Further to the previous message about blight, the committee completed a site inspection yesterday and noticed a number of plots whose potatoes and or tomatoes are affected by blight. We have contacted most plot holders who are affected but would ask you all to be vigilant and remove all traces of blight as soon as it appears.The best action is to remove all foliage and remove from the site.
Please look out for a post about blight resistant potatoes and tomatoes. Many varieties that previously had blight resistance are no longer resistant to the new strains of blight.
We also noticed that some plots are not fully cultivated. We understand that it has been difficult this year. If you are not able to cultivate your whole plot, please ensure you keep the weeds under control by strimming and covering the uncultivated area, this will prevent the spread of weeds to other plots.
Blight has been spotted on a number of plots. There is no cure for potato blight when your plants are infected. The first action to take is to cut off all growth above soil level and burn it as soon as possible. This will minimise the infection on your soil and also reduce the risk of you passing potato blight on to neighbours, including neighbouring farms which could ruin their crops. Please check your crop urgently. If you see any sign on your plot please take the above action without delay.
For more information please see the Pest & Diseases section of this web site.
Judging for this years Best Plot competition has been confirmed and will take place between Monday 12th and Friday 16th July.
As per previous years members need to ‘opt out’ of the Top Ten Competition if you do not want your plot judged. (Please advise Chairman or Treasurer). The criteria for the judging can be found within the documentation section of this web site.
This weekend is WORKING PARTY weekend, preparing the site for our Open Day on 18th July. So members if you can spare a couple of hours on Saturday or Sunday morning between 10 and 12 there will be a hedge to trim a path to clear or another task for you to do. On Saturday there will be free refreshments. Sunday is our usual monthly COFFEE MORNING as well and normal prices will be in place for the refreshments. You will be welcome on either morning and your assistance is much appreciated. Thank you
Please note the previously distributed AGM agenda has now been revised and is now attached below. Please note this advises members of a change of venue, it is now being held by the clubhouse on the allotments.
Additionally the time has been bought forward to 7:15pm so we can complete the business before it gets too dark. Also please can members now bring their own refreshments.
Parking will also be limited so if members can walk or cycle to the site, all the better! We may also have to limit numbers to comply with Covid 19 regulations so please get there early to secure a seat.
We are proposing to hold our OPEN DAY this year on Sunday 18th July, from 1:00pm, to which all members and their families are invited, together with friends and the local community. There is, however, a significant amount of work which goes with the event that we need help with from the membership.
To begin with the site needs to be looking its best for the day, so we are having two Working Party Days on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July from 10 am til Noon on each day. Refreshments will be provided on Saturday. As Sunday is the first Sunday in the month, we will be having our normal Coffee Morning anyway, so refreshments and cake will be available. There will be lots of hedge trimming etc that will need to be done so please help if you can.
The main event for the Open Day is the presentation of the prizes for the best plots. There are three categories, The Best Full Plot, The Best Half Plot and The Best Newcomer (New plotholders from1st July 2020 are all eligible). If you do not wish to participate in the competition, please inform Dawn the Treasurer. (email: email@example.com) The Judging for the competition will take place during the first two weeks of July, so there is still time to spruce up your plot! (The judging criteria is available on the website)
Also, at the Open Day we will have a second-hand Book Stall and a raffle, as well as the usual refreshments and cakes. If you are able to make a donation of books, cakes or an item for the raffle please let Dawn know and bring them to either the Coffee Morning on 4th July or on the actual day. If you are able to help out on the day, serving teas, manning a stall etc, please also let Dawn know.
At the event in July, we will be following all the appropriate protocols with regard with regard to the Covid 19 virus, Social Distancing etc. We will also be asking people to check in via the NHS app on our unique QR code.
We are aiming to hold our Open Day on July 18th 2021 so please put the date in your diary. This will be preceded by Working Parties on 3rd and 4th July to ensure our site looks its very best. As ever, we are seeking masses of help from our members on these days. More information to follow.
The postponed AGM will take place at 7:30 on 1st July 2021 at Hawkinge Town Football Club on Pavilion Rd. Please put the date in your diary. The meeting is open to all members and we would urge you to attend to hear our plans and have your input into the activities of the society. We would also like to hear from people interested in joining the committee or playing a more active role in the society.
We are delighted to be able to announce that our monthly Coffee Mornings will resume on Sunday 2nd May at 10:00. All prevailing COVID precautions will be followed. More information will be circulated nearer the time.