Letter from Nick Lord, Chairman, Hawkinge Allotment Society
25th Sept 2015
During the last 8 months in my role as Chairman, I have given up a lot of my own time to the post, much more than I envisaged when I first took on the role in February. For this reason and because of other interests that I wish to pursue, I feel I am unable to give my full commitment to the position, and therefore after the AGM in January 2016 I will have to vacate the post. Therefore, please accept this letter as due notice of my resignation from that date.
I inherited the role of Chair from Ray Ashdown at the last AGM and prior to that Ray and the Committee had gone through the tasks that were performed by the Chairman and some of them were designated to other members of the committee to lighten the load on the Chair. This has proved very successful, however there is still a lot of work that the Chairman does that could be shared if there were people prepared to help out. At the Committee meeting earlier this week, when I made known my intentions to them, it was thought that the appointment of a Vice-Chair would ease some of the committee work and also a new position of a Webmaster who would take the responsibility of maintaining and posting information on the Society’s website. This latter position need not necessarily be a committee member, just a member of the Society who has a particular skill in IT. Currently, none of the existing committee members feel they can commit to any of these roles with the possible exception of Vice-Chair.
At the committee meeting on Tuesday it was decided that we would hold an open meeting for members who would be interested in filling one of these posts, Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Webmaster at 7:00pm on Tuesday 24th November 2015 at Doug Martin’s house. If you would like to come to the meeting to hear about how you can step into one of these important roles please let me know.
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Please be aware that the judging of plots for our competitions is now very imminent. This will of course necessitate the judges entering individual plots and inspecting the produce etc. A detailed judging criteria document is available in the ‘competitions’ section of this web site for members information.
We have had a new delivery of horse manure which is in the third bin and is uncovered. It is well rotted and can be used as a top dressing now if required. So please help yourselves, just remember there are 60 plot holders on site who may all like a barrow load.
A reminder that this coming Sunday 3rd May our Club House will again be open in the morning for Teas and Coffees etc. There are showers forecast over Hawkinge during the morning so perhaps take cover with a hot brew in the club house.
ps Good Lord its nearly May ! So watch out for our new web site cover picture later this week. Submitted by the Mr Lord himself.
Update 1st May – It’s here and our cover picture has now been changed, lets hope everyone’s ‘caulie’s’ look this good this year.
A quick reminder that this Sunday is our AGM in the village hall. It will also be your last chance to place shop orders for seed potatoes and onion sets. (Cash only please).
We look forward to seeing you there.
We have received reports that a number of greenhouses on our site have taken a battering following last nights high winds. With further high winds forecast, members may wish to inspect for any damage and anchor down any structures liable to be affected.
The latest and last HAS newsletter for 2014 is now available on our web site. This can be viewed by following the link below or via the Newsletter archive above.
HAS NEWSLETTER Winter 2014 ISSUE 44
You will pleased to hear that one of our compost bays will be uncovered during this week – so some well rotted horse muck will be available by next weekend. Note: We took the decision to delay the uncovering this year as the sycamore above the bay was still shedding its seeds, we hope members understand.
Additionally our shop informs us that they currently have a Water Butt for sale. The price is just £10 and includes free delivery, but not installation! First member to make a comment to this post will secure the sale. (Cash to Eileen please.) Tip – get it now and let it fill up ready for the spring.