COMMUNITY LITTER PICK

There is a Community Litter Pick planned for the last Sunday in each month. Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park (Chapel Street) at 10.30am. We have some litter sticks and High Viz Vests but please bring your own gloves and wear suitable clothing.

Newsletter.30th December 2020

Good day to you,  the end of another month and of course coming to the end of the year.  I’ve heard it said that 2020 was ‘a year like no other’ but I feel that’s lazy talk; surely each year is unique?  As we look back to this time last year would we have believed some of the events we have experienced in 2020?  New words like lockdown, furlough, social distancing, etc. have enriched our vocabulary and new ways of communicating have come to the fore.  There have been some dark times, but some brighter moments too; and we are still here to tell the tale!

I must pass on seasons’ greetings to all from David Tarbun; he continued with his plan not to send Christmas cards and to give the money saved to charity, but he does want to wish all a happy and healthy new year.  The wishes are reciprocated, David thank you for all your support.

Our December Community Litter Pick, scheduled for 27/12, couldn’t be held for obvious reasons although some of the team did go out for daily exercise, litter sticks and bags to hand.  It is hoped that the January event – booked for Sunday 31st January – will go ahead; meet at 10.30 in Sainsbury’s car park.  If Tier 4 rules are still in place then please don’t come to meet but if you are able then there will be litter to collect I’m sure!  Your daily exercise on your own or in ‘bubble’ groups (another of ‘those’ words!) will be great and pick your own spot to clear.
The Keep Britain Tidy Group is soon to launch their appeal to help turn the tide on the plastic pollution that’s choking our planet.  The appeal can be heard on BBC Radio 4 on January 3rd – look for the Charity Appeal on Radio 4 website or published programme details.

Another charity appeal is Freemarket Radicals looking to promote new cultural and heritage activities to support Halstead’s economy.  They say that markets and fairs used to bring people to local areas and visitors would then spend money in local shops and hospitality venues and they want to explore the possibilities of bringing this back.  The project is supported by the National Lottery Emerging Futures Fund and feedback from residents is requested to gauge what can be done, and what is required/needed.  There is information at www.freemarketradicals.com and a survey form at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/freemarketradicals1

You will have seen in the local press that there is a move by Braintree DC with Halstead TC to make some improvements in our High Street.  It is reported that lighting will be improved and street furniture renewed.  HiB will be asking if any new plant containers can be of the water retaining type to help with maintenance.  The containers favoured by HiB are made from recycled plastic and have been found to be robust and long lasting.  It will be great if any new benches can be replaced with those made of recycled materials, we will put forward our suggestions to the consulting team if requested.

Halstead TC has made progress with the Riverside footbridge but work has been hampered by a lack of building materials and latterly by the high water levels.  Hopefully matters will be resolved and the Bridge can be opened soon to enable good trade for local businesses when the current restrictions (another of those phrases!!) are lifted.

On the subject of the river: with the recent heavy rains it has been reassuring to see that the flood defence at Box Mill worked and kept Halstead from disastrous floods.  The high water level and current restrictions has meant that not much can be done by volunteers to keep the channel clean, but it is obvious that there will be some debris to clear when waters subside.  Environment Agency made it known that some money has been set aside for planting on the stretch of river between Town Bridge and The Mill in the Spring and discussions are taking place between the Halstead River Improvement Group (HRIG) Environment Agency, Essex Wildlife Trust and HiB as to what might be suitable.  It is hoped that some grants may be available to carry out further sympathetic tree trimming work while maintaining shade for aquatic life – of the horse chestnut trees alongside Weavers’ Court in particular – and any ideas you may have on how to ‘disguise’ the sewer pipe would be welcomed.  Planting to soften the hard concrete/metal banks would be desirable, all plants used will be native to the area to help with conservation and give habitats for wildlife.   Further information on plans for the above will be posted on HRIG Facebook page.


The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is promoting a scheme ‘Roots of Remembrance’ urging us to plant a tree in memory of those lost to the current pandemic.  Free trees are available from the Woodland Trust – applications must be made by 5th January – and the RHS ask that they are mentioned in any application so that a map of remembrance trees can be made and published.  Details can be seen on the RHS website – www.rhs.org.uk/remembrance.
As I said last month there will be no Britain in Bloom campaign this year, but the RHS will be launching a campaign with applications invited from the regional In Bloom teams (Anglia in Bloom in our case) for five entries from each region.  There will be no physical judging; it will be on photos, text, video, etc. and in specific areas.  The scheme is called Community Champions and I think that details are still yet to be refined.  We don’t know, as yet, if Halstead will be put forward by Anglia in Bloom and we don’t know full details of the campaign – watch this space!

Anglia in Bloom hasn’t yet declared any parameters for the 2021 campaign, but I guess that there won’t be any physical judging – or at best there will only be limited contact by judges.  This will mean that there will be another ‘virtual campaign’ but I don’t have any details at the moment.  If you have any suggestions I can put forward, please do let me know.

It is very difficult at the moment to make any plans – personal or for the HiB group – but I can say that the summer bedding plants have been ordered, and it looks now as if there will be no trade barriers to us receiving them.  I think there may be some more paperwork to contend with and we will assist in any way that we can with this.  We hope to collect the plants from growers at the end of May ready for planting on 30th/ 31st May and onwards. 
You may have noticed that one of the troughs on Town Bridge is missing at the moment – last weekend someone obviously decided that it would look better in the river.  Fortunately it fell on the only piece of riverbank still visible above the water and it has been rescued and will be replaced as soon as the brackets have been straightened out and repaired.  The plants, too, were rescued and are a bit bruised but seem to be recovering; they will be replanted.

We do still have a few calendars 2021 for sale at £4 each.  They comprise 13 months so are relevant until 2022!  We also still have about 20 face shields in stock.  If you require any of these items please speak to one of the team or use the contacts below.

I think that’s all the news for now.  The HiB trustees wish you a happy, peaceful and above all a healthy New Year.    The team and HALSTEAD will be Blooming in 2021!!


Please, if you have any questions, suggestions or comments don’t hesitate to contact us – details below.          
All the best, stay safe and keep well.alsteaH Hal

 Halstead River

Chairman: Margaret Eskins- 01787 269443. Plants/Planting: Joan Gibson 01787 473070. Trustee Annie Rees.  Secretary: Julia Smith 01787 461806/email jaygrey@btinternet.com.


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Newsletter 30th July

31st July  2020

Good day to you, I hope you don’t mind if I produce another HiB newsletter to try to keep everyone up to speed with our plans and events.  It’s a sobering thought that we are now two thirds of the way through (meteorological) summer and I’m sure you’ve noticed that the evenings are getting shorter.  Still, another month of summer and hopefully some good autumn weather to come.

First of all, some good news for Halstead in Bloom.  I had a call from the Secretary of Halstead Dominoes League to tell me that the League is to be disbanded.  They had some funds in hand and intended to split them among local charities and clubs and HiB was given a donation of £55.00 for which we were very grateful.  We were sorry to hear that the League is to end, but hopefully some of the members will still meet to play dominoes when regulations permit.

Now some not so good news; we had planned to hold a fund-raising Quiz on 16th October at Halstead’s Con Club.  Questions were being prepared by David Tarbun, but because of social distancing rules and the uncertainty of us being able to attract enough quizzers to make the evening viable we decided that, in order to be fair to Quizmaster and venue we would have to postpone this event to – hopefully – hold it in Spring 2021.  Watch this space.

We have pressed on with entering the Anglia in Bloom virtual campaign 2020.  We have entered all the categories open and our submissions are as follows:-
Best Local Authority Planting – Halstead Public Gardens; Best Large Container Planting – Seed Drill on Sudbury Road (newly refurbished by Bellway Homes), Best Hanging Basket – those on the Bandstand in Halstead Public Gardens, Best Community Effort – Halstead’s Hungry Caterpillar on the River Walk (painted stones that stretch for yards!), Best Woodland/Conservation Effort – Halstead River Walk, Best Wildflower Display – Mill Green, Best area of Sustainable Planting – The Road Runners’ bed near to Halstead Leisure Centre, Best use of Rose Planting – a residents’ climbing rose over front door at Sudbury Road, Best Innovative Planted Container – the Muck Spreader on Colchester Road, Best Planting on a Theme – the 60th anniversary of Hume’s Bakers bed in Halstead Public Gardens, Best Public Art, the Spitfire made by Joan Gibson at Weavers’ Court,  Best Display Using Recyclable Materials – our Virtual Allotment at the Loom Garden, near to the Hospital.  I hope you will agree that all of these entries are representative of the best that Halstead has to offer – let’s hope the Judges agree!!

As well as trawling through photos for the Anglia in Bloom submission, we have been looking at suitable pictures to include in the Halstead 2021 calendar.  It was down to the Trustees to choose this year as obviously we couldn’t meet with the team to make choices.  However, most of the team have seen the ones that were identified and with just one or two changes the copy has now been given to our graphic designer to get the pages ready for printing.  Paul Clark Print at Sible Hedingham have given us a good price for work, and have identified some slightly glossier paper that should give a good reproduction of photos.  We hope to get proofs made up ready to show to team for proof reading and then to print by end of August.  We have tentatively ordered 700 copies and have already been asked when the calendar will be ready for sale.

It was noted above that Halstead’s entry for the ‘best display using recyclable materials’ is the virtual allotment at the Loom Garden; all of the items at the display were made by the Krafty Krew of Halstead in Bloom – including the scarecrow that was fashioned by Annie.  The team decided that the scarecrow needed a name, and Nicky organised a competition for young people to ‘Name That Scarecrow’.  Over 35 entries were received, so judges had a tough time in deciding on winners!  There were 3 Age groups, and the names chosen were as follows:
Up to 5years:  1st Prize – Mr Scruffy; 2nd Prize – Ozzy; 3rd Prize – Jim Strawford.
5-9 years: 1st Prize – Sonny Sunflower; 2nd Prize – Scarecrow Sam; 3rd Prize – Patch
10-14 years: 1st Prize – Sunny McSmileyface; 2nd Prize – Scarecrow Stanley; 3rd Prize – Daisy the Scarecrow.
The Overall Winner was Sunny McSmileyface – very appropriate as I’m sure you will agree if you look at the scarecrow!!

It has been a tough decision to take, but we have decided that there will be no more Halstead in Bloom meetings for the foreseeable future.  We could not keep to social distancing rules at our usual venue, and meetings indoors will probably not be viable for the rest of this year.  We don’t usually meet in January anyway, so we will look to see what is possible at the beginning of next year.  I will try and keep everyone up to date with news via this newsletter, but do let me know if you don’t want to still receive a copy.

Working parties do still take place on a Tuesday at 2pm.  Obviously here there can be social distancing, and it will be outdoor work.  There is a possibility that some Thursday afternoon working may be needed a bit later in the summer – we will have to see what the weather throws at us.  Do contact Joan if you’d like further details about work needed – you know the saying ‘many hands make light work’ and this is certainly true when it comes to deadheading and weeding!

To end on a ‘high’ – we have managed to order plants for the winter, from our usual source Colne Valley Nurseries.  We have arranged with East Anglian Van Hire to have a tail lift van for Saturday 31st October and Peter and Claire Robertson have kindly agreed to let us use part of their garden to receive and sort plants.  Who knows what the situation will be then, but let’s hope that we can go ahead as planned.

Please, if you have any questions, suggestions or comments don’t hesitate to contact us – details below.

All the best, stay safe and keep well.

 

alsteaH Hal

Halstead River

 

Chairman: Margaret Eskins- 01787 269443. Plants/Planting: Joan Gibson 01787 473070
Secretary: Julia Smith 01787 461806/email jaygrey@btinternet.com.
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31st July  2020

Good day to you, I hope you don’t mind if I produce another HiB newsletter to try to keep everyone up to speed with our plans and events.  It’s a sobering thought that we are now two thirds of the way through (meteorological) summer and I’m sure you’ve noticed that the evenings are getting shorter.  Still, another month of summer and hopefully some good autumn weather to come.

First of all, some good news for Halstead in Bloom.  I had a call from the Secretary of Halstead Dominoes League to tell me that the League is to be disbanded.  They had some funds in hand and intended to split them among local charities and clubs and HiB was given a donation of £55.00 for which we were very grateful.  We were sorry to hear that the League is to end, but hopefully some of the members will still meet to play dominoes when regulations permit.

Now some not so good news; we had planned to hold a fund-raising Quiz on 16th October at Halstead’s Con Club.  Questions were being prepared by David Tarbun, but because of social distancing rules and the uncertainty of us being able to attract enough quizzers to make the evening viable we decided that, in order to be fair to Quizmaster and venue we would have to postpone this event to – hopefully – hold it in Spring 2021.  Watch this space.

We have pressed on with entering the Anglia in Bloom virtual campaign 2020.  We have entered all the categories open and our submissions are as follows:-
Best Local Authority Planting – Halstead Public Gardens; Best Large Container Planting – Seed Drill on Sudbury Road (newly refurbished by Bellway Homes), Best Hanging Basket – those on the Bandstand in Halstead Public Gardens, Best Community Effort – Halstead’s Hungry Caterpillar on the River Walk (painted stones that stretch for yards!), Best Woodland/Conservation Effort – Halstead River Walk, Best Wildflower Display – Mill Green, Best area of Sustainable Planting – The Road Runners’ bed near to Halstead Leisure Centre, Best use of Rose Planting – a residents’ climbing rose over front door at Sudbury Road, Best Innovative Planted Container – the Muck Spreader on Colchester Road, Best Planting on a Theme – the 60th anniversary of Hume’s Bakers bed in Halstead Public Gardens, Best Public Art, the Spitfire made by Joan Gibson at Weavers’ Court,  Best Display Using Recyclable Materials – our Virtual Allotment at the Loom Garden, near to the Hospital.  I hope you will agree that all of these entries are representative of the best that Halstead has to offer – let’s hope the Judges agree!!

As well as trawling through photos for the Anglia in Bloom submission, we have been looking at suitable pictures to include in the Halstead 2021 calendar.  It was down to the Trustees to choose this year as obviously we couldn’t meet with the team to make choices.  However, most of the team have seen the ones that were identified and with just one or two changes the copy has now been given to our graphic designer to get the pages ready for printing.  Paul Clark Print at Sible Hedingham have given us a good price for work, and have identified some slightly glossier paper that should give a good reproduction of photos.  We hope to get proofs made up ready to show to team for proof reading and then to print by end of August.  We have tentatively ordered 700 copies and have already been asked when the calendar will be ready for sale.

It was noted above that Halstead’s entry for the ‘best display using recyclable materials’ is the virtual allotment at the Loom Garden; all of the items at the display were made by the Krafty Krew of Halstead in Bloom – including the scarecrow that was fashioned by Annie.  The team decided that the scarecrow needed a name, and Nicky organised a competition for young people to ‘Name That Scarecrow’.  Over 35 entries were received, so judges had a tough time in deciding on winners!  There were 3 Age groups, and the names chosen were as follows:
Up to 5years:  1st Prize – Mr Scruffy; 2nd Prize – Ozzy; 3rd Prize – Jim Strawford.
5-9 years: 1st Prize – Sonny Sunflower; 2nd Prize – Scarecrow Sam; 3rd Prize – Patch
10-14 years: 1st Prize – Sunny McSmileyface; 2nd Prize – Scarecrow Stanley; 3rd Prize – Daisy the Scarecrow.
The Overall Winner was Sunny McSmileyface – very appropriate as I’m sure you will agree if you look at the scarecrow!!

It has been a tough decision to take, but we have decided that there will be no more Halstead in Bloom meetings for the foreseeable future.  We could not keep to social distancing rules at our usual venue, and meetings indoors will probably not be viable for the rest of this year.  We don’t usually meet in January anyway, so we will look to see what is possible at the beginning of next year.  I will try and keep everyone up to date with news via this newsletter, but do let me know if you don’t want to still receive a copy.

Working parties do still take place on a Tuesday at 2pm.  Obviously here there can be social distancing, and it will be outdoor work.  There is a possibility that some Thursday afternoon working may be needed a bit later in the summer – we will have to see what the weather throws at us.  Do contact Joan if you’d like further details about work needed – you know the saying ‘many hands make light work’ and this is certainly true when it comes to deadheading and weeding!

To end on a ‘high’ – we have managed to order plants for the winter, from our usual source Colne Valley Nurseries.  We have arranged with East Anglian Van Hire to have a tail lift van for Saturday 31st October and Peter and Claire Robertson have kindly agreed to let us use part of their garden to receive and sort plants.  Who knows what the situation will be then, but let’s hope that we can go ahead as planned.

Please, if you have any questions, suggestions or comments don’t hesitate to contact us – details below.

All the best, stay safe and keep well.

 

alsteaH Hal

Halstead River

 

Chairman: Margaret Eskins- 01787 269443. Plants/Planting: Joan Gibson 01787 473070
Secretary: Julia Smith 01787 461806/email jaygrey@btinternet.com.
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June Newsletter

26th June 2020

Another month,  I guess if someone had said at the beginning of March that we would still be in this situation at the end of June we would have questioned that fact.  However, we are here, and likely to be in this new way of living for some time to come and we will continue to make the best of it.

All of our summer planting for this year is now done and is brightening the town and lifting spirits.  Many residents have commented that it’s good to see a touch of ‘normality’ and all of those volunteers who have worked so hard under such difficult circumstances are to be praised and thanked.  We have been very careful to keep to the rules and stay socially distanced – and we will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Plants have been difficult to come by this year – and have been expensive – so some of our Krafty volunteers have set to and made a very different display at the Loom garden in Hedingham Road, near to the hospital.  Have you seen it?  It’s a sight to behold!  All of the flowers and ‘produce’ are made from recyclable materials – including the scarecrow. It is just amazing what can be done with a plastic bottle and some glue and paint.  Please go and have a look and I’m sure you will agree that this garden is a great credit to the team.  If you think that the scarecrow looks a bit sad it is because he doesn’t have a name.  Poor thing doesn’t like being called ‘it’ or ‘that thing’ so he/she really needs a proper identity.  Nicky has arranged a competition for children up to age 11 to ‘name that scarecrow’.  There will be prizes in various age groups; competition runs to 22nd July so don’t leave it too late to enter, see our Facebook page or posters for information.  There may be some other competitions coming up too – perhaps something for adults as well as young people – about using recyclable materials to make an item to show.   Make the most of the summer weather to get out and enjoy all that Halstead has to offer.

The spitfire installation is still at Weavers’ Court and will be left to celebrate VJ day later in the summer.  Joan’s handiwork is still a sight to behold so if you haven’t seen it do go and have a look.  It’s just a shame that the environment of Weavers’ Court and the Mill is getting more and more unloved and dilapidated – not a great credit to the Town.

And it’s great that we are celebrating our long established bakery business – Hume’s of Halstead – with a bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan and Chris have made a ‘birthday cake’ to celebrate Hume’s 60 years of trading!  Well done Joan and Chris, and what an achievement for Hume’s;  local people running local businesses is surely the way forward.  Anne and Dennis Hume have helped Halstead in Bloom for many, many years and it’s fitting that they should now have a sponsor sign.  It’s affixed to the new ‘big flowerpot’ at Sainsbury’s – you will see it if you have to queue to enter.  We thank all the Hume’s team for their continued support.

It is good news that the cafe near Solar that has been untenanted for so long is soon to re-open under new management.  It will be called the Corner Cafe and Steve, the new Manager is keen to support Halstead in Bloom.  Very many visitors ask about the former Riverside/Blacksmith’s Cafe so I’m sure that this new venue will be appreciated.

Another piece of good news to pass on is that Oliver, who manages our Facebook page, has just graduated from Cranfield  and is now an Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA).  How proud are we!!  Very well done Oliver, Congratulations from us all.

We are looking forward to 2021, and we will be producing a Halstead calendar again.  We thought that it should be bright and colourful, so will depict the beautiful flower displays and the wonderful wild flower areas in and around the Town.  If you have any suitable photos please do send them to me as soon as possible.  I’ve had quotes from a local printer for production, and we hope to get the calendar to print by mid-August.  I’d particularly like photos of rainbows over Halstead, so cameras at the ready for the sunshine and shower forecasts.

We are also hoping to plant our usual winter displays for winter and spring delight. East Anglian Van Hire have offered us use of a tail-lift vehicle to collect plants from Colne Valley nurseries at end of October so let’s hope that there isn’t a second uncontrollable spike of this virus infection and that we can go ahead as normal.

We are hoping that we may be able to offer some plants for sale when we are selling calendars, so if you are lifting and dividing planting in your garden this autumn and would be willing to donate please think of potting some up for us to sell and do let us know.

We have applied to be a charity partner with the national Co-op (the one in Colchester Road).  We won’t know if we have been successful until a bit later, but we are very grateful for the support we have had from them in the past.

The team is keen to have a meeting to catch up with all news so we have planned for an open air team meeting on Thursday 9th July, 7.30pm at Weavers’ Court (if the weather is not conducive to an open air meeting we will cancel and make another date).  You must bring your own chair, or be prepared to sit on the grass, and you will need to keep 2metres from anyone sitting alongside you.  If there is a ‘second row’ you will need to be at least 1M from the person in front.  There won’t be any refreshments so please bring your own drink if you need to.  We will keep the meeting as short as possible, so if you have anything that you think needs to be reported please pass it to me in writing at the start of the meeting and I will process.  We need to discuss Halstead’s entries for the Anglia in Bloom competition, and arrange for any photos that we will need to submit.  We already have the Spitfire as our ‘display on a theme’ entry, and Mill Green as our wild flower submission.   BDC have given us permission to enter the Public Gardens as ‘best local authority’ planting – we will need some colourful photos.  We need to have an entry for hanging baskets, so if you know of a particularly beautiful basket please ask the gardener if that could represent the gardeners of Halstead.  The Loom garden will be our ‘display using recyclable material’ but there are other categories that I’m sure we can enter – ‘best innovative planted container’? ‘Best area of sustainable planting?  If you’d like the full list of categories, please let me know.

Well, hopefully I will soon be able to produce some ‘minutes of a meeting’, but I guess that’s a case of ‘watch this space.

 

Thank you for all your interest and help to make Halstead bloom.  In the midst of all this awful situation the community spirit of Halstead shines through.  We do care for each other and for the Town. Keep smiling!!   All the best, stay safe and stay well.
Photos to: jaygrey@btinternet.com or to our Facebook page: halsteadinbloom.
Chairman: Margaret Eskins- 01787 269443. Plants/Planting: Joan Gibson 01787 473070
Secretary: Julia Smith 01787 461806/email jaygrey@btinternet.com.alsteadhH

 

 

 

News Letter

                     1st May 2020

Today I should have been writing up minutes for last night’s Halstead in Bloom April meeting – but obviously the meeting didn’t happen.  As I am getting withdrawal symptoms for writing minutes I thought I’d send you an update of news from the last month.

First of all – sponsorship.  Our sponsor year runs from 1st June, so in March/April each current sponsor is written to and asked if they wish to continue for another year.  ;Those letters were sent out just as the lockdown began, so the future is very uncertain for many of our local businesses.  I have to say, however, that some have already come back to us to say that they appreciate what we are trying to do, and will want to continue with their support.  Dale Hairdresser’s, T & N Developments, Halstead Townswomen’s Guild, Halstead Flower Club, Halstead Royal British Legion Club and Dr David Hessayon all pledged to sponsor for 20/21 and Dr. Hessayon also gave us a donation.  Keith Thorogood of Halstead Road Runners was due to run the London Marathon for HiB this year and we had paid his entry fee.  Keith won’t be able to take part in the rescheduled 2020 marathon but has given us back the sponsor money paid plus ‘a bit more’ and we are very grateful for this effort.  We will continue to display all sponsor signs including a new sign for Hume’s Bakers – who are celebrating 60 years of serving Halstead and District in 2020.

We also appreciate our ‘sponsors in kind’ and this year Peter Robertson, has offered to deliver any plants that we are able to put in.  We are also grateful to Bellway Homes for fully restoring the seed drill that has stood for many years at Sudbury Road and was in a sorry state.  We will be planting up this feature and will add a sponsor sign for Bellway Homes.

More good news – we have received a first payment from the Co-op Society for charity dividend donations. This amounted to £447.25 and was paid on 9th April.

We have had some expenditure this year on renewal of containers; in the light of last summer’s hot, dry weeks we are trying to change all main containers into the water retaining type.  We have 2 new containers for outside the bookie’s near to Town Bridge, 1 ‘big flower pot’ type container to replace the small trough at Sainsbury’s, 4 large barrels to replace the tired containers planted by Brownies in the Churchyard,  2 half barrels to replace the old troughs planted by Rainbows outside the Church Hall. 5 new Cup and Saucer hanging baskets for the Resource Centre and 2 black Cup and Saucer hanging baskets will replace the two stolen at the end of the summer 2019.  We will also be replacing the broken trough at the Butler Road sign and the one at Ronald Road.  We have a new trough to replace the rusting metal trough on the wall at Dale Hire.  Jason has advised us that there are two troughs on the railings in High Street that have split (been hit by a vehicle, probably) so those have had to be replaced – they were originally purchased by Halstead Town Council but HiB will replace them.  You may have noticed that the tubs sponsored by Dr. Hessayon outside the Day Centre have been removed; they were of the fibreglass over wood material and were installed by Halstead Town Council.  It was agreed with the Groundsmen, Town Clerk and Halstead in Bloom that they should be replaced as soon as possible, and therefore HiB has purchased new barrel type containers for this location.  The dated containers near to the litter bin outside The Bull will be replaced.    We still want to renew the containers in Butler Road Car Park, but the factory from which these will be purchased are still on lockdown.
Graham has refurbished the cart from Bluebridge; this will be installed and Annie will repaint.

It will soon be time to remove the winter bedding; this will be done by individuals working as part of their daily permitted exercise.  Plants will be offered free of charge to anyone who cares to take them as is our normal custom.  We won’t expect any payment, but of course we are always grateful for donations – if you would like to have some of the plants please speak to one of the HiB team, or let me know and we can arrange for some to be left for you.  We do intend to plant up for the summer.  We won’t have our usual supply as those plants come from Holland and they were not imported.  Plants will come from Bourne Brook Nurseries, Greenstead Green and Clive Baker has offered to deliver them to us, probably in small batches so there will be no sorting necessary.  Planting will be done by individuals or couples and we will adhere to strict social distancing rules.  There will be no hanging baskets in the town this year, although there may be a few in locations not on the main street.  Watering and maintenance will be done by individuals as best as can be achieved. I am afraid that the usual weeding/cutting back, etc. won’t be done this year, although Jason and Tim have been spraying in some areas and we are grateful for their help.

Joan has transmogrified the plane into a Spitfire, and this will be installed at Weavers’ Court together will some artwork of a tank and a destroyer to celebrate 75 years anniversary of VE Day, 8th May.  Please go and have a look if you can pass this way as part of your daily walk.

We had planned a plant stall – and have been growing on plants to sell – for Saturday 16th May.  At this time we are waiting to see if there will be any lifting in restrictions that will allow us to have this stall, planned for 16th May but possibly may take place a week later if permitted.  The stall will be on Market Hill – so in the open air – and again we will be very careful to abide by all rules on social distancing, etc.

Our usual Local Garden Competition had to be cancelled, but we are asking for photos of gardens that we may be able to include in our 2021 calendar.  We’ve had one front garden already submitted, and please feel free to pass on the request for photos to anyone you know who will have a garden they’d like to share with us all.  We would be pleased to have any photos for the calendar of the Halstead area.

Anglia in Bloom judging and RHS Britain in Bloom campaign were cancelled for 2020, but Anglia in Bloom is holding a ‘virtual’ campaign asking for photos to be submitted in various categories.  Halstead does intend to enter some photos in some categories – we can’t let a year go by with no certificates and trophies!! Please see the Anglia in Bloom website for details, and let us know if you or anyone you know has something we can enter in Halstead’s name.

The RHS has cancelled all flower shows for 2020, but they are putting virtual tours on their web site so that we can feast our eyes on new plants and varieties that we will be able to purchase next year.

Well, I hope that you’ve found this news update of interest. Please feel free to send it on to anyone you think may be interested.  Please stay safe and stay well – keep calm and stay blooming!!      Julia
ContactsMargaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443;  Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and planting. 01787 473070

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Accounts 2019 ( Receipts/Payments)

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM                                              Receipts and Payments Statement
2018             Premium       Bank             Petty Cash              2019
Receipts
:
Sponsors                 3625.00                             3225.00              150.00                     3375.00
Donations                4516.09                             2483.00             1009.51                   3492.51
Grants                     1500.00                                   0.00                   0.00                     0.00
Calendars                3764.25                                121.25             3109.60                   3230.85
Envelopes                                                                                      62.25                 62.25
Speaking Fees          230.00                                                           70.00                 70.00
Baskets                   3060.00                             3310.00                                       3310.00
Gift Aid                      700.25
Stalls/Plants               334.80                                                        544.40                        544.50
Raffles                      364.50                                                         464.00                        464.00
Quiz                          277.40                                                         508.00                        508.00
Christmas Cards       618.90                                  56.00              573.10                        629.10
Postcards                    11.50                                                          49.00                 49.00
Retail Donations      1630.99                             2569.74                                      2569.74
Sales Reimbursed   1428.00                                440.00                 90.00               530.00
Interest                         4.24           4.24                                                                      4.24
Various events        2650.30                                345.00               990.00                     1335.00
reimbursed
Misc. Sales                334.62                               147.00               789.45                        936.45      
TOTAL:                  25050.84           4.24          12696.99             8409.41                  21110.64
Payments:
Anglia in Bloom       1170.00                                 930.00              540.00                       1470.00
Sponsorship/Grant        50.00                                 139.08                                         139.08
Stall fees                      41.00                                   15.00               11.00                  26.00
Calendars                1942.80                               1750.00              187.50                        1937.50
Plants                     11051.72                            10982.85              176.20                     11159.05
Compost                    563.20                                 382.46                                         382.46
Flower Festival           315.00
Prizes                        408.50                                                          550.43                         550.43
Cups Engraving            33.00                                                            55.00                  55.00
Postage/Stamps         146.33                                                          149.47                         149.47
Misc. Goods            2260.45
Van Hire (Insure)          44.00                                                           84.00                 84.00
Christmas Cards        408.00                                                           382.30                         382.30
Signs/Banners            336.00                                                           192.00                         192.00
Containers               3801.61                                                           139.99                        139.99
Meal Payment         2162.38                                                           50.00                 50.00
High Viz Vests            114.54
Gift. Colne V.Nurs        50.00
Support Clubs                                                       627.99                244.00               871.99
Sales Goods Bgt.                                                1651.90                445.98             2097.88
Miscellaneous             528.35                                                           833.76               833.76
TOTAL:                  25426.88                            16479.28                4041.63        20520.91
Surplus/Deficit        -376.04                                                                                      589.73

 

Accounts 2019 ( Balance sheet )

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM.              BALANCE  SHEET  2019

 

31.12.18                            31.12.19                               Variance

Current Assets

Barclays Community A./c   11827.77                           12138.48                               310.71
Petty Cash                             915.00                               308.13                               606.87
Barclays Premium A/c         2127.71                              2131.95                                 4.24

 

Net Current Assets            14870.48                           14578.56

 

Reconciliation
Barclays Community A/c
Bank Statement at 31.12.19                                               12138.48
Receipts in Transit                                                                      0.00
Cheques no presented (cash)                                                882.00
BALANCE                               13020.48
Ledger balance at 31.12.19                                                13020.48  Reconciled

Petty Cash
Cash in Hand at 31.12.19                                                        308.13
Receipts in Transit                                                                        0.00
Payments not presented                                                               0.00
BALANCE                                   308.13
Ledger balance at 31.12.19                                                      308.12 Reconciled

Barclays Premium Account
Bank Statement at 31.12.19                                                  2131.95
Receipts in Transit                                                                        0.00
Payments not presented                                                               0.00
BALANCE                                  2131.95
Ledger balance at 31.12.19                                                    2131.95 Reconciled

 

   Total Balance at 31.12.19                                                 15460.56         

 

Accounts 2019 (Reconciliation)

Halstead in Bloom.   Year ended 31.12.2019

 

Bank Reconciliation:                                                                    

Balance as per cash book:                                                 £  13020.48
Chqs not presented:                                                           £          0.00
Receipts not at bank                            £       882.00
Balance as per bank statement:          £   12138.48            _________
£   13020.48            £  13020.48

 

Bank Account – Current:                                                          

Balance bt. fwd                               £    11827.77
Income                                             £    10213.99
Donations                                        £      2483.00
Grants                                             £             0.0
From Petty Cash                              £     4975.00
Expenditure                                                                           £  16479.28
Closing Balance                              £                                     £  13020.48
                                                        £    29499.76                   £  29499.76

                                                                                 

 

Petty Cash                                                 £                                   £

Opening Balance                                     915.35
Income                                                  7399.90
Donations                                              1009.51
Expenditure                                                                                  4041.63
Tr. to Current Account                                                                 4975.00
Closing Balance                                                                         __308.13         
9324.76                           9324.76         

 

Premium Bank Account                       £                                           £

Balance as at 31.12.18                                                             2127.71
Interest Paid (01.01.19-31.12.19)      ______                                   4.24         
Closing Balance at 31.12.19             2131.95                            2131.95

 

Minutes of meeting 27th February

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 27th February 2020  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. Chairman welcomed Derek Holmes of Daniel Robinson & Sons to the meeting.
MINUTES
of  20th January 2020  had been circulated and were adopted

Chairman then asked DEREK  HOLMES if he would like to speak as it was known that he had another appointment later that evening.  Derek said that Daniel Robinson & Sons would be pleased to provide transport for the judging tours around Halstead again this year, and that Derek himself would drive the vehicle.  Derek also said that one of his team would like permission to film the tours; permission was readily given.  Derek made it known that Daniel Robinson & Sons would be prepared to sponsor a race at the forthcoming Race Night, but was told that all races are now sponsored.  Derek said that some raffle prizes would be given for the evening – all proceeds from the evening would be donated to Halstead in Bloom.  Chairman thanked Derek for this most welcome news, and asked that team’s thanks be passed on to Directors and Management of Daniel Robinson & Sons.
NEWS:   *Letter from Doctor’s Surgery was read thanking the team for the work done at Surgery internal garden.  Joan said that some remedial work on the bamboo sprouts in the garden would be done when the weather improves – HiB will maintain this garden in the near future.  *Letter from David Tarbun following his birthday party at Hyacinth Tearooms earlier in the month was read.  David was pleased to host the party and provide tea and cakes and thanked the team for the planted pot that was given to him on that day. *Bluebridge Cart and Sudbury Rd. Seed Drill.  Graham has made a new metal surround for the cart. Some second hand scaffold boards have been donated by DMC Scaffolding of Gosfield and they will be cut and fixed to make the body.  Grandstyle Windows have some strong membrane to line the body and help with preservation of the wood.  Annie will paint the cart when it is back together.  Seed Drill is in a poor state, but Graham reckons it can be ‘bodged’ for another summer season.  Bellway Homes have been written to and asked if they will help to remove the item to another place for proper repairs, or if they can repair it for us.  No reply has been received so far.  Carol offered to visit the Site Office and speak to Manager there to see if some resolution can be found.  *Climate Emergency-Water Crisis an event arranged by CPRE is to be held in Peterborough on 29th April, 9.30am-3.45pm.  Graham has asked to attend.  Full details can be found at www.suffolksociety/org/climate-emergency-water-crisis/ *Firemen’s Assistance. Halstead Station Watch Manager, Steve Byrne, has said that it may be possible for the Fire Brigade to help HiB with some water in the summer months.  Post meeting note: Head Office is querying whether this will be possible – watch this space! *Letter –  David Finch. Leader Essex CC. Following last month’s meeting a letter was written and replies have been received: 1) Q: Can HiB paint the front door of the Library? A: Library is a Grade 2 listed building so advice from Property team is being sought.  Answers will be given.  2) Q: Fountain at Mount Hill damaged (now part is missing). A: After much investigation it is confirmed this is not an ECC asset. Matter has been passed to BDC. Margaret E has spoken with Halstead Town Clerk and there is irrefutable evidence that this is an ECC asset. 3) Q. Dirty bus shelter in Colne Road. A: ECC does not hold a record of bus shelter at this site.  Suggest that HTC or BDC may have installed without knowledge or agreement of ECC.  ??? 4) Q. Overdue repairs to pavements in Colchester Road. A: There are plans to include part of Colchester Road in the 20/21 Minor Slurry Seal Capital Scheme – works to be from the Blue Bridge area to High Street.  Programme is yet to be finalised but full information can be found on www.essexhighways.org/interactive-maps-and-live-travel-information/highways-information-map.aspx. As Colchester Road is a priority route, which is inspected on a monthly basis, all existing defects will continue to be monitored and any deterioration recorded will be dealt with accordingly. *Tree Charter It was noted that Halstead TC has signed up to the Tree Charter.  Also noted that Essex CC has 38000 trees to give away – but it isn’t known the variety of these trees.  Joan asked if there are fruit trees could they be included in the wild life garden.  Annie asked if the tree at Mill Chase could be replaced (will have to liaise with BDC for both these requests).  Ian T said that there is a minimum plant of 10Ha laid down for each District Council and maintenance of planted whips is in question.  It is felt better to maintain existing, mature trees than to plant new trees.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 1st March Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th March – this will be our contribution to the Great British Spring Clean.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Visit to Gestingthorpe 17th March. 22 people have asked to attend.  Transport by group will be arranged – speak to Margaret E if you need transport.   *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan has arranged for Peter Miller of  Kings Seeds will give a talk. Team to bring plate of food as usual.  There will be a raffle.  Posters are available to be put up in various shops, notice boards, etc.  Let me know if you need copy(s). *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. All races now sponsored, horses are now being sold.  Will be widely advertised – now need to get people to attend the races! *VE Day Celebrations Bank Holiday, Friday 8th May in Halstead Public Gardens.  HiB to have a stall. Can we dress 1940’s to suit?  Margaret E has some period recipes and Thelma has some period recipe books. Maybe we can plant some veg.seeds instead of the usual sunflower seeds?  We can make some fabric bunting (Joan asked for some to be put at Weavers’ Court).  More details to follow.  *Halstead Marathon. 10th May. Volunteer marshalls’ details were collected – if you would like to help please let me know and I will pass on details. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!! *Halstead Flower Festival at St. Andrew’s Church will be celebrating 700 years of history through hymns.  HiB will have a display – hymn still to be identified!  Festival will be 3rd/4th/5th July. More details to follow. *Children’s Competition 2020 Margaret T said that her ideas for this year include Small Bug Boxes and also Grow 3 Herbs.  *HiB meal. Marie Hughes had asked Margaret to  apologise if some meals were not up to expected standard this year.  The cooker at St. Andrew’s Hall was not working – and had been broken for some time, apparently and some improvisation had to take place.  All agreed that this was a lovely event, and although some dishes weren’t as warm as could have been hoped everyone was smiling and there were lots of happy faces.  Thank you Marie, we enjoyed the evening very much!  Cost of the hall will be £50 – to be paid in April.
 ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’20  Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at a cost of £15 per person.  14 people have asked to attend.  Transport will be arranged.  If you haven’t yet asked to attend, please give your name to Margaret E as soon as possible.
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’20  Seminar on 21st Feb was attended by Joan and Annie who both found it useful and helpful.  Annie attended a workshop about Portfolio and Publicity.  Our portfolio was held up as being ‘good’ with lots of pictures and narrative underneath.  It was suggested that perhaps the age group 25/35 might be attracted to a HiB Instagram page?  Can anyone manage this?  Also suggested that stats for our Facebook page be recorded – Oliver does this for us.   Our judges will be Rae Beckwith and Ian Beaney (who was last here in 2014). Both judges seem to have a good sense of humour!  Copies of the judges’ comments at that time were available.  It was suggested that the route needs to be walked (nearer to judging time) and also travelled from end to start.  There are 74 entrants taking part, 10 entrants in the Town group (of which Halstead is one).  We have 2½ hours to impress plus 15 minutes for presentation and 15minutes allowed for press.  It was said that timings should be kept, although a few minutes over wouldn’t be frowned upon.  Judges will be happy to have some sort of reception after judging.  It was said that anyone speaking to the judges must be fully rehearsed!!  It was thought that we should have a ‘dress rehearsal’ nearer to judging day, this to be at the time of day (or as near to as possible) when the real event takes place.  Proposed route to be timed before next meeting: Start at British Legion.  Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street.  Drive to Loom.  Drive to Mill Chase.  Drive to Coggeshall Pieces.  Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.

The Awards Day will be on 16th October (day of our Quiz!!) and will be an all-day event, in Manchester.  The system of choosing a Champion of Champions has been changed this year – this accolade will be awarded to one of the entrants on the day of Awards.  Could it be Halstead?!!!  As already advertised it was decided to go ahead with the Quiz Night as arranged – messages will be sent through from the Awards!

*Loom Garden. Annie is still collecting coloured plastic – please hand your contributions to Annie at a Tuesday working party, or at any other suitable time. Thelma offered to act as recipient of contributions!  Annie said that a start will be made on making the ‘cascade’ very soon before we get too busy with other work.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 3rd March. Alan, Pauline and Linda to be with Joan at the Churchyard to completely dig out the bed near to church door.  Joan hopes to have this planted with plants that would have been used 700 years ago.  Rest of team to be dead heading at this time.  10th March. Weed in Kings Road.  17th March Will be the visit to Gestingthorpe.  24th March. Team to be working in Churchyard.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *New Logo. Mock up of letterhead/compliment slip using Nicky’s artwork was shown and it was agreed that this did not do the artwork justice.  Some designs by Carol’s daughter were shown.  Further investigations to be made.  *New containers for 2020 List was revisited.  It was suggested that some new containers in Butler Road Car Park and under the Butler Road sign would be ideal.  Joan to view and decisions to be made soon.  *To Do List 2020 still ongoing.  *Notelets for Halstead no suitable cards have been found at present.  *Volunteer Hours. March will be the 6th month that hours are being counted (hopefully they are!!!) and new sheets to take us up to end June will be available at next meeting.  These hours are important to show to judges just how many people spend so much time working for Halstead.  Please keep a note of all volunteering hours spent and total them up so that we can show judges for Anglia in Bloom and RHS Britain in bloom when they visit.  *Ian asked when the bamboo in the Surgery Garden would be treated – he was  told it will probably be April when weather is more suitable for this work.  *Colin asked if HiB could have a working party at Adams Court to help in areas that he can’t manage.  Joan said that this can be arranged at any time and urged Colin to just ask.  *Ian Tinton spoke on behalf of the Chamber of Trade and said that their Constitution had now been agreed and signed off.  He said that good relations had been forged with Braintree DC and were now looking for premises to hold monthly meetings.  *Joyce asked if anything can be done to persuade shop owners to clean and tidy up their premises – not just at ground level but on first/second floors too!  Ian T said this had been tried, but not much uptake for available cash had been made.  *Margaret T spoke about the drinking fountain on Mount Hill and said that part of it was now missing.  (see above reply from Cllr David Finch ECC).  *Joan said she had been contacted by Baldwin’s store re. the displays at The Centre that have been eaten by muntjack deer.   Colin suggested that carbolic soap be used to deter them.  Joan will source some soap.  *Annie asked if a record was kept of the number of bags collected at monthly community litter picks – it is thought that Christine is keeping a log.  *Nicky advised that the green bin placed at The Empire had not been collected as arranged.  This will be reported.

 

There being no other business the meeting closed at 9.14 p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th March  2020   7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

ContactsMargaret 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 27th February 2020  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. Chairman welcomed Derek Holmes of Daniel Robinson & Sons to the meeting.
MINUTES
of  20th January 2020  had been circulated and were adopted

Chairman then asked DEREK  HOLMES if he would like to speak as it was known that he had another appointment later that evening.  Derek said that Daniel Robinson & Sons would be pleased to provide transport for the judging tours around Halstead again this year, and that Derek himself would drive the vehicle.  Derek also said that one of his team would like permission to film the tours; permission was readily given.  Derek made it known that Daniel Robinson & Sons would be prepared to sponsor a race at the forthcoming Race Night, but was told that all races are now sponsored.  Derek said that some raffle prizes would be given for the evening – all proceeds from the evening would be donated to Halstead in Bloom.  Chairman thanked Derek for this most welcome news, and asked that team’s thanks be passed on to Directors and Management of Daniel Robinson & Sons.
NEWS:   *Letter from Doctor’s Surgery was read thanking the team for the work done at Surgery internal garden.  Joan said that some remedial work on the bamboo sprouts in the garden would be done when the weather improves – HiB will maintain this garden in the near future.  *Letter from David Tarbun following his birthday party at Hyacinth Tearooms earlier in the month was read.  David was pleased to host the party and provide tea and cakes and thanked the team for the planted pot that was given to him on that day. *Bluebridge Cart and Sudbury Rd. Seed Drill.  Graham has made a new metal surround for the cart. Some second hand scaffold boards have been donated by DMC Scaffolding of Gosfield and they will be cut and fixed to make the body.  Grandstyle Windows have some strong membrane to line the body and help with preservation of the wood.  Annie will paint the cart when it is back together.  Seed Drill is in a poor state, but Graham reckons it can be ‘bodged’ for another summer season.  Bellway Homes have been written to and asked if they will help to remove the item to another place for proper repairs, or if they can repair it for us.  No reply has been received so far.  Carol offered to visit the Site Office and speak to Manager there to see if some resolution can be found.  *Climate Emergency-Water Crisis an event arranged by CPRE is to be held in Peterborough on 29th April, 9.30am-3.45pm.  Graham has asked to attend.  Full details can be found at www.suffolksociety/org/climate-emergency-water-crisis/ *Firemen’s Assistance. Halstead Station Watch Manager, Steve Byrne, has said that it may be possible for the Fire Brigade to help HiB with some water in the summer months.  Post meeting note: Head Office is querying whether this will be possible – watch this space! *Letter –  David Finch. Leader Essex CC. Following last month’s meeting a letter was written and replies have been received: 1) Q: Can HiB paint the front door of the Library? A: Library is a Grade 2 listed building so advice from Property team is being sought.  Answers will be given.  2) Q: Fountain at Mount Hill damaged (now part is missing). A: After much investigation it is confirmed this is not an ECC asset. Matter has been passed to BDC. Margaret E has spoken with Halstead Town Clerk and there is irrefutable evidence that this is an ECC asset. 3) Q. Dirty bus shelter in Colne Road. A: ECC does not hold a record of bus shelter at this site.  Suggest that HTC or BDC may have installed without knowledge or agreement of ECC.  ??? 4) Q. Overdue repairs to pavements in Colchester Road. A: There are plans to include part of Colchester Road in the 20/21 Minor Slurry Seal Capital Scheme – works to be from the Blue Bridge area to High Street.  Programme is yet to be finalised but full information can be found on www.essexhighways.org/interactive-maps-and-live-travel-information/highways-information-map.aspx. As Colchester Road is a priority route, which is inspected on a monthly basis, all existing defects will continue to be monitored and any deterioration recorded will be dealt with accordingly. *Tree Charter It was noted that Halstead TC has signed up to the Tree Charter.  Also noted that Essex CC has 38000 trees to give away – but it isn’t known the variety of these trees.  Joan asked if there are fruit trees could they be included in the wild life garden.  Annie asked if the tree at Mill Chase could be replaced (will have to liaise with BDC for both these requests).  Ian T said that there is a minimum plant of 10Ha laid down for each District Council and maintenance of planted whips is in question.  It is felt better to maintain existing, mature trees than to plant new trees.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 1st March Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th March – this will be our contribution to the Great British Spring Clean.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Visit to Gestingthorpe 17th March. 22 people have asked to attend.  Transport by group will be arranged – speak to Margaret E if you need transport.   *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan has arranged for Peter Miller of  Kings Seeds will give a talk. Team to bring plate of food as usual.  There will be a raffle.  Posters are available to be put up in various shops, notice boards, etc.  Let me know if you need copy(s). *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. All races now sponsored, horses are now being sold.  Will be widely advertised – now need to get people to attend the races! *VE Day Celebrations Bank Holiday, Friday 8th May in Halstead Public Gardens.  HiB to have a stall. Can we dress 1940’s to suit?  Margaret E has some period recipes and Thelma has some period recipe books. Maybe we can plant some veg.seeds instead of the usual sunflower seeds?  We can make some fabric bunting (Joan asked for some to be put at Weavers’ Court).  More details to follow.  *Halstead Marathon. 10th May. Volunteer marshalls’ details were collected – if you would like to help please let me know and I will pass on details. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!! *Halstead Flower Festival at St. Andrew’s Church will be celebrating 700 years of history through hymns.  HiB will have a display – hymn still to be identified!  Festival will be 3rd/4th/5th July. More details to follow. *Children’s Competition 2020 Margaret T said that her ideas for this year include Small Bug Boxes and also Grow 3 Herbs.  *HiB meal. Marie Hughes had asked Margaret to  apologise if some meals were not up to expected standard this year.  The cooker at St. Andrew’s Hall was not working – and had been broken for some time, apparently and some improvisation had to take place.  All agreed that this was a lovely event, and although some dishes weren’t as warm as could have been hoped everyone was smiling and there were lots of happy faces.  Thank you Marie, we enjoyed the evening very much!  Cost of the hall will be £50 – to be paid in April.
 ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’20  Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at a cost of £15 per person.  14 people have asked to attend.  Transport will be arranged.  If you haven’t yet asked to attend, please give your name to Margaret E as soon as possible.
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’20  Seminar on 21st Feb was attended by Joan and Annie who both found it useful and helpful.  Annie attended a workshop about Portfolio and Publicity.  Our portfolio was held up as being ‘good’ with lots of pictures and narrative underneath.  It was suggested that perhaps the age group 25/35 might be attracted to a HiB Instagram page?  Can anyone manage this?  Also suggested that stats for our Facebook page be recorded – Oliver does this for us.   Our judges will be Rae Beckwith and Ian Beaney (who was last here in 2014). Both judges seem to have a good sense of humour!  Copies of the judges’ comments at that time were available.  It was suggested that the route needs to be walked (nearer to judging time) and also travelled from end to start.  There are 74 entrants taking part, 10 entrants in the Town group (of which Halstead is one).  We have 2½ hours to impress plus 15 minutes for presentation and 15minutes allowed for press.  It was said that timings should be kept, although a few minutes over wouldn’t be frowned upon.  Judges will be happy to have some sort of reception after judging.  It was said that anyone speaking to the judges must be fully rehearsed!!  It was thought that we should have a ‘dress rehearsal’ nearer to judging day, this to be at the time of day (or as near to as possible) when the real event takes place.  Proposed route to be timed before next meeting: Start at British Legion.  Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street.  Drive to Loom.  Drive to Mill Chase.  Drive to Coggeshall Pieces.  Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.

The Awards Day will be on 16th October (day of our Quiz!!) and will be an all-day event, in Manchester.  The system of choosing a Champion of Champions has been changed this year – this accolade will be awarded to one of the entrants on the day of Awards.  Could it be Halstead?!!!  As already advertised it was decided to go ahead with the Quiz Night as arranged – messages will be sent through from the Awards!

*Loom Garden. Annie is still collecting coloured plastic – please hand your contributions to Annie at a Tuesday working party, or at any other suitable time. Thelma offered to act as recipient of contributions!  Annie said that a start will be made on making the ‘cascade’ very soon before we get too busy with other work.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 3rd March. Alan, Pauline and Linda to be with Joan at the Churchyard to completely dig out the bed near to church door.  Joan hopes to have this planted with plants that would have been used 700 years ago.  Rest of team to be dead heading at this time.  10th March. Weed in Kings Road.  17th March Will be the visit to Gestingthorpe.  24th March. Team to be working in Churchyard.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *New Logo. Mock up of letterhead/compliment slip using Nicky’s artwork was shown and it was agreed that this did not do the artwork justice.  Some designs by Carol’s daughter were shown.  Further investigations to be made.  *New containers for 2020 List was revisited.  It was suggested that some new containers in Butler Road Car Park and under the Butler Road sign would be ideal.  Joan to view and decisions to be made soon.  *To Do List 2020 still ongoing.  *Notelets for Halstead no suitable cards have been found at present.  *Volunteer Hours. March will be the 6th month that hours are being counted (hopefully they are!!!) and new sheets to take us up to end June will be available at next meeting.  These hours are important to show to judges just how many people spend so much time working for Halstead.  Please keep a note of all volunteering hours spent and total them up so that we can show judges for Anglia in Bloom and RHS Britain in bloom when they visit.  *Ian asked when the bamboo in the Surgery Garden would be treated – he was  told it will probably be April when weather is more suitable for this work.  *Colin asked if HiB could have a working party at Adams Court to help in areas that he can’t manage.  Joan said that this can be arranged at any time and urged Colin to just ask.  *Ian Tinton spoke on behalf of the Chamber of Trade and said that their Constitution had now been agreed and signed off.  He said that good relations had been forged with Braintree DC and were now looking for premises to hold monthly meetings.  *Joyce asked if anything can be done to persuade shop owners to clean and tidy up their premises – not just at ground level but on first/second floors too!  Ian T said this had been tried, but not much uptake for available cash had been made.  *Margaret T spoke about the drinking fountain on Mount Hill and said that part of it was now missing.  (see above reply from Cllr David Finch ECC).  *Joan said she had been contacted by Baldwin’s store re. the displays at The Centre that have been eaten by muntjack deer.   Colin suggested that carbolic soap be used to deter them.  Joan will source some soap.  *Annie asked if a record was kept of the number of bags collected at monthly community litter picks – it is thought that Christine is keeping a log.  *Nicky advised that the green bin placed at The Empire had not been collected as arranged.  This will be reported.

 

There being no other business the meeting closed at 9.14 p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th March  2020   7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

ContactsMargaret 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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