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Not Such Good Weather for Ducks

This summer may have been one of the best yet for the UK in terms of record-breaking heat and an unprecedented amount of days that we could legitimately wear shorts and vest tops, but the Barnt Green Sailing Club might have been amongst the minority in wishing the hot and rainless days away as the heatwave caused an unexpected drought, affecting their usual sailing spot on the Upper Bittell Reservoir.

The reservoir has been empty since September 2017 due to a valve replacement on the waterbed, but due to the summer sun, plans to get back on the water in June have been elongated with the land-bound club members determined to hit the water early Autumn.

The club, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year have been finding other ways to occupy its members including quizzes and a visit from Olympic silver medallist Alison Young who herself sailed at Barnt Green growing up.  A dinner is to be held on 22nd September to acknowledge the history of the club. 

The family friendly club is always keen to welcome new members; if you are interested in learning more about the club and what activities you could participate in once the heavens open again, please visit their website for more information. 

Barnt Green Community Walk 

On the 22nd September, the Barnt Green Parish Council will be conducting their annual community walk which is free to all participants.

There are three different routes to choose from with lengths varying from three to eight they all begin and end in Millennium Park.  The starting time for each one is different so please do arrive half an hour before each route to ensure you are about to set off with the right group!

·         Eight mile: 1:30pm

·         Five mile: 2:30pm

·         Three mile: 3:30pm

If you’re really feeling up for a challenge, you could always have a go at the eight-mile route before joining in the final three miles at the end of the day!

All walks will finish between 5pm and 5:30pm and better yet, well-earned calorie replenishment comes in the form of a scrumptious hog roast as well as food and drinks, with a special appearance from Paul Edwards, Barnt Green’s favourite musician for some entertainment. 

Children and dogs are welcomed and encouraged to come along, however please note that some terrain and pathways may not be suitable for certain pushchairs.