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Octobear Festival Success

Octobear Festival 2014

Octobear Festival 2014

Our fist Octobear Festival last night at Norman’s Coach and Horses was a great success.  We raised about £1200 for our Nanning Bear Fund and everyone had a great time as well.  The delicious 3 course vegan or vegetarian meal and wine, as well as the room hire, were provided free of charge by the very generous owner of the pub Alastair Choat, and the team who looked after us all night was just amazing and made the whole evening run very smoothly.

Octobear Festival 2014

Octobear Festival 2014

Amanda’s presentation about her work as a bear manager in Chengdu and her visit to Nanning was fabulous and gave everyone a great insight into the work on the ground at the sanctuaries. It also showed us how all those kind and generous donations help the bears and how the lives of the Nanning bears have already improved massively despite them still living in their farm cages.  They now have constant access to water, nutritious food and medical care and the enrichment they need to keep their intelligent minds active.

A special bonus were pictures and news of our London Bear Ronnie aka John who Amanda met and spoilt rotten when she was in Nanning. This picture of Ronnie aka John was taken on Amanda’s visit and appeared on Animals Asia’s website last week

 

Ronnie aka John

Ronnie aka John

Last but definitely not least, a big thank you to everyone who donated prizes for our raffle, which raised about £300 of the total.

If you ever find yourself in Soho please make sure to stop at Norman’s Coach and Horses.  The food is delicious, all vegetarian or vegan, and the atmosphere great.  It’s still a proper pub which hasn’t been modernised and doesn’t have a TV screen in the bar so people actually talk to each other.

 


Write for the Bears in November

November is National Novel Writing Month and we have just the thing for you – a writing workshop led by Heidi Stephenson with all proceeds going to Animals Asia’s Peace by Piece campaign! You’ll be ready to join and maybe even win the online competition next year.

Saturday 29 November 2014, 10.30am – 5.30pm in Queen’s Park, London

They say we all have a novel in us, so why not have a go at writing yours? In this creative writing workshop you’ll be looking at:

What makes a good novel? How and where to find story ideas. Creating memorable characters. Writing dialogue. The importance of setting. Story structure. And overcoming the dreaded writers block.

No previous writing experience is required. Come and have some creative fun!

Heidi has been writing for the past 20 years, as well as working as a TV producer. She has published a book on playwriting (Rage and Reason: Women Playwrights on Playwriting, Methuen), has written 2 stageplays, 3 screenplays, 3 radio dramas for the BBC, and most recently, a novel. Her teaching experience includes work for the Arvon Foundation, Exeter Phoenix and Hypatia Trust.

The cost of £75, or £65 for concessions, includes a vegan / vegetarian lunch.  Similar workshops in London are between £70 and £80 without lunch and as Heidi is doing this for absolutely nothing 100% of the proceeds will go to the bears.

Funds raised will go towards our Nanning Bear Fund and help directly with Animals Asia‘s conversion of the bear farm into a sanctuary.

Places are strictly limited, so please book early.

To book your place, please complete the form below and indicate how you wish to pay.  Online payment can be made via our JustGiving page, or if you prefer to pay by cheque we’ll send you details by return.

As the location is a private residence the address will only be sent out with confirmations.

Some comments from previous workshops:

“Wildly creative and great fun! We learned such a lot. The time just flew by.”

You have given me the confidence to finally write my book. A fabulous day.”

“Inspirational.”

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Our Bear – Introducing Ronnie aka John

If you have had a look around our website you will know that we are raising funds to adopt one of the bears at the bear farm in Nanning, Southern China, which is being converted into a sanctuary by Animals Asia.  Last night I received a photo and a little biog of our girl, Ronnie aka John, and wanted to share it here with our followers.

Meet Ronnie aka John

 Ronnie aka John

You can read more about Animals Asia’s Peace by Piece Campaign on their dedicated micro site.

I have set up a JustGiving page for any group member doing challenges to raise funds for our bear.  If you can’t help out on stalls or come to our events but would like to help us raise those funds you’re welcome to make a donation via our page.  The money will go straight to Animals Asia and will be allocated to our Nanning bear fund.

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