Inspired

BCV's own Jane Arkwright has been recognised for her volunteer work at the Wildlife Trust's 2017 Volunteer Conference. At the event she was presented with the award for Most Inspirational Volunteer and a bag of goodies. The award recognises Jane's contribution to the Trust's work (too many to mention) and her positive attitude to volunteering.

As well as volunteering with the Trust Jane is BCV's Social Secretary and a first aider, she also volunteers for the Woodland Trust and the Rivington Heritage Trust as well as mentoring young adults. Two thumbs up and congratulations from BCV.

17th September 2017 - Brandi


Some sad news, Brandi Bruce has passed away after long and happy life. Brandi was everybody's best friend and always a welcome addition to tasks, but over the last year age related problems meant she couldn't join in the fun as she used to. She will very missed by everyone, condolences from all BCV members to Tom and Caroline.

4th September - 150 years Young

Saturday the 2nd September saw a birthday celebration to end all birthday celebrations: Jane, Colin and Andrew celebrated their 40th, 50th and 60th birthdays with around 76 friends from BCV, The Wildlife Trust, plus family members and others at the Astley Bridge Cricket Club. There was music and dancing, food and dancing, drink and dancing, speeches and dancing, and dancing and dancing  all in 1950s, 60s and 70s fancy dress and a fantastic time was had by all. Thanks to all the guests for being there and to everyone who helped and supported the three of us in making the vague beginnings of an idea we had on an Anderton resi in January into magnificent reality. Party on dudes, and be excellent to each other. More photos can be found on the '150th Birthday' gallery.

31st August - Obituary: Len Saunders

Len Saunders, a well-known practical conservationist, has died aged 65, following a senseless and unprovoked attack on him near his home in St Helens Town Centre. Len was a kind, gentle and caring man, a good listener rather than conversationalist, and had a wealth of local knowledge. Nothing was too much trouble for him. When it came to practical work, he was part-man, part-machine. He had a phenomenal workrate that belied his slight stature. He was a key member of the former Groundwork Conservation Volunteers and Wigan CVs, often leading tasks, but had worked with groups from across the North West, including Bolton and Chorley, and was an accomplished hedge-layer and waller: for many years he laid hedges and walled professionally, and would go in his Land-Rover as far north as the Lake District. He also demonstrated charcoal-burning at countryside events.

 I have memories of planting trees adjacent to the Liverpool-Manchester Railway at Bold with Len and Steve Freeman of Operation Groundwork (St Helens) somewhere around 1990. We had two hundred saplings to plant. It was a baking hot, autumn day and the ground seemed to be nothing more than compacted coal waste. Our spades bounced from the surface, so we had to hack at the spoil with the spade edge rather than dig. It was gruelling work. We managed to complete the task, but Len accounted for more trees than Steve and me together. Len didn't groan, gasp or complain, nor did he stop to talk. He cocked back his trademark trilby to wipe his forehead every now and then, but kept going until every last tree was firmly planted.

In his later years he turned a hand to acting, rejoicing in the stage name of Len Banana, and turned a hand to poetry; I had the unexpected pleasure of hearing him read his own humorous verse to an audience only a few weeks before his untimely death. He also became heavily involved in a project establishing a small, specialist cinema, Lucem House, in his home town.
Len was a man of many talents who be missed in conservation and theatre circles alike.

Written by Francis Williams