Coffee Morning

A quick reminder that this coming Sunday, 7th August, is our regular monthly coffee morning, The usual supply of refreshment and cake will be on offer. In addition we will be judging the Tallest Sunflower competition, a month early, as we were worried with the current hot weather, whether the plants would survive til September! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, between 10am and midday.

Best Plot Results 2022

The attached document lists the results of our best plot competition that were announced at the Open Day last Sunday (17th July). The actual judging took place in the last week of July and was judged by an independent RHS qualified and approved garden and allotment judge and most importantly does not know anyone from the Society as they live on the other side of the county. This insures a complete bias free assessment based solely on the criteria that can be found on our website, which includes cultivation, cropping, quality, pests and diseases and a miscellaneous heading including composting and wildlife features.

The People’s Choice winner on the other hand is an opportunity for visitors to the Open Day to have a bit of fun and make their choice as to who they think has the best plot, based solely on their observations walking around the site. The only criteria being, you cannot vote for your own plot!

For the first time in the Allotment Society’s short history, the winner of the best plot competition was the same in both categories, the best full plot and the People’s Choice. Additionally the winner of the best Newcomer award (someone who has had a plot for less than a year) was also the winner of the best half plot. Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who took part.

Thank You

A huge thank you to everyone who made our Open Day such a success yesterday. From the band of tireless volunteers who got the site looking its best on our working days, to those who set up the chairs, tables and gazebos, put out signs and banners, made cakes, donated raffle prizes, served teas, sold books, tools plants and raffle tickets and then tidied everything away afterwards. Also to our members and their friends and families for coming along to support us.

We raised about £300 for our funds to go towards the upkeep of our site. Thank you.

Miriam and Sylvia

Hosepipe – Please return immediately.

Would the person who has removed a hosepipe from plot 40a return it immediately. No one should enter another tenant’s plot without permission nor remove anything from it.

The plot holder was made aware that hosepipes are not permitted and immediately went up to his plot to retrieve it and take it home. On arrival, he found it to be missing. This is unacceptable behaviour.

Book Donations

Dear All. Last year we ran a very successful bookstall at the Open Day. We intend to do the same this year and would be most grateful to receive donations of any books you no longer need. We would request that they be in good condition. 

Please speak to a committee member to arrange drop off or come along on Saturday morning 2nd July, Sunday 3rd for our Coffee Morning or on Sunday morning 10th July, when the clubhouse will be open to drop them off. Two of these are Working Party mornings and any help with those would be great.

Working Party

Our first working party for the open day preparation is this Saturday 2nd July from 10am. The main item of work that needs completing is the trimming of the northern hedge row. If you are able to help and you have your own tools then please do come along and join the team. There will be other tasks that need attention and refreshments will be supplied for all those assisting.

There is a second working party a week later on Sunday 10th July for those that cannot make the first session, same details apply.

Don’t forget the Open Day is scheduled for Sunday 17th July where everybody is welcome, we look forward to seeing you there.

WEEDKILLERS – CORRECTION

CORRECTION ON USE OF WEEDKILLERS

We have been notified by one of our plot holders that they have suffered significant damage to their plants which they believe to have been caused by the use of weed killer nearby. 

We would like to confirm that whilst  the use of weed killer on the site is NOT prohibited but as stated in our Code of Conduct 1(q) it is discouraged

“All spraying is to be carried out with due regard to the health and safety of others on the site…….   No spray drift is permitted, especially where this may contaminate an adjoining plot or pathway. …..   Toxic sprays are not encouraged. “

Apologies for the incorrect information issued earlier and we hope this has not caused any unnecessary concerns to anyone.

We would appreciate your continued cooperation in this.

Many thanks

Miriam & Sylvia

Joint Chair