6th June 2021

Back to the Triangle

Hello Trianglers, it’s been a while…

We’ve been rather quiet for the last 15 months for obvious reasons, but the Triangle itself has continued to be well used, and our core volunteers have been keeping on top of the basics when rules allowed. Huge thanks to everyone that has kept an eye on it for us.

We are now in a position to trail a couple of upcoming events, and to ask for help with a pressing maintenance issue that requires a longer than normal volunteer session.

Art Exhibition

Local artist Claire Massey kept herself sane during lockdowns by producing lots of artwork, and is planning an exhibition in the Triangle workshop later in the summer. More details will follow when we have them.

Yarn Bombing

The Knit & Natter group at the Friendship Centre is planning to ‘yarn bomb’ the Triangle, starting at the end of October. This will involve decorating various bits of the Triangle with knitted and crocheted items, to brighten it up over the winter period. If you are a whizz with needles or hooks, or know someone that mike like to get involved, please contact Rosie Johnstone on 01524 37688.

Pergola Posts

We have commissioned local joiner Colin Howard to help us replace the timber posts of the pergola structure, as they are rotting at the bottom where they are embedded in the concrete slab. To keep costs down, we need some volunteer labour to assist with the site works under Colin’s direction.

The work has been pencilled in for Friday 25th June to Sunday 28th. If you can spare some time on any (or all) of those days, please let me know by replying to this email. We will aim to provide lunch and refreshments.

Next Session

In the meantime, we will have a standard volunteer session next Sunday 13th June at 2pm. This will involve maintenance of beds and planters, removal of unwanted vegetation from the buttress shelf, and hopefully some progress on the long-awaited irrigation project.

2nd February 2020

Next meeting

Our next meeting is this Monday 3rd February, 7.30pm at 61 Regent Street, where we will start to plan our activities for the year ahead.

The minutes of our last meeting, which following an increasingly alarming trend are again half the length of the previous ones, can be found here if you look hard enough.

17th January 2020

Sunday session

Happy New Year Trianglers!

We will be having a volunteer session this Sunday 19th January at 1.30pm. I’ve been given a bag of sprouting daffodil bulbs so we will try to find somewhere suitable to plant them before it is too late. We’ll also rake up any remaining leaves, and do some general winter maintenance.

7th December 2019

Season’s meeting

Our traditional pre-Christmas gathering will commence at 7.30pm this Monday 9th December at 61 Regent Street. Thanks (as always) to our generous hosts, we will be paying even less attention to business than usual, and instead focusing on the pleasures of the season in the form of mince pies, mulled wine, and good company. 

In a bid to cut down on repetitive strain injury and save precious cyberspace resources, I’m pleased to say that we managed to reduce the noteworthy aspects of our last meeting to a single page, which can be viewed (with no scrolling necessary) here.

2nd November 2019

A meeting and a Sunday Session

Sadly someone went on the rampage at the Triangle last week and destroyed most of the slate labels, dented the double doors, and damaged two of the fruit trees. Hopefully this is an isolated incident, but if you notice anything unusual going on then please let us know.

We will be having a work session next Sunday 10th November, starting at 1.30pm. Autumn leaf gathering will commence, and we will also do some work on hacking back the vegetation on the buttress shelf.

Our next meeting is on Monday 4th November at 7.30 at 61 Regent Street. The minutes of the last one are almost certainly here.

6th September 2019

Sunday Sessions

There will be a volunteer session this Sunday 8th September at 2.00pm. Tasks include prep and painting to pergola fascias, staining pergola rafters, connecting up soaker hose to the irrigation distribution pipework, and general garden maintenance.

In an attempt to prioritise organisation over the vagaries of the weather, we will also be running regular scheduled sessions on the second Sunday of the month in October, November and December, with the start time shifting to 1.30pm as the afternoons get shorter.

1st September 2019

Next meeting

Thanks to everyone who came along to our Celebrating the Canal pop-up art exhibition, especially if you took something away with you! Perhaps because of the exceptional bank holiday weather and/or the prevailing economic uncertainty, this event was a bit quieter than our previous exhibitions, but the artists felt it was worthwhile and the workshop is looking better than ever.

Time has crept up on us and our next meeting is 7.30pm tomorrow, Monday 2nd September at 61 Regent Street. The minutes of our last meeting are here

2nd August 2019

Fair Result, Art Exhibition, Sunday Session

Thanks to aftersales of burgers, DVDs and books, it has taken a while to get there, but we can now announce that the final tally for our Summer Fair was a fabulous (and record breaking) £974!

Huge thanks again to everyone that made it happen, and everyone that came along and had fun in the sun. The amount of effort that goes in to ensure the remarkably smooth running of this event should not be underestimated.

There is as always the opportunity to savour the day (or play live-action Where’s Wally) by visiting the photo gallery here.

Our next event is our third pop-up art exhibition, this time featuring three artists with a theme of Celebrating the Canal, to coincide with the Lancaster Canal bicentenary. This will be held in three weeks’ time over the bank holiday weekend, and the poster (below – full size version available on request) has certainly got us excited. 

Before then we need to get the workshop looking spruce and even emptier than it was for the Fair, so we will be having a volunteer session this Sunday 4th August at 10.30am to tidy up and shift stuff out. If anyone can accommodate four stacks of chairs somewhere local for a few weeks, please do get in touch. 

07 July 2019

Triangle Fair BBQ surplus sale

Huge thanks to everyone that helped make the Fair a great success yesterday, and special thanks to whoever brought the sunshine along right on time at 11am – it really helped!

We are working hard on bringing you an announcement of the amount raised, but in the meantime we can offer some surplus foodstuffs at cost prices:

Packs of four buns, good for a few days yet, at 50p each.
Quality fresh beef burgers, suitable for home freezing, £2.50 for a two-pack.
Quality frozen ‘no bull’ vegan burgers, £1 for a two-pack (bought at half-price).

If you are interested in any of the above please give Matt a call on 07768 644674.

Thanks again

04 July 2019

Summer Fair on Saturday!

A reminder that our Summer Fair is this Saturday, 12 noon til 4pm, and will be as awesome as it always is.

We’ll be setting up from 9am, and there will be a lots of gazebos to erect for anyone who has fond memories of The Krypton Factor, and quite a number of more mindful tasks also.

We would be delighted to take deliveries of cakes & savouries, books & DVDs, plants, tombola nicknacks, sunshine etc, any time from 11am.

See you there!

07 June 2019

Sunday session

We will be having a volunteer session this Sunday 9th June, starting at 1pm. We have some smart new storage for the workshop requiring final assembly, and more clearing and tidying to do in preparation for our summer events. There is also work to do outside to keep the rampant vegetation under control, plus a bit of sitting around enjoying the sunshine.

02 June 2019

Two events, and a meeting

We have not one, but two events on the Triangle in the next few weeks.

First up, the Canal & River Trust are borrowing the Triangle on Sunday 23rd June for a Lancaster Canal Bicentenary celebration event. Details have yet to be finalised but it is expected that this will run from late morning to mid afternoon, and will feature information stalls, refreshments, activities for children, plus canoeing and angling taster sessions.

On Saturday 6th July we will be holding the Triangle Summer Fair, with all the usual stalls including BBQ, cakes & drinks, tombola, plants, books & DVDs. As usual donations of cake, tombola prizes, plants, books etc are very welcome. It is helpful to have tombola prizes in advance, and to let us know if you are planning to bring cake/plants/books etc on the day – see contact page.

Donations of time to help set up and pack away, run stalls and children’s games are also encouraged – again let us know if you are able to help.

We will be having a meeting tomorrow (Monday 3rd June) evening at 7.30pm, which will mostly focus on event planning. The minutes of our last meeting have quietly moored themselves here.

02 February 2019

New year’s meeting

Yes, it is indeed February already, but winter is a good time to rest up and put plans in place for the warmer parts of the year.

We can therefore announce that the date of our Spring Fair is Saturday 18th May. Please mark this on your calendar or tap it into your ‘device’ at your earliest convenience.*

*This is just a polite way of saying right now – the rest of this news item will still be here when you get back.

We are also hoping to host a canal-themed art exhibition later in the year, to mark the bicentenary of the Lancaster Canal. More details will follow when we have them.

Our next meeting is on Monday 4th February at 7.30pm. The rather brief minutes of our pre-Christmas knees-up can be enjoyed here.

There are some gardening tasks to achieve before the spring, so we will hope to convene the first work party of the year in the near future.

For earlier news items see the News Archive page.