Welcome, especially to our newest members. If any members have not completed a HALGA contact form would you please fill out one with such details as you are happy to supply. I’d also appreciate any email addresses for your neighbouring plot-holders who are not here today.

Membership: We appear to have a total of 38 financial members, of which 2 or more are from other plot sites. These dues are used to fund our Public Liability Insurance of about £2.50 per member. As our funds are so limited we have no alternative but to leave non-payers uninsured. after AUGUST 2014. It appears that about 46 plots are shown as held by financial members and about 30 are not. Please check the membership list to ensure you are covered.
Frank will cover these figures more fully but basically we probably need to look at increasing our Association fees next year and getting more financial members.
FROM FRANK’S NOTES: The membership list submitted to the NAS on renewal of affiliation August 2013 consisted of 41 names of which two are Durnsford. Cost is £2 per person (same as subs) so £82 total. RHS affiliation including PLI is £103, so as you say about £2.50 per person paid out of general profits.

Burglaries, Vandalism: We have had a few incidents of burglaries lately with food items, wheelbarrows gas cookers and cylinders being the items mostly stolen. You all should have received an email advising of the preferred police contact to report any losses Thanks everybody for locking the gates and being vigilant; AND PLEASE, continue to do so. Remember we all have the right to challenge any unknown people entering the plots.
Fly-tipping. There is still some builders rubble and domestic rubbish appearing in the landfill bay. If you see an unknown vehicle dumping rubbish, the Council asks that you pass the registration number to them and they will prosecute the fly-tippers.

Green Waste: The Green Waste bays have been quite well used; we need to use one bay at a time, to allow plot-holders to use the compost produced. The bays on plot 20 needs emptying .I have uncovered the matured bay at the Plough Lane end, so if anyone wants some of this compost please help yourself. I recently strimmed plot 20; it needs raking and tidying then volunteers could strim it regularly.

Open Day, BBQ: National Allotment Week is from.4 to 10 August The consensus for the last two years was that because of the security concerns, we would not have an Open Day. Is this still the feeling among members VOTE LATER.

We held a B-B-Q last July which was well attended. If you’d like one this year. We’ll VOTE LATER and if necessary, decide the date then.

Remember if you want to contact your fellow plotties the easy way is to email me with a request to send an email to all the members on our distribution list. We currently have about 50 plot-holder email addresses but would ideally like to have one for all plot-holders.

Merton in Bloom, Allotment Judging: HALGA members had very successful results in the competition last year. Lynda & Stephen Prior Plot 56 won the cup for the Best Wimbledon Division Allotments, Tony Sturton and I received certificates, and Eddie & Audrey won the Best Front Garden, Wimbledon division. And as usual, Pat Maloney from Durnsford won many categories. I have the prize-winner’s list here if anyone cares to see it.

Plot Numbers and Paths: It is a requirement, as shown on your Contract with the Council, that plots are clearly numbered and delineated and paths between plots are well maintained. Your insurance cover is void if the state of the path can be shown to have contributed to any accident. Please make sure the plot numbers are shown correctly before the next Council inspection as in the past we’ve had instances of people being sent non-cultivation letters for the wrong plots.

Plot Shop Repairs: The Council sprayed the ivy and carried out the repairs to the roof and guttering. The promised new non-asbestos roof appears to be very low on the Council priority list.

Sharers and Sweetheart deals: We seem to have an increasing number of unofficial allotment sharers and sweetheart deals. If you want to share your plot please register the proposed sharer with the Council, and please show or give your sharer a copy of your contract so they understand the conditions under which they are allowed on the allotments. Remember sub-letting is prohibited and is most unfair to those people on the waiting list. (See section 6 (f) in the Schedule of your “Agreement for Leisure Gardens”

General: The shop has been trading quite well, with most of the items significantly cheaper than the major retailers. As usual, a reminder that the plots start behind the plot-side line of the water butts. These butts do not belong to the individual plots and must be easily accessible from the front and both sides by other plot holders. The council requires access to this area to maintain the water lines and will dig up any cultivated area around the water butts without warning or compensation, if they find it necessary.

Happy gardening!


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