Unwanted Vegetation in Wrenthorpe Park Meadows

We have arranged two dates in February for WRENS members to assist the Wakefield Council Countryside Team in clearing some of the unwanted vegetation in the Meadows.  These dates are:-

Saturday 1 February 2020

Thursday 6 February 2020

On both days we will be meeting at 10.30am in the Car Park in Wrenthorpe Park and envisage that we will be finishing around 1pm.

It would be great if you are able to help on either of these days. The Countryside Team will provide the equipment necessary to carry out the work, you just have to come suitably dressed in sturdy boots, gloves and warm clothing.

Please let Lynn know on 07990 325424 if you are able to assist, thank you

Weekly News Bulletin 15 March 2019


SPRING FLOWER SHOW: Three weeks to go! Sunday 7 April 2019

Everyone, whether an expert or an amateur, is eligible to enter. There are classes for daffodils, tulips, cacti and all sorts of plants. There are also plenty of non-horticultural classes – the Home Produce Section includes a loaf of white bread, a savoury flan, scones, jam, wine and lots more. There are special classes for club members, novices and children.

Contact Show Secretary, Peter Trickett, on 01924 373829 for a Show Schedule. Schedules are also available from Wrenthorpe Village Hall, Valley Crescent Centre, and Wrenthorpe Post Office.

WAKEFIELD HOSPICE SPRING FAIR: The local Fund-Raising Group will be holding a Spring Fair in Wrenthorpe Village Hall TOMORROW, Saturday 16 March, from 10am – 1pm. There will be quality craft stalls as well as stalls selling cakes, plants, bric-a-brac, books and jigsaws, a raffle and tombolas. Refreshments, including bacon butties will be on sale. Admission FREE but donations gratefully received.

WRENTHORPE (Crown Green) BOWLING CLUB: Pre-Season Meeting to be held at Wrenthorpe Sports and Social Club, 48 Wrenthorpe Road, WF2 0LP on Monday, 18 March at 7.30pm. New members welcome, any age, no experience necessary.  For further details please visit our website at  wrenthorpebowls.weebly.com or contact John Scholey on 07734 558000 or john@soloservices.org

WRENS AGM: Wednesday, 20 March, 7.30pm in Wrenthorpe Village Hall. Short meeting followed by drinks and nibbles with Speaker, David Leyshon, a retired college lecturer who will be giving a talk on the life, career and achievements of John Harrison.


Thursday 21st February was the last date for comment on Local Development Plan proposals to use green belt land for housing. We’ve confirmed that the Council did not allow the developers’ original proposals and no new proposals have been submitted for Wrenthorpe!

That’s wonderful news, and it’s time to party!!

So, you’re all invited to the Neighbourhood Forum in the Village Hall on Sunday 24 March, 1.30 to 4.30; but it will also be a Green (Belt) Party. Wear something Green! Bring your own drinks and nibbles: Celebrate Wrenthorpe’s green fields!

COMPUTER CLUB: The Club meets once a month, usually on the last Thursday of the month, from 7pm until 9pm at Valley Crescent Centre, Wrenthorpe. Each session costs £3 which includes internet access. Ring Darren Welldon 07783 171 248 for more information. The next meeting is on Thursday, 28 March.



RSPB – Give Nature a Home

Feb_eventWrens first event of 2017 was held on Sunday 5 February 2017 in Wrenthorpe Village Hall.

Lesley and David Tompkins, together with Mick Hall came along to talk about wildlife in general and particularly birds.

After a brief talk by David the children had the opportunity to take part in a number of activities including games and making a bird feeder.ADSC05375
Click on any of the pictures in the gallery below to see a larger picture.
By far the most popular activity was making a bird feeder from an apple, twigs and sunflower seeds from material prepared by Lesley and David.ADSC05368 ADSC05389ADSC05382ADSC05374
Another popular activity was matching a bird with its name on a very ingeniously designed board where when a plug was inserted into the name socket and a metal disk was touched with a lead, a bulb lit up.

Towards the end of the event David gave a slide show of birds that the children would probably be able to recognise and then played, in a different order, their bird song which the children were asked to identify.

This was a good start to the year and the children enjoyed it.

Wrenthorpe Park – Formal planted beds

As Wakefield Council can no longer afford to provide and maintain formal planted beds in the parks and open spaces for which it is responsible, a number of volunteer groups and societies have undertaken the task of doing so over a wide area.

WRENS have newly adopted four beds in Wrenthorpe Park adjacent to the one which was planted a few years ago with the letters WRENS in box within a planting of lavender. These are immediately outside the entrance to the bowling green.

Work started today 30 June 2016 on clearing these weedy beds with the welcome help from a team of volunteers from the Nationwide Building Society (see pictures below and click on them to expand) under the guidance of WRENS Vice-Chairman Charles (don’t call me Titchmarsh) Cantillon.

ADSC05288ADSC05286Although planting plans are not yet complete we hope that the new beds will be as follows:-

Bed 1 – To contain only English wildflowers. Although many consider such plants are not ideal for formal beds, with an untidy look, they are certainly attractive to the bees, butterflies and other insects. Although we are rather late in the season we have today planted this bed with foxgloves ( a biennial which will flower in 2017 and self seed), ragged robin and a mixture of cornflowers, poppies and daisies. A more comprehensive planting will take place in the Spring of next year.ADSC05289ADSC05290

Bed 2 – This will be planted next week with summer bedding plants including French Marigolds, Blue Lobelia, White Alyssum, Begonias, Verbena Bonariensis and Geraniums. When these have completed flowering in the Autumn then they will be removed and a planting of May flowering Tulips will be made to be replaced in June 2017 again with summer bedding plants.

Bed 3 – (Subject to cost) A Perennial bed possibly Roses inter-planted with Lilies.

Bed 4 – A bed entirely planted with herbs both popular and less well-known. It is hoped that it will be possible for the general public to pick (sparingly) from this bed and a guide to the herbs planted, together with their use, will also be on display.

Treasure Hunt – Sunday 12 June 2016

Despite the weather being rather wet, Wrens Treasure Hunt 2016 was quite successful with 9 teams, 33 participants and a dozen judges, committee members and other helpers.
After an anti-rain dance (well it looked like one) from three of the judges and our President the competitors were sent on their way and told to return in less than an hour. The aim was to identify somewhere in Wrenthorpe 30 items, photograph the item with their numbered lollipop stick also in shot and record on their sheet the number of the photo taken with their phone or digital camera. Meanwhile the judges waited patiently for their return.

On arrival a judge was allocated and one member of the team was then required to locate the photo for each of the items on the sheet and satisfy the judge that, for example, the dot in the sky was in fact the pigeon, or dove, that was required. That’s the only item we are giving away so that we can use most of the items again next year. Meanwhile the rest of the team tucked into the refreshments that were available. A selection of photos follow, click on the image to increase its size.

Judges at the ready
Judges at the ready
A ‘Grilling’
Refreshments table
Refreshments table
A very dogg(i)ed team
A very dogg(i)ed team
Other teams
Other teams
Other teams
Other teams










In the end the result was a very close thing.
In first place were Heselybobs with 30 correct
Second Tigers with 29
Third Super Speedy Sealers 28
All shown below receiving their prize from WRENS Chairman Nichola Bell

Annual General Meeting 2016

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Wrens will be held on Wednesday 23 March 2016 in Wrenthorpe Village Hall commencing at 7:30pm.

The AGM will be followed at 8pm by a talk given by Mike Green titled

Waterton, Walton Hall and Woralia
The man who brought the paralyzing poison

Tickets for the talk are limited to 100, and cost £2 for Wrens members and £4 for non-members. They can be obtained from any member of the Committee or by contacting the Acting Secretary Tel: 01924 375843 email secretary@wrensoc.co.uk