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.
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 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