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Pancake Day

We will be celebrating the deliciousness of pancakes with a Pancake Day social on Tuesday 9th February at 7:30pm at the house of our social secretary’s house (23 Highbury Villas, Bristol, BS2 8BY). The evening will inevitably be filled with fun and games – likely of a traditional lycanthropic theme. Feel free to bring your favourite toppings.

Leigh Woods

On Sunday 7th February we will be returning to Leigh Woods to continue the tree felling in the Nightingale Valley with the National Trust. We will be out from about 10am to 4pm and likely head to the pub or Union afterwards.

If you would like a place on this trip please email Emily by 5pm on Thursday 4th. Last term’s trip to Leigh Woods was oversubscribed so if you missed out on that one and would like to this Sunday you will be guaranteed a place.

Alfrick Weekend

We hope you have had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! BUCG will be starting off 2016 with it annual residential trip to Alfrick in Worcestershire on the weekend of the 30th and 31st January. We will be working on the Ravenshill Woodland Reserve, which is run by the lovely Trevor and Annette, and staying at the Village Hall (always a hilarious evening, likely filled with fun and games such as dodgeball, sardines and Werewolf). We’ve been visiting Alfrick for many years and it’s definitely one of the highlights of the conservation calendar.

The cost of the trip is £15, which is subsidised by the society and includes travel, accommodation, breakfast, lunch and snacks. We will be going out to the pub for dinner on Saturday night so remember to bring additional money for that.

If you would like to go please email Emily by 5pm on Friday 15th January. We will be hiring a minibus for this trip but the more the merrier so if you could drive to provide us with additional transport please contact Emily (BUCG will of course cover the cost of fuel).

Gilling Down

The Somerset Wildlife Trust have invited us to come and help with some conservation work in Gilling Down, near Glastonbury, on Sunday 13th December. We will help expand the habitat of the rare Large Blue Butterfly. It’s about an hour away so it will be a minibus trip! Trips like this are a great way to get out of Bristol and see some more of the West Country.
We’ll be setting off at 9am and aim to be back in Bristol around 4pm. To contribute to the cost of the minibus, you will need to bring £3 with you.
If you’d like a place on this trip please email Emily by this Wednesday 9th December at 5pm. Spaces are quite limited, so if we’re oversubscribed names will be picked out of a hat.

BUCG clothing

Want to stay warm in style while slashing those brambles? FanClothingDesign2015_1v2finalcy showing off the latest and greatest in society fashion? Then why not order this year’s BUCG clothing?

Featuring the winning design (see image) voted for by you in our annual competition  hoodies and t-shirts are available in a plethora of colours. The design shown will be on the back and our logo will appear on the front left. Hoodies are £19.08 and the t-shirst are £9.72 (including VAT). These prices may well come down the more orders we receive. Sizes and colours are shown in the links: hoodies (unisex); men’s t-shirt; women’s t-shirt.

Please email Alex by Friday 27th November with your order. We are aiming to have them ready by the Christmas meal on Monday 7th December and we will update you with the details once they are confirmed.

Providence Plantation

On Sunday 6th December we will be continuing the scrub clearance and upkeep at Providence Plantation out at Long Ashton. We’ll be getting the bus from Bristol Bus Station at around 9:30am and aiming to be back by 4pm.

Providence Plantation is a piece of woodland owned by Bristol University and is an ongoing project for BUCG. We aim to improving the biodiversity and pathways of the wood. It’s great fun out in the fresh air and, as always, no prior experience is needed. If your interested in getting involved please email Emily by 5pm on Monday 30th November (you must be a member to participate).

Christmas Dinner

The festive winter season has arrived and BUCG will be celebrating it with our traditional Christmas meal on Monday 7th December at 8:30pm. This year we will be dining at the Racks Bar & Kitchen.

You can pick your three courses for £15 from the Goodwill section of their menu. Please note that the vegetarian main course option has changed – they are no longer serving the gnocchi dish and instead there will be traditional roast trimmings with either a veggie burger and gravy or a goats’ cheese, leek and tomato tart. To guarantee food for yourself please send your orders to Emma by Monday 16th November – only if you are definitely going.

Leigh Woods

On Sunday 15th November we will be going to Leigh Woods to fell some trees. National Trust ranger Bill will be guiding us to clear the trees along a footpath. This will allow light to reach the forest floor creating a more diverse habitat. We will also make a bonfire from the wood we have cut. This is one of the best trips of the year as felling trees is very satisfying, plus we get to burn stuff!

We are expecting to be out from 10am to 4pm and the head to a pub afterwards. If you would like place on the trip please email Emily by 5pm Wednesday 11th November. (Please note that this trip is only open to members.)

Clothing Design Competition

As you may have noticed BUCG has rather snazzy t-shirts and hoodies made for our society members each year, and we need your help in coming up with a new design for this years clothing! The design should be simple, include our mascot Molly and not include colours or shading as the final design will be monochrome lines. Aside from the above the rest of the design is completely up to you!
Email your design to Alex by Wednesday 4th Nov and the rest of the society will have until midnight Friday (6th Nov) to vote on our Facebook group for the best design.

Pub Quiz

On Tuesday 3rd November we will be taking part in the pub quiz at the Brass Pig. We aim to get there around 7:30-7:45pm to get tables and form our teams ready for the 8 o’clock start. There is a £1 entrance fee. And remember: don’t worry about getting the answers – it’s all about having a fun evening!