Don't forget the Allotment Fun Quiz Night on Friday 15th March, 7.00 for 7.30 start
The Police Club in Rolle Street (entrance on Rolle Street through two heavy wooden doors, next to Exmouth Property Rentals)
Very reasonably priced bar Family and friends welcome! Teams of maximum 6. Only £1 per entrant
Winter site maintenance -East Devon Tree Care will be reducing the hedge along Hamilton Lane and several large trees and removing a large holly bush from a plot on Hamilton Lane.Tim Winfield is currently busy with his annual work on he Pound Lane hedges.
Coastal Fencing have made a good job of replacing the fence panels at the HL gate 3
Upgrading both sites - We continue to clear outstanding problem areas on both sites and money has recently been spent removing asbestos from Pound Lane.
Pound Lane toilet - We have been lucky enough to get a grant of £6835 from the Big Lottery Fund towards the rebuilding of the PL toilet block. The build is finished and hopefully that means both sites are now clear of asbestos. A big thank-you to Roger Rowley who has painted the floors for us.
Help will also be needed for these final tasks...
Painting all the outside wood with the recommended Sadolin wood protection.
Making a ramp to allow for wheelchair access.
Putting in a cupboard for Elaine’s equipment.
Putting up toilet fixtures.
Putting shelving in the storeroom.
Please contact Tony if you can help with any of these tasks.
New stock - £6,000 worth of new stock has arrived and the shops on both sites are well stocked. With many items reduced again this year things are selling rapidly.
Working party - many thanks to Eileen Davey, Paul Westacott, Annie Goodman, Phil Bater, Sue Price, Karen Wallwork, Carolyn and Fiona Priest and Adrian Spiller for a days hard graft in all that wind on Sunday 10th March. We now have two more plots on Pound Lane in a good state and ready to be let.
AGM - The AGM held on Saturday the 2nd of February was well attended, with potholders from both sites keen, to show their support for the committee and it's work and to celebrate another year of growing and eating homegrown veg.
The committee was voted in for the 2019 year with just a couple of changes. Roger Payne is stepping down from his role of treasurer and we welcome John Barwick who will be taking this job on. Gill Payne remains as secretary for another year as does our chairperson Karole Stannard and Cheryl Chessom will continue as Vice-chair. The other committee members are Janet Cuff, Julia Jacobs, Dawn Witkiss, Eddie Cowley, Tony Hunter and Carolyn Priest. We have been without a president since John Patrick retired so it is really good news for the association to find that Roger Payne is happy to fill that role.
The shield awarded annually to the most productive plot in the association was given to Suzanne Elliot from Pound Lane with Sheena Hall, Steven Madge, Ken Campbell, Jim White, Mark Wade and Brian Sartin all commended for their plots too. The cup for the most improved plot in 2018 was awarded to Suzanne Long.
Roger told the meeting what an improvement the newly refurbished raised beds for disabled gardeners at Hamilton Lane were; looking good and making equal access a reality. Roger thanked the Town Council for their financial contribution to this project.
Despite the very hot summer last year the water bills were only a bit larger than 2017.This would seem to show that the majority of plotholders are using water barrels and conserving water wherever they can.
There has been a huge turn over of potholders on both sites this year and Gill has issued 50 new tenancy agreements.