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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Litter pick 29th July

The Halstead in Bloom junior litter pickers will be meeting in Sainsbury’s car park at 10.30 on Sunday the 29th.

Everyone is welcome irrespective of age, please come along and support the volunteers.

Pickers and Hi Vis vests provided.

Sci Fi trail

Summer Holiday Competition from the 27th July to 31st August.

Look for all the artefacts displayed in shops throughout the town. Entry forms are available from Halstead icing.

Free entry, with a prize of a  £30.00 voucher for the Empire cinema.

 

Poppies at Holy Trinity church

There will be a working party on Friday the 20th, meeting  8.30 at Holy Trinity church to dismantle the poppy cascade.

Any help will be very welcome.

Working parties

Please note that during this very warm weather the working parties will meet at the icing shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.00am.

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

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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Help with watering

We are  hoping to find volunteers to help with watering, we have two areas, Blamsters ( junction of Mount Hill and White Horse avenue ) and Sudbury road ( near Junction with Churchill avenue ).

If there is anyone who would be able to help please contact Julia Smith on jaygrey@btinternet.com.

 

 

Help with preparation for 2018 judging

The Anglia in Bloom judges are visiting the town on Friday the 13th July.

If there is anyone available help the team prepare for the 13th please contact Julia Smith on jaygrey@btinternet.com

Any assistance however small will be very welcome.

 

 

Minutes 31st May 2018

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 31st May 2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

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

 

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

 

NEWS:  *May Day and Plant Stall. Both events were well supported.  Letter had been received from Friends of Halstead Public Gardens re. the May Day Event.  HiB took £27.30 selling donated books and planting sunflowers and received donations of £6.50.  Donated and purchased plants raised £170.50 on the plant stall; plants cost £58.00 (not all were sold, some will be used around the town) and donations amounted to £36.45. *Halstead Marathon was a successful event with some determined runners!  All HiB volunteers enjoyed the day and are prepared to volunteer again next year (12th May 2019).  *Plant sorting/planting day a different way to sort the plants into areas was discussed and will be tried on Saturday 2nd June.  All who can help to sort please meet at Gate House 10a.m.  Planting on Sunday will be at 10am; those who can set out plants please meet at 9am.  *Calendar 2019 Several photos have now been submitted and need to be sorted.  It was agreed to meet on 7th June at Annie and Mick’s house 9.30am. (thank you  Annie and Mick!).  *Phone lists updated phone list is available – those who haven’t given permission for sharing have been redacted.  *Halstead Colne Tangent had made a donation to HiB of £100 and a letter of thanks has been written.  *Reptile Survey is being carried out on the River Walk – Parsonage St. to Colchester Road.  Several ‘carpet tiles’ have been laid, if you see one please don’t touch it and disturb any reptiles that may be underneath.  Amberol Photo Competition This is advertised on their web site and runs most of the summer.  Please visit their web site for more details.  *Halstead Rotary Award.  Margaret E was invited to a Charity Evening at Halstead Rotary which was a very enjoyable evening.  Towards the end Halstead in Bloom was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation – the highest Rotary Award that can be given to an organisation.  Margaret was dumbfounded!  but managed to say thank you and has written to the Chairman of Halstead Rotary to express the thanks of the group.  At the same event our President, David Hume was also presented with a high award.

EVENTS:   *Next RiverCare event  will be 3rd June.  Meet at 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Next Community Litter Pick will be 24th June.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. Junior Bloom high-viz vests will be available.  Litter pickers and bags will be to hand. .  *Armed Forces Day. 30th June. HiB will have a stall with a ‘name the monkey’ game.  We will have books to sell. It was suggested that a recruitment poster ‘Your Town Needs You’ be displayed.  Joan explained about the plane  that has now flown from the Public Gardens to Weavers Court but may return or may be replaced with a replica Sopwith Camel bi-plane.  Raffle tickets for the RBL draw are on sale now at £1 per ticket.  First prize £100, 2nd prize £75, 3rd Prize £50 with many other donated prizes.  Tickets will be available on the day.   *Halstead Flower Festival. Janet Amos attended the meeting and explained that  the dates are confirmed as 13th-15th July at St. Andrew’s Church. Refreshments will be on sale all day so helpers for the refreshment stall are needed and also stewards in the church. Several HiB team offered assistance but the Friends of St. Andrew’s Church are looking for more help.  Please contact Jan on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk   if you are able to attend for a couple of hours on any of the days..   *Sci-Fi Trail. To celebrate the first airing of a Sci Fi programme on the BBC (Rossums Universal Robots, a play by Karel Capek  first aired on 11th February 1938) we are planning our ‘trail’ for young people (and parents!) over the summer holiday. Oswick Estate Agent will take the sonic screwdriver plus a Dr. Who photo.  Hardy Men’s Outfitters will have the long Dr. Who scarf and may be able to find a suitable hat to go with it!  Crossways Garage will have the WHO 1 numberplate with photo of ‘Bessie’ and Billson Optician will have the Brains’ Thunderbirds glasses and will probably make a Thunderbirds window – Margaret C has a Thunderbirds annual that will contribute to the window.  Lobbs Cycles and Hards of Halstead have also agreed to help as has Peter Robertson and the shop next to Dale Hire.  More artefacts are still required if you can help, please contact us.. *Local Garden Competition. Judges have been contacted and so far there are 5 positive answers.  We probably need at least 1 and possibly 2 more judges – from outside Halstead.  One Gold entrant from last year’s competition had a very successful Open Garden event at Howe Chase on 20th May  and raised a fantastic £525 for Charity under the National Garden Scheme.  They will be having another open day in September.  *Quiz. David has booked the Con Club for another Quiz on  Friday 12th October,  More details later.  *Hampton Court.  More details are now to hand – there will be a seminar from 9am to 12noon and then a lunch and garden has to be vacated by 3pm.  Two places have been booked for HiB.

 

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 8.30am.  Route was discussed and it is pleasing to note that Braintree DC is putting in hand much of the work that was identified as outstanding including new road signs and some weed killing.

It was decided that Judges must visit Weavers Court to see the display celebrating 100 years of the RAF and that the judges will visit Halstead Public Gardens and Halstead Cemetery to judge them during the Town Tour. Timed routes to be worked up and distributed as soon as possible.

Margaret T said that so far 8 entries for the ‘build a bee box’ had been received and asked that Charles Soule be asked to judge the entries which will be  displayed in the Public Gardens.

Jobs to be done before judging:  Grass at The Centre needs to be cut back – Graham to be asked to strim if he can.  Some weeds will need to be sprayed – the walkway from Winston Way to Coggeshall Pieces needs attention.  A broken seat in Halstead Public Gardens near to the bandstand was noted and will be reported.  Most of the sweeping/cleaning will be effected between now and judging day.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2p.m. on Town Bridge unless advised otherwise:  PLANTING in various areas for the forthcoming Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  After that other works will be undertaken.  Some vine weevil at the drinking fountain, Mount Hill was reported.  Joan asked for more compost and Annie asked for 1 bag to be left with her for the Hospital.  Joan and Christine will help with the Essex Regiment badge on Wednesday 6th June.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Linda reported that the seat at the Churchyard facing Parsonage Street is very dirty with pigeon droppings that are also piling up on the ground.  Linda will report to Halstead TC.

*Joan asked for assistance with distribution of Chamber of Trade forms for the Window Competition that will be available from next Wednesday.  All agreed to assist.  *Oliver said that he has been offered a projector, free of charge and he will collect this as soon as he can.  *Joyce asked that Braintree DC be thanked for clearing the walkway to Clovers.  Joyce also noted that Mount Hill is becoming almost impassable now as the hedges are hanging down over pavements.  This is a route used by school children and is becoming dangerous.  Has been reported but will try and report again. * Margaret T noted that weeds and brambles are over the pavement opposite the Cinema and when cars are parked there is little option but to walk in the roadway.  Will be reported.  Margaret T said that road signs and a bollard have been left in New Street, near to the entrance to Clarke’s Funeral Directors.  Will be reported.  Margaret said that Greenfields need to be advised that brambles are now encroaching on pavements at Elizabeth Way and causing problems for residents.  Will be reported.  Margaret asked for some signs that can be displayed on working party days to advise motorists that residents are working on pavements and in gutters.  Signs will be made.  *Annie said that the beds at Bluebridge need to be weeded and cut back – Joan said that this is on a schedule of work.  Annie said she is still on a mission to get builders’ rubbish cleared from the site of new houses near to the Little Book Cafe – at present the builder can’t be located.  *Iola reported receipt of an email regarding fund raising through Give as You Live and will pass on this information.  *Wendy noted that grass has been strimmed on only one side of the Colchester Road Entry Bed and the other side needs to be cut back and strimmed.  *Margaret C suggested that a small advertisement be taken out in the local paper asking for volunteers on 1 afternoon per week, for a couple of hours, during June and July.  Agreed this is an excellent idea and will be put on Facebook and the Web Site too.  *Mike asked if anyone had knowledge about a visit from Little Waltham recently.  It was said that this was probably a History Society visit – those who came really enjoyed the day apparently!!

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 28th June 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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