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Road Closure update & AGM

We have been advised that Stombers Lane will be closed from tomorrow (Wednesday) morning while they continue and extend the road/water works. This means that members will have to park in Fernfield and walk to the site or drive all the way round to Alham Valley and access from that end of Stombers Lane.

This also probably means that the road will still be closed when it comes to the AGM on Sunday (19th) so, again it means a short walk! The AGM starts outside the Clubhouse at 11 o’clock and refreshments will be available from 10 o’clock. There will be minimal copies of the relevant documents available on the day, they are all available on the website if you want to view or print in advance. There will be printed copies of the agenda for the meeting available. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Coffee Morning Sunday 5th May ’24

The good news is the the road closure in Cowgate Lane is at least for the weekend, only closed AFTER the junction with Stombers Lane. This means that access to the site is unimpeded, at least until Monday. With sunshine promised for the weekend as well, it should be a good time to come and meet up tomorrow with friends and enjoy some homemade cake!


Please be advised that the AGM will take place on Sunday 19th May 2024 on the patio outside the clubhouse at Hawkinge Allotments. The meeting will start at 11am and there will be refreshments available from 10am. All members and their families are invited and this is your opportunity to come and hear what goes on behind the scenes at the allotment and comment on any issues that may be affecting you. If you have anything to add to the agenda ( a copy is attached for your reference) please email

The minutes of last years AGM can be read on the website by clicking on the drop down menu with the heading AGM.

As a result of some recent legislation we are now required to appoint Trustees within the Society. Some information about the position is given below and more information will be advised at the meeting.

Please also be aware that road works are scheduled to take place between 2nd and 24th May at the junction of Stombers Lane and Cowgate Lane. This will close access to Stombers Lane by vehicle so you will have to park in Fernfield and walk down to the site during this period. Or drive all the way down to Alkham Valley Road and approach Stombers Lane from the other end!

The following documents relevant to the AGM are attached:-

Coffee Morning – May 2024

As usual we will be having our next coffee morning on the first Sunday of this month, which is 5th May, starting at 10am. Refreshments and cake will be available until midday. We look forward to seeing you there!

We have been told by some members that they are not always able to come to the coffee mornings as they have other commitments on a Sunday morning. So, at the last committee meeting it was agreed we will have a second session each month which will be on the third Sunday of the month in the afternoons, from 2 til 4pm.

This would make the May date as 19th, however, this is the date we have already planned to have our AGM, so our first Afternoon Tea session will be 16th June 2024. There will be more information about the AGM being circulated very shortly, please make a note of the date in the meantime. It will start at 11am with refreshments available from 10am.

A note about the prices for refreshments, we have decided to revise the charges and in future a slice of cake will cost £1.50 and tea and coffee will still be 50 pence per mug. (A fraction of the price compared to most tea rooms!)

New Mower

We are very pleased to announce that we have been able to purchase a new mower to replace our old mower which we had had since 2010 when we first came to be on this site. The old mower had served us very well but it had come to the end of its working life and was beyond repair. We appealed to our local Councillor, Stephen Scoffham for funding and through him, the District Council was able to provide funding for the full cost of the mower. We are extremely grateful to Stephen for his support which means we will be able to keep all the paths in and around the site mowed, neat and tidy and safe for everybody to use. Thank you Stephen.

Coffee Morning and other info.

First of all we would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter.

Traditionally it is at this time of the year that people start venturing into their gardens (and allotments…) to prepare them for the summer. There are plenty of signs of spring and many members have already been busy on their plots despite the appalling weather! Easter is early again this year and with the weather not being conducive to gardening it is sometimes difficult to motivate yourself. Hopefully though, we will see some improvement in the weather in April and we will all be able to spend more time outdoors.

If you are struggling to maintain your plot, for whatever reason, please contact a member of the committee and we can discuss the options available to you, to ensure your plot is productive and well maintained.

Coffee Morning – Sunday 7th April 2024

Our coffee mornings always take place on the first Sunday of the month, so our next one is the weekend after Easter. The clubhouse will be open for refreshments and cake from 10am until noon. We hope to see as many of you as can make it.

Don’t forget there is still time to enter the various competitions we are running this year, for more information click on the competitions heading on the website main menu.

RHS Discount Card

Coffee Morning


One of our members has identified a rat problem. As our site is in a rural setting, it is likely there will always be rats around but there are things we can do to prevent attracting them and allowing them to nest and multiply. It is every plot holder’s responsibility to ensure they follow these guidelines:

No household waste! Never put meat, dairy, bones, cooked foods or other inappropriate items in your compost bin. This will attract rats and make your bin smell. Fork your compost regularly as rats do not like disturbance.

Plastic compost bins should be given a small gauge wire mesh lining at the base or can be placed on paving slabs to prevent rats from burrowing in underneath.

Do not leave discarded fruit and vegetables on the ground; clear them away to your compost bin, as these are a source of food for rats and other pests.

Do not let your plot become overgrown or allow rubbish to build up e.g. timber, old carpet, stockpiled materials etc, as this provides cover for rats to live under.

Competitions 2024

Following the success of last year’s competitions, we are repeating the Sunflower & Pumpkin competitions and re-introducing, after a 10-year break , ‘The Photography Competition’. If you want some inspiration, all the entries for the 2014 Photography competition can be found on this page:-

A summary of all the competitions are as follows.

  • SUNFLOWER Register before 1st May 2024
  • Sunflower must be grown from seed and raised lovingly on your own plot in the ground (No pots)
  • Only one sunflower per plot can be entered.
  • The tallest sunflower will win, when measured on Sunday, 1st September and it must still be smiling!
  • PUMPKIN Register before 1st May 2024
  • Your Pumpkin must be grown from seed and raised lovingly on your own plot in the ground (No pots)
  • Only one pumpkin per plot can be entered.
  • The heaviest pumpkin will win when weighed on Sunday, 6th October
  • PHOTOGRAPHY Register before 1st May 2024
  • Four categories, all criteria & rules see link below.
  • 2025 Calendar produced from the pictures.
  • Results of this competition will be published on Sunday 15th September.

OTHER Competitions Best Full Plot, Best Half Plot and the Best Newcomer’s plot, as well as the visitors’ choice for their favourite plot on the Open Day. Entry for these competitions is automatic unless you advise the committee otherwise. All the winners of these will be announced on the Open Day.

Important Dates for 2024