LATEST - WIRE AND WILLOW WORKSHOP, DESIGN A CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION.

WIRE & WILLOW WORKSHOP - SAT 14 NOVEMBER 2020

Book now for our practical craft morning to make a wire and willow bicycle shaped plant / decoration holder something like the attached photo.  The workshop will start at 11am for 3 hours and be professionally tutored by Elaine Taylor who held mosaic workshops at the Island Arts Centre led workshop. Price is £15 paid in advance.

This is part of our series of events supported by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Community Support scheme.

Our most recent events were a tour, bat survey and tidy up at Belshaw’s Quarry Nature Reserve, a hands on tutor led baking workshop.  Thanks to all for attending.  See our facebook page or our website for pics.

The event will be risk assessed and social distancing and other measures will be put in place.

Bookings are essential and must be made via our website www.wdca.co.uk in the More > Contact Us section.  

Design a Christmas Card Competition - entries close 8pm Friday 13th November.

Young folks (less than 18 years old) – why not put your artistic skills to use and submit your idea to us for a Community Christmas Card 2020. 

The brief is simple – design the front for a square shaped Christmas card.  Text or message on the front is optional – it’s up to you.  Only one entry per person.

The text on the inside will be one that the winner can help select from a number of standard ones that the printer has available.

You can use whatever medium you like for your design e.g. draw it up on paper or do it using the computer.  All the work must be yours (don’t be copying someone else’s design – that’s illegal !).  You could research existing designs in case that helps with your ideas.  Do not include photographs in your design (due to the type of non-photo printing process that will be used).

When you finish your design, send it to us in either pdf or jpg format or hard copy. 

The winning card design will be printed up and posted to approximately 220 households in the Whitemountain and surrounding townlands.  The design rights will remain with you.

Plus – the winning card designer will get a pack of 30 of their own cards PLUS 2nd class postage stamps meaning that you can show off your design to all your own friends and family.

The winning design will also feature on our website (www.wdca.co.uk) and social media pages (facebook and NextDoor).  A selection of the designs submitted may also go on display (space permitting).

To submit your interest in making an entry, sometime before Friday 13th November 2020 go to the More>Contact Us area.  Send us a note that you plan to submit an entry.  We will get back to you with an e mail address to submit it to or how to get your hard copy entry to us in time. 

Your actual entry must be with us by 8pm on Friday 13th November 2020.  The Judging will be conducted on Saturday 14th November by a professional artist at our wire and willow workshop.  The Judges decision is final.  No cash alternatives to the winning prize.

HANDS ON BAKING - SAT 10 OCTOBER - Following on from a very successful demonstration of griddle baking, on Saturday 10th October, 11am to approx 12.30pm, there will be a limited numbers opportunity to do some hands on baking of Guinness loaf and a Red Pepper and Tomato soup.  The Bakehouse, Bellaghy, Cookery School will conduct the activity at The Little Green Allotments, 3F Whitemountain Rd, Lisburn, BT28 3QY.  All ingredients and equipment provided.  If time and interest permits, a follow on demo of how to make the Crab Apple Jelly mentioned in the Honey Project will also be held. Price is £12 and pre payable before hand just after booking.  Booking Essential via the More > Contact Us tab.   

 

As this is an event not within a domestic environment then a  Covid-19 risk assessment process has been employed.  No surprise that numbers will be limited with social distancing in place at all times, masks are mandatory, sanitisers / hand washing to be used when appropriate and specific management of movement within the venue. 

 

Afterwards, why not sample your bread and soup and then visit the nearby Belshaws Quarry Nature reserve. 

BAT SURVEY - TUE 13 OCTOBER - If you would like to take part in a bat-listening survey at Belshaw's Quarry Nature Reserve, Benson's Rd, Lisburn then please book a place via the More > Contact Us tab.  Date: Tue 13 October, 6pm for a familiarisation tour, and then a licenced person led survey.  Finish: Just after dark depending on activity.  Outdoor clothes and footware essential but ALSO bring a torch for when it's time to depart the quarry floor area of the site.  Free activity as part of our LCCC Community Grant Aided activities 2020/21.  Booking Essential via the More > Contact Us tab and numbers will be limited with social distancing in place.

 

HANDS ON BIO-DIVERSITY TIDY UP  - SAT 17 October - 10am to approx 3pm, why not come along to Belshaws Quarry Nature Reserve, Bensons Rd, for some tidy up activity.  Some overgrown parts of the areas of the geology of the site need tidied up.  New Gardening gloves (for you to hold on to) will be provided.  Outdoor clothes and footware essential. A FREE activity but Booking Is Essential via the More > Contact Us tab and numbers will be limited with social distancing in place. 

HONEY PROJECT

Thanks to all of you that pre-reserved a pot of ‘raw’ honey from the first ever Whitemountain Bee Hive. 

Availability of natural non-processed honey is at the mercy of nature and this year has turned out to be a very challenging year.  A really dry spring, then a cool and wet part of summer (when the real nectar should have been abundant) has resulted in the bees not being near as productive as they might have been.  The result is that the available honey per person that pre-reserved has been limited.  Rather than some lose out totally, this ‘rationing’ is a fairer way on those that showed interest.

However, as a result of some 100,000 bees in the area, some ‘ancient’ crab apple tress close by the hive has produced way more crab apples than on an average year.  Since the bees made their impact on these trees, the plan is to make a batch of crab apple jelly (not jam) with a hint of clove.  The added sugar will be way less than commercial brands.  Tests indicate that the added sugar can be as low as about 30% to not mask too much the slight tartiness of the crab apple but still be sweet enough.

Although honey 'rations' have been allocated, if you are interested in a 230 gram / approx half pound pot of Crab Apple & hint of clove Jelly then please advise via the More> Contact Us tab.   Only brand new sterilised glass jars are used.  

Proceeds will go back into next years hive management.  Please reply back as soon as possible. 

As far as the hive is concerned, the new nucleus hive (or nuc) is (touch wood) looking in good shape as it slows down in readiness for it's over-wintering.  The food stores from Ivy pollen has yet to happen so that will help.  The nuc will soon be left more or less untouched until mid-to-end March next year when (hopefully) the weather permits transferring the over-wintered bees and queen to a full size hive for next summer's growth and honey-harvest.  Bee keeping is fraught with natural problems but hopefully all goes ok. If you wish to be involved then do get in touch.

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MAY - JULY - COVID-19 RESPONSE PROJECTS

Throughout May to July 2020 we conducted a 4 stranded project, the details of which are summarised below.  More details are on our facebook page and Nextdoor page and per details sent out to all 220 households in the area.  This project was funded by LCCC COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

 

To follow the activities, visit our facebook page.

Saturday 1 August - at the Little Green Allotments we held a socially distanced Griddle Baking demonstration by The Bake House.  This ticket only event lasted just over one hour.

YouTube links are as follows:

Equipment and Cheddar and chive roll https://youtu.be/fUfgGFz44v4

Soda Farl https://youtu.be/6T_3A4nODL0

Ceasar Salad https://youtu.be/HbOieqs-AUk

Syllabub https://youtu.be/2LSK__KXGdY  

To be on the reserve list for our next 'hands-on' baking workshop, please send us a request through our Contact Us tab (in the More section), via facebook, or via Next Door. This will have very limited capacity due to recently revised social distancing rules.

Wed 29 July, 7.30pm: We held an on-line tour of Belshaws Quarry Nature Reserve and Sculpture Park and also of the Grand Choice funded Whitemountain Bee Hive project.  The tour was via Zoom.  Both audio tours are available at the following locations.

Beehive: https://youtu.be/mL3nkbEQrTg

Belshaws Quarry: https://youtu.be/HbupeZ-mrRA

 

Late June: Thanks to all that took part in our 2nd ever survey (first was in 2011). The postal survey (via a SAE reply) had a strong return rate which was great.  One lucky person won a food hamper.

Early June: Did you try your hand at growing summer flowers and lettuce?.  See seed sheets that were posted out to households. Why not show your results on our facebook page.

Mid May: We created a Useful Information leaflet on the pandemic and posted it to all 220 households in our area.  See below.

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