One year ago, Boldmere made a new friend and welcomed Boldmere Bear to the high street as part of the successful The Big Sleuth.
Today Boldmere Bear stands proud as a legacy of a fantastic summer of activities and fun as people of all ages went on a bear hunt around Birmingham and the West Midlands.
A key element of the Boldmere Bear project was to create a lasting legacy in the community and Boldmere Futures Partnership has been doing just that over this past year!
Over 90 pupils from Boldmere Infants and Junior School enjoyed a poetry and music day recently led by Joe Cook from Sutton Coldfield Arts Forum and Jobe Baker-Sullivan from Erdington Arts Forum. The children were involved in writing Bear-themed poems and also learning new instruments. Headteacher Samantha Kenny said, “the children had an exciting experience with fantastic music and literature links”.
Last week, local historian, presenter and writer, Professor Carl Chinn, held a talk at Age Concern’s Communitea Café called ‘Making of the Modern World’. The talk was highly informative and presented in Carl’s usual animated manner, which made for a very enjoyable afternoon. Communitea was full and everyone enjoyed the talk along with their free tea and cake!
Boldmere Futures Partnership was awarded £2000 from the Tesco Bags of Help funding scheme to support the Boldmere Bear Legacy Fund. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants – raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.
John Lymn, Chair of Boldmere Futures Partnership, said: “These two events show that the continuing legacy of Boldmere Bear is reaching across the whole Boldmere community. Young and old people alike are benefitting from this programme and I extremely grateful to Tesco and our other sponsors for their continued support.”
Boldmere Bear is supported by Mitchell & Butlers, Halls Garden Centre, EDGE Menswear, H2O Plumbing Services, The Deli in Boldmere and Little Ripley Day Nurseries. Donations have also been received from The Boldmere Bullets and Sutton Coldfield & Erdington Lions Club, as well proceeds from local people via raffles.
The Boldmere Bear legacy will continue to hold events for members of the community with continued support from Tesco and generous local traders and community members. Keep checking the Events Calendar on Boldmere.org for new events.