Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Extra volunteer session for hedge planting, plus dementia friendly training

Here is Jonathan’s message

Greetings All,

A couple of items for your attention on this occasion.

First, a reminder about the second Dementia Friends induction session
organised by Mick Short who says…

“This next induction workshop will take place between 6 pm and 7 pm on
Thursday 22 February in the Meetings Room of Joseph A. Jones & Co.,
solicitors, 6 Fenton Street (I have booked the room until 7.30, in case we
over-run a little). Gary Rycroft, one of the firm’s partners, will be on
hand to let us in and lock up afterwards. The room is not large and so we
will only be able to take a maximum of 10 prospective Dementia Friends
this time. I will be arranging other Dementia Friends inductions later in
the year, though, so this is not your last chance if you can’t make 22

The Fairfield Association informal Volunteers Buffet is on the same
evening, in the Storey Institute, starting around 7 pm, so people who want
to attend both events can go straight from the induction to the buffet as
the offices of Joseph A. Jones & Co. and the Storey Institute are only
about 100 yards apart.

This will be the first induction I will be involved in running (I became
qualified to do this at a day session in Manchester just before
Christmas). Steve Fairclough (Dukes Playhouse), who ran the November 23
induction to great acclaim, will be supporting me so that I don’t foul
things up!

Just email me to sign up: 

Second, news of an Extra Bonus volunteering session on Saturday March 3rd…

The Fairfield Association are holding a Tree Planting Saturday volunteer
session on March 3rd meeting at 9.30am (note the earlier time) at the
This session begins the work on the ‘Pony Wood project’ by planting the
hedge alongside the existing fencing and beginning to plant additional
trees to extend the wood.

We hope to get 600 saplings planted, so ‘all hands on deck’ is the order
of the day please.
A few points to note:
* Please bring your own refreshments on this occasion for a mid morning
* You might want to bring your own spade and / or gloves.
* Full instructions will be given.
* The saplings are supplied by the Woodlands Trust, partly through their
Community Programme via a donation by the local Rotary Club and partly
through their MOREhedges scheme, by which the FA gets saplings at a very
reasonable price.

Please come along if you possibly can as we begin this exciting next step
in the development of the Nature Reserve.

Best wishes,