Annual General Meeting: Recap and snapshots
Last week’s Annual General Meeting was packed to the rafters with members old and new.
The meeting was led by Rick Anderson, as Neil Cameron was away due to a family bereavement. Things were kicked-off with a big thank you to the committee members and all the volunteers who’d helped to make 2013 a great year from Frome Allotments.
Complete minutes from the meeting by secretary Mary Darville will follow. But here are some of the highlights from 2013 and a few snap shots of the meeting.
2013 in recap
- Frome Allotments will no longer pay a rental fee to Frome Town Council, as we have taken on more of the site management. This includes general maintenance, fencing, etc.
- Our bid for funding from Frome Development Committee Interest Company was successful.
- Rossetti House (Gracewell Homes) have also granted the association further funding.
- The Association is now preparing a 5-year plan to prepare for the next round of bids.
- Kitchen Garden Magazine featured a 2-page spread on the Muriel Jones Field.
- Successful open days were held at Muriel Jones and Welshmill. We hope North Hill will be open this year for Frome Hidden Gardens.
- Our allotment holders have won awards for ‘Best of Class’ in flower and veg, as well as ‘Best of Allotments’ within Mendip.
- Raised beds were installed at Welshmill for those less able-bodied.
- Paving has also been added.
- School plots were utilised by 60 pupils in the past year.
- Two rainwater butts were installed at Muriel Jones, as well as a hand water pump. We are also investigating tapping into a natural spring nearby.
- Gates have been installed and the car park will be extended this year.
- The community plot saw courses begin last year through Frome Community Education.
- We have worked hard to keep the site open and maintain access.
- A lawn mower has been purchased.
*We face ongoing challenges around security and will look to install storage containers for equipment.
*Biodiversity is something we will be working on this year, installing nest boxes for birds and bats.
Challenges for 2014
- New agreement with Frome Town Council regarding self management of our sites
- Increased need for volunteers to help with maintenance and set priorities (and a reminder to everyone to maintain the paths surrounding your plot)
- Budget development and our 5-year plan
- Managing our waiting list (now stands at 90 people)
- Site security
Elections were held, followed by tea and chat…here’s to a great 2014 !