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Sep 17 2012

Former Fieldfare Challenge Finalists at the Paralympics!!

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The Fieldfare Trust would like to extend a huge congratulations to former Fieldfare Challenge Finalists – James Clegg and Lee Brunton for their fantastic displays at the Paralympics.

James won Bronze in the S12 100m Butterfly and Lee was a member of the GB 5-a side football team. Both lads were members of the team of  Royal Blind School in Edinburgh who got to the Final, with James attending in 2008 & 2009 and Lee in 2009.

We hope to continue the spirit of the Paralympics at this year’s Fieldfare Challenge which takes place this weekend (22nd-23rd September)

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Sep 17 2012

Fieldfare Challenge has a new logo!

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The Fieldfare Challenge finally has it’s own logo!

Fieldfare Challenge Logo

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Apr 10 2012

Charity Concert

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Abby Sawyer, one of our valued volunteers, has very kindly organised a concert of the Vivacity Choir to help raise funds for the Fieldfare Challenge.

Saturday 12th May at 7.30pm
Hillsborough Baptist Church, Tapton Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield, S6 4JF

We would like to encourage as many people as possible to attend the concert, so please can you check your diaries and come along to lend your support to Abby and the Fieldfare Challenge.

Anybody who was at the Fieldfare Challenge Final last year would have heard Abby singing in Kielder’s Got Talent so we will be in for a very enjoyable evening.

Entry to the concert is free but we would like to suggest a donation of  £5 which will go towards the Fieldfare Challenge.

Many thanks to Abby Sawyer and the Vivacity Choir for organising, providing  the venue and choir free of charge, it is much appreciated.

Please bring your friends and family along for a great night!!!

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Jun 09 2011

2011 Finalists announced!!

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After 7 weeks of heats  =  31 heats from Bristol to Belfast, Eastbourne to Edinburgh and Doncaster to Dorking,  our team delivering the Challenge have scored 129 teams –  over 1000 participants!!

We have now collated all the scores and after much excitement in the Fieldfare camp we are delighted to announce this years Finalists!

Congratulations to:

Notre Dame High School, Sheffield

Jordanstown School & Belfast High, Newtownabbey

Norton Hill School & Fosseway School, Bath

Penn Hall School & St Peters Collegiate, Wolverhampton

Langley School, Solihull

Sturminster Newton School & Yewstock School, Sturminster Newton

We look forward to seeing all the teams in September in what is promising to be a very competitive Final!

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Dec 15 2010

2011 Entry opens on the 7th January 2011

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In this new Challenge year we have to start with a limit of one entry per school or group (individual or combined) unless your team(s) include wheelchair users, in which case you can enter two teams from the entry opening date, with at least one of the teams including wheelchair users.  Entry will open at 9am on Friday 7th January 2011.

We will review entries from the 21st January and inform all current entrants if any additional places have become available in their area;  in the meantime we would encourage you all to include as many young people as possible in your preparations for the 2011 Fieldfare Kielder Challenge.  The spread of the Heat venues will remain but with no more than one Heat at any individual venue.

The entry form for 2011 includes a suggested voluntary ‘Entry Donation’ of £70/team and, our New Year Newsletter (coming shortly) will include ideas and information on preparing for the Challenge, and ways you can help us reach our Challenge targets.  If you are able to make a donation to this year’s Challenge we will contact you with more information once your entry has been received.

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Sep 30 2010

2011 Winners Success

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The winners of the 2011 Fieldfare Kielder Challenge can be found by following the link of the left hand side of this page

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Jul 09 2010

Heat Certificates

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You can download the Heat Winners and Heat Participants certificates from the links below:

Heat Participant Certificate

Heat Winners Certificate

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Jun 01 2010

2010 Heats completed

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The Fieldfare Kielder Challenge heats are now complete and we will be informing schools if they will be attending the Finals in September.

We will keep you posted!

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Oct 10 2008

Photo Competition Winners

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This year the winners of the Fieldfare Kielder Challenge Photo Competition winners are Newbridge School in Oldham who entered the winning photo below
New Bridge School, Oldham at their heat at Haigh Hall

The judges chose this picture as the winner as they felt it captures the spirit of the Challenge, of working together and integration in the outdoor environment.

A digital camera is on its way to the Newbridge School.

A big thank you to everyone who entered into the competition.

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Apr 30 2008

A Challenge Well Met!

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Rod Holmes joined the Trust over twenty years ago to help run the first ever Kielder Challenge.

Now as Fieldfare’s longest serving full-time member of staff he retired on 21st April.

He was a volunteer on the Challenge for 2 years from its very first weekend in 1985 before becoming a member of staff in 1987. From that small beginning, with about 30 teams taking part in 6 heats across the North of England, to the present 300 teams and 50+ heats, Rod has been central to the Challenge’s success. He is well known to teachers, volunteers and youngsters with and without disabilities right across the UK, all of whom regard him with affection and respect for the fun he has engendered through the Challenge activities. His gargantuan rope and timber structures at the finals will be remembered by all who saw them.

Rod also made significant contributions to other Fieldfare projects, playing key roles in the BT Countryside for All Grant and Awards Scheme. He worked on Fieldfare’s advisory and training services. He could always be relied upon to provide a very practical and down-to -earth input.

Everyone at Fieldfare wishes Rod a long and happy retirement, well earned!!

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