Chairman’s Newsletter

Dear Fellow Plot Holders,

1. AGM: The AGM will be held on Sunday 2nd April at 3:00 in Emmanuel Parish Hall, Didsbury. Before the AGM, at 2:00, there will be a talk by Mike Vernon and Robert Duff, from the Environmental Agency, about the EA’s work in the Mersey Valley. At the AGM there will be an up-date of progress with the new pavilion. Parking is available off Barlow Moor Road beside the church hall.

2. Shop: There are PICASSO, CARA, VALOR AND CHARLOTTE POTATOES AND STILL A MONTH TO PLANT THEM!
THERE ARE A FEW ONION SETS AND LOTS OT SHALLOTS( which are very easy to grow)!
Plenty of fertilisers and a variety of composts too. SLUG PELLETS AND MORE…… As always, we require volunteers on Sunday from 11:00 to 12:00 to help in the shop.

3. Manure: We have decided to move the manure to a site near the bonfire. We are also installing a letterbox in the shop door so that plot holders can pay when they take manure, in an attempt to reduce the numbers that ‘forget’ to pay.

4. Allotment competition. At the 2017 Manchester Allotments Competition P.J. Rowley, plot 71, won two prizes, one of which was for the best allotment in south Manchester. Congratulations P.J.!

Gordon

Chairman’s Newsletter

Dear Fellow Plot Holders,

1. Shop: The shop will be closed during December and most of January. It will re-open on 29th January.

2. Potatoes, Onions and Shallots: Bernadette has ordered Arran Pilot, Lady Christl, Red Duke of York, Cara, Desiree, Picasso and Valor potatoes, as well as Sturton onions and shallots for Spring sowing. These will be available on a first-come-first-served basis in February.

3. Christmas Event: The Christmas Event will be held at the Rugby Club on the 11th December at 10:30 a.m. Mulled wine , coffee and fruit juice will be provided. Plot holders are requested to bring mince pies.

4. Gin Festival: Nick Walker has asked me to bring to all plot holders attention the Gin Festival to be held at St. Catherine’s Community Centre on Friday and Saturday the 2nd and 3rd December. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for repairs to the roof of the Community Centre. A poster describing the event is attached.

5. Bins: Bradley Fold has not been given any of the new black bins. I am trying to get the Council to reverse their decision but, so far, I have not been successful. We will organise a skip for February or March so that plot holders can get rid of accumulated rubbish.

Gordon

Didsbury Gin Festival Poster

Rents, Seed Catalogues, Onions and Assistance in the Shop

1. Rents: Rents for next year are due in October and can be paid in the allotment shop on Sunday the 9th or 16th October between 11:00 and 12:00. The rents and membership are the same as last year, £5 membership and £54 rent for a full plot (300 square yards). A 50% concession rate is available on the rent. Plots not 300 square yards pay pro rata.

If it is not convenient for you to visit the shop on the 9th or 16th rents can be sent by post to Gordon Lorimer. Cheques should be made out to Didsbury Gardens Society. If you pay by post or drop the payment off at Gordon’s house, please include a copy of the attached Plot Renewal Form. It is essential that we have your up-to-date details, particularly your email address, and it is a Manchester Council requirement that a Renewal Form is filled-in every year.

Renewal Form 2016-2017

Information for plotholders

2. Seed Catalogues: Kings Seed Catalogues and order forms are in the shop. We be making a bulk order of seeds only (onions and potatoes will be available in the shop, but will be obtained from Loaches, our wholesale supplier) . The completed order forms and payment, comprising the cost of the seeds plus one pound for handling and packaging by Kings, must be returned to the shop by the 30th October. If you do order your seeds through the allotment we get a substantial rebate from Kings which is added to the allotment’s account. Seeds should be in the shop, individually packed for each plot holder, by the end of November. Why not give your friends and relatives some seeds for Christmas?

3. Onions and Garlic: Red and white onion sets and garlic will be available in the shop from Sunday 25th September.

4. Help in the Shop: As always, we need volunteers to help in the shop on Sundays between 11:00 and 12:00. Please sign-up in the shop. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow plot holders and discuss you crop successes. We hope that everyone could spend at least one hour helping in the shop during the year.

Chairman’s Newsletter

Dear Fellow Plot Holders,

1.       The AGM was held on the 12th April in Emmanuel Parish Hall.  Before the AGM Chris Walsh of the Kindling Trust Manchester gave a talk  “An Abundance of Food for Everyone”. The talk and venue were deemed to be a success by the members who attended and the hall has been booked for next year on the 3rd April.  I would welcome suggestions for a pre-AGM topic/speaker  for next year.

The minutes of the AGM are posted on the new website.

2.       Website: We have a new website with the  address  www.bradleyfoldallotment.org.uk.

3.    Pavilion and Toilet: Members of the allotment committee have been joined by Paul Maccabee and Anne Wilson in discussions with representatives of Manchester Corporation concerning the replacement of the pavilion and the installation of a composting toilet.  At our last meeting with the representatives of the Council, on the 22nd April, the Council representatives were very positive and helpful. The project is progressing, but it is going to take longer than I had hoped.

Nick Walker and Anne Windsor presented drawings of the proposed new pavilion at the AGM.  These are available for everyone to view on the new website.

I am hoping that the representatives of the Council will give us permission to install a new toilet before they process the application for the proposed replacement of the pavilion.

3.       Shop: The shop will be closed on Sunday the 3rd of May.  Unfortunately all of those committee members who have experience in opening and running the shop are going to be away from Manchester over the weekend.

We are still short of volunteers to help in the shop from 11:00 to 12:00 on Sundays. Please drop in and sign-up to help.

4.       Japanese Knotweed:  It was mentioned at the AGM that the Japanese Knotweed has returned.  I have informed the Environmental Agency; they have visited the site and will spray the Knotweed  again later in the summer. Please do not remove the wood chippings near the knotweed (on the bank, across the road from the allotment in the northeast corner of the site) as this might spread the infestation.

Gordon Lorimer