AGM notice 2019

Don’t forget that the Woodhouse Allotments AGM takes place on Saturday April 6th at 3.00pm in the Scout Hut.

Do come along to find out how we’ve been looking after the site over the last year and what we plan to do in 2019. Come and have your say in our Allotment Society’s future.

Last year’s minutes, reports and documents for this years AGM can all be found in the members’ area on this site. They are also available to view in the Trading Hut.

Rent notices 2018

Rent Notices for the period 01 November 2018 to 31 October 2019 have now been prepared.

It would greatly assist the rent collection process and save us postage if members could collect their Rent Notice from the Trading Hut the weekend of 29/30 September between 12.00 and 14.00.

Produce Competition 2018

Thanks to all our members who came to the Annual Get Together and Produce Competition on Saturday and helped to make it such an enjoyable afternoon. Thanks also to those who brought food to share with fellow members – these are always delicious, and much appreciated by everyone. It’s a particular pleasure to be able to sample such a variety of beautiful dishes made from ingredients grown right here at Woodhouse Allotments.

Another highlight is of course the produce competition and this year again threw up some very worthy winners. The full results of the competition are given below, and I think we’d all like to know just what Margaret McNamara has been feeding that pumpkin with.

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Results

Heaviest pumpkin
1        Margaret McNamara                                            26.00kg
2        Ron Williams                                                        8.09kg
3        Graham Clark                                                      6.57kg

Heaviest tomato
1        Barbara Pountney                                                659g
2        Di Hayden                                                           536g
3        Isobel Glover                                                       503g

Heaviest potato
1        Di Hayden                                                           374g
2        Paul Young                                                           183g
3        Margaret McNamara                                            161g

Heaviest beetroot
1        Di Hayden                                                           2.04kg
2        Carrie Gibson                                                      1.03kg
3        Paul Young                                                           0.91kg

Heaviest marrow

1        Margaret McNamara                                            4.96kg
2        Paul Young                                                           3.78kg
3        Graham Clark                                                      1.02kg

Longest runner bean
1        Mark and Teresa Edwards                                    37cm
2        Barbara Pountney                                                34cm
3        Pam Dawson                                                        33cm

Longest carrot
1        Di Hayden                                                           19cm
2        Michael Evans                                                       16.5cm

Longest parsnip                                       
1        Christina Erskine                                                  36cm

Longest cucumber
1        Barbara Pountney                                                42cm
2        Pam Dawson                                                        24cm

Tallest sunflower
1        Muttalip Pektas                                                     3.07m
2        Amanda Swallow and David Pradelle                     2.67m
3        Michal Mankin                                                      2.63m

Most Unusual Fruit/Veg
Christina Erskine                                                           Speckled Swan squash

Most Attractive Basket of 5 Varieties
Lorna Murray

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Working party Friday March 16th

We will be holding a working party this Friday, March 16th. Do come along if you can: meet at the Trading Hut at 11.00am. We should be finished by 1.00pm and we’ll have refreshments for attendees.

Bring secateurs, shears, a strimmer if you have one … we’ll be trimming communal areas, especially around the beekeeping area.

AGM 2018

The 2018 Annual General Meeting for Woodhouse Allotments will take place on Saturday March 17th, at the Scout Hut in Grove Road (about 100 yards away from the entrance to the allotment site), starting at 3.00pm.

The agenda and reports from the officers of the Society are available in the members’ area on this website.

The AGM is open to all members of Woodhouse Allotments and we’d really like to see as many people as possible attend the AGM. This is your opportunity to hear how the Society has been managed over the last year and what we propose to do over the next 12 months. It also gives you a chance to have your say in matters of site management. Important items such as changes to the ways in which your rent is charged were voted on last year; this year we have a number of proposals to put to the membership.

 

 

Annual produce competition 2017

20170910_152910 An excellent time was had by all at the Woodhouse Allotments’ annual social and produce competition yesterday.

As well as a chance to meet and get together with fellow allotment holders, we also ran the traditional informal produce competition, with Trading Hut vouchers as prizes. Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to our winners, the full list is as follows:

Heaviest pumpkin
Margaret McNamara – pumpkin not formally weighed as too heavy to lift!

Heaviest tomato
Barbara Pountney – 265g

Heaviest onion
Ron Williams – 410g

Heaviest beetroot
Di Hayden – 2,175g

Heaviest potato
Margaret McNamara – 590g

Heaviest courgette/marrow
Christina Erskine – 3,750g

Longest runner bean
Barbara Pountney – 42cm

Longest carrot
Michael Evans – 16cm

Longest parsnip
Michael Evans – 26.5cm

Longest cucumber
Barbara Pountney – 38cm

Tallest sunflower
Marta Matejkova – 278cm

Most unusual fruit/veg
Marta Matejkova – chickpeas

Basket of five fruit/veg varieties
Dimensions (plot 8)

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Winning Basket of Five display

AGM 2017

The Annual General Meeting for Woodhouse Allotments will take place on Saturday April 22nd.

It’s important for all members to attend if they can: the AGM is your chance to find out exactly how the allotment services are run and to help shape the future of the Allotment society.

Full details for the AGM are available on the noticeboards and also in the members’ section on this site.

Skip on site

Happy new year to all Woodhouse Allotments members. I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas holiday and are getting ready for the new growing season.

We currently have a skip on site to enable you to clear any remaining rubbish from your plots. Please use the skip ONLY for non-compostable, non-metal items – this will be mostly plastics.

Anything metal can go in the scrap metal bay, and we also hope to have these items cleared this week. Your green waste should either be composted on your plot or packed out into green bins.

The on-site skip should only be used to dispose of items from your plot. Do NOT bring items on to the site to put them into the skip – anything you want to get rid of that is currently off-site should be taken to the recycling centre on Summers Lane.

We hope that by using the skip properly, our whole site will be looking much tidier and ready for spring.

Seeds – new for 2017

I hope that all our members have had a happy and peaceful Christmas-time and you are looking forward to the New Year. Now is a great time to be planning your seed-buying for next season, so I wanted to let you know that the Trading Hut will be stocking up for 2017 in January.

We’ll be buying in from Franchi Seeds and Kings Seeds as usual to ensure that we have as wide a variety as possible: all the old favourites and standards that we know will grow well in our soil, plus some new and interesting varieties for the more adventurous of you to try out. Our prices should be substantially below that charged in conventional retail outlets and also below online prices, so do please check in at the Trading Hut as your first port of call.

We can also fulfil personal requests: so if there is any particular variety that you like us to stock from either the Franchi or Kings ranges, please let me know, by January 8th, and I will add it to the order. You can browse the varieties available for Franchi Seeds at http://www.seedsofitaly.com/ and for Kings Seeds at http://www.kingsseeds.com/.

Also, this seems like a good time to remind you that the new season seed potatoes will be in stock in the Trading Hut at the end of January, along with spring-sowing onions and shallots.