31st July  2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the best, stay safe and keep well.

 

alsteaH Hal

Halstead River

 

Chairman: Margaret Eskins- 01787 269443. Plants/Planting: Joan Gibson 01787 473070
Secretary: Julia Smith 01787 461806/email jaygrey@btinternet.com.
Facebook: Halsteadinbloom.  Instagram: HalsteadinBloom    WebSite:www.halsteadinbloom.org.alsteadhH

 

31st July  2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the best, stay safe and keep well.

 

alsteaH Hal

Halstead River

 

Chairman: Margaret Eskins- 01787 269443. Plants/Planting: Joan Gibson 01787 473070
Secretary: Julia Smith 01787 461806/email jaygrey@btinternet.com.
Facebook: Halsteadinbloom.  Instagram: HalsteadinBloom    WebSite:www.halsteadinbloom.org.alsteadhH