Saturday October 6th: No working party this afternoon due to bad weather. Apologies for short notice.
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.
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.
1 Margaret McNamara 26.00kg
2 Ron Williams 8.09kg
3 Graham Clark 6.57kg
1 Barbara Pountney 659g
2 Di Hayden 536g
3 Isobel Glover 503g
1 Di Hayden 374g
2 Paul Young 183g
3 Margaret McNamara 161g
1 Di Hayden 2.04kg
2 Carrie Gibson 1.03kg
3 Paul Young 0.91kg
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
1 Di Hayden 19cm
2 Michael Evans 16.5cm
1 Christina Erskine 36cm
1 Barbara Pountney 42cm
2 Pam Dawson 24cm
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
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.
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.
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:
Margaret McNamara – pumpkin not formally weighed as too heavy to lift!
Barbara Pountney – 265g
Ron Williams – 410g
Di Hayden – 2,175g
Margaret McNamara – 590g
Christina Erskine – 3,750g
Longest runner bean
Barbara Pountney – 42cm
Michael Evans – 16cm
Michael Evans – 26.5cm
Barbara Pountney – 38cm
Marta Matejkova – 278cm
Most unusual fruit/veg
Marta Matejkova – chickpeas
Basket of five fruit/veg varieties
Dimensions (plot 8)
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.
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.
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.
The Trading Hut will be open one day per weekend rather than on both Saturdays and Sundays:
Saturday December 3rd : 12 midday – 2.00pm
Sunday December 11th: 12 midday – 2.00pm
Saturday December 17th: 12 midday – 2.00pm
The Trading Hut will not open between Christmas and New Year – our first weekend in 2017 will be January 7th-8th.
And to give you advance notice: seed potatoes for planting in 2017 will be in stock at the end of January. We’ll be selling all the usual favourites – Charlottes, King Edwards, Maris Piper, Desiree – and widening the range of salad and early potatoes as well.
At the same time, we’ll have supplies of spring-sowing onions sets and also spring-sowing shallots and garlic.