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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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


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

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

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


All welcome


Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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