All Public events in 2020 have now been cancelled
The Chester Raft Race, due to take place in June has been cancelled. The 2021 event is scheduled for 4th July.
Deva Divas Triathlon scheduled for 12th July has also been cancelled. The 2021 event is scheduled for 12th July.
The Dee Mile scheduled for 8th August has also been 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
We have to give the sad news that Adele Edwards, who was one of the founders of Friends of the Meadows, sadly passed away this week. 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 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.
Proposals for the Watersports Hub on Barnfield
The latest information is that a revised planning application was set to be submitted late in 2019. However, this has been postponed several times.
There was a requirement for further ecological surveys including a bat survey which were completed when the bat hibernation ended.
As of May 2020, we have no further information.
Articles in the Chester Chronicle:
(NB this does not appear to have been updated since March 2016 )