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Newsletter - May 2014

West Byfleet Allotments Newsletter Issue 15,
May 2014

In this issue

It’s Competition Time
Urban Foxes
Cages and Netting
Trading Hut Stock
Dates for Your Diary

It’s Competition Time

The Woking Allotments competition judging will take place on 9th & 10th of July. In addition to the Tunis Cup for the best kept allotment site, there are individual plotholders prizes awarded. If you want to be nominated for any of these categories, please let me know before 23rd June.

Individual categories are:

  • Ted Smith Shield Best Plot in Borough
  • Leam challenge Shield Best 1st Year Plot holder
  • Benstead Scroll Best Plot Cultivated by a Gardener over 70 Years of Age
  • Ashley Slocock Best Plot Cultivated by a Lady

Available for download is the judging criteria. Last year WBA plotholders were awarded 2nd prize for best plot and 2nd and 8th for best ladies plot, whilst the site went from 4th to 11th for best allotment site. Remember, as a plotholder you are expected to keep your paths mowed along with the border of your plot on the road. Any extra areas of grass you feel you can help with is of course always welcome.

Urban Foxes

As most of you know we have foxes on the allotments. Some people view these as interesting wildlife, some as something to be encouraged, and some as pests. Urban foxes are a feature of British urban and suburban surroundings and concerns about their impact are common.

Available for download is a leaflet produced by Bristol City Council which is both an interesting read and lays out the facts and dispels some myths.

The foxes on our allotments are a mixed blessing, both helping to keep down the rabbit and pigeon population but also damaging crops. Whatever your stance I would ask you to not feed them or cause them harm.

Cages and Netting

More and more of us are protecting our fruit and veg by erecting cages and netting. And quite rightly so - we’re not growing fruit and veg to feed the birds and other wildlife.

Please! Do not run your cages and netting right up to the edges of paths. This makes mowing difficult, and can snag wheelbarrows, which will damage your netting and annoy your neighbours.

Trading Hut Stock

Following some brisk trading in the last month, we have again re-stocked. We now have more:

8’ canes
Chicken pellets (large 20Kg bags) still at a very competitive price.
Compost (60L)
Growbags (33L)
Organic slug treatment (new 2Kg boxes)

Sorry we are out of stock of 4’ canes and so are our suppliers!

Dates for Your Diary

Horticultural shows are fun and a nice way to show off your veg. If you haven’t entered one before why not consider it – after all, a show isn’t a show without entries, and it’s not all about winning – or is it!

Woking Allotments Judging 9th & 10th July
Pyrford & Wisley Flower Show 12 July
Byfleet Parish Day Show 19 July
Chertsey Show 9 & 10 August
Woodham & New Haw Show 6 September END

open... 30th Apr 2014

Summer Shows for 2014

Horticultural shows are fun and a nice way to show off your veg. If you haven’t entered one before why not consider it – after all, a show isn’t a show without entries, and it’s not all about winning – or is it!

Pyrford & Wisley Flower Show 12 July

Byfleet Parish Day Show 19 July

Chertsey Show 9 & 10 August

Woodham & New Haw Show 6 September

open... 10th Jan 2014

Newsletter Issue 13 - Jan 2014

In this issue

The Three Belles – 1940 vocal trio & Ration Fortnight
Tree Trimming – still to come
Trading Hut and Rent for 2014

Happy New Year to you all, and let’s hope the wet weather eases back in time for spring sowings. Somewhere in there is a Christmas cracker joke about why your plot is full of water because of the leaks… enough!

The Three Belles – 1940 vocal trio – WWII ration fortnight

The Three Belles are 1940s vocal trio based in Woking, Surrey, who sing in the style of The Andrews Sisters, and tour the country performing at various events, including festivals, corporate functions and vintage events. This January, they are hoping to raise some money for the Royal British Legion, a charity we have worked closely with over the past year. To do this, the three of us will be living off WWII rations for two weeks. They will be using all the old measurements, ingredients and recipes that they would have used in 1944, and documenting it for their website so that other people may join in with eating rations and raising some money. http://thethreebelles.com/about-us

They have asked us if we could help with locally grown produce from the allotments. If you have rations you are prepared to donate, please bring them down to the Trading Hut this Sunday 12th Jan betwen10-12, and we can then swap them out for their ration cards (or whatever).

Tree Trimming – January?

Please can plotholders with plots on the borders with trees tidy your paths and plots ready for Serco to come and trim the trees. It is likely branches and clippings will need to be taken along the paths between the plots and this may catch hold of structures such as bean sticks, cloches, netting etc. near to the paths.

Trading Hut and Rent for 2014

The trading hut will be opening on Sundays again from 9th Feb. This year we will stay open longer into the summer months by popular request.

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 the same again as last year £22.00 made up of £21.50 per 5 rod plot + £0.50 membership.

 

open... 20th Nov 2013

Newsletter 12

In this issue
Work Party
Tree Trimming
Best and Worst Produce Survey
AGM Minutes

Autumn Work Party -Sunday 24 November at 10 am.

We will be removing leaves from the ditches and cutting back any encroaching vegetation. Suitable tools include rakes, forks and loppers. Wellington boots and gloves are recommended. Please come along if you can spare an hour or two.”

Tree Trimming

Please can plotholders with plots on the borders with trees tidy your paths and plots ready for Serco to come and trim the trees. It is likely branches and clippings will need to be taken along the paths between the plots and this may catch hold of structures such as bean sticks, cloches, netting etc. near to the paths.

Best and Worst Produce Survey

Jane Weisz came to me at the AGM and said “What happened to the Best and Worst Produce Survey?”. Well, it is a little delayed but not forgotten. ..

In the now quiet period of late autumn and before Xmas is upon us can I ask you to reflect and send me your responses to what were your two best and worst crops this year. Details I require are: the name of the crop, variety (if remembered), comments (if you have any). An example return might therefore be:

Best Crops
Tomato, Gardeners Delight, wonderful no blight
Potato, Anya, also no blight

Worst Crops
Runner Bean, Moonlight, drought stopped fruiting
Raspberries, ???, very small crop.

Please send your response in an email to Bill Goodman at biugoodman@hotmail.com

AGM Minutes

We again had a good turn-out at our AGM with 50 or so people there. We unanimously agreed with our Treasurer's recommendation to keep our rents at 2013 levels for 2014.  Minutes and revised accounts have been emailed to members..

open... 12th Oct 2013

Forthcoming AGM

November 11th at 8:00 pm

Please note that we will be holding our 2013 AGM at our usual venue, Our Lady Help of Christians Church on Madeira Road West Byfleet, on Monday 11th November starting at 8.00pm prompt.

The agenda will be circulated nearer the date with copies of the last AGM minutes.

We are always looking for members to join the committee, so if you would like to become a committee member there will be an opportunity to step forward.

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