2021 Annual General Meeting
We return this year to holding an AGM in person!
To be held on:
Thursday 18th November 2021 at 7.00pm
St Mary’s Handbridge Centre, St Mary Without-the-Walls, Handbridge, CH4 7HL
Our AGM talk and presentation will be by Mike Shaw on Sundials. Please see the latest Newsletter 224 for more details.
Public Events in 2021
The Chester Raft Race was due to take place on 4th July 2021 but was cancelled
The Deva Triathlon starting from Grosvenor Park has its run routes through the Meadows and took place on Sunday 13th June 2021
The Deva Divas Triathlon took place on Sunday 11th July 2021
The Dee Mile took place on Saturday 7th August.
In the circumstances restricting social gatherings, the 2020 Annual General Meeting (due to have taken place in November) was cancelled. A Chair's Annual Report appeared in the Autumn Newsletter (Issue 220) and the Accounts will be made available on this website (see News opposite)
All Public events in 2020 were cancelled
The Chester Raft Race was due to take place in June 2020 and was cancelled. The 2021 event scheduled for 4th July has also been cancelled
Deva Divas Triathlon scheduled for 12th July 2020 was also cancelled. The 2021 event is scheduled for 11th July.
The Dee Mile scheduled for 8th August 2020 was also cancelled. No information yet for a 2021 date.
Annual General Meeting 2019
Thursday 7th November, 2019 at 7pm
at St Mary’s Handbridge Centre, St Mary Without-the-Walls, Handbridge, CH4 7HL
This year’s AGM talk and presentation was by Jill Burton on: Erddig’s “Thief Cook” – Fact or Fiction?
Public Events in 2019
Sunday 30 June 2019:
Chester Raft Race - Chester Rotary Club
Sunday 14 July 2019:
Deva Divas Triathlon - Short distance ladies' only race: Swim, Bike and Run
Saturday 10 August 2019:
Dee Mile Swimming Race (Chester Triathlon Club)
Chester Heritage Festival Walk on the Meadows: Friday 21st June 2019
As part of the Chester Heritage Festival, Julie Savory from the Friends of the Meadows Committee led a short walk around the Chester Meadows, providing an introduction to the history of the Meadows.
During the walk the work of the Friends of the Meadows in protecting and enhancing the Meadows for future generations of humans, fauna and flora was also explored.
Winter Tree Identification Walk:
27th January 2019
Looking at a variety of trees in The Dingle, Duke's Drive and Overleigh Cemetery.
This was a joint event with the North Wales Wildlife Trust
Works on the Meadows - October 2021
The latest from Stephanie Hefferan, Greenspace Officer
Cut and collect – the bales are still on the Meadows; which should have been removed. I am concerned that if they are removed now there will be unacceptable ground damage so they may have to remain until the ground is accessible to remove safely. I will keep in regular contact with the new contractors to ensure that this gets done as soon as it is safe to do so.
Path resurfacing – I have just received news that the grant application has been approved. Contractors will be on site in the next couple of weeks and are being arranged by our asset team. They will be doing the ‘loop’ – central path, riverside path to entrance which was identified as the first priority.
Welsh Water works - Update May 2021
Our Greenspace Officer, Stephanie Hefferan has given us this update today (7th May 2021):
Welsh Water has announced that the reinstatement works scheduled for the weekend are now moved to Monday to avoid the forecasted heavy rain. The work will be monitored and inspected by myself and Welsh Water.
A full description of all the works and updates from November 2020 and since February 2021 can be found here
Financial Report 2019-20
As we were unable to present the accounts at our AGM last year, a financial report was included in the Winter 2021 Newsletter (Issue 221) - see Newsletters
Detailed accounts together with that report can be viewed here (as a pdf file)
Environmental Strategies Consultation
The Council is currently consulting on its Environmental Strategies which comprises the Wildflower and Grassland Strategy, Parks and Open Spaces Strategy and the Play strategy review. The consultation is a chance for you to play your part, and tell the Council how you would like our landscape to be managed in the future.
Although this was launched before Christmas, we have been trying to get clarification on the issue of conservational grazing on The Meadows, which we understand will not be reintroduced this year (more in the next newsletter)
This consultation will be open until 25th January 2021, so please take the time to have your say!
You can have your say here: Complete the Survey
Watersports Hub - Planning Application Withdrawn
On 12th October 2020, Cheshire West and Chester Council Planning Dept issued a letter stating that Planning Application 16/05188/FUL had been withdrawn on 14th September 2020.
This marks the end of the proposals to build a Watersports Hub - for now anyway.
Go here for an archive of all articles relating to this proposal since 2016
In early May 2020 we had the sad news that Adele Edwards, who was one of the founders of Friends of the Meadows, sadly passed away. She died from cancer in a hospice in Wiltshire where her daughter lives. Her health had not been good for several years now.
Adele was on the first committee in 1994 as Membership Secretary and Editor of the newsletter. She took over as chairman from Richard Smart, the first chairman and continued to work for many years for Friends of the Meadows as both chairman and editor.
We extend our condolences to all her family and friends.
5th May 2020
Read David Holmes' article for Chester Chronicle:
"Guardian of Chester Meadows dies age 79"
(published 1 June 2020)
Bankside Fencing installed in July 2019
Fencing was installed on Thursday 11th July 2019 to address bankside erosion. As the bankside is a SSSI and a SAC it requires protection. Small gaps were placed for dogs and access for management. This will also prevent erosion from cattle if grazing takes place next year! A gate was later added for access by events participants when required.
Blue Plaque on Town Hall commemorates Phyllis Brown
Planning permission for a blue plaque on the Town Hall to commemorate Phyllis Brown and Kate Clarke has been granted.
FOM Members will know that Phyllis Brown was a resident of Curzon Park and with her husband Harry F Brown gifted The Meadows to the people of Chester. She was also the first female councillor and first female mayor in Chester.