There is to be an interesting illustrated talk on thursday 16th February by Faversham Archaeologist Patricia Reid. It will take place in the Purifier Building, Flood Lane starting at 7.30pm.
All members and guests ar welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided following the talk when there will be an opportunity for informal discussion.
There is no charge, but donations will be welcomed to defray costs.
NEXT WORK PARTY SUNDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 10am-12.30
The work party will concentrate on further bullrush clearance in the north reach. Bob Gomes will lead the team, with Bob and Noel in the punt using the underwater brush cutter, and other members of the team using grappling irons to pull the cut rushes to the bank for transfer to the composting area by barrow.
If you wish to volunteer and join us, wear suitable clothing, including boots and gloves. On the day, do not rush, be aware of others around you, and remember to keep wet objects away from your face. Bob will run through the work to be done and assign tasks on the day.
We will also be clearing out the brick store by plot 20. Anyone wanting to help, but not fancying splashing around by the stream, can join us there.
Work parties are great fun and carry out essential maintenance and improvements to our unique site. It is surprising how much can be achieved in a few hours by a dedicated team. Please join us.
The AGM last night was well attended. The officers for 2016-7 were elected and the members were brought up to date on plans for site repairs and improvements agreed at the May open meeting.
The committee for the coming year will be :
Sally Kerin – Chair
Paul Edmondson – Secretary
Andy Freeman – Treasurer
Noel Perkins – Member responsible for Social events
Laurence Young – Fund raising
Bob Gomes – Conservation and Wildlife
Brenda Cardwell, currently incapacitated, will be invited to rejoin the committee when she recovers. Two additional volunteers, with suitable skills to assist with projects, will be co-opted later. Please contact the secretary, if interested, to discuss details.
THE AGM WILL BE HELD ON 9TH NOVEMBER IN THE GUILDHALL AT 7PM
The AGM is a chance for all members to participate in the decisions taken to maintain our unique site. Please come along and show your support for the improvements planned for the coming year. The Annual Report and Agenda are attached. They are also posted in the minutes section together with the minutes of the 2015 AGM circulated earlier.
The Society does not have a written Constitution. A proposed constitution, encapsulating the Societies current practice under the Management Agreement with the Council, is attached to the Annual Report, to be approved at the AGM.
Claire Belsom, Chair of Faversham Town Council Allotment Management Group (FTCAMG) with whom we are arranging the new Management Agreement, will introduce herself to the membership at the AGM. The group have already visited the site and given assistance with planning applications. You may have seen the informative article Claire has written on the visit in the Autumn edition of Faversham Voice
The next work party, on sunday 16th October, will concentrate of clearing the Brick Shed by plot 20, ready for renovation as the Society’s site store, and further clearance of bullrushes in the north reach. Contact the Secretary, details on contacts, if you wish to help and receive further details.
It will also be your last chance to take advantage of the bonfire in the old orchard area. Plot holders can take any timber and dry non-compostable material and prunings arising from their plots, and add them to the one off bonfire arranged this year. The bonfire will be lit at the first opportunity after next weekend, subject to suitable weather conditions.
Once the bonfire has been lit, no further material is to be deposited in the orchard.
Another new social event planned for this year to take advantage of the abundance of unused apples seen around the site last year. Please come along and meet up with fellow allotment holders.
While apples are being processed, there will be a sausage BBQ to complement your picnic. Bring your own food and drink, watch how the pressing progresses, cadge some juice, and plan to join in a larger event, including a bigger communal press to be available next year.
At present, two table presses and a scratter will be available to process and extract juice from your clean, washed apples. You will be shown how to operate the equipment, but will need to bring containers for the juice.
If you wish to take the opportunity to juice some fruit, please contact the Secretary, details on CONTACT US page, to ensure there will be sufficient time and equipment for everyone on the day.
See the poster attached for full details.
This year the AGM will be held in the Guilhall on wednesday 9th November, at 7pm.
The hall has been arranged by Clair Belsom, Chair of FTC Allotment Management Group, and will be rent free. We look forward to a well attended and productive meeting in this historic venue.
The Annual Report and Agenda will be published nearer the date of the meeting.