Month: July 2023

Minutes of meeting 27th July 2023

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 29th June 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 29th June 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *Beds at Churchill Avenue – have now been weeded and tidied and look good. *Team working – Chairman said she was still concerned that working is fragmented but it was explained that some didn’t feel able to work at the Road Runners’ bed but are happy to work on other areas of the Town.  We do come together when there is sorting/planting etc. and we do communicate.  *Grass at Weavers’ Court – restaurant owner has been approached more than once but has said that ‘his friend is going to cut the grass’.  It is now considered dangerous for team to work on the troughs/pots along Solar Wall and Billy offered to strim the area.  It was felt that although this is a great offer it’s not a job that HiB should be tackling.  A compromise was reached in that Billy will strim a ‘path’ from the gates to working areas with a petrol strimmer that he can access.  This is not an entirely satisfactory arrangement but hopefully one that will work for now.  Decisions will have to be made about planting this area in the future.  *Hedge at Resource Centre – Our County Councillor, Cllr Chris Siddall, has been informed and apparently an inspection has taken place, but as yet no action has been forthcoming.  *Trinity Court and Courtaulds Close – both Eastlight responsibility.  Trinity Court has been weeded/cleaned by contractors and Margaret T and Joyce have also done some work there.  A resident is now watering the troughs that we planted.  At Courtaulds Close the hedge is still overhanging pathway and causing difficulties when exiting Courtaulds Close to Parsonage Street.  Eastlight informed us that this is residents’ responsibility but team thought that resident may be disabled and/or elderly.  Eastlight have been asked to take action.  *Garden at Hospital – League of Friends of Halstead Hospital has purchased two large troughs that HiB has filled with compost and planted up – good community working!  Chair of LoF says that RHS is still considering making a garden at the Hospital and HiB will be kept informed.  *Street Sweeping – some sweeping has taken place, but it is recognized that clearing when cars are parked is not possible.  *Letter to MP – as requested James Cleverley MP has been contacted by email voicing HiB’s concerns about HalsteadTown Centre’s  perceived decline but as yet no answer has been received.

ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard has been sent away to judges.
The AiB Awards Day will be at Coneygear Centre, Huntingdon on 20th September and this year will be an ‘afternoon tea’ event. No timings are available at present and there may be a limit on numbers attending.  Please let Chairman or Secretary know if you wish to attend.

EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th July Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park 10.30am. Following date will be 27th August.  *Next River Clean event will be Sunday 6th August, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Summer Fayre 5th August – we are to have the ‘straw’ game promoted by Annie.  Some small bags of wrapped sweets and some small ‘bubbles’ have been purchased as prizes with 3 larger prizes of £10 vouchers for the Empire Theatre.  Fayre is 10-4 and so far we have the following volunteers for manning: 10-11 Sue and Chris, 11-12 Billy and Karyn  12-1 Joyce and Linden 1-2 Margaret Eskins and ???  2-3  Joan and ??? and 3-4 Margaret C and ???.  If anyone can help in the vacant slots it will helpful, please let me  know as soon as you can.

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION:   Helen reported few entries this year and team had received many negative emails and Facebook messages.  Winners were announced as follows:  Under 15 allotments – joint winners Halstead Guides,Brownies and Rainbows and joint winners Holy Trinity School Gardening Club.  Front Garden – Chris Bruin at Courtaulds Close, Allotments – Patteson Family at Parsonage Street Allotments and Back Garden Tracey Rowe at Trinity Road.  All will receive a ‘blue plaque’ and a certificate.  The team made it known that they would not be organising the event in 2024.  Chairman thanked Helen, Margaret T, Karyn and Billy for all their hard work in organising and managing the Local Garden Competition in 2023 and said it was a worthwhile job, well done.

CALENDAR 2024: Choices had been made and a proof was shown, please can as many as possible proof read!  The ‘October’ picture wasn’t well received but hopefully can be adjusted to give a better vista.  Envelopes have been purchased and cost for 2024 calendar will be £4.50 including envelope.  It is hoped that copies may be ready for the Halstead Horticultural Show on 2nd September.

WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan asked that for Tuesday 1st August some more work can be done at the Road Runners’ Bed and that anyone not wishing to work here can be at Weavers’ Court and surrounding area to weed and tidy.  On Thursday 3rd August a working party is needed at the Dr’s Surgery plus deadheading in the surrounding area.  After that situations will be monitored and work allocated as required.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
   Sue told the meeting she is now on her 9th ‘hat’ for Chocolate Oranges (that we can sell nearer to Christmas).  Sue also has a large bag of wool if anyone would like some. Joyce is making hats and baby coats and was asked if she can make some gloves and mittens as these are popular.  Joyce also said that she had cut down many of the nettles along the pathway at Mount Hill as a disabled young person in a mobility scooter couldn’t safely pass.  Margaret T showed the schedule for the Horticultural Show on 2nd September and said that she will send this round to all and is hoping for HiB entries in the various classes.  Margaret also has some Quiz sheets available. At £1 each.  Wendy asked if there would be a Quiz evening as she had been approached by the Con Club to ask if booking should stand.  David said that he would have to stand down from hosting the quiz but would be happy to liaise with Con Club.  Annie has a contact who arranges quizzes for the U3A and she and David will liaise about a Quiz for 2023.  Fiona noted that the willow that had been hanging over pavement near to Mix and Match Carpets has now been cut back (this is Co-op land so probably their Estate team did this).  Fiona did note that brambles are hanging over the pavement along the fence to the Dr’s Surgery and these are quite dangerous.  Surgery has contractors for this work so Sec will contact and ask if some remedial work can be done. Joan has been asked if we will have an autumn plant sale and it was agreed that 7th October would be a good date for sale to go ahead.  Joan also noted that A R Clarke Builders, and notably Tony Wicks from that company had made a donation of £500 to HiB in recognition of our co-operation regarding the bed opposite Fire Station.  Julia noted that Halstead Flower Club has now disbanded but has given HiB their residual money – £150, two year’s sponsorship.

There being no other business meeting closed at    7.00pm.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 29th June 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 29th June 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *Beds at Churchill Avenue – have now been weeded and tidied and look good. *Team working – Chairman said she was still concerned that working is fragmented but it was explained that some didn’t feel able to work at the Road Runners’ bed but are happy to work on other areas of the Town.  We do come together when there is sorting/planting etc. and we do communicate.  *Grass at Weavers’ Court – restaurant owner has been approached more than once but has said that ‘his friend is going to cut the grass’.  It is now considered dangerous for team to work on the troughs/pots along Solar Wall and Billy offered to strim the area.  It was felt that although this is a great offer it’s not a job that HiB should be tackling.  A compromise was reached in that Billy will strim a ‘path’ from the gates to working areas with a petrol strimmer that he can access.  This is not an entirely satisfactory arrangement but hopefully one that will work for now.  Decisions will have to be made about planting this area in the future.  *Hedge at Resource Centre – Our County Councillor, Cllr Chris Siddall, has been informed and apparently an inspection has taken place, but as yet no action has been forthcoming.  *Trinity Court and Courtaulds Close – both Eastlight responsibility.  Trinity Court has been weeded/cleaned by contractors and Margaret T and Joyce have also done some work there.  A resident is now watering the troughs that we planted.  At Courtaulds Close the hedge is still overhanging pathway and causing difficulties when exiting Courtaulds Close to Parsonage Street.  Eastlight informed us that this is residents’ responsibility but team thought that resident may be disabled and/or elderly.  Eastlight have been asked to take action.  *Garden at Hospital – League of Friends of Halstead Hospital has purchased two large troughs that HiB has filled with compost and planted up – good community working!  Chair of LoF says that RHS is still considering making a garden at the Hospital and HiB will be kept informed.  *Street Sweeping – some sweeping has taken place, but it is recognized that clearing when cars are parked is not possible.  *Letter to MP – as requested James Cleverley MP has been contacted by email voicing HiB’s concerns about HalsteadTown Centre’s  perceived decline but as yet no answer has been received.

ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard has been sent away to judges.
The AiB Awards Day will be at Coneygear Centre, Huntingdon on 20th September and this year will be an ‘afternoon tea’ event. No timings are available at present and there may be a limit on numbers attending.  Please let Chairman or Secretary know if you wish to attend.

EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th July Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park 10.30am. Following date will be 27th August.  *Next River Clean event will be Sunday 6th August, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Summer Fayre 5th August – we are to have the ‘straw’ game promoted by Annie.  Some small bags of wrapped sweets and some small ‘bubbles’ have been purchased as prizes with 3 larger prizes of £10 vouchers for the Empire Theatre.  Fayre is 10-4 and so far we have the following volunteers for manning: 10-11 Sue and Chris, 11-12 Billy and Karyn  12-1 Joyce and Linden 1-2 Margaret Eskins and ???  2-3  Joan and ??? and 3-4 Margaret C and ???.  If anyone can help in the vacant slots it will helpful, please let me  know as soon as you can.

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION:   Helen reported few entries this year and team had received many negative emails and Facebook messages.  Winners were announced as follows:  Under 15 allotments – joint winners Halstead Guides,Brownies and Rainbows and joint winners Holy Trinity School Gardening Club.  Front Garden – Chris Bruin at Courtaulds Close, Allotments – Patteson Family at Parsonage Street Allotments and Back Garden Tracey Rowe at Trinity Road.  All will receive a ‘blue plaque’ and a certificate.  The team made it known that they would not be organising the event in 2024.  Chairman thanked Helen, Margaret T, Karyn and Billy for all their hard work in organising and managing the Local Garden Competition in 2023 and said it was a worthwhile job, well done.

CALENDAR 2024: Choices had been made and a proof was shown, please can as many as possible proof read!  The ‘October’ picture wasn’t well received but hopefully can be adjusted to give a better vista.  Envelopes have been purchased and cost for 2024 calendar will be £4.50 including envelope.  It is hoped that copies may be ready for the Halstead Horticultural Show on 2nd September.

WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan asked that for Tuesday 1st August some more work can be done at the Road Runners’ Bed and that anyone not wishing to work here can be at Weavers’ Court and surrounding area to weed and tidy.  On Thursday 3rd August a working party is needed at the Dr’s Surgery plus deadheading in the surrounding area.  After that situations will be monitored and work allocated as required.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
   Sue told the meeting she is now on her 9th ‘hat’ for Chocolate Oranges (that we can sell nearer to Christmas).  Sue also has a large bag of wool if anyone would like some. Joyce is making hats and baby coats and was asked if she can make some gloves and mittens as these are popular.  Joyce also said that she had cut down many of the nettles along the pathway at Mount Hill as a disabled young person in a mobility scooter couldn’t safely pass.  Margaret T showed the schedule for the Horticultural Show on 2nd September and said that she will send this round to all and is hoping for HiB entries in the various classes.  Margaret also has some Quiz sheets available. At £1 each.  Wendy asked if there would be a Quiz evening as she had been approached by the Con Club to ask if booking should stand.  David said that he would have to stand down from hosting the quiz but would be happy to liaise with Con Club.  Annie has a contact who arranges quizzes for the U3A and she and David will liaise about a Quiz for 2023.  Fiona noted that the willow that had been hanging over pavement near to Mix and Match Carpets has now been cut back (this is Co-op land so probably their Estate team did this).  Fiona did note that brambles are hanging over the pavement along the fence to the Dr’s Surgery and these are quite dangerous.  Surgery has contractors for this work so Sec will contact and ask if some remedial work can be done. Joan has been asked if we will have an autumn plant sale and it was agreed that 7th October would be a good date for sale to go ahead.  Joan also noted that A R Clarke Builders, and notably Tony Wicks from that company had made a donation of £500 to HiB in recognition of our co-operation regarding the bed opposite Fire Station.  Julia noted that Halstead Flower Club has now disbanded but has given HiB their residual money – £150, two year’s sponsorship.

There being no other business meeting closed at    7.00pm.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 29th June 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 29th June 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *Beds at Churchill Avenue – have now been weeded and tidied and look good. *Team working – Chairman said she was still concerned that working is fragmented but it was explained that some didn’t feel able to work at the Road Runners’ bed but are happy to work on other areas of the Town.  We do come together when there is sorting/planting etc. and we do communicate.  *Grass at Weavers’ Court – restaurant owner has been approached more than once but has said that ‘his friend is going to cut the grass’.  It is now considered dangerous for team to work on the troughs/pots along Solar Wall and Billy offered to strim the area.  It was felt that although this is a great offer it’s not a job that HiB should be tackling.  A compromise was reached in that Billy will strim a ‘path’ from the gates to working areas with a petrol strimmer that he can access.  This is not an entirely satisfactory arrangement but hopefully one that will work for now.  Decisions will have to be made about planting this area in the future.  *Hedge at Resource Centre – Our County Councillor, Cllr Chris Siddall, has been informed and apparently an inspection has taken place, but as yet no action has been forthcoming.  *Trinity Court and Courtaulds Close – both Eastlight responsibility.  Trinity Court has been weeded/cleaned by contractors and Margaret T and Joyce have also done some work there.  A resident is now watering the troughs that we planted.  At Courtaulds Close the hedge is still overhanging pathway and causing difficulties when exiting Courtaulds Close to Parsonage Street.  Eastlight informed us that this is residents’ responsibility but team thought that resident may be disabled and/or elderly.  Eastlight have been asked to take action.  *Garden at Hospital – League of Friends of Halstead Hospital has purchased two large troughs that HiB has filled with compost and planted up – good community working!  Chair of LoF says that RHS is still considering making a garden at the Hospital and HiB will be kept informed.  *Street Sweeping – some sweeping has taken place, but it is recognized that clearing when cars are parked is not possible.  *Letter to MP – as requested James Cleverley MP has been contacted by email voicing HiB’s concerns about HalsteadTown Centre’s  perceived decline but as yet no answer has been received.

ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard has been sent away to judges.
The AiB Awards Day will be at Coneygear Centre, Huntingdon on 20th September and this year will be an ‘afternoon tea’ event. No timings are available at present and there may be a limit on numbers attending.  Please let Chairman or Secretary know if you wish to attend.

EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th July Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park 10.30am. Following date will be 27th August.  *Next River Clean event will be Sunday 6th August, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Summer Fayre 5th August – we are to have the ‘straw’ game promoted by Annie.  Some small bags of wrapped sweets and some small ‘bubbles’ have been purchased as prizes with 3 larger prizes of £10 vouchers for the Empire Theatre.  Fayre is 10-4 and so far we have the following volunteers for manning: 10-11 Sue and Chris, 11-12 Billy and Karyn  12-1 Joyce and Linden 1-2 Margaret Eskins and ???  2-3  Joan and ??? and 3-4 Margaret C and ???.  If anyone can help in the vacant slots it will helpful, please let me  know as soon as you can.

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION:   Helen reported few entries this year and team had received many negative emails and Facebook messages.  Winners were announced as follows:  Under 15 allotments – joint winners Halstead Guides,Brownies and Rainbows and joint winners Holy Trinity School Gardening Club.  Front Garden – Chris Bruin at Courtaulds Close, Allotments – Patteson Family at Parsonage Street Allotments and Back Garden Tracey Rowe at Trinity Road.  All will receive a ‘blue plaque’ and a certificate.  The team made it known that they would not be organising the event in 2024.  Chairman thanked Helen, Margaret T, Karyn and Billy for all their hard work in organising and managing the Local Garden Competition in 2023 and said it was a worthwhile job, well done.

CALENDAR 2024: Choices had been made and a proof was shown, please can as many as possible proof read!  The ‘October’ picture wasn’t well received but hopefully can be adjusted to give a better vista.  Envelopes have been purchased and cost for 2024 calendar will be £4.50 including envelope.  It is hoped that copies may be ready for the Halstead Horticultural Show on 2nd September.

WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan asked that for Tuesday 1st August some more work can be done at the Road Runners’ Bed and that anyone not wishing to work here can be at Weavers’ Court and surrounding area to weed and tidy.  On Thursday 3rd August a working party is needed at the Dr’s Surgery plus deadheading in the surrounding area.  After that situations will be monitored and work allocated as required.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
   Sue told the meeting she is now on her 9th ‘hat’ for Chocolate Oranges (that we can sell nearer to Christmas).  Sue also has a large bag of wool if anyone would like some. Joyce is making hats and baby coats and was asked if she can make some gloves and mittens as these are popular.  Joyce also said that she had cut down many of the nettles along the pathway at Mount Hill as a disabled young person in a mobility scooter couldn’t safely pass.  Margaret T showed the schedule for the Horticultural Show on 2nd September and said that she will send this round to all and is hoping for HiB entries in the various classes.  Margaret also has some Quiz sheets available. At £1 each.  Wendy asked if there would be a Quiz evening as she had been approached by the Con Club to ask if booking should stand.  David said that he would have to stand down from hosting the quiz but would be happy to liaise with Con Club.  Annie has a contact who arranges quizzes for the U3A and she and David will liaise about a Quiz for 2023.  Fiona noted that the willow that had been hanging over pavement near to Mix and Match Carpets has now been cut back (this is Co-op land so probably their Estate team did this).  Fiona did note that brambles are hanging over the pavement along the fence to the Dr’s Surgery and these are quite dangerous.  Surgery has contractors for this work so Sec will contact and ask if some remedial work can be done. Joan has been asked if we will have an autumn plant sale and it was agreed that 7th October would be a good date for sale to go ahead.  Joan also noted that A R Clarke Builders, and notably Tony Wicks from that company had made a donation of £500 to HiB in recognition of our co-operation regarding the bed opposite Fire Station.  Julia noted that Halstead Flower Club has now disbanded but has given HiB their residual money – £150, two year’s sponsorship.

There being no other business meeting closed at    7.00pm.

Next meeting is Thursday 31st August 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
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk:   Facebook: halsteadinbloom;  Instagram @halsteadinbloom
Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via –co-op purchases.

Next meeting is Thursday 31st August 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
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk:   Facebook: halsteadinbloom;  Instagram @halsteadinbloom
Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via –co-op purchases.


Next meeting is Thursday 31st August 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
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk:   Facebook: halsteadinbloom;  Instagram @halsteadinbloom
Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via –co-op purchases.


Winners of the 2023 Local Garden Competition

The Halstead in Bloom volunteers and their guest judges would like to thank everyone who entered our Local Garden Competition. We were all very impressed with the hard work and dedication of all the gardeners involved and are grateful to you for inviting us into your homes, allotments and establishments. We are pleased to announce the following people as the winners of each category.

Front Garden Chris Bruin

Back Garden Tracey Rowe

Allotment Pat Patteson and family

Young persons under 15 ( Joint winners ) Holy Trinity School & Halstead Guides, Brownies and Rainbows.

Minutes 29th June 2023

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 29th June 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 25th May 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *RBL Armed Forces Day Fete; Not a well attended event, shame the military band dropped out at the last minute.  Our stall took £12.80, mostly on sales of donated plants, and there was quite a bit of interest in the archive items on show.  We gave a donation of £20 to the British Legion to help with running costs.  *HTC/HiB working together.  Tim has been taking on several areas to water and is now at his maximum 10 hours allowed.  Jason continues to water in the Town Centre.   *Weed kill experiment; Grass at road sign Factory Lane has died but it’s difficult to remove as has grown through the membrane.  We have membrane in stock so could take up existing and lay down more with topping of bark chippings or similar. Margie advised that it may be a continuing project as similarly treated weeds at U.R.C. have come through again.  *Halstead Public Gardens.  Barry wrote to local Councillor and the reply received was read. It was said that the lack of colour in the Town Sign bed wasn’t inviting and could deter tourism.  Cllr Jackie Pell has said she will take complaints back to Braintree DC.  Team thought it a shame that insects are being deprived of nectar bearing plants when it is said that pollinators and flying insects are declining at an alarming rate. Carol noted that the sustainably planted beds at Churchill Avenue haven’t been well maintained and now look awful.  Barry was congratulated for highlighting the issue with Town Councillors.    *Team Working:  It was noted that recent team work at St. Andrew’s Church ground was excellent with team gelling and working well together.  It is hoped to continue this team working into the future.  *Visit to Holy Trinity School; report was given about the visit on 9th June when team members were shown the work that has been done, met some of the children and staff and were entertained to tea and cake!  The enthusiasm for improving the area was great to see, but some assistance was requested for watering during the summer holiday. *Grass at Weavers’ Court (outside Halstead Icing) was cut by Ian Ling who is prepared to keep it cut.  Grass behind the gates is still in an appalling condition; Chairman thought it is not safe for volunteers to work in the area.  It is thought that responsibility for the area is with the tenant or the landlord (we don’t know details of tenancy agreement).  *The Centre; large containers there are being maintained by shopkeepers.  Nettles and weeds have not been managed despite request to ECC via our local Councillor.  It was suggested that local MP should be contacted to see if he can make a difference.  It was noted that the area around Trinity Court is still in a poor condition with weeds growing at the base of the building and around the building.
ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard will be sent away to judges  shortly; another photo is required and will be provided by Margaret T/Helen.  ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ entries including Halstead Fire Station will be assessed shortly by AiB representatives.  Joan explained the removal of one of the shrub beds opposite the Fire Station. Fiona thought it a shame that one bed had been removed but agreed that it would now be much less work/watering, Tony Wicks (builder) did say that he would make a donation to HiB to compensate for this removal.
SPONSORSHIP:  Annie noted that some more sponsorship has been received including £300 from Ann and Dennis Hume, and £50 from Neil Hardy but thought that there would probably not be much more to come in this year.
EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th July Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park 10.30am.  *Next RiverClean event will be Sunday 2nd July, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Summer Fayre 5th August – we are to have the ‘straw’ game promoted by Annie.  We need to purchase some prizes – probably some small bags of sweets that were popular at the Fire Station event last year.  (arrangements for stall manning at next month’s meeting).

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION:   Helen reported that in all 12 entries had been received and a mixture over the 4 categories – not so many allotments this year but entrants have been invited to enter more than one category.  Judging will be over the weekend 1st/2nd July with guest judges Charles Soule and Sue Wilson.  There will be plaques for prizes.  Results will be made known to team as soon as possible and results will hopefully be posted in Halstead Gazette.
CALENDAR 2024: Choices for each month’s picture were on display and all were invited to choose their preference – Helen volunteered to take photos of each display and put on What’s App for anyone not present to view and make choices.  Quote has been obtained for printing: 500 copies would be £1325 (£2.65 each) and 600 would be £1500 (£2.50 each).  Envelopes would be £9.20 for 250 (4p. each). Having checked, we had 600 copies last year (at £1500) and we sold out.  Do we go for 600 again this year? It was agreed that this year we could increase the price to £4.50 each (this was if we went for the 500 copies) but include an envelope with this price.  I will go back to printer and say it will be a definite order but the quantity will be decided at next meeting
WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan advised that working parties will now mostly be deadheading and weeding but will be posted on WhatsApp.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    Julia noted that RHS had contacted HiB to say that they have been asked to make a ‘garden’ at Halstead Hospital.  Chairman of Friends of H.H. has also contacted to ask if HiB would like to be kept informed.  It was said that we would certainly like to have information but that at present we are not able to offer assistance.  Lin noted that members of the team have been asked about plants used in displays and Margaret T has suggested a board with details.  It was queried where this would be displayed to best advantage and thought that it would be better if team had information.  There is a list at Halstead TC and details are at the foot of these minutes.  Joyce noted that the hedge is still overhanging at Mount Hill.  Has been reported, but it was said that this is ECC responsibility, and the Ranger service has now been discontinued.  Fiona a) said that the lady who lost glasses that were found by HiB team member was most grateful and asked for the volunteer to be thanked – you know who you are! b) noted that there are brambles and buddleia hanging over the fence around the Resource Centre and this is making walking difficult and dangerous as children can get scratched (has been reported to our ECC Councillor) c) spoke about the abundance of weeds in the town and noted that some had died and not been subsequently removed making the area look very untidy (has been reported, this is joint BDC/ECC responsibility, hopefully there will be some action from BDC in the near future).  d) noted that there is overhanging hedge making the sight line when exiting Courtaulds Close very difficult and dangerous. (has been reported to Eastlight Homes, they will view and ask the tenant to take action). e) asked if Parsonage Street could be street swept (has been reported and will be swept where possible – can’t be done where vehicles are parked – in the near future). Carol asked if the ‘weed machine’ demonstrated last year is still in the area – we have been told that the machine has been retained but the Rangers who were trained to use the machine have been disbanded.  David (who was welcomed back after his stay in hospital/care) said that the flowers this year look great!  They give instant impact and he was so pleased to see them when he was able to get out and about again.
There being no other business meeting closed at    7.16pm.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 29th June 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 25th May 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *RBL Armed Forces Day Fete; Not a well attended event, shame the military band dropped out at the last minute.  Our stall took £12.80, mostly on sales of donated plants, and there was quite a bit of interest in the archive items on show.  We gave a donation of £20 to the British Legion to help with running costs.  *HTC/HiB working together.  Tim has been taking on several areas to water and is now at his maximum 10 hours allowed.  Jason continues to water in the Town Centre.   *Weed kill experiment; Grass at road sign Factory Lane has died but it’s difficult to remove as has grown through the membrane.  We have membrane in stock so could take up existing and lay down more with topping of bark chippings or similar. Margie advised that it may be a continuing project as similarly treated weeds at U.R.C. have come through again.  *Halstead Public Gardens.  Barry wrote to local Councillor and the reply received was read. It was said that the lack of colour in the Town Sign bed wasn’t inviting and could deter tourism.  Cllr Jackie Pell has said she will take complaints back to Braintree DC.  Team thought it a shame that insects are being deprived of nectar bearing plants when it is said that pollinators and flying insects are declining at an alarming rate. Carol noted that the sustainably planted beds at Churchill Avenue haven’t been well maintained and now look awful.  Barry was congratulated for highlighting the issue with Town Councillors.    *Team Working:  It was noted that recent team work at St. Andrew’s Church ground was excellent with team gelling and working well together.  It is hoped to continue this team working into the future.  *Visit to Holy Trinity School; report was given about the visit on 9th June when team members were shown the work that has been done, met some of the children and staff and were entertained to tea and cake!  The enthusiasm for improving the area was great to see, but some assistance was requested for watering during the summer holiday. *Grass at Weavers’ Court (outside Halstead Icing) was cut by Ian Ling who is prepared to keep it cut.  Grass behind the gates is still in an appalling condition; Chairman thought it is not safe for volunteers to work in the area.  It is thought that responsibility for the area is with the tenant or the landlord (we don’t know details of tenancy agreement).  *The Centre; large containers there are being maintained by shopkeepers.  Nettles and weeds have not been managed despite request to ECC via our local Councillor.  It was suggested that local MP should be contacted to see if he can make a difference.  It was noted that the area around Trinity Court is still in a poor condition with weeds growing at the base of the building and around the building.
ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard will be sent away to judges  shortly; another photo is required and will be provided by Margaret T/Helen.  ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ entries including Halstead Fire Station will be assessed shortly by AiB representatives.  Joan explained the removal of one of the shrub beds opposite the Fire Station. Fiona thought it a shame that one bed had been removed but agreed that it would now be much less work/watering, Tony Wicks (builder) did say that he would make a donation to HiB to compensate for this removal.
SPONSORSHIP:  Annie noted that some more sponsorship has been received including £300 from Ann and Dennis Hume, and £50 from Neil Hardy but thought that there would probably not be much more to come in this year.
EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th July Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park 10.30am.  *Next RiverClean event will be Sunday 2nd July, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Summer Fayre 5th August – we are to have the ‘straw’ game promoted by Annie.  We need to purchase some prizes – probably some small bags of sweets that were popular at the Fire Station event last year.  (arrangements for stall manning at next month’s meeting).

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION:   Helen reported that in all 12 entries had been received and a mixture over the 4 categories – not so many allotments this year but entrants have been invited to enter more than one category.  Judging will be over the weekend 1st/2nd July with guest judges Charles Soule and Sue Wilson.  There will be plaques for prizes.  Results will be made known to team as soon as possible and results will hopefully be posted in Halstead Gazette.
CALENDAR 2024: Choices for each month’s picture were on display and all were invited to choose their preference – Helen volunteered to take photos of each display and put on What’s App for anyone not present to view and make choices.  Quote has been obtained for printing: 500 copies would be £1325 (£2.65 each) and 600 would be £1500 (£2.50 each).  Envelopes would be £9.20 for 250 (4p. each). Having checked, we had 600 copies last year (at £1500) and we sold out.  Do we go for 600 again this year? It was agreed that this year we could increase the price to £4.50 each (this was if we went for the 500 copies) but include an envelope with this price.  I will go back to printer and say it will be a definite order but the quantity will be decided at next meeting
WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan advised that working parties will now mostly be deadheading and weeding but will be posted on WhatsApp.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    Julia noted that RHS had contacted HiB to say that they have been asked to make a ‘garden’ at Halstead Hospital.  Chairman of Friends of H.H. has also contacted to ask if HiB would like to be kept informed.  It was said that we would certainly like to have information but that at present we are not able to offer assistance.  Lin noted that members of the team have been asked about plants used in displays and Margaret T has suggested a board with details.  It was queried where this would be displayed to best advantage and thought that it would be better if team had information.  There is a list at Halstead TC and details are at the foot of these minutes.  Joyce noted that the hedge is still overhanging at Mount Hill.  Has been reported, but it was said that this is ECC responsibility, and the Ranger service has now been discontinued.  Fiona a) said that the lady who lost glasses that were found by HiB team member was most grateful and asked for the volunteer to be thanked – you know who you are! b) noted that there are brambles and buddleia hanging over the fence around the Resource Centre and this is making walking difficult and dangerous as children can get scratched (has been reported to our ECC Councillor) c) spoke about the abundance of weeds in the town and noted that some had died and not been subsequently removed making the area look very untidy (has been reported, this is joint BDC/ECC responsibility, hopefully there will be some action from BDC in the near future).  d) noted that there is overhanging hedge making the sight line when exiting Courtaulds Close very difficult and dangerous. (has been reported to Eastlight Homes, they will view and ask the tenant to take action). e) asked if Parsonage Street could be street swept (has been reported and will be swept where possible – can’t be done where vehicles are parked – in the near future). Carol asked if the ‘weed machine’ demonstrated last year is still in the area – we have been told that the machine has been retained but the Rangers who were trained to use the machine have been disbanded.  David (who was welcomed back after his stay in hospital/care) said that the flowers this year look great!  They give instant impact and he was so pleased to see them when he was able to get out and about again.
There being no other business meeting closed at    7.16pm.

Next meeting is Thursday 27th July   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
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Next meeting is Thursday 27th July   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
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk:   Facebook: halsteadinbloom;  Instagram @halsteadinbloom
Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via –co-op purchases.


List of Town planting 2023

PLANTING  2023.

Town Bridge:   Heliotrope  (dark blue)
Euphorbia  (‘fluffy’ white)
Rose Geraniums
Rose Trailing Begonias
  Scaevola    (light blue)
Crossing: 
ROSE Geraniums
PINK Geraniums
Scaevola
ROSE Trailing begonias
Diasciam  (small pink flowers)
The Causeway:
Yellow Marigolds
Heliotrope
Sanvitalia (yellow ‘daisy’ flowers)
Petunia BLUE

Also used:

White trailing begonias

Lantana (lots of pink/yellow little flowers)

Impatiens (busy lizzies)

‘Big’ Pink begonias – big and pink!!

Verbena ‘Candy Cane’ ( stripey pink flowers)

Red and White Geraniums Hope this is helpful

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