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.