Newsletter – Aug 17

Schedule shake-up for September’s Produce Show

Apart from the taste of the first dig of potatoes, sun-warmed tomatoes or summer fruits, the annual Produce Show has to be an undoubted highlight of the gardening year.
And it’s coming around fast, with a revised schedule and new prizes, that should make it more attractive for novices and old-timers alike.
Inspired by fruit and veg judge Paul Neve’s AGM presentation and buoyed by the brilliance of the British summer, now’s the time to be thinking about what you might be able to glean, grown on, bake or make in readiness for the show at Bailgate Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, September 16.
The Fruit and Veg classes have been shaken up and added to, with classes for parsnips, pumpkins, courgettes and leeks in the schedule this year.
As a reflection of recent entry levels, there are fewer flower, floral art and art classes and children’s classes have also been cut down.
But as the schedule is reviewed each year, should there be a demand there will always be scope to add classes back in – chat to Alan or any committee member at the show.
As additional incentives, all children will receive a chocolate bar for their entry and the RHS has given a Banksian Medal to be presented to the person with the most points across classes 1- 45 inclusive, covering fruit, vegetables and flowers.
And remember it is an OPEN show – meaning that it’s open beyond the society’s membership, so why not entice friends and neighbours to give it a go too.

May Sale got the season off to a growing start

Although sales and takings were down across the board at the May Sale, there were more people through the door.
A profit of £468.16 was made in support of the Society’s work; helped by the fact that expenses were down this year.
There is an undoubted need for more vegetable and flower plants especially leeks and sweetcorn, and a broader variety generally.
As Chairman, Alan Shuck thanked everyone for their help in setting up and closing the sale.
The 2018 Sale is booked for next May and all offers of plants for sale will be much appreciated. Compost and cell trays can be supplied by the Store for anyone growing for the Sale.


Forging ahead on Store project

There’s been extensive work carried out on repairs to the roof and the floor of the trading store at Clarence St A.
This makes it an even better place to pick up competitively priced, good quality sundries.
The main focus this year has been re-laying the floor with more permanent repairs – making good this year’s temporary fix– to the roof to follow in 2018.
When finished, the Store will have been fully and totally refurbished at a cost of around £1,000,
which should last several years.

Blooming nice garden plot

With a full hive in place at the Clarence St A wildlife garden, a notice has gone up giving safety advice in respect of the pond and bees.
Anyone who has seen the flowers within the new garden this year cannot have failed to have been impressed – the sweet peas were worthy of success in the show themselves!
There is one major job left in the wildlife garden and that is laying turf to finish the current lawn. This will not be done before autumn.


More Society matters

Look out forthe seed order forms in a mail out around early October, with notification of an EGM re proposed change to the Constitution.
Onion sets and beans are on sale at the Store, now.
It is hoped that there will be a further bee keeping talk – part 2 – by M. Seal at a forthcoming meeting with a buffet to follow. Keep your eyes peeled.
Prize cards for the show have again been kindly sponsored and printed by Mal Reynolds of Harlequin Frames.
Exhibitors can expect to see Ingrid Seal at the back door from 7.30am on showday.
In addition to the show – and the fabulous lunches, refreshments and catering – there will be stalls including the Pelican Trust, District Herbalist, produce and cakes and potentially LOGO.

For Sale or Wanted

In keeping with the spirit of allotmenting, it’s always good to try and re-purpose old, unwanted or surplus items – tools, wood, wire, sundries etc.
If you have anything spare – or are loking for anything in particular – why not drop in to the Store to enquire or leave a note which can be put out by email or included in the newsletter. And remember any surplus or unwanted tools can always be re-purposed for sale by the Society.