Message from the Chairman
Belated best wishes for 2015 from the Lower Tinkers Farm Committee. The first month of the New Year has been generally a quiet time on site. We have welcomed the recent frosts to hopefully clear away the unwanted bugs in the soil. The Community Pay Back group have been busy clearing Plot 57 and creating two bonfires in the centre of the site in readiness for the next bonfire period in March. Thanks to everyone who helped with the Shop pre-Spring clean-up. The Shop reopens on Sunday, February 1st , 2015.The new season’s bulk order which includes the seed potatoes, onions and shallots orders is due to arrive mid-February. We will send an email out and put up a notice when the orders for potatoes, onions and shallots are ready for collection. At the recent committee meeting we planned the key dates for this calendar year (see below). Please put these dates in your diary. After advice from Barclays’ Bank we also decided to make adjustments to our banking arrangements to seek to make the most of our funds. We now have two accounts – the current account to cover our regular running costs and a new Base Rate Savings Account which offers the best monthly interest rate (0.5%) on offer for Barclays’ association business accounts. The Committee has also gained permission from the Allotments Office to install a bumblebee tree lodge (see picture above) on site. We intend to purchase 30 bumble bees in March to nest in the lodge, the aim being to encourage / improve pollination on site. A warm welcome to Mike Nicholls, John Birch and their families who have all recently taken up the allotment challenge at Lower Tinkers Farm. The new growing season is rapidly approaching and I would like to wish all plot holders best wishes for the new season as we prepare our plots in readiness for planting. Chris Smith (Chairman) Contact: Mob. 07746 963184 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Hughes (Secretary) Contact: Mob. 07973 303299 Email: email@example.com
Chris Hughes, Chris Smith and Patrick have been fixing guttering to the Association Office. The water that falls on the roof of the office will be collected in large water tanks. The water is now available for plot holders use saving money off our water bills.
Many thanks to them for all their hard work.
Marrow and Pumpkin Competition Results for 2014
The pumpkin standard again this year was tremendous! Although the winner did not beat last years record weight it came close. Well done to Jacqui for her first time effort!
1st Jacqui Whitehouse 235 lbs
2nd Ann Hughes 194 lbs
3rd Chris Hughes 85.5 lbs
1st Barbara Smith 22.5 lbs
2nd Isobel Thompson 17.5 lbs
3rd Patrick Hutchinson 15 lbs
Junior Pumpkin Competitiom
The council are having difficulties funding the payment of water for allotment sites, the water bill is huge. They want us to use as little as possible of main water from the water taps.
If you have a suitable hut they are keen to encourage plot holders to save rainwater by attaching gutters and water butts to store the water. If you are able to do this…a big ‘thank you’ from us. Note two or more water butts can be joined to save even more!
PLEASE USE WATER SENSIBLY AND REPORT ANY LEAKS SHOULD THEY OCCUR