News & Events

The Fairfield Association organises a broad range of events throughout the year, details of which appear on the website and on our notice boards at the Sibsey Street end of Fairfield Green (the children's playground), the Orchard and in Fauna.

Additionally, the Association's Twitter feed will be updated with brief news items, and you can access our archived Newsletters in PDF format by selecting from the drop-down menu:

(N.B. These files launch in a pop-up window - you may need to adjust your browser settings to allow pop-ups if they don't appear.)

Apple Day, Fairfield Community Orchard, October 1st 2pm - 5pm

Join us for our usual homemade cakes and refreshments, children's games, forest school crafts and other activities, and storytelling.

Other stalls include the sale of Fairfield Association items (notelets, recipe books etc.) local crafts and an apple display. There will be music courtesy of the Trio Continental. In addition, this year we hope to find out about Ukranian Apple Happiness Day. It should be a wonderful afternoon!

As in previous years, we rely upon our volunteers to make the day a success. The Association is renowned for its cakes and we are hoping that many of you will generously provide cakes or tray-bakes for us to sell. You can bring a cake on the day or leave it beforehand in the porch at Whitegates, Sunnyside Close, LA1 5NH. Please let us know what kind of cake it is and if it contains nuts or dairy or anything that might lead to an allergic response. We would also like to provide vegan and gluten-free choices. Please label tins or plates with a name and a contact number so that we can return them if necessary. If you want to let us know that you are making a cake, or have any queries, please email: hilarydee57 AT gmail.com

We will need also volunteers to help set up and take down the marquee, gazebos, tables and chairs before the event (12noon) and afterwards (5pm) and also to serve the refreshments and help with games and crafts etc. throughout the afternoon.

If you can help to set up or take down, please get in touch with Ian Procter (sysaf123 AT gmail.com).

Refreshments

  • 2.00-3.30pm
  • 3.30-5.00pm
  • If you can help with refreshments at either time, please contact Veronica Dunne (vcsdunne AT gmail.com) or Patricia Clarke (patricia.clarke60 AT btinternet.com)

    Children’s Crafts

  • 2.00-3.30pm
  • 3.30-5.00pm
  • If you can help on the day with children's crafts please contact Veronica Dunne (vcsdunne AT gmail.com). We are particularly looking for a face painter - if you are able to help, please get in touch with Victoria.

    Children’s Games x 4

  • 2.00-3.30pm - 1 person per game
  • 3.30-5.00pm - 1 person per game
  • If you can help on the day with children's games, please contact Pavlos Pavli (Paul_Pavli AT yahoo.co.uk).

    Fairfield Association AGM 2022, Friends Meeting House, Social Room, Tuesday 18th October, 7.30pm

    Fairfield Association members can nominate officers and trustees. Nominations for Chair, Secretary,Treasurer or Trustees should be sent to Shirley Rawsthorne, Secretary: s.rawsthorne AT lancaster.ac.uk no less than seven days before the meeting.

    Our current officers (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) and Trustees have all indicated that they are willing to stand again.

    AGM 2021 Minutes are on the website in the Supporting Us section.

    Let us know what you think by joining us on the 18th or by sending questions or comments to hilarydee57 AT gmail.com.

    Volunteers Picnic 2022 - and thank you, Carole!

    A photo taken from this year's 'Volunteers Picnic' and one of Carole Martin being presented with a framed photograph of the Orchard.

    Thanks to all those who help make the Fairfield Association what it is. We would also like to thank Carole so much for all the fantastic work she's done for the FA over the years, including the design and preparation of all those wonderful calendars. Come back and visit us soon, Carole! Click photos to luanch larger versions.

    Open Yardens Event - thank you!

    Thanks to all who generously opened their yardens last weekend, all who provided tea and all who visited. We raised a massive Ł827 over the weekend thanks to you!

    This included the sale of 127 tickets, refreshments and donations.

    We also got some lovely feedback over the weekend so may well look into running the event again in 2024.

    Fairfield Association 'Open Yardens' Event, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June (1-4pm)

    A selection of local gardens and back yards will be opened to the public - buy a Ł5 ticket to visit an unlimited number of yardens.

    If your yarden – however big or small – has a wildlife-friendly feature (e.g. pond, pollinating flowers, hedgehog homes, bird habitat) that you would like to share, please get in touch - you can open it on one or both days. If you want to volunteer your garden or just find out more, please contact jon_barry@hotmail.com (844113) or sue@nieduszynski.org (07745 402 177)

    All proceeeds to the Fairfield Association

    Open Yardens Flyer

    Fairfield Association Playground Fundraiser, Friday June 3rd 1-4pm, Fairfield Green Play Area

    Come and join us in the Fairfield Green Play Area (end of Wingate Saul Road and Sibsey Street) for games, music and fun.

    All welcome. Have a say about plans for the new play equipment or just bring a picnic and relax. Delicious homemade cakes and refreshments also for sale!

    Playground Fundraiser Flyer

    City Nature Challenge, Fairfield Nature Reserve, Sunday May 1st 9:15-13:00

    We're excited to be taking part part in the 'City Nature Challenge', a wildlife recording event organised by the the Natural History Museum of Los Angleles and California Academy of Sciences.

    Lancashire's involvement is organised by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, the Lancashire Environment Record Network and Lancaster City Council.

    You can find out more and download the 'City Nature Challenge App' from the City Nature Challenge website.

    Guided activities on the day include:

    • Moth Identification
    • Bird Watching
    • Pond dipping
    • Butterfly spotting

    P.S. Don't forget your wellies!

    Easter Egg Hunt, Fairfield Community Orchard, Easter Monday (18th April 2022)

    This popular and fun family event is being held in the Community Orchard on Easter Monday. There will be an Egg Treasure Hunt for children in the Orchard from 2pm to 3.30pm (Ł3 per child - children must be accompanied by an adult). There will also be Easter games and crafts and, of course, delicious home-made cakes and refreshments.

    Bring an Easter bonnet that you have made and enter the parade and competition which will be judged at 3.30pm.

    The success of all our events very much relies upon the invaluable help given by those of you who can give a little of their time to help serve refreshments, make cakes, erect and dismantle equipment and help with children’s games/activities. If you would like to help or need to know more about what is involved, please contact Carole Martin email: carole.martin56@hotmail.co.uk tel. 07810 557518.

    Volunteering video created by Lancaster University Students!

    This video was organised and created by gifted students, Charlotte, Gemma and James, from Lancaster University. We would like to thank them and all who took part in making this wonderful record.

    Wassailing (15th January 2022) - cancelled

    We are sorry to announce that the wassailing scheduled for 15th January 2022 will not now go ahead. We are sorry for any disappointment caused and very much hope to see you at next year's event!

    New Year Sale!

    If you didn’t get round to buying your Fairfield Association 2022 Calendar before Christmas - it is not too late! We have just a few still available and are selling these at the reduced price of Ł5 each. This quality A4 calendar contains 13 beautiful photographs taken in and around the nature reserve by members of the Fairfield Association. Our packs of notelets have sold very well and we will be selling these throughout the year. A pack of 6 notelets, with 6 individual designs, is Ł4 and represent a seasonal walk through the nature reserve. If you would like to by a calendar or notelets, please contact Carole Martin carole.martin56@hotmail.co.uk or tel. 07810 557518 / 01525 65994.

    All proceeds go to The Fairfield Assocation.

    Fairfield Association Notelets Flyer

    Pop Up Shop Updates

    Last Saturday’s Fairfield Association ‘Pop Up Shop’ was a great success, considering the very wet and windy weather! Thanks to everyone who turned out on the day.

    We now only have 25 calendars left so, If you still haven’t got your calendar (Ł8), please contact carole.martin56@hotmail.co.uk or phone 07810 557518 and we can deliver this to you. We can also deliver our new Fairfield Christmas cards and notelets (Ł4 for 6) and recipe books (Ł5).

    There are also just a few walking books still available – ‘Country walks in North-West England’ (Ł10). To place your order for all these items, please email stumpcirclebooks@gmail.com



    Graham is selling his ‘Off the Wall’ craft items from 1-2pm at the Volunteer shed (on the path to the Orchard from Sunnyside Lane) on Saturday 11th December from 1-2pm. These include Wonky Xmas Trees, Viking driftwood art/mobiles, woodworking mallets, spinning tops, runic medallions, festive pinecones, bird feeders (pre-order only – contact Graham 07855 814042). Donations to The Fairfield Association are welcome for all these items.

    Pop-up Shop, Volunteer Shed, Saturday 4th December, 11am-3pm

    Head down to our pop-up shop to pick up some Christmas goodies, including the ever-popular Fairfield Calendar, Christmas cards, hand-made wooden crafts and more! See the flyer for details.

    Pop-up Shop flyer

    Annual General Meeting, Friends Meeting House, Tuesday 19th October, 7.30pm

    A reminder that this year's AGM will be held on Tuesday,19th October in the Social Room (formerly known as the William Stout Room), Friends Meeting House. Come and let us know what you think! Because of the prevalence of Covid, please wear a face mask until seated and use the front entrance of the Meeting House.

    AGM Agenda

    Thank you and Apple Day Photos!

    The Fairfield Apple Day held on 25 September was a great success and was enjoyed by a huge crowd of supporters. This was our first event since lockdown and everyone was delighted to meet up again in the Orchard and enjoy the refreshments, games, forest activities, craft stalls and storytelling.

    We would like to thank all the volunteers on the day who worked very hard to make it such a success, and also all of your who came along to support us. Apple Day was mainly about getting us all together again - and raised Ł700!

    Apple Day Photos

    Annual General Meeting, Friends Meeting House, Tuesday 19th October, 7.30pm

    This year's AGM will be held in the Social Room (formerly known as the William Stout Room), Friends Meeting House. Come and let us know what you think! Because of the prevalence of Covid, please wear a face mask until seated and use the front entrance of the Meeting House.

    All members of the Fairfield Association are entitled to nominate officers and trustees. Nominations for Chair, Secretary, Treasurer or Trustees should be sent to Shirley Rawsthorne, Secretary: s.rawsthorne@lancaster.ac.uk no less than seven days before the meeting. AGM 2020 Minutes can be found in the Meetings area of the website.

    Country Walks in North West England

    Some of you will know that since 2019 members of the volunteering group who care for the Fairfield Nature Reserve in Lancaster have organised monthly walks in the countryside. During the first lockdown in 2020 a small team of these ‘Fairfield Walkers’ began preparing a guidebook to twelve of their walks, and copies are now available. As well as maps and route descriptions, the 100-page book includes very readable descriptions of some of the most interesting and often unusual features of each walk: information on local history (industrial heritage, art and architecture), the natural world (flora and fauna, geology) and plenty of photographs and illustrations.

    The walks are all moderately easy, medium-length (5-7 miles) and accessible from Lancaster (many by public transport) and the book includes a QR code giving access to a supplementary website with comprehensive, turn by turn, descriptions of each walking route, which can be downloaded and then printed out or saved to a mobile phone.

    The book (£10.00, with all profits going to the Fairfield Association), made its debut at Apple Day in Fairfield Orchard on Saturday 25 September and is available for order from stumpcirclebooks.com and very soon in local outlets such as bookshops and tourist information offices. So, Christmas is not far away..... order your copy(ies) now!

    Country Walks Flyer

    Fairfield Association Apple Day, Millennium Orchard, Saturday 25th September 2021, 2-5pm

    Apple Day this year is our first major Fairfield event since lockdown and promises to be great fun for all the family. Delicious homemade refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon and there will be apple-themed games and crafts, story-telling and forest school activities for the children. An outdoor drawing workshop for adults with a nature theme will also be provided by King Street Arts from 3-4pm which will be free of charge (see below for further details). Other stalls include the sale of Fairfield Association items (notelets, recipe books etc.) local crafts and an apple display.

    As in previous years, we rely upon our volunteers to make the day a success. The Association is renowned for its cakes and we are hoping that many of you will generously provide cakes or tray-bakes for us to sell. You can bring a cake on the day or leave it beforehand in the porch at Whitegates, Sunnyside Close, LA1 5NH. Please let us know what kind of cake it is and if it contains nuts or dairy or anything that might lead to an allergic response. We would also like to provide vegan and gluten-free choices. Please label tins or plates with a name and a contact number so that we can return them if necessary. If you want to let us know that you are making a cake, or have any queries, please email: hilarydee57@gmail.com

    We will need volunteers to help set up and take down the marquee, gazebos, tables and chairs before the event (12noon) and afterwards (5pm) and also to serve the refreshments and help with games and crafts etc. throughout the afternoon:

    Refreshments:

    • 2.00-3.30pm - 4 people
    • 3.30-5.00pm - 4 people

    ChildrenÂ’s Crafts:

    • 2.00-3.30pm - 1 person
    • 3.30-5.00pm - 1 person

    Children's Games x 4:

    • 2.00-3.30pm - 1 person per game
    • 3.30-5.00pm - 1 person per game

    If you can help on the day, please contact Carole Martin carole.martin56@hotmail.co.uk tel: 01524 65994 / 07810 557518.

    We look forward to welcoming you back!

    Apple Day Flyer

    Outdoor Drawing Workshop at Apple Day - Saturday 25th September 3-4pm

    Trees, Fruit and Other Things with Kath McDonald, from King Street Arts, (formerly King Street Studios).

    A drawing workshop for adults - looking at a gentle appreciation of nature - is taking place as part of the Apple Day event and also The Great Big Green Week. The workshop is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

    In this one hour workshop we will use a series of easy drawing techniques to explore the world of nature around us. Have a go at drawing, or use this to explore some different ways of working.

    What you will need to bring:

    • A range of drawing implements, eg. hard and soft graphite pencils, some colour (pencils or pens/felt tips)
    • An A4 pad of plain paper (or some printer paper and a board to support you while you draw
    • A mat or something else to sit on.

    The workshop will be free but places are limited to 10, so participants are advised to contact Kath McDonald via info@kingstreetstudios.art tel: 07749 932899 to register. The workshop will commence at the Millennium oak tree area off the Orchard path.

    Fairfield Association 2022 Calendar

    A big thank you to all those who have already sent in their photos of the Fairfield Nature Reserve for possible inclusion in the Fairfield Association 2022 Calendar. The deadline for submitting your photos is Sunday 26 September. Please email your photos to Carole Martin: carole.martin56@hotmail.co.uk

    For the calendar, all photographs must be landscape in orientation and of reasonably high resolution (minimum 2.5MB). However, photos of lower resolution will be used on the Fairfield Association website, so please continue to send them in.

    The calendars sell very quickly, so to avoid disappointment you can reserve your copy by contacting Carole Martin by email (see above) or by phone 01524 65994 or 07810 557518. Please provide your address and contact details so that we can arrange for collection/delivery. You can also pre-order your calendar on Apple Day (Saturday 25 September). As in previous years, the calendars cost £8 and will be available from the middle of November. All proceeds go to The Fairfield Association.

    Open Garden Event, Carr House Farm, 3rd and 4th July 2021 10am-5pm

    Carr House Farm will once again be open to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme. This is a great opportunity to look around a very special garden.

    Carr House Farm is at the end of Carr House Lane and the event is hosted by Robin and Helen Loxam. More details to follow.

    North Lancashire Wildlife Group 2021 Wildlife Magazine

    For those interested in local wildlife, the North Lancashire Wildlife Group (NLWG) 2021 annual wildlife magazine is now available. The magazine provides fifty-six pages of wildlife-related content, including forty reports and articles, and also features two hundred photographs.

    Cost is £3.50 (£6.00 if posted but can be dropped off locally post-free).

    Contact the editor, Rob, at robszsz@yahoo.co.uk.

    Pop-up Shop, 5th December 2020, 10.00am - 3.00pm, Volunteer Shed

    The Fairfield Association 'Pop-up Shop' is being held on Saturday 5th December from 10.00am to 3.00pm at the volunteer shed on the path leading to the Orchard from Sunnyside Lane. NB Please note date change due to latest restrictions

    Items available include:

    • The Fairfield Association 2021 Calendar - £8.00 each
    • Fairfield Association Christmas Cards - £4.00 for a pack 6cards (6 designs)
    • Our Cakes and Bakes Recipe Books - £5.00 for over 50 mouth-watering recipes
    • Notelets - £4.00 for a pack of 6 cards (6 designs reflecting the seasons of the Reserve)
    • The North Lancashire Wildlife Group (NLWG) 2020 newsletter. The price of the newsletter is £3.00 or £5.00 if posted (Cworkman0816@gmail.com)
    • The book, Lancashire A Journey into the Wild, which costs £20 and would make an excellent Christmas present for anyone interested in local conservation.
    • Lucky bags containing chocolates and sweets - £1.00

    At the 'Pop -up Shop' we will also be distributing bundles of bamboo canes, ideal for your garden or allotment. Demonstration pyramids will be on show. Also, a special offer of Graham's designer crafted bird feeders, with the additional bonus of the recipe for the bird food to apply to your feeder - irresistible to all birds! Donations are welcome for the canes and bird-feeders, but please note that we are unable to offer change for donations.

    These items make perfect Christmas gifts, so why not pop along to our shop? We look forward to seeing you there! The shop will be run by our volunteers and, for your safety, strict social-distancing measures will be employed.

    Our calendars and cards are selling very quickly! However, you can still order your calendars, Christmas cards, recipe books and notelets (for either delivery or collection) by contacting Carole at carole.martin56@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01524 65994 / 07810 557518. Single Step on Penny Street and Arteria on Common Garden Street have also kindly agreed to sell our calendars and Christmas cards if you would prefer to pick them up in Lancaster.

    All proceeds from the sale of these items go to the Fairfield Association or The Lancashire Wildlife Trusts who support us. Thank you for your continued support.

    Pop-Up Shop Flyer

    FA Calendar 2021 Flyer

    2021 Fairfield Association Calendar and Christmas Cards!

    The 2021 Fairfield Association Calendar will be on sale from the second week of November. This quality A4 calendar contains 13 beautiful photographs taken in and around the nature reserve. As in previous years, we have kept the price at £8 per calendar. We also have a new set of Christmas cards for 2020. Our Christmas cards, with 6 individual designs, are priced at £4 per pack.

    To order your 2021 Fairfield Association Calendar and Christmas Cards, please contact carole.martin56@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01524 65994 / 07810 557518. It would be helpful if you could pay for these by BACS or cheque (made payable to The Fairfield Association). Our BACS details are as follows:

    Name of account: Fairfield Association
    Sort code: 089299 (The Cooperative Bank)
    Account number: 65292387
    (Reference Calendar)

    The calendars and cards will be delivered to you, so please let us know your address and contact details when you place your order and we will be in touch with you to make the necessary arrangements. We are also selling our calendars, cards, notelets and recipe books from our 'pop-up shop' and your orders can also be collected from there. The 'shop' will be held on Saturday 5th December from 10.00am to 3.00pm (see new date above due to latest restrictions) at the volunteer shed on the path leading to the Orchard from Sunnyside Lane. This will be run by our volunteers, with strict social-distancing measures employed.

    All proceeds from the calendar and cards go to The Fairfield Association. As we have been unable to hold our usual events this year, it is even more important that we raise funds in this way.

    Thanks again for your support!

    FA Calendar 2021 Flyer

    Thank you!

    In the last few months we have received a number of very generous donations, some of them anonymous. We would like to extend our thanks to all those people who have supported the Association during this difficult time when we are unable to run fund-raising events, especially those we have been unable to thank personally.

     Fairfield Friends Leaflet

    Fairfield Association Annual General Meeting, Wednesday 30th September, 7.30pm via Zoom

    This year's AGM will be using questions submitted in advance by email and via the video conferencing app Zoom on the night.

    Fairfield Association members are entitled to nominate officers and trustees. Nominations for Chair, Secretary, Treasurer or Trustees should be sent to Shirley Rawsthorne, Secretary: s DOT rawsthorne AT lancaster DOT ac DOT uk (letters replaced to avoid spam) no less than seven days before the meeting.

    Our current officers (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) have indicated that they are willing to stand again. Sue Nieduszynska is standing for re-election as a trustee and other trustees continue to serve.

    Let us know what you think by joining us on the 30th or by sending written questions to hilarydee57 AT gmail DOT com in advance.

    If you have the technology required to join the Zoom meeting, please contact Andrew Brennand, Membership Secretary using brennand AT gmail DOT com, who will be sending out invitations and joining details shortly.

    Fairfield Association Documentary!

    This documentary was designed and developed by students of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lancaster University during spring and summer of this year, while on placement with the Association.

    We would like to congratulate and extend our thanks to all who participated in creating this wonderful record of the reserve and its history, during challenging circumstances.

    BBC Radio Lancashire Interviews, Sunday 15th March, 12:00

    The Fairfield Association is taking part in Stephen Lowe's Lancashire Outdoors program this Sunday. The BBC Radio Lancashire programme starts at 12.00 and our first snippet should be on at around 12.20. If you're unable to listen to the programme, a copy of the interviews and a video clips showing photos taken during the interviews can be found below:

     Video clip showing photos taken during interviews (4 MB)

     Interview 1 (12 MB)

     Interview 2 (10 MB)

    Bee-friendly Window Boxes - cancelled till next year

    Given the current situation with coronavirus, we have taken the decison to postpone the planting of window boxes till next year.

    Photos of the area

    We are very grateful to Tom Brown for getting in touch and sharing some of the beautiful photos he has taken in and around the reserve. Many thanks Tom!

    Tom's Photo Album

    Mini Bioblitz, Flora fields and Fauna, 31st July 2019

    On Wednesday 31st July, Chris Workman has planned a mini bioblitz for the North Lancashire Wildlife Group and any Fairfield or local residents who want to attend. The meeting place is the end of Sunnyside Lane at 10.00am.

    The plan is to sample / survey the wild flower margins of Flora fields and, if time, go into Upper Sowerholme via the new style from Lower Sowerholme and sample the ponds/streams there. We hope to finish before 13.00h. Wellington boots and suitable clothing are advised. The wet weather programme for this event is to get wet and look for snails and slugs and things hiding from the rain.

    Fairfield Association Annual General Meeting, Friends Meeting House, 19th June 7:30 p.m.

    Come and join us in the Meeting Room to hear our news and to let us know what you think!

    All members of the Fairfield Association are entitled to nominate officers and trustees. Nominations for Chair, Secretary,Treasurer or Trustees should be sent to Shirley Rawsthorne, Secretary (s DOT rawsthorne AT lancaster DOT ac DOT uk) no less than seven days before the meeting.

    The AGM 2018 Minutes and associated files can be found in the Meetings and Minutes area on the website.

    Aerial Footage of The Fairfield Association Flora and Fauna Nature Reserve!

    Presentation of Queen's Royal Voluntary Service Award at Shire Hall, Preston

    Lord Shuttleworth , Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire and the QueenÂ’s representative presented the Fairfield Association with the award in the Shire Hall in Preston on Wednesday 27th September.

    Ten of our volunteers were present to receive the award and very much enjoyed the event which was friendly and finished with tea and cakes. 5 charities from Lancashire received the award and one of these, the Abaseen Foundation, is also based in Lancaster and is doing wonderful work in the far north of Pakistan (see the Abaseen Foundation website for more details).

    In addition to the certificate, signed by Her Majesty, the FA was presented with a piece of crystal. If anyone would like a replica (8cmx5cmx5cn), please contact us. There is a limited edition available for members of the FA at a cost of £25 (or less, depending on how many people want them). If you are interested, please contact Hilary Short (Hilarydee57 AT gmail DOT com) or you can order directly from (click on QueenÂ’s Awards for Voluntary Service).

     QAVS Certificate

    Photo of Crystal Award

    Apple Day Photos

    Some lovely photos of Apple Day taken by Carole Martin - many thanks Carole!

    Apple Day Photos (launches Google Photos album)

    Fairfield Association wins The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service!

    We are thrilled to let you know that the Fairfield Association has been awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2017. This award was created by The Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

    This is an award for all of us as volunteers. It recognises our achievements as a grassroots community in creating more than 50 acres of green space for people to enjoy.

    This is a great honour and a wonderful way to mark 21 years as a volunteering community.

    The photograph opposite shows Fairfield volunteers Ian and Suzanne who represented the Association at a recent Buckingham Palace Garden Party to mark the occasion.

    Volunteering/conservation awards with the John Muir Trust

    The Fairfield Association is to offer volunteers the exciting opportunity to gain volunteering/conservation awards through the John Muir Trust of which it is now a member.

    The FA will offer existing and new volunteers the opportunity to undertake a John Muir Award, with member Graham Brandwood coordinating the award on behalf of the FA. Graham will be doing a briefing at coffee break time at the next volunteering session on the 14th March.

    Please contact Graham for further information 0785 581 4042 or gabrandwood AT hotmail DOT co DOT uk .

     John Muir Volunteering/Conservation Award leaflet

    Local walk published!

    A Fairfield member has written a walk that has been published as part of the Royal Geographical Society 'Discovering Britain' series.

    The Walk is called 'From Water to Wealth'. Discover how a river and a canal aided LancasterÂ’s fortunes. See impressive buildings and landmarks funded by waterborne trade. Find out how waterways helped to shape a caring community. Enjoy a vibrant landscape where wealth takes many forms. The route begins at the Captured Africans' sculpture on the Quay and travels via the Maritime Museum, the Priory and Castle, the Judges' Lodgings, Church Street, New Street, the Market Square, Dalton Square, the Cathedral, along the canal past Basin Bridge to the Aldcliffe Road footbridge. Then it enters Fauna via Cromwell Road, and continues along Ashfield Avenue, finishing in Westfield Village. The text speaks of the work of the Fairfield Association being a fine example of LancasterÂ’s wealth embodied in its people.

    Copies of the booklet can be obtained from the Visitor Information Centre at £3.99. It can also be downloaded as a PDF:
    Discovering Britain (select the “Walk It” button to download what you want) or you can download an audio guide to your smartphone or iPod for free.

    News Archive

    Carol Singing, Christmas Eve 5pm, Sunnyside Lane

    We meet at 5pm outside Edenbreck Farm Cottage and hope for good weather! Come and go as you please. Torch and warm clothes advised. All welcome.

    Wassailing, Saturday 18th January 3pm, Fairfield Orchard

    Bang your pots and help drive out any evil spirits. You can also enjoy music, wassail punch and a small bonfire.

    Footpath around Pony Wood

    The new Pony Wood footpath was officially opened with champagne and cake on Saturday 12th October. Jon Barry cut a string of hazard warning tape with a pair of loppers and volunteers, funders and the designer of the new footpath enjoyed a glass of champagne and homemade cake at the top of the hill.

    The path was designed to have a gentle gradient with frequent benches along the way so that most people should be able to reach the summit and enjoy the superb views of the nature reserve and Lancaster Castle.

    Many thanks to Carole Martin for taking photos of the event (and many others throughout the year!)

    Pony Wood Photos (and others)

    Anti-social behaviour

    The play area and the Orchard continue to be immensely popular and successful. Unfortunately, from time to time groups of underage drinkers (mainly from outside the Fairfield area) congregate in the area because they have been moved on from elsewhere. The Association takes seriously all incidents of anti-social behaviour, bullying or anything else, and works closely with schools and the police to make sure that the play area and the Orchard continue to be accessible and friendly places for everyone to meet and enjoy themselves.

    The whole of Fairfield is now an Alcohol-Free Zone.

    i) if you see young people drinking, particularly in the early evening, if you see anybody vandalising the area or any other anti-social behaviour, please ring the police on (01524) 596649 (voicemail), or email lancaster.npt@lancashire.pnn.police.uk. If you would prefer not to draw attention to yourself by a visit from the police, simply say so when you make the call.

    ii) If you see empty bottles on the Green, please put them in the bin.

    iii) Please support the efforts of the police, by attending the monthly PACT meetings and making your experiences and views known. Our Police Community Safety Officer, Cath Elliott.

    Please report damage to the play equipment to Andrew Brennand: (01524) 542795.

    Keeping Up our Numbers!

    We have raised a lot of money to provide the play area, Millennium Orchard and Fauna. But we still need your support if we are to build on our successes. In particular we need more active members. Under 'Membership' you will find a downloadable membership form and details of the scheme to pay annual subscriptions by standing order if you prefer. In the meantime, to join the Association please contact our Membership Secretary - see the Contact Us page.