Fitness On The Fields


Bat Walk Saturday 15th September

Moth Evening

On Saturday 12th August members and non-members took part in the night time Moth trapping evening in the fields. We are particularly grateful to David Brown (and team)- County Moth Recorder and national expert on British moths for the evening. Thirty one species were recorded: Gold Spot Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Copper Underwing September Thorn […]

Volunteer for wildlife

Please see the attached poster – a great opportunity to support the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and help manage our local nature reserve. Volunteer for Wildlife Welcombe Hills poster  

Bat Evening – Friday 8th September

Once again we will be repeating our annual Bat Walk hosted by Warwickshire Bat Group on Friday 8th September starting at 7.30pm (meet at the gate in Maidenhead Road). Come along and enjoy an informative talk and walk and use one of the electronic Bat Detectors to detect your very own bat – it’s great […]

Curious to learn about the world of Moths?

On Saturday 12th August, the Friends of Rowley Fields are hosting a Moth Evening the first of its kind in this part of Stratford and are delighted to announce that David Brown – County Moth Recorder and Moth Expert will be leading the evening. David has many years experience and regularly lectures on this fascinating […]

Annual General Meeting Chairman’s Report

The Chairman’s Report to the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 6th July 2017 at Welcombe Hills School. Dear Members, Thank you In June we celebrated our second anniversary as a group and I would like to start by thanking everyone for their continued support as members of Friends of Rowley Fields. In particular I […]

Nature Walk with Mike Anderson

Members of FoRF enjoyed an interesting and highly informative Nature Walk on Saturday 13th May ably led by Mike Anderson. Thanks to Mike for yet another excellent walk this time focusing on trees and woodland. Here’s a few photos for those who couldn’t make it.

Nature Walk

Join our resident expert – Mike Anderson on the first of this year’s Nature Walks. Mike has kindly offered to host a spring walk across the fields and hills. SATURDAY 13th May 2017 10am (approx 2 hours depending on weather) Meet at top of Maidenhead as usual Wear walking gear and appropriate clothing for the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fungi Foray

A FUNGI FORAY took place on 22nd October 2016 such was  its success,  it was repeated on 5th November. Thanks to Mike Anderson’s passion and knowledge of both mushrooms and the Welcombe Hills and despite the lack of rain, the participants had a great opportunity to familiarise themselves with the incredible variety of mushrooms that […]

Fungi Walk

Interested in fungi? Want to know more about what you can find? Mike Anderson has been walking the hills for many years photographing and eating the fungi on the hills and invites you to join him on a fungi foray at 11 am on Saturday 22nd October (rain or shine). You need to be prepared […]

Three species of bats!

Twenty friends took part in an evening Bat Walk hosted from Warwickshire Bat Group on a warm but slightly windy Friday evening. Following an excellent introduction by Lois, the group were treated to their first sighting. As the sky was darkening a single Noctule Bat was seen flying along the perimeter of the field alongside Maidenhead Road. […]

The Bat Walk returns by popular demand

Back by popular demand our next Bat Walk will take place on Friday 9th September at 7.30pm when we will again welcome our expert guide Lois from Warwickshire Bat Group. The evening walk around the fields is an informative and fun event. Lois will have a number of bat detectors for us to use on the walk, which will end at […]

Chairman’s Annual Report 2016

Here is our Chairman’s report to our Annual General Meeting – July 2016 Annual General Meeting Speech 2016

THE BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT – July 15th – August 7th

  Idly watching a beautiful butterfly flit across a meadow is one of life’s simple pleasures and now it’s time to perform a health check on these graceful creatures and our environment. This summer, Butterfly Conservation are organising a Big Butterfly Count between July 15th and August 7th , so why not have a wander […]

Stratford Hospital Appeal Donation

FoRF are delighted to announce that the final figure donated to the Stratford Hospital Cancer & Eye Unit Appeal from the Friends of Rowley Fields following the Queen’s Birthday Picnic Event has increased to £500. Thank you to everyone who supported the appeal. Photo  

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Treasure Hunt certificate of thanks

Thank you to everyone who supported the Treasure Hunt on 27th December 2015, either as a volunteer helper or participant. Although the weather was awful and the fields badly waterlogged around 50 hardy souls still braved the conditions and took part. Some starting and finishing in the rain! We raised almost £130 for Stratford Cancer […]

Website back in operation

With huge thanks to Gavin and his team our website in now back up and running – there’s some catching up to do so please check back  soon.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nature Walk Sunday 26th July

If you are interested in finding a little bit about the sorts of things you can see around the Rowley Fields and Welcombe Hills then  come along and join Mike Anderson for an informative stroll on Sunday 26th July. It will be set at beginner level so the less you know the better! Mike has […]

Rowley Fields Grass

I’m pleased to report that the grass in Rowley Fields has been cut today (26/06/2015) This comes in time for the long summer months. -Tom Bailey

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Please take a look at the attached received from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Friends of Rowley Fields off to a flying start

Well we did it, at a packed Welcombe Hills School Hall, we officially launched the Friends of Rowley Fields, thanks to everyone who turned up and showed their support. We have a committee elected and our first meeting planned for next week. We have been invited to speak at the Town Trust AGM. If you […]

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 […]

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 FRIENDS OF ROWLEY FIELDS Constitution v 0.4 Appendix A Rowley Fields Map FORF Membership form v2        

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 […]

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 […]