July 2017 newsletter

Andy Theaker writes : Hope all is well, apart from lack of water, too much water, too hot, too cold, too windy, too sunny and those pesky pigeons / mice / rats / pea moths / cabbage whites, munching away at our hard earned produce!

A lot has happened since we took over the allotments in the spring of 2015 which was one of the wettest years since records began. I remember turning up one cold and frosty morning in early 2015 and seeing my plot (91) submerged under 6” (15cm) of water and asking my neighbouring plot holder; “What have we let ourselves in for?”

STRAWBERRIES
But things got better and better, I was amazed to see how much produce was harvested that first year, and the allotments went from strength to strength. Throughout 2016 the allotments flourished and now, this year, the vast majority of us are reaping the rewards from all our hard work and efforts. The strawberry harvest has been particularly splendid this year.

COMMITTEE NEWS
Claire Inglis from the Parish Council has left her role as allotment liason officer and with it, committee treasurer. Many thanks Claire for all your support since the committee was founded. The group is now looking for a new treasurer, someone who must be able to count and attend our occasional meetings. If you are interested, it really is not a chore, please let a committee member know. A list of all committee members can be viewed here : ccallotments.org.uk/about/committee/meet-the-committee/

ANNUAL SHOW
Please make a note in your diaries for the Church Crookham Allotments Annual Show which will take place on Sunday 24th September from 12 noon. Includes:
Produce Competition
Raffle – Quiz
Scarecrow Competition
& fun for the kids
A chance to meet your fellow allotment holders. Keep checking the website and notice boards for more information.

COFFEE MORNINGS
Due to popular demand, the Shed1 Coffee Shop will open Saturdays and Sundays for the remainder of the summer. 10:00 onwards.

JOSIE’S WATERING SERVICE
See details of this really useful support on our website. Unfortunately the on-site A4 printed posters detailed an incorrect email address. A clickable e-mail link is available.

Andy is chair of the Church Crookham Allotments Association