Competitors wanted for drystone walling competition to fix Hawes community field wall

The competition wall is next to a juniors football pitch on Hawes Community Fields.

The charity which runs Hawes Community Fields is holding a drystone walling competition on Sunday, October 27 and is inviting people to enter.

There will be three classes: professional, amateur and juniors.  Total prize money is £600. Everyone who enters will be rewarded with £10.

Judging will be carried out by an experienced waller, Dave Leedale of Skeeby.

It’s hoped that the competition will see a 60-metre stretch of fallen-down wall on Hawes Community Fields restored.

The fields are the home of Hawes United FC (men and juniors), as well local events, and provide a space for recreation for all the community.

The wall is made from sandstone with plenty of throughs but quite a bit of small stuff, so presents a good challenge.

To enter, please contact Upper Wensleydale Sports and Recreational Association (UWSRA) Chairman Gordon Sleightholm, tel: 01969 667 348 or 07968 625751, email:

Gordon said:  “Re-walling the boundaries of Hawes Community Fields is one of the main ambitions of the new charity trustees who were appointed this summer.  But we need help. We hope the prize money on offer, the kudos of becoming the top waller in Hawes, and the chance of doing something for the Community Fields will attract a good number of entrants.”

Full details are as follows:

The Upper Wensleydale Sports and Recreational Association Walling Competition on Hawes Community Fields will start at 9am on Sat 27 October and finish at 3.30pm.

The Community Fields are off Brunt Acres Road, opposite the Upper Wensleydale Business Park (DL8 3UZ).  Parking is in Hawes town or in the National Park car park next door to the fields (DL8 3NT).

All competitors must please arrive by 8.45am at the latest to draw stints.  The rules will be handed out on the day of the competition.

Class 1 – Open  (1st prize £130, 2nd £90, 3rd £55).  This is for experienced wallers including people whose main income is from walling or those who have previously won a prize in a competition.

Class 2 – Amateur (1st prize £85, 2nd £65, 3rd £40).  This is for those with some experience and who have not won a prize in a competition.

Class 3 – Novice / Juniors (1st prize £60, 2nd £45, 3rd £30). Open to those who have never competed before.

It’s the first walling competition ever held by the Upper Wensleydale Sports and Recreational Association.