News and views from The Kiosk, Russell Park, Bedford
So we told you that we were planning a hedgehog-themed event. Missed that? Catch up with hedgehog news AND an exclusive interview with local illustrator Kitty Dinners here. Well, we got rather carried away, and made it an even MORE exciting event! If you’ve got school-age kids, it’s that point in the holidays where the children are getting a bit…restless (have we put that politely enough?). So we’ve put together a programme of events to suit all kinds of wriggly children (and hedgehogs.) The date to remember is Wednesday 28th August!
The emphasis of HedgehogMania is on creating a mascot for the Kiosk: Russell the Hedgehog. We want your input! What does Russell look like? What are his favourite Kiosk snacks? And who does he hang out with? Katy Dynes (aka Kitty Dinners) will be on hand from 10am for drawing, collage-making and colouring. We’ve got handy hedgehog templates for less-confident artists, and lots of paper, pens and sparkly stuff to decorate your creations.
At 10.30 we have our guests of honour: visitors from Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital, with an African Pygmy Hedgehog called Honey! They’ll be showing off the tiny hedgehog, as well as giving advice on what to do if you find an injured or orphaned hedgehog, and what to feed any spiky visitors to your garden on to keep them healthy.
We’ll have a brief pause about 10.50 for drinks and snacks, as you’ll need to be sitting comfortably for 11am when we are VERY lucky to be welcoming storyteller Jane Lambourne. Jane specialises in nature-based storytelling, and believes that ‘every place has a story to tell’ – so she’s the perfect person to help us shape some stories and ideas about the wildlife around the Kiosk. This should be one very special storytime at the Kiosk!
From 11.30 until 12.30 there’ll be more opportunities to create your own version of Russell – the winning design will be made into an actual soft toy mascot by Katy – so it’s worth having a go – you could be designing a really special hedgehog! As well as craft, there will be facepainting (free!), hedgehog biscuit* decoration (small charge per biscuit). All profits and any other donations from HedgehogMania will go to the Shepreth Hedgehogs – wristbands will also be available for pocket-money prices.
If this has tickled your fancy for all things hedgehog – this is a good place for finding out more ‘hog-info.
Oh, and if you’ve got any soft toys or books that need a change of scene (hedgehog themed or otherwise), bring them along on Wednesday for The Great Kiosk Cuddly Toy & Book Swap – a great way to rejuvenate the playroom!
Also on Wednesday is a public consultaion about the exciting new play equipment that will replace the old timber-frame multi-play units in the playground area. The organisers want your ideas, and your childrens’ design for a ‘signature piece’ – designed to the specification of the many young children who play in this part of the playground. The meeting will be held from 12-3 in the play area – please pop along and help shape the future of our park!
See you on Wednesday!
*that’s a biscuit in the shape of a hedgehog, rather than a biscuit for a hedgehog, in case you were wondering!