Planned Events for the rest of 2017
This will be our major event of the year and we are trying to maximise publicity for it. Bay Radio and the Lancaster Guardian are already interested. Do you have any other media contacts that might be useful?
As part of this event we now have funding (and agreement from the City Council) to install a boulder with a Memorial Plaque. This will recognise the gift to the people of Lancaster from Miss Whalley in memory of her brother Julian Whalley who died of wounds on this date 100 years ago. We are also purchasing a bench to be sited near to the boulder. A local stone mason has been awarded the installation contract.
Dignitaries attending the unveiling include our local MP and our Mayor. We are also involving local schools by encouraging them to contribute time capsules, provide a bugler to play the last post and a student to read “For the Fallen” by local poet Laurence Binyon.
Any volunteers? Please contact Margaret Wiggins – contact details below.
What have we done so far in 2017?
Working Party on Sunday 12th March (We hope to organise similar working parties in the near future.)
Pedestrian Survey Sunday 2nd July. We had a one day survey of field use from early morning to early afternoon. 57 people used the field for a variety of purposes including many children playing football (complete with nets) and hide and seek.
National Heritage Open Day Saturday 9th September. We held a small event at the Gregson Centre to publicise FMWF, and our plans for the future , especially the Centenary Event in December. If you would like hard copies of the leaflet about the Centenary event, please let us know. We talked to over 20 individuals, some local and some from as far away as St Albans. Thanks for the donations!
Japanese Knotweed The City Council are now treating the Knotweed. They are also treating Knotweed outbreaks (identified by our members) upstream of the Field.
Funding Grants. Lancaster Green Spaces, the Lancashire Environment Fund and the Yorkshire Building Society have all contributed grants for which we are very grateful. Our funds are still very limited so we are searching for other potential sources of money. If you know of any, or would like to donate useful equipment or even cash, do please let us know.
2018 Planned Events
We intend to plant swathes of wild flower seeds across the top end of the field. This time the land will be prepared by removing the hard, weed-bound surface before sowing, to encourage the seeds to germinate and survive. We will also try to organise more daffodil/bulb planting
Publicity and Communication
If there is anyone who would like to get more involved and/ or join the Friends of Miss Whalley’s Field Committee, simply contact us via the above E mail.