A quiet time for some?
The growing season has really slowed down by this time of year, but some members are still really busy on their plots, preparing for next season and harvesting winter crops. Brussels, kale and parsnips are at their best after a few frosts and there is plenty of free mulch available at some of our fields. For example, Scott Road members have been fortunate to receive delivery of tree leaves and wood shreddings. Many thanks to KBC and local tree surgeons for this. Scott Road members are busy barrowing these leaves to their plots for composting and mulching. Great fun on a cold winter’s day!
Our rents are due on January 1st 2018, so this is a very busy time for our treasurer. The 2018 rents are unchanged from this year, so that is £2 per pole and £2 membership subscription. This means that a typical 10 pole plot only costs £22 a year and a 5 pole plot costs £12. A real bargain.
There are several ways to pay
- by online banking to our HSBC account
- by paying cash over the counter at HSBC branch in Kettering – but give your name and plot number as a reference so we know you have paid
- by cheque payable to Kettering Allotments, posted to the treasurer.
Full details of how to pay are on our website
Be vigilant for signs of rats
With winter frosts we sometimes get unwelcome visitors in our compost bins and sheds. The rats are looking for somewhere warm and cosy and perhaps a bit of free food. This is the best time to set up rat traps in your shed and keep the vermin population down. Be sure that any rat traps or bait is out of reach of birds or children; inside a shed is often a good place.
Margaret Road annual pumpkin and marrow competition
The Margaret Road field held their annual competition at the end of October. We only got the results just after the November newsletter was published, so here they are, a bit late
Congratulations on the winners and record breakers this year. Two questions for the Margaret Road competitors:
- What is your secret?
- What do you do with a 62 lb marrow?
MARROW PUMPKIN & RUNNER BEAN COMPETITION
1st Rebecca 62.15 lbs* (new record)
2nd Mary 23.0 lbs
3rd Dai 22.5 lbs
1st John/Stuart 39cm
1st Rebecca 124 lbs* (new record)
2nd Dai 99.3 lbs
3rd Charlie/Kieron 85.2 lbs
4th Mary 82.1 lbs
1st Morgan 11.8 lbs
Unusual Veggie. No overall winner but lots of funny entries.
Thank you to all who made an effort and joined in.
Waiting list growing
Our waiting list is getting longer. If you no longer require your plot or want to reduce the area you rent, please let us know so someone who is waiting can start an allotment soon.
New data protection laws are coming into force soon, so this is a good time for our Society to review its policies and practice. The committee will consider this issue at its December meeting. Meanwhile, please be assured that the only data we have on our members is contact details (name, address, phone and email). This data is kept secure and not shared with others, apart from our obligation to provide membership lists to the National Allotment Society (NSALG) as part of our membership.
Please contact us if you have any comments, suggestions or queries on this or any other matter.
One suggestion received from a member after the November newsletter was to increase the rents so the Society has more funds to invest in facilities for members. This suggestion has been passed to the committee and will be considered. It is too late for the 2018 rents as these have already been fixed by the society. In recent years our policy has been to keep rents low and use our funds wisely to get maximum benefit for the membership. If you agree with the idea of paying more rent and investing in infrastructure or machinery let us know.