Fairfield Parish Council (FPC) has been sending out newsletters for years – and, as much as we know you love Fairfield Matters, we have to admit that email is a more immediate way to share time-sensitive news. 

However, as numbers in the village have grown and several separate lists of subscribers have been amalgamated (one for those who wanted to help maintain the orchards or help out at Apple Days, another for those interested in having an allotment when the land becomes available, and yet another for those who expressed willingness to help neighbours during the lockdowns…) the system was becoming overcomplicated. If you had signed up to different lists using different email addresses, you might well be receiving newsletters more than once, and still missing out on some of the things that interest you, because you had failed to sign up for a third or fourth list. 

Now FPC has introduced a new system, allowing us all to take control of our profile – by simply marking ourselves either as residents or non-residents and then subscribing to specific categories of interest, of which there are five. You may have been automatically subscribed to some lists already, depending on what you originally asked to be kept informed about – but you can add or subtract categories to make sure that the newsletters you receive in the future are tailored to your current interests. If you are one of those subscribers who receives newsletters more than once, it is because you have used multiple email addresses – you just need to unsubscribe one of them by following the link at the bottom of the email. 

If you have never signed up to email newsletters but would like to, visit http://eepurl.com/hGvENL to get started. 

The five categories to choose from are: 

Fairfield Parish Council News about actions and decisions from your elected council, public information from the government and Central Bedfordshire Council plus matters of general interest in our village and forthcoming major events. 

Community Events News about non-commercial events going on in the Community Hall plus outdoor events in the Urban Park and elsewhere. 

Apple Day Helpers A checkbox for people who are happy to help organise ahead of this annual event, and/or help on the day either by manning stalls or preparing apples for pressing. 

Orchard Maintenance A checkbox for people who are happy to get involved with orchard maintenance. No experience is needed. Six years ago, the two orchards were a mess – overgrown and uncared for. Today, thanks to a team of hardy volunteers (pruning has to be done in the depths of winter!), they are pristine and much admired. However, they still need annual attention. If you would like to lend a hand, please check this box so that we can keep you informed. 

Allotments A checkbox for those who are interested in having an allotment once the land has been secured. 

You can unsubscribe from FPC email newsletters by following the link at the bottom of any email.