Christmas Treasure Hunt

Despite awful weather and Rowley Fields being transformed into a paddy field, 50 hardy souls participated in the Family Walking Treasure Hunt around the fields and neighbouring Nature Reserve on Sunday 27th December. Valuable funds were raised for the Stratford Hospital Cancer & Eye Unit Appeal with donations for the hunt and sale of pocket shopping bags and Orchestra of the Swan CD’s. Thanks to everyone who helped and took part.

Thank you to both Stratford Town Trust and Stratford District Council for the use of their land.


Seeking 90 year olds!

On Sunday 12th June 2016 we plan to hold a ‘Royal Picnic’ in the fields to celebrate the Queen’s Ninetieth Birthday.  Do you know someone (from Stratford) who is 90 next April, May or June, who we could invite as our VIP and Guest of Honour? They do not need to have any previous links with the FoRF.

Please contact the Committee if you know someone and help us make the event special. Thanks.

Christmas Treasure Hunt

Christmas Family Walking Treasure Hunt

Sunday 27th December 11.00 am – 3.00 pm

Rowley Fields & Welcombe Hills

Donations in aid of Stratford Hospital Appeal Fund

Winner will receive a pamper hamper full of goodies courtesy of dcs

FoRF Raffle pamper hamper 

£4.00 per entry – bring a pen or pencil, warm clothing and suitable footwear. The hunt takes about 90 minutes to complete.

Welcombe Wobbler

Great to see so many people using Rowley Fields and enjoying The Welcombe Trembler & Wobbler – welcome to Stratford Athletic Club from The Friends of Rowley Fields.


Pathway clearance work completed

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped clearing the block paving pathway and seating area. Disabled and buggy access is much improved and the area looks a whole lot better.



Volunteer work – Maidenhead Road Gate

Volunteers set to work on tidying up the block paving and pathway at the entrance to the fields from Maidenhead Road. With spades and brooms quick work was made of the job, all the weeds and soil have been removed – a great improvement. If you have suggestions for improvements and/or would like to volunteer please contact the Committee.

Here’s some before and after photos:

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Bats detected in Rowley Fields

Our first ever Friends of Rowley Fields Bat Walk took place on Friday 11th September and was a great success. A mixed group of twenty one adults and children enjoyed a 90 minute walk around the fields from early dusk. Guided by Lois Browne a volunteer from the Warwickshire Bat Group members used Bat detectors to hear the bats as they flew around. A number of detections were made, in particular an active flight was detected and then spotted by torch light, near to the large tree and pond (by the children’s play area). Both the Common Pipistrelle and Soprano Pipistrelle were found.

The walk was highly informative and enjoyable, we hope to offer another walk in 2016.

More information on Warwickshire Bats can be found at


Bat Walk – fully booked

Sorry folks, Friday’s Bat Walk is now fully booked. Please keep checking for future events including a Fungi Walk and Charity Christmas Dog Walk. Next Bat Walk in 2016.



Bat Walk Friday 11th September 2015

Our first Bat walk will take place on Friday 11th September at 7.30pm when we will welcome Warwickshire Bat Group to join us in the fields for an informative and interesting talk on ‘bats’. Our guest speaker will have a number of bat detectors for us to use on the walk, which will end at around 9.00 pm. You will need to dress up warm, wear suitable footwear and bring your torch and mobile (if you have one). The walk is free but limited in numbers to ensure everyone can hear and participate, so it’s first come first served. We will meet at the entrance off Maidenhead Road.

To secure your place please call Sonja on 07770747502, a mobile telephone number to contact you would also be helpful in the event of a last minute change due to the weather. Otherwise come along and enjoy the walk and learn more about one of our nocturnal creatures!