Occasional Articles and Allotment chat and comments.
Rent for 2018
Rents are 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 as last year £24.00 made up of £0.50 membership + £23.50 per 5 rod plot.
Cheque/cash at the trading hut on Sundays
Cheque posted to the Chairman (Fairwinds, Faris Lane, Woodham, KT15 3DJ)
Bank Transfer (Bank details are the same as last year. Please email me if you intend to do this).
Cheques should be made out to: "West Byfleet Allotments and Gardens Association"
The trading hut will be opening on Sundays from 11th Feb. 10:00 - 12:00. The main gates will be left open during this period.
As in previous years we will be re-stocking from our horticultural goods suppliers, Interhort (http://interhort.com/). As in previous years, we are offering plot-holders the opportunity to order goods on their own account as part of the Trading Hut order. Note that this is not available to associate members or those on the waiting list. Please let Bill Goodman (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you want to order anything before the end of the month - please be aware that prices on the Interhort site are ex.VAT.
Following a recent check, it's clear some plots had not been getting the TLC they deserve. If you think you may be an owner of one of these plots, we urge you to contact the Chairman or Membership Secretary (Jane Weisz) to let us know what’s happening. Should we not hear from you, you may expect to receive an individual phone call or email on this matter.
Departures and sabbaticals – Are you considering giving up your plot? Please give us a heads up on your thoughts and plans.
There is a waiting list for plots and we want to assign new members their plots as soon as possible so they can get digging.
We are hoping to start the installation of the tanks and piping on 1st February (weather permitting) when the positioning of the new tanks will start. Council contractors will be on site from 5th when the trenching work will begin. During this time both top and bottom roads will be closed where necessary and a number of piping trenches will be opened. Please avoid falling and tripping in these as they are of course a safety hazard.
Water Project Help Wanted
We are looking for help with laying the piping and filling the trenches and are hoping to get teams of 3-4 people each day as we go along. If you can help, please email me and let me know.
If all goes well the new water installation will be completed in a couple of weeks, but like all trips into the unknown...
If you are interested in having one of the old water tanks please let me know - they will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
Other Reminders and Topics
Car tyres are now classified as hazardous waste. If you have/use tyres on your plot it is your responsibility to have them removed should you give your plot up.
Please consider putting your plot number on the inside of your shed door. This will help us identify which sheds belong to which plot.
Plot-holders are responsible for the paths around your plot. Please ensure that paths are kept clear and that structures such as fruit cages etc. are positioned far enough away from paths so wheelbarrows and lawnmowers can be used.
Washing vegetables - please don't use the water troughs for this as they silt up and can go foul. Instead use water in a watering can or bucket.
The Cornerstone Centre, St. Johns Church, West Byfleet
West Byfleet Allotment and Gardens Association
Annual General Meeting
Friday 10th November 2017 at 8.00pm
The Cornerstone Centre, St. Johns Church, West Byfleet
- Apologies for Absence
- Minutes of the Last Meeting (copy attached to email)
- Chairman's Report
- Site Secretaries Report
- Treasurer's Report and Balance Sheet (copy year end accounts attached to email)
- Water Project
- Rent and Subscriptions
- Election of Officials
Chairman - Mike Booker
Treasurer - David Williams
Secretary - Bill Goodman
Membership - Jane Weisz
Site Manager - Rob Moore
Trading Hut - Bill Goodman
Members - Carol Grant
- Presentation of the Challenge Shield
- Any other Business
Fundraising for Woking and Sam Beare Hospices
2-5 pm Sunday 6th August
Come and have a stroll around West Byfleet Allotments, learn about growing food and enjoy local stalls.
This is a fundraising for Woking and Sam Beare Hospices - all proceeds will go to them.
How to find us
Thank you to everyone who joined the working party on Sunday 27 November. We succeeded in clearing leaves from the entire length of the ditch, which will ensure that the winter rain is carried away as quickly as possible.
For those of you who keep chickens and other poultry at home please follow the link below.
Oak Processionary Moths
There have been reports of Oak Processionary Moths (OPM) in Ripley and Woking, and the infestations are continuing to spread across Surrey. Oak trees around allotment plots are particularly partial to infestation. OPM’s are known to cause skin rashes and should be reported to Woking BC if spotted. Please keep an eye out and report any sightings to the Council and a committee member if the sighting is on or near the allotments.
Find out more here: https://www.woking.gov.uk/environment/greeninf/tree/opm
from eggs laid in Oak trees the previous summer.
Working Party - This Sunday
Please help with this years ditch clearing.
Proposed Renewal of Allotment Water Supply
A plan showing how water might be supplied to plotholders in the future is displayed on the Trading Hut Notice Board and available to download below. Approval for the financing of this work will be sought at the AGM in 2017 with the aim of starting this work shortly afterwards.
If you have any comments on this plan please send them to Rob Moore (Email:email@example.com) or leave them at the Trading Hut by 28 February 2017.
The Bottom Road
The wet season has started and as can be expected the bottom road has been closed to traffic. Once drier weather allows, the road will be re-opened. Please expect such closures following periods of persistent or heavy rain.
Woodham & New Haw Horticultural Club
I have been reminded that you are all invited to join the above club, which offers convivial social evenings and visits to attractive locations for people who often have had and, may still have, an active interest in gardening.
Their web site is at: www.wnh-horticlub.co.uk