Occasional Articles and Allotment chat and comments.
AGM - Friday 11th November
Please note that we will be holding our 2016 AGM inby St John's Church in West Byfleet, on starting at .
Watch out for a further emailnext week with the attachments for the AGM. This is your annual opportunity to hear what's happening, being planned, have your say and a vote, so do make the effort to come - it is likely to be just one hour.
Organic Seed Catalogue
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 “ ” link and enter your email address - allow 5 mins for the email to arrive. Once logged in you will get a new menu on the right of the page – choose Seed Order Help. Once you’re ready, choose and then click the “ ” link. Once completed the order will be emailed to you, and if necessary you can amend it right up to the closing date.
Please order using the 2016 catalogue which was sent out last year. If you need a copy of the catalogue please 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.
Please help with this years ditch clearing.. Bring wellies, gloves, secateurs etc. We now have a couple of leaf-grabbers in our possession which will of course be there.
Wildlife & Bonfires
It is the big tidy up season so spare a thought for the little creatures who make their winter home in any pile of debris.but if you insist on having one don't leave piles of material hanging about for ages before setting them alight because there may be loads of tiny barely visible creatures (e.g baby frogs and toads) already settled in.
Regrettably I have to report that veg has been taken from a plot. Tomatoes and blueberries from a fruit cage. As the gates are locked, it can only be another plot-holder. Please, if you see someone acting suspiciously either ask them what they are up to or take a note and alert a committee member.
Tips for safely using the gates
A couple of recent incidents with the gates means I need to warn you about your safety when opening and closing them.
I'm asking for your help in making sure you leave the gates correctly and also don't injure yourselves whilst operating them.
When you close and lock the gates, please secure the gate on the right (as seen from the outside) with the bolt that goes into the ground and- it does have a notch so you can set the bolt not to drag on the ground. If left down when opening the gates from the outside, the bolt catches the ground and bounces the gate back into you. So also be aware that this may happen to you when opening the gate.
When operating the gates, please only work one gate at a time and make sure the other gate is not left to swing free in the wind. Last week one of the gates blew into a plot-holder causing a bruising and black eye.#
The bar that slides between the two gates can easily clip your fingers, especially when opening it - be aware and slide it carefully.
I know that sometimes we can be just popping in and the gate is not a priority, but please take time to make sure you and others are not at risk.
Dates for you diary
Woking Allotment Competition
The Woking Allotments competition. In addition to the Tunis Cup for the best kept allotment site, there are individual plot holders prizes awarded.
for any of these categories, please let me know before .
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
Attached is the judging criteria.
Last year WBA plot holders were awarded 2nd prize for best plot and 3rd prize for best ladies plot, whilst the site went from 2nd equal to 5th for best allotment site.
Other Show Dates For Your Diary
Saturday 9th July 2016
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August
Sunday 4th September
Shop in June and use your token wisely
Waitrose Green Token Scheme
Waitrose have selected theto receive a donation from their Community Matters Green Token Scheme.
If you are shopping inplease donate your green token to the Association, using the collection box provided in the store. The number of tokens collected will determine the size of the financial donation from Waitrose. This donation will be used to fund the replacement of the trading hut roof and the safe disposal of the old asbestos roofing sheets
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:
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.
: 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.
On sale at the trading hut or by request from Jane on plot 36a and alternatively by emailing email@example.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.