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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!


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.


Bonfire Night Cancellation

We have been advised by the Gregson Festival Group that they do not have sufficient funds to run the usual Bonfire Night on Miss Whalley’s Field, so if you were hoping to come along, you will have to make other plans!

This tradition that has been going on for many years, but fireworks are very expensive and there simply isn’t the money.

For the future, if you, or someone you know, might be willing to help fund this event, then do contact the Gregson Festival Group via Facebook.