Friends of Colwickwoods

Friends of Colwickwoods

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Friends of Colwick Woods volunteer group was formed by local residents in April 2004. We work closely with Nottingham City Council. The aim of the group is to protect, enhance and promote Colwick Woods as an important local resource for the benefit of the community and its natural habitat.

Wreath making event 2014

ChatPosted by liz Mon, January 26, 2015 21:48:22

Sunday December 7th was the day we held our wreath making and children's craft event. The weather was kind to us again, not too cold and no rain!!

There were some beautiful wreaths made on the day, click on the gallery on the main site to see them (or here is the link -!home).

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves even though we were struggling with the stems we were making the rings out of. Ha ha it gave us a laugh anyway!!

The children made some lovely cards and some little animals made out of cones.

The hot fruit punch went down very well again along with the lovely selection of cakes.

I would like to thank the volunteers that came along to help and of course the members and others that came along to participate. Without you, we wouldn't have had an event at all.


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Fungal Foray - 16th Nov.

EventsPosted by liz Thu, November 27, 2014 09:48:32

Fungal Foray 16/11/14

A small group of members met up for our Autumn fungal foray, led by Edmund Hopkins. The following fungi were identified with some degree of certainty but we are not experts and found plenty more that could not even be assigned to a genus.

We will be trying to find an expert to join us next year!

Bitterling Lepiota species

Black Bulgar Bulgaria inquinans

Clustered Tough Shank Collybia confluens

Clouded Agaric Clitocybe flaccida

Candle Snuff Fungus Xylaria hypoxylon

Field Blewit Lepista saeva

Ganoderma Ganoderma adspersum

Ganoderma Ganoderma lucidum

Hairy Stereum Stereum hirsutum

Honey fungus Armillaria mellea agg

Jew’s Ear Auricularia auricula-judae

Oak Milk Cap Lactarius quietus

Rooting Shank Oudmansuella radicata

Silverleaf Chondostereum purpureum

Spotted Tough Shank Collybia maculata

Sycamore Tar Spot Rhytisma acerinum

Tawny Funnel Cap Clitocybe flaccida

Ustulina Kreutzmaria deusta

Diatripe disciformis

Hypoxylon mummularium

Hyphodontia sambuci

Mycena pura

There is a photo in the gallery section of some of the items collected.

Thank you to Edmund for organising and leading this.

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Volunteers needed for the wreath making event

EventsPosted by liz Thu, November 27, 2014 09:46:04


Would anyone like to volunteer to help with our Wreath making event on Dec 7th. We are holding it from 12-3pm - see the poster for details.

We need a few more volunteers to help, we will be putting the tents up and setting up from 9am and taking down after the event has closed. If you could just spare an hour or two between 9am and 4pm it would helps us.

If you are interested please phone me on 07721912382



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Fungal Foray!! Sun 16th Nov

EventsPosted by liz Wed, November 12, 2014 08:13:53

Its Autumn and fungi season!! Come and join us for our annual foray and learn something about these mysterious and beautiful inhabitants of the woodland.

This Sunday, 16th November, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, meet at the children’s playground.

Wear sensible shoes and dress for the weather!!

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Wreath making event

EventsPosted by liz Fri, November 07, 2014 12:21:46

Last year was the first time we held a Winter Festival where we did Christmas wreaths and children's crafts. To say it was the first time we had done it, it was really well attended.

We had some lovely comments afterwards and people said they wanted us to organise it again this year, so we have.

It is to be held on Sunday 7th December between 12 - 3pm at the old bowling green pavilion on Greenwood Road, opposite the Academy, just up from the children's playground.

We will be showing how to make wreaths for the door or grave and the children will be making cards or taking part in other crafts.

Admission to the site is free but if you want to take part, it is £2 each for children's crafts and £3 for a wreath.

Come along and make something nice to take home with you.

There will also be light refreshments available, tea, coffee, squash, cakes etc and some wonderful hot fruit punch.

Jo's Grows will also be there with her home made jams and preserves, always popular especially with Christmas coming up, nice for presents.

Wrap up warm and wear sensible shoes because it is under cover of our marquees but on grass. The children's crafts will be inside the main building.

Children must be accompanied by adults.

Hope to see you there,


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Wanted - Help needed

NewsPosted by liz Sun, August 31, 2014 16:34:31


The Friends of Colwick Woods are seeking a TREASURER to maintain our accounts. The requirement is for basic book keeping skills using Microsoft Excel. We are not VAT registered and the cash flow is straightforward. For much of the year there is very little financial activity.

This post is vitally important to the Group and its continuing success. For an informal chat about the post please contact Richard Brown (Chair) on 9614340 or email Edmund Hopkins (Secretary)


The Friends of Colwick Woods are seeking a MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY to maintain our membership records and manage subscription renewals, which number around 200 spread across the year. The requirement is for record keeping using Microsoft Excel and the use of email or telephone to contact subscribers. Subscriptions are collected and passed to the treasurer or paid directly into the bank.

This post is vitally important to the Group and its continuing success. For an informal chat about the post please contact Richard Brown (Chair) on 9614340 or pop in to see Angela Hornsby at Angela’s Creations Hairdressers (154 Greenwood Road).

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Gala Day 2014

EventsPosted by liz Sun, August 31, 2014 16:30:26

'Didn't we have a lovely time the day we went to..........the gala' as the song goes - ha ha well nearly!!

Wasn't it a fantastic day? The weather was brilliant again, sun shining all day, not a lot of wind. Everyone seemed to have such a great time.

The event was opened by Paddy Tipping accompanied by the local Boys Brigade band who did a great job.

We had some nice stalls selling all manner of things, cakes, plants, preserves, jewellery food etc and not forgetting the archery - thank you all for turning up.

The dog show was a great success thanks to Carol and her team, of Lincs Essex and Trent Boxer rescue who took over the running of it this year, it was a bit of an uphill struggle at first when they had to go round the field accosting people with dogs to get them to enter but it was worth it in the end, people were going away with lovely prizes kindly donated by Kennelgate. One of the best things about it too was that they raised some much needed money for their rescue. We have since had lots of comments from people walking their dogs on the field saying how much they enjoyed it. Thanks again, looking forward to you doing it again next year.

Dogs were also catered for by an agility course run by Paws and Feet who do dog training on the Bowling Green site every Saturday morning.

Again, the tombola was very popular, we almost sold out of the many prizes we had.

We had bands and entertainment such as Dante's daughters belly dancers, English Combat and White Tigers Kick Boxing, on throughout the event, more than we have had in previous years and everyone seemed to love it.

All in all it was a great family day out, we would like to thank all the public who came to support us, because of you, we were able to raise some much needed funds to carry on our work of improving the facilities and making it a better place for everyone.

We would especially like to thank the volunteers who turned up to help us on the day and the organising team. A particularly big thank you to Steve of the Park Rangers Department who always gives up his day off to come and help and also arranges for the loan of some of their marquees. Steve, you are a star!! Thank you so much.

All that leaves me to say now is.....see you next year!!

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10th Anniversary Gala Day

EventsPosted by liz Sun, June 15, 2014 17:23:52

Well, who would believe its our 10th anniversary of the Gala Day?

All the plans are now finalised.

As you can see from the poster on the front page, there will be a lot to see and do.

It will be opened by Paddy Tipping at 12pm, accompanied by the Boys Brigade band.

There will be a variety of live music all day. Lots of stalls, including home made cakes, jewellery, plants and preserves and refreshments.

The belly dancers - Dantes daughters - are always a great hit, they will be on twice during the afternoon.

English combat will be giving a couple of displays, these were a great attraction last year.

The every popular Crusader Bowmen will be there again if you fancy having a go at being Robin Hood.

We have a terrific dog show planned, entries will be from 12 o'clock and judging starts at 1pm. There is a notice below giving the classes. The prizes have been kindly donated by Kennelgate. You can get an entry form on the day or pick one up from Angela's Creations on Greenwood Road.

Dogs will also be able to have fun taking part in some agilty where they can again win prizes. This is being run by the dog trainers - Paws and Feet - who have classes on a regular basis at the Old Bowling green on the site.

This year there is a new attraction - a fancy hat competition open to all ages, male and female.

As always we will be having our fabulous tombola with a prize every time including a star prize which this year is - a pair of Sterling Silver earings with real emeralds, and of course our booby prize ha ha.

Come and read about the history of Colwick Woods and look at our wonderful display of photos and speak to our historian Ray who has a wealth of knowledge and loves talking about the subject. There will also be a guided walk around our beautiful woods if anyone wants to take part - wear suitable footwear.

Our membership stall will also be there, membership is only £2 a person or £5 for a family of 4.

We would love to see you there. Come along and join in the fun - bring lots of money!!!!


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