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The Bunwell & Carleton Rode Scarecrow Hunt

The Bunwell & Carleton Rode Coronavirus Support Group present The Bunwell & Carleton Rode Scarecrow Hunt with any money raised going to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity

 

Fancy a fun activity for all the family during lockdown? Then join our ‘Build a Scarecrow’ competition or take part in the ‘Scarecrow Hunt’ as part of your daily activity. 

Build your scarecrow – What to do

You have until the 30th June to build your scarecrow. Try to be as creative and original as possible using any materials you like – but no moulded costume masks.

Display your Scarecrow in front of your property. They should be positioned so it is unnecessary for anyone to access your property in order to view them and make sure they will not blow away or cause any injury or offence.

Take a picture of your Scarecrow and send it with your address and a suggestion for its name to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

You can pay an entry fee via our fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/bunwell-volunteers- pay as little or as much as you like.

We will then send you your Scarecrows ‘passport’ to display with your Scarecrow – it is needed for the ‘Scarecrow Hunt’ as described below. Please make sure this is easily viewable.

Display your Scarecrow until the 19th July.

The Scarecrow Hunt

From the 1st July a map of all the Scarecrows will be posted on the www.bunwell.org.uk website. As part of your daily exercise you can walk around and view the Scarecrows and take a note of their names from the passport displayed with the Scarecrow. Record their names on your ‘Scarecrow Spotter Sheet’ which can be downloaded from the www.bunwell.org.uk website. You have until the 19th July to get the names of as many Scarecrows as possible.

Send your Scarecrow spotter sheet along with your vote for your favourite Scarecrow to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 26th July 

You can pay an entry fee via our fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/bunwell-volunteers- pay as little or as much as you like.

Winning Scarecrows and Scarecrow hunters will be announced around the 2nd August, how we do this will depend on the lockdown situation at the time but we will keep you posted.

 

Village e-Newsletter

Hi everyone - we want to launch a village e-newsletter but we need your help to make this happen.

First thing we need are ideas for content. We thought one for the first article might be a collection of thoughts on "Nice things that have happened to me because of the lockdown.". Could you have a think and send articles through to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Also we need you to sign up if you want to receive it. We're going to use Mailchimp and may look at making this a long term thing once this is all over if we get enough take up and interest. Click on this link to register your email or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll add you.

The Bunwell and Carleton Rode Coronavirus Support Group - Update

The group was rapidly formed on 15 March as the novel coronavirus began to establish itself in the UK. Panic-buying had set in in some parts of the country and supermarket websites started to run out of delivery slots or crash completely. On 17 March the Government announced the first social distancing measures and it became clear that elderly and vulnerable people would require support. We put out a call on our Facebook group for volunteers and we were absolutely bowled-over by the number of offers of help from across Bunwell. We rapidly expanded to incorporate Carleton Rode and we initially split the villages into ten areas and appointed a ‘Co-ordinator’ local to each area to act as a contact.

The help our support network has provided most to date is in picking up groceries or prescriptions for people who are defined as ‘At risk’ by the Government, namely the over 70s and/or people with certain health conditions. Our volunteers mainly do this alongside their own grocery shopping or whilst collecting their own prescriptions. We also offer to provide a listening ear to villagers and we now have a dedicated phone number: 0333 050 9604. For the cost of a local call, please leave a message and one of us will call you back.

Following a suggestion that came in the Facebook group we liaised with Bunwell Parish Council with regards to expanding its pre-existing ‘Book Swap’ in Bunwell Hill’s phone box to The Turnpike phone box. Cllr Phil Gledhill built some shelving to house books, DVDs and CDs beneath the defibrillator. Phil also liaised with Rev John Madinda and Bunwell PCC to create another ‘Swap’ in the porch of Bunwell Church.

We continue to liaise with both Bunwell and Carleton Rode Parish Councils to augment our existing support and services as well as to expand them where necessary. We are mindful of not duplicating support which is already available or that is in the pipeline from other providers. To this end we work closely with South Norfolk Council’s ‘Help Hub’. Please keep an eye on the Facebook group or the Bunwell Community Website for up-to-date information. We welcome all offers of support or ideas.

Primarily: we thank you for all that you are doing. Our communities have come together at a time of adversity with unity, strength, resolve and compassion. We are not - unfortunately - out of the woods yet, but we can be justly proud of all that we have achieved together so far.

Thank you again. Stay safe!

Neil Collins, Lee Harper and Michael Crouch

facebook.com/groups/bunwellvolunteers

http://www.bunwell.org.uk/coronavirus