Minutes of Meeting 26th Sept 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   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

 

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HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   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

 

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Gold for Halstead

On Tuesday the 10th September approx 30 members of the team travelled to St. Ives in Cambridgeshire to attend the Anglia in Bloom award ceremony.

We are very pleased to report that we have been awarded a Gold in our category  and the best entry in the category.

Both the Town park and Priory Hall retirement complex were also awarded Gold.

In addition to the Gold awards, our plants woman Joan Gibson was presented with a special award for her commitment to both Halstead in Bloom and  Anglia in Bloom.

A fantastic achievement , and well done to everyone.

Congratulation to Gosfield who achieved a Gold in the Village category and Coggeshall who received a Silver Guilt, and congratulations to  Hunstanton who were the overall winning entry.

Minutes of meeting 18th July 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 18th July 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  27th June had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Message has been received from BDC regarding improvement works at Ramsey Road Recreation Ground.  There is to be a consultation survey to gather residents’ views regarding this recreation ground and refurbishments to be made using S106 money from the Oak Road development site.  Residents’ feedback will be used to make a plan for works which will be available for further comment later in the year.  If you wish to comment please access www.braintree.gov.uk/ramseyroad or contact Nicola Murphy 01376 552525 /nicola.murphy@braintree.gov.uk
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 4th August.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 28th July, then 25th August.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.  *Perrywood Visit 25th September: names so far are: Jenny, Joan, Margaret E, Iola, Wendy, Linda, Debra, Mary, Annie, Mike, Margaret T, Margaret C, Jean and Ian. There is one more place available if anyone wants to join.  Visit to start at 11am (Tiptree), there is no cost but HiB will make a donation to Perrywood’s chosen charity.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  *Judging this coming weekend (20th/21st July).  Sadly Lady Fiona Wilson who had offered to judge is unwell but her place has been filled by Ruth from Colne Valley Nurseries who will be accompanied by Thelma and Joyce.  In all, over the 8 categories there were 56 entries – better than last year.  Thank you to all who are assisting judging.
Date for our Awards evening was discussed and 8th November was preferred evening. Post meeting note: URC has kindly allowed us to book the Church for 8th November for our Awards.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR ANGLIA IN BLOOM – 24th July (10am to 4.30pm)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon) We have received the sad news that Andy Gray who was due to accompany Kim Parrish from RHS for our Britain in Bloom judging has passed away unexpectedly.  Andy was a leading light in Aberdeen in Bloom and he will be sadly missed.  Our condolences were sent to his family, and to the RHS.  Kim will now be accompanied by Mel Henley – an experienced judge who had retired but who has stepped into the breach this year.   We have been told that Kim and Mel will stay at the Braintree Premier Inn on the evening of 31st July and will need to be collected from that location before travelling to judge Halstead commencing at 9am.  Tour of Halstead will finish at 12, we will give them lunch and take them back to Braintree station for a 2pm train to their onward journey home.  We will arrange transport to collect the judges from Braintree and deliver them back to the station.

One of our Anglia in Bloom judges can’t now come to us so Anglia in Bloom judges will be Nolan Mills and Rebecca Davies.  Their tour of Halstead is due to begin at 10am and we will meet them at The Bull.  They will be with us for the whole day as they are also judging the Public Gardens, Priory Hall Retirement Village and Halstead Cemetery.

Portfolios for both tours were kindly printed for us by Braintree DC Media Department.  There are copies available to view and they are an outstanding documentation of Halstead in Bloom over the past 12 months.  Copy was prepared by Christine Laurence, well done Christine!

Outstanding work for judging routes:  Greenfields maintenance team has now cleaned up – with the help of the HiB team – the area outside Trinity Flats.  We are told that the weeds and rubbish will be removed from the car park adjacent to Trinity Flats by Greenfields landscape contractors before judging (including removing the unsightly ragwort).  Linda has now weeded and cleared the triangle area beside Trinity Flats (that had been used as a toilet) and will put down some bark chippings to tidy it up.  There is work to be done at the Resource Centre – working party will be there on Tuesday 23rd July.  Some further work is needed at Courtaulds Close – Fiona will walk the area – there is concern that the brambles at allotment entrance might need cutting back.  Some work is needed in Colchester Road and in Pretoria Road, team will attend.  All are urged to check their area of the town and to notify Julia/Joan if there is anything that HiB team can’t rectify easily.

Anglia in Bloom Awards this year will be on 10th September in St. Ives (Cambs) – Burgess Hall.  Sec. will need numbers wishing to attend by 16th August latest!  Cost is thought to be £30 per person and travel can be arranged if enough people want to attend.

*Children’s Competition. Margaret T has 11/12 confirmed entries.  Charles Soule will judge the entries.  Certificates will be prepared.  Prizes to be organised.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise:  Joan commented that the team have gone above and beyond all expectations to get the town ready for judging.  All are thanked and congratulated.  Tuesday 23rd July:  Resource Centre, etc..  Some containers need washing (Annie to organise on Monday 22nd) Joan asked that all keep in touch by Whatsapp to see what needs doing.  Colne Valley Close sign needs to be cleaned (Julia to clean). Some verge cutting in Colne Valley Close is needed (BDC has been advised).

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona has organised the Trail, with the help of Margaret T and all the items, posters, answer sheets, etc. are ready.  Fiona and Margaret will take round the items to shops that have agreed to help on Monday.  Oliver will advertise on Facebook.

*2020. All were asked to think of work that might be needed for 2020 – entry beds need attention, some of the carts need repair/replace, the seed drill is in poor condition, etc.  We need to be thinking now so that we can budget for necessary repairs/renewal.  Bring list to next meeting, please!  *Calendar. Copy was shown for the calendar – it’s to be a ‘Now and Then’ calendar.  All the photos and all ‘then’ postcards have been arranged by the U3A Camera Club and they were thanked for their efforts.  Some copy amendments were suggested and they will be done and a further ‘proof’ printed before copy is sent to printer. Well done to all concerned!

*Dr’s Surgery Garden. Joan thanked all who have worked hard to revamp this unloved area of the town.  Most of the bamboo has been removed, although some is coming through and will need to be treated.  A sculpture has been ordered and will be ready by the end of the month.  A stone snail has recently been purchased and added to the garden.  The Doctors are pleased with the results and they will be holding a coffee morning on 25th July with half of the proceeds being given to The Empire for their Dementia Care screenings and half to Halstead in Bloom.  Joan asked for volunteers to help at this coffee morning (from 9.30 to 12.30) and asked who would be able to provide cakes.  There were willing helpers and bakers.!

*Iola noted that Fields in Trust voting is now open and Halstead Public Gardens and Mill Chase Playing Fields are nominated.  Please vote if you can at www.fieldsintrust.org/best-park. *Linda and Debra spoke about work that needs to be done in Bois Hall Gardens/Colne Road – they will attend.  Margaret T noted that Guides have litter picked the areas around Courtaulds Close/Parsonage Street and Brownies will be out litter picking at their Monday meeting.  Margaret said that she will block off the ramp to the allotments, and that she/Guides will meet judges at the gate as that area is tidier and cleaner.  *Fiona said that there are weeds at the base of the wall near to the garage (that can be viewed when coming out of Butler Road) – she will attend. *Joan asked if the bollards/cobbled area outside Billson’s will be tidied up before judging – it is thought that this is an insurance job so needs to be left alone until settled.  *Debra noted that Mary lost a set of wide handled cutters a couple of weeks ago and asked if anyone had collected them.  It was suggested that she ask at Halstead TC and also check at Peter Robertson’s to see if they’d been handed in.  *Alan asked if the river can be checked for litter before judging.  The RiverCare team will attend.  *Mike asked if grass at The Hospital will be cut before judging; Julia to check with Joanne Collyer.  *Carol said that she and Dave will continue to cut/edge verges at Churchill Avenue.  *New HiB logo A suggestion for new logo was shown, it will be discussed further at next meeting.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.21  p.m.

Team retired for a fish supper provided by Chairman, Margaret Eskins – thank you Margaret!!

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th September 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

 

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Minutes of meeting 27th June

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 27th June 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.
Chairman welcomed Pat who had been attending working parties for a couple of months, but this was her first team meeting and also Eileen Penn, Rivercare Group and 21st Century Group.

 

MINUTES of  30th May had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS:   *Flower Festival It was believed that there was good attendance at the Festival and that in general it was better than last year with some colourful displays.  It is hoped that it was financially successful and that there will be another event in 2020.  Halstead in Bloom was proud to be associated with this event. *River Colne Update – John Smith called another meeting for 26th June, and a representative of Environment Agency was present.  Meeting was very positive with a willingness by EA to look at taking some ‘refurbishment’ further.  The officer present will speak with some colleagues who have experience of this type of work and it is hoped that some co-operation with EECOS (affiliated to Essex Wildlife Trust) will be possible.  EECOS will hopefully be able to draw up a plan and costings for work to improve the ecology and appearance of the river and EA will have some funding for works.  Volunteer work could begin to clear some of the vegetation but approval will need to be given by EA and some plans for taking away debris will need to be in place.  It was said that EA will not give any funding to ‘a group of residents’ and discussion took place with the team regarding the possibility of HiB being a formal body to manage finances, etc.  Trustees were in agreement and a vote was taken with all members present voting in agreement.  A further meeting of the small River committee will take place towards end of July and progress will be reported.  *Richard de Clare 150yr celebrations were attended for HiB by Wendy and Iola also attended (both are former teachers at the School.)  They reported a lovely day with each class celebrating something in the 150 year history of the school.  There were some musical items and a tour around the school.  Day ended with a pic-nic in the playground.  Well done Richard de Clare School!  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year which we did and HiB has been awarded a charity place.  One of the Road Runners will run for HiB and a Virgin Money Fund raising page is being set up to receive donations.  Sue suggested that perhaps one of the individuals who have been given a place might consider running for HiB.  This will be explored when all is up and running.  *Facebook comments. Oliver has spoken to the complainant and all is now sorted.  Thank you Oliver, we don’t like to cause any difficulties.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 7th July..  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June, then 18th July ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.  *Mayor’s Fair that will take place in aid of Mayor’s Charity 2019 (Halstead Day Centre) is on 3rd August but HiB won’t be able to take part in this event.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  17  entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  Judging Assistants volunteers are as follows:  Margaret E with Wendy Schmitt (if Sunday judging is OK with Wendy); Margaret T with Charles Soule for Allotment judging on Saturday; John and Alison Brett will be accompanied by David T on Saturday; Sue Wilson will be with Annie on Saturday; Ian will accompany Steve Kirby on Sunday; Thelma and Joyce will accompany Lady Fiona Wilson on Sunday and Margaret E will accompany Chairman of BDC Angela Kilmartin on Saturday.  We didn’t assign anyone with Lyn Walters on Saturday 20th – volunteers please!  We may not need all judges if we have no more entries – but entry doesn’t close until 12th July. Thank you to all volunteers – I will give judges your contact details and the list of entries to be judged will be available from Tuesday 16th July.  Christine asked if entrants could be requested to submit photos of their gardens to be put on a scrolling screen presentation on Awards Day.  Note will be added to notification of judging letters.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR ANGLIA IN BLOOM – 24th July (10am to 4.30pm)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
Routes for both tours were available and timings were discussed.  Those who will be holding display boards for judges are as follows:  Oliver – The Causeway; Halstead Public Gardens – Margaret T (Iola and Wendy will be at the special bed celebrating 75years of Halstead Townswomen’s Guild); Christine and Young Bloom team will walk judges from the Public Gardens and show them around the entry at HT School; Adams Court –  Joyce and Pat will be at the Sustainable Front Garden and Vegetable Garden; Mill Chase P.F. – Annie and Mike (a comfort break at Annie and Mike’s House will be offered to Anglia in Bloom judges, and some drinks and biscuits will be available at the Playing Field);  Coggeshall Pieces and Hawthorn Close – Carol will take both boards;  Resource Centre – Jenny and Mary S; Parsonage St. Businesses/Fire Station and River Walk – Fiona and Sheila; Guides’ Allotment – Margaret T and guides/brownies/rainbows.  Debra will take down the display boards at The Bull and deliver them to Bowls Club to set them up for lunch time viewing. (do you need help Debra?).  David, Ian and Alan will be the ‘scouting party’ for both tours.  Margaret E and Joan will accompany Judges. Julia will time-keep.  Mayor and one other Councillor will meet both sets of judges at The Bull to welcome them to Halstead.  All are invited to lunch at Bowls Club.

Some necessary works – mainly weeding! – were identified: Trinity Court (Greenfields assure this is in hand), Courtaulds Close (again, Greenfields have this in hand) , Beridge Road/Colne Valley Close/Butler Road have weeds and Butler Road Car Park is weedy and gutters are blocked. There is a hedge near to Courtaulds Close that needs to be cut back (residential? if so, resident has to be asked if we can cut – Council’s won’t be able to do this work). Some weeding needs to be done at Trinity School.  Sue, Carol and Linda will sort area Bois Hall Gardens to Colne Road.  Margaret T advised that there is damage to the Cemetery Wall in Colne Road (will be reported).  Annie suggested that some working parties be arranged to ‘blitz’ various areas.  Will be taken forward.  Iola and two of Margaret’s Guides will take on watering of the large tubs in Parsonage St. (Annie has some phormiums donated by Jackie and Ted Hawkes that might be suitable for large tubs?  Joan to be asked.)
*Children’s Competition. Margaret T has 10 confirmed entries.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 2nd July:  Plant up large tubs in Parsonage St. and in Co-op Car Park.  Weed and tidy around Weavers’ Court.   Wednesday 3rd July: Finish surgery bed! Thursday 4th July – finish planting at The Loom  Tuesday 9th July: Dead Heading.  Thursday 11th – Resource Centre

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona has 2 shops on board so far and will tour round on 2nd July with Margaret T to find more.  Some posters were available and will be given to schools with entry forms (more to be printed). Fiona has most of the required items.  Trail will be aimed at the summer holiday. *Eileen spoke about the Planning Application for Land East of High Street and said that 21st Century Group had arranged a meeting for Friday 28th June at Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, 7.30pm to advise residents on how to give evidence to the Planning Inspectorate to hopefully get a Public Hearing rather than a written decision about this land.  Eileen urged all to write to the Inspectorate (closing date is 3rd July) to raise objections to the application and to ask for a Public Hearing. *Carol said she had reassurance from Braintree DC that the seat removed from the end of Churchill Avenue will be repaired and replaced.  Carol spoke about the damaged light at Solar Wall, Weavers’ Court.  It will be difficult to repair as new concrete base needs to be made.  *Iola advised that the surround of Colchester Road bed is in poor condition – all the entry beds are in a similar state and decisions will need to be made over the winter period about what to do.  *Annie commented on the bedraggled flag hanging at the High Street end of the entrance to Weavers’ Court.  This is East of England Co-op property – will be reported.  *Joyce noted that weeds had been removed from around the Service Station and furniture shop in Trinity Street.  Joyce also spoke about the seats outside W.H.Smith that are badly in need of painting (it’s not known who has responsibility for these seats).  Joyce also spoke about the waist high weeds at The Centre.  This area is owned by Essex CC so it is assumed therefore that no cutting back will be done. *Margaret T spoke about a possible red paint spillage on pavement at Butler Road.  Margaret also noted some traffic road signs that have not been removed although work is complete:- near to Service Station, Trinity Street, Butler Road and Trinity Road.  Will be reported.  Margaret said that the stile had been removed on path to Box Mill but path is now open for motor bikes that could be a danger to pedestrians.  Margaret noted that a large white van is parked on verge at Parsonage Street that must be a hazard for vehicles exiting from St. Andrew’s Road.  *Linda spoke about new troughs at Oswick and she has given employees there another watering can and asked that they put one can of water on each tub on a regular basis!
*Margaret E noted that one seat at Former Post Office Forecourt is broken – has been reported.  *Ian asked if HiB will contribute to refreshment for judges – this has been offered. *Annie noted that The Bull has offered HiB team some free cold drinks at working parties.  Much appreciated!

.**********

There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.02  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 18th July 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 27th June 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.
Chairman welcomed Pat who had been attending working parties for a couple of months, but this was her first team meeting and also Eileen Penn, Rivercare Group and 21st Century Group.

 

MINUTES of  30th May had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS:   *Flower Festival It was believed that there was good attendance at the Festival and that in general it was better than last year with some colourful displays.  It is hoped that it was financially successful and that there will be another event in 2020.  Halstead in Bloom was proud to be associated with this event. *River Colne Update – John Smith called another meeting for 26th June, and a representative of Environment Agency was present.  Meeting was very positive with a willingness by EA to look at taking some ‘refurbishment’ further.  The officer present will speak with some colleagues who have experience of this type of work and it is hoped that some co-operation with EECOS (affiliated to Essex Wildlife Trust) will be possible.  EECOS will hopefully be able to draw up a plan and costings for work to improve the ecology and appearance of the river and EA will have some funding for works.  Volunteer work could begin to clear some of the vegetation but approval will need to be given by EA and some plans for taking away debris will need to be in place.  It was said that EA will not give any funding to ‘a group of residents’ and discussion took place with the team regarding the possibility of HiB being a formal body to manage finances, etc.  Trustees were in agreement and a vote was taken with all members present voting in agreement.  A further meeting of the small River committee will take place towards end of July and progress will be reported.  *Richard de Clare 150yr celebrations were attended for HiB by Wendy and Iola also attended (both are former teachers at the School.)  They reported a lovely day with each class celebrating something in the 150 year history of the school.  There were some musical items and a tour around the school.  Day ended with a pic-nic in the playground.  Well done Richard de Clare School!  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year which we did and HiB has been awarded a charity place.  One of the Road Runners will run for HiB and a Virgin Money Fund raising page is being set up to receive donations.  Sue suggested that perhaps one of the individuals who have been given a place might consider running for HiB.  This will be explored when all is up and running.  *Facebook comments. Oliver has spoken to the complainant and all is now sorted.  Thank you Oliver, we don’t like to cause any difficulties.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 7th July..  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June, then 18th July ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.  *Mayor’s Fair that will take place in aid of Mayor’s Charity 2019 (Halstead Day Centre) is on 3rd August but HiB won’t be able to take part in this event.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  17  entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  Judging Assistants volunteers are as follows:  Margaret E with Wendy Schmitt (if Sunday judging is OK with Wendy); Margaret T with Charles Soule for Allotment judging on Saturday; John and Alison Brett will be accompanied by David T on Saturday; Sue Wilson will be with Annie on Saturday; Ian will accompany Steve Kirby on Sunday; Thelma and Joyce will accompany Lady Fiona Wilson on Sunday and Margaret E will accompany Chairman of BDC Angela Kilmartin on Saturday.  We didn’t assign anyone with Lyn Walters on Saturday 20th – volunteers please!  We may not need all judges if we have no more entries – but entry doesn’t close until 12th July. Thank you to all volunteers – I will give judges your contact details and the list of entries to be judged will be available from Tuesday 16th July.  Christine asked if entrants could be requested to submit photos of their gardens to be put on a scrolling screen presentation on Awards Day.  Note will be added to notification of judging letters.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR ANGLIA IN BLOOM – 24th July (10am to 4.30pm)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
Routes for both tours were available and timings were discussed.  Those who will be holding display boards for judges are as follows:  Oliver – The Causeway; Halstead Public Gardens – Margaret T (Iola and Wendy will be at the special bed celebrating 75years of Halstead Townswomen’s Guild); Christine and Young Bloom team will walk judges from the Public Gardens and show them around the entry at HT School; Adams Court –  Joyce and Pat will be at the Sustainable Front Garden and Vegetable Garden; Mill Chase P.F. – Annie and Mike (a comfort break at Annie and Mike’s House will be offered to Anglia in Bloom judges, and some drinks and biscuits will be available at the Playing Field);  Coggeshall Pieces and Hawthorn Close – Carol will take both boards;  Resource Centre – Jenny and Mary S; Parsonage St. Businesses/Fire Station and River Walk – Fiona and Sheila; Guides’ Allotment – Margaret T and guides/brownies/rainbows.  Debra will take down the display boards at The Bull and deliver them to Bowls Club to set them up for lunch time viewing. (do you need help Debra?).  David, Ian and Alan will be the ‘scouting party’ for both tours.  Margaret E and Joan will accompany Judges. Julia will time-keep.  Mayor and one other Councillor will meet both sets of judges at The Bull to welcome them to Halstead.  All are invited to lunch at Bowls Club.

Some necessary works – mainly weeding! – were identified: Trinity Court (Greenfields assure this is in hand), Courtaulds Close (again, Greenfields have this in hand) , Beridge Road/Colne Valley Close/Butler Road have weeds and Butler Road Car Park is weedy and gutters are blocked. There is a hedge near to Courtaulds Close that needs to be cut back (residential? if so, resident has to be asked if we can cut – Council’s won’t be able to do this work). Some weeding needs to be done at Trinity School.  Sue, Carol and Linda will sort area Bois Hall Gardens to Colne Road.  Margaret T advised that there is damage to the Cemetery Wall in Colne Road (will be reported).  Annie suggested that some working parties be arranged to ‘blitz’ various areas.  Will be taken forward.  Iola and two of Margaret’s Guides will take on watering of the large tubs in Parsonage St. (Annie has some phormiums donated by Jackie and Ted Hawkes that might be suitable for large tubs?  Joan to be asked.)
*Children’s Competition. Margaret T has 10 confirmed entries.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 2nd July:  Plant up large tubs in Parsonage St. and in Co-op Car Park.  Weed and tidy around Weavers’ Court.   Wednesday 3rd July: Finish surgery bed! Thursday 4th July – finish planting at The Loom  Tuesday 9th July: Dead Heading.  Thursday 11th – Resource Centre

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona has 2 shops on board so far and will tour round on 2nd July with Margaret T to find more.  Some posters were available and will be given to schools with entry forms (more to be printed). Fiona has most of the required items.  Trail will be aimed at the summer holiday. *Eileen spoke about the Planning Application for Land East of High Street and said that 21st Century Group had arranged a meeting for Friday 28th June at Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, 7.30pm to advise residents on how to give evidence to the Planning Inspectorate to hopefully get a Public Hearing rather than a written decision about this land.  Eileen urged all to write to the Inspectorate (closing date is 3rd July) to raise objections to the application and to ask for a Public Hearing. *Carol said she had reassurance from Braintree DC that the seat removed from the end of Churchill Avenue will be repaired and replaced.  Carol spoke about the damaged light at Solar Wall, Weavers’ Court.  It will be difficult to repair as new concrete base needs to be made.  *Iola advised that the surround of Colchester Road bed is in poor condition – all the entry beds are in a similar state and decisions will need to be made over the winter period about what to do.  *Annie commented on the bedraggled flag hanging at the High Street end of the entrance to Weavers’ Court.  This is East of England Co-op property – will be reported.  *Joyce noted that weeds had been removed from around the Service Station and furniture shop in Trinity Street.  Joyce also spoke about the seats outside W.H.Smith that are badly in need of painting (it’s not known who has responsibility for these seats).  Joyce also spoke about the waist high weeds at The Centre.  This area is owned by Essex CC so it is assumed therefore that no cutting back will be done. *Margaret T spoke about a possible red paint spillage on pavement at Butler Road.  Margaret also noted some traffic road signs that have not been removed although work is complete:- near to Service Station, Trinity Street, Butler Road and Trinity Road.  Will be reported.  Margaret said that the stile had been removed on path to Box Mill but path is now open for motor bikes that could be a danger to pedestrians.  Margaret noted that a large white van is parked on verge at Parsonage Street that must be a hazard for vehicles exiting from St. Andrew’s Road.  *Linda spoke about new troughs at Oswick and she has given employees there another watering can and asked that they put one can of water on each tub on a regular basis!
*Margaret E noted that one seat at Former Post Office Forecourt is broken – has been reported.  *Ian asked if HiB will contribute to refreshment for judges – this has been offered. *Annie noted that The Bull has offered HiB team some free cold drinks at working parties.  Much appreciated!

.**********

There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.02  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 18th July 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 27th June 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.
Chairman welcomed Pat who had been attending working parties for a couple of months, but this was her first team meeting and also Eileen Penn, Rivercare Group and 21st Century Group.

 

MINUTES of  30th May had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS:   *Flower Festival It was believed that there was good attendance at the Festival and that in general it was better than last year with some colourful displays.  It is hoped that it was financially successful and that there will be another event in 2020.  Halstead in Bloom was proud to be associated with this event. *River Colne Update – John Smith called another meeting for 26th June, and a representative of Environment Agency was present.  Meeting was very positive with a willingness by EA to look at taking some ‘refurbishment’ further.  The officer present will speak with some colleagues who have experience of this type of work and it is hoped that some co-operation with EECOS (affiliated to Essex Wildlife Trust) will be possible.  EECOS will hopefully be able to draw up a plan and costings for work to improve the ecology and appearance of the river and EA will have some funding for works.  Volunteer work could begin to clear some of the vegetation but approval will need to be given by EA and some plans for taking away debris will need to be in place.  It was said that EA will not give any funding to ‘a group of residents’ and discussion took place with the team regarding the possibility of HiB being a formal body to manage finances, etc.  Trustees were in agreement and a vote was taken with all members present voting in agreement.  A further meeting of the small River committee will take place towards end of July and progress will be reported.  *Richard de Clare 150yr celebrations were attended for HiB by Wendy and Iola also attended (both are former teachers at the School.)  They reported a lovely day with each class celebrating something in the 150 year history of the school.  There were some musical items and a tour around the school.  Day ended with a pic-nic in the playground.  Well done Richard de Clare School!  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year which we did and HiB has been awarded a charity place.  One of the Road Runners will run for HiB and a Virgin Money Fund raising page is being set up to receive donations.  Sue suggested that perhaps one of the individuals who have been given a place might consider running for HiB.  This will be explored when all is up and running.  *Facebook comments. Oliver has spoken to the complainant and all is now sorted.  Thank you Oliver, we don’t like to cause any difficulties.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 7th July..  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June, then 18th July ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.  *Mayor’s Fair that will take place in aid of Mayor’s Charity 2019 (Halstead Day Centre) is on 3rd August but HiB won’t be able to take part in this event.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  17  entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  Judging Assistants volunteers are as follows:  Margaret E with Wendy Schmitt (if Sunday judging is OK with Wendy); Margaret T with Charles Soule for Allotment judging on Saturday; John and Alison Brett will be accompanied by David T on Saturday; Sue Wilson will be with Annie on Saturday; Ian will accompany Steve Kirby on Sunday; Thelma and Joyce will accompany Lady Fiona Wilson on Sunday and Margaret E will accompany Chairman of BDC Angela Kilmartin on Saturday.  We didn’t assign anyone with Lyn Walters on Saturday 20th – volunteers please!  We may not need all judges if we have no more entries – but entry doesn’t close until 12th July. Thank you to all volunteers – I will give judges your contact details and the list of entries to be judged will be available from Tuesday 16th July.  Christine asked if entrants could be requested to submit photos of their gardens to be put on a scrolling screen presentation on Awards Day.  Note will be added to notification of judging letters.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR ANGLIA IN BLOOM – 24th July (10am to 4.30pm)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
Routes for both tours were available and timings were discussed.  Those who will be holding display boards for judges are as follows:  Oliver – The Causeway; Halstead Public Gardens – Margaret T (Iola and Wendy will be at the special bed celebrating 75years of Halstead Townswomen’s Guild); Christine and Young Bloom team will walk judges from the Public Gardens and show them around the entry at HT School; Adams Court –  Joyce and Pat will be at the Sustainable Front Garden and Vegetable Garden; Mill Chase P.F. – Annie and Mike (a comfort break at Annie and Mike’s House will be offered to Anglia in Bloom judges, and some drinks and biscuits will be available at the Playing Field);  Coggeshall Pieces and Hawthorn Close – Carol will take both boards;  Resource Centre – Jenny and Mary S; Parsonage St. Businesses/Fire Station and River Walk – Fiona and Sheila; Guides’ Allotment – Margaret T and guides/brownies/rainbows.  Debra will take down the display boards at The Bull and deliver them to Bowls Club to set them up for lunch time viewing. (do you need help Debra?).  David, Ian and Alan will be the ‘scouting party’ for both tours.  Margaret E and Joan will accompany Judges. Julia will time-keep.  Mayor and one other Councillor will meet both sets of judges at The Bull to welcome them to Halstead.  All are invited to lunch at Bowls Club.

Some necessary works – mainly weeding! – were identified: Trinity Court (Greenfields assure this is in hand), Courtaulds Close (again, Greenfields have this in hand) , Beridge Road/Colne Valley Close/Butler Road have weeds and Butler Road Car Park is weedy and gutters are blocked. There is a hedge near to Courtaulds Close that needs to be cut back (residential? if so, resident has to be asked if we can cut – Council’s won’t be able to do this work). Some weeding needs to be done at Trinity School.  Sue, Carol and Linda will sort area Bois Hall Gardens to Colne Road.  Margaret T advised that there is damage to the Cemetery Wall in Colne Road (will be reported).  Annie suggested that some working parties be arranged to ‘blitz’ various areas.  Will be taken forward.  Iola and two of Margaret’s Guides will take on watering of the large tubs in Parsonage St. (Annie has some phormiums donated by Jackie and Ted Hawkes that might be suitable for large tubs?  Joan to be asked.)
*Children’s Competition. Margaret T has 10 confirmed entries.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 2nd July:  Plant up large tubs in Parsonage St. and in Co-op Car Park.  Weed and tidy around Weavers’ Court.   Wednesday 3rd July: Finish surgery bed! Thursday 4th July – finish planting at The Loom  Tuesday 9th July: Dead Heading.  Thursday 11th – Resource Centre

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona has 2 shops on board so far and will tour round on 2nd July with Margaret T to find more.  Some posters were available and will be given to schools with entry forms (more to be printed). Fiona has most of the required items.  Trail will be aimed at the summer holiday. *Eileen spoke about the Planning Application for Land East of High Street and said that 21st Century Group had arranged a meeting for Friday 28th June at Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, 7.30pm to advise residents on how to give evidence to the Planning Inspectorate to hopefully get a Public Hearing rather than a written decision about this land.  Eileen urged all to write to the Inspectorate (closing date is 3rd July) to raise objections to the application and to ask for a Public Hearing. *Carol said she had reassurance from Braintree DC that the seat removed from the end of Churchill Avenue will be repaired and replaced.  Carol spoke about the damaged light at Solar Wall, Weavers’ Court.  It will be difficult to repair as new concrete base needs to be made.  *Iola advised that the surround of Colchester Road bed is in poor condition – all the entry beds are in a similar state and decisions will need to be made over the winter period about what to do.  *Annie commented on the bedraggled flag hanging at the High Street end of the entrance to Weavers’ Court.  This is East of England Co-op property – will be reported.  *Joyce noted that weeds had been removed from around the Service Station and furniture shop in Trinity Street.  Joyce also spoke about the seats outside W.H.Smith that are badly in need of painting (it’s not known who has responsibility for these seats).  Joyce also spoke about the waist high weeds at The Centre.  This area is owned by Essex CC so it is assumed therefore that no cutting back will be done. *Margaret T spoke about a possible red paint spillage on pavement at Butler Road.  Margaret also noted some traffic road signs that have not been removed although work is complete:- near to Service Station, Trinity Street, Butler Road and Trinity Road.  Will be reported.  Margaret said that the stile had been removed on path to Box Mill but path is now open for motor bikes that could be a danger to pedestrians.  Margaret noted that a large white van is parked on verge at Parsonage Street that must be a hazard for vehicles exiting from St. Andrew’s Road.  *Linda spoke about new troughs at Oswick and she has given employees there another watering can and asked that they put one can of water on each tub on a regular basis!
*Margaret E noted that one seat at Former Post Office Forecourt is broken – has been reported.  *Ian asked if HiB will contribute to refreshment for judges – this has been offered. *Annie noted that The Bull has offered HiB team some free cold drinks at working parties.  Much appreciated!

.**********

There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.02  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 18th July 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

Minutes 30th May 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 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 (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION 2019

Halstead  in   Bloom

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION  2019

Entries are now invited in the categories listed below.

Competition is open to all residents of Halstead

ENTRY  IS  FREE.

A £30.00 first prize and a second prize of £20.00 will be awarded in each category, certificates will also be given to each entrant.

Closing date for entry is Friday 12th July 2019 Judging will take place 20th or 21st July.

□  Front Garden
□ Back Garden

□ Patio/Container Garden

□ New/Makeover Garden

□ Allotment

□ Kitchen Garden
□ Young Person’s Garden (Under 15)

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Entries are also invited for the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood category.

No prizes in this category;   certificates will be awarded by the RHS

Complete contact details overleaf and post to :  Secretary, Halstead in Bloom,

Old Woodyard, Southey Green, Sible Hedingham, CO9 3RN

or drop it off to HALSTEAD ICING, or HALSTEAD TOWN COUNCIL

Minutes of meeting 25th April 2019

Minutes of a meeting 25th April 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  28th March had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Perrywoods Visit.  Now confirmed for 25th September at 11am.  Party limited to 15 people, Margaret E is taking names..  *Halstead Flower Festival. Joan has plans for a Bridal display, with some potted plants and some gardening hand tools to cover the patronage of St. Dorothy.  There will be about 30 displays in St. Andrew’s Church and volunteers to marshall, serve refreshments, etc. will be welcomed.  Dates are 21st/22nd/23rd June.  Please let me know if you can help. Organisers are also look for other arrangers for displays in porches, windowsills, etc. so again, if you can assist please let me know, or speak to Helena Gee on jmgee1@hotmail.co.uk (please mention HiB). *Rivercare Conference. Joan and Margaret E who attended from HiB and Margaret T who joined Eileen Penn as Rivercare Halstead all enjoyed the day and thought it a worthwhile event at the lovely venue of Rutland Water.  *Living Sculptures. Anglia in Bloom has been contacted by a TV company who are planning a programme giving couples and pairs the opportunity to create amazing living sculptures and incredible works of art using flowers and plants.  If you are interested please contact livingsculptures@shiver.tv – please mention Halstead in Bloom. Cut off date is 31st May.  *Green Plan It RHS is looking for volunteers to mentor small teams of 12-14 year old students through Green Plan It 2019- to design a garden for their school/community. They are also looking for assessors for the programme.  Please visit schoolgardening/rhs/org/uk/greenplanit for more information. *Cake Stall. Margaret thanked all who contributed cakes and items to sell at the stall, which was very successful.  Amount taken for cakes was £121.40, goods raised £20.50 and donations amounted to £34.55 giving a total of £176.45 raised in all.  Well done everyone! *Daniel Robinson & Sons have offered the HiB team a tour around their new premises in High Street (site of former NatWest bank – and former Portway family home).  Sec. to arrange and circulate details. *Richard de Clare School will be holding an event on Monday 17th June to celebrate 175th anniversary of the School and they have invited a representative of HiB to attend.  Sheila G said that, as a former pupil, she would like to attend but now finds that she has a prior engagement.  If you’d like to attend as HiB representative please let me know – I have to give in names by 31st May.
EVENTS:
  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 5th May.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 28th April and then 26th May. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *May Fayre will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Monday 6th May between 2pm and 4.30pm.  HiB to attend with goods for sale and also planting sunflowers and nasturtiums.  *The Bull Hotel ‘Meet and Greet’ event on Saturday 11th May 12pm to 3pm will be attended by HiB with items to sell, display board and welcome messages! *Halstead Marathon will be 12th May.  HiB volunteers will be at posts 28-33 and should registers at Halstead Leisure Centre from 11am to be in post by 11.45.  *W.I. Coach Trip to Suffolk Show is planned for 29th May leaving Butler Rd. Car Park at 8am. Cost £38 p.p. including transport and entry. Ring 01787 582600 if you are interested in attending.  *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *Plant Stall. booked for Friday 24th May.  Some plants being grown on but donations will be welcomed from 8.30am at Halstead Market. Stall manning as follows:  9-10 Joan and Carol; 10-11 Christine and Jenny; 11-12 Sheila and Joyce; 12-1 – Ian and David.  There will possibly be further sale if surplus of plants!  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.  *Collecting/Planting  will be 1st and 2nd June. *Open Garden. Have been told since the meeting that Emma and Rick Rengasamy will be opening their garden at Sandy Lodge, Howe Chase under the Yellow Book scheme on 12th May and 22nd September this year.  The gardens have won prizes in our Local Garden Competition and last year the open gardens event raised over £800 for charity.  All are welcome, small dogs on leads, and there will be refreshements on offer.

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  Posters will be placed on Town notice boards and entry forms are available from Halstead TC Office and Halstead Icing.  50 Certificates of Merit have been printed, and team have taken some to give to deserving Front Gardens (with an entry form).  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.        *New Sheltered/Care Home category. Anglia in Bloom has introduced a           RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  new category this year and  Priory Hall  has entered!  This will mean that the site will have a proper judging, not at part of the town tour.. *Route Survey.  Thank you to team members who reported on sections of the route.  Meeting has taken place with BDC and areas of responsibility have been ascertained.  This will be helpful, and further discussions will take place at Partnership meeting..  *Badges. RHS Britain in Bloom judges appreciate name badges. Annie is happy to make badges/lanyards, please speak to her if you need either.  *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.

 

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 30th April – Deadheading.  Thursday 2nd May. Small working party at the Dr’s Surgery.  Tuesday 7th May – Road Runners’ Bed; tidy before Marathon  Thursday 9th May.  Dr’s Surgery working party.  Tuesday 14th May. Dead heading Thursday 16th May possibly at Surgery.  Tuesday 21st May possibly litter pick/weeding or begin to remove plants.  Thursday 23rd May Removal of plants/changing compost where necessary. (new compost is on order.  6 bags to be delivered to Weavers’ Court as required).

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Weed Clearing Machine. was investigated and advice was taken from BDC.  It was decided that the machine would be difficult to use and other avenues will be explored. *Summer Trail.  Fiona could not attend the meeting, so this item deferred to next meeting.  *Notcutts Voucher Just a reminder that HiB has a discount voucher if required.  *David has spoken to John and Alison who will be happy to judge in the Local Garden Competition this year.  *Margaret T noted that Tim (HTC) has strimmed land opposite the Cinema and has weed killed.  Margaret and Chris both noted that there is a problem with grass verge growing over the pavement in Butler Road adjacent to land where new Community Hub will be built.  Drains in Butler Road Car Park are still blocked and solid.  Margaret also told the meeting that the new plant container at Courtaulds Sports Ground will be moved to the Bowls Club as there is fear of vandalism damage.  *Linda spoke about the troughs outside Oswick that are in poor condition.  She is also concerned that the staff there aren’t watering the plants sufficiently well.  Firm will be contacted to see the way forward.  *Joan spoke about shop at top of High Street (was formerly Tatty Broyd’s) and where the owner wants to put flower troughs outside or if not will put up some hanging baskets (new owner is a finance company).  Joan asked if there is any news on the new logo for HiB – none as yet.  Joan said that a resident of Bronze Court had approached her and Ian to ask if winter bedding could be planted in the two tubs at entrance to the Court.  Joan explained and the resident said that perhaps next year she will plant up the tubs.  Joan spoke about the ramp at Parsonage St. Allotment Site that is in poor condition (was installed by the PHAB group, not by H.T.C.) and said that judges should be taken down the steps to see the Guides’ site.  *Chris spoke about a poster for the Community Litter Pick events and will let Oliver have copy.  *Carol asked if there are any rings for litter pick bags – Joan and Margaret have one each and there is one in HiB stock.  Carol asked if all the HiB equipment could be brought to a working party so that anyone who needs to use it can take ownership.  This will be done.

 

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.10  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 30th   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 (Colchester

Minutes of a meeting 25th April 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  28th March had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Perrywoods Visit.  Now confirmed for 25th September at 11am.  Party limited to 15 people, Margaret E is taking names..  *Halstead Flower Festival. Joan has plans for a Bridal display, with some potted plants and some gardening hand tools to cover the patronage of St. Dorothy.  There will be about 30 displays in St. Andrew’s Church and volunteers to marshall, serve refreshments, etc. will be welcomed.  Dates are 21st/22nd/23rd June.  Please let me know if you can help. Organisers are also look for other arrangers for displays in porches, windowsills, etc. so again, if you can assist please let me know, or speak to Helena Gee on jmgee1@hotmail.co.uk (please mention HiB). *Rivercare Conference. Joan and Margaret E who attended from HiB and Margaret T who joined Eileen Penn as Rivercare Halstead all enjoyed the day and thought it a worthwhile event at the lovely venue of Rutland Water.  *Living Sculptures. Anglia in Bloom has been contacted by a TV company who are planning a programme giving couples and pairs the opportunity to create amazing living sculptures and incredible works of art using flowers and plants.  If you are interested please contact livingsculptures@shiver.tv – please mention Halstead in Bloom. Cut off date is 31st May.  *Green Plan It RHS is looking for volunteers to mentor small teams of 12-14 year old students through Green Plan It 2019- to design a garden for their school/community. They are also looking for assessors for the programme.  Please visit schoolgardening/rhs/org/uk/greenplanit for more information. *Cake Stall. Margaret thanked all who contributed cakes and items to sell at the stall, which was very successful.  Amount taken for cakes was £121.40, goods raised £20.50 and donations amounted to £34.55 giving a total of £176.45 raised in all.  Well done everyone! *Daniel Robinson & Sons have offered the HiB team a tour around their new premises in High Street (site of former NatWest bank – and former Portway family home).  Sec. to arrange and circulate details. *Richard de Clare School will be holding an event on Monday 17th June to celebrate 175th anniversary of the School and they have invited a representative of HiB to attend.  Sheila G said that, as a former pupil, she would like to attend but now finds that she has a prior engagement.  If you’d like to attend as HiB representative please let me know – I have to give in names by 31st May.
EVENTS:
  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 5th May.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 28th April and then 26th May. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *May Fayre will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Monday 6th May between 2pm and 4.30pm.  HiB to attend with goods for sale and also planting sunflowers and nasturtiums.  *The Bull Hotel ‘Meet and Greet’ event on Saturday 11th May 12pm to 3pm will be attended by HiB with items to sell, display board and welcome messages! *Halstead Marathon will be 12th May.  HiB volunteers will be at posts 28-33 and should registers at Halstead Leisure Centre from 11am to be in post by 11.45.  *W.I. Coach Trip to Suffolk Show is planned for 29th May leaving Butler Rd. Car Park at 8am. Cost £38 p.p. including transport and entry. Ring 01787 582600 if you are interested in attending.  *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *Plant Stall. booked for Friday 24th May.  Some plants being grown on but donations will be welcomed from 8.30am at Halstead Market. Stall manning as follows:  9-10 Joan and Carol; 10-11 Christine and Jenny; 11-12 Sheila and Joyce; 12-1 – Ian and David.  There will possibly be further sale if surplus of plants!  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.  *Collecting/Planting  will be 1st and 2nd June. *Open Garden. Have been told since the meeting that Emma and Rick Rengasamy will be opening their garden at Sandy Lodge, Howe Chase under the Yellow Book scheme on 12th May and 22nd September this year.  The gardens have won prizes in our Local Garden Competition and last year the open gardens event raised over £800 for charity.  All are welcome, small dogs on leads, and there will be refreshements on offer.

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  Posters will be placed on Town notice boards and entry forms are available from Halstead TC Office and Halstead Icing.  50 Certificates of Merit have been printed, and team have taken some to give to deserving Front Gardens (with an entry form).  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.        *New Sheltered/Care Home category. Anglia in Bloom has introduced a           RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  new category this year and  Priory Hall  has entered!  This will mean that the site will have a proper judging, not at part of the town tour.. *Route Survey.  Thank you to team members who reported on sections of the route.  Meeting has taken place with BDC and areas of responsibility have been ascertained.  This will be helpful, and further discussions will take place at Partnership meeting..  *Badges. RHS Britain in Bloom judges appreciate name badges. Annie is happy to make badges/lanyards, please speak to her if you need either.  *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.

 

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 30th April – Deadheading.  Thursday 2nd May. Small working party at the Dr’s Surgery.  Tuesday 7th May – Road Runners’ Bed; tidy before Marathon  Thursday 9th May.  Dr’s Surgery working party.  Tuesday 14th May. Dead heading Thursday 16th May possibly at Surgery.  Tuesday 21st May possibly litter pick/weeding or begin to remove plants.  Thursday 23rd May Removal of plants/changing compost where necessary. (new compost is on order.  6 bags to be delivered to Weavers’ Court as required).

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Weed Clearing Machine. was investigated and advice was taken from BDC.  It was decided that the machine would be difficult to use and other avenues will be explored. *Summer Trail.  Fiona could not attend the meeting, so this item deferred to next meeting.  *Notcutts Voucher Just a reminder that HiB has a discount voucher if required.  *David has spoken to John and Alison who will be happy to judge in the Local Garden Competition this year.  *Margaret T noted that Tim (HTC) has strimmed land opposite the Cinema and has weed killed.  Margaret and Chris both noted that there is a problem with grass verge growing over the pavement in Butler Road adjacent to land where new Community Hub will be built.  Drains in Butler Road Car Park are still blocked and solid.  Margaret also told the meeting that the new plant container at Courtaulds Sports Ground will be moved to the Bowls Club as there is fear of vandalism damage.  *Linda spoke about the troughs outside Oswick that are in poor condition.  She is also concerned that the staff there aren’t watering the plants sufficiently well.  Firm will be contacted to see the way forward.  *Joan spoke about shop at top of High Street (was formerly Tatty Broyd’s) and where the owner wants to put flower troughs outside or if not will put up some hanging baskets (new owner is a finance company).  Joan asked if there is any news on the new logo for HiB – none as yet.  Joan said that a resident of Bronze Court had approached her and Ian to ask if winter bedding could be planted in the two tubs at entrance to the Court.  Joan explained and the resident said that perhaps next year she will plant up the tubs.  Joan spoke about the ramp at Parsonage St. Allotment Site that is in poor condition (was installed by the PHAB group, not by H.T.C.) and said that judges should be taken down the steps to see the Guides’ site.  *Chris spoke about a poster for the Community Litter Pick events and will let Oliver have copy.  *Carol asked if there are any rings for litter pick bags – Joan and Margaret have one each and there is one in HiB stock.  Carol asked if all the HiB equipment could be brought to a working party so that anyone who needs to use it can take ownership.  This will be done.

 

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.10  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 30th   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
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Minutes of a meeting 25th April 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  28th March had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Perrywoods Visit.  Now confirmed for 25th September at 11am.  Party limited to 15 people, Margaret E is taking names..  *Halstead Flower Festival. Joan has plans for a Bridal display, with some potted plants and some gardening hand tools to cover the patronage of St. Dorothy.  There will be about 30 displays in St. Andrew’s Church and volunteers to marshall, serve refreshments, etc. will be welcomed.  Dates are 21st/22nd/23rd June.  Please let me know if you can help. Organisers are also look for other arrangers for displays in porches, windowsills, etc. so again, if you can assist please let me know, or speak to Helena Gee on jmgee1@hotmail.co.uk (please mention HiB). *Rivercare Conference. Joan and Margaret E who attended from HiB and Margaret T who joined Eileen Penn as Rivercare Halstead all enjoyed the day and thought it a worthwhile event at the lovely venue of Rutland Water.  *Living Sculptures. Anglia in Bloom has been contacted by a TV company who are planning a programme giving couples and pairs the opportunity to create amazing living sculptures and incredible works of art using flowers and plants.  If you are interested please contact livingsculptures@shiver.tv – please mention Halstead in Bloom. Cut off date is 31st May.  *Green Plan It RHS is looking for volunteers to mentor small teams of 12-14 year old students through Green Plan It 2019- to design a garden for their school/community. They are also looking for assessors for the programme.  Please visit schoolgardening/rhs/org/uk/greenplanit for more information. *Cake Stall. Margaret thanked all who contributed cakes and items to sell at the stall, which was very successful.  Amount taken for cakes was £121.40, goods raised £20.50 and donations amounted to £34.55 giving a total of £176.45 raised in all.  Well done everyone! *Daniel Robinson & Sons have offered the HiB team a tour around their new premises in High Street (site of former NatWest bank – and former Portway family home).  Sec. to arrange and circulate details. *Richard de Clare School will be holding an event on Monday 17th June to celebrate 175th anniversary of the School and they have invited a representative of HiB to attend.  Sheila G said that, as a former pupil, she would like to attend but now finds that she has a prior engagement.  If you’d like to attend as HiB representative please let me know – I have to give in names by 31st May.
EVENTS:
  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 5th May.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 28th April and then 26th May. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *May Fayre will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Monday 6th May between 2pm and 4.30pm.  HiB to attend with goods for sale and also planting sunflowers and nasturtiums.  *The Bull Hotel ‘Meet and Greet’ event on Saturday 11th May 12pm to 3pm will be attended by HiB with items to sell, display board and welcome messages! *Halstead Marathon will be 12th May.  HiB volunteers will be at posts 28-33 and should registers at Halstead Leisure Centre from 11am to be in post by 11.45.  *W.I. Coach Trip to Suffolk Show is planned for 29th May leaving Butler Rd. Car Park at 8am. Cost £38 p.p. including transport and entry. Ring 01787 582600 if you are interested in attending.  *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *Plant Stall. booked for Friday 24th May.  Some plants being grown on but donations will be welcomed from 8.30am at Halstead Market. Stall manning as follows:  9-10 Joan and Carol; 10-11 Christine and Jenny; 11-12 Sheila and Joyce; 12-1 – Ian and David.  There will possibly be further sale if surplus of plants!  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.  *Collecting/Planting  will be 1st and 2nd June. *Open Garden. Have been told since the meeting that Emma and Rick Rengasamy will be opening their garden at Sandy Lodge, Howe Chase under the Yellow Book scheme on 12th May and 22nd September this year.  The gardens have won prizes in our Local Garden Competition and last year the open gardens event raised over £800 for charity.  All are welcome, small dogs on leads, and there will be refreshements on offer.

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  Posters will be placed on Town notice boards and entry forms are available from Halstead TC Office and Halstead Icing.  50 Certificates of Merit have been printed, and team have taken some to give to deserving Front Gardens (with an entry form).  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.        *New Sheltered/Care Home category. Anglia in Bloom has introduced a           RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  new category this year and  Priory Hall  has entered!  This will mean that the site will have a proper judging, not at part of the town tour.. *Route Survey.  Thank you to team members who reported on sections of the route.  Meeting has taken place with BDC and areas of responsibility have been ascertained.  This will be helpful, and further discussions will take place at Partnership meeting..  *Badges. RHS Britain in Bloom judges appreciate name badges. Annie is happy to make badges/lanyards, please speak to her if you need either.  *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.

 

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 30th April – Deadheading.  Thursday 2nd May. Small working party at the Dr’s Surgery.  Tuesday 7th May – Road Runners’ Bed; tidy before Marathon  Thursday 9th May.  Dr’s Surgery working party.  Tuesday 14th May. Dead heading Thursday 16th May possibly at Surgery.  Tuesday 21st May possibly litter pick/weeding or begin to remove plants.  Thursday 23rd May Removal of plants/changing compost where necessary. (new compost is on order.  6 bags to be delivered to Weavers’ Court as required).

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Weed Clearing Machine. was investigated and advice was taken from BDC.  It was decided that the machine would be difficult to use and other avenues will be explored. *Summer Trail.  Fiona could not attend the meeting, so this item deferred to next meeting.  *Notcutts Voucher Just a reminder that HiB has a discount voucher if required.  *David has spoken to John and Alison who will be happy to judge in the Local Garden Competition this year.  *Margaret T noted that Tim (HTC) has strimmed land opposite the Cinema and has weed killed.  Margaret and Chris both noted that there is a problem with grass verge growing over the pavement in Butler Road adjacent to land where new Community Hub will be built.  Drains in Butler Road Car Park are still blocked and solid.  Margaret also told the meeting that the new plant container at Courtaulds Sports Ground will be moved to the Bowls Club as there is fear of vandalism damage.  *Linda spoke about the troughs outside Oswick that are in poor condition.  She is also concerned that the staff there aren’t watering the plants sufficiently well.  Firm will be contacted to see the way forward.  *Joan spoke about shop at top of High Street (was formerly Tatty Broyd’s) and where the owner wants to put flower troughs outside or if not will put up some hanging baskets (new owner is a finance company).  Joan asked if there is any news on the new logo for HiB – none as yet.  Joan said that a resident of Bronze Court had approached her and Ian to ask if winter bedding could be planted in the two tubs at entrance to the Court.  Joan explained and the resident said that perhaps next year she will plant up the tubs.  Joan spoke about the ramp at Parsonage St. Allotment Site that is in poor condition (was installed by the PHAB group, not by H.T.C.) and said that judges should be taken down the steps to see the Guides’ site.  *Chris spoke about a poster for the Community Litter Pick events and will let Oliver have copy.  *Carol asked if there are any rings for litter pick bags – Joan and Margaret have one each and there is one in HiB stock.  Carol asked if all the HiB equipment could be brought to a working party so that anyone who needs to use it can take ownership.  This will be done.

 

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.10  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 30th   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

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Minutes of 28th March 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 28th March 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

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

MINUTES of  28th February had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS:   *AGM – Feedback. All agreed that this was a successful event, and the speaker from Perrywoods was very interesting.  It has been ascertained that group visits (not more than 15 people) can be arranged at Perrywoods, Tiptree. Sec was asked to make enquiries to book visit on 25th September.  Powerpoint presentation of accounts was thought to have been useful. *Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch – Feedback.  The lack of biscuits with coffee on arrival was a major concern, will be taken to AiB.  There will be biscuits at the next event!! Catering at the event was rated as good.  It was commented that not much was learned by HiB delegates.  The first speaker – Tamara Bridge, speaking about the Warner Edwards garden she had created at Chelsea Flower Show was interesting and informative.  Second speaker – Terry Bane of Norwich in Bloom Partnership was not considered  interesting.  *Halstead Flower Festival. Friends of St. Andrew’s Church  with Halstead in Bloom is planning another Flower Festival this year.  It will be at the Church on 21st/22nd/23rd June and theme is ‘All the Saints’.  HiB has taken St. Dorothy, the patron of Florists, Gardeners, Newlyweds and Brides.  Joan will design and helpers will be needed for set up on 19th/20th June.  Sponsors for the event will be sought, and help will be required on viewing days to serve drinks, etc. and to marshall.
EVENTS:
  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 7th April.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 31st March and then 28th April. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. This will be Halstead’s effort for the Great British Spring Clean and has been publicised on the Keep Britain Tidy Web Site and BDC events calendar.    *Rivercare annual conference at Rutland Water on 6th April;  Joan and Margaret E to attend.  Margaret T is also attending as part of Rivercare Group.  *Cake stall planned for 20th April, outside Solar, donations of cakes to sell will be appreciated  Stall manning as follows: 9-10 Carol and Annie.  10-11 Margie C and Iola.  11-12 Joyce and Joan.  12-1 Margaret E and Julia.  Set up from 8.30am, please bring donations from then onwards.  *May Fayre will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Monday 6th May between 2pm and 4.30pm.  Theme for the day is SAFARI  ADVENTURE and all are invited to dress the part!!  HiB will have a stall selling various goods and hopefully planting sunflowers and/or nasturtiums. *The Bull Hotel is to hold a ‘Meet and Greet’ event on Saturday 11th May 12pm to 3pm in the function suites and gardens.   HiB will attend with information and promotional goods.  *Halstead Marathon will be 12th May.  Names of volunteer marshalls have been passed to organisers. Route for the Marathon is not yet known, details will be shared when available. *Plant Sale will be on 24th May at Friday market. Joan has received some of the plug plants ordered, and has potted up begonias, pansies and geraniums.  Carol will take some to grow on and Margaret E will also grown on others when they arrive. *Buddy Bag event will take place in Witham on 25th May.  Details at www.buddybagfoundation.co.uk.   *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Booked at the Con Club for Friday 18th October.  *Collecting and Planting Summer Bedding will be 1st and 2nd June. Details later.     * Public Meeting about River Colne in Halstead has been called by a resident, John Smith, and will take place on 17th April at Queen’s Hall from 7pm.  Some invitations have been sent out but it is understood that this will be an open meeting for all to attend.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  A timed route was shown for both Anglia in Bloom and Britain in Bloom tours. Will start at Bull Hotel, this has now been agreed with Bull Managers, who will provide refreshments to Judges.  Linda and Margaret T have viewed the section proposed from Hawthorn Close to the Road Runners’ Bed and feel it would be better to travel back along Churchill Avenue/Sudbury Road/Boils Hall Gardens/Colne Road to the Bed.   Sec will walk with Braintree DC along the route, team will form groups to view each section and report back to sec. (ASAP) on any work that needs to be done before this walk round takes place.   Some bird boxes have been put up on the river walk, and some wild flowers are showing through ‘Special’ entries were discussed and good quality photos for each ‘special’ entry are required.  It was said that U3A Photo Club might help – Alan has also volunteered assistance. *RHS Britain in Bloom tour is shorter in time and the  route has been adjusted to suit.  It is hoped that the Bowls Club will be available for end of tour refreshments for both tours.  *New Sheltered/Care Home category. Anglia in Bloom has introduced a new category this year and it has been suggested to Priory Hall that HiB could enter them into this category.  Jean is speaking with Management about this.  Halstead Hall has also been advised of this category. *Self Marking. It was suggested that some members might like to do an exercise on marking the judging route nearer to the time of judging and this was thought to be a useful exercise.  *Badges. It was stressed at RHS Britain in Bloom seminar that Judges do like to have names on the people they meet.  Various badge holders are available, and Annie is happy to make badges.; it will be helpful for anyone meeting  judges along the routes to have a simple Christian name badge. *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has entry forms; so far  about 14 entrants confirmed.  Entrants will be asked to make a bird box and/or a frog house together with a planted pot containing plants for wild life and bring them to the Public Gardens on judging day for Anglia in Bloom.  It is hoped that some will be available for the RHS Britain in Bloom judges to see also.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 22nd April – Work at River Walk (Parsonage St.) to dig out nettles. Bring thick gloves, digging forks.  Thursday 4th April. Small working party at the Dr’s Surgery, just those who worked here last time as it’s a very small space.  Tuesday 9th April – Resource Centre.  They are holding a Spring Fayre on 12th April to raise funds for customer outings (we’ve said that HiB won’t be able to have a stall, but all are invited to visit the Fayre.)  Thursday 11th April.  Dr’s Surgery working party.  Tuesday 16th April. Dead heading and weeding at Solar area.  No working party on 18th April.  Thursday 25th April. Dr’s Surgery Working Party.  After that more details at next meeting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Allotment. There were no takers for work on an allotment, and the site has now been let to another party; maybe try again at another time.  *Local Garden Competition. Categories are to be the same as last year.  Prize money to remain at £30 for 1stt prize and £20 for 2nd prize.  Dates for judging to be 20th and 21st July.  Closing date for entries to be Friday 12th July. *Weed Clearing Machine. Cutting from the NFU magazine was shown of a rotary brush, petrol driven, weeding machine.  It was agreed that this might be useful, but cost is £1330.00 plus VAT, making it almost £1500.  There may be grants available for purchase.  It is believed that BDC have, or have had, a similar machine and sec. to investigate and ask for their thoughts.  It was queried whether it may be possible to hire a similar machine. Sec. to investigate.

*Oliver has joined the Britain in Bloom Facebook group and has posted photos (many taken by Alan) of Halstead.  He will continue to monitor and report.  *Margaret T noted that drains had been cleared in Halstead.  Margaret also said that some work had been done on clearing the river in the Box Mill area – it is not known how far along the river this clearing will take place. *Joan showed a card, signed by Beavers, thanking her and Margaret for their talk about Halstead in Bloom.  It is hoped that some of the Beavers’ work may be shown to Judges.  Joan also had raffle tickets for the Air Ambulance, £1 per ticket.  Others also have tickets.  Joan said that Cllr Mrs Shirley Diver and Alan Diver are moving from Halstead and have some half pots of fence paint to give away (some green, some brown).  Annie, Nicky, Ian, Joyce and Thelma asked for some.  Joan said that Shirley also has some office units for sale at £20 each.  Please ask if you are interested.  Joan asked if some of the Mary Portas/Town Team money could be used for purchase of replacement containers in the High Street – ownership of these containers is not known but when established we may put in a claim.  *Joyce spoke about grass cutting and the amount of cut grass left on top of verges.  *Annie noted that another non-heritage lamp standard had been erected in the town centre, outside Hume’s.  Sec. has been told that these are ‘temporary’ until heritage posts can be sourced.  Annie also noted that the gold bands around Sainsbury’s tubs is peeling away.  Annie said that there is vine weevil in the new tubs at The Centre.  Joan said that when deadheading/weeding team should take a note of which areas are affected; we will need to purchase more compost so that soil in affected tubs can be changed.*Iola spoke about parking on the grass verge at Parsonage St.  It is hoped that HiB can put some large tubs on this verge to deter parking in future. It was noted that various other areas of the town are being damaged by cars parked on verges. *Chris showed a poster, designed by Oliver, about the Community Litter Pick programme.  Oliver volunteered to print off another dozen and laminate them for posting around the Town.   *Fiona asked that BDC be thanked for renewing the Factory Lane road sign that has been broken for some time.  Fiona also spoke again about the trees on the footpath through from Parsonage St. to Weavers’ Court.  This has been reported.  Fiona spoke about a large pot hole in Factory Lane.  All road defects and street light failures can be reported via the Essex CC web site.   *Carol noted that the Wade sponsor signs in entry beds need to be cleaned/renewed.  Carol also spoke about the bed on corner of Oak Road that may need attention.  Joan to view.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.09  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 25th April  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
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Minutes of AGM 8th March 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

MINUTES OF ANNUAL  GENERAL  MEETING 2018

8th March 2019.

Apologies received:  There were some apologies from team members and apologies from President David Hume.

About 35 people were present including  Cllr Andy Munday, Mayor of Halstead, Cllr Mrs Shirley Diver and Cllr Mrs Eileen Penn of Halstead Town Council and Ms Hannah Powell of Perrywoods Garden Centres.

 

Chairman Margaret Eskins welcomed all present  and acknowledged that there were other events in the Town that evening.  Margaret invited Mayor Cllr Munday to speak.

 

Cllr Andy Munday, first of all gave apologies from President of HiB, Cllr David Hume who had been for his first session of chemotherapy that day and although felt well and was in good spirits had been advised not to attend the meeting.  The good wishes of all present will be passed to David.

Cllr Munday said that he had found working with the HiB volunteers an uplifting part of his mayoral duties and said that he had been very proud to receive the Gold Award and Trophy for Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2018 on behalf of Halstead and the HiB volunteers when he attended the Awards event in Bury St. Edmunds in September.  He noted the various floral displays around the town in summer 2018 and was particularly pleased to note the Junior Bloom initiative.  Cllr Munday pledged the continuing support of Halstead Town Council to HiB in the Anglia in Bloom and RHS Britain in Bloom campaigns and wished all well for the coming year.

 

Hannah Powell from Perrywoods Garden Centres gave an illustrated and very informative talk about the growth of this local, family business.  She noted that she was the third generation in the business that was started by her grandfather in 1955 who was a stockman at Braxted Park but who had an idea for a small holding at Tiptree.  He bought, with the help of a loan from a family member, the ground with a small bungalow and a goat shed. Hannah said that in the 70’s turnover of the business was £75,000 per annum and now that amount is taken in a day.  She noted that from those humble beginnings the business that was recently given an award as Third Placed in the top 100 of Garden Centres League in the UK.  Other Awards had also been achieved including a 2nd place for catering and best plant area in the UK.  Hannah noted that recently the business had acquired the former Wyevale Garden Centre in Sudbury and hoped that this would be turned round to become another award winning centre.  Meeting was told that there are now three siblings of the third generation in the business.  Hannah did not charge for coming to speak to those attending, but asked for a donation for the charities supported by the business (HiB gave £50 to be given to a children’s charity dealing with mental health issues in young people).  Hannah noted that last year the Company raised over £26000.00 for charity. It was said that tours can be arranged of the premises in Tiptree.
During a Q&A period Ian asked if Perrywoods had made plans regarding Brexit, and the meeting was told that at present some precautionary plans had been made but not in any great detail as it was believed that it is in the interest of all business that trade continues.

 

Chairman Margaret Eskins gave a brief review of 2019 which was, she said, a busy year.  The achievements in Anglia in Bloom  was noted.   Margaret noted that team had given presentations to several groups both within Halstead and also in surrounding region which it was hoped would spread the In Bloom word and encourage others to care for their environment.  HiB has taken part in many Town events over the year including marshalling at the Halstead Marathon and helping at the Torchlight Procession.  Fund raising stalls have been set up at events such as the May Fayre and help has been given to the River Care Group and also HiB has arranged litter picks.  The Halstead fund raising calendar was on sale again as were Christmas cards printed from original artwork by Joan Gibson.  Our sponsors, and sponsors in kind, have supported efforts and regular Halstead in Bloom Partnership meetings have taken place as have meetings with Halstead Town Council/Braintree D.C./Halstead Rotary and Greenfields as part of the In Bloom Partnership initiative.   Margaret thanked all for their efforts in 2018 and hoped that they were looking forward to 2019  although with entry into RHS Britain in Bloom there would be more opportunities for hard work!.

 

Joan Gibson gave a report on plans for 2019.  Colours will be bright pink/paler pink & blue that will give fresh and cheerful aspect to the town displays.  Joan said that at Weavers’ Court, in front of the former Blacksmith’s building there will be a display commemorating 50 years since the first moon landing and this will incorporate last year’s Sopwith Camel artwork to note how far aviation has developed in a short time.  At the Loom garden, near to Halstead Hospital, there will be bedding to depict the phases of the moon and will be planted in vanilla marigolds and black grasses that should cut down on deadheading!  Hopefully there will also be artwork of a spaceman at the Loom!  In the Public Gardens there will be a bed showing the Townswomen’s Guild logo and Joan asked for all to save and donate small plastic bottles to be used in this display.  Joan said that the Lancaster Bomber artwork will also fly in the public gardens to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

 

Annie Rees Listed some diary dates for HiB in 2019:
Judging:  Anglia in Bloom will be between 5th and 21st July; RHS Britain in Bloom will be between 29th July and 15th August – actual dates not known as yet.
26th March Spring Launch for Anglia in Bloom, in Norwich. 14 from HiB attending
31st March will be Halstead’s Spring Clean event with a community litter pick. All welcome!

20th April. HiB will have a cake stall – all donations are welcome.  6th May is the May Fayre in Halstead Public Gardens.  11th May is a Meet and Greet event at The Bull.  12th May is Halstead Marathon. 24th May HiB will have a plant stall. 1st and 2nd June is the Summer Bedding event. 3rd August is the Summer Fayre in Halstead Public Gardens and 18th October is the popular Quiz Night at the Con Club.  All are welcome to attend all events.


A financial report
was given by Treasurer – copies of all reports were available and further copies can be supplied.  Accounts will be scrutinised by Cllrs Radley and Gronland – Chairman and Vice Chairman of Halstead TC as sponsorship in kind. Accounts will be posted on the Charity Commission web site. It was noted that the team still has a 1 year cushion of finances as required by Charity Commission and Halstead in Bloom is thankful for the support of local business and residents.  Treasurer’s report is attached..

 

Election of Officers. There were no nominations for Chairman so existing Chairman.  Margaret Eskins  indicated that she would be willing to serve for a further year as Chairman of Halstead in Bloom.  Nomination of Margaret Eskins as Chairman for 2019 was made by Cllr Andy Munday and seconded by Cllr Dave Gronland. Vote for proposal was unanimous.  There had been no nominations for Secretary or Treasurer so existing Secretary/Treasurer  Julia Smith  indicated that she would be willing to serve for a further year as Secretary/Treasurer of Halstead in Bloom.  Nomination of Julia Smith for post of Secretary/Treasurer for 2019 was made by Annie Rees and seconded by Christine Laurence.  Vote for proposal was unanimous.

 

Chairman thanked all the speakers at the meeting and hoped that all had enjoyed the evening.  Margaret wished all a safe journey home and thanked everyone who attended.

 

A raffle had been drawn.

There being no other business the meeting was closed at 8.30p.m.

Refreshments were available.

Monthly Meeting

The October meeting will be at the Icing Shop Thursday the 31st October 2019

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