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Burning Nest 2020 Cancellation Update

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Dearest Nestlings,

Some decisions are hard to make and even harder to announce, so it is with heavy hearts that we confirm this year’s Burning Nest is cancelled. 

This decision was not taken lightly and with the principle of Civic Responsibility in mind and in light of the unfolding coronavirus situation, we have taken the pre-emptive step and incredibly tough decision to hold off running our event in 2020. 

We have our community’s best interests at heart and feel it is our duty of care to protect our Nestlings from large scale gatherings. While the UK government has not yet officially curtailed these events, we believe it is only a matter of time before they follow suit. 

I’ve bought a membership and want a refund – what do I do?

Although our terms and conditions state that memberships are non-refundable we will be doing everything in our power to return as much as possible back to you. Given the complexities of an event this size and the fact we’re a community and volunteer organisation, please be patient whilst we navigate the best way to deal with this unprecedented situation. We will be releasing further information about this in the next week or so. 

I have applied for a grant for an art project or theme camp to bring to Nest – what do I do?

Rest assured that if you have already spent grant money on an art piece, we will be reimbursing your costs as normal. We wish we could have seen all your art and hope that you can still create it for 2021.

We want to assure you that all your amazing work, time and investment whether it be physical, emotional or financial will not be going to waste. We will be back in 2021 and we hope that coming through this difficult time as a community will just serve to make us stronger and bring us closer together.

Burning Nest is a beautiful experiment in community and we will continue as one. There are many things more important than a Burn, namely everyone’s health, and safety (in spite of what we may often repeat) comes first. 

This could be a wonderful time to reflect and think about other important things in your life, where else to invest the energies we’d have exerted in preparation and during the Burn. We might want to invest them in ourselves, loved ones, friends, charities, local projects or getting things done that you’ve been putting off for ages. Even learning a new skill or reading the book you’ve been meaning to for ages. Please remember to be kind and compassionate to yourselves and fellow humans as we need it more than ever right now. 

Great communities thrive whilst coming together during times of crisis and I know that our wonderful Nestlings will do just that. 

Thank you all for understanding –  we are really sad to have to make this decision. 

We will be releasing more information in the next week or so, but in the meantime, if you have any questions, please email us or contact us on any of our social media networks. 

The Effigy Burns in 439 (ish) days!

All our love,

Burning Nest HQ x

Next Community Meeting: 28th March! Come one, come all!

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Our last Community Meeting was a great success, with many newbies and old…bies? (ahem) meeting up and discussing their ideas for the future of Burning Nest.

Want to get involved? Our next Community Meeting is going to be held on 28th March, at 26 King’s Mews, London, WC1N 2JB (map link here).

Please plan to arrive for mingling at 2.30pm, with the meeting starting just before 3pm. We hope to be all wrapped up and out by 4.30pm (although there are plenty of nice pubs close by, if you want to continue the fun).

Bring snacks to share, drinks (hot and cold) and get comfy with your fellow Nestlings!

See you there! x

Reduce your food miles with our communal Riverford food order!

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Communal Effort is one of our 11 Principles here at Burning Nest. This can take many forms (and let’s be honest, our event wouldn’t exist without it), but one of our favourites is the way our community bands together to solve a common goal.

This year, one of our stars, Iona, has volunteered to co-ordinate a communal fruit and veg order from Riverford Farm, a veg box company located near our site in Exeter.

This will mean a lot less driving on and off site, as we will be getting a delivery at the beginning of the week and one in the middle.

If you’d like to join in on this community-organised initiative, please do the following:

  • Put your name at the top of a new column. If you are requesting two deliveries, create two columns and name them appropriately
  • Specify the quantity in KGs or Grams or Units, of the item you’d like, in the correct box in the column
  • When you have selected everything you’d like, use the Unit Prices for each item to calculate your total cost, and enter it at the bottom of the column in the “Total Cost Of Your Order” row
  • Please transfer via Paypal, the total amount to Iona at Iona.steen@googlemail.com. Remember to select “Friends and Family” so that Iona does not get charged extra for providing this service! If you’d prefer to send your payment as a “Payment For Goods and Services”, please add on 3.4% + 20p, so that your total amount does not fall short.
  • Last orders are Monday 11th May – so get started nice and early!

If you have any questions about the service at all, please contact Iona directly!

Come with us on our site visit on 22nd February!

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Are you planning a theme camp or art installation? Not been to Burning Nest before, but want to see the lay of the land?

Why not join us at our site visit on 22nd February, where we have a wander around the Nest site? Meet fellow Nestlings ahead of time, share some lunch, maybe a few pints, all in the Exeter countryside!

We will be meeting at the Nest site (precise directions will be emailed to all interested parties) at 12 noon on Saturday 22nd February. We’d recommend getting to Newton Abbot in Exeter for 11.30am – more details of where to meet will be sent out.

How to get involved with this fantabulous site visit? Just email vols@burningnest.co.uk to be added to our list!

Join us for discussion on Loomio!

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Here at Burning Nest, we take participation and community decision-making very seriously. This can sometimes be difficult on platforms such as Facebook, where algorithms often mean that important information is lost.

We are currently trialling a platform called Loomio, that enables communities to discuss, vote and make decisions, outside of a space designed to sell advertising.

If you’d like to get involved and have your say (we are currently running a trial, restricted to 100 members due to cost), please join up here! Simply click the “Join Group” button, and create a profile. You will need to be approved, but it should only take a day or so for someone to notice you and let you in.

The more involved everyone gets in using Loomio, the better it will be – if you have strong feelings on anything to do with how Nest is run, or want to offer advice or help, please join! There are Help topics available too, if you get stuck.

Much love x

Volunteers and Leads urgently needed! Can you help make Nest 2019 AMAZING?

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Hey all you lovely Nestlings! Not long now before the big event, can’t you feel it in the spring air? Let’s get excited, but before that… let’s get active!

Due to some personal crisises we’ve had folks drop out of key roles and we URGENTLY NEED YOU to help. Below is a list of ABSOLUTELY-NEEDED-TO MAKE-NEST-FANTASTIC roles. Don’t fret though, in your role you’ll have a load of fabulous and experienced peeps to back you up. So here goes;

DPW:

LIGHTING LEAD – install lighting around the site along main walkways, also decoratively light up certain areas of the site. Working with Power Lead.

STRIKE LEAD – Co-ordinate the site clean up, and make sure outside contracted items, such as skips and loos, are picked up. Co-ordinate taking items back to storage, keep and inventory or items and return borrowed items

Arts:

DECOR CO-LEAD – assist Decor lead with co-ordinating the beautification of public spaces, core infrastructure and other stuff, recruit decor volunteers and oversee them during Build. During Strike, separate reusable decor from perishables; catalogue & store for transportation. Great for someone with a creative eye who likes to improvise and ideally has some experience with rigging decor. Must be available on site for build and strike.

THE POINT LEAD – Lots of liaising, layout, events, physical structure. This would be a good role for anybody who is excited at the idea of making The Point a more interesting and well-used space – it’s a good opportunity for developing new ideas for using the space well.

You all know by now how Nest works I’m sure, WE NEED YOU! (Just think of that famous sign, with a feather boa and limited clothing, some LEDs obviously!) Please email Vols@burningnest.co.uk to get involved, you know you want to!

Thanks,
Mands & Sarah
Cat Wranglers x

Spring Community Meeting: London

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Our Community Meetings are a chance to find out more about Nest itself, raise any ideas or concerns you might have, or to meet fellow Nestlings before the main event! Everyone is welcome, from first timers to seasoned burners – we guarantee you a warm welcome!

We’ll be holding our Spring Community Meeting on Sunday 7th April, from 2pm – 5pm, at The Apple Tree, Mount Pleasant (in between Farringdon and Clerkenwell).

We’ll also be livestreaming the meeting, visible as ever on our Facebook Group – so if you can’t be there in person, you can be there in spirit. Awwwww <3

Nest 2018 Financial Report

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The spirit of open, honest communication doesn’t just extend to the week we spend in the beautiful grounds of our Home in Devon. We also like to share exactly how every penny that makes Nest, is spent by the volunteers who make up our year-round staff.

If you’re interested in the pounds and pennies, feel free to download our Financial Report for 2018, by clicking here.

If you have any questions or feedback about this report, we’d love to hear it – just head over to our Contact Page!

Site Visit 17th March!

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We’re planning our Site visit for 18th March. The format will be a rendezvous at the site at a very specific time on SUNDAY 18th MARCH – pay attention… early comers will not be allowed on site. Come on hippies, if there’s one thing you’re good at, it’s doing stuff in the afternoon.

If you would like to have a little shenanigans and a stay over the night before, you will also need to let us know.  Everyone who has expressed interest in attending will be given the full details on confirmation. All are welcome, as ever!
 
Please register your interest via this form if you would like to come, if you would like to join on the Saturday evening and if you need a lift!
mug with writing on saying "what good shall I do this day?"

Volunteer Positions Still Open!

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So we are well into 2019, and Burning Nest is just around the corner. Alas, we are still seeking some truly fabulous and hopefully competent folks to add to our core team. We are nearly there, but there are a few roles available that would make a huge difference to us.

Please take a look at the info below, and if any of them tweak your interest, drop us a line at vols@burningnest.co.uk and we will arrange for a chat and a more detailed explanation of your role;

Department of Public Works

Lighting Lead – a key part of all Nest nights, 

Strike Lead – clean up duty and 

Transport Lead (for equipment not people).

Arts

Decor and Signage Lead – Let your imagination run riot

Centre Camp Lead – Making sure great stuff happens there

Edge of Chaos (Ops and Legal)

Health and Safety – no further explanation needed surely!?

Burn and Events Perimeter – Safety third?

Cat Wrangling

Fluffing Co-Lead – supporting our very competent Lead to provide an outstanding Fluffing service to our hard working vols, before, during and after event.

Info Lead – A vague idea of having an info station onsite, it’s a new one, any inspiration out there?

As we’ve always said at any of our community events, although experience in the area of your interest would be a bonus, enthusiasm and capability are definitely more important. So if you think you may not be right for something but it really floats your boat, drop us a line and we can chat to you about it, crazier things have happened!

Don’t forget, Burning Nest is a community event, we the community make it, so don’t be shy, get involved, it takes a village to put this shizzle together, there’s a space for everyone.

Drop us a line; vols@burningnest.co.uk

cheers m’dears

Mands & Sarah

(Photo by Nathan Lemon on Unsplash)