The latest Allotment Holders’ Site Committee minutes have now been posted online where the big news items are:
The Allotment Holders Committee had applied to Edible Essex, which is a three year project funded by the Big Lottery’s Local Food Scheme and supported by Essex County Council, for some funding for the site, they report in these minutes that:
We have been given a grant of £660 from Edible Essex and a further £300 from Parish Council for the purchase of rotavator from Ernst Does. This will shortly be with us and once village handy man has had hands on – will then let plot holders know details/costs for any rotavating they require.
They also had the following sad news to report:
Many longer established plot holders will remember Stan Rideout who was frequently seen digging on the allotments in his wellies, whatever the weather. Stan has spent the last few years in a Nursing Home and recently died just before the age of ninety. All his remaining family have now also passed away. His funeral service is at the Crematorium on Weds 7th Aug at 2.00pm when it is hoped any friends who remember him will be able to attend.
It is apparent form the minutes that the allotments continue to be a welcoming environment in which new plot holders will be well-supported:
Several new plot holders thanked the committee and others plot holders for help/advise etc they have received on the site.
Children are also welcomed to get involved although there is a small caveat:
Children – Are welcome on the site, however they should be supervised at all times by an adult. And ensure they do not go on any other plots, play around water tanks, play ball games or wander around site unsupervised.