In order to avoid unwanted visitors please scramble the combinations on the padlocks whenever you arrive or live the allotment sites. Also, please don’t keep power tools or items of value on site. The Association has had an unfortunate history of break-ins, vandalism, fly tipping and theft.
If you are the first person to open the gate or the last to leave, ensure that you don’t leave the padlock with the combination showing. If you open the padlock, change the combination. If you close the padlock, change it once you’ve locked the gate.
The mowers are provided to help members keep their plots tidy. Please adjust the cutting height as appropriate before use, and empty the clippings basket return them in a clean state after use. They are one of the main expenditure items for the Committee and keeping them in good condition is in everyone’s interest.
Summer Barbecue - The 2019 Summer BBQ will take place on Sunday 8th September - 1pm, at the Digswell site, Brockswood Lane. Come along meet old friends and make some new ones.
Broadwater – The loose posts on the boundary fence were repaired towards the end of March. We’ve also had a second delivery of wood chip to the site.
Digswell – The next Work Parties is scheduled for Saturday 29 June – please help out if you can. We’d like to prepare the site for the Anglia in Bloom visit.
Anglia in Bloom – WHBC if the Association would be prepared to include our Digswell site as part of the Council's entry for Anglia in Bloom, a challenge we have willingly accepted!
Anglia in Bloom is part of the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society’s) Britain in Bloom competition - a campaign/competition to encourage the improvement of our surroundings through imaginative planting and landscaping.
This will be the second year that WHBC has entered the competition, and the first time it will have included an allotment site. Judging will take place on July 9th or 10th, so we have an opportunity p present the site at its best during the community work party planned for Saturday June 29th (9.30-12.30).
Annual General Meeting – The Association’s 45th Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 14th March in the Jack Lee Hall, Woodside House.
Changes to the Committee - Andrew Hepher had become Chairman in the middle of the year and was formally proposed and seconded to continue as Chairman. Andrew has taken the role from Philip Fotheringham who had had been a long-standing Chairman (and previously Treasurer) and, in recognition of this, proposed that Philip be made a Life-member of the Association
Paul Davis, the Treasurer, had decided to step down from this position and Sam Hayton had agreed to take over the position of Treasurer. Our thanks go to Paul for his work on the Committee as both Treasurer, and for updating our web-site and email address.
Other existing members were re re-elected and Ian Cocksedge has agreed to join the Committee.
Annual Subscriptions - In order to balance income and expenditure for 2019/20, the Committee has deemed it necessary to raise the annual subscription for main tenants from £5 to £10. That for joint members and associate members will remain unchanged at £5.
Health and Safety – During the past year a Health and Safety policy had been set up for both sites, details of which were now on the website.
Social Activities – The barbecue has been a successful annual event and will be repeated in summer 2019. Members were invited to suggest additional social activities and we will keep you posted as these develop.
Guest Speaker - James Homer (Officer for Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council with responsibility for allotments) gave a talk explaining the problems for the Council in managing approximately forty five allotment sites in Welwyn/Hatfield.
(full minutes of the AGM have been sent to members and copies are available from the web-site)
Digswell – The next Work Parties is scheduled for Saturday 6 April – please help out if you can.