Latest news from the Rec

Read the latest stories and updates about the work of the Friends of Conway Rec, including upcoming Work Days.

Conway Rec’s beautiful Learning Circle

July 24, 2022

In 2019, two of the Friends were walking along the Thames path and, spotting a piece of striking mosaic artwork, wondered whether something similar could be created to grace Conway Rec. The idea emerged of a ‘Learning Circle’ that would embody information in an artistic way, while acting as a muster point for local schoolchildren…

Work day: May 29th 2022

June 18, 2022

Glorious weather again and an excellent turnout of enthusiastic volunteers achieved the following: A cherry tree was planted at the eastern end of the pond. Some debris was cleared from the same end. The Conway/Cannon evergreen hedge was gently pruned. The new, battery-operated strimmer was put to the test and several areas tidied. Brambles were…

Work day: 24th April 2022

May 28, 2022

A number of possibilities presented themselves: Flower bed weeding and tidying; Compost management (including soil from work on the mosaic circle); Litter picking;  Removing and recycling pond debris; Dead-heading daffs; Lifting the turf and smoothing the grass run to the top of the mosaic setts; Pruning and tidying the Dell behind Court 5. In the…

Work day: 27th March 2022

May 28, 2022

With Spring in our step, we managed all this: Plant daffodil bulbs left by Anna;  Litter pick, including roadsides by courts 1 and 4 and stretch behind court 5 and the run behind Conway gardens; Prune and tidy flowers around the Clubhouse; Gather twigs left alongside court 3 after Council pruned the hedge and leave…

Work day: February 27th 2022

May 28, 2022

Well, what a cracking day! Martin’s no-rain dance must have gone on the whole of last night. Thanks for turning out and working so hard. Fallen branches were gathered, bulbs planted, beds nurtured, litter picked, compost turned, mortar mixed, stones shaped, islands built and coffees and pastries consumed. Very few stones were left unturned. If…

Work day: January 30th, 2022

February 20, 2022

It was great to see so many Reccers. Thanks for turning out on what proved to be a beautiful day. You know you were missed if you couldn’t make this one, but we hope to see you next time. Challenging jobs were tackled yet we still found time for a hot cuppa, a sweetie or…

Friends of Conway Rec Golden Globes – January 9th 2022

February 20, 2022

We gathered outside the clubhouse on a bracing but sunny Sunday morning to celebrate Friends’ contributions to the upkeep of the Rec over the past year. The awards are below and something either useful or tasty accompanied each one. Keith and Mary, Master and Mistress of Ceremonies, expertly choreographed the whole event. FRIENDS OF CONWAY…

Work day: October 31st 2021

January 10, 2022

Thanks so much to all who were able to join us today. Here’s a quick report of achievements from our latest coffee justification session: * More masterful mulching * Hedge trimming to give yew space * Island righting and tree balancing * Loyal Parks Team (Troy and pals) picked up the green waste. Thank you…

Work day: September 26th, 2021

October 2, 2021

We were so lucky with the weather – calm, warm and sunny – just what we like for a spot of Autumnal Reccing. Thanks so much, workers, for pitching in and helping to make the Rec look cared-for. Some tricky challenges with leads, ladders and lack of sugar for coffee, but all resolved.  Several passers-by…

Work day: August 22nd, 2021

October 2, 2021

The focus was late-summer tidying, with some serious hedge trimming, judicious strimming, weeding, clipping, pruning, bramble/nettle control, pond-clearing, sweeping and litter-picking. Whilst some toiled on, others developed a sudden interest in local fauna – a lime hawk moth caterpillar had been spotted and rescued from the hedge trimmers. Find out more about these moths here:…

Workday report: July 18th, 2021

October 2, 2021

Many disparate tasks achieved including: Tidying edge of pond wall Building and launching new Barley Boom  Clearing any debris from pond Removing the now huge blackberry by the fence Hedge trim 1 – clearing passage court-side Hedge trim 2 – tidying fronts and tops Rec-side Weeding newest shrub section behind the fence across from Pen…

PondLife – July 11th and 31st, 2021

October 2, 2021

Two dates involving repairing the pond stone edging close to the path. Raw materials were sourced from the bottom of the pond and behind the shed. Lots of old-fashioned tools including spades, barrows, trowels, cold chisels and hammers and much practice at mortar-mixing for young and old. A few lucky people were allowed to wear…