November 2018 Allotment News

Good News about 2019 rents

The good news is that, once again, there will be no increase in the rents for 2019. Our rents have been held for many years at the same rate, thanks to prudent control of our expenses. The rent reminders will be sent out in December and payment is due on 1st January 2019. The rent is £2 per pole plus £2 membership subscription, so a 10 pole plot costs £22 per year in total and a small 5 pole plot costs £12 per year. More details of how to pay are available by clicking on the link at the menu on the top of this page and also on our website at

http://www.ketteringallotments.co.uk/rent.html

 

Remember, remember… (bonfire hazards)

Less good news is that we have had more complaints about bonfires at Northfield Avenue. Members of the public were driving along this important highway found their vision and breathing impaired by smoke that was also drifting across the railway line. The law allows bonfires, but not the smoke pollution. Our society rules and policies discourage bonfires, particularly if they are smoky. This pollutes the planet and annoys our neighbours. If there are more complaints, we may be prosecuted and fined. The committee will be discussing this issue at its next meeting. Any comments or suggestions are welcome, please use the contact button on the menu at the top of this page

More guidance is available on our website at:

http://www.ketteringallotments.co.uk/bonfires.html

Bonfire guidance from Kettering Borough Council 

http://www.ketteringallotments.co.uk/bonfires.html

If you really want a bonfire, then November 5th is a day when you can probably get away with it. The rest of the year, please use composting, your grey bin or the civic amenity recycling tip for any allotment waste.

For sale – Thousand-litre IBC water tanks

One of our members, Grant, has 6 IBCs for sale. They are clean and have been rinsed out with water. The price is £40 each. Delivery may arranged. Contact Grant if you are interested on 07984 075 226 or tggonzo@live.co.uk

Cordial exchanges with our new neighbours

More good news, we have congratulated Kettering Football Club on their purchase of land next to Scott Road allotments for their new stadium. We are already on good terms with our new neighbours and hope to continue a friendly dialogue as they develop the site.

Want to cook on the BBC?

We have been approached by the company that produces the BBC show “Britain’s Best Home Cook with Mary Berry and Claudia Winkleman. They are currently looking for new fabulous home cooks who might want to apply to be on the BBC1 show. Apply via their website, link below

https://britainsbesthomecook.co.uk

 

Records Broken at Margaret Road

Margaret Road allotments had their annual competition. The winners were:-

Heaviest marrow = 28lbs grown by Rebecca

Longest runner bean = 47.5 cm grown by Rebecca – a new record!

Heaviest Pumpkin = 132.4 lbs grown by Dylan – a new record!

Well done everyone. Time to start planning for next year?

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October 2018 Allotment News

Brian Nix

Brian Nix, one of our committee members representing Margaret Road died suddenly a few days ago. His funeral was on the 27thSeptember at Kettering Crematorium. Brian was twice the winner of the Bridgstock Cup, our annual competition for the best allotment in our four fields. The plot he tended with his wife Jackie has been one of the best maintained in our society. Brian also served the committee in many ways, for example keeping the ridings mown for several years and helping repair and strengthen the boundary fences at Margaret Road.

cupwinner

For sale – Thousand-litre IBC water tanks and blue water barrels

One of our members, Grant, has 6 IBCs for sale. They are clean and have been rinsed out with water. The price is £45 each. Grant also has blue barrels for sale at £10 each. Delivery may arranged. Contact Grant if you are interested on 07984 075 226 or tggonzo@live.co.uk

More 200 litre blue plastic barrels for sale

At our Scott Road field, we have sourced some of these strong and durable plastic barrels, ideal for collecting rainwater in the coming winter. They are only £5 each, buyer collects. Contact Russell using the Contact button on the top of this page and “email the secretary” link.

Car Park improvements

Our main car park at Scott Road is being improved and the task is nearing completion. The ground is being levelled and we plan to create an area for wood shreddings and compost to be deposited neatly for use by our members. The old well-rotted mulch remaining from woodchips of many years ago has been separated from other material (weeds, soil, rubble and plastic litter) and this compost has been taken by many grateful members at Scott Road. Many, many thanks to all those who have helped out, especially Ryan and Pat. We appreciate your hard work.

Catalogues published

The catalogues of seed potatoes and seeds from the Garden Shop on London Road, Kettering is now published. Pop in for a copy and see their wide selection of garden supplies. Click here for a pdf version of the catalogue.

 SEED POTATO CATALOGUE 2019

https://russellattwood.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/seed-potato-catalogue-2019.pdf

Kettering Football Club

http://www.ketteringtownfc.com/news/official-statement

Recent news stories have stated that Kettering Football Club has agreed to buy land off Scott Road to build a new stadium. This was news to us, but we have sought reassurances from KBC. We understand that the land in question is the empty field next to us, known as French’s Field. The structures will not be large enough to cast shade on our plots and the Football Club will have to consult us on any plans before a planning application is made. The following is a quote from the message we got from our contact at KBC:

I would like to reassure you that all that has happened at this moment  is  the council has agreed, in principle, the disposal of the land.  The development of the site is some way off as the  club will need to resolve issues of access before they can do anything on site.

We have been advised the club have modest ambitions for the development of the site – there will not be large buildings right next to allotments; in any event the planning process will be the right mechanism for consultation on the impact of any development and the allotments will not be at risk.

Moving forward I  will keep you posted on any developments.”

Waiting lists

Our fields currently have short waiting lists. In is anticipated that some plots will become vacant soon, as a few members have indicated they may be retiring or relocating. Stewards are working hard to allocate plots as soon as they become vacant. If you wish to reduce your plot size or retire from your allotment, please contact us. We will be able to make someone on the waiting list very happy and allow them to start their allotment journey sooner rather than later.

Data Update

Our Data Manager, Ilona Bickle is working hard to keep our data up-to-date. If you have moved, changed phone or email etc, please contact us as soon as possible. This helps us keep in touch and makes our membership lists accurate, as well as making sure we comply with the new data protection laws (GDPR).

 

Allotment News August 2018

Is our data up to date?

We work hard to keep accurate records on our membership. If your contact details have changed, please let us know. We need to be kept up to date with any changes to your email, phone number, address etc. This will help our data compliance and allow us to keep you informed of our news.

Please see the following link for our data protection policy

http://www.ketteringallotments.co.uk/data.html

Phew what a summer!

After a very wet April we have had 9 or 10 weeks of dry weather and a heat wave. Many gardeners have found this weather “challenging” to their crops. Find out how one of our members has had great yields and bountiful harvests without watering! It’s all down to the Power of Mulch.  Read the blog post on mulch by using this link

 https://russellattwood.wordpress.com/the-power-of-mulch/

Vacant Plots at Scott Road

We have a few vacant plots at Scott Road. Some of our members there have retired from allotment gardening and given up their plots. If you know anyone who wants to start an allotment, please contact us.

Thanks Kev!

One of our former members, Kevin has generously donated a Terrex autospade to be sold for the Society’s fund. Sadly Kevin had to give up his allotment at Scott Road due to health problems. He offered the spring-loaded spade as a thank you to the Society. See next article for how to put in a bid.

Terrex Spade for sale

Offers invited for this Terrex “backsaver” autospade. The spring-loaded mechanism means digging is less of strain on your back. Price new is approximately £100, see this link

https://www.backsavergardentools.co.uk/product/autospade/

If you wish to make an offer, please contact us. The spade will be sold to whoever makes the highest sensible offer received by midnight of 14th August.

Thanks Malc! (and Tony)

Many thanks to Malcolm and Tony who constructed a new ramp to the secure container at Scott Road. This will be safer and make it a lot easier to wheel machinery in and out of the container.

Thanks Pat!

Thanks also to Pat, field steward at Scott Road who was able to source some IBCs a few weeks ago. These were all sold very quickly and we are still hoping to get some more in the near future. Pat has also been working hard to get sources of tree sheddings for Scott Road for mulching. Thanks again.

Thanks Robin!

One of our members, Robin has been helping his neighbour in recent weeks. The neighbour has been unwell and not able to tend the plot. Robin and a few others have helped out, harvested crops and taken them to the unwell neighbour. A heartwarming story of allotment community life.

Cup Judging

If you see people viewing your plot and holding clip boards, do not worry. Our prestigious Bridgstock Cup is awarded annually to the best-kept allotment. The judges are now touring the fields and making their assessments. They will inform the committee of their decision at its next meeting. For details about the history of the cup, see the link below.

http://www.ketteringallotments.co.uk/cup.html

July 2018 Allotment News

Starter plots available at Windmill Avenue

There are 3 small plots vacant at Windmill Avenue. They have been cleared of weeds and are ready for new members to cultivate. If you know anyone who wants a plot, please ask them to contact the Windmill Avenue steward George on 01536 518 097

Field Tour by the committee

Our committee’s annual tour of two fields takes place on Tuesday 10th July. Your committee members will be viewing the Northfield Avenue field first, followed by Scott Road. This is an opportunity for committee members to see other fields than their own. We all learn a lot and pick up ideas from each other.

IBCs sold out

Scott Road field were very fortunate to have a small batch of thousand litre IBC water tanks delivered. Many thanks to Pat Mullins, field steward who sourced them and arranged delivery. They were sold at cost and were all spoken for within 24 hours of delivery. We continue to look for more supplies of these valuable rainwater collection and storage tanks. See photo below

IBC

more IBCs wanted

One of our members on Margaret Road would very much like to purchase two IBC tanks for a reasonable price. We are appealing to Margaret Road members with the following questions:

  • Do you know where we can buy thousand litre IBCs and get them delivered to plots?
  • Do you have an IBC that you no longer need or use that you could sell? (if so at what price?)
  • Do you have any contacts who can buy, sell or transport water buts or IBCs?

Hosepipes always banned on Kettering Allotments

One of our rules (Rule 41) specifically states that hosepipe use is not permitted on our allotments. We have had reports of a member breaking this rule recently by using a pump and pipe to empty one of our mains water troughs. This is ingenious but not permitted and any further reports may lead to disciplinary action. Other members were upset as the trough was emptied and they could not fill watering cans. Our rents include the cost of water, but only in reasonable quantities; if the water bill rises our rents will go up next year.

Car Park improved at Scott Road

We have recently been able to extend the useful area of the main Scott Road car park. Previously this part was very uneven ground with a large dip, so not accessible to vehicles. It was also overgrown with brambles. We have levelled and cleared this area at no cost to the society. It means more vehicles can be parked, especially in winter when the ridings are closed and the lower part of the car park gets muddy. Photo below

car park

Rats controlled

The Pied Piper of Windmill Avenue (no connection to the nearby pub) has succeeded in controlling the rats on our allotments there. Many thanks to our steward George and the other members who helped. Of course, we are never very far from a rat, so continued vigilance is necessary. If you spot a rat or see evidence of rats or other vermin, please report it to your steward as soon as possible. Please also take suitable control and prevention measures in your sheds to make sure the rats do not return.

Easy gardening

Click on this link to see the easiest way to grow things on your allotment. No weeding! This method uses woven black weed control fabric (100gsm) with crops planted through holes cut in the fabric. The method also works with cardboard instead of fabric, but the cardboard needs a layer of mulch (eg grass cuttings, tree shreddings) on top to secure it.

Please close the gate at Margaret Road

We have had reports of members leaving the gates open at Margaret Road. It is really important that we close the gate on entry and exit. This is for our security and keeps our allotments safer. The committee has recently spent hundreds of pounds on improving security at Margaret Road, please do you bit by locking the gate. If you see anyone leaving the gate open or unlocked, please note the time, description and vehicle registration (take a photo with your smartphone) and contact us.

May 2018 Allotment News

Plant Tool Offer (35% off)

35% discount off normal book prices for members of Kettering Allotments Society. Simply print off this newsletter and mention Paul Archer to claim your discount of 35%

planttool

A family owned, local tool hire company, situated by the Tesco superstore on Orion way. We have 6 branches across the midlands that we can draw stock from

 This is the message from Plant Tool

Here is a small list of the equipment that we think could be of use to members.

·         Mid tine rotovators

·         9hp/13hp hydraulic rotovators

·         Chippers

·         Shredders

·         Scarifiers

·         Post hole borers (manual,1 man petrol, 1 man hydraulic)

·         Turf cutters,

·         Petrol mowers

·         Petrol hedge cutters (inc long reach)

·         Garden rollers

·         Weed dragon flame guns,

·         Various sized diggers, dumpers and rollers

 We have an excellent Web site www.hirecentres.com where you can view all our current hire equipment

 

Please feel free to contact us on the telephone number below or call in (we will put the kettle on). We look forward to hearing from you. Kind Regards, Paul Archer, Assistant Manager, Kettering Depot, Telephone 01536 411212

Improving Security

Unfortunately there was a break-in at Scott Road allotments last month. Several sheds were opened and a rotorvator was stolen. The incident was reported to the Police (dial 101) and a crime number obtained. Members have since been working hard to improve security. The place where the intruders entered has been secured, other gaps in our fence have been closed and a tree surgeon was able to trim some of the very tall hedge hawthorns. Thanks to all the members who helped out, particularly on a very wet Saturday morning (see photos below). The hawthorns will grow back thicker and thornier to block gaps and the prunings have been used as extra deterrent.

Mayday May Day – time to Spring into Action

The Bank Holiday weekend is around the corner and hopefully there will be some spring weather. Best wishes to all members as the planting season gets into full swing and we spring into action.

Questions or suggestions for the committee

The next committee meeting is soon. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please let us know. Either contact us from this website or speak to your field steward. We are a democratic society and want to hear your views.

News from the Police

Off-Road Motorcycle rider arrested and put before Court

Off-Road Motorcyclist arrested and put before the Court for disqualified driving and other driving related offences.  Suspect stopped near to COOK’S SPINNEY, KETTERING using a unlicensed off-road motorcycle.

Community intelligence is vital when dealing with motorcycle nuisance. If we don’t know, we can’t act.  Please call 101. Thank you.

Message Sent By
Ivan Bentley (Police, Neighbourhood Officer, Corby & Kettering)

April 2018 – Allotment News

“Snow joke!” – winter refuses to go away…

snow

The month of March is supposed to be “in like a lion, out like a lamb”. This year the Spring season has been late in arriving. Allotment gardeners are waiting for a bit of spring so they can plant their potatoes and other early crops. Let’s hope they can soon spring into action…

The Pumpkin Show returns

Your chance to learn about how to grow veg without digging, weeding or watering.

Come and see the amazing talk on lasagna gardening and pumpkins on Wednesday 11th April at 7:30pm at Barton Seagrave Village Hall NN15 6WF

Entrance £4

This is your chance to see how cardboard and grass cuttings can transform a wild overgrown allotment into a beautiful pumpkin patch. The talk is given by Russell Attwood, your secretary and is guaranteed to educate and entertain you.

A successful AGM

Our 100th AGM was held on 14th March and was a success. Thanks to everyone who attended and heard the annual financial report and discussed our society’s work and progress. Hear’s looking forward to the next 100 years.

New rule for 2019 rents

Our annual rents and membership subscription are due on 1st January every year. Most members pay promptly and this helps the smooth running of the society. Many thanks.

A few members have not paid rent promptly; this causes a disproportionate amount of work for our treasurer and field stewards. Our new rule gives a strong incentive to pay promptly. The new rule is

If rent has not been paid by the 1st February and a member wishes to continue the tenancy, then a non-refundable advance payment will be required of a further year’s rent”

The new rule was voted on and adopted by members at the AGM on 14th March. It has been added to our rule list on our website – it is rule 11B.

Don’t stone the crows, collect your pebbles

stones

Many thanks to this member who placed these stones in a pothole/puddle on the track at Scott Road. Your hard work and community spirit is much appreciated. 

Fabulous leaf compost piled up at Scott Road car park

The Society arranged for KBC tractors to heap up the tree leaves and shreddings that had been given to us last Autumn. They were spread all over the car park and the area needed clearing. We now have a fabulous pile of beautiful compost that is “help-yourself”. many members have been collecting this by the barrow load to use as mulch and compost on their plots. Everyone agrees that it is really good stuff.

leafcompost

Allotment News – March 2018

AGM on a Wednesday!

Click here for details (formal notice of AGM, agenda, annual report)

In a break with tradition, our 100th AGM is on Wednesday 14th March at 7:45 pm at the Corn Market Hall.

It’s your chance to meet the committee, to hear the financial report and elect officers and committee members.

More details available on our website:-

http://www.ketteringallotments.co.uk/agm.html

We also have a proposed new rule to discuss. All paid-up members have a vote.

The proposed new rule is this:

If rent has not been paid by the 1st February and a member wishes to continue the tenancy, then a non-refundable advance payment will be required of a further year’s rent”

(in other words, anyone who hasn’t paid rent by the 1st February will have to pay double the amount, covering two year’s rent)

Rationale for proposed new rule.

Our annual rent is very low and the vast majority of our members pay promptly. A small number of our tenants still have not paid by the middle of February. The committee does not think it is fair or reasonable for these late-payers to be subsidised by the rest of our membership. Late-payers cause a lot of extra unnecessary work for the Treasurer and Field Stewards chasing them up. Making them pay for two years in advance will give such late-payers an incentive to do the right thing.

New Data Protection Policy

In view of the new government regulations on data protection, the committee has now adopted its data protection policy. The policy is on our website.

http://www.ketteringallotments.co.uk/data.html

A date for your diaries

Come and see the amazing talk on lasagna gardening and pumpkins on April 11th

On Wednesday 11th April at 7:30pm at Barton Seagrave Village Hall NN15 6WF

Entrance £4

This is your chance to see how cardboard and grass cuttings can transform a wild overgrown allotment into a beautiful pumpkin patch. The talk is given by Russell Attwood, you secretary and is guaranteed to educate and entertain you.

Broken or old tools in your shed?

New service to recycle or repair them in Northampton

There are now two different charities in Northampton where you can get refurbished tools.

The long established Tools for Self Reliance in Clare Street (near the Kettering Road), see their website

http://www.tfsrnorthampton.co.uk

They do amazing work both here and in less-developed countries.

There is also a new service from the Hope Centre, Northampton’s amazing charity for the homeless. This service will repair or refurbish your broken tools, sharpen blades or build bespoke tools for your size and shape. You can buy and donate tools at 35 Ash Street, Northampton, NN1 3HW

Please click on the link below for more information on the amazing work done by the Hope Centre

http://www.northamptonhopecentre.org.uk/we-need