The clocks change to British Summer Time on Sunday which means the earliest time you can start a bonfire on your plot will be 4pm.
But if you’re planning to have a fire you need to get a move on because bonfires are not allowed at all from April 1 to September 30.
Another change coming on April 1 is that the mains water will be switched on. Please remember to wear gloves whenever you are using communal water taps at the site.
The mains water supply to the site will be turned off for the winter from Thursday, October 1.
The clocks change on Sunday which means that the earliest time you can start a bonfire at the allotments will be 4pm.
But, in any case, Sunday will be your last chance for the time being to have a bonfire on site because the allotment rules say they are not allowed at all from April 1 to September 30.
As another sign of the changing seasons, the water will be switched on on Monday.
The first plot inspections of 2019 will also take place next week.
Work has been continuing on the water-harvesting scheme with the laying of a feeder pipe to water barrels on individual plots.
This work involved trenching along one of the main allotment paths which has, inevitably, caused disruption and created a build-up of mud.
The association’s chairman, Tony Fursland, offers his apologies to plotholders who have been inconvenienced and says the committee will be organising working parties as soon as possible to put things back to normal.
Work has started on an extension to the water-harvesting project at the allotments, with the help of more than £1,200 of local authority grants.
Dover District Council has given £860 to the scheme and Deal Town Council £400.
There are already 14 barrels collecting rainwater from the roof of the composting area in the top car park.
In the next phase, nine more barrels will be installed on individual plots.
Terry Johnson and Ron Barton have been working on the levels for the new barrels and installing slabs for them to stand on.
Within the next few weeks a pipe will be run along the fence from the car park then trenched along the path to carry stored water to the new barrels as shown on this water map.
Once work on that part of the scheme is complete, a similar system will be installed at the other end of the allotment site, using water collected from the roof of the composting area in the main car park.
* Photos by Iris Faulkner
October 1 is the first day on which bonfires can be lit on site and it is also the day when the mains water is turned off for the winter.
So, from Monday, you will be allowed to light a bonfire but only after 4pm. You must not leave it unattended. Please also avoid having a fire when the weather conditions could adversely affect our neighbours.
As a sign that winter is approaching the water on the site will be turned off on Saturday September 30.
Fires can be lit from October 1 but only after 4pm. They must, however, not be left unattended and please take into consideration weather conditions which could allow fires to have an adverse effect on our neighbours.
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.
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.
If you notice any mains water taps or pipes leaking at the allotment site please let Terry, our water officer, know. If you can’t find him on plot 18 email him at email@example.com
Our water is metered so the less we use the less we pay and that helps keep our plot rents down!