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.

Trading Hut December 2016

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.

Autumn events

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We have confirmed dates for the last two working parties of the year and also for our Bonfire social get-together, which is back this year by popular demand.

Working parties

If you have not yet done your two working parties this year, this is your LAST CHANCE to join us, so do make sure you are free to come along on at least one of these dates:

Saturday October 29th, 2.00pm-4.00pm

Sunday November 13th, 12 midday – 2.00pm

Meet at the Trading Hut on both days. The last two working parties of the year are when we ensure all our communal areas are cut back and tidy ready for winter. We should also be able to collect lots of material for our bonfire, of which, more below –

The November working party is being held at an earlier than usual time, as it will segue seamlessly into …

BONFIRE SOCIAL GET-TOGETHER

Sunday November 13th – 2.00pm onwards. An afternoon in which we can eat, drink, and be merry around our communal bonfire as the night draws in. More details nearer the time on the noticeboards.

Summer Social 2016

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It was terrific to see so many people at the Summer Social yesterday afternoon, on a slightly chilly day for early September, but at least it was dry. As usual we had a tremendous variety of delicious dishes to try using allotment produce and we owe many thanks to our barbecue chefs (above) for tending the sausages, burgers and vegetable skewers.

More photos and full results from the Produce Competition can be found over in the Members’ area.

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