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part in our Social activities and to purchase items from
our shop at weekends
Editions of the quarterly magazine “Grass Roots” can be viewed by clicking the link below.
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The UK ban on blue metaldehyde has been over-
We no longer stock metaldehyde pellets.
To reduce problems with our gate locks we oil them on a regular basis (if we remember) -
UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR
Nov: Quiz Night
Dec: None advised
Below are the current Management Committee positions and the names of the current holders. I have to report that all the current holders have agreed to stand again for 2019/20 other than Peter Kemp at Station Road.
President Jean Law
Chairman Martin Blatt
Secretary Lawrence Stone
Treasurer Dave Gardner
Social Secretary Margaret Easterby
Show Secretary VACANT
Publicity Officer Emma Wiles
Project Manager VACANT
Shop Manager Dave Gardner
Health & Safety VACANT
Cross Street Manager Andy Shilling
Cross Street Assistant VACANT
Eddington Lane Manager Diane Sidaway
Eddington Lane Assistant Alan Barber
Jessops Manager Andy Allen
Jessops Assistant Emma Wiles
Station Road Manager VACANT
Station Road Assistant Brenda Fitzell
As always, we require volunteers for the committee, upon which some sites are currently underrepresented.
Note that there will be a proposal in the AGENDA to remove the Health and Safety post.
If you wish to stand for ANY of the positions listed above please obtain a nomination form from the shop completing the necessary boxes on that form and return it, if possible in a sealed envelope, to Dave Gardner the shop manager.
Nominations for site Manager and Assistant positions should only come from plot-
Note that the AGM date is Sunday 17 th November 2019 and the AGENDA will be published 17 th October 2019.
If you wish to submit a member’s motion at the AGM then please contact me (see below) for the necessary form. The latest date by which such submissions can be accepted is 4th October 2019.
If you require a proxy vote application (these will be available from 17 th October 2019) then please contact me in the first instance so I can issue the relevant paperwork to you. The latest date by which a proxy vote forms can be returned is 10th November 2019,
Please note -
SM Blatt : Chairman
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Trips have been arranged for the following venues:
Kew Gardens and in March next year at Brick Lane
Leonardslee Gardens on 7th October 2019
Has been cancelled
Jan 2020: Kew Gardens
Jobs for October
Winter moth caterpillars may attack fruit trees -
One way to tell if you have a winter moth problem is to look at damage to leaves as show
in this picture.
Rhubarb. Remove dead leaves to expose the crowns to winter frosts. This is a good time to lift
and divide and to plant new crowns.
Harvest beetroot but carrots may be left until wanted -
The flavour of parsnips and Swedes can be improved by a little dose of frost.
When harvesting is complete in a fruit cage you might wish to open it up to allow birds to have a go at any pests inside. But replace the netting in time to prevent bird attacks on next year's fruit buds.
Sow green manure on bare soil to suppress weeds and protect the surface from compaction by winter rain. Digging the resultant growth into the ground can help to improve the soil structure.
Plant garlic over the next couple of months so that it gets a blast of winter cold. Plant the cloves about 7 inches apart (though a bit more space might allow more air movement to help to tone down the almost inevitable rust) and about 2 to 3 inches deep. They don't like standing in water so if you have soil liable to be very wet try planting on a ridge or starting them off in modules for later planting (which some people do anyway).
Grease bands and green manures are available now in the Shop. Garlic and over-
(With thanks to RHS and BBC)
We have just learnt of the death of this life member of HBAGA. He (and his late wife, Cynthia) played a major role in the Association for many years, he as Chairman for a while and she as Treasurer. They had a plot on Station Road for quite some time.
BROWNS seed catalogues are now in the SHOP. An early order would be appreciated for quick delivery with a maximum discount.