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

New Community Orchard

The new community orchard has been planted up on the North side of the allotment site, near the pond.
It is being developed by volunteers and the trees include:-
Apple
Damson
Plum
Pear
There are plans to grass the area and install a bench for you to enjoy a cup of coffee. Other fruit trees and bushes are in the fruit cage opposite. Do take a look.

Christmas Event

The Bradley Fold Allotments Christmas event for plot holders and their families will be held in the Rugby Club on Sunday the 13th December from 11:00-12:30. Mulled wine and soft drinks will be provided; please bring some mince pies.

For those looking for a last minute Christmas present, the Soup Book has been reprinted and copies will be available. Written by Graham Carlisle and illustrated by Anne Mackinnon, the book costs £4.95. Greeting cards showing views of the allotments will also be available.

The 2015 Allotment Competition Certificates, as awarded by the Council to successful plot holders, can be collected at the event.