Seasons Greetings

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

To all our members and their families we wish you a very happy Christmas and hope that 2019 brings you the very best mix of sunshine and rain to make your crops grow!

Annual General Meeting

The date for the AGM is Wednesday 6th February 2019. This year we have decided to hold the AGM on a weekday evening and we have also changed the venue to The Hawkinge Football Pavillion which is located next to Hawkinge Cricket Club. The doors will open at 7pm and the meeting will start at 7:30 prompt. We look forward to seeing you there, there will be some light refreshments available.

By The Way

Please do not drive any vehicle down the Central Pathway at the allotments, it is not designed to support motor cars and will damage the pathway. If you have a requirement to move large quantities of materials to or from your plot, please contact the Site Manager and he will make appropriate arrangements to assist with moving materials without causing damage to the pathways. Thank you.

Nick Lord, Chairman

Polytunnel for Sale – Xmas Present ?

One of our retired members has a GROW IT heavy duty polytunnel for sale. It comes in its original packaging and was advertised at £160 in 2017. The item is up for sale now at a bargain price of just £50 . If you’ve thought about a polytunnel and not got around to it – this is a great deal, Christmas present for yourself maybe ?

Any member who is  interested should initially contact:-  treasurer@hawkingeallotments.org.uk 

This post will be updated with further details on the item when it becomes available.

Table Top Fair, Hawkinge Community Centre

This coming Sunday we will be having a table at the Indoor Boot Fair in the Community Centre to sell off some of the tools, equipment and plants that we have accumulated to raise money for the Society.

If you have anything that you wish to contribute that you think would be saleable, please bring it along to the allotments on Saturday afternoon, when we will be loading up ready for the seven o’clock start on Sunday morning.

The doors open at 7:30am on Sunday for the fair and if you want to pop along and see what we have on offer, we would be pleased to see you.

Nick (Chair) & Chris (Site Manager)

Potato Orders

After the success the blight resistant potatoes over the last couple of years we plan to order more for sale to members this year. The cost for these highly blight resistant potatoes is £1.75/kg.  We are trying 2 different varieties this year as well as Kifli.

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 Axona – Red maincrop (Aug to late Oct). It produces high yields of big regular tubers. Ideal for baking, mashing and roasting. 
 Sarpo Una –2nd Early (Jul – early Oct) Multipurpose variety which can produce nice waxy salad potatoes if harvested early or can be left in ground for a heavy crop of baking potatoes.
There is a lot more information on the Sarpo varieties on the SKEA website http://potatohouse.co.uk. 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.

Autumn Newsletter

All members should by now have received an email containing the latest HAS Autumn newsletter. It certainly is worth a read -if you have not yet read it or have mislaid your copy then its useful to know that newsletters are always archived on the web site for later reference. One amendment has since been made to the original with a correction of the email address of our site manager. All other details remain the same and a link to the Newsletter is here:-

Autumn Newsletter 2018

 

 

Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning

Sunday 5th August 2018

10am until Midday

HAS Clubhouse

A reminder that we will be open for refreshments this coming Sunday, the usual tea, coffee and cake will be available for anyone who has the time for a break and a natter. Hope to see you then!

Best Plot Competitions

Here are the results from the Best Plot competitions that were judged a couple of weeks ago and the winners announced at our

OPEN DAY yesterday.

For a reminder of the voting criteria, click on the following link:

CRITERIA FOR ALLOTMENT PLOT JUDGING

 

Our President, Eileen preparing the Shop for the Open Day.

Best Full Plot   
Winner – Alan Court,  Plot 37,  score of 130 points

Runner-up – Keith Sinden,  Plot 12,  score of 117 points

Third place – John Meloy,  Plot 17,  score of  113 points

Best Half Plot   
Winner – John Charlton,  Plot 4,  score of 104 points

Runner-up – Vicky & Rod Parker,  Plot 24,  score of 102 points

Third place – Elizabeth Bears.  Plot 35,  score of 102 points

Best Newcomer  
Winner – Elizabeth Bears,  Plot 35,  score of 102 points

Runner-up Michael Coldwell,  Plot 18,  score of 95 points

The winner of the Best Plot voted for by the visitors yesterday was:
Keith Sinden on Plot 12 (our judges choice for 2nd place, and last year’s Best Full Plot winner)   
The winner of the Recycled Art Competition also voted for by the visitors was:
Steve on Plot 9

Our thanks to everyone who took part in all of the competitions and yesterday at the Open Day.

Our Site Manager, Chris, found he had the wrong set of spectacles when he arrived home yesterday, if you have picked up his and left yours, please could you email him at

sitemanager@hawkingeallotments.org.uk

HAS Allotment Competition and Judging

Please be aware that the judging of the plots this year, for our annual competition, will take place during the week commencing  the 25th June. As is usual, all plots will be examined by our independent judges. (Unless you’ve previously requested exclusion from the competition). The Judges will of course need to gain access to each members plot to closely examine the crops.  (The full judging criteria can be found within the documentation section of this site.) Finally, the results will be announced during the open day  on the 8th July. Keep it looking its best and Good Luck.