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Posted on 13th March, by allotments in News. No Comments

13th March 2017

FAA Newsletter June 2017

It’s a busy time of year on our various sites and it’s good to see so much progress being made with plots.

Open Days

In July, some of our sites will be opening as part of Frome Festival’s Hidden Gardens. Orchard Street opens on Friday 7th July, Mendip View and North Hill open on Saturday 8th while Welshmill opens on Sunday 9th July.

Muriel Jones opens as part of the NGS (National Garden Scheme) on Tuesday 4th July https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/33166/

Last year we raised over £650 for various cancer, nursing and gardening charities through opening as part of this scheme. The full story of our opening, with photos, can be found in the July edition of Kitchen Garden magazine, currently on sale.

Help is needed both before and on the open days. Please contact your site reps if you want to lend a hand. Their phone numbers are here: http://fromeallotments.co.uk/who-we-are/

Water, water, water

It’s been a testing time for us all with the mini-drought followed by the mini monsoon.

Alan Balura has organised water storage for the top ten plots at Muriel Jones. The committee has now decided to extend the scheme, halfway down each side, with tanks of 6000 litre capacity, at a cost of £1600. This cost was unanimously agreed by the committee.

At Welshmill the new pump is working well and will hopefully be more robust than the previous model.

Site maintenance

At Queen’s Road, posts and timber have been ordered for the fence.

At North Hill, a plot holder has removed the old metal fencing and the lock and chain have been replaced.

At Orchard Street, Frome Town Council has completed the work to improve access.

Funding Bid

The funding bid prepared by Rick Anderson and Steve Neal to Somerset Community Fund was unsuccessful. The outreach programme, including the course for parents at Welshmill, will still run but in a slightly modified form.

New Committee members

Earlier on in the year, Neil Cameron sent out an open letter to members asking if anyone would like to join the committee. Elaine Rutland, Alan Balura Julia Gray responded and have now joined the committee. Julia is looking after the Facebook page and Elaine has taken on the role of site manager at Muriel Jones.

Please send any items for this newsletter to info@fromeallotments.co.uk

Hello

Spring is in the air and it’s a busy time on Frome’s Allotment sites. Here’s our newsletter to let you know what’s going on.

AGM

By now you should have received your agenda for AGM at Trinity Hall on 29th March 7pm, so we look forward to seeing you there. It’s always a good time to have a chat with your site reps and catch up with your fellow plotholders. In the same envelope as the agenda is the invoice for the rent on your plot for the next year. This year Gerry Gasson, the treasurer, has introduced a pay by bank transfer facility. But you still have the option of paying by cheque or cash if you prefer.

Frome Town Council and Funding

In November Neil Cameron, chair, spoke at a meeting of Frome Town Council and outlined the work of FAA volunteers that keeps the allotment sites running. In the past two years FTC has funded the outreach worker role but has now changed its system for funding local groups. FAA has now put in a bid to Somerset Community Foundation for funding for the outreach worker for this year. Some funding has already been secured from Bristol Fostering.

Hidden Gardens

In the past we have supported Frome Festival by participating in Hidden Gardens. This year we will be opening Mendip View on Saturday 8th July and Welshmill on Sunday 9th July. In addition North Hill and Orchard Street may be opening. Please contact your site reps if you wish to be involved.

National Garden Scheme Open Day Muriel Jones

This year it takes place on Tuesday 4th July from 11am until 5 pm and there will be teas and an exhibition of photos.
http://www.ngs.org.uk/gardens/find-a-garden/Garden.aspx?id=33166 It was a great success last year raising over £650 for various charities and attracted 95 visitors, most of them from outside the area. If you want to bake a cake or help on the day then please contact Gerry Gasson.

Schools on site

At Muriel Jones Fields, Critchill School will be using their plot while at Welshmill St Louis and Vallis schools have plots. The schools will welcome any plants or seeds that you have spare in the course of the season. They can either be left at the gate or please contact info@fromeallotments.co.uk

New committee members

We are looking for new people to join the committee and also for volunteers to help with jobs around the site. If you want to find out more then please contact Neil Cameron on 01373 461777 or info@fromeallotments.co.uk

Maintenance update

Hedges and brambles have been cut at Queen’s Road the fence will be refurbished first two weeks in April.

At Muriel Jones Fields a mini digger was used to sort out the banks of soil at the side of the site.

Metal panels dumped at North Hill have been recycled by a plotholder.

At Welshmill a group of volunteers tidied up the site and filled a skip with rubbish.

Wheelbarrows have been bought for Muriel Jones and Welshmill.

Orchard Street plotholders were finding access increasingly awkward, so new steps have been put in place

Waiting List for Plots
This is currently around 80.

Finally..

Please send any items for this newsletter to info@fromeallotments.co.uk

Have a good growing season.!





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