We have checked the weather forecast for Saturday and it does not look good, heavy rain and high winds. We have therefore taken the decision to cancel the plans for the Working Party and Lunch as there was little likelihood of being able to do any work on site. We are sorry for having to make this decision and although it is still a couple of days away we had to consider arrangements for food and make the decision early.
Chris our Site Manager has a list of jobs that need to be done around the site and is wanting to co-ordinate the work, however as the weather is starting to become very unpredictable, we cannot allocate another date for the working party. Therefore if you can contact Chris he will allocate individuals a task that they can carry out at their convenience when they are next on site. Chris’s email address is email@example.com
If you have been on site in the last week you will have seen that we have had deliveries of compost, located at either end of the site now. Yesterday we also had a delivery of wood chippings which is ideal material for pathways etc. We are very fortunate that these supplies are donated to the Society and so you as members are able to take advantage of these FREE materials. There is no guarantee that there will always be a supply of free compost etc and we are very lucky to have the contacts with the local horse owners and farmers who supply and deliver it.
I am sure everyone appreciates it and I hope if you can, you have signed up for the Harvest Lunch on SATURDAY (21st October) and the Working Party that will be going on around the lunch. The full details have already been published on previous posts and on Facebook. It is not too late to order your lunch, check back on previous posts for the menu and email the Secretary with you order.
The committee look forward to seeing you on Saturday and appreciate your support.
Members please note, the entrance lock has now been changed. Entry is by putting in the code then pressing the button on the bottom of the main gate padlock to open it. The number is the same as the key press.
Please note the site manager has removed the chain and lock from the main gate temporarily. He will put the chain and new combination padlock back on asap. The combination will be the same as for the key safe.
Our treasurer, Dawn, will soon be preparing your bill for 2018, there is no need to worry about payment just yet, it is not due until you actual receive the account. However, we would ask all members to let us know sooner rather than later if they do not intend to continue with their plot next year. We have had several resignations in the last couple of weeks and it is always sad to see people moving on for whatever the reason. In some cases it is people moving away, or circumstances in their life have changed and they are unable to carry on with an allotment. Sometimes we only find out this information when we enquire or when we start the Abandoned Plots Policy because a plot is becoming neglected. As a management committee, we have busy lives too and don’t always have the ability to email and/or phone members who are not tending their plots as well as all the other duties we have to perform.
So, please if you are struggling with you plot, for whatever reason, please let a member of the committee know at the earliest opportunity and if we can help we will and if we know there is a problem we are at least aware of it and can act accordingly. And if you are thinking of leaving, please let us know as soon as possible.
While we have your attention, time to remind you that this Sunday, 1st October, is our last Coffee Morning of the year. So please come and join us if you can, the weather forecast is not great, it is at least dry in the Clubhouse and there will be cake! From 10am to 12 noon.
The Hawkinge Allotment Society has just published an additional Summer Newsletter containing all the latest news and information. It includes details on this coming Sunday’s coffee morning, Security, Working Parties, Facebook, Wisley visit and news on compost deliveries. Certainly worth a read, please do check it out on the link below……
Additional newsletter summer 17
Please be aware that some varieties of potato, notable the Blue Danube type, bought by the Society for members earlier this year is showings signs of blight. The tubers will not be affected, however if you have blight it is recommended that you lift the crop as soon as possible and dispose of the foliage, not put it in your compost bin.