Potatoes

After the success this year of the blight resistant potatoes we plan to order more this for sale to members. The cost for these highly blight resistant potatoes is £1.50/kg.  The 3 varieties available are: 
Sarpo Kifli – Salad potato – creamy waxy potato. Sown as early main crop but will produce salad potatoes all season.
Sarpo Mira – Pink skinned maincrop, good for baking, mash,  chips and roast. This has the highest blight resistance.
 Blue Danube – Early main crop (Aug/Sep). It is good for roast, mash and chips. Quoted as the “best roast potato ever” See http://sarpo.co.uk/portfolio/sarpo-blue-danube/. . 
There is a lot more information on the Sarpo website  http://sarpo.co.uk and on the leaflets that we have in the clubhouse.   Please let Dawn know your requirements ( treasurer@hawkingeallotments.org.uk) by the end of December, payment will be cash on delivery.  Delivery is due in January. 

Trip to Wisley – Christmas Glow

The details for this trip were sent out last week and to confirm the coach booking we need to know how many people are going by Sunday evening (5th November). Please could you email Pat Meloy as soon as possible to book your seats.

Thank you

Christmas Glow at Wisley

As promised we have at last some information on the Christmas Glow at the RHS Wisley, here is a link to their website:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/whats-on/Christmas-Glow-at-Wisley

One of our members Pat Meloy has offered to co-ordinate a trip to see the gardens and the lights and we are suggesting the following programme for the trip, which will take place on Friday 15th                December 2017.

Coach to leave Hawkinge at 12 o’clock midday.

Arrive at RHS Wisley at approx. 2pm (subject to traffic)

Entry to Wisley is free to HAS Members and their friends and Family, normal it would cost £14.00 each. You then have free time to explore the gardens in daylight and later in the dark when parts of the garden are lit up, have something to eat or drink in one of the café/restaurants and investigate the shop.

We expect to leave at around 6 to 6:30pm and on the way home call in at a Fish and Chip shop in Lenham for supper, arriving back in Hawkinge somewhere between 9 and 10pm.

We have provisionally booked a 30 seater coach and we have costed it out that we need to charge each passenger £20.00 which will include a contribution towards the F & C Supper. There is a contingency there, so if we do not make 30 people we can go down to a 16 seater minibus. The charge will be the same, however the contribution to the supper will be reduced quite significantly.

If you would like to join the trip then could you please email Pat at the following address:

patricia.meloy467@btinternet.com

Pat will give you details of how you can pay, cash or bank transfer, once seats are booked and paid for and the trip is confirmed we cannot offer any refunds unfortunately.

To secure our booking on the coach we have to confirm the booking by next weekend, so please let Pat know asap if you would like to come along. If you have any further questions please contact Pat directly.

Warning

Further to my post regarding the missing incinerator, I have now had reported to me that a member who has raised beds has had all his pumpkins pilfered. The is very disappointing for the family as the children were looking forward to harvesting their pumpkins for Halloween. It is also another cause for concern that something else has gone missing from someone ‘s plot. Please therefore be vigilant around the site, it is impossible to tackle strangers because they may well be new members and we have quite a few right now, and we would not want members involved in any sort of confrontation where they are at risk. However, please make sure gates are closed when you are on site and locked securely if you are the last to leave and report any losses or anything suspicious to a member of the committee.

Thank you.

Nick

Missing Incinerator

Our member, James on plot 43b, (The very last plot, opposite the Copse on the South side) is giving up his plot and has been tidying it up ready for the next new member. Sadly he has reported that his incinerator that was sitting on his plot has disappeared. If you can shed some light on where it might have gone, please can you contact me via the following link:

chairman@hawkingeallotments.org.uk

Thank you

Nick Lord (Chairman)

Working Party & Harvest Lunch

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 sitemanager@hawkingeallotments.org.uk

Thank you.

Compost, Chippings and Working Party/Harvest Lunch

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.

Harvest Lunch – Reminder

If you are coming to the Harvest lunch on Saturday 21st October (and we do hope you are) please remember to put in your choice of lunch to the secretary (secretary@hawkingeallotments.org.uk) by Sunday 15th October, if you have not already done so.                                  The choice is :- Jacket Potatoes for lunch with a choice of fillings: Chilli, Cheese, baked beans and a vegetarian option. The cost for lunch will be £3.00 which will include a Jacket Potato and filling plus a hot drink. We look forward to seeing you there.

Site Entrance Lock – Update

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.