HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 31st August 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 27th July 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *Grass at Weavers Court – Billy cut ‘paths’ to allow for HiB maintenance and has offered to keep it cut.  Joan will advise, maybe we need to decide whether to keep planting here? *Hedge as Resource Centre – has been cut and we are told that it will be maintained.  *Courtaulds Close – has not been cut, still causing problems.  Will be reported again to Eastlight. *Garden at Hospital – RHS and Friends of Halstead Hospital are looking to make a garden at the Hospital.  There is a proposed meeting in September and HiB has asked to be kept informed.  RHS/Friends will be looking for volunteers to maintain the garden once completed.  *Summer Fayre – Secretary apologised for cancelling HiB’s proposed stall, the expected strong winds didn’t really materialise.  It was very wet on the day and other stalls did cancel as well. *Quiz- is booked for 27th October at Queen’s Hall.  *Letter from MP – emailed has been received from Rt Hon James Cleverly TD, VR, MP praising HiB’s work in Halstead and understanding our concerns about the local environment.  He has contacted BDC re. Town Centre Regeneration and the Environment Agency about the Mill and river overgrowth.  On 1st September a reply from Environment Agency was sent to HiB via Mr Cleverly’s office basically saying that they don’t own the river bank and therefore won’t take action although they will ‘continue support to the Halstead River Action Group.  Full email to be read at next meeting.*Town Centre Regeneration – in response to MP’s enquiry an email was received from BDC stating that funding has been set aside for this work and contractors have been engaged.  There is a planned meeting with HTC in September and interested parties will be kept informed.  It was stated that during the pandemic there was a government grant programme for businesses to make basic repairs to shop fronts and several in the town took up this offer.  With regard to the Mill BDC has written to the owner giving suggestions for maintenance work but there is no statutory action that can be taken at this time.

ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  It was said that at this time it is unlikely that there will be any places for HiB members to attend the Awards on 20th September as the town only put forward one virtual entry.  Those who expressed a desire to attend will be kept informed.  The Autumn Seminar is planned for 26th October in Guild Hall, Bury St. Edmunds.

EVENTS: *Next community litter pick is planned for 24th September.  *Next River Clean event will take place on 3rd September.  *Halstead Horticultural Early Show is 2nd September at Queen’s Hall from 1.30pm – 4pm.  (exhibits can be taken to the hall Friday 1st from 6.30pm-8pm or on Saturday 2nd September from 9.30am to 10am. *Quiz at Conservative Club 8th September.  All proceeds will be donated to HiB and HiB will send a team for the Quiz.  *McMillan Coffee mornings – There will be a coffee morning at Richard Edwards LLP, Rosemary Lane, on Friday 29th September from 9am and there will also be a coffee morning at Courtauld Sports Ground on Saturday 30th September.  Donations of cakes, etc. will be gratefully received and if you can attend that will be a help to those seeking to support people living with cancer.  *Halstead Christmas Fayre will be 25th November from 10am to 4pm.  *Halstead Torchlight Procession 2023 will be 6th December. Volunteers to shake collection buckets will be required.  *HiB plant stall 7th October.  Donations of plants will be welcomed.

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CALENDAR 2024:  Are now printed and will be sold at the Halstead Horticultural Show on 2nd September and thereafter on Saturdays outside Solar. 
Names were taken for those able to man stalls as follows:  9th September – 9-10 Sue and Nicky… we need further names for 10am onwards please.  16th September – 9-10 Joan and Margaret E then we need volunteers from 10-11, 11-12 Wendy need someone else here and from 12-1 if possible.  23rd September 9-10 Sue and Joan, 10-11 Karyn and Billy, 11-12 Nicky – and Nicky would like a partner please, and if possible volunteers from 12-1. 30th September, so far we have 9-10 Sue and Joan and 11-12 Margaret C and Wendy. There is a vacant slot for 2 from 10-11 and then again from 12-1 if possible.
I did ask for volunteers for 7th October but forgot this is plant stall day.  I have 9-10 Karyn and Billy plus Joan and from 10-11 Annie and Mick, hopefully this is OK with you for plants rather than calendars and we will need help from 11-12 and 12-1.
Calendars will be sold during October and onwards so if you can help and haven’t yet registered your assistance please let me know – especially for September selling.
WORKING  PARTIES:
  Tuesday 3rd. Two or three volunteers to help clear the bed on corner of Kings Road and there will be deadheading and weeding for anyone else who can help.  On 19th September there will be a working party at the Loom Garden, Halstead Hospital to clean and tidy the area with some cutting back, etc.
For other working parties Joan will message on WhatsApp.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
   *Margaret T noted that at Sudbury Road there are trees hanging over the pavement making it very difficult to walk, especially in wet weather.  Will be reported to ECC – the trees are growing in residential garden so notices will have to be served, etc.  Margaret also said that the footpath at Sudbury Road (left hand side going to Sudbury, from last house onwards) is very overgrown making walking difficult.  Will be reported to ECC.  *Wendy said she was having difficulty keeping the Colchester Road entry bed in good order.  It was said that it looks fine from the road and Wendy was assured that help with maintenance can be given if needed.  *Ian noted again the poor condition of seats in Halstead Public Gardens and feared that they will not be safe if further deterioration takes place.  The condition of the Michael Portway Memorial Bench is a cause for concern. Will be reported to BDC.  *Joan said that she has been watering the troughs at Trinity Flats as they are obviously not being maintained.  She was advised that plants should be removed and that HiB will not plant in future.  Eastlight Homes will be informed. Joan also said she has some flag iris that she has removed from her pond and is willing to give away.  Joan said that Paul from Plants That Grow has offered assistance with the HALSTEAD bed at Colchester Road.  Joan acknowledged that this is a difficult area to maintain and it has been suggested that perhaps schools would like to take part in a painted stone project to fill in the letters of the bed and give a good visual display.  Schools to be contacted (Margaret advised that all stones need to be varnished.).  Joan said that Halstead Cinema has requested that HiB supply plants for 5 tubs at the Cinema that they will maintain.  We will supply as long as they are maintained!  *Margaret E
said she has been asked to flag up that brambles are once again hanging over the pavement at Dr’s Surgery and that the path leading to the surgery door is also being hampered in this way.  Billy offered to cut back any vegetation causing problems on footway and Dave G will contact Dr. Kreis asking what plans are for maintenance.

There being no other business meeting closed at  6.45  pm.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 31st August 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 27th July 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *Grass at Weavers Court – Billy cut ‘paths’ to allow for HiB maintenance and has offered to keep it cut.  Joan will advise, maybe we need to decide whether to keep planting here? *Hedge as Resource Centre – has been cut and we are told that it will be maintained.  *Courtaulds Close – has not been cut, still causing problems.  Will be reported again to Eastlight. *Garden at Hospital – RHS and Friends of Halstead Hospital are looking to make a garden at the Hospital.  There is a proposed meeting in September and HiB has asked to be kept informed.  RHS/Friends will be looking for volunteers to maintain the garden once completed.  *Summer Fayre – Secretary apologised for cancelling HiB’s proposed stall, the expected strong winds didn’t really materialise.  It was very wet on the day and other stalls did cancel as well. *Quiz- is booked for 27th October at Queen’s Hall.  *Letter from MP – emailed has been received from Rt Hon James Cleverly TD, VR, MP praising HiB’s work in Halstead and understanding our concerns about the local environment.  He has contacted BDC re. Town Centre Regeneration and the Environment Agency about the Mill and river overgrowth.  On 1st September a reply from Environment Agency was sent to HiB via Mr Cleverly’s office basically saying that they don’t own the river bank and therefore won’t take action although they will ‘continue support to the Halstead River Action Group.  Full email to be read at next meeting.*Town Centre Regeneration – in response to MP’s enquiry an email was received from BDC stating that funding has been set aside for this work and contractors have been engaged.  There is a planned meeting with HTC in September and interested parties will be kept informed.  It was stated that during the pandemic there was a government grant programme for businesses to make basic repairs to shop fronts and several in the town took up this offer.  With regard to the Mill BDC has written to the owner giving suggestions for maintenance work but there is no statutory action that can be taken at this time.

ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  It was said that at this time it is unlikely that there will be any places for HiB members to attend the Awards on 20th September as the town only put forward one virtual entry.  Those who expressed a desire to attend will be kept informed.  The Autumn Seminar is planned for 26th October in Guild Hall, Bury St. Edmunds.

EVENTS: *Next community litter pick is planned for 24th September.  *Next River Clean event will take place on 3rd September.  *Halstead Horticultural Early Show is 2nd September at Queen’s Hall from 1.30pm – 4pm.  (exhibits can be taken to the hall Friday 1st from 6.30pm-8pm or on Saturday 2nd September from 9.30am to 10am. *Quiz at Conservative Club 8th September.  All proceeds will be donated to HiB and HiB will send a team for the Quiz.  *McMillan Coffee mornings – There will be a coffee morning at Richard Edwards LLP, Rosemary Lane, on Friday 29th September from 9am and there will also be a coffee morning at Courtauld Sports Ground on Saturday 30th September.  Donations of cakes, etc. will be gratefully received and if you can attend that will be a help to those seeking to support people living with cancer.  *Halstead Christmas Fayre will be 25th November from 10am to 4pm.  *Halstead Torchlight Procession 2023 will be 6th December. Volunteers to shake collection buckets will be required.  *HiB plant stall 7th October.  Donations of plants will be welcomed.

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CALENDAR 2024:  Are now printed and will be sold at the Halstead Horticultural Show on 2nd September and thereafter on Saturdays outside Solar. 
Names were taken for those able to man stalls as follows:  9th September – 9-10 Sue and Nicky… we need further names for 10am onwards please.  16th September – 9-10 Joan and Margaret E then we need volunteers from 10-11, 11-12 Wendy need someone else here and from 12-1 if possible.  23rd September 9-10 Sue and Joan, 10-11 Karyn and Billy, 11-12 Nicky – and Nicky would like a partner please, and if possible volunteers from 12-1. 30th September, so far we have 9-10 Sue and Joan and 11-12 Margaret C and Wendy. There is a vacant slot for 2 from 10-11 and then again from 12-1 if possible.
I did ask for volunteers for 7th October but forgot this is plant stall day.  I have 9-10 Karyn and Billy plus Joan and from 10-11 Annie and Mick, hopefully this is OK with you for plants rather than calendars and we will need help from 11-12 and 12-1.
Calendars will be sold during October and onwards so if you can help and haven’t yet registered your assistance please let me know – especially for September selling.
WORKING  PARTIES:
  Tuesday 3rd. Two or three volunteers to help clear the bed on corner of Kings Road and there will be deadheading and weeding for anyone else who can help.  On 19th September there will be a working party at the Loom Garden, Halstead Hospital to clean and tidy the area with some cutting back, etc.
For other working parties Joan will message on WhatsApp.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
   *Margaret T noted that at Sudbury Road there are trees hanging over the pavement making it very difficult to walk, especially in wet weather.  Will be reported to ECC – the trees are growing in residential garden so notices will have to be served, etc.  Margaret also said that the footpath at Sudbury Road (left hand side going to Sudbury, from last house onwards) is very overgrown making walking difficult.  Will be reported to ECC.  *Wendy said she was having difficulty keeping the Colchester Road entry bed in good order.  It was said that it looks fine from the road and Wendy was assured that help with maintenance can be given if needed.  *Ian noted again the poor condition of seats in Halstead Public Gardens and feared that they will not be safe if further deterioration takes place.  The condition of the Michael Portway Memorial Bench is a cause for concern. Will be reported to BDC.  *Joan said that she has been watering the troughs at Trinity Flats as they are obviously not being maintained.  She was advised that plants should be removed and that HiB will not plant in future.  Eastlight Homes will be informed. Joan also said she has some flag iris that she has removed from her pond and is willing to give away.  Joan said that Paul from Plants That Grow has offered assistance with the HALSTEAD bed at Colchester Road.  Joan acknowledged that this is a difficult area to maintain and it has been suggested that perhaps schools would like to take part in a painted stone project to fill in the letters of the bed and give a good visual display.  Schools to be contacted (Margaret advised that all stones need to be varnished.).  Joan said that Halstead Cinema has requested that HiB supply plants for 5 tubs at the Cinema that they will maintain.  We will supply as long as they are maintained!  *Margaret E
said she has been asked to flag up that brambles are once again hanging over the pavement at Dr’s Surgery and that the path leading to the surgery door is also being hampered in this way.  Billy offered to cut back any vegetation causing problems on footway and Dave G will contact Dr. Kreis asking what plans are for maintenance.

There being no other business meeting closed at  6.45  pm.

Next meeting is Thursday 28th September 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 –-Coop purchases.

Next meeting is Thursday 28th September 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 –-Coop purchases.