We Went Wild at Greylake
On Wednesday 27th August we ‘Went Wild At Greylake’, the RSPB reserve on the Somerset levels – the weather was kind (as in it did not rain!!) and those who attended had a great time.
We had a total of 18 attend, 9 adults and 9 children.
The children enjoyed collecting items for their sticky boards and learning the names of different grasses and flowers. We discovered just how high the flood water went in the winter – certainly food for thought.
The 3 dads that came particularly enjoyed the pond dipping with their children.
The day was finished with a lovely picnic together and a very quiet trip back on the mini bus with some of the children falling asleep!
Short Story Prize Results!
On Saturday 12th April Rose Tremain, herself the winner of numerous literary awards, came all the way from Norfolk to the Bridgwater Arts Centre to announce the three winning authors in the Home-Start Bridgwater Competition for 2014.
The First Prize went to Julian Holt of Garstang in Lancashire. His story, entitled ‘James Joyce at Speech Day’, Ms. Tremain commented, showed “a true, poetic, writerly sensibility and a real understanding of how language works”. Sadly, Mr. Holt is seriously ill in hospital and was unable to attend the prize-giving. His £500 prize, generously donated by Nigel White of Key Financial Solutions of Weston super Mare, has been posted to his family. We all wish him a good and speedy recovery.
The Business Networking Show joins forces with Home-Start Bridgwater
The Business Networking Show was held on Friday 19th Sept at Wolverhampton Racecourse and was a huge success with over 600 people in attendance on the day!
The Co-Op Helps Out.
Thank you very much to the Co-op Community Fund who have awarded Home-Start Bridgwater Area £2,000.
It costs the scheme approximately £60,000 per year to operate – this provides up to 50 families home visiting support.
Last year our volunteers gave over 800 hours of their time to support families experiencing difficulties...It is all welcome and helps us greatly.
The 2015 Short Story Prize
We are delighted that Tracy Chevalier has agreed to judge the 2015 Home-Start Bridgwater Prize. The best selling author of ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ will visit Bridgwater in April to present the winners with their cheques for £500, £200 and £100.
More good news is that Wilkins the Jewellers are sponsoring a special extra £100 prize for the best story from a writer living in the Somerset area.
The contest opens for entries on October 1st 2014, with a closing date of February 1st 2015. Maximum story length 2200 words, on any theme. The entry fee is £7 per story.
Full details and entry forms can be downloaded here, or by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the Homestart office.