Kevin Townsend and Gemma Adams have kindly written and recorded a CD to raise funds for our Thursday Project. (The album cover was designed by staff member Matthew Barnes too!) It’s now available to purchase for £6.50 and all proceeds will go directly to WATCH.
Hard copies are readily available, but I believe we’re still working out the logistics behind online sales. Please watch this space for more details or contact us at Information.WathchProject@Gmail.com to request a copy!
(I believe a number of them will be available to buy in person at the AGM.)
Sain uu! Our new friend, Amanda, invited us to come see her Yurt in Hinton St George last week and we had (CAPS FOR EMPHASIS) an absolutely lovely time! (For those of you that are unaware, a Yurt is a kind of circular tent that nomads typically use in Mongolia.)
We had ourselves a picnic and an education while we were there. Amanda, her friend Linda, and Emee the dog taught us all about Mongolia, it’s history, culture, wildlife (the Marmot is my new favourite critter) and entertained all the hands that raised questions in response.
When we weren’t chilling out inside the Yurt, we also got to enjoy the sun and each other’s company too. (The weather looked after us almost as well as Amanda did!) She also had the best biscuit selection and allowed us to make a wish by tying it to her tree outside (which you will find pictured below).
A massive bayarlalaa (or thank you) to everyone who helped make the day a success. We were practically singing the Mongolian National Anthem on the minibus ride home!
The wonderful team over at SPARK have produced a series of videos to help celebrate Volunteers’ Week this year, and you may recognise a few familiar WATCH faces that participated! We were asked (along with a number of other organisations) to share our experiences, give advice, and answer questions like how volunteering has helped us personally.
You’ll find all nine of their videos attached below, and us scattered throughout.
A massive thanks to SPARK (and Bethan behind the camera) for letting us take part. It was humbling to be included, and inspiring to watch! 🙂
On the 12th July at 2pm all of our members are invited to attend this two hour workshop where you will learn some practical tips for boosting your self-confidence, stretching your comfort zone and increasing your satisfaction with life.
Confident people are happier people, and happier people are more positive about themselves and their future. Come along and find out how you can benefit like this, and what you learn you’ll be able to practice immediately.
On 10th April a small group of members and volunteers made our regular quarterly visit to Folly Farm on the Blackdown Hills. Johnathan runs the farm on an ecological basis, allowing hedgerows to grow and encourage birds, and digging a large pond to attract wildlife.
We took part in a number of activities, walking through the woods, making clay models, cooking flatbread and popcorn, and making butter with wild garlic.
A great day was had, with fun and good company. Many thanks to Johnathan, Emma and others who always make it such a success.
The next visit is on the 10th July, btw!
– Richard Miller