Our judge, Denis, was due to visit the site today to judge plots entered in the annual competitions. He has, unfortunately, not been able to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.
A new judge has been found and judging will take place as soon as possible.
A group of committee members and other plotholders set to work on the water-harvesting and composting area in the top car park at the weekend.
They painted the structure and levelled the ground behind it ready for the water barrels to be installed.
Strimming was also carried out on other areas of the site.
Pearl Barton kindly provided the volunteers with tea, coffee and bacon rolls when the work was finished.
There will be two working parties this weekend to carry out painting and general maintenance work at the site. If you can help in any way please meet in the main car park at 10am on Saturday or Sunday.
The water-harvesting and composting area in the top car park is now complete – bar the painting.
A number of covered barrels will be placed behind it to collect rain water from the roof.
A trench has been dug out for a pipe to carry water from them to two barrels which will be sited on the opposite corner of the car park to make the water easily accessible to nearby plotholders.
It is hoped that eventually additional barrels will be placed elsewhere on the site to enable more plotholders to use the harvested water.
The next committee meeting is on Wednesday July 12. If there is anything you would like members to discuss please email the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
The next plot inspections will take place in the first week of July.
Help is needed at the site on Wednesday to put up a new marquee ready for the visit by the Brownies and Rainbows in the afternoon.
If you are able to help please meet by the large container at 10am.
The annual barbecue and competitions will take place this year on Sunday, August 6, a couple of weeks later than in previous years to avoid any clash with Regatta Week events.
All plot holders and their families are welcome.
As usual the competition categories are: best full plot; best half plot; largest root of potato; longest stick of rhubarb; Sunday lunch (two each of five different vegetables on a plate including potato); largest strawberry; bunch of flowers; funniest/largest vegetable.
The entry fee is £2.
The entry form can be found here (Competition entry form2). Please give your completed form and entry fee to any committee member. Some printed forms will be available by the shed in the main car park for members who do not have their own printer.
Judging of the plots will take place on Tuesday, July 25 from 6pm. Other categories will be judged on the day.
The closing date for the plot categories is Tuesday, July 11.