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2024 New Job Opportunities on the Field!

Yes, we know 2024 already seems quite ‘old’ and Yes, it seems to have done nothing but rain for the past 3 months, but never mind……..

……..here’s your first  opportunity to get out on the Field volunteering in 2024!

The re-arranged date for the work party is Saturday 27 April at 1300. Just turn up near the memorial stone on Derwent Road.

Jobs to do include:

  • Pulling up vegetation from around the trees in Jean Argles wood. That’s a BIG job! Our new wood is coming along fine – lots of new leaves now…. but it would be even better if we can reduce the thick grass around the trees.
  • Clearing grass from around the apple trees in the orchard.
  • Clearing ivy from around the willow copse. (A satisfying job for anyone with too much energy!)
  • Cutting back brambles from the woodland walk.
  • Cleaning up the benches. 

Also possibly litter picking at the edge of Derwent road – this one is probably best for adults only.

Please bring your own gloves and appropriate tools e.g shears, rakes if possible. 

Also please bring lots of Energy!

There’s lots to do – see you there! 

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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!

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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.

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