OPPORTUNITY VACANT: RAGA CHAIR
Most of you will have already heard that Paul and Margaret Latimer have left the area and will be leaving their plot around Christmas. Paul's role as Chair is therefore vacant and we would like to open the opportunity to all plot holders who are interested in helping the running of our site, the main aspects of the role covers:
chairing and managing committee meetings
being the main point of contact for external organisation, mainly LCC
ensuring appropriate management, good governance and that activity/operations are in accordance with the Rules/Constitution of the Allotment Association with the assistance of the Officers and members of the management committee.
We hope to hear from you if you have an interest in helping run the site for the benefit of all plot holders
THURSDAY VOLUNTEER GROUP
Help is also required on the Thursday Volunteer Group, who meet each week to maintain the common area of the Allotments site.
Thursdays 9.00am to 12.00 noon, with a break for tea and biscuits.
No special expertise required, just bring yourself and a tea mug.
A small friendly group doing a great job together. Please drop in for tea and a chat any Thursday morning if you think you can spare the time to help. Many hands make light work.
A question has been received regarding use of hosepipes on the allotments. The answer is that hosepipes can be used only for filling individual plot water butts from the standpipes. They should not be used for direct watering, and certainly never used in conjunction with automatic sprinkler systems.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WATER IS TURNED OFF AT THE END OF OCTOBER AND BACK ON IN MARCH EACH YEAR
A delivery of two loads of manure hit the site on Thursday 6th March.
Unlike the bark chippings, which are provided free of charge for plotholders to use, there will be a charge of £1 per barrowload for the manure, which is a more realistic price than that previously charged. Please be fair and sensible about what constitutes a "barrowload", especially if your barrow is above average size.
Payment can be made at the shop or direct bank payment [into the same account as you pay your rent, including "Manure" and your Plot Number in the narrative]
OVERGROWN GRASS PATHS.
Please note that the grass paths between plots are the responsibility of each individual plotholder. Please keep the pathways clear and the grass short to avoid hazards/ obstructions to other plotholders. Strimmers are available to hire for this purpose.
Each year there sees to be a quantity of fruit left fallen to the ground to rot. This seems such a waste. See the article by Michael & Susan in the Summer 2018 Newsletter for a possible solution to this.
Anyone captured a picture of the Roundhay Fox yet ???
And its not just veggies on the allotments of course, the area is full of other types of wildlife - Cath has captured this picture of a damsel fly:
And there's our old friend, Bob the Robin:
Steve has snapped this butterfly having a rest in the sun. Makes a change from the Cabbage white he says. Anyone any idea of what it is?
And, courtesy of Cath, here's Foxy himself .....
Then caught sunbathing by David
on Christmas Eve .....