Message from the Chairman
I hope all Plot Holders have had enjoyable summer season and you are all now enjoying the fruits of your labours from your plots.
Lower Tinkers has had a very successful end to the Summer Season with our Annual Summer Show (despite the appalling weather on the day) and the Birmingham Allotments Show at Canon Hill Park. Prize winners at our Summer Show are detailed below plus photographs of some of the displays. We also formally opened the Centenary Memorial Garden at the Summer Show (in Somme like conditions!!!). A big thank you goes to Councillor Peter Douglas Osborne for presenting the prizes at the Show and for opening the memorial garden with Josie Coey, our President.
Lower Tinkers Farm Allotments Association was awarded a number of accolades at the Birmingham Show. Alan Weale collected his fourth prize for best plots in Birmingham. Our Association collected the third place prize in the Frank Carter memorial trophy for community involvement. We were awarded first place in the “poppy photograph” competition (a photo from our memorial garden). And finally we were awarded the A.H. Cooper Trophy for first place in the Display of 20 Vegetables competition. Congratulations to the display crew of Isobel Thompson, Anne Hughes and Barbara Smith along with their assistants Alan Weale, Chris Hughes and Dave Cartmell. Thank you to all plot holders who offered their produce for the display.
Really Well Done everybody you have all contributed to putting Lower Tinkers firmly on the Birmingham allotments map this summer.
1. Pat Hutchinson (Plot 99) and Chris Smith (Plot 46) are able to open the Shop at any time when they are on site – just ask Pat / Chris if you see them.
Chris Smith (Chairman)
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 will be 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 2013
1st Eric Taylor 271.5 lbs RECORD
2nd Barry Painter 76 lbs
3rd Andrew Keenan 74 lbs
4th Isobel Thompson 69 lbs
Junior Pumpkin Competitiom
Joab Weale 55lbs RECORD
1st Patrick Hutchinson 32 lbs
2nd Isobel Thompsom 23.5 lbs
3rd Eric Taylor 20.5 lbs
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