Monthly Archives: October 2023

Plug planting – Thank You!

Many thanks to the 20 volunteers  (including some very welcome new faces) who turned out at such short notice on  Saturday to plant over 700 wild flower plugs in the newly mown areas of the Field. The weather was benign and the volunteers really got stuck in and completed the job in record time – anyone would think some of them had done it before!!

A really excellent result. Richard and Catherine (our seed growers who have been nurturing these plug plants for months) were very happy to see them installed so efficiently before the weather turns too cold. 

Well done and thanks to everyone involved!


URGENT call for Volunteers – this Saturday, 1.30pm

Two of our hard working volunteers (Richard & Catherine) have been nurturing 800 (yes, 800!) plug plants raised from wild flower seeds they have collected. Now the problem is that the season for planting them out is fast drawing to a close. Once we get frosts, the plants will find it much more difficult to get established. On the other hand, until the Council managed to cut the grass, it was more or less impossible to plant plugs in the long grass and they would probably have been smothered anyway.

The good news is that the Council have finally managed to dodge the wet weather and get the mower on the Field. The designated areas have been mown and cleared, so now it’s urgent to get the plug plants bedded in as soon as possible.

There’s a work party at 1.30pm this Saturday (28th October)

Many of you will have helped planting plugs before. It’s always a popular activity as you can see…….. and the results will be there for everyone to see next year.

Don’t worry if you haven’t been before. No experience necessary! Just wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring along trowels and small spades to dig holes for the plug plants.  There will be plenty of people to give advice if it’s needed.

Sorry about the short notice but we are at the mercy of the weather.

See you at 1.30pm this Saturday  – 28th October. All welcome!


Remembrance Day 2023

Those of you who have lived in the area for a few years will know that the Remembrance Day service has been a feature for quite a while, with the Memorial stone at the top of Miss Whalley’s Field acting as the natural focus. At least 4 local schools send representatives and lay wreaths. This was the scene in 2022, with proceedings led by Rev Carol Backhouse……….

This year there is a particularly warm invitation extended to all locals who would like to join the short ceremony.

Community Act of Remembrance

at The Memorial Stone in Miss Whalley’s Field, Derwent Road

Friday 10th Nov, starting at 10.45 a.m. with 2 minutes Silence at 11am


This year there is also a special Remembrance Day event  on Saturday 11th, at 11am in the Gregson’s Olive Bar

This will be concentrate on the history of the Field, its link to Remembrance day and Gregson connections/partnership.

  • 1100: A minute’s silence to recognise Remembrance day
  • 1101 – 1115: Why Miss Whalley’s Field was left to the people of Lancaster and the history behind it. The importance of the ‘Fields in Trust’ status for protecting the Field 
  • 1115 -1120: Connections/links to the Gregson
  • 1120 – 1125: Future plans
  • 1200: Field tour if there are people who want it – probably none if it is raining!  

All are very welcome to both events.