We Are Bearwood are celebrating this week after their application for a grant from The Big lottery Fund was successful. The volunteer led group have received £5,800 to work with 30 local community groups and Bearwood residents to create a Bear Trail.
Project Champion, Anya Sanchez says, “We will create 30 wooden, three dimensional bears that stand 1 metre tall. We will ask schools, toddler groups, faith groups, local history groups, exercise groups, residential care homes and local businesses to each decorate a wooden bear. They can paint hand prints on it, stick pictures of bygone Bearwood on it, dress their bear in clothes or decorate in any way they choose to express their identity or relationship with Bearwood. We will then hide the bears on a trail around Bearwood and create a map for people to follow and find the bears. Each bear will also be given a necklace with a historical fact about Bearwood written on the pendant.
To encourage wider involvement, we will print smaller versions of the bears, called “Cubs” on stiff cardboard so families/individuals can decorate and make their own bear and display it in their garden/window. People will be encouraged to collect their Cub from Corks Club on Saturday May 23rd at 1:30 or 3pm or Thimblemill Library on Sunday 24th May at 1:30 or 4:30pm.
Everyone can enjoy the Bear Trail by downloading a map from our website wearebearwood.org.uk and following it to find the 30 bears for themselves. The walk takes about 45 minutes and if that’s too long a shorter version is available.
The project will use a large number of volunteers to help deliver this project and anyone wishing to be involved either as a volunteer or as a community group who would like a bear to decorate, then We Are Bearwood would love to hear from you on email@example.com. Besides this project, the We Are Bearwood group encourage people to come forward to champion their own project ideas which We Are Bearwood could support in the future. The group meets every second Tuesday of the month at The Abbey Pub on Thimblemill Rd and all Bearwood residents are welcome.