Month: November 2019

CO-OP Donation

We are very grateful to the CO-OP store on Colchester Road, Halstead who have very generously made a donation of £1569.74 to HIB from their community fund, and thank them very much for their continued support.

Minutes 28th Nov 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

MINUTES of  31st October  had been circulated and were adopted

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS:  Chairman was pleased to present a medal to DEBRA PURDHAM who has not lived in Halstead and been part of HiB for too long but has made significant contributions.  Debra said that she has great fun working with the group and seeing differences made.  Presentation of the President’s Cup was deferred until next meeting.

NEWS:   * Co-op Store Community Fund Cheque.  Some of the team were pleased to meet at the Co-op on Colchester Road on Saturday 23rd November to be presented with a large cheque showing amount of £1569.74 raised from this fund.  HiB has also been made a charity partner for 2020. Store has also said that we can sell calendars in store (if we have any left!!)  *Congratulatory letter has been received from Cllr Graham Butland (BDC) and also a letter from Cllr Wendy Schmitt (BDC).  *Notcutts have sent some vouchers, with limited life for various in-store items.  Fiona has them.  *Flower Pot Man – leaflet from Jackie Pell with picture of a flower-pot man on a bike was shown.  Can we do something similar?-not the same!!!  *David gave news that Colin Bailey’s wife has passed away.  Our thoughts are with Colin and family, a letter will be sent.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 1st December  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th December.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  Sec. Has made contact with Scouts to ask if they will be involved.    *Christmas Tree Festival will be at St. Andrew’s Church on 30th November and 1st December.  HiB will have a tree – volunteers have made some great, inventive, decorations – go and have a look!! *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We will be outside Dorothy Perkins from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteer marshalls please be at the Halstead TC gazebo from 6.30pm with high-viz jackets *HiB Christmas tea and mince pies will be at the White Hart on 17th December, 2pm.  All HiB volunteers welcome!  *Talk at Tollesbury 20th April 2020, HiB presentation to be re-vamped before then.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether Kings Seeds will give a talk.  *HiB ‘Christmas’ meal will be at St. Andrew’s Hall on 14th February 2020.  Cost will be £21.00.  Menus are available.  *Summer Plant collection is booked for 29th/30th May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19 Chairman asked if HiB will lodge an entry to Anglia in Bloom 2020.  Vote was taken and proposal was agreed unanimously.  Entry will be lodged in the new year.
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19
 
. Chairman asked that if Halstead’s entry is agreed by RHS do we want to agree to enter.  Vote was taken and proposal was agreed unanimously.  RHS judges’ comments were read and commented upon.  It was said that HiB will continue to work with BDC in Halstead Public Gardens to rectify the negative points made by judges.  Decisions will need to be made about where we take judges (if we take judges?) along the river walk – there is a new extension and play area at the Colchester Rd. End of the river walk, possibly an area to visit?  Must take the judges to Mill Chase to see the wild flower planting.  Should go to St. Andrew’s Churchyard as this is a celebratory year for the Church.  Other ideas to be brought to January meeting as we need to get the route organised as soon as possible.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 3rd December. – Ruth has given some tulip bulbs so some will be planted in troughs/tubs and in the ground at this working party.  10th December – probably deadheading or more bulb planting.  17th December – this will be the tea and mince pie party!  Trees at Holy Trinity will be removed at first working party in January.  Artwork for the Doctors’ Surgery is still to be received.

CALENDAR  SELLING:
   30th November(Fayre). 9-10 Joan and Linda. 10-11 Debra and Sue. 11-12 Iola and Wendy  12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 1-2 Alan and Joyce. 2-3 Nicky and Joan. 3-4 Graham and Julia.

A breakdown of calendars sold was given and the numbers left in stock was reviewed.  It was decided not to order any more – better to sell out that have goods remaining.  700 calendars have been purchased and as of to-day money for 160 is still to be received (some of these are sold, but quantities not known).  Stalls are organised as follows – but keep an eye on messages as if we sell out stalls will not be required:

6th December. – 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 Jenny and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Pat; 12-1 Margaret E and Ian.
7th December – 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 Jean and Nicky; 11-12 David and Alan; 12-1 Margaret E and Ian
13th December – 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Jenny and Iola; 11-12 Alan and Julia; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia

14th December –  Joan and Sue; 10-11 Margaret C and Annie; 11-12 Ian and Nicky; 12-1 Julia and Graham

20th December – Joan and Sue; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Pauline and Chris; 12-1 Margaret E and David

21st December – Joan and Pat; 10-11 Margaret C and Jean; 11-12 Nicky and Pauline; 12-1 Margaret T and Margaret E.

Joan to collect stall on 20th December and set up and clear down on 21st (if still selling)

It was queried how many Christmas Cards have been sold so far – to date (29/11) 255 packs have been sold!!

These are obviously very popular, well done Joan and Dennis.  Request was made for the Congregational Church in Parsonage St. to be included for next year – preferably with the spire that used to be there.  Joan will see what she can do!!

Sue suggested that for next year’s calendar photos of the Christmas trees in the Church might be good for December?  Photographers please note!  It was agreed that flowers should be a theme for 2021 calendar.

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Chamber of Trade has offered to ‘tweak’ our existing logo to make it easier to reproduce in larger sizes.  This was agreed, as long as HiB can agree proof.  It was agreed that the logo drawn by Nicky should be used in promotional material and possibly on letter headings.  Chamber of Trade has also offered to donate some more bags for sale.  Joan to ask when these might be available. *New containers for 2020 were discussed – two baskets will need to be purchased to replace those stolen. Tubs at Churchill Avenue to be replaced with Amberol containers.  .   Any other requests to be brought to January meeting.

*Ian spoke about an RHS talk about vine weevil stating that these pests have cost the trade some £30m per year.  Nematodes are the best remedy, although costly.   *Joyce asked that BDC/ECC be thanked for the work on Mount Hill to make the footpath more useable.  *Chris asked about the request for green bin(s) to replace use of so many purple bags.  It was said that this had been agreed in theory, but a location needed to be identified.  Chris said that at the Empire would be possible, under lock and key and they will arrange for bins to be put out for collection.  This will be put to BDC.  *Joan asked that team save blue and red milk bottle tops for a project she has for 2020.  *Fiona asked about the concrete outside Billson’s Opticians that was damaged by a motor accident.  It was said at Partnership meeting that this will be repaired when area outside WHSmith is revamped.  Fiona also spoke about the ‘ambulance’ on Colchester Road that is in poor condition.  This area is managed by St. John’s Ambulance, maybe we can contact them to ask if it can be updated.  Fiona spoke about potholes in the road outside Attwoods that are now very deep and dangerous, and also about the flooding that occurs in this area.  Will be reported.  Fiona also spoke about the post at Gardner’s Road/Parsonage Street that has the cover missing.  Will try to ascertain lamp post number and report. *Iola spoke about a Facebook post asking about a Halstead Calendar and replies that were made saying that HiB has some for sale.  *Sue asked if the pavement at Sudbury Rd. Had been reported (it has, as has the pavement at Colchester Rd.)  Sue also reported that she, Carol, James and Dave have dug over the resident’s garden in Honeywood Road and will put some sustainable planting there to thank the man for his help with supplying water.  *Joan said that BDC are planning some sustainable planting at Churchill Avenue, but haven’t included any shrubs that will give interest in the winter months.  She will speak with Peter.

 

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.55  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 30th January 2020   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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**Also now note the Virgin Money Just Giving

Britain in Bloom 2020

We are proud to announce that Halstead in Bloom have been selected to represent  Anglia in Bloom in the 2020 Britain in Bloom competition.

The team and RHS judges have yet to ratify the proposal, but we are very hopeful, and look forward to bringing another Gold back to Halstead.

Minutes 31st October 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

MINUTES of  26th September had been circulated and were adopted

Chairman congratulated all the team on the excellent results in RHS Britain in Bloom 2019.  She said that this is all down to team working and willingness to help and assist where required.  Well done all!!

NEWS:   *River Improvement Group: Volunteers cleared the major vegetation from the river bank over 3 weekends.  Braintree DC kindly provided green bins for the green waste and took it away for composting. The remaining tree stumps will be treated by Environment Agency to prevent re-growth and the R.I.G. have been given permission to top the remaining trees to give better visual access to the Mill area.  E.A. is now providing a plan for further clearing and sculpturing of the river bed over the winter months.  *Quiz raised a total of £612 for funds – thank you to David T and Annie, Mick and Margaret T for their work.  David reported that the Con Club were pleased with the turnout as they gave the venue for free.  *Co-op Store (Colchester Rd.) – we have been advised that there will be a further payment to HiB and a celebration event sometime between 20th and 23rd November – details will be circulated.  Halstead in Bloom has again been nominated as a chosen charity partner by the Co-op for 2020.  *Priory Hall.  Jean had arranged a coffee morning to fund raise for HiB and it was a great morning.  A total of £331.65 was raised.  Thank you Jean and the residents at Priory Hall Village.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 3rd November  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 24th November.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November. *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Team will bring refreshments as usual – hall will be open from 6.45pm  *Halstead Road Runners will be holding a fund raising event on SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER at Queen’s Hall.  Doors open at 7.30pm. Local Band MAIN  STREET will be playing. Tickets cost £10 including jacket potato with choice of filling.  Please support this event if you can.  *Christmas Tree Festival will be at St. Andrew’s Church on 30th November and 1st December.  HiB will have a tree – not sure what the decorations will be as yet!! *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteer marshalls please be at the Halstead TC gazebo from 6.30pm with high-viz jackets.  *Talk at West Bergholt-20th January 2020 8pm.  PowerPoint presentation to be re-vamped before then, Team to have a run-through in the New Year.  Annie to be involved – Margaret T gave apologies.  *Talk at Tollesbury 20th April 2020.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church. *HiB ‘Christmas’ meal will be at St. Andrew’s Hall on 14th February 2020.  Cost will be £21.00.  Menus to be circulated in the next few weeks.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19 Autumn Seminar is on Wednesday 6th November.  Meet at the Butler Road Car Park from 7.45 – the mini-bus will leave at 8am.  Cost is £15: pay on the coach.
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . Chairman congratulated Graham on bringing home the Wise Ways with Water Award.  Graham has worked hard to make sure that Halstead does not use precious water resources but uses river water whereever possible – the RHS judges noted this.  Halstead was nominated in the Working with Young People discretionary award – only 4 nominations were made in this group.  The Judges commented on the excellent knowledge of the young people they met at Holy Trinity Gardening Club and the Guides Allotment and were pleased that, even during summer holiday, children were there to speak to them.  The Judges’ report was very positive and they noted that Halstead scored consistently high marks over all the judging criteria.  They said that it was very difficult to pick a ‘winner’ in this category as the top couple of towns scored very evenly.  Haddington (Scotland) was the eventual winner – Scotland did sweep the board a bit over all categories this year.  There were some areas where the judges felt improvements could be made, and these were noted.  Some of the team had looked at Haddington’s web site and noted that their portfolio was on the web site; maybe we could do the same another year?  All agreed that Halstead’s results were very good and something to be proud of.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 2nd November will be plant sorting – meet at Gate House at 10.15am.  3rd November is planting day – meet on the Bridge at 10.15 for planting (those setting out please be there at 9am).  All other working parties will be planting – 7th November the tributes to fallen service men will be placed around WW1 memorial and WW11 memorial.  26th & 28th November will be decorating Christmas Tree in Holy Trinity Church.  Some work will need to be done on maintenance at the Doctor’s Surgery (to be arranged).  Artwork for the Surgery Garden should be available within the next couple of weeks.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  1st November: Thank you to all who sold to-day – 13 calendars were sold plus 23 packs of cards – and 1 mug!!.  8th November: 9-10 Chris and Joan. 10-11 Jenny and Iola. 11-12 Alan and Margaret T. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E.  9th November 9-10 Sue and Joan. 10-11 Annie and Mick. 11-12 Carol and Debra. 12-1 Alan and Nicky.  15th November  9-10 Linda and Pat. 10-11 Jean and Jenny. 11-12 Iola and David. 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  16th November. 9-10 Carol and Sue. 10-11 Margaret C and Annie. 11-12 Alan and Chris. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E.  22nd November. 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jenny and Margaret T. 11-12 Pat and Joyce.  12-1 Alan and Ian.  23rd November 9-10 Joan and Carol. 10-11 Margaret C and Linda 11-12 Annie and Mick 12-1 Margaret T and Fiona.  29th November (outside SOLAR) 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jenny and Fiona. 11-12 Chris and Debra. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 30th November(Fayre). 9-10 Joan and Linda. 10-11 Debra and Sue. 11-12 Iola and Wendy (?) 12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 1-2 Alan and Joyce. 2-3 Nicky and Joan. 3-4 Graham and Julia.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Discussions took place about a theme of Recycling for 2020. Annie has an idea for the Loom garden that all thought could work well. Annie gave some statistics about plastic: There are 8m pieces of plastic in the ocean – 19bn Lego bricks are made each year, etc. It was hoped that we can give some information about reduction of plastic use, re-use of plastic items and what can be recycled. Further plans to be made for the New Year.  Chris spoke about purple bags – it was suggested that perhaps BDC would consider putting a green bin somewhere for use by HiB for green waste only and this could then be collected for composting.  This idea will be explored.  Team noted that crisp packets can be recycled, but it isn’t known where this happens in Halstead.  All are keen to take the idea of theme of recycling further.  Margaret T thought that perhaps the Children’s Competition 2020 can be for making a Flower Pot Man, or other artwork made from recycled items.  *Margaret T noted that the Town Sign at Bluebridge had been moved – or broken?  *Theme for decorating Christmas Trees was discussed and it was thought that perhaps recycled items could be used. *Volunteers were urged to continue noting their hours of work.  *New logo for HiB was discussed – all to think on this theme, please!  *Joyce was keen to paint the street furniture at Pendle’s Court (outside WHSmith) but it is thought that the benches may have to be removed when remedial work is done to the surface under the tree. Joyce also said she would be visiting local shops to urge them to paint the exterior of their property.  Margaret T spoke about an idea for a Youth Workshop after Christmas to show how useful items can be made, how to be a successful litter picker or river cleaner.  Possibly a visit to the Air Ambulance at Earls Colne could be arranged and a Fun Day can be arranged.  Margaret T and Christine will discuss and bring to next meeting. *Margaret C had sent details of a musical evening at the United Reformed Church when the Bocking Brass Band will be entertaining.  Date is 21st December 7pm-9pm.  Margaret C also advised of entertainment at Holy Trinity Church on 3rd December – The Snow Queen producing will be at the Church from 7pm (for 7.30pm).

*Annie reminded the group that Suffolk Free Press has asked for a photo shoot on the Town Bridge on Tuesday 5th November at 2pm.  Please come if you can, bring high-viz vests and the certificates/trophies gained by Halstead this year will be there.  *Iola spoke about a Soup Lunch arranged by the Townswomen’s Guild on Thursday 7th November at 12pm at the United Reformed Church.  £5 for a bowl of soup and a bread roll.  There will also be a Bring & Buy stall.

 

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.06  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 28th November   2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

 

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