chairman s report - Beaumont Road and Franklin Road Allotments

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ISSUE 47                                                                                        SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER 2010
Competitions                                            GARDENER'S                                         GARDENER’S
Firstly, my thanks to all who entered the various                                                           WEEKEND
competitions. Many congratulations are given to
all the individual entrants and sites.
Rents - the rents for 2011 to 2014 are on our
                                                         WEEKEND                                            Tombola
                                                                      held at
website. All round council charges are being                                                                   and
increased at the behest of councillors. We are         KINGS HEATH PARK                                    Craft Stall
discussing the threat to withdraw early payment
discounts - we think they matter - Allotments             Saturday 4th &                              On the B.D.A.C. Stand
Officers don't think they help early payment
because still about 1000 plot holders' rents are
                                                       Sunday 5th September                          There is still time to bring any
paid late every year - you can help.                   Thanks to everyone who is entering         contributions to this all donations of
If you can make every effort to collect from                                                         unwanted presents gratefully
those late payers, it will help our case. I know        and good luck with your exhibits.
most pay on time - it's those 16.5% who don't.
The City is also looking at the 9% rebate -              For this year the show is being                 NEW RENTS FOR YOUR PLOT
payment by results - we are discussing this - the       supported by the BDAC and we             With a two hundred percent increase over the
City has to consider the huge amount saved by         would also like to thank the following     next four years it's time we plotholders take
them with local associations collecting money                                                    action, we have to put up with new rules like
                                                       people who have come forward to           bonfire restrictions and if we use too much water
for them.
Water                                                          sponsor the event                 we could have our supply cut off also we could
Please keep an eye on water usage - if there is                                                  lose our plots. To cap it all there is also a fifty
misuse of hose pipes tell the allotments officers -            E W King & Co                     percent reduction cut in the allotment budget
they have to show they are serious in stopping              W Robinson and Sons                  resulting in reduction of work carried out on
those who break the rule.                                       John Singleton                   sites. It is us on the sites that have helped clean
Cuts                                                                                             up and fill vacant plots, it's the council that set
                                                            Wilkinsons Kings Heath               the rents so let your local councillor know you
As you know only emergency work is budgeted
for - this includes water leaks {if you can repair                                               are not happy by writing, phoning or e-mailing
simple washer problems please do so},
                                                             May Lane Allotments                 them, also let the BDAC know you are not
hazardous situations - damaged fencing, trees in       Kings Heath Horticultural Society         happy. It's no good complaining to the allotment
danger of falling etc.                                    Wheelers Lane Allotments               office as they do not set the rents so if you are
Some money is available for small DIY jobs -               Kings Norton Allotments               not happy with the new rents due in October
check with Adrian.                                                                               2011/12/13 let the relevant people know!
                                                           Knowle Road Allotments                                           Mick Merrill, plotholder
Plots are not being cut down - rent free periods
instead.                                                 Brownfield Road Allotments
Communications                                                                                                   MEETINGS
City has removed 303 3038 number (why I don't                  Mr & Mrs J Coey                   People who are interested in the B.D.A.C. are
know as all site boards have this number}                      Mr & Mrs J Brown                  always welcome, so if you are a member of an
available number is 303 3182 Edgbaston                         Mr & Mrs D Cullen                 affiliated site, why don't you come to the next
Reservoir, a lovely place to visit.                                                              meeting as an observer?         Just notify the
                                                                 Mr P Thomas                     Chairman or Secretary that you wish to attend.
I hope you are having a successful growing
season - again mixed weather.                                     Mr R Long                      They are held at Trefoil House, Brownsea Drive,
See you at Gardeners' Weekend.                                    Ms L Nelder                    see A-Z reference Pg73 - 4H, (off Holloway
Our thanks to all those who have sent donations                 Mr P O’Keeffe                    Head) and start at 7.00pm.
for the Allotment Show.                                                                          The dates of the next meetings are:
                                                                 Mr D Hubball                               Monday       13th September
Best wishes
                                                                  Mr S Bailey                               Monday       4th October
                                       Clive Birch
                                 Chairman BDAC                  Mrs L Claxton                                Monday       1st November

    Thornbridge Avenue Allotments Show                If your sponsorship came after this
Even with the difficult growing conditions due
to the late spring and the very dry summer the
                                                      newsletter went to be printed thank               B.D.A.C.
                                                      you also and to everyone else it is not
quality of the exhibits in the flower and
vegetable show was very good. It was great to
                                                      too late, sponsorship will always be           HALF YEARLY
see some first time exhibitors who achieved           accepted.
some good points. Thanks go to the other
                                                      By the time you read this our show at
members of the show team and to Lesley for
taking on the role of show secretary.                 Kings Heath Park may be over                Saturday 30th October 2010
Congratulations to Alan Rees who won the John         congratulations to all the winners                 at 2.00 p.m.
Martin Memorial Trophy with 28 points and to          and thank you to all who took part                           to be held at
Jan Spencer who came 2nd and Steve Bailey             with exhibiting and helping over the
who came a joint 3rd with Ros Marshall. Both                                                       BORDESLEY GREEN
Jan and Steve were first time exhibitors so well      event. The main results will follow in
done to you both, keep up the good work.              the next newsletter.                           ALLOTMENTS
Special thanks to Bob Carr for judging the show,                                                     A-Z reference Page 119 – F1
Dave Hubball, Show team, Thornbridge                         Peter Thomas Show Secretary             Opposite Drummond Road

                                                 Those who want much are always much in need.
                English Tradition                                                                          TRY ENTERING YOUR SHOW
When you think of England various images and                   Site Competitions                   Although I have visited a few local shows over
sounds come to mind…leather striking willow,                                                       the last few months I had never actually entered
the ‘Dunkirk spirit’ of holidaymakers                                                              anything into the show on my own site before.
                                                     Congratulations to all associations and       There's a first time for everything though so
determined to enjoy the beach huddled behind a       individuals who entered this years
colourful display of windbreaks and the                                                            armed with a show schedule I took a walk round
                                                     competitions. Thankfully, the atrocious       the plot and found some nice 'Primo' cabbage
ingenious use of gazeboes protecting barbeques       weather leading up to the judging did not
from the rain!                                                                                     also the runner beans were just forming. I also
                                                     affect the good standard of entrants.         found a few decent sticks of rhubarb, plenty of
But perhaps the greatest of all involves the clunk
of metal poles, the swish of canvas and the                                                        potatoes, some mouthwatering soft fruit and
sound of merry souls as they erect tents                 2010 Site Competition Results             flowers and foliage for the vase display classes.
(essential for rain is almost certain to make an                                                   The Show Committee were very helpful in
appearance!) gazeboes and the like, bake cakes,            THORPE MEMORIAL TROPHY                  advising me how to display my entries to look
put raffle tickets of various items for a Tombola                                                  their best and they were also busy checking
and tenderly, reverently, proudly place the          1        Manor House Lane                     everyone had entered the correct number of
objects most dear to their hearts on the tables      2        The Hill                             crops in each class. Then the judge arrived!
laid out for the serious business of judging!        3        May Lane                             That's it now then fingers crossed!
 And so it was that on Saturday the 7th of August    4        Court Lane                           I was so proud when the results were announced
that Lower Tinkers Farm Allotments carried on        5        Meadow Road                          to find I had come joint third! No shield for me
that old and celebrated tradition of the Annual      6        Lower Tinkers Farm                   this year but who cares I entered and achieved
Open Day and Show!                                   7        Coventry Road                        some first places. Spurred on by this I am
 What a lovely day it proved to be despite the       8        Donegal Road and Wheelers Lane       already planning next years entries. I hope this
showers necessitating the occasional run for                                                       inspires others to have a go and enter your local
cover and the wind providing a challenge for the               ROBINS ROSE BOWL                    show!
show tent builders.                                                                                Stephen, Thornbridge Avenue allotments
 Despite several calls for sabotage of Phil’s        1        Brownfield Road                                ALLOTMENT WEB SITES
elephant garlic and a particularly nice              2        Warstock Lane                        Birmingham & District Allotments Council
cauliflower, the judging of flowers, fruit and                                           
vegetables, by experienced judges, the Messers.          FRANK CARTER MEMORIAL TROPHY              Four Oaks Common Allotments & Hort. Assoc.
Nash and Gossage from West Heath Allotments                                              
went smoothly and uneventfully. The cups,            1        Warstock Lane                        Lower Tinkers Farm Allotments
plates and various trophies were presented as        2        Court Lane                 
reward for our endeavours in a warm cosy             3        Wheelers Lane                        Newhall Allotments in Sutton Coldfield
atmosphere of camaraderie and goodwill (it was       4        Lower Tinkers              
raining so we all huddled into the show tent. the    5        Coventry Road                        Oldford Farm Allotments in Perry Barr -
reason for the warm cosy atmosphere!)                6        May Lane                   
 Outside (during a dry spell…) we held the,                                                        Thornbridge Avenue Allotments in Great Barr -
much awaited, raffle, most of the prizes seeming          CLIFF JONES MEMORIAL TROPHY    
to go to some visitors from Thornbridge                                                            Walkers Heath Allotments
Avenue!!! Don’t know how that came about!            1        P Salway          Wheelers Lane
They seemed to spend a long time talking to          2        C Gibbs           Aldridge Road      Walsall Road Allotments in Perry Barr -
Josie Coey our President but I’m sure that was       3        H Williams        The Hill 
only a coincidence and no underhand dealing          4        C Hall            Coventry Road      Are there any more web sites that you’d like
went on!                                                                                           promoting in this newsletter? If so let me know
 Afterwards it was agreed that all the hard work         FLO PICKERING MEMORIAL TROPHY             at the address at the bottom of the page.
and planning was definitely worth it as the day                                                               CONTACT ADDRESSES
brought people together, a great atmosphere was      1        R Crofts Quinton plot 79A            Chairman – Clive Birch, 149 Chester Road,
created and most importantly- a great day was        2        S Shore. The Leys plot 58            Sutton Coldfield, B73 5BB
had by all.                                          3        A Payne Meadow Road plot 36
If you want to see the show for yourself the                                                       Secretary – Chris Brown, 106 Brentford Road,
photos will be on our website                        Congratulations to the winner and runners-    Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 4DD       up of the Flo Pickering and well done to      Treasurer – Dave Rawlings, 9 Kinross Cres.,
or if you prefer go to the BDAC website where        everyone who had been entered, the points     Birmingham, B43 7PU.
they will be posted too!                                                                           Newsletter – Lin, 166 Curbar Road, Great Barr,
 Next year why not join us everyone is very
                                                     were very close amongst the 17 entrants       Birmingham. B42 2AX.
Barbara Smith - Lower Tinkers Farm Allotments                                                                DATES TO REMEMBER
              SHOW EVENTS                                                                          Are you holding an event between
Don’t forget to let us know details of events                                                      September and November? If so, it could
taking place on your site this year – the                                                          have been promoted here.
newsletter reaches all sites and is a great way of
promoting your society events. We’re here so                                                       Saturday    4th    &    5th   September     -
use us! Details for the next newsletter need to                                                    GARDENER'S WEEKEND held at KINGS
be received by 8th November, please send to Lin        Thanks to all allotment associations and    HEATH PARK
at the address below.                                committees for taking part and well done to   Sunday 19th September - The Elizabeth
      GARDENERS WORLD LIVE NEC                                                                     Svendson Donkey Sanctuary Car Boot Sale
                                                                        you all
The theme for the NSALG stand this year was                                                        Sutton Park Book your place on 07976 290441
                                                                      Clive Birch                  Saturday 30th October – BDAC Half Yearly
Past and Present and we achieved a double
Bronze award with our stand depicting a                                                            Meeting at Bordesley Green Allotments 2 pm
                                                           ALL PRIZES TO BE AWARDED                Saturday 11th December – Christmas Fayre
traditional plot alongside the modern garden.
Well done to everyone who assisted and we                 AT THE GARDENER’S WEEKEND                10.30am – 3.30pm The Elizabeth Svendson
were featured in the latest NSALG magazine!                   IN KINGS HEATH PARK                  Donkey Sanctuary Car Boot Sale Sutton Park

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