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Horfield & District Allotments Association Newsletter January 2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Monday February10th Hall of the Church of the Good Shepherd (Between Bishop Road and Kings Drive) Tea and Coffee available from 7.00pm Meeting begins at 7.30pm

Agenda: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Apologies Minutes of the 2012 AGM (Will be tabled) Matters Arising Report from the Chairman on behalf of the Executive Committee. Annual accounts and Treasurer’s report. Resolutions (see below) Election of H&DAA Company Directors. Community Garden report BCC Allotments Officer Presentation of Ted Hill Cup, the Phyllis Brooks Award & Best New Plot Awards.

Resolutions to be presented at AGM Resolution 1. Proposed by Ms Nina Linton Rent for an Association owned hut will be collected from a tenant for a maximum of 12 years. After this no further rental is payable by that tenant. Resolution 2. Proposed by the Committee. If the current arrangements for renting huts are altered and as a result income to the Association is lowered, this reduction will be compensated for by an increase in plot rents. Prizes As you will see from the agenda above there are prizes to be won. In case you are new to H&DAA here is what they are for: Ted Hill Cup, to the new tenant who has made the most progress in the first year of tenancy. Phyllis Brooks Award: to a plot holder who has made an outstanding contribution to the benefit of their field. Best on Field: a small prize for the best new tenant on each field. Come to the meeting – join the debate WEBSITE Visit the website for news, seasonal tips, recipes and much more – you can’t beat local knowledge when it comes to gardening. Find out about events, sources of manure, the working party calendar – it’s all there. www.horfieldanddistrictallotments.webeden.co.uk/#


Plot numbers - please In the top right hand corner of your rent bill you will find your plot number. While you have it handy go & paint it on a nice big piece of board, nail it to a short stake then hammer it into the ground at the end of your plot next time you are there. Bonfires briefly:No smoky fires Don’t burn anything that can be composted – even if it takes 2 years No fires on nice sunny weekends or bank holidays. Never bring material on to the site to burn. NEVER LEAVE A BONFIRE UNATTENDED – THEY ARE A MAGNET TO SMALL (AND NOT SO SMALL) BOYS THE FIRE MUST BE EXTINGUISHED BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE SITE. Working parties The Golden Hill hedge team is back in action with an ambitious program for the winter. You can join the team & learn about laying, planting and maintaining hedges. You will not be charged for the privilege. The work will be around Baptist & Davis. Wear good boots & gloves. Every Sunday morning 10.00am – 12md until the end of January. Meeting by the orchard gate at the top of Davis. If you have spare hedging plants in your garden the hedging team would be happy to take them off your hands. Suitable species are: Hawthorn, Hazel, Blackthorn, Field Maple, Elder, Beech, Cherry, Native Dogwood, Crab Apple, Guelder Rose, Spindle, Wayfaring Tree, Beech, Hornbeam and Oak. Donations should be small enough to transplant successfully. Working party on Birchall Field: we are gathering for a general tidy and jolly bonfire on Saturday the 1st Feb. 11 am. Many hands, strimmers, rakes and wheelbarrows very welcome. Sally and Ted All welcome to Wassail Horfield Organic Community Orchard Saturday 18th January 2014, 2 - 4pm Toast the trees for a fruitful harvest Bring ribbons, clouties & shining things to dress the trees Homemade cakes and mulled Orchard juice for sale Make merry with Pigsty Morris To enter the Orchard (nearest postcode BS7 8JP) walk down the lane beside 22 Kings Drive (between Bishop Road and Kellaway Avenue), turn left and it’s the first gate on the right. OR take the lane beside 134 Longmead Avenue until you come to the last gate on the left. (Dogs on leads, please.) Contact: hocohello@gmail.com phone: 0117 373 1587 http://www.community-orchard.org.uk

Field reps Baptist Field Reps 19 Fiona Reid 19 Joe McSorley Birchall Field Reps 11 Sally Newberry 28 Ted Ayers- Hunt

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Grahams Field Reps Telecoms Highbury Rd

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Phil Hall

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Longs Field Reps 16b 12

Anne Miller Roger Chainey

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St Agnes Field Reps 7 Pete Clee 25 Bill Ball 49 Neil Pirie (Chair)

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Davis Field Reps 5 Roger Hake 13b,13c Ken MacNeil 18,18a,19a Steve Soffee Christine Styles – Plot Manager Marjorie McCartney - Secretary Brian Styles - Treasurer

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Community Garden Another great year at the Golden Hill Community Garden! Over 2250 people have benefited from garden so far, local people, school groups, community groups etc. This summer we built our fab froggy pizza oven and the tower of power solar pump came into to play shifting up 15000l of water up the hill (though everyone was back on the mains during the dry spells). Thank you to all the plot holders for you continued support and encouragement, Our funding ends this year but we don't. Please support us to carry on offering supported volunteering at this wonderful community garden by becoming a Friend of the garden! And launching in Feb the Golden Buds! an exciting new Tuesday morning green toddlers group. Also on Jan 11th 10:30-12:30 Tim Foster will be showing us how to prune and care for new and established soft fruit bushes. Just £15 with cuttings to try on your plot. Just £15 get in touch to book a place - Lucy ghcgarden@gmail.com 07506 905 394 A new pest to worry about affecting the allium family, Allium Leaf Miner, find out more at http://tiny.cc/d7ub8w Finally; a big thank you to Roger & Frances Hake for clearing the thicket of plum trees on Birchall.

A happy & productive New Year to all our members.


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