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Woodborough
Community Association

Pictures from the barbecue at the Nag’s Head on Saturday 18th August.

Photos by Michael Dobbs

Best Kept Village  2018

We did it ! We’ve retained our title for another year. This year 36 villages entered the competition, which is organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and sponsored by Wilkinsons. Four villages were shortlisted in category B – villages with a population of 1,000 to 2,000 – alongside East Bridgford, East Markham and Lowdham. Judging will take place during September for the overall winner of the title “Best Village in Nottinghamshire”, which will be announced at the award ceremony later in the year.

Autumn coach trip to Lincoln– September 19th  CANCELLED

UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SUFFICIENT NUMBERS. ALL MONIES PAID WILL BE FULLY REFUNDED We are very disappointed at having to cancel this planned trip but would welcome your suggestions of other places that you might like to visit. Please do get in touch and let us know.

Battles Over commemoration

Over 700 poppies have been knitted so far. A Coffee Drop In session was arranged at The Institute to enable people to come together to knit rather than doing it in isolation. The Royal British Legion are also running a “100 year Thank you Campaign” including the Girl Guides and Scouts etc.

Saturday 8th September Tour of Britain Cycle Race coming through Woodborough

On Saturday the 8th September the cycle race will be in Nottinghamshire and the route is coming directly through Woodborough. The cyclists will come along Lowdham Lane, continuing up Main Street and then up Bank Hill to Dorket Head. Look out for the yellow bikes and bunting that will appear over the coming weeks to publicise the event. If you live on Main Street please consider dressing up the front of your property or contact Margaret Briggs, who is coordinating the decorations, if you need some help.

Saturday October 27th  Film night

This popular event will take place at the Village Hall .Look out for the posters displayed nearer the event .There is likely to be a Family film shown in the afternoon.

Monthly Bingo

Our regular monthly bingo takes place at the Institute on the third Friday in the month -the next game will be on Friday 21st September at 7.30 pm.

Monthly committee meetings

These are scheduled for the first Tuesday each month and take place at the Institute on Roe Lane at 7.30pm. New faces are always welcome as we are a charity and here to support all the residents of Woodborough.

Emailwoodboroughcommunityassociation@hotmail.co.uk

Phone -0115 9654158

Website – www.woodborough.org.uk  Facebook – WCA

Tour of Britain
Can you spot the bike?

Over the next 2 weeks this little yellow bike (see top picture) will pop up unexpectedly around the village to remind you to join in with the fun as The Tour of Britain comes through Woodborough at midday on September 8th.
If you spot it why not ask your mum, dad or other relative to take a picture of you with the bike and send it in to Woodborough Web? (woodboroughweb@gamail.com) There will be other yellow bikes around (like the one by the welcome sign), but only the little one will move about!
Thank you to everyone who has donated bikes. Don’t forget to think about the decorations for your property and be aware that parking restrictions along the route will apply on the day. More details from Gedling BC soon.

Costa Rica Expedition 2018

Hi, It’s George Smart and I thought that I would let update you all on my expedition with Camps International to Costa Rica that I have just got back from.

Firstly, I want to say a big thank you to all those that have supported me with my fundraising; I am overwhelmed by the support I have received from local businesses, neighbours and those who helped with my car washing business.

I started my journey on the 22nd July, leaving early hours of the morning to get to Heathrow. After 24 hours of travelling we arrived in San Jose (the capital of Costa Rica). After a night in a hostel we started the 6-hour journey to Camp Terraba. This camp was located within an indigenous community and we stayed there for 5 days. At this camp we were cementing and laying bricks for the community toilet, putting mesh around the community kitchen and helping build their recycling centre/bus stop. For the first few nights it was difficult to get to sleep as it was always so noisy due to the wildlife (especially the howler monkeys) and also a few people getting up being sick! On the last day we played some Costa Rican games with the locals but the football game got cancelled due to the heavy rain and thunderstorms (which also soaked everyone’s washing!)

Next, we were off to Camp Playa Panama but we spend a night in Monteverde to break up the 12-hour bus journey. At Monteverde we went to the coffee and chocolate factory and also went on a night walk where we saw sloths, a tarantula, racoons, and a boa snake. We were all glad of a nice hot shower as well, as we had to use buckets in Terraba. When we finally arrived at Camp Playa Panama (located close to the Pacific Coast). At this camp we stayed in tents and here we completed our PADI Open Water Scuba Course, the marine life was amazing.  We were making artificial coral reefs to submerge into the ocean as many of the coral reefs are dying now due to climate change.

After 8 days, we had a 10-hour coach journey to the opposite side of the country where we stayed at Camp Pacuare, a world-renowned conservation area located on the Caribbean coast. This camp was so remote that we had to take a 30-minute boat trip to where we were staying. At this camp we were mixing cement and laying it for the recycling centre there. During our 5 days at Pacuare, we also helped release the baby turtles and went on a turtle night walk.

When our time at Pacuare had ended, we headed off to Camp Guanacaste (our final camp) but unfortunately our transfer got delayed a couple of hours as it wasn’t safe to go on the boat back due to the storms. After a 7-hour bus journey where everyone was soaking wet from the boat journey, we arrived at Guanacaste with drenched bags (some even mouldy!) Camp Guanacaste was located in the heart of the protected Caño Negro Forest reserve which is close to the Nicaraguan border (which we were unfortunately not able to visit due to the political violence there). At this camp we built and painted benches for the local’s football pitch, re-painted the local doctors and also made bee hives to provide the locals with food and money. On the last day we visited a local primary school where we taught some English and played games with them and later had a game of football against the locals where we lost 4-1!

Finally, after 28 days in Costa Rica, it was time to start the 24-hour travel back to the UK. We were all very sad to be leaving after having the most amazing month of my life experiencing new things and meeting so many new friends.

Once again, I would like to thank everyone who has supported me for my fundraising, it’s the best thing I ever did!   

I would like to let everyone know that I am still carrying on with my car washing.