Our October 2015 newsletter is out!

IMG_20151005_163622Our latest newsletter is ready to view, with news and pictures from the plant swap, the Harvest Moon Watch, and the Sunflower Challenge.

There are also details of our free October photography competition and Burbage Yarnbomb Project, our improved website and the accounts for September.

Download the newsletter from http://freestyleburbage.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/newsletter-20150930a.pdf

If you would like to receive our newsletter by email every month please email mike@freestyleburbage.org.uk

I hope to start producing the newsletter in other languages this month, and I would like to hear from anyone who would be willing to translate it into Polish or other languages.

Burbage Yarnbomb Project

IMG_20150922_175026We have made a start on the Burbage Yarnbomb Project with a small display in Featherston Drive.

In 2016 we plan to have displays of knitted and crocheted displays all over Burbage throughout the year, and you are invited to take part. If you can’t knit or crochet there will be “have a go” days for beginners ­čÖé

We would like to hear from individuals or groups in Burbage who would like to take part, and from owners of shops, businesses or public spaces who would like to host a display.

If you can knit or crochet a small item we would love to add it to our ‘yarnbomb pole’ so please get busy with your needles now!

To find out more about this project please email mike@freestyleburbage.org.uk

Freestyle Burbage Photography Competition October 2015

birdfeederIt’s turning into a colourful autumn and there will be lots of opportunities to take pictures in Burbage.

Your picture could win this beautifully simple hanging bird feeder made from recycled plastic plant pots by ashortwalk in Cornwall.

IMG_20151003_123551_865The competition is open to everyone of any age, and you can take pictures with your camera, phone or tablet (please see full rules below).

You can find out more about ashortwalk and their products at ashortwalk.com

 The rules

  1. The theme is ‘autumn’ and the winning picture will be the one which, in the opinion of the judges, best captures the season.
  2. The competition is open to anyone of any age, except professional photographers.
  3. Each entrant can submit up to 4 pictures.
  4. Only pictures taken in the parish of Burbage in Leicestershire (including Burbage Common and Woods) are eligible.
  5. Pictures can be in jpeg, PNG or gif format. Tehnical quality will be taken into account but is not the most important factor in judging.
  6. Pictures can only be accepted by online submission as follows:
    • including as an attachment to a comment on this page, or
    • attaching to an email to mike@freestyleburbage.org.uk, or
    • adding to a tweet or direct message to twitter account @FreestyleBurbij
  7. Only entries received by midnight on 31 October 2015 can be accepted.
  8. Only pictures which have not previously been published or won any competition can be accepted.
  9. By entering this competition you agree to your pictures being used by Freestyle Burbage in our publicity, but copyright of all submitted pictures remains with the photographer.

The entries

These are the pictures you sent us for the competition (so far)…




New groups in Burbage

Now winter is creeping up on us it’s a good time to think about new groups and activities in Burbage.

fbpic01Freestyle Burbage aims to “celebrate our community and our creative spirit” so we try to encourage events and activities which are free (if possible), happen in the parish of Burbage (not just in the village), involve as many local people as possible, and are a bit different from anything already happening. We like to focus on people actually getting involved and doing things, without a lot of bureaucracy, committees etc, and not being passive audiences.

So, what are people interested in? Most groups can start small in people’s homes without too much organisation, and move to a bigger venue if necessary when they get bigger. Some ideas might be…

* marbles
* conkers
* Frisbee/dog Frisbee
* rounders
* street football
* walking football
* Parkour/freerunning
* geocaching
* scrabble
* knitting/crochet
* sewing
* book club
* writing
* storytelling
* play reading/acting
* debating
* philosophy

If you are interested in any of these, or anything else, please add a comment below or email mike@freestyleburbage.org.uk