Annual General Meeting

Looking ahead to our AGM in July, and recognising our evolving role as a group. The Committee will be meeting to discuss plans for the AGM which this year may be a less formal meeting, combined with a social event in the fields. Most of the Committee members have remained unchanged and we would welcome new volunteers to join us or indeed replace us! If you are interested in finding out more please contact us, we’d be delighted to share our experiences with you.

 

New members

 

We still continue to welcome new members, if you know anyone who would be interested in joining and supporting our work please encourage them to join, if you haven’t joined yourself – please do .

 

Events 2017

 

During the dark winter months we have worked hard to plan a range of events for members to enjoy during 2017, in line with our fifth aim.

We spent a lot of time liasing  with two charities  we hoped to co-ordinate a charity fund raiser for 2017. Our idea was to host a charity Dog Walk across the fields and nature reserve which would bring together our local community, promote sensible dog walking, raise money for a worthy cause , promote our group and be FUN.

A little disappointingly after several meetings, conversations, site meetings and securing the approval of both Stratford Town Trust and Stratford District Council (who own the hills) neither charity was able to proceed in 2017. However, we remain hopeful that this event may take place in the future.

In the mean time Mike Anderson has kindly agreed to host a number of nature walks through out the year starting with his first in May (possibly Saturday 13th—tbc). We will keep you posted.

In August on Saturday 12th we will be hosting the first ever ‘Moth Evening & Survey’ . The event is being hosted by a highly renowned expert and will start once dark and run into the early hours of the following morning. It will be a great opportunity to see the large variety of moths in our area and learn more about them. More information to follow.

In September, we plan to host our third Bat Walk building on the success of previous years. Again we will be in touch nearer the time but if you haven’t taken part in the past it’s a interesting and informative 90 minutes.

 

Spring update 2017

Members may be interested to know that our Committee have continued to meet, in part to agree the future role of our group . We feel our aims which were agreed when we first established still remain current:

  • To liaise with the STT and other interested organisations to ensure that Rowley Fields is maintained to a good standard, providing a facility for recreation and leisure time activities.
  • To protect Rowley Fields for future generations.
  • To enhance Rowley Fields, ensuring free access by all, regardless of age or ability.
  • To be a point of contact for users to raise their concerns about Rowley Fields.
  • To raise public awareness about the historic, aesthetic, wildlife and amenity value of Rowley Fields and to encourage user participation.
  • To encourage membership of the Friends of Rowley Fields.

 

Having reviewed things we decided to approach the Trust with the aim of promoting points one and three above. In early March Tim Bailey and Jane Price met with Justin Williams and discussed the general maintenance and appearance of the fields. We based our meeting on a visual audit of the land and the feedback received from members during earlier consultations regarding the future uses of the fields.

The meeting was very positive, Justin invited us to provide a report highlighting the issues. Consequently, we have written to the Trust outlining the following:

  • Lack of signage e.g. the children’s play area
  • Notice Board
  • Erosion of walkways and gateways and the increased risk of slipping and falling during the winter months
  • Damage and repairs to fencing and gateways
  • Benches and seating (top field)

 

We have offered our help as volunteers for any basic low risk jobs that we could complete but clearly some of the work requires professional assistance.

We are confident that the Trust will respond positively and address the points we have raised.

As always if you have any points to raise please let us know or of course feel welcome to approach the Trust yourself if you would prefer.