ST. MARGARETS' ALLOTMENTS NEWSLETTER: AUTUMN 2002
PLEASE NOTE: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND GET-TOGETHER
THURSDAY THE 21ST OF NOVEMBER 2002 AT THE
ST. MARGARETS' CENTRE COMMENCING 7-30P.M.
In addition to the essential business of the association there will be a free raffle of 1st Prize—a bottle of whisky, 2nd and 3rd Prizes a bottle of wine. A modest amount of drinks and nibbles will be provided. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU.
This newsletter is a combined effort between Howell, John Pounder and Muriel—though the latter bears complete responsibility for the final product. If your experience is anything like mine it's been a tough gardening year with extremely variable weather. On the other hand the plots are fully let and to judge by the standard of care in most of them my sense of enjoyment, indeed gratitude for having an allotment in such a lovely spot is also shared. There are a few things we need to let you know about.
Bonfires: This is mainly for new members but occasionally some of us older hands need a reminder. Bonfires are not allowed until the 5th of November and anyone using the communal plot for a bonfire on or near the time itself must realise that the Association or its officers cannot take responsibility for it. If you do light a bonfire on you own plot please be sensitive to nearby residents and make sure it is completely out before you leave.
Fair: Once again a sizeable number of plot holders were very generous in donating goods and services which led to a highly successful event. We raised well over £500—a full financial account will be available at the AGM–which has helped us once again to keep the rents the same as last year. With so many contributors and helpers it is perhaps invidious to identify individuals but John Pounder's consistent and practical support to Muriel in organising the event was notable and one of the joys was to see Clive Hack in his wellies, complete with wheelbarrow loaded with goodies trundling into the Town Hall after he'd pushed it from his plot. Do wish my camera had been more effective in capturing the sight.
Members' Activities: Good old Norman Mollon: No need to guess who won the City Council best allotment competition again—the eighth time from the eleven he's entered. They'll soon be barring you, Norman, in order to give the others a chance. Seriously, well done—you are a credit to us. Botanical Gardens Exhibition. Congratulations to Anne Marie Weston for her wonderful exhibition of paintings of flowers and various views of the allotments. If anyone else paints or takes interesting photographs of the allotments please let Muriel know and we'll think about mounting an exhibition at the next Fair.
Fees: If you haven't already done so, could you pay your rent to David Flower as soon as possible, making any cheques out to St. Margarets' Allotments Association. There are details below about the rent due for your plot. If you think we've got it wrong will you contact Howell Harris.
Peter Scott: As many of you know Peter, one of our longest serving and much respected members, died suddenly this year. His family wishes to plant a tree somewhere on the plots. Perhaps you can think about a suitable location and type of tree ready for us to discuss it at the AGM.