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Lost Hoe

Chris, on plot 19 (Allotment plot map) has lost a Jembie which looks like a Chillington hoe or Dutch hoe. He brought it back from Kenya so it has sentimental value for him. If you happen to come across it please contact Chris or email Pearl at

*Chris and the Jembie have now been reunited!

Marathon Man

Congratulations to Terry Johnson’s son-in-law, Martin Pearce, who  has completed both the Brighton and London Marathons in the last couple of weeks.

Martin wants to thank  everyone at the allotment association annual dinner who sponsored him, helping him to reach a magnificent total of £2,800 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Birthday Invitation

Tony Fursland, the association’s chairman, is holding a birthday party  at the allotments on Sunday, May 7  and all plotholders and their families are invited.

There will be a free barbecue and tea and coffee but you will have to bring your own wine, beer, etc.

The barbecue can’t be held in its normal place by the large container because the new grass is not well-established enough yet so it will be set up nearby instead.

Tony said: “As it’s an outside party if very bad weather it will not take place. Fingers crossed.

“Last year everyone enjoyed themselves, so let’s hope for a repeat. Hope to see you all.”

The party will start at noon.

Going green



A few committee members and other plotholders took up their watering cans at the weekend to water the barbecue area by the large container where grass seed was sown recently.

The grass is growing well but needed a helping hand in this dry spell. The water used was all rainwater collected from the water harvester in the main car park.

The working party also strimmed public areas on the site and carried out other maintenance work.

That’ll be the day

Thursday June 15 will be the day to go to see The Buddy Holly Story at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.

Plotholder Janine Wells is organising tickets for the show that night at a reduced price of £25.07 per person.

To find out more contact Janine at or 07786433107. Tickets must be paid for by March 31.


Today’s working party carried on clearing the ground beside the big container so that grass can be sown there in spring.

We had two rotovators in action and a small team of helpers picking up rubble, glass and all manner of other debris in their wake



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Hop to it!

If you’re a beer lover you may be interested in the latest project of the environmental community group, Deal With It -Transition Deal.

It is launching a community hop growing project, the Deal Hop Farm, which aims eventually to produce a quality Deal beer from hops grown by local people in their own gardens and allotments.

To find out more visit the Deal With It website.

Annual Allotment Dinner

Our annual dinner will take place at Deal and Betteshanger Rugby Club, Canada Road, on Friday, March 31, at 7pm for 7.30pm.

We hope many of you will join us for this event which is always a fun evening.

To book your place/s please make your choices from the menu below and email them to

The cost is £20 per person which must be paid in full by Sunday, March 19.



Whiskey parfait pate with salad garnish and toast


Leek and potato soup


Stuffed chicken with smoked bacon and cream sauce, onion mash and a medley of green vegetables


Slow-cooked beef stew with horseradish mash and green vegetables


Roasted Mediterranean vegetables in cream sauce


Chocolate fondant with cream


Cheese and biscuits: Brie, Cheddar and Stilton with onion chutney and grapes