Britain in Bloom

Halstead in Bloom have been invited to enter the Britain in Bloom competition and represent the Anglia region in  the town category.

On Friday the 8th of February two members of the team attended the BIB seminar in Manchester, to meet the judges and discuss the details of the new marking system

 

Minutes for January 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 31st  January  2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present, particularly Debra, a new recruit and Alan who returned to the team after his major operation.  Annette and Mark from the Halstead Chamber of Trade were also warmly received.  Chairman accepted apologies from those who could not attend. 

MINUTES of  29th November 2018 had been circulated and were adopted
PRESENTATION: Annette Randal (Halstead Chamber of Trade) spoke about the bags that the Chamber of Trade had printed and offered for sale.  She was pleased to say that the original 50 printed had all sold meaning that a donation of £250 would be given to HiB.  It is proposed that another 50 will be printed and offered for sale meaning another donation to funds.  Annette was thanked for her efforts.  Mark Jeffrey from ESO store in Head Street, Halstead, spoke about other promotional goods for Halstead in Bloom.  It was said that the current HiB logo was not suitable for enlargement and it was suggested that perhaps a ‘young people’s competition’ could be initiated to give a logo on various goods.  It was thought that Ramsey Academy could be contacted and this matter will be discussed and actions taken.  It was thought that perhaps mugs and/or t-shirts would be a good starting point for promotional goods.  Mark said he would be willing to put ‘advertising’ posters in his shop and a window display at judging times.  Annette and Mark stressed that their efforts are to reach new volunteers and to highlight the work being done by HiB.  Annette and Mark were thanked for their presentation.

NEWS:  *Tesco Bags of Help money has now been received – £1000.00.  Some of this will go towards the Junior Bloom vests and both Holy Trinity Gardening Club and the 5th Halstead Trinity Guides want to build new raised beds.  Well done Chris for getting this money, and thanks to all who chose HiB as their charity.  *Christmas meal – feedback. All agreed that this was a lovely evening and that the food was excellent.  Several messages had been received saying how enjoyable the evening was.  Margaret T is thanked very much for her efforts in organising the meal and Marie Hughes has been thanked for providing the lovely meal.  Mr and Mrs Brian Day had given some money for Halstead in Bloom volunteers towards this event and they have been thanked.  *Bloor Homes a resident of Halstead asked if HiB could write to Bloor Homes, developers of the site at Oak Road, to ask if they would consider planting a Christmas Tree at the front of the site so that any new residents’ association could decorate it at Christmas to spread the Christmas effort to the top end of the town.  Letter was written, no reply yet received.  *Gift from Cllr and Mrs D Gronland of £500 was very gratefully received and Mr and Mrs Gronland have been thanked.  *Halstead Beavers meeting at Holy Trinity School contacted HiB to ask if team could help with Beavers obtaining their gardening badge.  Some vague discussions have taken place, but the nature/extent of help required is not yet clear.  *Geoff’s Tree. Geoff Willis passed away last summer and the Halstead Conservation Group intend to plant a tree in his memory at Coggeshall Pieces.  HiB asked to be involved, and 3 silver birch trees will be planted at Coggeshall Pieces on Saturday 9th February at about 11.00am.  There will also be a bench made by one of the Conservation team and placed near to the trees.  HiB team are invited to attend, and there will be tea and biscuits after the planting ceremony.  *Projector.  The planned ‘illustrated talk’ at Tiptree in early December was, unfortunately given without any illustrations as the projector (donated to us) failed.  One of the Tiptree members was Mr Helpful and managed to bend the pins in connecting lead.  Repair wasn’t possible, but Peter from Cablers Network and AV Solutions, based at Earls Colne, very kindly donated a new lead and checked that all is now in working order.  A letter of thanks was written, and we feel confident that the next talk will be illustrated as advertised!  *In Bloom Partnership. Various matters discussed at recent meeting were noted; License to Plant has now been signed off and should be received in the near future; top step at the former Post Office (that we feel is dangerous) is not to be repaired as ECC Officer says that no repair is necessary; the damage to steps and handrail at The Centre was reported; trees are to be, or have been, lopped in Halstead Public Gardens; inventory of street furniture was discussed and copy given to BDC and letter with copy sent to Cllr Kevin Bentley at Essex CC.  No reply so far.  BDC are hoping to make improvements to Halstead Cemetery with some benches being repaired/removed and one of the circular beds at Colchester Road entrance to be revamped.  It is hoped to add some bird/bat boxes and insect hotels at the cemetery.  The possibility of a Friends of Cemetery group was discussed, but it was said this isn’t feasible at present.  Team may have a working party at the cemetery in the future; Greenfields are to replace the missing troughs at Trinity Court; there are plans for some new planting in Halstead Public Gardens.*Co-op Solar Store. has agreed that a large planter can be placed facing the car park at the end of the Hook of Holland unit.  This will be planted with sustainable plants and sited when the weather improves.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 3rd February.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 24th February. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *Speaking Engagements: on 7/2 at Halstead Baptist Church, on 21/2 at Ridgewell and on 6/3 at Tiptree. *Visits to Air Ambulance base at Earls Colne Airfield will be on 7th February and 22nd February.  If you have booked, please arrive at 1.50pm with high-viz vests if you have them available.  Margaret E/Annie will lead first group, Joan/Julia will attend the second visit.  *WI Quiz will be on 22nd February at St. Andrew’s Hall 7.30p.m.  *HiB AGM is booked for 8th March at U.R.C.  King’s Seeds had agreed to come but have now cancelled the booking.  It is hoped that Perrywood Garden Centre will speak *Halstead Horticultural Society Spring Show has been cancelled for this year. *Rivercare is to hold an annual conference at Rutland Water on 4th April.  More details later.  *Summer Fayre. is planned for 3rd August in Halstead Public Gardens.  Cost of stall will be £15.  At present we have not made agreement to attend as this is around the time of RHS Britain in Bloom judging * Early notification of HiB Quiz for 2019.  David has booked the Con Club for Friday 18th October.  *Halstead Marathon will be on Sunday12th May.  14 HiB volunteers said they’d like to help and this will be passed on to organisers.  *Spring Clean event (K.B.T. group) will this year be between 22nd March and 23rd April – HiB will take part.  *Fields in Trust suggest a ‘Picnic in the Park day on 6th July; are we able to take part?  *Halstead Colne Tangent Group have issued invitation to a lunch on Wednesday 27th March at 12.30pm for 1.00pm at the Colne Valley Golf Club, Earls Colne.  Speaker will be Paula Short speaking about the gifted French designer Coco Chanel.  Cost, including lunch, will be £22 per head and I have menu if anyone wishes to attend, please let me know.  *Bull Hotel is planning an event to showcase all the clubs/societies and what Halstead has to offer.  It is hoped that those new to the Town will attend and get some information on what’s on in Halstead!  Further details later.  *Diary Dates:  A cake stall is planned for 20th April, hopefully outside Solar.  A plant sale is planned for 24th May (Friday market) but discussions took place around suitability of placement.  *May Day event in Halstead Public Gardens will be 6th May 2019.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 26th March at Notcutts Garden Centre, Norwich.  Cost is £15 per person, including a buffet lunch.  There will be a ceremonial tree planting to start off the In Bloom year, and speakers have been engaged.  This will be a chance to ask questions about judging and to meet with other entrants (as well as have a day out!!).

*Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  David had given some thought to a possible route: Start at Halstead Hall, drive down Mount Hill to Butler Road Car Park.  Walk to Adams Court. Drive to Holy Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens (entering by the memorial garden). Drive to Parsonage Street to view businesses/fire station. Walk to entrance of River Walk and walk up to back entrance to allotments noting planting, perching benches and viewing platform. view wild life area and enter Guides’ allotment. Drive to Resource Centre.  Drive up Parsonage Street to Church and cross to view Birds Butterflies and Bees garden, fountain, etc.  Drive to Mill Chase Playing Field. Drive to Bowls Club  via Colne Road noting Road Runners Bed, allotment area.  This route will have to be fine tuned and timed but good work David!  We will need to check that all ‘special entries’ are covered – it was thought that Mike Turner’s efforts at Hawthorn Close could be a Community Project worth viewing.
*RHS Britain in Bloom A seminar is organised for Friday 8th February in Manchester.  Joan and Julia will attend.  The different marking system to be employed from this year was noted – marking percentages have changed to be 40% for floral with 30% each for community and environment.  It was agreed that the portfolio might have to be organised accordingly, Chris to discuss.  Joan was asked about planting schemes for 2019, but said we will have to wait until the AGM.  Colours for this year are dark pink, light pink with blues and mauves – vibrant and bright.  There are concerns about supply of plants over the period of Brexit.  Joan asked that all save small plastic water bottles as last year for wording on various show beds.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 5th February – Work at Weavers’ Court.  Tuesday 11th February – Litter Pick.  After that dependent on weather and what needs to be done.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  Sec. noted that accounts 2018 are prepared and will be overseen by Cllrs Radley and Gronland rather than audited. (For a charity the size of HiB no audit is required but it is prudent to have accounts viewed by others.  Carol asked if anyone knew the name of the gentleman who regularly litter picks in Sudbury Road.  All were asked to try to get a name so that thanks can be offered.  Sue has been to Spencer’s at Maplestead and they have sold 12 calendars and 2 envelopes.  They will retain the remaining good and sell at £2 each – Sue will call end February.  Sue showed a calendar produced in Castle Hedingham at a cost of £2.86 each that could be printed on a small run if required.  Calendar is A4 size and not glossy but may be acceptable.  Club as Castle offers advertising on pages, which we haven’t done so far.  Joan took one to ascertain postage costs.  Sue to be asked to enquire what format copy would need to be sent.  Sue asked if Greenfields had been contacted about team taking on gardening for a resident in Halstead.  This will be checked.  Sue suggested that perhaps HiB could take on an allotment to use as a ‘nursery’ for plants that could later be sold on or shared.  Details to be ascertained.  Joan spoke about vine weevil in various locations around town and asked if she could purchase some nematodes or other preventative materials.  This was agreed.  Joan also noted that a message had been received from Cllr Jackie Pell who said that the Head of Ramsey Academy is keen to get involved with Halstead in Bloom.  Will be followed up. Fiona spoke about a tree that is leaning at a precarious angle in the walkway from Parsonage Street through to Richard de Clare School and Factory Lane.  This is considered to be a danger to life and property.  Will be reported. Fiona also spoke about vehicles parking on verges in Parsonage Street near to entrance to River Walk and also near to junction with St. Andrew’s Road.  This is recognized as a problem.  Margaret T said that parking notices have been issued.  Fiona also spoke about the amount of pigeon poo near to Hyacinth Tea Shop and Bridge Personnel building.  This had been raised at Partnership meeting and it was said that this is the responsibility of property owner.  This will be reported again. Fiona noted that the road sign at Factory Lane West/junction with Parsonage Street is broken and almost illegible – will be reported. Margaret T said that road signs had been left in New Street and still not collected – has been reported but will be reported again.  Margaret said that there is also a redundant sign near to flower display at Broton Drive.  Will be reported.  Margaret said that  the Children’s Competition this year will be to make a bird box or a frog house and to include 3 plants to attract wild life.  Plans will be sent out with letters inviting entry.  Linda noted that lights are out in St. Andrew’s Churchyard but she will make a note of which ones and report to Halstead TC.  Linda also spoke about the bench against the Church wall facing Parsonage Street that is covered in pigeon poo with excrement also on the surrounding path.  This will also be reported.

 

At the end of the meeting Margaret Eskins, Chairman, was given a card signed by team members and some plants to celebrate her birthday on 4th February.  Margaret was a bit overcome!  She thanked all for the gifts and cards.

 

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.38  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 28th February  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.

 

 

Monthly meeting

The monthly meeting is generally held on the last Thursday of the month at 19.30 in the room above Halstead Icing.

The next meeting will be on the 28th February

Minutes for 29th Nov 2018

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

 

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

 

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

Donation from the CO-OP

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

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

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

Minutes 25th October 2018

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

.**********

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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Minutes 27th Sept 2018

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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Anglia in Bloom awards

It’s another gold for Halstead.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halstead 2019 Calendar

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

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

Junior litter pick

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

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

High Vis vests and pickers are provided.

 

 

 

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