HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th March 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

Minutes of the meeting of 23rd February  2023  had been circulated and were adopted.

UPDATES:  *Mill Chase seat has now been refurbished by Graham and has been installed by BDC.  *Rubbish on river bank was cleared by the River Improvement Group at their litter clearing meeting on 5th March.  *Seat in Halstead Public Gardens – This and another seat near the New Street entrance have been viewed by BDC and some refurbishment will be actioned when the weather conditions are suitable (Ian noted that the memorial seat for Michael Portway is not in  good visual condition – BDC are aware and have promised some action).*Zebra Crossing, Trinity Street – Pot hole in middle of crossing has been repaired.  A part is required for the Belisha Beacon and is being sourced; situation will be monitored. *Creeper over the wall at Holy Trinity Church has been cut back making footpath much more user friendly.  *Banner in Sudbury Road; it is not known if this had been righted, Carol will check. *Verge in Sudbury Road-Carol has ascertained that this will be repaired/reinstated when site works are completed.

 ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM  2023:  *The Spring Launch event for Anglia in Bloom 2023 will be held on 31st March at Swiss Garden, Old Warden and 6 volunteers from HiB will attend, minibus has been arranged.   It has already been agreed that no entry will be made for Halstead town into the Anglia in Bloom campaign 2023 but there will be some virtual categories open for entry.  Braintree DC has made it known that they will not be putting forward entries for virtual judging due to policies that mean there will be no summer bedding in Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and other planted areas in Town.  Halstead Town Council has agreed that St. Andrew’s Churchyard can be entered for Virtual Judging. 
Virtual categories for 2023 are:- Care/Nursing Home; Cemeteries and Crematoria; Churchyards; Parks; Pubs/Hotels; King’s Coronation Celebration; Wildlife Conservation.  Any ideas for entry (cost £20 per entry) will be appreciated.  There is also the Its Your Neighbourhood campaign that is free to enter and this can be two or more houses, a club or association, a group involved with a gardening/wildlife project, a school growing food for community use, an allotment association, etc.  Again, ideas for entry from Halstead would be appreciated.

EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – 30th April.  Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10.30 am.  All welcome.   *Next River Clean is 2nd April.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Great British Spring Clean will be between 17th March and 2nd April; HiB pledged 15 bags and to date 19 have been collected – let me know if there is more to declare!. Chairman had made BDC aware of litter on the A131 between Halstead and Sudbury.  *Plant Stall will be on 19th and 20th May (second day if we don’t sell everything the first day!).  *Halstead Summer Fayre is planned for 5th August and it was agreed that HiB will take a stall.   *Halstead Marathon will take place on Sunday 14th May, no information available at present.  *Team was told that we have been made aware that there will be no Halstead Flower Festival in 2023 as usual organisers are unable to continue and no-one else has stepped forward to take on this project.  It is hoped that Festival will return in 2024.
 * HiB talk:  17th April Halstead WI at the Con Club.7.30pm

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION:
Helen reported that a further meeting has taken place and that judging for the Competition will be on 1st and 2nd July.  Last date for entry will be 23rd June.  Competition will be advertised on town Notice Boards and at QD.  It is hoped that Council will put posters on Town Notice Boards and the Town Web Site.   Last year there were many allotments entered and Town Council has agreed to notify Allotment Wardens of the 2023 Competition.  Notices will be sent to Halstead Gazette and also on local Facebook pages.  A poster will follow.  The Children’s category (up to 15 years old) will be re-instated this year.  Entry form will be amended for 2023.   It was thought that perhaps a plaque could be presented to the winner of each category – Helen is investigating costs.  2 former judges had expressed interest in judging again and both have been contacted.  One, Charles Soule, has been in contact and the second will be contacted again.  Joan will take invitations to shops for the Shop Window Display campaign for the Fit for a King window display.  Businesses will be invited to set up a display by 5th May.  There is no Halstead Chamber of Trade now so it was thought that a Poster Campaign and personal visiting would be the most successful way of engaging entrants.  it was thought that a plate or plaque could be awarded to the winner and it was suggested that  residents might be asked to vote for a winner – there could be boxes in St. Andrew’s Church and Holy Trinity Church for votes to be cast.  1st,2nd and 3rd prizes will be put forward with certificates of entry for all entrants.  A further meeting of the Local Garden Competition Team will meet again in the near future.

WORKING  PARTIES:
  Joan asked that for Tuesday 4th April  members help to tidy the beds at Bluebridge – bring secateurs, spades, forks, etc. or do some dead heading at Weavers’ Court, etc. if you like.   Work will then be decided on a week-to-week basis.  Wendy, Jean and Lin will be working on the beds at top of Nether Court and Jean said that these beds will need some regular maintenance.

ANY  OTHER  BUSINESS:
   Margaret Eskins noted the Civic Service on 30th April at 3pm.  Joyce told the meeting that Bryan’s Garden in Weavers’ Court needs repainting and his son, Neil, has volunteered to do this work.  Well done Neil!  Carol noted that many of the daffodils around the Church Wall at St. Andrew’s are blind again this year.  Joan thinks that this is because they are cut down too soon and don’t get a chance to build up ‘energy’ for flowering the following spring. Tim will be asked if it is feasible to leave cutting for a time to allow for some regeneration.  Carol also asked if HiB will make some memorial to our late President, David Hume and it was said that this will be planned for the autumn.  Fiona had asked that the blocked drain at Upper Trinity Road be mentioned and it was noted that there is also a blocked drain at the bottom of Pretoria Road.  Will be reported.  Joan noted that team had been given three horse chestnut trees and Peter Nice had taken these and planted them at Mill Chase.  Joan also told team that the bay trees in tubs at former Post Office, High Street, are not dead and will be cut back at appropriate time to allow regeneration.  Joan showed a poster advertising a Brand Concert at Holy Trinity Church on 16th April.  Cost is £3 per person and tickets are available.  Julia told the meeting that team insurance had been renewed at no cost by the Keep Britain Tidy group. 

                    There being no other business meeting closed at 6.50pm.


next meeting is Thursday 27th April   2023  6pm at Royal British Legion Club. All welcome.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th March 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

Minutes of the meeting of 23rd February  2023  had been circulated and were adopted.

UPDATES:  *Mill Chase seat has now been refurbished by Graham and has been installed by BDC.  *Rubbish on river bank was cleared by the River Improvement Group at their litter clearing meeting on 5th March.  *Seat in Halstead Public Gardens – This and another seat near the New Street entrance have been viewed by BDC and some refurbishment will be actioned when the weather conditions are suitable (Ian noted that the memorial seat for Michael Portway is not in  good visual condition – BDC are aware and have promised some action).*Zebra Crossing, Trinity Street – Pot hole in middle of crossing has been repaired.  A part is required for the Belisha Beacon and is being sourced; situation will be monitored. *Creeper over the wall at Holy Trinity Church has been cut back making footpath much more user friendly.  *Banner in Sudbury Road; it is not known if this had been righted, Carol will check. *Verge in Sudbury Road-Carol has ascertained that this will be repaired/reinstated when site works are completed.

 ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM  2023:  *The Spring Launch event for Anglia in Bloom 2023 will be held on 31st March at Swiss Garden, Old Warden and 6 volunteers from HiB will attend, minibus has been arranged.   It has already been agreed that no entry will be made for Halstead town into the Anglia in Bloom campaign 2023 but there will be some virtual categories open for entry.  Braintree DC has made it known that they will not be putting forward entries for virtual judging due to policies that mean there will be no summer bedding in Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and other planted areas in Town.  Halstead Town Council has agreed that St. Andrew’s Churchyard can be entered for Virtual Judging. 
Virtual categories for 2023 are:- Care/Nursing Home; Cemeteries and Crematoria; Churchyards; Parks; Pubs/Hotels; King’s Coronation Celebration; Wildlife Conservation.  Any ideas for entry (cost £20 per entry) will be appreciated.  There is also the Its Your Neighbourhood campaign that is free to enter and this can be two or more houses, a club or association, a group involved with a gardening/wildlife project, a school growing food for community use, an allotment association, etc.  Again, ideas for entry from Halstead would be appreciated.

EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – 30th April.  Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10.30 am.  All welcome.   *Next River Clean is 2nd April.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Great British Spring Clean will be between 17th March and 2nd April; HiB pledged 15 bags and to date 19 have been collected – let me know if there is more to declare!. Chairman had made BDC aware of litter on the A131 between Halstead and Sudbury.  *Plant Stall will be on 19th and 20th May (second day if we don’t sell everything the first day!).  *Halstead Summer Fayre is planned for 5th August and it was agreed that HiB will take a stall.   *Halstead Marathon will take place on Sunday 14th May, no information available at present.  *Team was told that we have been made aware that there will be no Halstead Flower Festival in 2023 as usual organisers are unable to continue and no-one else has stepped forward to take on this project.  It is hoped that Festival will return in 2024.
 * HiB talk:  17th April Halstead WI at the Con Club.7.30pm

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION:
Helen reported that a further meeting has taken place and that judging for the Competition will be on 1st and 2nd July.  Last date for entry will be 23rd June.  Competition will be advertised on town Notice Boards and at QD.  It is hoped that Council will put posters on Town Notice Boards and the Town Web Site.   Last year there were many allotments entered and Town Council has agreed to notify Allotment Wardens of the 2023 Competition.  Notices will be sent to Halstead Gazette and also on local Facebook pages.  A poster will follow.  The Children’s category (up to 15 years old) will be re-instated this year.  Entry form will be amended for 2023.   It was thought that perhaps a plaque could be presented to the winner of each category – Helen is investigating costs.  2 former judges had expressed interest in judging again and both have been contacted.  One, Charles Soule, has been in contact and the second will be contacted again.  Joan will take invitations to shops for the Shop Window Display campaign for the Fit for a King window display.  Businesses will be invited to set up a display by 5th May.  There is no Halstead Chamber of Trade now so it was thought that a Poster Campaign and personal visiting would be the most successful way of engaging entrants.  it was thought that a plate or plaque could be awarded to the winner and it was suggested that  residents might be asked to vote for a winner – there could be boxes in St. Andrew’s Church and Holy Trinity Church for votes to be cast.  1st,2nd and 3rd prizes will be put forward with certificates of entry for all entrants.  A further meeting of the Local Garden Competition Team will meet again in the near future.

WORKING  PARTIES:
  Joan asked that for Tuesday 4th April  members help to tidy the beds at Bluebridge – bring secateurs, spades, forks, etc. or do some dead heading at Weavers’ Court, etc. if you like.   Work will then be decided on a week-to-week basis.  Wendy, Jean and Lin will be working on the beds at top of Nether Court and Jean said that these beds will need some regular maintenance.

ANY  OTHER  BUSINESS:
   Margaret Eskins noted the Civic Service on 30th April at 3pm.  Joyce told the meeting that Bryan’s Garden in Weavers’ Court needs repainting and his son, Neil, has volunteered to do this work.  Well done Neil!  Carol noted that many of the daffodils around the Church Wall at St. Andrew’s are blind again this year.  Joan thinks that this is because they are cut down too soon and don’t get a chance to build up ‘energy’ for flowering the following spring. Tim will be asked if it is feasible to leave cutting for a time to allow for some regeneration.  Carol also asked if HiB will make some memorial to our late President, David Hume and it was said that this will be planned for the autumn.  Fiona had asked that the blocked drain at Upper Trinity Road be mentioned and it was noted that there is also a blocked drain at the bottom of Pretoria Road.  Will be reported.  Joan noted that team had been given three horse chestnut trees and Peter Nice had taken these and planted them at Mill Chase.  Joan also told team that the bay trees in tubs at former Post Office, High Street, are not dead and will be cut back at appropriate time to allow regeneration.  Joan showed a poster advertising a Brand Concert at Holy Trinity Church on 16th April.  Cost is £3 per person and tickets are available.  Julia told the meeting that team insurance had been renewed at no cost by the Keep Britain Tidy group. 

                    There being no other business meeting closed at 6.50pm.


next meeting is Thursday 27th April   2023  6pm at Royal British Legion Club. All welcome.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th March 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

Minutes of the meeting of 23rd February  2023  had been circulated and were adopted.

UPDATES:  *Mill Chase seat has now been refurbished by Graham and has been installed by BDC.  *Rubbish on river bank was cleared by the River Improvement Group at their litter clearing meeting on 5th March.  *Seat in Halstead Public Gardens – This and another seat near the New Street entrance have been viewed by BDC and some refurbishment will be actioned when the weather conditions are suitable (Ian noted that the memorial seat for Michael Portway is not in  good visual condition – BDC are aware and have promised some action).*Zebra Crossing, Trinity Street – Pot hole in middle of crossing has been repaired.  A part is required for the Belisha Beacon and is being sourced; situation will be monitored. *Creeper over the wall at Holy Trinity Church has been cut back making footpath much more user friendly.  *Banner in Sudbury Road; it is not known if this had been righted, Carol will check. *Verge in Sudbury Road-Carol has ascertained that this will be repaired/reinstated when site works are completed.

 ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM  2023:  *The Spring Launch event for Anglia in Bloom 2023 will be held on 31st March at Swiss Garden, Old Warden and 6 volunteers from HiB will attend, minibus has been arranged.   It has already been agreed that no entry will be made for Halstead town into the Anglia in Bloom campaign 2023 but there will be some virtual categories open for entry.  Braintree DC has made it known that they will not be putting forward entries for virtual judging due to policies that mean there will be no summer bedding in Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and other planted areas in Town.  Halstead Town Council has agreed that St. Andrew’s Churchyard can be entered for Virtual Judging. 
Virtual categories for 2023 are:- Care/Nursing Home; Cemeteries and Crematoria; Churchyards; Parks; Pubs/Hotels; King’s Coronation Celebration; Wildlife Conservation.  Any ideas for entry (cost £20 per entry) will be appreciated.  There is also the Its Your Neighbourhood campaign that is free to enter and this can be two or more houses, a club or association, a group involved with a gardening/wildlife project, a school growing food for community use, an allotment association, etc.  Again, ideas for entry from Halstead would be appreciated.

EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – 30th April.  Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10.30 am.  All welcome.   *Next River Clean is 2nd April.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Great British Spring Clean will be between 17th March and 2nd April; HiB pledged 15 bags and to date 19 have been collected – let me know if there is more to declare!. Chairman had made BDC aware of litter on the A131 between Halstead and Sudbury.  *Plant Stall will be on 19th and 20th May (second day if we don’t sell everything the first day!).  *Halstead Summer Fayre is planned for 5th August and it was agreed that HiB will take a stall.   *Halstead Marathon will take place on Sunday 14th May, no information available at present.  *Team was told that we have been made aware that there will be no Halstead Flower Festival in 2023 as usual organisers are unable to continue and no-one else has stepped forward to take on this project.  It is hoped that Festival will return in 2024.
 * HiB talk:  17th April Halstead WI at the Con Club.7.30pm

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION:
Helen reported that a further meeting has taken place and that judging for the Competition will be on 1st and 2nd July.  Last date for entry will be 23rd June.  Competition will be advertised on town Notice Boards and at QD.  It is hoped that Council will put posters on Town Notice Boards and the Town Web Site.   Last year there were many allotments entered and Town Council has agreed to notify Allotment Wardens of the 2023 Competition.  Notices will be sent to Halstead Gazette and also on local Facebook pages.  A poster will follow.  The Children’s category (up to 15 years old) will be re-instated this year.  Entry form will be amended for 2023.   It was thought that perhaps a plaque could be presented to the winner of each category – Helen is investigating costs.  2 former judges had expressed interest in judging again and both have been contacted.  One, Charles Soule, has been in contact and the second will be contacted again.  Joan will take invitations to shops for the Shop Window Display campaign for the Fit for a King window display.  Businesses will be invited to set up a display by 5th May.  There is no Halstead Chamber of Trade now so it was thought that a Poster Campaign and personal visiting would be the most successful way of engaging entrants.  it was thought that a plate or plaque could be awarded to the winner and it was suggested that  residents might be asked to vote for a winner – there could be boxes in St. Andrew’s Church and Holy Trinity Church for votes to be cast.  1st,2nd and 3rd prizes will be put forward with certificates of entry for all entrants.  A further meeting of the Local Garden Competition Team will meet again in the near future.

WORKING  PARTIES:
  Joan asked that for Tuesday 4th April  members help to tidy the beds at Bluebridge – bring secateurs, spades, forks, etc. or do some dead heading at Weavers’ Court, etc. if you like.   Work will then be decided on a week-to-week basis.  Wendy, Jean and Lin will be working on the beds at top of Nether Court and Jean said that these beds will need some regular maintenance.

ANY  OTHER  BUSINESS:
   Margaret Eskins noted the Civic Service on 30th April at 3pm.  Joyce told the meeting that Bryan’s Garden in Weavers’ Court needs repainting and his son, Neil, has volunteered to do this work.  Well done Neil!  Carol noted that many of the daffodils around the Church Wall at St. Andrew’s are blind again this year.  Joan thinks that this is because they are cut down too soon and don’t get a chance to build up ‘energy’ for flowering the following spring. Tim will be asked if it is feasible to leave cutting for a time to allow for some regeneration.  Carol also asked if HiB will make some memorial to our late President, David Hume and it was said that this will be planned for the autumn.  Fiona had asked that the blocked drain at Upper Trinity Road be mentioned and it was noted that there is also a blocked drain at the bottom of Pretoria Road.  Will be reported.  Joan noted that team had been given three horse chestnut trees and Peter Nice had taken these and planted them at Mill Chase.  Joan also told team that the bay trees in tubs at former Post Office, High Street, are not dead and will be cut back at appropriate time to allow regeneration.  Joan showed a poster advertising a Brand Concert at Holy Trinity Church on 16th April.  Cost is £3 per person and tickets are available.  Julia told the meeting that team insurance had been renewed at no cost by the Keep Britain Tidy group. 

                    There being no other business meeting closed at 6.50pm.


next meeting is Thursday 27th April   2023  6pm at Royal British Legion Club. All welcome.


Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com


Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com


Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com