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open all open... 12th Mar 2016

Padlock, Rent and Local Honey

Trading Hut and Rent for 2016

The trading hut is open on Sundays from 10:00 - 12:00. If you haven't yet paid your rent for this year please do so.  For all those who have paid promptly, thank you. 

The main gates will be left open during Sunday trading times.

Allotments Gate and Padlock

A few plotholders are still having problems operating the padlock on the gates. Please note that the padlock should be open and closed as follows:

To unlock: Set the combination with the indented line showing to the right and left of the number, thus -XXXX- Press the shackle and the padlock will open.

To lock: With the combination showing, press the shackle down and rotate the number wheels.

Under no circumstances must tools or other items be used to force the padlock. If you are frustrated by the lock then please mention this to a committee member.

Local Honey

On sale at the trading hut or by request from Jane on plot 36a and alternatively by emailing janeanddavid@ntlworld.com The bees, whilst not located at the allotment site, are close enough to forage here. proceeds of sales to be donated to bee research charities.

open... 31st Jan 2016

Trading Hut and Rent for 2016

Tips for the Padlock & Gates

Trading Hut and Rent for 2016

The trading hut will be opening on Sundays from 7th Feb. 10:00 - 12:00.  The main gates will be left open during this period.

Rents are also due at this time of year, so once the hut is open, please come on down and settle your fees. As you will have seen from the AGM rents are £1 more than last year £23.00 made up of £22.50 per 5 rod plot + £0.50 membership.

Payment methods:

Cheque/cash at the trading hut on Sundays
Cheque posted to the Chairman (Fairwinds, Faris Lane, Woodham, KT15 3DJ)
Bank Transfer (Please email me if you intend to do this and I will give you the WBA bank details)

Cheques should be made out to: "West Byfleet Allotments and Gardens Association"

Trading Hut Restocked - Prices Fixed

Our normal range of items has been re-stocked, and although wholesale prices have risen, we ordered enough to get a better discount, so prices remain as per last year (for now).

Lower Road Closed

Due to the wet weather during January the bottom road is currently closed.  It there is a decent dry spell and the paving gets firmed up, it will be reopened.

Tips for the Padlock & Gates

One or two people have commented that they can't open the padlock.  The trick is to set the code and then press down the shackle which then releases it.  Similarly, when you lock it the correct number must be set then press down the shackle and un-set the numbers.

The bolts on the gates which go into the ground do have a notch so you can set them not to drag on the ground when opening/closing.  It's not immediately obvious, but each gate has one - it is there!

open... 29th Dec 2015

A Moment in History

Gates Locked and Site Secure

Gates Locked For the first time in plot-holder memory the gates are now locked at all time.

If this is a surprise to you, then please see the Site Security Page

Keeping the gates closed will keep out unwanted visitors, fly tippers and late night revellers.  A minor inconvenience for some peace of mind, and a feeling that you are secure on the site.

Please feed any comments back via our contact enquiry form

open... 21st Nov 2015

Working Party, Seed Orders, Site Security

Rent rise for 2016

Working Party - Sunday 29th November 10:00am

There will be a working party at 10am on Sunday 29 November which will be clearing leaves from the ditch and if time allows, cutting back vegetation on the Stoop Court boundary.

Please join us if you can. Useful tools include forks, rakes, leaf grabbers and loppers. Wellington boots and gloves are recommended.

Organic Seed Catalogue

Seed orders should be in by the end of November.  If you are having trouble completing your order, please contact Mike seeds @ wballotments.org.uk  n 01932 340885.

Please make sure you either place your order online at the WBA Allotments site or on an order form from the catalogue.

Site security

At the AGM on 13 November 2015 plotholders decided that our allotment site should be protected by means of locked gates. This is in line with the other allotment sites in Woking and should keep out fly tippers and other unwanted visitors. Therefore plotholders should unlock the gate when they arrive and lock it after they enter the site. This will be done by means of a combination padlock.

The combination number will being notified to all plotholders shortly, and once this is done the new security measures will be put in place.

 It is important that the padlock is not left showing the combination number at any time. To avoid personal injury or damage to vehicles each gate must be secured when open, using the drop-down bolts. When opening or closing the gates please keep your fingers clear of the moving parts. Children must not be allowed to operate or play with the gates.

Food Waste

If you watched or are aware of the food waste programme on the TV earlier this month, and want to take it further, there is more information and an online petition available at:

http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/help-reduce-the-major-scrtutinising-of-farmers-veg-crops

open... 23rd Oct 2015

AGM - Seed Orders - Bonfires & Pumpkins

Forthcoming AGM

Please note that we will be holding our 2015 AGM at a new venue - The Cornerstone Hall by St John's Church in West Byfleet,  on Friday13th November starting at 8.00pm prompt.  The agenda will be circulated nearer the date with copies of the last AGM minutes.

This is an important meeting - we will be looking to hold a debate on future projects and site security and will be looking for you input and vote.  So please make every effort to attend.

Organic Seed Catalogue

New for 2015 – Seed Order can now be submitted online.

Go to: www.wballotments.org.uk/login  Then log-in with your email address and password. If you don’t know what your password is then click the “email me my password” link and enter your email address. Once logged in you will get a new menu on the right of the page – choose Seed Order Help.  Once you’re ready, choose Seed Order and then click the “Add Order” link. Once completed the order will be emailed to you, and if necessary you can amend it right up to the closing date.

This year's catalogue is now available.  To reserve your copy email seeds@wballotments.org.uk (preferred) or add your name to the list on the notice board or call: 01932 340885.  Please make sure you include your name and contact details.

Bonfires

Please restrict your bonfires to the evenings on days when the smoke will not drift over adjoining housing. If you do need to have a bonfire, then please attend it until it goes out.

Pumpkin Alert

Halloween is nearly upon us and those of you who still have pumpkins maturing on your plot be aware that passing locals have a record of liberating pumpkins from plots at this time of year. Indeed the onset of early dark evenings is often the time we get uninvited human visitors. Please be vigilant, and report suspicious behaviour.

Snowdrops

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