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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.)

Early Morning Bird Walk, Wednesday 9th April, 7am start, Sunnyside Lane

The walk will be led by Jon Carter, RSPB, who says

‘If the weather is decent you can expect to hear lots of birdsong, and hopefully see and hear several newly arrived migrant species amongst the local residents. Bring binoculars if you have a pair – I will have a spare pair to hand in case anyone needs them. Please feel free to pass this on to anyone that you feel may wish to join us.’

Meet at the end of Sunnyside Lane, where the footpath to the Orchard begins. The walk is likely to be around 2 hours, but anyone can leave at any point if they need to.

There will also be bird walks on:

Wednesday 16th evening - 6:30pm
Wednesday 23rd dawn walk - 6am

More information to follow nearer the time.

Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Monday 21st April, 2–4 pm, Fairfield Orchard

Yes, the Easter Bunny will soon be here again! The event will include the very popular egg decorating and the Easter Bonnet competition. This is a great community event, the success of which very much depends on the invaluable support of those of you who give some of your time on the day to help. Without this help the event would not be able to take place. Thank you to all who helped with the afternoon last year.

This year we need volunteers to help with the following:

  • Putting up our marquees and tables - from 12 noon and taking down about 4 pm.
  • Serving refreshments. Four helpers required for just one hour each. From 1.45 - 4 pm approx.
  • Assisting Tony and Jaci with putting out clues, giving out and checking answer sheets. Three helpers required. From 1.15 – 3.30 pm.
  • Cake making. Each year we have a wonderful selection of cakes and biscuits provided by all you Fairfield bakers. If you would like to provide baking this year it will be much appreciated (well, there is never any left over!). It can be taken to the orchard on the day after 1 pm or left with Ruth or Tony.
  • We also require 5 ‘Stewards/marshalls’ to be around the orchard and nature reserve path. This is not a difficult task and is in fact, probably the easiest. And you do get to wear a yellow jacket!

If you would like to help with any of the above or need to know exactly what is involved, please contact Tony or Ruth Haigh:

Tony Tel: 36426, email: ajea.finn AT tiscali DOT co DOT uk

Guided Walk Through Flora, Thursday May 8th 7 – 8:30 pm

Guided walk through Flora, led by Andy Lee, Tree Surgeon and Tree Enthusiast. An opportunity to learn about the trees in Flora and to see the newly planted extension to Pony Wood: what we are conserving, planting and why.

Meet at the junction of Lancaster Canal and Long Pads Footpath. Wellies or stout shoes essential.

The first in the Summer Programme of Events (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) of the Fairfield Association Flora Nature Reserve.

 Flora - Summer Programme of Events Leaflet

Family & Adult Campfire Sessions in Pony Wood, (part of the ‘GO WILD’ Programme of Events)

Come and learn how to light a fire without matches and cook typical campfire food:

SessionDateTime
1 (Families)Monday 12th May6 – 8pm
2 (Families)Wednesday 14th May6 – 8pm
3 (Families)Tuesday 20th May6 – 8pm
4* (Adults only)Thursday 22nd May6.30 – 8.30pm

 Go Wild Campfire Flyer

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 Lancaster’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 Lancaster’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.

Yak and Nak visit Nepal!

Following on from doing the Kanchenjunga trek, Nepal, in Nov 2011, a Fairfield member, Hermione Roff, has published a delightful children’s picture book (aimed at ages 3-7) that can be sold with profits going to charity. Each copy sold will generate £5 for the Fairfield Association.

If you would like to purchase one or more for your child, grandchild/ren, niece/s, nephew/s then please contact Ruth on membership AT fairfieldassociation DOT org.

You are very welcome to come and look at a copy first with no obligation. You would leave £6.99 per copy (to bank in the Fairfield account) and £1.99 would then be passed to the author to go towards a reprint.

News Archive

Flora Talk, Thursday, March 27th, 7.30-8.30 pm at the Storey Institute

Organisms and Ecology of Flora and Fauna. A talk by Dr. Chris Workman - Chris is an active member of the Fairfield Association and will talk about the ecology of grasslands and the organisms which make them work.

The fifth in the Spring Programme of Events (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) of the Fairfield Association Flora Nature Reserve.

 Flora - Spring Programme of Events Leaflet

Introductory Bee Keepers' Course, 15th March, Carnforth

The Lancaster Beekeepers are running a One-day Introductory Course on Basic Beekeeping, to be held on 15 March 2014 at Truckhaven Conference Centre, Carnforth, from 9.30am to 4pm.

It's a taster day so that anyone interested in keeping bees can find out what is involved before committing themselves. The cost is £60 including lunch, tea and coffee throughout the day and course notes. Further details, including how to register, can be found on the Lancaster Beekeepers website.

Flora Talk, Thursday, March 6th, 7.30-8.30 pm at the Storey Institute

Local History Research. A talk by local historian, Mike Derbyshire, who will introduce us to fascinating source material relevant to the area. Every-one welcome to bring items of interest.

The third in the Spring Programme of Events (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) of the Fairfield Association Flora Nature Reserve.

 Flora - Spring Programme of Events Leaflet

Fauna and Flora Walk, Saturday March 8th, 2pm.

Hedgerows and Hedgerow Trees, their Wildlife and Landscape Value. A guided tour of Fauna and Flora exploring the hedges and hedgerow trees and learning about their management with the landscape and wildlife. Led by Tarja Wilson, Environmental Projects Officer, Lancashire County Council. Meet at the Sunnyside Lane/Orchard end of the Fauna footpath, wellies or boots needed.

The fourth in the Spring Programme of Events (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) of the Fairfield Association Flora Nature Reserve.

 Flora - Spring Programme of Events Leaflet

Wassailing, Fairfield Orchard (at the end of Sunnyside Lane), Saturday 18th January, 3pm – 5pm

Come and join us in this traditional Old Twelfth Night celebration - procession starts at 3pm prompt. Bring drums, pots and pans to bang and clatter as we process through the trees!

Both young and old are invited to come dressed as the Oak King or the Apple Queen - we will draw lots to choose the sovereigns of the orchard. Traditional offerings of toast and cider to the trees. Passing of the Wassail Cup. Dancing. Bonfire. Traditional Wassailing songs taught and performed.

Suggested donation £1 per person.

Party in the Paddock, Saturday 5th October 3-8 p.m.

We have been awarded a grant to celebrate the recent success in acquiring the fields to expand the Fauna Nature Reserve, and we are only allowed to spend the money on a party!

Since the local community has played such a large part in making this a success we wanted to thank you and celebrate with you, so for this year, 'Party in the Paddock' will be replacing our usual 'Apple Day' event.

Please download the flyer below for further details of the party:

 Party in the Paddock flyer

Flora Learning Programme begins on September 19th at 7.30 pm in the Storey Institute

The Heritage Lottery Fund project which has helped the Association to buy the Flora fields also has a learning component, which will begin on 19th September with a talk and question-and-answer session in the Storey Institute. Hilary and Mick Short, two long-standing Fairfield Association trustees, will give an illustrated talk: The Fairfield Association and Flora: Past, Present, Plans and Possibilities.

This will be the first of a series of Flora-related talks and activities, which will continue until spring 2014. Other parts of the Heritage Lottery Fund-funding will provide:

  1. Learning activities for children in local primary and secondary schools and in FLORA;
  2. Training for volunteers to help them to maintain the reserve;
  3. An end-of-project two-day public exhibition in Lancaster City Centre about FLORA, its heritage and the Fairfield Association’s longer-term plans for conserving and managing the FLORA reserve.

 Flora - Autumn Programme of Events Leaflet

Amended Fairfield Association Constitution

At the AGM on June 12th we will be voting on an amended constitution. This is based on the new model constitution provided by the Charities Commission. If you wish to read the new constitution prior to the vote, please download it from the link below. We have also provided a jargon-free (as far as possible!) commentary on the document in order to explain what the changes mean and why they're necessary.

 Fairfield Association Amended Constitution.

 Fairfield Association Amended Constitution - Commentary

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.