Pony Trail auction brings project to a close

 Over £2,300 was raised at the Pony Trail auction held at the Copthorne Hotel on Monday evening (4th October).

Schools which had participated in the project had been given first option to buy back the ponies and some twenty took up that option, leaving nine ponies to be actioned on the night.

Some thirty hopeful attendees bid from £150 to nearly £400 in the auction which was hosted by tv auctioneer Will Farmer.

All money raised will go towards further regeneration projects within the borough.

Many felt sad to see the ponies depart at the end of a project which brough smiles to thousands of local residents.

Your chance to buy one of the Brierley Hill ponies

As the brilliant Brierley Hill Pony Trail comes to an end (25th September), you have the chance to buy one of the ponies.
Many schools involved in the project have opted to buy their own ponies, but some are still looking for homes and will be auctioned at 6pm on Monday 4th October 2010 at the Copthorne hotel.
Please see brochure below for which ponies are still available and more details. Look forward to seeing you on 4th!
Auction Catalogue

Brierley Hill Treasure Trail Weekend

It blazed, it rained, it blew a gale… but still teams of treasure hunters from Brierley Hill and across Dudley Borough raced around historic Brierley Hill, along the Pony Trail route to search for clues and work out where the treasure is hidden. Winners of this event on 28 and 29 August to be announced shortly!

89% of people who gave feedback felt the Treasure Trail had increased their knowledge about the heritage in the area, 94% felt it had given them the opportunity to spend some quality time together as a family.

“We had a lot of fun! Something great to do”

“An enjoyable morning out with the family”

It’s not too late to do the Treasure Trail yourself before the ponies are moved and auctioned off in a couple of weeks!

Download a free copy of the Treasure Trail here (best printed to A3).  You can also download the answers to see how you got on!

 Over 100 local people also took part in an English Heritage survey about living and visiting historic Brierley Hill using a digital touch screen kiosk. There will be more opportunities to have your say over the next few months – so look out for a silver inflatable tent and lots of free balloons! Dates and locations will be posted on the blog – so watch this space!

Coming up this weekend (28th/29th August): Brierley Hill Treasure Hunt!!!

Riding on the success of the Brierley Hill Pony Trail, English Heritage has joined forces with Home Start Dudley and Dudley Performing Arts to bring you a Brierley Hill Treasure Trail event in Brierley Hill Town Centre on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August.

Get together with family and friends to hunt for the answers to clues around historic Brierley Hill (Civic Hall to Marsh Park) and the Pony Trail.

Who can take part?

Everyone who likes to explore!
Great fun family activity – children who can read will love getting involved in solving the clues.
Great for groups of friends of all ages!

Route is 1.5 miles walking. Fairly steep gradient in Marsh Park. No Steps.

How do I take part?

1. Just turn up and collect Treasure Maps from the inflatable tent in the Moor Centre (Brierley Hill High Street) after 9am on Sat 28 and Sun 29 August. Last start time Sat 5.30pm, Sun 4pm. It costs only 30p per person to take part (Max 7 people per team) All proceeds will go to Home Start. Registered Charity Number 1115352.

2. Follow the instructions around the treasure map and hunt for the answers to the intriguing clues along the way; you’ll find them on the Brierley Hill Ponies as well as existing historic monuments, buildings and structures.

3. Solve the mystery of where the Brierley Hill Treasure may be hidden. You can enjoy the trail at your own pace or get back as fast as you can to try to win the top prize of a £50 Merry Hill Gift Card! Fastest team over the weekend will win gift card(s) to value of £50, Runner up team gift card worth up to £20.

4. Come back to the tent and we’ll tell you how you got on. Free balloons and refreshments for participants.

Happy trailing!

Ponies launch wows public at Himley

Hundreds of visitors took advantage of the first chance to see the pony sculptures which will form the Brierley Hill Pony Trail 2010 when they were displayed at Dudley Performing Arts sumer festival which took place at Himley Hall over the weekend.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

There were gasps of delight at the variety of decoration of the ponies – carried out by local schools and artists – with themes ranging from local canals, through Shakespeare to a celebration of the glass industry, with one or two psychedelic works thrown in for good measure. Almost everyone who saw the ponies felt compelled to reach out and give them a stroke!

The ponies will now be taken from the festival and displayed around the Brierley Hill High Street area from July to September, before being auctioned in October to raise fund for regeneration projects.

An official printed route is being produced, but an early glimpse can be obtained on the Ponies 2010 map page of this blog.

Ponies 2010: See them all together on Saturday, 3rd July, Himley Park

Maska Pony from Hillcrest School
Maska Pony from Hillcrest School

There will be a first chance to see all of the 30 ponies together in their paddock, this Saturday, 3rd July 2010 at Dudley Performing Arts, Summer Festival on Saturday 3 July,  at Himley Park.  The ponies will then be placed in locations around Brierley Hill over this summer as part of a walking and exploring trail.

Entry to Himley Park will also allow you to visit the festival and to see performances by some of Dudley’s most talented young musicians, dancers, singers, orchestras, massed choirs, soloists, drummers and school music groups. 

The trail consists of 30 ponies, all dynamically different to one another, designed and decorated by local schools, colleges and artists. A map will be available to buy which shows the trail, the ponies and each participant. Follow the trail to find your favourite!

Dudley Performing Arts provides a high quality arts service that promotes opportunities for artistic and creative development across the whole community.  There is an enormous range of visual art, dance and movement, music and drama opportunities for adults and children at DPA all year round.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact Claire Starmer-Jones, development officer, Dudley Performing Arts on 813943. 

Pony Trail plans are galloping ahead



Mere's pony with artist and pupil
Pony at The Mere PRU

A MASSIVE public art event planned for Brierley Hill this summer is ready for the off, with 29 schools now on board.

The Brierley Hill Pony Trail will see 30 fibre glass ponies installed to along a walking trail around Brierley Hill – in a bid to get people out and about and seeing the area from a different perspective. Continue reading Pony Trail plans are galloping ahead