Queen’s Birthday Celebrations

Well what a fantastic day.

Despite the mixed weather we had 250 visitors and raised over £430 for the Stratford Hospital Cancer & Eye Unit Appeal. (In addition to £190 raised for Butterfly Conservation). 14 raffle prizes are now on their way to the winners and the field is back to normal. Thank you to everyone who supported the FoRF and thanks to everyone involved in making the day such a great success:
Brenda Cox our Guest of Honour
Stratford Town Trust (for use of the land and Communities Parties Grant)
David & Lesley Heritage – Musical Organ
Students from Stratford upon Avon School, King Edward VI School and Shottery Girls Grammar School
Quentin Willson and Ian Andrew – Car display
Penny Bowden and Julie Helps – Cake Sale
Charlotte Doran Davies – Photography
All our cake bakers and raffle prize donors
Friends of Rowley Fields for set up and close down
The Stratford upon Avon Directory – poster and advertising
Annie’s Antics – Vintage Ice Cream

So what’s next?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Friends of Rowley Fields

On Saturday 11th June 2016 we celebrate our first birthday – thanks to everyone who has made it possible, friends, members and our committee. Join us with our celebrations on Sunday 12th at the Queen’s Birthday Picnic, we look forward to seeing you there.



Wood Carving Demonstration

From Mike Anderson

For the Queen’s birthday celebration event on Rowley Fields on the 12th June I will scrub up as best I can, wear something practical but clean and give a practical demonstration of simple wood carving. I’ll try to show, using just three hand tools – an axe, a knife and a spoon knife – how to turn a piece of wood into something else. Like, a spoon, an owl head, a dala horse, a whistle, a fox log, a mushroom or a mouse. I’ll also be offering all my modest carvings for sale with all proceeds going to Butterfly Conservation. For those who would like to get some hands on experience there will be the chance to pay a little more and enter a draw for a free spoon carving lesson with me.

Each spoon on display will be unique: it’s size and shape dictated by the type of wood, its characteristics and how I felt at the time I carved it. In many of the spoons I’ve retained some of the character of the original piece of wood with knots, blemishes, cracks, a bit of bark, a twist in the grain, all kept. With 80 of these spoons for sale, there should be something for everyone. All are hand carved, sealed with olive oil and may even come with a story about the type of wood, how I came by it, how it turned out the way it did and when it was created. Other items are just things I’ve enjoyed making.  Come along and don’t forget to bring some money. Everything must go so don’t expect craft fair prices. A couple of pounds will secure a unique spoon and a few pennies a whistle.

wooden owl                             wooden horse



Stratford Town Trust Members Surgery

At the end of the 2015 AGM I was invited to speak about the formation of the Friends of Rowley Fields in doing so I urged the Trustees to engage and consult more widely with the membership in order to help build Trust. Finally it seems the Trust have listened and is holding a ‘Members Surgery’ on Friday 3rd June between 12.30 pm and 3.00 pm at The Arts House. Can I urge Trust members to attend and meet with the Trustees and Chief Executive. Communicating our views is really important, (as members we have at times felt we were being overlooked). The Trustees have an important role, they need our support and this is a opportunity for members to have their say in perhaps easier surroundings than the AGM. See the link for information – may I suggest use it or loose it!

Tim Bailey


Queen’s Birthday Beacon

Well done to the Town and District Councils for arranging the Queen’s Birthday beacon and fireworks at the monument. It was lovely to see all the others beacons across South Warwickshire from our vantage point. Special thanks to the 14 volunteers from the Friends of Rowley Fields who acted as marshals.





Annual General Meeting

Please note the first AGM will take place on Wednesday 6th July at 6.30 pm at Welcombe Hills School.

Get set for Queen’s Birthday Picnic

On Sunday 12th June between 1pm and 5pm we will be hosting a birthday picnic to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Everyone is welcome to join us at this free event, just bring a picnic, some chairs or a blanket to sit on and enjoy the fun. Attractions include:

  • Picnic Marquee
  • Opening of Children’s Grass Maze
  • Miniature Fairground Organ
  • Annie Antics Vintage Ice Cream Van
  • Wood carving demonstration
  • Family Treasure Hunt
  • Stratford Cancer and Eye Unit Hospital Fund Raising Merchandise
  • Shakespearean Strolling Players from Stratford Secondary Schools
  • Vintage Car Display hosted by Quentin Willson

Please let your friends and neighbours know about this free event and print a copy of the poster to display in your window, car or at work.

birthday poster

Queen’s Birthday Great British Bake Off

Several of our members have offered to bake a cake as part of the celebrations on Sunday 12th June, we will be offering slices for donations towards FoRF/ Stratford Cancer & Eye Hospital Appeal.

If you are a budding Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood or simply a keen baker we’d be delighted to hear from you, we could do with a few more cakes if you can help?

cake 1




Town Trust Grant to Support Queens Birthday Picnic celebrations.

We were delighted to receive news in March that our application for a grant from Stratford Town Trust to host a birthday picnic to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday in June was successful. The grant of £400 (part of over £10,00 for events across Stratford) will allow us to hire a portable loo and marquee and will support some of the days attractions. The community day will be free and bring people together from right across Stratford to celebrate Her Majesty’s birthday in beautiful surroundings.

Grass Maze

We are delighted to report that our competition to design a grass maze with the three local primary schools has resulted in well over 100 entries from children in years 3 – 6. The winner will be invited to officially open the maze at our Birthday Picnic on 12th June and will receive a prize from our 90 year old Guest of Honour. We have certificates to present to every child who has submitted an entry and all the designs will be on display on 12th.

The picnic will take place at Rowley Fields between 1pm and 5pm and will also include, a miniature musical fairground organ, walking family treasure hunt, strolling players performing parts from Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, vintage car display, cake sale and Annie’s Antics Ice Cream Van, Touch FM.

The Birthday Picnic is free, with guests simply invited to bring their own picnic and enjoy the attractions whilst soaking up the beautiful natural environment of Rowley Fields. Thanks go to Stratford Town Trust for use of the fields and for a small grant to help support the event.

PLEASE JOIN US ON 12th JUNE and make the day a huge success, bring your neighbours and friends along too.