20th July 2015

Since my last blog there has been a hive of activity here at the Wilderness Centre!

We had an informal open day on Saturday 27 June – a low key affair really, just an opportunity for our immediate neighbours to visit the Centre and for local schools to come and have a look around. The day was a fabulous success and the feedback was tremendous! If you missed out, don’t worry, we are having a formal open day on 19 September to which all are welcome!

Following on immediately from our informal open day, we had our first school group in; they were with us from Sunday 28 June to Wednesday 1 July. The school in question was Sancton Wood, a small, family oriented school founded by Dan’s mother, Mrs Jill Sturdy. Mrs Sturdy, having a large family herself, had a passionate desire to provide an “educational establishment of excellence” and it was this which led to her founding Sancton Wood School. Education really is in the family!

At the end of their stay the children put together a scrap book which now takes pride of place in the office! From mini beasts, to life as a Saxon and canoeing down the River Wye, the children had a fantastic time. One said, “What I will remember is the magnificent view you will always have around the house. Also how kind the people were and how nice.” I really don’t think you can get much better than that!

As if that wasn’t enough, we are now celebrities! Well, we have been on BBC Radio Gloucestershire. Mark Cummings interviewed our Head of Centre, Dave Squire, live on his morning show on Wednesday 8 July. And I was caught on the hop and interviewed, with news bites being played on the early morning news bulletins. Autographs are available!

We have also been busy contacting local press and as of this week articles will start appearing in local publications and online; complete with photographs of the odd ugly mug or two… I’ll blog on that when I’ve seen the pictures!

Egged on by all this publicity, I put my techno skills to the test and produced our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wildernesscentre The response has, again, been fantastic. It is becoming more and more apparent that the local community is thrilled to hear that the Wilderness Centre is now reopen; it holds a special place in the hearts of many.

I think that’s probably enough for today but rest assured I will be back!

Until next time,

Deborah Blackmore
Office Manager
Posted 20th July 2015