After 6 years of preparations we are finally at the building stage. So many of you have helped in many different ways so now it is all proving worthwhile.
Thornes, the contractor for the pathway have been on site for 3 months and should be finishing this Friday, 16th October. A couple of extra weeks were needed but the result seems excellent and already being used even though the grass is soaking wet! Carol Harris, BTC town clerk and I have met with them nearly every week since they started. We have fed back any decisions or concerns from the working group and others at these meetings. Next Monday,19th October Clark and Kent should be starting construction of the cycle skills area. That should take about 5 weeks. The soft planting schemes are also moving forward, doing things at the right time of the year..Work has begun on the sensory garden which will define the picnic area. We have re visited where the planting should be, in relation to the pathway, as the curves and bends have changed alittle the final location of the path.
The next steps are to get together the Activation group to facilitate all activities on the pathway and SCA. This is for 3 years and is a requirement of the Places to Ride grant. We will need to record users over the 3 years. If anybody would like to help with counting users, please let Sue know (07952166819)
Lastly, we are starting to plan 2 small opening events. Due to Covid we are only allowed 6 people to attend but our main funders need to be there. As we can’t have a big event, press coverage will be very important. Hopefully we will be able to do another bigger and more exciting event in 2021
Battle Health Pathway Project Group are hugely pleased to announce there have been 2 successful grant applications in the last few months. Firstly by Sussex Lund who has award to pay £4742 towards the features we want to add to give the recreation ground greater biodiversity. The plants and shrubs will create natural barriers around the pathway and the long awaited picnic area. The second grant ( to Battle Town Council ) of £167,221 is from Places to Ride, a fund set up to make new places for cycling and cycling activities. We now have all the funds in place to get building.The project group will start meeting with Battle Town Council in earnest to plan with them the installation stage.
A huge thank you to all who have contributed in any way, either with fundraising, giving of your time and ideas.
The BHP Project Group have had a busy and productive summer. Thanks to your support our community fundraising has reached over £20,000. ONLY £2,000 off our target of £22,000. That is 10% of what we estimated would be the cost of the project. We have also been working with Battle Town Council to progress funding applications for the bigger amounts including the Lottery and British Cycling.
The recent events include a “Muddy Toddle”, 1066 Country Ride, stalls and donations at “Run on the Rec”. We also have collecting pots in Jempson’s, Barraclough’s and Spectrum and all the coins that have been dropped in them have been a great help. Thanks go to the shops for displaying the pots. Keep those coins coming, they do make a difference
The recent events “Run on the Rec” and “1066 Country Ride” were both enjoyed by all, and helped to raise a good amount for the project. A great many people are involved with setting up and running these events, and our thanks go to everyone involved, and to everyone that took part.
We also received a generous donation from Battle floral and horticultural society, very much appreciated.
All-day coffee morning at the Nationwide, Battle Branch. Monday 1st July. Drop in for coffee and cake and hear the latest news from the Battle Health Project Group. You will served the drink of your choice by the Nationwide Staff. All welcome.
Fit for Battle is the working group that is taking forward a new pavilion/cafe, the Battle Health Pathway project, and some nature gardens for the Recreation ground. Here is our illustration which illustrates people enjoying the new facilities. The illustration was kindly drawn by 2 ladies who are very clever with pencils and colours! Thank you both
p.s. We forgot to paint any dogs, but they are still welcome of course!