Bend in the Road Inc.
Welcome back to Bendy Bytes!
The 'new normal' at The Bend
In the new world of pandemic awareness and social distancing The Bend in the Road committee believe it is important for The Bend community and businesses to keep active and thriving, while also keeping safe and healthy. Throughout April most Bend businesses remained open. Business owners kept their customers, staff and themselves safe by offering services such as takeaway, home delivery, home therapy and online sales and by practising sound hygiene measures. Exactly what measures are needed for the long haul remains unclear however what we do know is the importance of supporting The Bend's wonderful array of local businesses to help the precinct survive and thrive.
Photos by Marcos Silverio
Caring at The Bend
People who walked the Bend's lanes and streets as an exercise routine over the last month were greeted with messages of care from kids and their teddy bears. A big THANK YOU goes to the kids of The Bend for spreading warmth and happiness in such uncertain times.
Thanks also goes to Bend in the Road volunteers who volunteered for Doubleview IGA to deliver groceries to people in the community who were unable do their own shopping safely. These volunteers included Genesis Yu, Jackie Ireland, Michael Dastlik, Jules Mills, Dave Wray, Janet Pritchard and Alec Munro.
Micro Grant update
The February edition of Bendy Bytes included information on our Micro Grant initiative and reported on several grants that had already been awarded. Several of these projects are now complete including the street library on Northstead Street and the children's book cart on Ewen Street. Others have been completed but not yet installed due to COVID 19. If you were a recipient of a grant we would love to see your completed project so don't forget to send us those photos. The Bend was also rapt to receive additional funding from Scarborough Community Church allowing us to extend the project so you can still apply for a grant to get your project underway. Apply here.
What’s up next…..
Thanks to the City of Stirling, we are pleased to offer residents of The Bend funding to access catering for an event that you will hold. Residents living in the area bound by Sackville Terrace, Deanmore Road, Ewen Street and Huntriss Road (and close neighbours) will be able to apply. The purpose of the Bend Connections project is to help connect Bend residents with each other and with local businesses.
Here's what to do. Plan a get together with friends and neighbours, pick a local venue in The Bend to order your food from and then go to this link
to complete an application. There are plenty of ways to do it. Have a ‘verge party’ with your neighbours; an open event with catering provided; a picnic or laneway lunch with other families; or a ‘virtual’ dinner party with others – the opportunities are many, and we’ll support it as long as it’s catered for by one of The Bend’s cafes or restaurants.
Here is an approved application to give you an idea of what you can do.
Don't delay and miss out. Apply now
Trails at the Bend
This three part project will involve developing trails through the Bend precinct that will encourage people to explore the neighbourhood by following a themed street trail. The themes are: Street Fitness; Street Art and Street Games.
The Bend committee will put a call out to businesses and community members to nominate locations where they are happy for objects of each theme to be located (e.g. footpaths, driveways, building and retaining walls, fences, windows, shopfronts, street trees and garden beds). It is expected that 10-15 objects will be installed for each of the themes.
Trail ideas include:
- For Street Fitness: Pictures that describe different fitness activities at each station (e.g. star-jumps, stretches, runs to the next station etc).
- For Street Art: Art display boxes will be installed to hold A4 sized art. The boxes will be easily opened for people to place and exchange art pieces, including children's art.
- For Street Games: Games could include anything from hopscotch, pavement snakes and ladders or mazes, wall games, balancing pebbles, painted rocks, puzzles and treasure hunts in street libraries to more elaborate games such as the London 99 tiny games (https://popupcity.net/observations/99-tiny-games-are-hidden-in-londons-public-space/).
More trail specific information will be forthcoming. In the mean time if you are happy to have an installation of any one of these trails at your property, please let us know here
What other projects or events would you like to see happening at The Bend?
Let us know here
Under the Spotlight
'Under the Spotlight' is a new addition to Bendy Bytes with the aim of putting the spotlight on people who make up The Bend community. This may include Bend in the Road committee members, volunteers, neighbours and business owners and anyone else who contributes or wants to contribute to The Bend precinct. It is hoped that the person/group shining under the spotlight will give an insight into their interest, delight or connection to The Bend and any dreams or plans to add vibrancy and connectivity within their neighbourhood, for their business or for the whole Bend precinct.
First up under the spotlight is the Dave Wray, the founding member and current Chair of the Bend in the Road Inc. Dave's energy and passion for The Bend in the Road community organisation and its objectives is relentless. He is a true community champion.
Dave is a social worker with a deep interest in community development. He has a background in smart urban design through crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and ‘Age Friendly Communities’ in previous roles. Dave’s vision for The Bend is for a connected and strong community of residents and businesses who truly ‘own’ our own future, and who combine to make our place the very best it can be.
What’s in the plan?
Bend in the Road Inc. has a lot of exciting projects and events in the pipeline both for the short term and into the next few years. See our strategic plan for details. In light of the COVID 19 pandemic the strategic plan may need to be revised a little. Despite this, the core objective of The Bend in the Road Inc. to create a place that is colourful, quirky and buzzing will remain!
Keep safe, healthy and connected!