2017 so far

2017 has been a very busy year for FOFS so far, with lots of exciting activities and events going on within the community. Here’s a recap of some of the things that have happened in the last few months:

Come Dine With FOFS

In May, the FOFS team decided that they would put together a day where people from across the community could come together for a social event and enjoy free delicious food cooked by a group of volunteers and professional chefs from a food networking group. The food was then judged, like our very own version of Come Dine With Me. Everyone who attended gave very positive reviews and many asked if there would be another day, so look out for that in the future!

These were just a few of the volunteers who worked all day in the kitchen cooking the food from scratch.

This was one of the dishes that were served, a sweet potato and black bean jerk. Doesn’t it look amazing?

And this was the other team’s dish, a vegetable pulao. Delicious!

Next came the desserts. This was the rhubarb crumble with custard that was served to the diners. Gone within minutes! 

And this was the sweet semolina. What a perfect pud!

The day was fantastic. Not only did it help the volunteers improve their cooking skills by working with professional chefs, it provided amazing food to lots of people and brought many individuals within the community together.

Estate walkabout

St. Matthew’s councillor Jade Morgan has been out and about in the community lately. In July, she spent the day with Community Gateway Association and participated in an estate walkabout. She met and chatted with various residents, and noted certain problems, like fly tipping and rubbish dumping. She also discussed with CGA how they can possibly improve the area.


Councillor Morgan will also be helping to judge the Star Awards later in July, which is a competition where individuals and groups are recognised for their contribution and dedication to their community – many of who will be from Fishwick and St. Matthew’s! Watch out for the results when they’re announced.

Free merchandise

FOFS made the decision to buy branded merchandise to give out at events during the summer. Here’s a sneak peek!

Don’t they look great?

What’s even better – the merchandise will be free! Keep your eyes peeled for a FOFS stall during community events and come see if you can get your hands on our merch. Better be quick, though, it’s bound to go fast!

Gardening sessions

FOFS made sure to take advantage of the nice weather to continue their gardening sessions in the community garden in Ribbleton Park.

Here are some volunteers hard at work!

There are a variety of fruit, herbs and vegetables grown throughout the year, all planted and reared by the team of volunteers who regularly attend. They also help to maintain the garden as well.

The strawberries are in full bloom now; this was one of the many sessions dedicated to picking them.

Gardening sessions are announced on the FOFS Facebook and Twitter page – if you’d like to get involved, just turn up on the day and you’ll be welcome.

PR1MUS clean up day

PR1MUS are a group that exist within St. Matthew’s dedicated to assisting and cleaning up the community. They hosted a very successful clean up day in May, where they and a group of volunteers went around the streets with their cleaning equipment – they scrubbed and polished until those streets sparkled!

Here was the team of volunteers, both big and small!

It was great that local children were able to get involved and help out on the day.

FOFS member Bob Fletcher and Councillor Javed Iqbal hard at work!

Great stuff, PR1MUS!

To conclude, 2017 has been a great year, and there are still many months left to go. FOFS will continue to bring the community fantastic activities and events, so watch this space.

If you have any concerns or queries, feel free to get in contact with Jade, the FOFS secretary, at fofspreston@gmail.com.