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Competitions for the next two weeks

Competitions for the next two weeks.

After the sheer brilliance of the entries for the poetry and mini-saga competitions, our friends at Bournheath Village Community Centre are pleased to announce the next two weeks’ worth of competitions:

Closing Date of 9th May

Sketching (for both adults and children)

All you need is a pencil and a piece of paper.

For our next competition, we are asking you to sketch something that you can see from your window.  It can be anything at all:  bird, flower, car, tree, wall, lamp-post, bike, garden tool, outdoor toy…….the list goes on.

Simply sketch your item then take a photo of your creation and email it to bournheathvillage@yahoo.co.uk by the closing date of 9th May.  Please include a contact number and indicate whether it is for the Under 16 or Over 16 category.  Feel free to let family and friends have a go as well – you don’t have to live in Bournheath to enter.

Closing Date of 16th May

Children’s Competition
:

Design a new Super-hero
.  You can do this in whatever way you prefer:  describe him/her in writing, make a model out of Lego or playdough, draw and label him/her……or anything else you choose.  The important thing is that we can see what the new super-power will be.

Adults’ Competition:

Fake News

Write a newspaper report of a trivial event in your house, pretending that it is a major event. (Eg. Bedroom Tidied for First Time in Ten Years!   Man Eats Own Bodyweight in Crisps! )  Feel free to use your imagination to create something entertaining – there is no need to let the truth get in the way of a good story!

Send your entre to bournheathvillage@yahoo.co.uk by 16th May, including your name and a contact number.  As with the other competitions, please let family and friends have a go as well.

Spring’s in full voice

International Dawn Chorus Day is coming up on 3 May: a fantastic day to listen in and lose yourself in a songbird symphony. We may all be inside, but outside, nature’s finest songsters are in full voice. 

So, set your alarm and celebrate with thousands of people across the country at dawn to listen to the dawn chorus… one of our natural wonders.  Sunrise on Sunday is at 5.33am.

Share your WW2 history

Do you have a Second World War or VE Day connection? 

Perhaps, you lived through the war or have a relative that served in the war or on the home front. Do you have any photos of the time or memories that can be shared?

Share with us at admin@fvca.org.uk so that we can create a archive of material in remembrance of the people from Fairfield, Wildmoor & Stoneybridge that served in conflict and at home.

Challenge Time – Are You Up For It?

Our Bournheath Buddies Invite Their Fairfield Friends to a CHALLENGE

ARE YOU UP FOR IT?

Some brilliant activities for us all to get involved with.  Do please join in.

Even though the Challenge is a bit of fun – We need a Fairfield Winner.

There will be a child’s category (under 16) and an adult category each week.

Certificates will be awarded to winners (although it’s really just for fun) and as many entries as possible will be displayed on our website.

Week One:  Create a mini-garden on a dinner plate.  
Use whatever you can find in your own garden to design and make this, take a photo and send in the photo on an email.  (Prizes for both adults’ and children’s categories)
Deadline:  Saturday 18th April

Week Two:  Poetry competition.  Write a poem of up to 20 lines on the following:
Adults topic:  Spring
Children’s topic:  Rainbows
Deadline:  Saturday 25th April

Week Three:  Write a Mini-saga  (a mini-saga is a story of exactly 50 words, not including the title.  It has to have a storyline so it can’t just be a description.  If you need more detail, just google mini-sagas and you can see some examples.)
Adults topic:  Sky
Children’s Topic: an animal-based story
Deadline:  Saturday 2nd May.

Email your entries to bournheathvillage@yahoo.co.uk and include your name, a contact number, and which category you are entering.

Bringing the Outdoors Indoor

Please Share The Following Suggestions with Your Elderly and Vulnerable Neighbours (phone call/distance conversation)

With the sun out shining, getting out and about can be difficult in this time of social isolation and distancing, but there are ways you can help people to still benefit. Spending time in green space, your garden or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. It can improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress or anger, and make you feel more relaxed.

It’s possible to still get these positive effects from nature while staying indoors at home. You could recommend to try the following:

• Spend time with the windows open to let in fresh air.
• Have flowers or potted plants in your home.
• Use natural materials to decorate your living space, or use them in art projects. This could include leaves, flowers, feathers, tree bark or seeds.
• Arrange a comfortable space to sit, for example by a window where you can look out over a view of trees or the sky, or watch birds and other animals.
• Grow plants or flowers on windowsills. For example, you could buy seeds online or look for any community groups that give away or swap them, share with your street or neighbours.
• Look at photos of your favourite places in nature. Use them as the background on your mobile phone or computer screen, or print and put them up on your walls.
• Listen to natural sounds, like recordings or apps that play birdsong, ocean waves or rainfall. Get as much natural light as you can. Spend time in your garden if you have one, or open your front or back door and sit on the doorstep and listen to nature around you.
• Take part in wildlife spotting from your window, share with others what birds and birdsongs you’ve heard.

If your feeling trapped and enclosed.

• Open the windows to let in fresh air. Or you could spend time sitting on your doorstep, or in the garden if you have one.
• Try looking at the sky out of the window or from your doorstep. This can help to give you a sense of space.
• Regularly change the rooms you spend time in.