As regular visitors to the fields will be aware, the Old Bridge leading from the West Water Meadow to the Monument Field, suffered a partial collapse in January requiring a total closure of the bridge for safety reasons.

This bridge, which was probably installed over fifty years ago, forms a vital access for hay cropping equipment and for maintenance to the Arch should it be necessary. Apart from the access route for this equipment, which seems to get heavier every year, it also forms a vital part of the network of pathways around the fields and its closure cuts off a circular route popular with visitors.

It is therefore vital that repairs are carried out at the earliest opportunity, but unfortunately the lockdown has delayed matters rather. However we now have several quotes, the lowest being just over £10,000.  Our normal fundraising efforts are just enough to finance the annual expenses of maintaining the fields i.e. fuel and repairs to the equipment and general structures around the fields.

We are therefore now launching a Just Giving page with a target of £10,000 in the hope that those who regularly or occasionally enjoy the pleasures of walking the fields may donate towards this work.

If you wish to make a donation, however big or small, please follow the link below. Your donation will help us get the fields back to normal as soon as possible.



The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Priory Fields which forms an important fixture in our calendar has regrettably been POSTPONED until later in the year. We had booked an interesting speaker in Graham Mee from the RSPB who was going to give a talk about the birdlife of this part of Essex. We sincerely hope that he will able to fit in with the new date. Once the current situation improves we shall publicise full details.

In the mean time there is plenty of space to walk around the fields and keep a reasonable distance from others. There is plenty of new growth and flowers to raise the spirits, so enjoy your walk and keep safe.




After careful consideration and following Government guidelines the Friends committee has reluctantly decided to cancel the forthcoming Quiz Night. As this is such an important fundraiser for us we sincerely hope that we will be able to reschedule it later in the year, watch this space.

In the meantime stay safe and look out for each other.

Quiz Night


The total funding with which the Friends maintain and develop Priory Fields comes solely from our two annual fundraising events which are the Christmas Raffle and the Quiz Night.

This year, added to our normal expenses, we have been saddled with the unexpected cost of having to rebuild the Old Bridge that was built by the farmer many decades ago and has now partially collapsed. We are still awaiting quotes but it will severely deplete our limited funds so:


This is always a fun evening so come along, join in the raffle, which always has great prizes, and you may even win the prize for the best quiz team.


We had another fabulous Christmas Raffle this year at Priory Primary School after carols on the green. We would like to give a huge hearty thank you to all who donated such fabulous gifts including Kellys (a turkey voucher), Polish Me Pretty, Priory Pet Supplies and many others including committee members who personally bought and donated a number of gifts.

We would also like to thank everyone who bought tickets and participated in making the event such a huge success.

Green Flag Award

We are very proud to announce that Priory Fields has been given the Green Flag Award for the eighth consecutive year.  This is a great reward for the dedicated volunteers who work both on the fields and behind the scenes. The judges assessment gave a top grade in every category which included Environmental management, Safety, Community Involvement and Landscape and Heritage. The final comment was “A very well cared for site, the work of which is a credit to the Friends of Priory Fields”

Children’s Parties on Priory Fields

If you would like to hold a children’s party on Priory Fields this summer please see our “Events” page for details.


Priory Fields AGM

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 3rd June. If you would like to find out more about Priory Fields and hear a talk by a member of Chelmsford Beekeepers please come and join us.


Well, Priory Fields has done it again! For 8 years running we have been awarded the Green Flag Award as one of the very best green spaces in the country!  Only 16 locations in the Chelmsford area won this year and Priory Fields got Maximum marks for the highest possible environmental standards, maintenance and visitor care.

This is very difficult to attain when a green space is being managed for its wildlife and as an area for the community to walk, picnic, exercise dogs and as a children’s play and discovery area.

If you have never visited before, try a pleasant walk one evening, bring the dog but please clear up after it to help us keep this lovely place somewhere everybody would like to visit.

The full report can be read below.

Peter Nightingale Moves On

The Friends are very sorry to see Peter Nightingale leave us after more than ten years on our committee. His extensive knowledge of all things to do with flora and fauna particularly wild flowers and birds has been of great help and interest in our work to improve and develop the fields. Evidence of this can be seen in the Species List on our website.

As an experienced carpenter Peter’s skills and advice were also much appreciated in the construction of information boards, fences and barriers.

Peter will be greatly missed but we wish him the very best when he moves north, to be closer to his young family, where he is bound to find many new interests to occupy his time. Thanks Peter for all you have done for Priory Fields.