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Remember, Remember the Fourth of November

That’s the night when there will be a bonfire and fireworks at the allotments.

The fun event will take place at chairman Tony Fursland’s plot (no 60, Allotment plot map), starting at 6pm on Saturday, November 4.

All plot holders and their families are invited.

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Oh yes it is!

Deal RMA is presenting another of its hugely popular Sergeants’ Mess pantos this New Year – this time based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Terry Johnson (Plot 18, Allotment plot map) will be able to offer some tickets for sale in October. If you are interested in buying any, please let him know.

 

Seed Potatoes

Here’s a chance for you to buy your seed potatoes for next year at a bargain price.

The association plans to bulk buy the seed potatoes in 20kg sacks and sell them on to members in multiples of 2kg. Nine varieties will be on offer at a cost of just £2 for a 2kg bag.

The varieties we are offering are:

First Earlies  

Casablanca – a white-skinned potato with a creamy flesh. Each plant produces a good crop of tubers. They are good for boiling and steaming.

Duke of York – renowned for its excellent flavour. It is good for boiling and general use.

Pentland Javelin – a very popular early with oval, white-fleshed tubers and a great flavour. It has low blight resistance but high resistance to both scab and eelworm. It is a good for boiling, salad and general use.

Second Earlies

Kestrel – an exhibition quality, high-yielding, very tasty potato. It produces long, oval tubers with white flesh. It has high blight resistance, moderate scab resistance and is also slug resistant. There is no discolouration when cooked. It is suitable for chips, baking and general purpose.

Charlotte – probably the best salad potato available. It produces a good crop of flavoursome long, oval, pale yellow tubers. It has high resistance to both blight and scab. It is good for boiling and, in particular, for salad use.

Marfona  – produces a good crop of large tubers which store well. It is suitable for a wide range of soils. It is good for baking, boiling and general use.

Main Crop

Sarpo Mira  – an excellent all-rounder. A very vigorous grower, it produces a huge crop of tasty, floury potatoes.

Cara – a high-yielding, good general purpose potato.

King Edward – a good general purpose potato of excellent cooking and eating quality.

If you want to buy any of these seed potatoes, please place your order with Terry Johnson (plot 18 Allotment plot map) by November 1. You must pay Terry when you place your order.  The minimum order is 2kg of any one variety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workbench

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At the request of several members of the association a workbench has been built. It is housed in the gents’ toilet but can be carried outside if required.

Thanks to Brian Maidment and Ken Hill for the materials and to Dave Ward, Ron Barton and Terry Johnson for building it.

Winners in the sunshine

Plotholders and their families and friends turned out for our annual barbecue today and enjoyed an afternoon in the sun.

Resident chefs Tony Fursland, Pat Stockhall and Pearl Barton made sure there was plenty of food to go round.

A highlight of the afternoon was the announcement of the winners in our annual  competitions, all of whom are listed below the photos.

 

 

COMPETITION WINNERS

Full Plot

1st Ken and Kate Withington

2nd Charlie Peters

Tied 3rd Terry Johnson, Clive Smith

Half Plot

1st Ken and Kate Withington

Tied 2nd Pearl Barton, Ron Barton, Hazel Fulbrook, Iain Harper

Largest Root of Potatoes

1st Charlie Peters (5.35kg)

2nd Terry Johnson (5.25kg)

3rd Ian Nash (3kg)

Longest Stick of Rhubarb

Tied 1st Dave Ward, Hazel Fulbrook (30ins)

Tied 2nd Ian Nash, Dave Ward (29ins)

3rd Terry Johnson (27ins)

Sunday Lunch Plate

1st Terry Johnson

2nd Pearl Barton

3rd Tony Fursland

Largest Strawberry

1st Terry Johnson

2nd Ken and Kate Withington

Bunch of Flowers

1st Pearl Barton

2nd Ian Nash

3rd Dave Young

 Funniest Vegetable

1st Ian Nash

2nd Dave Young

3rd Tony Fursland