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AGM Wednesday 9th October 7pm at the Guildhall

A reminder that the AGM will be held tomorrow evening, Wednesday 9th October, 7pm, in the Guildhall.

I attach a copy of the audited accounts for the tear, to complement the Annual Report circulated earlier.

Planning permission has just been received for the proposed tree works on the site and plots.  Its implementation will be discussed at the AGM, along with other proposed site improvements.

We look forward to seeing you there.



The bonfire was lit on wednesday evening.  Thanks to Sally and Kieran Kerin, Penny Smith, Angela Smith, Andy Freeman , Maureen Wale and Sarah Edmondson for their help in re-stacking the bonfire material and feeding the controlled burn.

No more material is to be taken to the Orchard area.

The survey and plans for the orchard area development will be presented for discussion at the AGM on 9th November.

work party 16th October

Further areas of bullrush were cleared to gain access to water, using the newly acquired underwater brush cutter, thanks to Bob Gomes and Noel Perkins.  Ricky Roberts, Sally and Kieran Kerin cleared rubbish from the recently reclaimed brick store.  This has now been surveyed and repairs will commence shortly.
General clearance was delayed by the weather.  The bonfire will be delayed a week.


Despite the inclement weather and shortage of apples this year, the event went off as planned.  The demonstration table processed 180lb of washed apples, producing 7 gallons of juice, over 3 hours.  We were well fortified with a constant supply of sausages from the BBQ run by Andy Freeman.

When the sun came out, there were plenty of visitors happy to help extract juice, sample the wares, and enjoy the BBQ.  There was a lively interest in the process, so it is planned to repeat the event next year.  There may even be some samples of the cider produced from the juice extracted yesterday.

Thanks to Andy, Sarah Edmondson, Sally and Kieran Kerin, for ignoring the rain and making the event such a success.

We are also grateful to Faversham Homebrew for the loan of the second press, made available for other allotment holders to press their own juice.

work party sunday 8th september


This concentrated on completing the clear up of the orchard area ready for the October bonfire, plus planting of wild flower areas in the main drive.  Thanks to Sally and Kieran Kerin, Adrian Ferrell, Andy Freeman, Marion Ripley, Noel Perkins, Louise Lees, Margaret Law, Bob Gomes and Isabel, and John Gould.  The work party was great fun and made an enormous contribution to improving the site.

The next work party is to take advantage of the bonfire.  Please join us for a final clear up of the site.

Next Work Party Sunday 18th September

The next work party will be on Sunday September 18th from 10am to 12.30pm

This will concentrate on completing the clear up of the orchard area ready for the October bonfire.

Work parties are great fun and improve the site for a few hours work.  Please join us if you can.  If you are interested let Paul Edmondson know so he can email more details near the time, but feel free to turn up on the day with shears, saws, rakes and barrows.

Rent Notices

Rent notices have been prepared and distributed by hand to ensure they are received.

As noted in the last update, rents will be due on 9th October, based on £3.50 per rod, as agreed with FTC.   A copy of the current Tenancy Agreement will included with the notice this year.

You will be asked to complete the tear off form and enclose this with your payment, plus an SAE if a receipt is required.