Minutes for 29th Nov 2018

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 29th November  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. 

 

MINUTES of  25th October 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Update on team members.  Alan is recovering at home after his recent operation.  He is feeling much better now and has been out for short walks.  He is due a check-up just before Christmas. Oliver is celebrating getting engaged recently.  We give best wishes to Oliver and Ben – they won’t be getting married until after Oliver finishes his studies in 2020 – plenty of time to buy a hat!  *Co-op Community Collection.  Team were invited to attend a cheque presentation at the Co-op store on Colchester Road and it was announced that HiB would receive a total of £1630.99 from member donations this year.  £492.56 has already been paid and the balance will be paid to HiB shortly.  Thank you to all who have named HiB as a beneficiary of charity donations. There will be publicity about this donation. *Tesco ‘Bags of Help’.  Christine reported that following her application for funds from Tesco’s scheme HiB was named as second place beneficiary with a grant of £1000.00.  This money is for the Junior Bloom campaign and will be spent on safety items, gardening tools, seeds/plants and promotional material.  Well done Christine.  *Guys in the Park Event.  was well supported, and HiB received a ‘thank you’ certificate.  It was agreed that guys need a re-vamp before next year!  *Speaking engagements: HiB team will be speaking to Tiptree Gardening Club next week, and have two ‘bookings’ for next year – Halstead Baptist Church and Ridgewell W.I.
EVENTS:  *Christmas Fayre and switch on of Christmas lights. will take place on Saturday 1st December.*Christmas Trees at St. Andrew’s Church will be displayed on 1st and 2nd December.  HiB has a tree and there are about 36 others to view.  *Torchlight Procession.  Will be on Wednesday 5th December.  Those who have offered to marshall and rattle tins please meet at the Town Council torch site on Market Hill at 6.15pm.  Please wear HiB High Viz Jackets.  *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd December.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th December. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *HiB Christmas Meal will be on Friday 18th January 2019 at St. Andrew’s Hall.  Margaret reported that about 50 people will attend. There will be a raffle on the evening.  *Halstead Horticultural Society Spring Show will be on Sunday 31st March at St. Andrew’s Hall.  There will be classes for daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, polyanthus, primroses as well as an ‘Easter Bonnet’ class, decorated cup cakes, moulded jelly and children’s classes.  Entry fee for all classes is 50p (children’s classes free) and there are 3 prizes in each group – go on, give it a go!!  Entry forms will be at Halstead Icing after Christmas and also at other outlets in town. * Early notification of HiB Quiz for 2019.  David has booked the Con Club for Friday 18th October.  Hopefully early notification will prevent double bookings for quizzes in the town.  Date will be sent to HTC for display on their web site and posters for October.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Autumn Seminar Feedback and judges’ comments: Those who attended thought it was an enjoyable event.  Catering was good with local food served by friendly people from the village of Filby.  Speaker was good, it was a shame that second speaker hadn’t arrived in time.  Judges said that Halstead lost marks in the Environmental section by not showing biodiversity and wildlife habitats.  They also said they would have liked more information on town’s recycling. Street furniture in need of refurbishment was also mentioned and it was suggested that perhaps some flowers could be grown on the Guides’ allotment to attract wildlife.  Judges did say they were being very ‘picky’ as Halstead’s entry was very good and they hoped that standard would be maintained next year.  Fiona suggested that we need a ‘wow’ factor – ideas please!  Christine asked for an up to date photo of a Partnership meeting, can be done.  Sec. noted that entry for Halstead had been lodged already, and Halstead Public Gardens and Halstead Cemetery had also lodged entries for 2019.

*Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  We must start thinking about Halstead’s entry for next year.  We need to show all the elements required: Biodiversity, Community Project, Conservation Project, Sustainable Garden, Floral Display by an Individual or Community, Garden for Special Needs, Sheltered Housing/Care Home Garden. Grown Your Own, Industrial/Commercial Area, Local Authority Floral Display, Public Open Space, Young People’s Project (aged under 12 years), Young People’s Project (aged 12-18 years) and we need to consider a route around the town to show these and without looking at any grott spots!  Please give this some serious thought as we need to be working with Braintree DC and Halstead TC to sort out any grot spots along the way in good time and without panics!.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 4th December: Tea Pary at the Resource Centre to say thank you for all the work done there.  Meet there at 2pm.  Thursday 6th December. Ruth has given 300 bulbs (mainly tulips, muscari, hyacinths) and these need to be planted ASAP.  Meet at Halstead Icing Car Park to decide where they will be planted.  Tuesday 11th December.  tea at the White Hart.  Meet there at 2pm. Cost will be about £2.50pp.  Tuesday 18th December. Possibly working in St. Andrew’s Churchyard.  No other working parties until after Christmas.  Thursday 3rd January – meeting to deadhead/maintain as necessary.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling To date 404 calendars have been sold on stalls  – we need to sell 486 calendars to break even.   If you can take a shift please let me know!

Friday 7th December:  9-10 Sue and Christine.  10-11 Margaret T and Margaret E. 11-12  Ian and Margaret E.  12-1 Ian and Julia.

Saturday 8th December: 9-10 Joan and Carol.  10-11 Annie and Mike.  11-12 Ian and Margaret E.  12-1 Ian and Julia.

Friday 14th December.  9-10 Sue and Jenny.  10-11 Joan and Margaret T.  11-12 Iola and Wendy.  12-1 Ian and David.

Saturday 15th December. 9-10 Joan and Christine.  10-11 Annie and Mike.  11-12 Christine and Margaret T. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E.

Friday 21st December. 9-10 Joan and Christine.  10-11 Jenny and David.  11-12 Annie and Mick.  No takers at the moment for 12-1 but Joan will clear down.  Please let me know if you can help.

Saturday 22nd December.  9-10 Sue and Joan.  10-11 Oliver and Carol.  11-12 Annie and Mike.  12-1 Margaret E and Joan.  Joan to clear down.

For next year different selling times and different venues to be explored.

*To Do List. *Tubs outside British Legion Club need to be painted – Annie volunteered for this and also to re-fix the gold bands where necessary. * Tubs at the Bus Stop in Trinity Street need to be cleaned up.  *Area on corner of Highfields needs to be tidied/cleared.

*Joan noted that Colne Valley Nurseries is now closed until the spring.  Joan also noted that the bi-plane in Halstead Public Gardens has suffered from some wind damage.  It will be taken down and stored until early next year when it is hoped it can be shown in Weavers’ Court.  Joan noted that the poppy cascade has now been removed, but the Soldier remains (Graham would like it to be in situ until after the Torchlight Procession and he will then remove it – he would like to sell it and raise money for a services charity).  Joan showed a poster about a Christmas Play to be staged in Holy Trinity Church on 18th December to raise funds for the Church.  Tickets are £12.50 and can be obtained from Joan or from the Friends of Holy Trinity Church group.  Joan noted that the Poppies shown in Holy Trinity Churchyard have been sold and raised £300 some of which will be give to Royal British Legion and the remaining money will go to Holy Trinity Church funds.  *Carol noted that the shrubs around the Tortoise Stove in Butler Road Car Park need trimming.  Carol also noted that the shrub bed on the corner of Oak Road has been driven over by contractors’ lorries.  *Iola noted that on the latest Newsletter from 21st Century group there were details of an Outline Planning Permission Application for housing on the land East of High Street.  All were asked to visit the Braintree DC Planning website to comment or to write with comments to Braintree DC Planning Dept.  Iola noted that the seat in St. Andrew’s Churchyard is again covered with pigeon poo.  Will be reported to HTC.  *It was noted that when the WW1 plaques were collected from St. Andrew’s Churchyard 5 of them had been visited by relatives who had left commemorative items.  Some details have been passed to the History Society.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.20  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st January 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

 

BEST  WISHES FOR A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS, AND A PEACEFUL AND PROPSPEROUS

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 29th November  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. 

 

MINUTES of  25th October 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Update on team members.  Alan is recovering at home after his recent operation.  He is feeling much better now and has been out for short walks.  He is due a check-up just before Christmas. Oliver is celebrating getting engaged recently.  We give best wishes to Oliver and Ben – they won’t be getting married until after Oliver finishes his studies in 2020 – plenty of time to buy a hat!  *Co-op Community Collection.  Team were invited to attend a cheque presentation at the Co-op store on Colchester Road and it was announced that HiB would receive a total of £1630.99 from member donations this year.  £492.56 has already been paid and the balance will be paid to HiB shortly.  Thank you to all who have named HiB as a beneficiary of charity donations. There will be publicity about this donation. *Tesco ‘Bags of Help’.  Christine reported that following her application for funds from Tesco’s scheme HiB was named as second place beneficiary with a grant of £1000.00.  This money is for the Junior Bloom campaign and will be spent on safety items, gardening tools, seeds/plants and promotional material.  Well done Christine.  *Guys in the Park Event.  was well supported, and HiB received a ‘thank you’ certificate.  It was agreed that guys need a re-vamp before next year!  *Speaking engagements: HiB team will be speaking to Tiptree Gardening Club next week, and have two ‘bookings’ for next year – Halstead Baptist Church and Ridgewell W.I.
EVENTS:  *Christmas Fayre and switch on of Christmas lights. will take place on Saturday 1st December.*Christmas Trees at St. Andrew’s Church will be displayed on 1st and 2nd December.  HiB has a tree and there are about 36 others to view.  *Torchlight Procession.  Will be on Wednesday 5th December.  Those who have offered to marshall and rattle tins please meet at the Town Council torch site on Market Hill at 6.15pm.  Please wear HiB High Viz Jackets.  *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd December.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th December. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *HiB Christmas Meal will be on Friday 18th January 2019 at St. Andrew’s Hall.  Margaret reported that about 50 people will attend. There will be a raffle on the evening.  *Halstead Horticultural Society Spring Show will be on Sunday 31st March at St. Andrew’s Hall.  There will be classes for daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, polyanthus, primroses as well as an ‘Easter Bonnet’ class, decorated cup cakes, moulded jelly and children’s classes.  Entry fee for all classes is 50p (children’s classes free) and there are 3 prizes in each group – go on, give it a go!!  Entry forms will be at Halstead Icing after Christmas and also at other outlets in town. * Early notification of HiB Quiz for 2019.  David has booked the Con Club for Friday 18th October.  Hopefully early notification will prevent double bookings for quizzes in the town.  Date will be sent to HTC for display on their web site and posters for October.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Autumn Seminar Feedback and judges’ comments: Those who attended thought it was an enjoyable event.  Catering was good with local food served by friendly people from the village of Filby.  Speaker was good, it was a shame that second speaker hadn’t arrived in time.  Judges said that Halstead lost marks in the Environmental section by not showing biodiversity and wildlife habitats.  They also said they would have liked more information on town’s recycling. Street furniture in need of refurbishment was also mentioned and it was suggested that perhaps some flowers could be grown on the Guides’ allotment to attract wildlife.  Judges did say they were being very ‘picky’ as Halstead’s entry was very good and they hoped that standard would be maintained next year.  Fiona suggested that we need a ‘wow’ factor – ideas please!  Christine asked for an up to date photo of a Partnership meeting, can be done.  Sec. noted that entry for Halstead had been lodged already, and Halstead Public Gardens and Halstead Cemetery had also lodged entries for 2019.

*Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  We must start thinking about Halstead’s entry for next year.  We need to show all the elements required: Biodiversity, Community Project, Conservation Project, Sustainable Garden, Floral Display by an Individual or Community, Garden for Special Needs, Sheltered Housing/Care Home Garden. Grown Your Own, Industrial/Commercial Area, Local Authority Floral Display, Public Open Space, Young People’s Project (aged under 12 years), Young People’s Project (aged 12-18 years) and we need to consider a route around the town to show these and without looking at any grott spots!  Please give this some serious thought as we need to be working with Braintree DC and Halstead TC to sort out any grot spots along the way in good time and without panics!.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 4th December: Tea Pary at the Resource Centre to say thank you for all the work done there.  Meet there at 2pm.  Thursday 6th December. Ruth has given 300 bulbs (mainly tulips, muscari, hyacinths) and these need to be planted ASAP.  Meet at Halstead Icing Car Park to decide where they will be planted.  Tuesday 11th December.  tea at the White Hart.  Meet there at 2pm. Cost will be about £2.50pp.  Tuesday 18th December. Possibly working in St. Andrew’s Churchyard.  No other working parties until after Christmas.  Thursday 3rd January – meeting to deadhead/maintain as necessary.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling To date 404 calendars have been sold on stalls  – we need to sell 486 calendars to break even.   If you can take a shift please let me know!

Friday 7th December:  9-10 Sue and Christine.  10-11 Margaret T and Margaret E. 11-12  Ian and Margaret E.  12-1 Ian and Julia.

Saturday 8th December: 9-10 Joan and Carol.  10-11 Annie and Mike.  11-12 Ian and Margaret E.  12-1 Ian and Julia.

Friday 14th December.  9-10 Sue and Jenny.  10-11 Joan and Margaret T.  11-12 Iola and Wendy.  12-1 Ian and David.

Saturday 15th December. 9-10 Joan and Christine.  10-11 Annie and Mike.  11-12 Christine and Margaret T. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E.

Friday 21st December. 9-10 Joan and Christine.  10-11 Jenny and David.  11-12 Annie and Mick.  No takers at the moment for 12-1 but Joan will clear down.  Please let me know if you can help.

Saturday 22nd December.  9-10 Sue and Joan.  10-11 Oliver and Carol.  11-12 Annie and Mike.  12-1 Margaret E and Joan.  Joan to clear down.

For next year different selling times and different venues to be explored.

*To Do List. *Tubs outside British Legion Club need to be painted – Annie volunteered for this and also to re-fix the gold bands where necessary. * Tubs at the Bus Stop in Trinity Street need to be cleaned up.  *Area on corner of Highfields needs to be tidied/cleared.

*Joan noted that Colne Valley Nurseries is now closed until the spring.  Joan also noted that the bi-plane in Halstead Public Gardens has suffered from some wind damage.  It will be taken down and stored until early next year when it is hoped it can be shown in Weavers’ Court.  Joan noted that the poppy cascade has now been removed, but the Soldier remains (Graham would like it to be in situ until after the Torchlight Procession and he will then remove it – he would like to sell it and raise money for a services charity).  Joan showed a poster about a Christmas Play to be staged in Holy Trinity Church on 18th December to raise funds for the Church.  Tickets are £12.50 and can be obtained from Joan or from the Friends of Holy Trinity Church group.  Joan noted that the Poppies shown in Holy Trinity Churchyard have been sold and raised £300 some of which will be give to Royal British Legion and the remaining money will go to Holy Trinity Church funds.  *Carol noted that the shrubs around the Tortoise Stove in Butler Road Car Park need trimming.  Carol also noted that the shrub bed on the corner of Oak Road has been driven over by contractors’ lorries.  *Iola noted that on the latest Newsletter from 21st Century group there were details of an Outline Planning Permission Application for housing on the land East of High Street.  All were asked to visit the Braintree DC Planning website to comment or to write with comments to Braintree DC Planning Dept.  Iola noted that the seat in St. Andrew’s Churchyard is again covered with pigeon poo.  Will be reported to HTC.  *It was noted that when the WW1 plaques were collected from St. Andrew’s Churchyard 5 of them had been visited by relatives who had left commemorative items.  Some details have been passed to the History Society.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.20  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st January 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

 

BEST  WISHES FOR A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS, AND A PEACEFUL AND PROPSPEROUS

Donation from the CO-OP

On Saturday the 24th Nov a group  from the HIB team went to the CO-OP store on Colchester road, Halstead to receive a donation. A very generous £1600.00 was presented to the team by the assistant manager.

The amount of the donation was a complete surprise , this will be very helpful to us in achieving our next objectives in both Anglia in Bloom and Britain in Bloom, and the continuing improvements of the environment for the residents and visitors to the town.

The team would like to thank the CO-OP, their staff and customers, and are very grateful for their continued support.

Minutes 25th October 2018

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 25th October  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. 

 

MINUTES of  27th September 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Letters/Messages of congratulations have been received; Halstead TC gave an ovation to HiB at recent Council Meeting; Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex CC sent a letter; Cllr Graham Butland, Leader of Braintree DC sent a letter.  *Facebook stats and messages from 30.08.18-26.09.18 had been printed and were shown; posts reached 2.3K people in 28 days and there were many, many messages of congratulations.  *Quiz Update. This was an enjoyable evening (although questions were hard!)  Entry raised £209.00, raffle gave £54.90 and Heads and Tails Game raised £13.50 at total of £277.40 for funds.  David T was thanked for his hard work in organising the Quiz and his assistants Annie and Mike were also thanked.  *Townswomen’s Guild.  Team members gave a talk to about 30 of the Guild and goods sold at the event raised £36.25 and there was a donation of £30.00 for HiB. *Priory Hall Coffee Morning. Jean kindly arranged the morning and whipped up support among residents.  Goods sold at the event raised £133.00, a raffle raised £84.00 and donations for refreshments totalled £13.45 – a total sum of £230.45.  Jean was thanked for all her efforts and was asked to thank the Priory Hall residents for their support.  *Team news: Chairman offered condolences to Fiona and her family on the death of her father.  Alan is to be admitted to Basildon Hospital next Wednesday with a view to surgeon operating on Thursday.  We wish Alan all the best and hope he will be fit enough to get back to working parties after Christmas!!
EVENTS:
   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 4th November.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 25th November, ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *Local Awards evening. United Reformed Church, Friday 26th October.  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.  There will be a raffle – prizes welcomed and refreshments will be available.  Please come and bring family and friends.  *Halstead Horticultural Late Show will be held at Queen’s Hall on Saturday 3rd November from 2pm.  Schedules can be got from Halstead Icing and there are classes for all sorts of entries – not just flowers and vegetables!  Get creating and enter!! You need to fill in a form on the schedule, and get to Margaret Tyler (or hand in to Halstead Icing) by Wednesday 31st October.  Entries need to be at the hall by 10am on Saturday 3rd November (hall will be open from 7.30am on that day) and public entry will be from 2pm (50p. entry to the show). There will be a raffle and Halstead calendars and Christmas (sorry!!!) cards will be on sale.  *Guys in the Park.  This annual event will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Sunday 4th November.  Guys to be taken to the Public Gardens before 10am and can be collected at 3.00pm.  Affix a card with entrant’s name so that a certificate can be produced.  Go and have a look from 10am – 3pm – there will be some wonderful creations!  Halstead in Bloom’s St. John Swert (increased!) family will be there. *Poppy Cascade. Ladies from Halstead will make a cascade of crafted poppies at The Library from 8th November.  There will also be poppies in Holy Trinity Churchyard all to commemorate the end of WWI 100 years ago.  *Armistice Day commemoration will begin in Halstead Public Gardens at 2pm on Sunday 11th November and there will be a procession from the Gardens to St. Andrew’s Church for a commemorative service.  *Co-op Presentation. The National Co-op Society will be presenting their final payments for 2017/18 to charity recipients on 24thNovember at the store in Colchester Road.  No details of times have been given but will be circulated as soon as they are known.  *Halstead Christmas Fayre and Switch on of the Christmas Lights will take place on Saturday 1st December from 9am.  HiB Stall will be outside Solar Store on the day.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on Wednesday 5th December. HiB will be helping to marshall and collect.  *HiB has been asked to speak to Tiptree Garden Club on Thursday 6th December.  *HiB Christmas Meal will be on Friday 18th January 2019 at St. Andrew’s Hall.  Cost is £20 per person and must be paid when booking.  Payment is non-refundable.  Menus will be available shortly and must be returned, with payment, to Margaret T by 1st December.  Event is open to all, please ask Margaret or a team member for a menu.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Seminar will be held in Filby, Norfolk on 7th November.  Cost is £15.00 per person. Transport is now sorted, 12 will be attending from Halstead.   Event will start at 10.15am and should finish about 3pm.  Coffee and homemade shortbread will be available and lunch will be a ploughman’s with home cooked food.  Bar with soft drinks for sale will be open.   *Anglia in Bloom region’s results in RHS Britain in Bloom – Village – Woburn. SILVER.  Coastal – Hunstanton – GOLD.  Large Town – Bury St. Edmunds – GOLD.  City – Norwich. SILVER-GILT.  BIDs,Town & City Centres – Wisbech.  GOLD & CATEGORY WINNER.  Brian Massingham from Wisbech was also given a Community Champions Award.

The Champion of Champions this year was Truro.  Full results on RHS Website.  *Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  Now is the time to start thinking about Halstead’s entry for next year.  We need to show all the elements required: Biodiversity, Community Project, Conservation Project, Sustainable Garden, Floral Display by an Individual or Community, Garden for Special Needs, Sheltered Housing/Care Home Garden. Grown Your Own, Industrial/Commercial Area, Local Authority Floral Display, Public Open Space, Young People’s Project (aged under 12 years), Young People’s Project (aged 12-18 years) and we need to consider how we can manoeuvre the judges around the town without looking at any grott spots!  Ideas, please!!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise:  Plants are being collected on Saturday 27th; please be at Gate House (next to Fire Station) at 10.30am to sort them into areas.  Planting will begin on Sunday 28th.  Those setting out please be at The Town Bridge at 9am; those planting please meet at Town Bridge at 10.30am – bring hand tools and steps or boxes to stand on for Bridge planting.  For each Tuesday/Thursday thereafter it will be planting and then maintenance.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling To date 169 calendars have been sold on stalls  – we need to sell 486 calendars to break even. 59 envelopes and 87 packs of Christmas cards have been sold and donations to date amount to £199.07. Selling Schedules:  2nd November: 9-10 Linda and Margaret T. 10-11 Iola and Wendy. 11-12 David and Ian. 12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  3rd November.  9-10 Linda and Christine. 10-11 Joan and Oliver. 11-12 Margaret T and Ian. 12-1 Carol and Julia.  9th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Iola and Sheila. 11-12 Ian and Joyce.  12-1 Julia and Graham.  10th November 9-10 Carol and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Joan.  11-12 Margaret C and Ian. 12-1 Annie and Mick.  16th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Linda and Christine. 11-12 Wendy and Iola. 12-1 Margaret T and Margaret E. 17th November. l9-10 Annie and Sue.  10-11 Linda and Joan.  11-12 Carol and Margaret T.  12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  23rd November. 9-10 Sue and Joan. 10-11 Margaret E and Margaret T. 11-12 David and Ian.  12-1 Julia and Graham. 24th November 9-10 Carol and Joan. 10-11 Annie and Mick. 11-12 Christine and Margaret C. 12-1 Margaret T and Ian. 30th November 9-10 Jenny and Sue. 10-11 Wendy and Iola. 11-12 Linda and Margaret E. 12-1 Julia and Ian. 1st December 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Fiona. 11-12 Linda and Iola. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 1-end Julia and Graham. *To Do List. Tubs outside British Legion Club need to be painted – Annie volunteered for this and also to re-fix the gold bands where necessary.  Tubs at the Bus Stop in Trinity Street need to be cleaned up.  *It was noted that the grotty, disused phone box in Trinity Street has been removed and the post box painted – looks great!  Well done Sarah (Town Clerk) for chasing up this work.  *David suggested that perhaps the garden at the Elizabeth Courtauld Dr’s Surgery could be visited by AiB judges next year.  *Sue suggested that perhaps an identified ‘lonely or isolated’ person could be contacted and HiB could give their garden a makeover as a ‘special needs’ garden.  *Joan volunteered to remove the begonias from Bryan’s Bed at Weavers’ Court – Sue asked for the corms. * Joan showed a mock up of a bag suggested by Annette from the Chamber of Trade which it was suggested might be donated to HiB to sell.  After much discussion, and drawing on past experience, it was thought that bags don’t really sell for more than £1 each and it would be difficult for HiB to sell them although the idea was excellent. * Joan said that owner of ESO Print Shop at 13 Head Street Halstead would like to have some flowers outside his premises.  It isn’t sure if this is private or Council property but will be viewed.  *Joan noted that Halstead Beavers are to hold a Dance on 3rd November to raise money for plants at Holy Trinity School.  There will be a raffle at the event so please buy some tickets even if you can’t attend the dance. * Joan said that there will be some Halstead tea-towels for us to sell at the Christmas Fayre and at other events.  20 will be taken at cost price.  *Annie gave a mention to the Hedingham Singers’ Choral Event to be held at St. Peter’s Church, Sible Hedingham on 10th November starting at 7.30pm.  It will be a commemoration of the end of WWI and cost is £10 per person inclusive of tea and biscuits.  *Carol offered to bring some walnuts and some strawberry plants and echivera to sell at calendar selling events. These sold well at first outing!  *Carol also asked about the car parked awkwardly on Market Hill and it was said that Police/Parking Partnership are aware; it is believed that the owner was taken ill.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.45  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 29th November 2018     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 25th October  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. 

 

MINUTES of  27th September 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Letters/Messages of congratulations have been received; Halstead TC gave an ovation to HiB at recent Council Meeting; Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex CC sent a letter; Cllr Graham Butland, Leader of Braintree DC sent a letter.  *Facebook stats and messages from 30.08.18-26.09.18 had been printed and were shown; posts reached 2.3K people in 28 days and there were many, many messages of congratulations.  *Quiz Update. This was an enjoyable evening (although questions were hard!)  Entry raised £209.00, raffle gave £54.90 and Heads and Tails Game raised £13.50 at total of £277.40 for funds.  David T was thanked for his hard work in organising the Quiz and his assistants Annie and Mike were also thanked.  *Townswomen’s Guild.  Team members gave a talk to about 30 of the Guild and goods sold at the event raised £36.25 and there was a donation of £30.00 for HiB. *Priory Hall Coffee Morning. Jean kindly arranged the morning and whipped up support among residents.  Goods sold at the event raised £133.00, a raffle raised £84.00 and donations for refreshments totalled £13.45 – a total sum of £230.45.  Jean was thanked for all her efforts and was asked to thank the Priory Hall residents for their support.  *Team news: Chairman offered condolences to Fiona and her family on the death of her father.  Alan is to be admitted to Basildon Hospital next Wednesday with a view to surgeon operating on Thursday.  We wish Alan all the best and hope he will be fit enough to get back to working parties after Christmas!!
EVENTS:
   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 4th November.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 25th November, ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *Local Awards evening. United Reformed Church, Friday 26th October.  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.  There will be a raffle – prizes welcomed and refreshments will be available.  Please come and bring family and friends.  *Halstead Horticultural Late Show will be held at Queen’s Hall on Saturday 3rd November from 2pm.  Schedules can be got from Halstead Icing and there are classes for all sorts of entries – not just flowers and vegetables!  Get creating and enter!! You need to fill in a form on the schedule, and get to Margaret Tyler (or hand in to Halstead Icing) by Wednesday 31st October.  Entries need to be at the hall by 10am on Saturday 3rd November (hall will be open from 7.30am on that day) and public entry will be from 2pm (50p. entry to the show). There will be a raffle and Halstead calendars and Christmas (sorry!!!) cards will be on sale.  *Guys in the Park.  This annual event will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Sunday 4th November.  Guys to be taken to the Public Gardens before 10am and can be collected at 3.00pm.  Affix a card with entrant’s name so that a certificate can be produced.  Go and have a look from 10am – 3pm – there will be some wonderful creations!  Halstead in Bloom’s St. John Swert (increased!) family will be there. *Poppy Cascade. Ladies from Halstead will make a cascade of crafted poppies at The Library from 8th November.  There will also be poppies in Holy Trinity Churchyard all to commemorate the end of WWI 100 years ago.  *Armistice Day commemoration will begin in Halstead Public Gardens at 2pm on Sunday 11th November and there will be a procession from the Gardens to St. Andrew’s Church for a commemorative service.  *Co-op Presentation. The National Co-op Society will be presenting their final payments for 2017/18 to charity recipients on 24thNovember at the store in Colchester Road.  No details of times have been given but will be circulated as soon as they are known.  *Halstead Christmas Fayre and Switch on of the Christmas Lights will take place on Saturday 1st December from 9am.  HiB Stall will be outside Solar Store on the day.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on Wednesday 5th December. HiB will be helping to marshall and collect.  *HiB has been asked to speak to Tiptree Garden Club on Thursday 6th December.  *HiB Christmas Meal will be on Friday 18th January 2019 at St. Andrew’s Hall.  Cost is £20 per person and must be paid when booking.  Payment is non-refundable.  Menus will be available shortly and must be returned, with payment, to Margaret T by 1st December.  Event is open to all, please ask Margaret or a team member for a menu.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Seminar will be held in Filby, Norfolk on 7th November.  Cost is £15.00 per person. Transport is now sorted, 12 will be attending from Halstead.   Event will start at 10.15am and should finish about 3pm.  Coffee and homemade shortbread will be available and lunch will be a ploughman’s with home cooked food.  Bar with soft drinks for sale will be open.   *Anglia in Bloom region’s results in RHS Britain in Bloom – Village – Woburn. SILVER.  Coastal – Hunstanton – GOLD.  Large Town – Bury St. Edmunds – GOLD.  City – Norwich. SILVER-GILT.  BIDs,Town & City Centres – Wisbech.  GOLD & CATEGORY WINNER.  Brian Massingham from Wisbech was also given a Community Champions Award.

The Champion of Champions this year was Truro.  Full results on RHS Website.  *Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  Now is the time to start thinking about Halstead’s entry for next year.  We need to show all the elements required: Biodiversity, Community Project, Conservation Project, Sustainable Garden, Floral Display by an Individual or Community, Garden for Special Needs, Sheltered Housing/Care Home Garden. Grown Your Own, Industrial/Commercial Area, Local Authority Floral Display, Public Open Space, Young People’s Project (aged under 12 years), Young People’s Project (aged 12-18 years) and we need to consider how we can manoeuvre the judges around the town without looking at any grott spots!  Ideas, please!!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise:  Plants are being collected on Saturday 27th; please be at Gate House (next to Fire Station) at 10.30am to sort them into areas.  Planting will begin on Sunday 28th.  Those setting out please be at The Town Bridge at 9am; those planting please meet at Town Bridge at 10.30am – bring hand tools and steps or boxes to stand on for Bridge planting.  For each Tuesday/Thursday thereafter it will be planting and then maintenance.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling To date 169 calendars have been sold on stalls  – we need to sell 486 calendars to break even. 59 envelopes and 87 packs of Christmas cards have been sold and donations to date amount to £199.07. Selling Schedules:  2nd November: 9-10 Linda and Margaret T. 10-11 Iola and Wendy. 11-12 David and Ian. 12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  3rd November.  9-10 Linda and Christine. 10-11 Joan and Oliver. 11-12 Margaret T and Ian. 12-1 Carol and Julia.  9th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Iola and Sheila. 11-12 Ian and Joyce.  12-1 Julia and Graham.  10th November 9-10 Carol and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Joan.  11-12 Margaret C and Ian. 12-1 Annie and Mick.  16th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Linda and Christine. 11-12 Wendy and Iola. 12-1 Margaret T and Margaret E. 17th November. l9-10 Annie and Sue.  10-11 Linda and Joan.  11-12 Carol and Margaret T.  12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  23rd November. 9-10 Sue and Joan. 10-11 Margaret E and Margaret T. 11-12 David and Ian.  12-1 Julia and Graham. 24th November 9-10 Carol and Joan. 10-11 Annie and Mick. 11-12 Christine and Margaret C. 12-1 Margaret T and Ian. 30th November 9-10 Jenny and Sue. 10-11 Wendy and Iola. 11-12 Linda and Margaret E. 12-1 Julia and Ian. 1st December 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Fiona. 11-12 Linda and Iola. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 1-end Julia and Graham. *To Do List. Tubs outside British Legion Club need to be painted – Annie volunteered for this and also to re-fix the gold bands where necessary.  Tubs at the Bus Stop in Trinity Street need to be cleaned up.  *It was noted that the grotty, disused phone box in Trinity Street has been removed and the post box painted – looks great!  Well done Sarah (Town Clerk) for chasing up this work.  *David suggested that perhaps the garden at the Elizabeth Courtauld Dr’s Surgery could be visited by AiB judges next year.  *Sue suggested that perhaps an identified ‘lonely or isolated’ person could be contacted and HiB could give their garden a makeover as a ‘special needs’ garden.  *Joan volunteered to remove the begonias from Bryan’s Bed at Weavers’ Court – Sue asked for the corms. * Joan showed a mock up of a bag suggested by Annette from the Chamber of Trade which it was suggested might be donated to HiB to sell.  After much discussion, and drawing on past experience, it was thought that bags don’t really sell for more than £1 each and it would be difficult for HiB to sell them although the idea was excellent. * Joan said that owner of ESO Print Shop at 13 Head Street Halstead would like to have some flowers outside his premises.  It isn’t sure if this is private or Council property but will be viewed.  *Joan noted that Halstead Beavers are to hold a Dance on 3rd November to raise money for plants at Holy Trinity School.  There will be a raffle at the event so please buy some tickets even if you can’t attend the dance. * Joan said that there will be some Halstead tea-towels for us to sell at the Christmas Fayre and at other events.  20 will be taken at cost price.  *Annie gave a mention to the Hedingham Singers’ Choral Event to be held at St. Peter’s Church, Sible Hedingham on 10th November starting at 7.30pm.  It will be a commemoration of the end of WWI and cost is £10 per person inclusive of tea and biscuits.  *Carol offered to bring some walnuts and some strawberry plants and echivera to sell at calendar selling events. These sold well at first outing!  *Carol also asked about the car parked awkwardly on Market Hill and it was said that Police/Parking Partnership are aware; it is believed that the owner was taken ill.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.45  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 29th November 2018     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
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Minutes of a meeting 25th October  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. 

 

MINUTES of  27th September 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Letters/Messages of congratulations have been received; Halstead TC gave an ovation to HiB at recent Council Meeting; Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex CC sent a letter; Cllr Graham Butland, Leader of Braintree DC sent a letter.  *Facebook stats and messages from 30.08.18-26.09.18 had been printed and were shown; posts reached 2.3K people in 28 days and there were many, many messages of congratulations.  *Quiz Update. This was an enjoyable evening (although questions were hard!)  Entry raised £209.00, raffle gave £54.90 and Heads and Tails Game raised £13.50 at total of £277.40 for funds.  David T was thanked for his hard work in organising the Quiz and his assistants Annie and Mike were also thanked.  *Townswomen’s Guild.  Team members gave a talk to about 30 of the Guild and goods sold at the event raised £36.25 and there was a donation of £30.00 for HiB. *Priory Hall Coffee Morning. Jean kindly arranged the morning and whipped up support among residents.  Goods sold at the event raised £133.00, a raffle raised £84.00 and donations for refreshments totalled £13.45 – a total sum of £230.45.  Jean was thanked for all her efforts and was asked to thank the Priory Hall residents for their support.  *Team news: Chairman offered condolences to Fiona and her family on the death of her father.  Alan is to be admitted to Basildon Hospital next Wednesday with a view to surgeon operating on Thursday.  We wish Alan all the best and hope he will be fit enough to get back to working parties after Christmas!!
EVENTS:
   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 4th November.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 25th November, ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *Local Awards evening. United Reformed Church, Friday 26th October.  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.  There will be a raffle – prizes welcomed and refreshments will be available.  Please come and bring family and friends.  *Halstead Horticultural Late Show will be held at Queen’s Hall on Saturday 3rd November from 2pm.  Schedules can be got from Halstead Icing and there are classes for all sorts of entries – not just flowers and vegetables!  Get creating and enter!! You need to fill in a form on the schedule, and get to Margaret Tyler (or hand in to Halstead Icing) by Wednesday 31st October.  Entries need to be at the hall by 10am on Saturday 3rd November (hall will be open from 7.30am on that day) and public entry will be from 2pm (50p. entry to the show). There will be a raffle and Halstead calendars and Christmas (sorry!!!) cards will be on sale.  *Guys in the Park.  This annual event will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Sunday 4th November.  Guys to be taken to the Public Gardens before 10am and can be collected at 3.00pm.  Affix a card with entrant’s name so that a certificate can be produced.  Go and have a look from 10am – 3pm – there will be some wonderful creations!  Halstead in Bloom’s St. John Swert (increased!) family will be there. *Poppy Cascade. Ladies from Halstead will make a cascade of crafted poppies at The Library from 8th November.  There will also be poppies in Holy Trinity Churchyard all to commemorate the end of WWI 100 years ago.  *Armistice Day commemoration will begin in Halstead Public Gardens at 2pm on Sunday 11th November and there will be a procession from the Gardens to St. Andrew’s Church for a commemorative service.  *Co-op Presentation. The National Co-op Society will be presenting their final payments for 2017/18 to charity recipients on 24thNovember at the store in Colchester Road.  No details of times have been given but will be circulated as soon as they are known.  *Halstead Christmas Fayre and Switch on of the Christmas Lights will take place on Saturday 1st December from 9am.  HiB Stall will be outside Solar Store on the day.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on Wednesday 5th December. HiB will be helping to marshall and collect.  *HiB has been asked to speak to Tiptree Garden Club on Thursday 6th December.  *HiB Christmas Meal will be on Friday 18th January 2019 at St. Andrew’s Hall.  Cost is £20 per person and must be paid when booking.  Payment is non-refundable.  Menus will be available shortly and must be returned, with payment, to Margaret T by 1st December.  Event is open to all, please ask Margaret or a team member for a menu.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Seminar will be held in Filby, Norfolk on 7th November.  Cost is £15.00 per person. Transport is now sorted, 12 will be attending from Halstead.   Event will start at 10.15am and should finish about 3pm.  Coffee and homemade shortbread will be available and lunch will be a ploughman’s with home cooked food.  Bar with soft drinks for sale will be open.   *Anglia in Bloom region’s results in RHS Britain in Bloom – Village – Woburn. SILVER.  Coastal – Hunstanton – GOLD.  Large Town – Bury St. Edmunds – GOLD.  City – Norwich. SILVER-GILT.  BIDs,Town & City Centres – Wisbech.  GOLD & CATEGORY WINNER.  Brian Massingham from Wisbech was also given a Community Champions Award.

The Champion of Champions this year was Truro.  Full results on RHS Website.  *Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  Now is the time to start thinking about Halstead’s entry for next year.  We need to show all the elements required: Biodiversity, Community Project, Conservation Project, Sustainable Garden, Floral Display by an Individual or Community, Garden for Special Needs, Sheltered Housing/Care Home Garden. Grown Your Own, Industrial/Commercial Area, Local Authority Floral Display, Public Open Space, Young People’s Project (aged under 12 years), Young People’s Project (aged 12-18 years) and we need to consider how we can manoeuvre the judges around the town without looking at any grott spots!  Ideas, please!!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise:  Plants are being collected on Saturday 27th; please be at Gate House (next to Fire Station) at 10.30am to sort them into areas.  Planting will begin on Sunday 28th.  Those setting out please be at The Town Bridge at 9am; those planting please meet at Town Bridge at 10.30am – bring hand tools and steps or boxes to stand on for Bridge planting.  For each Tuesday/Thursday thereafter it will be planting and then maintenance.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling To date 169 calendars have been sold on stalls  – we need to sell 486 calendars to break even. 59 envelopes and 87 packs of Christmas cards have been sold and donations to date amount to £199.07. Selling Schedules:  2nd November: 9-10 Linda and Margaret T. 10-11 Iola and Wendy. 11-12 David and Ian. 12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  3rd November.  9-10 Linda and Christine. 10-11 Joan and Oliver. 11-12 Margaret T and Ian. 12-1 Carol and Julia.  9th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Iola and Sheila. 11-12 Ian and Joyce.  12-1 Julia and Graham.  10th November 9-10 Carol and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Joan.  11-12 Margaret C and Ian. 12-1 Annie and Mick.  16th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Linda and Christine. 11-12 Wendy and Iola. 12-1 Margaret T and Margaret E. 17th November. l9-10 Annie and Sue.  10-11 Linda and Joan.  11-12 Carol and Margaret T.  12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  23rd November. 9-10 Sue and Joan. 10-11 Margaret E and Margaret T. 11-12 David and Ian.  12-1 Julia and Graham. 24th November 9-10 Carol and Joan. 10-11 Annie and Mick. 11-12 Christine and Margaret C. 12-1 Margaret T and Ian. 30th November 9-10 Jenny and Sue. 10-11 Wendy and Iola. 11-12 Linda and Margaret E. 12-1 Julia and Ian. 1st December 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Fiona. 11-12 Linda and Iola. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 1-end Julia and Graham. *To Do List. Tubs outside British Legion Club need to be painted – Annie volunteered for this and also to re-fix the gold bands where necessary.  Tubs at the Bus Stop in Trinity Street need to be cleaned up.  *It was noted that the grotty, disused phone box in Trinity Street has been removed and the post box painted – looks great!  Well done Sarah (Town Clerk) for chasing up this work.  *David suggested that perhaps the garden at the Elizabeth Courtauld Dr’s Surgery could be visited by AiB judges next year.  *Sue suggested that perhaps an identified ‘lonely or isolated’ person could be contacted and HiB could give their garden a makeover as a ‘special needs’ garden.  *Joan volunteered to remove the begonias from Bryan’s Bed at Weavers’ Court – Sue asked for the corms. * Joan showed a mock up of a bag suggested by Annette from the Chamber of Trade which it was suggested might be donated to HiB to sell.  After much discussion, and drawing on past experience, it was thought that bags don’t really sell for more than £1 each and it would be difficult for HiB to sell them although the idea was excellent. * Joan said that owner of ESO Print Shop at 13 Head Street Halstead would like to have some flowers outside his premises.  It isn’t sure if this is private or Council property but will be viewed.  *Joan noted that Halstead Beavers are to hold a Dance on 3rd November to raise money for plants at Holy Trinity School.  There will be a raffle at the event so please buy some tickets even if you can’t attend the dance. * Joan said that there will be some Halstead tea-towels for us to sell at the Christmas Fayre and at other events.  20 will be taken at cost price.  *Annie gave a mention to the Hedingham Singers’ Choral Event to be held at St. Peter’s Church, Sible Hedingham on 10th November starting at 7.30pm.  It will be a commemoration of the end of WWI and cost is £10 per person inclusive of tea and biscuits.  *Carol offered to bring some walnuts and some strawberry plants and echivera to sell at calendar selling events. These sold well at first outing!  *Carol also asked about the car parked awkwardly on Market Hill and it was said that Police/Parking Partnership are aware; it is believed that the owner was taken ill.

.**********

There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.45  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 29th November 2018     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 25th October  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. 

 

MINUTES of  27th September 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Letters/Messages of congratulations have been received; Halstead TC gave an ovation to HiB at recent Council Meeting; Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex CC sent a letter; Cllr Graham Butland, Leader of Braintree DC sent a letter.  *Facebook stats and messages from 30.08.18-26.09.18 had been printed and were shown; posts reached 2.3K people in 28 days and there were many, many messages of congratulations.  *Quiz Update. This was an enjoyable evening (although questions were hard!)  Entry raised £209.00, raffle gave £54.90 and Heads and Tails Game raised £13.50 at total of £277.40 for funds.  David T was thanked for his hard work in organising the Quiz and his assistants Annie and Mike were also thanked.  *Townswomen’s Guild.  Team members gave a talk to about 30 of the Guild and goods sold at the event raised £36.25 and there was a donation of £30.00 for HiB. *Priory Hall Coffee Morning. Jean kindly arranged the morning and whipped up support among residents.  Goods sold at the event raised £133.00, a raffle raised £84.00 and donations for refreshments totalled £13.45 – a total sum of £230.45.  Jean was thanked for all her efforts and was asked to thank the Priory Hall residents for their support.  *Team news: Chairman offered condolences to Fiona and her family on the death of her father.  Alan is to be admitted to Basildon Hospital next Wednesday with a view to surgeon operating on Thursday.  We wish Alan all the best and hope he will be fit enough to get back to working parties after Christmas!!
EVENTS:
   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 4th November.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 25th November, ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *Local Awards evening. United Reformed Church, Friday 26th October.  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.  There will be a raffle – prizes welcomed and refreshments will be available.  Please come and bring family and friends.  *Halstead Horticultural Late Show will be held at Queen’s Hall on Saturday 3rd November from 2pm.  Schedules can be got from Halstead Icing and there are classes for all sorts of entries – not just flowers and vegetables!  Get creating and enter!! You need to fill in a form on the schedule, and get to Margaret Tyler (or hand in to Halstead Icing) by Wednesday 31st October.  Entries need to be at the hall by 10am on Saturday 3rd November (hall will be open from 7.30am on that day) and public entry will be from 2pm (50p. entry to the show). There will be a raffle and Halstead calendars and Christmas (sorry!!!) cards will be on sale.  *Guys in the Park.  This annual event will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Sunday 4th November.  Guys to be taken to the Public Gardens before 10am and can be collected at 3.00pm.  Affix a card with entrant’s name so that a certificate can be produced.  Go and have a look from 10am – 3pm – there will be some wonderful creations!  Halstead in Bloom’s St. John Swert (increased!) family will be there. *Poppy Cascade. Ladies from Halstead will make a cascade of crafted poppies at The Library from 8th November.  There will also be poppies in Holy Trinity Churchyard all to commemorate the end of WWI 100 years ago.  *Armistice Day commemoration will begin in Halstead Public Gardens at 2pm on Sunday 11th November and there will be a procession from the Gardens to St. Andrew’s Church for a commemorative service.  *Co-op Presentation. The National Co-op Society will be presenting their final payments for 2017/18 to charity recipients on 24thNovember at the store in Colchester Road.  No details of times have been given but will be circulated as soon as they are known.  *Halstead Christmas Fayre and Switch on of the Christmas Lights will take place on Saturday 1st December from 9am.  HiB Stall will be outside Solar Store on the day.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on Wednesday 5th December. HiB will be helping to marshall and collect.  *HiB has been asked to speak to Tiptree Garden Club on Thursday 6th December.  *HiB Christmas Meal will be on Friday 18th January 2019 at St. Andrew’s Hall.  Cost is £20 per person and must be paid when booking.  Payment is non-refundable.  Menus will be available shortly and must be returned, with payment, to Margaret T by 1st December.  Event is open to all, please ask Margaret or a team member for a menu.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Seminar will be held in Filby, Norfolk on 7th November.  Cost is £15.00 per person. Transport is now sorted, 12 will be attending from Halstead.   Event will start at 10.15am and should finish about 3pm.  Coffee and homemade shortbread will be available and lunch will be a ploughman’s with home cooked food.  Bar with soft drinks for sale will be open.   *Anglia in Bloom region’s results in RHS Britain in Bloom – Village – Woburn. SILVER.  Coastal – Hunstanton – GOLD.  Large Town – Bury St. Edmunds – GOLD.  City – Norwich. SILVER-GILT.  BIDs,Town & City Centres – Wisbech.  GOLD & CATEGORY WINNER.  Brian Massingham from Wisbech was also given a Community Champions Award.

The Champion of Champions this year was Truro.  Full results on RHS Website.  *Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  Now is the time to start thinking about Halstead’s entry for next year.  We need to show all the elements required: Biodiversity, Community Project, Conservation Project, Sustainable Garden, Floral Display by an Individual or Community, Garden for Special Needs, Sheltered Housing/Care Home Garden. Grown Your Own, Industrial/Commercial Area, Local Authority Floral Display, Public Open Space, Young People’s Project (aged under 12 years), Young People’s Project (aged 12-18 years) and we need to consider how we can manoeuvre the judges around the town without looking at any grott spots!  Ideas, please!!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise:  Plants are being collected on Saturday 27th; please be at Gate House (next to Fire Station) at 10.30am to sort them into areas.  Planting will begin on Sunday 28th.  Those setting out please be at The Town Bridge at 9am; those planting please meet at Town Bridge at 10.30am – bring hand tools and steps or boxes to stand on for Bridge planting.  For each Tuesday/Thursday thereafter it will be planting and then maintenance.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling To date 169 calendars have been sold on stalls  – we need to sell 486 calendars to break even. 59 envelopes and 87 packs of Christmas cards have been sold and donations to date amount to £199.07. Selling Schedules:  2nd November: 9-10 Linda and Margaret T. 10-11 Iola and Wendy. 11-12 David and Ian. 12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  3rd November.  9-10 Linda and Christine. 10-11 Joan and Oliver. 11-12 Margaret T and Ian. 12-1 Carol and Julia.  9th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Iola and Sheila. 11-12 Ian and Joyce.  12-1 Julia and Graham.  10th November 9-10 Carol and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Joan.  11-12 Margaret C and Ian. 12-1 Annie and Mick.  16th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Linda and Christine. 11-12 Wendy and Iola. 12-1 Margaret T and Margaret E. 17th November. l9-10 Annie and Sue.  10-11 Linda and Joan.  11-12 Carol and Margaret T.  12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  23rd November. 9-10 Sue and Joan. 10-11 Margaret E and Margaret T. 11-12 David and Ian.  12-1 Julia and Graham. 24th November 9-10 Carol and Joan. 10-11 Annie and Mick. 11-12 Christine and Margaret C. 12-1 Margaret T and Ian. 30th November 9-10 Jenny and Sue. 10-11 Wendy and Iola. 11-12 Linda and Margaret E. 12-1 Julia and Ian. 1st December 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Fiona. 11-12 Linda and Iola. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 1-end Julia and Graham. *To Do List. Tubs outside British Legion Club need to be painted – Annie volunteered for this and also to re-fix the gold bands where necessary.  Tubs at the Bus Stop in Trinity Street need to be cleaned up.  *It was noted that the grotty, disused phone box in Trinity Street has been removed and the post box painted – looks great!  Well done Sarah (Town Clerk) for chasing up this work.  *David suggested that perhaps the garden at the Elizabeth Courtauld Dr’s Surgery could be visited by AiB judges next year.  *Sue suggested that perhaps an identified ‘lonely or isolated’ person could be contacted and HiB could give their garden a makeover as a ‘special needs’ garden.  *Joan volunteered to remove the begonias from Bryan’s Bed at Weavers’ Court – Sue asked for the corms. * Joan showed a mock up of a bag suggested by Annette from the Chamber of Trade which it was suggested might be donated to HiB to sell.  After much discussion, and drawing on past experience, it was thought that bags don’t really sell for more than £1 each and it would be difficult for HiB to sell them although the idea was excellent. * Joan said that owner of ESO Print Shop at 13 Head Street Halstead would like to have some flowers outside his premises.  It isn’t sure if this is private or Council property but will be viewed.  *Joan noted that Halstead Beavers are to hold a Dance on 3rd November to raise money for plants at Holy Trinity School.  There will be a raffle at the event so please buy some tickets even if you can’t attend the dance. * Joan said that there will be some Halstead tea-towels for us to sell at the Christmas Fayre and at other events.  20 will be taken at cost price.  *Annie gave a mention to the Hedingham Singers’ Choral Event to be held at St. Peter’s Church, Sible Hedingham on 10th November starting at 7.30pm.  It will be a commemoration of the end of WWI and cost is £10 per person inclusive of tea and biscuits.  *Carol offered to bring some walnuts and some strawberry plants and echivera to sell at calendar selling events. These sold well at first outing!  *Carol also asked about the car parked awkwardly on Market Hill and it was said that Police/Parking Partnership are aware; it is believed that the owner was taken ill.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.45  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 29th November 2018     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

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Minutes of a meeting 25th October  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. 

 

MINUTES of  27th September 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Letters/Messages of congratulations have been received; Halstead TC gave an ovation to HiB at recent Council Meeting; Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex CC sent a letter; Cllr Graham Butland, Leader of Braintree DC sent a letter.  *Facebook stats and messages from 30.08.18-26.09.18 had been printed and were shown; posts reached 2.3K people in 28 days and there were many, many messages of congratulations.  *Quiz Update. This was an enjoyable evening (although questions were hard!)  Entry raised £209.00, raffle gave £54.90 and Heads and Tails Game raised £13.50 at total of £277.40 for funds.  David T was thanked for his hard work in organising the Quiz and his assistants Annie and Mike were also thanked.  *Townswomen’s Guild.  Team members gave a talk to about 30 of the Guild and goods sold at the event raised £36.25 and there was a donation of £30.00 for HiB. *Priory Hall Coffee Morning. Jean kindly arranged the morning and whipped up support among residents.  Goods sold at the event raised £133.00, a raffle raised £84.00 and donations for refreshments totalled £13.45 – a total sum of £230.45.  Jean was thanked for all her efforts and was asked to thank the Priory Hall residents for their support.  *Team news: Chairman offered condolences to Fiona and her family on the death of her father.  Alan is to be admitted to Basildon Hospital next Wednesday with a view to surgeon operating on Thursday.  We wish Alan all the best and hope he will be fit enough to get back to working parties after Christmas!!
EVENTS:
   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 4th November.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 25th November, ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *Local Awards evening. United Reformed Church, Friday 26th October.  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.  There will be a raffle – prizes welcomed and refreshments will be available.  Please come and bring family and friends.  *Halstead Horticultural Late Show will be held at Queen’s Hall on Saturday 3rd November from 2pm.  Schedules can be got from Halstead Icing and there are classes for all sorts of entries – not just flowers and vegetables!  Get creating and enter!! You need to fill in a form on the schedule, and get to Margaret Tyler (or hand in to Halstead Icing) by Wednesday 31st October.  Entries need to be at the hall by 10am on Saturday 3rd November (hall will be open from 7.30am on that day) and public entry will be from 2pm (50p. entry to the show). There will be a raffle and Halstead calendars and Christmas (sorry!!!) cards will be on sale.  *Guys in the Park.  This annual event will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Sunday 4th November.  Guys to be taken to the Public Gardens before 10am and can be collected at 3.00pm.  Affix a card with entrant’s name so that a certificate can be produced.  Go and have a look from 10am – 3pm – there will be some wonderful creations!  Halstead in Bloom’s St. John Swert (increased!) family will be there. *Poppy Cascade. Ladies from Halstead will make a cascade of crafted poppies at The Library from 8th November.  There will also be poppies in Holy Trinity Churchyard all to commemorate the end of WWI 100 years ago.  *Armistice Day commemoration will begin in Halstead Public Gardens at 2pm on Sunday 11th November and there will be a procession from the Gardens to St. Andrew’s Church for a commemorative service.  *Co-op Presentation. The National Co-op Society will be presenting their final payments for 2017/18 to charity recipients on 24thNovember at the store in Colchester Road.  No details of times have been given but will be circulated as soon as they are known.  *Halstead Christmas Fayre and Switch on of the Christmas Lights will take place on Saturday 1st December from 9am.  HiB Stall will be outside Solar Store on the day.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on Wednesday 5th December. HiB will be helping to marshall and collect.  *HiB has been asked to speak to Tiptree Garden Club on Thursday 6th December.  *HiB Christmas Meal will be on Friday 18th January 2019 at St. Andrew’s Hall.  Cost is £20 per person and must be paid when booking.  Payment is non-refundable.  Menus will be available shortly and must be returned, with payment, to Margaret T by 1st December.  Event is open to all, please ask Margaret or a team member for a menu.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Seminar will be held in Filby, Norfolk on 7th November.  Cost is £15.00 per person. Transport is now sorted, 12 will be attending from Halstead.   Event will start at 10.15am and should finish about 3pm.  Coffee and homemade shortbread will be available and lunch will be a ploughman’s with home cooked food.  Bar with soft drinks for sale will be open.   *Anglia in Bloom region’s results in RHS Britain in Bloom – Village – Woburn. SILVER.  Coastal – Hunstanton – GOLD.  Large Town – Bury St. Edmunds – GOLD.  City – Norwich. SILVER-GILT.  BIDs,Town & City Centres – Wisbech.  GOLD & CATEGORY WINNER.  Brian Massingham from Wisbech was also given a Community Champions Award.

The Champion of Champions this year was Truro.  Full results on RHS Website.  *Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  Now is the time to start thinking about Halstead’s entry for next year.  We need to show all the elements required: Biodiversity, Community Project, Conservation Project, Sustainable Garden, Floral Display by an Individual or Community, Garden for Special Needs, Sheltered Housing/Care Home Garden. Grown Your Own, Industrial/Commercial Area, Local Authority Floral Display, Public Open Space, Young People’s Project (aged under 12 years), Young People’s Project (aged 12-18 years) and we need to consider how we can manoeuvre the judges around the town without looking at any grott spots!  Ideas, please!!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise:  Plants are being collected on Saturday 27th; please be at Gate House (next to Fire Station) at 10.30am to sort them into areas.  Planting will begin on Sunday 28th.  Those setting out please be at The Town Bridge at 9am; those planting please meet at Town Bridge at 10.30am – bring hand tools and steps or boxes to stand on for Bridge planting.  For each Tuesday/Thursday thereafter it will be planting and then maintenance.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling To date 169 calendars have been sold on stalls  – we need to sell 486 calendars to break even. 59 envelopes and 87 packs of Christmas cards have been sold and donations to date amount to £199.07. Selling Schedules:  2nd November: 9-10 Linda and Margaret T. 10-11 Iola and Wendy. 11-12 David and Ian. 12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  3rd November.  9-10 Linda and Christine. 10-11 Joan and Oliver. 11-12 Margaret T and Ian. 12-1 Carol and Julia.  9th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Iola and Sheila. 11-12 Ian and Joyce.  12-1 Julia and Graham.  10th November 9-10 Carol and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Joan.  11-12 Margaret C and Ian. 12-1 Annie and Mick.  16th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Linda and Christine. 11-12 Wendy and Iola. 12-1 Margaret T and Margaret E. 17th November. l9-10 Annie and Sue.  10-11 Linda and Joan.  11-12 Carol and Margaret T.  12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  23rd November. 9-10 Sue and Joan. 10-11 Margaret E and Margaret T. 11-12 David and Ian.  12-1 Julia and Graham. 24th November 9-10 Carol and Joan. 10-11 Annie and Mick. 11-12 Christine and Margaret C. 12-1 Margaret T and Ian. 30th November 9-10 Jenny and Sue. 10-11 Wendy and Iola. 11-12 Linda and Margaret E. 12-1 Julia and Ian. 1st December 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Fiona. 11-12 Linda and Iola. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 1-end Julia and Graham. *To Do List. Tubs outside British Legion Club need to be painted – Annie volunteered for this and also to re-fix the gold bands where necessary.  Tubs at the Bus Stop in Trinity Street need to be cleaned up.  *It was noted that the grotty, disused phone box in Trinity Street has been removed and the post box painted – looks great!  Well done Sarah (Town Clerk) for chasing up this work.  *David suggested that perhaps the garden at the Elizabeth Courtauld Dr’s Surgery could be visited by AiB judges next year.  *Sue suggested that perhaps an identified ‘lonely or isolated’ person could be contacted and HiB could give their garden a makeover as a ‘special needs’ garden.  *Joan volunteered to remove the begonias from Bryan’s Bed at Weavers’ Court – Sue asked for the corms. * Joan showed a mock up of a bag suggested by Annette from the Chamber of Trade which it was suggested might be donated to HiB to sell.  After much discussion, and drawing on past experience, it was thought that bags don’t really sell for more than £1 each and it would be difficult for HiB to sell them although the idea was excellent. * Joan said that owner of ESO Print Shop at 13 Head Street Halstead would like to have some flowers outside his premises.  It isn’t sure if this is private or Council property but will be viewed.  *Joan noted that Halstead Beavers are to hold a Dance on 3rd November to raise money for plants at Holy Trinity School.  There will be a raffle at the event so please buy some tickets even if you can’t attend the dance. * Joan said that there will be some Halstead tea-towels for us to sell at the Christmas Fayre and at other events.  20 will be taken at cost price.  *Annie gave a mention to the Hedingham Singers’ Choral Event to be held at St. Peter’s Church, Sible Hedingham on 10th November starting at 7.30pm.  It will be a commemoration of the end of WWI and cost is £10 per person inclusive of tea and biscuits.  *Carol offered to bring some walnuts and some strawberry plants and echivera to sell at calendar selling events. These sold well at first outing!  *Carol also asked about the car parked awkwardly on Market Hill and it was said that Police/Parking Partnership are aware; it is believed that the owner was taken ill.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.45  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 29th November 2018     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

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Minutes 27th Sept 2018

 

Minutes of a meeting 27th September  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.  New members Nickey and Candy were welcomed.

MINUTES of  26th July 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Councillors’ Grants.  £500 each has been received from Cllr Mrs Julia Allen, Cllr Mrs Jackie Pell and Cllr Steve Kirby.  These grants have been used to help purchase some new containers.  *Road Runners’ Donation. Halstead Road Runners have very generously donated £1350.00 to Halstead in Bloom from funds raised at the Halstead Marathon.  This money has been put towards purchase of new containers.  *Sci Fi Trail debrief.  This trail didn’t seem to be a great success as only 4 entries were received.  Each entrant received a prize.  Retailers did report that several people were looking at the displays.  Maybe a re-think on what (if anything) to do next year is required.  *Holy Trinity Church.  Note has been received and was read from Steve and Sally Card.  There are plans to revive a group called ‘Friends of Trinity Church, Halstead to help support the work of the Churches Conservation Trust.  If YOU would like to join this group to help make this beautiful church a vibrant and used part of the community please attend a meeting on Thursday 18th October at 7.30 at 5 Chapel Hill, Halstead.  (It would be good for Sally and Steve to have some ideas of numbers, please email stevecard52@gmail.com).  *Co-op Celebration 24/11.  The final payout of the current round of funding will take place on this day and members are invited to join in the celebration.  Note the date in your diary – more details next month. *Payphone, Trinity Street. Sarah, Town Clerk, contacted BT and has been told that the removal of the redundant phone box will take place with a projected date of March 2019.  Sarah has been assured that as soon as contractors are next working in the are the payphone housing will be removed – well done Sarah! *License to Plant. All planting in or on Essex Highways land has to be licensed and Officer met with Town Clerk and HiB Secretary earlier this year to measure and plan all planting.  Draft license has been prepared and hopefully will be granted in time for winter planting.  *Halstead Connected. Initiative to combat loneliness and isolation in Essex has now been completed and will be taken forward by Braintree DC and other bodies.  Meeting took place on 26th September and another meeting will be held early next year. 
EVENTS:
   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 7th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th September, ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *Priory Hall Coffee Morning.  Residents of Priory Hall have kindly said they will host a fund raising coffee morning for HiB and the date chosen is 18th October. Opening at 11am. (set up from 10.15)  Further details later.  *Quiz.  Should be in your diaries for 12th October!!  Posters have been displayed; David has compiled the list of ‘easy’!!! questions.  Raffle Prizes will be sought – please give any you have to Margaret Tyler who will arrange ticket sales.  Max. 6 people per table – there will always be space on other tables if you turn up.   *Local Awards evening. United Reformed Church is booked for Friday 26th October.  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.  There will be a raffle – prizes welcomed and refreshments will be available.  Please come and bring family and friends.  *Van is booked for collection of winter plants on 27th October; meet at Gate House, next to the Fire Station, for sorting from 10.30 am.  planting on 28th October, meet at Town Bridge at 10.00 am. *Requests to speak.  HiB has been asked to speak to several groups:- Black Notley Gardening Club on 10th October, Halstead Townswomen’s Guild on 17th October, Tiptree Gardening Club on 6th December and Baptist Church, Halstead on 7th February.  It’s always good to spread the word!  *Battle’s Over.  Braintree DC will be planting a Douglas Fir Tree in Halstead Public Gardens on 8th October.  This tree was chosen for Halstead as Douglas Firs were planted after the end of WW1 to replenish timber supplies following the Industrial Revolution and wartime depletions. Trees will also be planted in Witham and Braintree.  *Coffee Mornings: Friday 28th September, Richard EdwardsLLP will hold a coffee morning in aid of McMillan Cancer Campaign.  On Tuesday 2nd October the Halstead Resource Centre will hold a Coffee and Cake morning – £1.00 per head. All welcome.  *Halstead Beavers will be holding a dance on 3rd November at Hedingham Village Hall raising money for the revamped sensory bed at Holy Trinity School. Tickets cost £12.50 from Hardy’s, Halstead.  *Halstead Horticultural Late Show will be held at Queen’s Hall on Saturday 3rd November from 2pm.  Schedules can be got from Halstead Icing and there are classes for all sorts of entries – not just flowers and vegetables!  Get creating and enter!! Halstead calendars and Christmas (sorry!!!) cards will be on sale.  *Guys in the Park.  This annual event will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Sunday 4th November.  Guys to be taken to the Public Gardens before 10am and can be collected at 3.00pm.  Affix a card with entrant’s name so that a certificate can be produced.  Go and have a look from 10am – 3pm – there will be some wonderful creations!

And they say that nothing ever happens in Halstead!! 
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18. *Awards   de-brief.   Chairman congratulated all volunteers on obtaining a Gold Award and being named as Best Town for the 10th year in a row.  Halstead Public Gardens was also given a Gold Award and named as Best Medium Size Park for the 3rd year in a row and Halstead Cemetery was given a Silver award at  first entry.   All volunteers, Braintree DC team and Halstead TC staff worked hard and put in stirling effort to get these results.  Chairman remarked that these successes must attract visitors to the Town and this can only be good for tourism.  Joan noted that the Chamber of Trade is trying hard to attract visitors with the floral displays being a great attraction.  Many phone calls, cards and comments on the displays and Halstead’s success have been received and it was heartening to see a good write up in Halstead Gazette.  Gosfield’s success in gaining a Silver-Gilt Award at first attempt was applauded.  Some feedback on the Awards Event was given.  Chairman asked team’s feelings about entering Anglia in Bloom in 2019 and it was a unanimous vote to enter for our 20th successive year.  *Anglia in Bloom Seminar will be held in Filby, Norfolk on 7th November.  Cost is £15.00 per person and as it’s such a long distance HiB is prepared to pay mileage.  Event will start at 10.15am and should finish about 3pm.  Coffee and homemade shortbread will be available and lunch will be a ploughman’s with home cooked food.  Bar with soft drinks for sale will be open.  So far about a dozen people have said they’d like to attend.  More details at next meeting.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 2nd October. weeding in Kings Road and Butler Road.  Thursday 4th October. Work in Butler Road.  From Tuesday 9th October the removal of summer bedding, probably starting at The Centre.  * Winter-to-do List was discussed.  It will be brought to next meeting and any necessary ‘winter’ work can be added.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling.  Friday 12/10. Outside Solar.  9-10 Joan and Margaret T. 10-11 Margaret C and Sue. 11-12 David and Ian. 12-1 Margaret E and Iola.  Saturday 13th October. Outside Costa Coffee. 9-10 Joan and Carol.  10-11 Chris and Margaret T. 11-12 Sue and James.  12-1 Ian and Joyce.  Friday 19th October. Outside Costa Coffee. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E.  10-11 Iola and Wendy.  11-12 Margaret T and Ian.  12-1 Graham and Julia.  Saturday 20th October. Outside Costa Coffee.  9-10 Joan and Oliver.  10-11 Annie and Mike  11-12  Margaret C and ???(can anyone help here?).  12-1 Carol, Nickey and Candy.  Friday 26th October. Outside Costa Coffee.  9-10  Joan and ???(can anyone help here?).  10-11 Joyce and Margaret T.  11-12 David and Ian.  12-1 Annie and Mike.  Further dates to be arranged at next meeting – bring diaries please!  We need to sell 486 calendars to break even.  *It was noted that the litter and rubbish around Solar
Co-op store is letting the town down.  Head Office has been informed.  * HiB ‘Christmas (sorry again!!) Meal.  after discussion it was decided that the meal will take place at end of January in St. Andrew’s Hall with Marie catering.  More details at next meeting.  *Facebook.  Oliver gave some stats – very impressive!  1900 views were made re. Halstead’s AiB awards with 532 comments/likes/shares.  There were lots of good comments saying nice things.  there were 300 hits after Barry posted photos on 6th September and 200 hits on 13th September.  There are 491 regular followers.  Oliver has sent some screen shots to be shown at next meeting.  Good stuff for the portfolio next year.

*Margaret T noted that the gate to the former Senior Citizens’ site is broken to access by vehicle is now possible.  Will be reported.  *Joan has been thanked by a resident at Blamsters for all the hard work done by Joyce, Chris, Barbara and Margaret in clearing the path at Mount Hill so that access is easier. Well done team!  *Fiona spoke about the poor state of the river and the number of rats seen in the area.  Fiona also said that the flowers at the Fire Station look great now.  *Candy asked about the colour scheme for next year – Joan hasnt planned it as yet!  *Nickey asked about working parties and was told that always start at 2pm and no need to book, just turn up and help when you can.  *Iola noted that 2019 is the 90th anniversary of Townswomen’s Guild and Joan is planning a special bed in Halstead P.G.  *Chris reminded all that HiB is a nominated charity at Braintree Tesco Stores for September, October and November so if you shop there make sure you put a token in Halstead’s box!

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.20  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 25th October 2018     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

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Anglia in Bloom awards

It’s another gold for Halstead.

Today, Wednesday the 12th September, Halstead were awarded a Gold in the Anglia in Bloom competition and also were also overall  winners in the ” Town” category.

A Great achievement bearing in mind the difficult weather conditions throughout the summer and the increasing competition from other towns.

The Town park was awarded Gold in the medium Parks( 5 – 10 acres )category and were also overall winners. The award is recognition of the fantastic work the BDC team do.

Also congratulations to Gosfield in achieving a Silver Guilt award in the large village category at their first time of entering the competition.

The guides were nominated in the young people’s project 12-18 years category and Trinity school was nominated in the grow your own category, also the road runners bed in Colne Road was nominated in the sustainable garden category.

These awards are only possible with the selfless work carried out by all the volunteers and support of the Town council, District and County councils, and sponsors.

Photographs of the day are available from the official photographer at carolstreetphotography.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halstead 2019 Calendar

The 2019 Halstead calendar, produced by Halstead in Bloom, is now on sale at £4.00 each plus £0.25 for an envelope if needed.

They can be purchased from Halstead Icing, Halstead Town Council offices, Greensted Green farm shop, Spencer’s Farm shop.

Junior litter pick

There will be a Litter pick on Sunday the 26th August with the junior HIB team.

Meeting at 10.30am in Sainsbury’s car park, everyone is welcome, please come along and support the volunteers.

High Vis vests and pickers are provided.

 

 

 

Halstead road runners donation

A big thank you to the Halstead road runners who have presented Halstead in Bloom with a very generous donation of £1350.00.

Six HIB members attended the presentation at the HRR club house at the Courthouse sports field, donations were made to a variety of other local charities.

Minutes of meeting 26th July 2018

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th July  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing – outside!!

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.  New member Angela was welcomed.

 

MINUTES of  28th June 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

 

NEWS:  * Councillors’ Grants – New Containers: it was reported that HiB has been awarded £1500.00 from BDC Councillor Grants (£500 each from Cllr Mrs Pell, Cllr Mrs Allen and Cllr Kirby.  Cllr Hume was precluded from giving grant as he is closely linked with HiB).  HiB”s request for grant from Halstead TC was not successful.  *Money from Co-op.  HiB has received a further £235.52 from National Co-op (Colchester Rd) as part of their Charity Partnership scheme.  *New Projector has been donated to HiB by Oliver – thank you!  Another, older, projector has been donated by member of U3A.  *Geoff Willis’ Tree. The Halstead Conservation Group intends to purchase a tree and plant it at Coggeshall Pieces in memory of Geoff and HiB has made it known that we would like to contribute to the cost of the tree.  *Halstead Road Runners have invited team members to receive a cheque as donation from Halstead Marathon 2018 on Wednesday 8th August. 7pm at the Sports Pavilion, Courtaulds Sports Ground.  *21st Century Group have produced ‘an alternative vision’ for the land East of High Street – a Halstead Heritage Park.  Presentation folder was shown, and there is more information on their website and Facebook page.  Links are;- https://youtu.be/Vu3gUY-qvPs and  https://www.facebook.com/343175156166239/posts/427717511045336/ Group was holding a meeting on the same evening as HiB meeting, but we are told it was well attended.*emails from visitors. 2 emails have been received this week from visitors to the Town: one from a gentleman who cycled from Long Melford on the recommendation of his wife just to view the flowers – he commented specifically on the display at the Library. The second was just an unsolicited comment from a lady who visited and thanked all who contribute to the fantastic displays.  Lovely!!


EVENTS:
   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 5th August.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th July. and the next on 26th August.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Armed Forces Day Event.    Was well attended with plenty for visitors to see and take part in.  HiB took £15 on the ‘guess the name of the chimp’ game (chimp wasn’t won, so will be used for another event).  Book sales raised £25.60.  A donation of £10 was given to the Royal British Legion.  *Flower Festival was visited by over 750 people and had cleared funds for the Friends of St. Andrew’s Church.  All were thanked for their contributions. *Sci-Fi Trail All items have been delivered to shops – all who were asked have been most co-operative.  Entry is free, forms from Halstead Icing.  Trail to run from 27th July to 31st August. Halstead Empire Theatre have donated at £30 voucher as first prize.  *Priory Hall Coffee Morning.  Residents of Priory Hall have kindly said they will host a fund raising coffee morning for HiB and the date chosen is 18th October. Opening at 11am. (set up from 10.15)  Further details later.  *Quiz.  Should be in your diaries for 12th October!!  Posters will need to be printed and displayed from mid-September.  Raffle Prizes will be sought – please give any you have to Margaret Tyler who will arrange ticket sales.  Please book tables in good time!!  *Van is booked for collection of winter plants on 27th October, planting on 28th October.


LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION. 
Judging took place over last weekend: entries from 26 people against 32 people in 2017.  Standards were high and judges who took part enjoyed their task.  All judges will be thanked.  Date for Awards was suggested as 19th October or 26th October – Church to be booked.  It was suggested that entrants be asked to bring photos of their gardens and a photo board can be set up so that all can see the fruits of their labours.  All entrants will be advised of their results and invited to the Awards evening within the next 2/3 weeks.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  de-brief.   Team thought that there were too many in the judging party, although the Judges didn’t seem fazed by the number of people along with them.  Some of the team, and residents, were upset that the photo on the front of the Halstead Gazette didn’t have volunteers to the fore.  Unfortunately we have no say about what goes in the newspaper.  The photos were taken at the beginning of the tour and volunteers were deliberately stationed around the Town.  Other than this, it was thought that the tour went well.  Team asked that thanks be passed on to all who helped with painting, new signs, replaced bins, etc. to get the Town looking in tip top condition.  It was noted that some seats at the bottom of High Street look tatty and investigations are under way to see who has ownership of these and other street furniture.

Anglia in Bloom Awards will be in Bury St. Edmunds on 12th September.  Each entrant is limited to only 5 places and names of all those who have asked to be included have been sent to Anglia in Bloom.  Menu choices also need to be sent and then we will have to wait to see who can attend.  Money has to be paid up front, and this will be done by way of a cheque.  Halstead’s party at present stands at 12.  BDC have asked for 3 places in lieu of their Public Gardens and Cemetery entries.  Closing date for names/menus to be passed to AiB is 19th August.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet, for the time being,  at 9.30a.m. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 31st July.   Factory Lane West, weeding and tidying.  Thursday 2nd August   Tidy, deadhead and weed at various locations.  Further working parties to be arranged to suit necessary works.  Keep in touch to get details.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Annie spoke about the proposed Poppy Cascade to be made by a group of friends and permission has been given for this display to be shown on the steps of the Library at the appropriate time in November.  Annie has knitting/crochet patterns, or they can be obtained at Hyacinth Tea Rooms.  Various care homes, etc. have been contacted and will contribute.  All poppies will be displayed on a hessian backing.  *Chris asked for dates booked for HiB to speak. They are (so far!): 10th October – Black Notley Gardening Club (1.30pm.)  17th October – Halstead Townswomen’s Guild (2p.m.) 6th December – Tiptree Gardening Club (7.30p.m.)  *David spoke about arrangements for the Quiz and asked that all try to get bookings for tables.  *Carol has taken some cuttings of the Ipomea and has rooted them in water and will grow them on.  They aren’t hardy but Carol will try to keep them in a greenhouse. Carol also noted that the seed drill on Sudbury Road has some rotten panels.  It was said that no refurbishment can take place until summer bedding is removed.  Some major work is necessary on the seed drill – it will take a great deal of time and materials to make it look good again.  *Margaret C thanked all for their support and help during her time on crutches – she commented that it was a good way to get out of work!!  *Joan spoke about plans of residents at Hawthorn Close to tidy up a piece of neglected grass in front of their houses.  It is in the vicinity of Coggeshall Pieces so will need to be sympathetically planted.  Margaret E has been offered a Rowan Tree that may be OK for this location.  Joan also spoke about a project at Holy Trinity School where there is a neglected garden that Parents and Teachers want to bring back into use.  *Oliver said that the Facebook page is gaining friends and likes and he will give a better  update at the next meeting. Details of the Sci Fi Trail are on the Page and details of the Community Litter Pick will be added.  *Mike Noted that the Si Fi Trail are advertised on the HiB web site, and details of the litter pick will also be added.

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Chairman, Margaret E thanked all for their hard work prior to – and after! – the Anglia in Bloom judging of Halstead and said that the Town should be proud of all the efforts made.

 

Team thanked Margaret E for treating them to a fish & chip supper this evening!

 

There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.40  p.m.

There will be no meeting in August.  Keep in touch via email/phone.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th September 2018     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.

 

All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

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Minutes of 28th June 2018

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 28th June  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing – outside!!

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.  New member James who has volunteered to water at Blamsters was welcomed.

 

MINUTES of 31st May 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

 

NEWS:  *Plant Sorting Day.  Joan commented that in future it will be better to have the plants in the shaded area but otherwise seemed to work well.  Have asked (pleaded!) for the higher entry van for next collections.  *Calendar 2019. Joan has a proof and will circulate for proof reading.  It would be good to get the calendar to printers early next week.  Please pass your comments to me asap.  *Braintree DC Volunteer Awards 2018.  Halstead was nominated in some categories and certificates of recognition were given to the In Bloom team in the Volunteer Group category and to Graham Smith in the Long Service category.  Well done all!  *New containers.  We are trying to renew and standardise containers in the Town Centre area and to get the ‘self watering’ ones where possible to minimise water usage.  All 4 District Councillors have been asked to contribute some of their grant allocation – so far Cllr Julia Allen has agreed to help – and Halstead TC has been asked for a grant allocation also.  The cost of renewal will be over £3000 so we will have to make decisions depending on allocations awarded,  *Geoff Willis.  HiB was given the sad news that Geoff Willis passed away suddenly on Saturday 16th June.  Geoff was a supporter of Halstead in Bloom and a leading member of Halstead Conservation Group.  He acted as Tree Warden for Halstead for some time.  He was well respected and admired.  Geoff’s funeral will be on 5th July at 10.30 at Halstead Baptist Church followed by a family service at Three Counties Crematorium.

EVENTS:   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 8th July.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th July.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Armed Forces Day Event.    Friday evening: Empire will be showing the film ‘Journey’s End’ 7.15pm. Tickets £6 including a free draw ticket.  Saturday: Event in Halstead Public Gardens 2pm to 6pm with lots going on in the arena and many stalls around the perimeter.  HiB to set up at 12noon.  Will be selling books and have a ‘Name the Chimp’ contest.  The new ‘plane is now flying in Halstead Public Gardens.  It is a Sopwith Camel bi-plane and looks amazing.  Well done Joan and daughter Pauline. (Joan thanked Margaret for use of her garage for fabrication of the plane).  HiB has made plaques for each Halstead man killed in WW1 and these will be planted in flower beds in the Public Gardens for Saturday.  We will also have displays advertising the forthcoming Flower Festival that will take place at St. Andrew’s Church on 13/14/15 July.  Sunday:  there will be a service to commemorate the new flower bed depicting a poppy and honouring the end of WW1.   Bed was designed and planted by Joan Gibson.  The Fields of Trust sign will also be dedicated and commemorated at this service. *Sci-Fi Trail is coming along well.  It is hoped to start getting the objects into shops from 22nd July onwards and sheets will be available by the end of July.  *Priory Hall Coffee Morning.  Residents of Priory Hall have kindly said they will host a fund raising coffee morning for HiB and the date chosen is 18th October.  Further details later.  *Quiz.  Should be in your diaries!!  Confirmed as 12th October.

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION.  Judges now confirmed and the following agreed to accompany judges on their tours:  Cllr Wendy Schmitt (Saturday)  Margaret Eskins.  Charles Soule (Saturday) Margaret Tyler. Cllr Sue Wilson (Sunday) Margaret Eskins.  Cllr Steve Kirby (Sunday) Thelma and Joyce. Cllr Lyn Walters (Saturday) Annie Rees. Cllr Vanessa Santomauro (Chairman BDC) (Saturday) Joan Gibson.  John and Alison Brett (Saturday) David Tarbun.  Entries are trickling in – probably due to the lack of rain in recent weeks.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  JUDGING  DATE  NOW  CONFIRMED  AS  FRIDAY 13TH JULY.

Tour will begin at 10.30am (now confirmed) as judges will be visiting Gosfield Village first starting at 8.30amRoute was studied and any necessary works will be done.  Note from Rick Sargeant (Braintree DC) was read out detailing works that have been/will be done.  All agreed this is a good effort.  Jason and Tim have weed killed various areas and are working on some remedial works, thanks to them.  Some works are still outstanding by Essex CC.  A letter from Just Sow Gardens re. the HALSTEAD bed in Colchester Road was read.  Maggie and Gary have been thanked for all their hard work and donations here, and at the entrance to Nether Court.   We hope for a warm (not too hot) and dry day for judging!  Lunch will be at the Bowls Club, provided by Hume’s.  It will be a quick pit-stop for the Judges but all are invited to relax and enjoy the day.  We need to provide 6 photos of each of our ‘Special’ entries.  Chris has 6 each of Grow Your Own and Best Under 12.  Annie has 6 of the Resource Centre and Mick will take 6 of Coggeshall Pieces. Margaret T will supply 6 of the Guides Allotment. If you have any of the other areas please pass them on to me as soon as you can.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2p.m. on Town Bridge unless advised otherwiseTuesday 3rd July.   Weaver’s Court.  Planting, weeding and tidying.  Thursday 5th July  Front of Resource Centre/Colchester Road, etc.  Tidy and weed.  Tuesday 10th July  Butler Road area.  Tidy and clean.  After that any urgent areas and deadheading, etc.  *Please Note. Joan and Julia are away 5th and 6th July.  Monday  9th July.  Monday morning 16th July and Friday 20th July (on AiB judging duties).

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Linda reported a tree branch that has fallen over the river walk (Parsonage St. to Colchester Road).  Will be reported.  It was also said that the crack in the path has opened up again due to the dry weather.  *Fiona noted pigeon mess on pavements outside Bridge Personnel and also outside the Oak pub in High Street.  Will be reported.  *Annie noted weeds outside the former Post Office in High Street.  Will be dealt with.  *Iola commented that the Colchester Road Entry Bed has been planted but needs more compost.  This will be done – Joan said that Hedingham Road bed also needs more compost.  *Jenny said that the wooden container outside Costa is quite weedy.  It was agreed that team will weed and ‘hide’ the bed before judging!  *David noted that the two benches in Colchester Road have been painted and now look good.  Thank you Braintree DC.  *Margaret T said that 9 entries for the Children’s Competition have now been received (one of them with multiple entries). Entries will be displayed in Halstead Public Gardens and the judges will see them during their tour of the Gardens.  *Margaret E asked if there will be a meeting in August – throw it open!  Do you want an August meeting?  if not, Margaret suggested a Fish and Chip supper at the July meeting.

 

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.05  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th July 2018 
7
.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.

 

All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

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HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 28th June  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing – outside!!

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.  New member James who has volunteered to water at Blamsters was welcomed.

 

MINUTES of 31st May 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

 

NEWS:  *Plant Sorting Day.  Joan commented that in future it will be better to have the plants in the shaded area but otherwise seemed to work well.  Have asked (pleaded!) for the higher entry van for next collections.  *Calendar 2019. Joan has a proof and will circulate for proof reading.  It would be good to get the calendar to printers early next week.  Please pass your comments to me asap.  *Braintree DC Volunteer Awards 2018.  Halstead was nominated in some categories and certificates of recognition were given to the In Bloom team in the Volunteer Group category and to Graham Smith in the Long Service category.  Well done all!  *New containers.  We are trying to renew and standardise containers in the Town Centre area and to get the ‘self watering’ ones where possible to minimise water usage.  All 4 District Councillors have been asked to contribute some of their grant allocation – so far Cllr Julia Allen has agreed to help – and Halstead TC has been asked for a grant allocation also.  The cost of renewal will be over £3000 so we will have to make decisions depending on allocations awarded,  *Geoff Willis.  HiB was given the sad news that Geoff Willis passed away suddenly on Saturday 16th June.  Geoff was a supporter of Halstead in Bloom and a leading member of Halstead Conservation Group.  He acted as Tree Warden for Halstead for some time.  He was well respected and admired.  Geoff’s funeral will be on 5th July at 10.30 at Halstead Baptist Church followed by a family service at Three Counties Crematorium.

EVENTS:   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 8th July.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th July.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Armed Forces Day Event.    Friday evening: Empire will be showing the film ‘Journey’s End’ 7.15pm. Tickets £6 including a free draw ticket.  Saturday: Event in Halstead Public Gardens 2pm to 6pm with lots going on in the arena and many stalls around the perimeter.  HiB to set up at 12noon.  Will be selling books and have a ‘Name the Chimp’ contest.  The new ‘plane is now flying in Halstead Public Gardens.  It is a Sopwith Camel bi-plane and looks amazing.  Well done Joan and daughter Pauline. (Joan thanked Margaret for use of her garage for fabrication of the plane).  HiB has made plaques for each Halstead man killed in WW1 and these will be planted in flower beds in the Public Gardens for Saturday.  We will also have displays advertising the forthcoming Flower Festival that will take place at St. Andrew’s Church on 13/14/15 July.  Sunday:  there will be a service to commemorate the new flower bed depicting a poppy and honouring the end of WW1.   Bed was designed and planted by Joan Gibson.  The Fields of Trust sign will also be dedicated and commemorated at this service. *Sci-Fi Trail is coming along well.  It is hoped to start getting the objects into shops from 22nd July onwards and sheets will be available by the end of July.  *Priory Hall Coffee Morning.  Residents of Priory Hall have kindly said they will host a fund raising coffee morning for HiB and the date chosen is 18th October.  Further details later.  *Quiz.  Should be in your diaries!!  Confirmed as 12th October.

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION.  Judges now confirmed and the following agreed to accompany judges on their tours:  Cllr Wendy Schmitt (Saturday)  Margaret Eskins.  Charles Soule (Saturday) Margaret Tyler. Cllr Sue Wilson (Sunday) Margaret Eskins.  Cllr Steve Kirby (Sunday) Thelma and Joyce. Cllr Lyn Walters (Saturday) Annie Rees. Cllr Vanessa Santomauro (Chairman BDC) (Saturday) Joan Gibson.  John and Alison Brett (Saturday) David Tarbun.  Entries are trickling in – probably due to the lack of rain in recent weeks.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  JUDGING  DATE  NOW  CONFIRMED  AS  FRIDAY 13TH JULY.

Tour will begin at 10.30am (now confirmed) as judges will be visiting Gosfield Village first starting at 8.30amRoute was studied and any necessary works will be done.  Note from Rick Sargeant (Braintree DC) was read out detailing works that have been/will be done.  All agreed this is a good effort.  Jason and Tim have weed killed various areas and are working on some remedial works, thanks to them.  Some works are still outstanding by Essex CC.  A letter from Just Sow Gardens re. the HALSTEAD bed in Colchester Road was read.  Maggie and Gary have been thanked for all their hard work and donations here, and at the entrance to Nether Court.   We hope for a warm (not too hot) and dry day for judging!  Lunch will be at the Bowls Club, provided by Hume’s.  It will be a quick pit-stop for the Judges but all are invited to relax and enjoy the day.  We need to provide 6 photos of each of our ‘Special’ entries.  Chris has 6 each of Grow Your Own and Best Under 12.  Annie has 6 of the Resource Centre and Mick will take 6 of Coggeshall Pieces. Margaret T will supply 6 of the Guides Allotment. If you have any of the other areas please pass them on to me as soon as you can.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2p.m. on Town Bridge unless advised otherwiseTuesday 3rd July.   Weaver’s Court.  Planting, weeding and tidying.  Thursday 5th July  Front of Resource Centre/Colchester Road, etc.  Tidy and weed.  Tuesday 10th July  Butler Road area.  Tidy and clean.  After that any urgent areas and deadheading, etc.  *Please Note. Joan and Julia are away 5th and 6th July.  Monday  9th July.  Monday morning 16th July and Friday 20th July (on AiB judging duties).

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Linda reported a tree branch that has fallen over the river walk (Parsonage St. to Colchester Road).  Will be reported.  It was also said that the crack in the path has opened up again due to the dry weather.  *Fiona noted pigeon mess on pavements outside Bridge Personnel and also outside the Oak pub in High Street.  Will be reported.  *Annie noted weeds outside the former Post Office in High Street.  Will be dealt with.  *Iola commented that the Colchester Road Entry Bed has been planted but needs more compost.  This will be done – Joan said that Hedingham Road bed also needs more compost.  *Jenny said that the wooden container outside Costa is quite weedy.  It was agreed that team will weed and ‘hide’ the bed before judging!  *David noted that the two benches in Colchester Road have been painted and now look good.  Thank you Braintree DC.  *Margaret T said that 9 entries for the Children’s Competition have now been received (one of them with multiple entries). Entries will be displayed in Halstead Public Gardens and the judges will see them during their tour of the Gardens.  *Margaret E asked if there will be a meeting in August – throw it open!  Do you want an August meeting?  if not, Margaret suggested a Fish and Chip supper at the July meeting.

 

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.05  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th July 2018 
7
.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.

 

All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 28th June  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing – outside!!

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.  New member James who has volunteered to water at Blamsters was welcomed.

 

MINUTES of 31st May 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

 

NEWS:  *Plant Sorting Day.  Joan commented that in future it will be better to have the plants in the shaded area but otherwise seemed to work well.  Have asked (pleaded!) for the higher entry van for next collections.  *Calendar 2019. Joan has a proof and will circulate for proof reading.  It would be good to get the calendar to printers early next week.  Please pass your comments to me asap.  *Braintree DC Volunteer Awards 2018.  Halstead was nominated in some categories and certificates of recognition were given to the In Bloom team in the Volunteer Group category and to Graham Smith in the Long Service category.  Well done all!  *New containers.  We are trying to renew and standardise containers in the Town Centre area and to get the ‘self watering’ ones where possible to minimise water usage.  All 4 District Councillors have been asked to contribute some of their grant allocation – so far Cllr Julia Allen has agreed to help – and Halstead TC has been asked for a grant allocation also.  The cost of renewal will be over £3000 so we will have to make decisions depending on allocations awarded,  *Geoff Willis.  HiB was given the sad news that Geoff Willis passed away suddenly on Saturday 16th June.  Geoff was a supporter of Halstead in Bloom and a leading member of Halstead Conservation Group.  He acted as Tree Warden for Halstead for some time.  He was well respected and admired.  Geoff’s funeral will be on 5th July at 10.30 at Halstead Baptist Church followed by a family service at Three Counties Crematorium.

EVENTS:   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 8th July.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th July.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Armed Forces Day Event.    Friday evening: Empire will be showing the film ‘Journey’s End’ 7.15pm. Tickets £6 including a free draw ticket.  Saturday: Event in Halstead Public Gardens 2pm to 6pm with lots going on in the arena and many stalls around the perimeter.  HiB to set up at 12noon.  Will be selling books and have a ‘Name the Chimp’ contest.  The new ‘plane is now flying in Halstead Public Gardens.  It is a Sopwith Camel bi-plane and looks amazing.  Well done Joan and daughter Pauline. (Joan thanked Margaret for use of her garage for fabrication of the plane).  HiB has made plaques for each Halstead man killed in WW1 and these will be planted in flower beds in the Public Gardens for Saturday.  We will also have displays advertising the forthcoming Flower Festival that will take place at St. Andrew’s Church on 13/14/15 July.  Sunday:  there will be a service to commemorate the new flower bed depicting a poppy and honouring the end of WW1.   Bed was designed and planted by Joan Gibson.  The Fields of Trust sign will also be dedicated and commemorated at this service. *Sci-Fi Trail is coming along well.  It is hoped to start getting the objects into shops from 22nd July onwards and sheets will be available by the end of July.  *Priory Hall Coffee Morning.  Residents of Priory Hall have kindly said they will host a fund raising coffee morning for HiB and the date chosen is 18th October.  Further details later.  *Quiz.  Should be in your diaries!!  Confirmed as 12th October.

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION.  Judges now confirmed and the following agreed to accompany judges on their tours:  Cllr Wendy Schmitt (Saturday)  Margaret Eskins.  Charles Soule (Saturday) Margaret Tyler. Cllr Sue Wilson (Sunday) Margaret Eskins.  Cllr Steve Kirby (Sunday) Thelma and Joyce. Cllr Lyn Walters (Saturday) Annie Rees. Cllr Vanessa Santomauro (Chairman BDC) (Saturday) Joan Gibson.  John and Alison Brett (Saturday) David Tarbun.  Entries are trickling in – probably due to the lack of rain in recent weeks.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  JUDGING  DATE  NOW  CONFIRMED  AS  FRIDAY 13TH JULY.

Tour will begin at 10.30am (now confirmed) as judges will be visiting Gosfield Village first starting at 8.30amRoute was studied and any necessary works will be done.  Note from Rick Sargeant (Braintree DC) was read out detailing works that have been/will be done.  All agreed this is a good effort.  Jason and Tim have weed killed various areas and are working on some remedial works, thanks to them.  Some works are still outstanding by Essex CC.  A letter from Just Sow Gardens re. the HALSTEAD bed in Colchester Road was read.  Maggie and Gary have been thanked for all their hard work and donations here, and at the entrance to Nether Court.   We hope for a warm (not too hot) and dry day for judging!  Lunch will be at the Bowls Club, provided by Hume’s.  It will be a quick pit-stop for the Judges but all are invited to relax and enjoy the day.  We need to provide 6 photos of each of our ‘Special’ entries.  Chris has 6 each of Grow Your Own and Best Under 12.  Annie has 6 of the Resource Centre and Mick will take 6 of Coggeshall Pieces. Margaret T will supply 6 of the Guides Allotment. If you have any of the other areas please pass them on to me as soon as you can.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2p.m. on Town Bridge unless advised otherwiseTuesday 3rd July.   Weaver’s Court.  Planting, weeding and tidying.  Thursday 5th July  Front of Resource Centre/Colchester Road, etc.  Tidy and weed.  Tuesday 10th July  Butler Road area.  Tidy and clean.  After that any urgent areas and deadheading, etc.  *Please Note. Joan and Julia are away 5th and 6th July.  Monday  9th July.  Monday morning 16th July and Friday 20th July (on AiB judging duties).

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Linda reported a tree branch that has fallen over the river walk (Parsonage St. to Colchester Road).  Will be reported.  It was also said that the crack in the path has opened up again due to the dry weather.  *Fiona noted pigeon mess on pavements outside Bridge Personnel and also outside the Oak pub in High Street.  Will be reported.  *Annie noted weeds outside the former Post Office in High Street.  Will be dealt with.  *Iola commented that the Colchester Road Entry Bed has been planted but needs more compost.  This will be done – Joan said that Hedingham Road bed also needs more compost.  *Jenny said that the wooden container outside Costa is quite weedy.  It was agreed that team will weed and ‘hide’ the bed before judging!  *David noted that the two benches in Colchester Road have been painted and now look good.  Thank you Braintree DC.  *Margaret T said that 9 entries for the Children’s Competition have now been received (one of them with multiple entries). Entries will be displayed in Halstead Public Gardens and the judges will see them during their tour of the Gardens.  *Margaret E asked if there will be a meeting in August – throw it open!  Do you want an August meeting?  if not, Margaret suggested a Fish and Chip supper at the July meeting.

 

.**********

There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.05  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th July 2018 
7
.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.

 

All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook

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