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Burbage plans for Summer of Love 50

The Burbage Summer of Love 50 programme Next year’s Summer of Love 50 programme is looking good!

We had a gathering of interested parties recently and firmed up our plans for an exciting series of events from April to September…

April: Flowers in the Rain

Decorated and planted welly boots and other containers around Burbage, filled with spring flowers. Anyone can take part and there will be painting and planting parties for schools, groups and the public during April.

May: A Groovy Kind of Love

Reusing and upcycling old vinyl records to make art displays, sculptures, clocks and other crafty items. We’ll also host an evening of 60s music.

June: Penny Lane Treasure Hunt

A fun family treasure hunt around Burbage finding clues and exploring our lanes and jitties. We’ll link this with a geocaching trail including the Jitty Bug Walk and wildlife areas as a permanent asset for the people of Burbage.

July: Strawberry Fields Hippy Picnic

A free family picnic in a Burbage open space. Bring goodies to eat and share, and a musical instrument if you have one. Dress optional.

August: Diamonds in the Sky KiteFest

Make a flower-power themed kite (or buy one and decorate it) to bring to a kite-flying day. We’ll organise kite-making workshops and provide plans if you want to make your own.

September: Blackberry Way Forage Walk

Guided walks to find blackberries and other edible fruit, nuts, berries and plants.

Kids’ Art and Craft Exhibition

During the summer we will also organise a travelling art and craft exhibition to showcase children’s creativity in various venues around Burbage.

Summer Yarnbomb

The Burbage Yarnbomb Project will organise a summer yarnbomb with a hippy-era flavour bringing colourful flower power all over Burbage.

These events are in addition to our usual activities so we’ll have something for everyone from January to December. Everything we do is free but donations are always welcome and there may be a small charge for materials for some activities.

The aims of Summer of Love 50 are:

1. Have fun.

2. Reaffirm the power of love, hope and optimism.

3. Save the world.

All these events will happen in Burbage but everyone is welcome to join in, and if anyone wants to organise similar hippy/flower power themed events in other areas we’ll be delighted to share ideas.

We need lots more people to help make all this happen so please let us know if you’re interested 🙂

Poppy yarnbombing 2016

20161103_185439We’re inviting you to knit or crochet poppies to be placed around Burbage from Sunday 6 November until Remembrance Day, Sunday 13 November.

Please either bring your poppies to me at 8 Featherston Drive or put them up in your own area.

Some patterns

Feel free to use whatever pattern you like, but here are some suggestions:

59-61-poppies This is the popular Woman’s Own pattern with knitted and crochet versions .

poppy-patterns A simple one-piece pattern for a knitted curly  poppy.

25 Burbage people needed!

I’m looking for another 25 Burbage residents to work with me to make Freestyle Burbage more successful in 2017.

The aim of Freestyle Burbage is “to celebrate our community and our creative spirit“. We organise events, activities and groups all over the parish of Burbage.

Many people have contributed to our events but we need more people to play an active part, to think of ideas, to get sponsorship, to publicise events, to run events, to start groups and take on long-term projects like book exchange boxes and toy libraries.

I have taken on much of the work for what we have done so far but I will not be putting as much time into it after this year, so if we don’t get more people actively involved I don’t think Freestyle Burbage will continue.

Bug hunting in Burbage
Bug hunting in Burbage
Yarnbomb at St Catherine's Church Burbage
Yarnbomb at St Catherine’s Church Burbage

The events/projects we have organised this year have been:

  • Guerrilla poetry posters
  • Burbage Village litter pick
  • Love Burbage yarnbombing
  • Dawn Chorus Walk
  • Burbage Book Exchange free library
  • Spring plant swap
  • Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening
  • Jitty Bug Walk (twice)

And planned for the rest of this year…

  • Summer toy library
  • Twilight/bat walk in August
  • Autumn plant swap in October

Next year I would like to do even more, but I need more people like you to help. As well as our regular events I would like to run a series of activities on the theme of “Summer of Love 50” to “reaffirm the power of love, hope and optimism”. Some initial ideas are:

  • ‘Flowers in the Rain’ plant tubs in early spring
  • ‘Penny Lane’ jitty treasure hunt
  • ‘Strawberry Fields’ summer picnic
  • In the Sky with Diamonds’ kite workshop and festival
  • ‘Blackberry Way’ forage walk
  • ‘Morning Dew’ cobweb walk in autumn

We don’t have a committee or formal meetings, we just get on and make stuff happen in Burbage. If you’re interested in this or you have other ideas, and you want to be a part of the Freestyle Burbage project, please email

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

If you would like to receive our newsletter by email every month please email

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 🙂

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