Childrens’ Online Storytelling Friday 3rd April, 6.30pm – 7pm

From Nat and Alan – coordinators of Talks and Discussions (usually) at The Left Bank Village:

Friday, April 3rd, 6.30 to 7.00pm, bedtime stories for children with Austin Keenan and Alison Newsam:

Children and their families are invited this Friday evening to listen to two local storytellers, Alison Newsam and Austin Keenan, who will be telling stories from around the world.

Access Instructions: If you have friends or family that you would like to share the web session link with, please do, however do not share the web session link publicly on social media. If you do want to share something publicly on Facebook, feel free to share the Facebook page for the event that can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/232543704466537/
To join the event, click on this web session link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7656384831
(As specified above, please do not share this web session link publicly on social media) 

Please could everyone join a little early so that we can make a prompt start? If you are new to Zoom, please give it a go at least an hour beforehand. If you have difficulty, contact Perry Walker, the compere, on perry@openupuk.org or 07858 750936. Perry will not be able to help shortly before or during the event. We are still experimenting, so please be patient.

Free online HGN Workshop next week Small Funds for Small Groups – Wed 8th April

Wed 8th April 5pm – 7pm

Join us for the last chance in this current round of workshops to get expert advice about how to raise funds for your groups. Maybe some of our enforced time at home will give us the opportunity to work on funding bids or income generation for our groups?

Rebecca Tully will be leading the workshop and has lots of practical ideas about how to be successful. More details about the workshop content can be found here: https://hgnetwork.org/spruce-up-your-skills-at-hgns-spring-workshops/

Join the workshop by Zoom by using this link (which can also be found on the HWT calendar) https://zoom.us/j/511397043

It would be useful to know who will be joining us so if you will be there, please email admin@hgnetwork.org if possible.

If you are having trouble using Zoom or want some support in getting going online,  Rebecca is doing free Zoom introductions on Mondays at 11am. Please feel free to join and share

Weekly “Focus On” slot

We have nearly 70 fantastic local groups who are part of the HG network and we are working on new ways to connect you with each other and with our hundreds of individual subscribers and members.

So, with less physical events happening we thought that this would be a good opportunity to share a bit about what your groups are doing. Each week we will be including a “Focus On” slot featuring a small number of groups: comprising of a short description, a link to your website or social media pages and a photo.

Please send your info to admin@hgnetwork.org and let’s get connecting so that we are ready to emerge from our enforced isolation with renewed energy and a vibrant network strengthened by this shared experience!

Online offerings (and help to get access)

HGN introduction to Zoom session

If you would like to try out Zoom away from the pressure of a formal meeting some members of HGN will be online to support an informal introductory session and chat on Wednesday 25th March between 4 – 4.30pm. If you would like to join this chat please follow the Zoom download instructions and sign in for this meeting just before it starts by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/612814422

The instructions about how to set up Zoom on your computer are shown in a document on the HGN website (Resources/HGN Documents/General) https://hgnetwork.org/mdocuments-library/.

Free weekly Zoom introductions with Rebecca Tully

Rebecca is doing free Zoom introductions on Mondays at 11am. Please feel free to join and share

HGN workshop this week

HGN workshop this week – Wednesday 25th March 5pm to 7pm Social Media and Working Online https://zoom.us/j/410212400

Emergence Magazine

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, Emergency Magazine are hosting a new range of online sessions – see https://emergencemagazine.org/community/#embracing-vulnerability-and-connection for more details.

Contributor Conversations each week will feature an Emergence contributor reading an excerpt from an essay and discussing their creative process every week.

Book Club each month the Emergence Magazine Book Club will read a book written by one of their our contributors.

Nature Writing Courses – an opportunity to explore and develop creative work—non-fiction, fiction, or poetry—in response to given prompts.

Four part workshop, Embracing Vulnerability and Connection –Led by Spiritual Ecology facilitator Amrita Bhohi

HWT and Queenswood and Bodenham Lake Partnership on BBC Countryfile

This Sunday, 29th March, two local projects are planned to be featured on BBC Countryfile: the HWT Bodenham Lake toad patrols and the QWBL Partnership (HWT and New Leaf Sustainable Development) Forest Garden at Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum. The presenters also visited the HWT Artist-in-Residence Richard Bavin. The programme is currently scheduled for 7 pm this Sunday. Not to be missed!

Upcoming HGN Spring workshops are going online!

We are pleased to be able to hold the rest of our successful free Spring workshops online via the video conferencing app, Zoom (follow this link for details about how to download and use it: https://hgnetwork.org/hgn-announcement-re-coronavirus/).

The remaining workshops and Zoom invitations are below:

Wednesday 25th March 5pm to 7pm Social Media and Working Online https://zoom.us/j/410212400

Wednesday 8th April 5pm to 7pm Small Funds for Small Groups https://zoom.us/j/511397043

Wednesday 22nd April 5pm to 7pm Engaging the Public with Environmental Issues https://zoom.us/j/640921761

More details of the exciting programmes on offer can be seen here: https://hgnetwork.org/spruce-up-your-skills-at-hgns-spring-workshops/

Please click on the meeting invitation at the start of the workshop to join. It would be great to know who is joining us so, if possible, please let us know that you will be there by emailing admin@hgnetwork.org.uk

Good Neighbour Scheme

The Good Neighbour scheme is a great way to use the strength and resources of our Herefordshire communities to connect during the Coronavirus situation, combat the huge issue of loneliness and also an opportunity to share messages and actions about climate issues.

It is a framework that can be used to set up vital community links which are especially needed at the moment. Guidance about neighbour volunteer training can be found here: https://cofehereford.contentfiles.net/media/assets/file/Good_Neighbours_Scheme_Guide.pdf

HGN announcement re Coronavirus

As everything goes into stasis around Coronavirus, we need more than ever to be moving forwards with our work as a community around the climate crisis.

So, we will hold members meetings and workshops via the online video platform, Zoom – which can handle meetings of us to 500 if necessary! We already use this for some HGN meetings and it has proved a very effective way to reduce the carbon impact of getting together. It is great that we are all set up to use it in these unprecedented circumstances.

The instructions about how to set up Zoom on your computer are shown in a document on the HGN website (Resources/HGN Documents/General) https://hgnetwork.org/mdocuments-library/.

If you would like to try out Zoom away from the pressure of a formal meeting some members of HGN will be online to support an informal introductory session and chat on Wednesday 25th March between 4 – 4.30pm. If you would like to join this chat please follow the Zoom download instructions and sign in for this meeting just before it starts by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/612814422

In line with many of you, we will be exploring new ways of working with our own communities over the coming weeks. We are looking at how we can support those who are setting up good neighbour schemes in local areas and sharing learning about how we increase our resilience and local links.

Details of our upcoming Zoom meetings and workshops, along with information about community initiatives will be coming out regularly. If you would like to share details of what you or your group are doing, please send details to admin@hgnetwork.org in the usual way:

  • an easily transferable and readable style
  • formatted in Word / or in the body of an email – not a pdf or jpg please
  • no more than 100-300 words
  • accompanied by a photo or logo for uploading

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing lots of you online soon.

Hereford’s Yazor Brook Restoration Project – illustrated talk Thus 19th Mar and Walk Sun 17th May

Thus 19th March 7.00pm for 7.30pm at the Kindle Centre behind ASDA, Hereford HR2 7JE organised by Hereford Civic Society

This month’s speaker is Nic Howes. The Yazor, the Widemarsh and the Eign Brooks are successive sections of the Wye’s largest tributary that winds through Hereford City. For more than two years Nic has been a volunteer involved with many aspects of this project and is ideally equipped to give this illustrated talk.  Nic will explain the context and history of the Project and its work and outcomes.

Walk – In a joint event with the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, on the afternoon of Sunday 17th May, Nic will lead a walk along the Yazor and Eign Brooks from Whitecross to where the Eign Brook enters the Wye).  Further details concerning the walk will be given at the meeting.  

Members: FREE (included in your subscription) Guests and Non-Members: £3. 

Hereford Civic Society https://www.herefordcivicsociety.org.uk/

Reminder – first open day at the new Sustainable Future Centre at Queenswood, this Saturday

This Saturday, 14th March, is the opening day of the Queenswood Sustainable Future Centre!

The Jubilee building will be packed with information, so come along between 10am and 4pm, take a look & chat to staff about how you could get involved, plus get a free glass of Orchard Origins apple juice & 20% off eco-products in the shop!

We welcome your input into future plans for themed exhibitions, literature, films and workshops that highlight different areas of sustainable development. From climate change and biodiversity loss to plastic pollution and water management: come and tell us what you want to see.

Want to get involved ?

Wendy Ogden and Pete Norton from New Leaf will be on site on Sat. 14th March to talk about volunteering opportunities at the centre which will be open every Saturday from then on.

Contact pete@herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk or wendy@herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk for more info.

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