Tuesday 22nd May 2018 saw the arrival of new hardwood benches to replace the rather tired ones located in the top field. Thanks to some super support from 11 donors and a donation from Waitrose Community Matters (Stratford upon Avon) we have been able to fund not one but two new benches. The brass plaques from the old bench have been polished up and fitted and are accompanied by two new plaques in memory of Lucy Strauss Mum, husband and teacher from Welcombe Hills School, and Val, Kathy Starkey’s Mum – both of whom loved the fields and hills. We hope the benches will be enjoyed by many people in the years to come.
In addition to the benches the Town Trust have installed two picnic tables which make a great addition and have already been used by walkers and local families.
Special thanks to Gavin Griffiths for project managing the benches, to Justin Williams and the Town Trust Team for the picnic tables and the staff at Waitrose for supporting our group.
Below are some before and after photos.
Thank you to everyone who supported us via the Community Matters Donation Programme at Waitrose. Your support earned a total of £413 during the month of December and today we received our cheque from the Stratford store.
The donation will support the Memorial Bench Project which together with donations from 11 friends and supporters has allowed us to reach our target.
In March two new hard wood benches will be installed replacing the rather dilapidated existing benches.
The Town Trust are due to landscape the area and position the two picnic tables at either side. They have also agreed to install concrete slabs in front of the two benches to avoid future erosion.
We hope the new benches and tables benefit everyone who uses the location. We thank our donors, Waitrose and the Town Trust for making the project possible.
A big thank you to the partners at Waitrose Stratford upon Avon for choosing our group as one of three good causes to benefit from the Community Matters scheme in December 2017. We were extremely well supported by shoppers to with the largest number of green tokens which converted into a donation of £413 to Friends of Rowley Fields.
Please see the attached article published on The Welcombe Hills web-site.
If you can support the project complete the online form or simply email us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
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.
Here is our Chairman’s report to our Annual General Meeting – July 2016
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