Rowley the Barn Owl

Thanks to a generous donor we have a lovely cuddly toy Barn Owl to raffle at our inaugural meeting. Please buy a ticket – all proceeds will go to the Friends of Rowley Fields – to the benefit of everyone who uses the land.

See the real thing in action in Rowley Fields thanks to Mike Anderson:


Meeting Agenda & papers

The Agenda and draft constitution are now available for reading. Our membership form is also available to download.

Please note hard copies will not be available at the meeting.


Agenda website


Appendix A Rowley Fields Map

FORF Membership form v2





Stratford Neighbourhood Plan

The draft Stratford Neighbourhood Plan has been published for consultation which closes on 3rd July. Take a look and have your say it’s a very important document and will influencing planning until 2031. Page 102 identifies Rowley Fields as satisfying the criteria for designation as local Green Space.

Memory Bank

Thanks to Mike Anderson for suggesting a Memory Bank of the local area. If you’ve got any photo’s or other memories you’d be happy to share please email and we’ll post them here to share and store in our memory bank.

Inaugural Meeting 11th June 2015

Our first event is the inaugural meeting of the Friends of Rowley Fields on Thursday 11th June 7.30 pm at Welcombe Hills School. Please come along and pledge your support, membership will be open to everyone.

Please check this page in the near future for information concerning forthcoming events, including summer nature walks, bat evenings and an autumn dog walk.

Some lovely pics

Here is a picture of a tree on Rowley Fields I took today.  If you’ve taken any pictures then please send them into – we will be happy to publish them with your name and any info you want to share.



Tim Bailey Takes Control of Website

Big news at FORF HQ, Tim Bailey has taken full control of the website. On the plus side the you can all expect impeccable grammar, on the minus side you’re going to get very congested navigation bars and random images will pop  up all over the place.  Please be patient whilst the new arrangements beds down.


Inaugural Meeting of FoRF 11th June

A small group of ‘Friends’ are working hard behind the scenes preparing for our inaugural meeting to officially launch the Friends of Rowley Fields. Our aim is to Protect Rowley Fields for generations to come. We want to work with the Town Trust and preserve the space forever. Anyone interested in joining please fill out the questionnaire on the membership page – or please come to our launch event at the Welcombe Hills School on Thursday June the 11th at 7.30pm.

The Spring Picnic

rowley fields picnic

The new Friends of Rowley Fields group’s spring picnic saw over 60 members join, all of whom were unanimous in their determination to enhance the field’s recreational facilities and protect the land for the future. Although only the large parcel of land has now had development plans withdrawn (the smaller area is still slated for planning) everybody agreed that the Town Trust has done the right thing to abandon plans to build 85 houses on the main field.

Local resident, Tim Bailey, said ‘We were all horrified that this unique piece of green space, used by hundreds of Stratford people every day, might disappear forever. But all that local outrage has had the unintended consequence of galvanising the local community. We’ve had lots of suggestions for things we can do together from school nature trails and treasure hunts and building exercise stations to more ambitious ideas like an annual games event, regular cross country races and sponsorship by local businesses.’

Quentin Willson, who has lived opposite the fields for 17 years added ‘The Town Trust listened to the objections of the local community and now really understands just how important this land is to so many people in Stratford. Hardly an hour passes without me seeing someone running, walking, exercising dogs or even flying kites and model planes on this special parcel of land. The rest of the UK should take note that developers don’t always get their own way. The town should be proud that we’ve saved Rowley Fields from tarmac.‘

Fundraising plans are in hand to help support the Town Trust and preserve the space forever. Anyone interested in joining should go to our new website or by coming to our launch event at the Welcombe Hills School on Thursday June the 11th at 7.30pm.