The Trinity Gala!
Sunday 28th August saw us at the bi-annual Trinity Gala again. This is a wonderful local event which incorporates load of activities, including an open-air church service, pipers, Zumba try out, stalls, Porto and Fi food van, games and fun dog show!
Above: Crowds at the gala
Right: our busy stall with some enthusiastic children colouring-in nature drawings
The Friends held a stall with a colouring-in table for children, our seed quiz, and cake sale. We talked to lots of interested local people and signed up new members.
Once again the weather was amazing as you can see in these photographs. A really terrific day!
Let us know if you'd like to be involved in the future.
The Community BBQ!
Broughton Rugby Club, in collaboration with Dunedin Gaelic Football Club hosted a Community BBQ in the Fields on Sunday 21st August 2022.
The event started with a litter pick, a free barbecue, a fun dog show and a bake-off competition. There were also 'have a try' rugby and gaelic football sessions running all day for youngsters .
Above and left: Some of our enthusiastic litter picker team!
Right: Eleanor Milner explains to visitors how to play the 'Identify a Seed' game.
And below: The sporting 'try-outs' in full fling
The Friends of Wardie Playing Fields had a stall next to the BBQ and many people signed up to join us. Visitors were so overwhelmed at getting free food, they kindly donated to our funds instead.
The best part of the whole day was seeing so many children and young people having a go at new sporting activities. The Field was alive with enthusiasm and yelps of joy.
Again the weather was kind to us all - aren't we lucky?!
Daffodil Bulb Planting Day!
A big thank you to those who turned out for our daffodil planting on Saturday 13th November 2021.
We had wonderful weather and managed to plant 450 bulbs in an hour and a half! We separated into teams and developed various techniques for getting through the tough grass.
The daffodils are planted at the north end of the Field to discourage passing folk from picking them, and just inside the border of unmown grass at the edge of the pitches. Hopefully, they will make a splendid display in spring next year.
Teams of jolly volunteers of all ages busy with spades and bulb planters. Thank you, everyone!
Look out for our daffodils in the spring!
Here's an artist's impression of our proposed projects for the Fields. This is just an idea of what we would like to achieve if we can raise the funds. We have already planted the daffodils so watch out for them in the spring!
The marked zone has been identified as an area for 'active play', with sports equipment for children and adults and a bench for relaxation.
If you would like to contribute to our future projects, please make a donation via text or a bank transfer to our account. Details can be found on the 'Join Us' page.
Looking to the Future
Our First BIG PICNIC!
After a gloomy start to the day, the sun broke through and shone on our Big Picnic event on Sunday 22nd August 2021.
As it was the first event of its kind, we had no idea how many folk would come along with their picnic blankets and sandwiches, but we estimate a couple of hundred turned up to enjoy our wonderful playing fields!
The ice cream van was a big hit of course, but there were also stalls selling children's books, school uniforms and orange squash, plus free activities such as 'Guess the seed pod', 'Make a Seed Bomb!', a Scavenger Hunt and a colouring-in table.
Thanks go to our fund-raising team for their inventiveness, enthusiasm and hard work. We'd also like to thank Edinburgh Leisure for opening the toilet facilities in the pavilion for the event, and providing much-needed rubbish bins.
Sporting activities were also in evidence. Niall Considine, the Dunedin Og Club Development Officer, organised gaelic football games and team sports for youngsters, and the Friends of Wardie Playing Fields held running races for children (and adults!) later on.
Above: the first comers gather around the stalls
Right: Our chair, Sheila Ross, opening the event
It was great to see so many people coming together after these many months of isolation, and enjoying a care-free afternoon.
We'd like to thank everyone for coming along to make the event such a success, and donating generously to the Friends of Wardie Playing Fields. We raised at least £265 in cash towards our wild flower meadow, and the text-giving has yet to be counted.
Roll on next year!
Left: Children racing for the finish line
Below: Lots of fun with the giant ball on the Gaelic Football pitch
Left and above: Sanne's Seed Bomb stall. Who knew re-wilding could be so much fun? Mix it up, let it dry and take home to create a patch of wild flower colour!
This all looked so much fun on the day, and if you have children who would like to try Gaelic Football, Niall would love to hear from you. Girls and boys of all ages are most welcome. Contact him using the details opposite: