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. 
   *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!


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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