Month: November 2023

Co op support

On Saturday the 18th November 2023 we received confirmation of the recent donation of £1032.29 from the Co op on Colchester Road in Halstead. We met Debs their community pioneer who thanked us for everything that we do for Halstead.

Debs position as a community pioneer is to promote the Co op`s involvement in their local community, and we look forward to continue working with her.

We are extremely grateful to the Co op for their continued support.

Minutes 2nd November 2023

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 2
nd November 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. Chairman
extended a welcome to Debbie who is our Co-op Member Pioneer
Minutes of the meeting of 28th September 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES: *Quiz: Our quiz went ahead on 27th October and raised £270 on the door and £131 on
raffle, total of £401. Chairman thanked Annie and Mike for their hard work in arranging the event
and to Margaret T for organising the raffle. As agreed the proceeds will be sent as a memorial to
David Tarbun – a donation of £500 has been made in his name to his chosen charity, Southwold
Music Trust. Members present felt that the evening felt a bit rushed and the Quizmaster was
rather deprecating in his remarks – and the questions were hard! *Seats in H.P.G. We have
been told that these will be refurbished/are being refurbished and Margaret C has seen work in
progress. *Trinity Court troughs. Planting has been removed. We are told by Eastlight that Trinity
Court residents are going to set up a gardening club and will take on planting. *HALSTEAD bed:
Stones have been purchased from Silverton Aggregates and Holy Trinity has taken 220, Richard
de Clare has requested 520, Margaret T has asked for 50 for Guides, Brownies, Rainbows. It was
suggested that Ramsey College be contacted to see if they can take some. St. Andrew’s has
been asked but have not responded. Post meeting note: Nicky has spoken to Little Pickles
Nursery who will take 100 (I will sort out some of the smaller ones!!). *Surgery vegetation-Billy and
Karyn cut down the vegetation that was over the path as we agreed. They asked if they should
continue with other work but were told that a contractor is being engaged for this work. Well done
Billy and Karyn for your hard work. *Plant Stall- thank you to all who donated plants, nearly all of
them were sold! The stall raised £139.25 in total plus sales of calendars and cards making a total
of £236.50 plus there were donations of £113.90. Well done to stall holders and growers.
*Vegetation over pavements: All instances have been reported but as yet no action is
forthcoming. Billy offered to cut down the overhanging branches along Parsonage Street – RdeC
school will be asked if this will be in order – Billy said he could not remove the cuttings. *Meeting
times going forward – those who have responded have asked that times remain as is for at least
the winter. Will be raised again later in the year. *Broken bracket on trough outside Sainsbury’s.
Has been inspected and it was decided that as troughs are now planted and they will need to be
removed in spring to allow for railings to be painted it is best left for now. *Greene King letter, as
requested by Ian a letter has been sent to G.K thanking them for the planting at The Bull.
CALENDAR STALLS: stall manning sheets were available – if you can help but weren’t at the
meeting please contact Secretary to see available dates/times. We will have a stall at the
Halstead Horticultural Late Show on 11th November and Priory Hall is to hold a coffee morning for
us to sell on 16th November (meet at 10.30). Don is arranging the event, plus a raffle.
EVENTS: *Next community litter pick is planned for 26
th November – it was reported that 3 pickers
turned out on 28th October while we were planting: word is spreading!!. *Next River Clean event
will take place on 5
th November. *League of Friends of Halstead Hospital is holding a quiz at
Queen’s Hall on 18th November. £6 per person. Tickets can be bought from Linda Jackson at the
Cleaners in The Centre. *Co-op Community Day will be on 18th November 10am-11am at the
store in Colchester Road. There will be opportunities to promote Halstead in Bloom and we will be
given space on the community boards for promotion. There will be some free fruit for volunteers –
wear your High-viz vests, please. Debbie explained that the Co-op is willing to assist charity
groups and we can feed ideas to her. HiB has been chosen as a Charity Partner for the year
23/24 and we are grateful for this support. *Halstead Christmas Fayre will be 25th November from
10am to 4pm. We thought we might have the ‘sand game’ that was prepared for the summer fayre
but didn’t’ happen. Joyce has been knitting (and would be grateful for any spare wool that anyone
might have). *St. Andrew’s Christmas Tree event will be 24th/25th and 26th November. Annie is
arranging for a HiB tree to be decorated. *Halstead Torchlight Procession 2023 will be 6th
December. Ian and Joan, plus Julia and Graham offered to shake collection buckets. 6.30 at the
HTC stall in High Street to collect buckets *Poppies are now on sale and HiB will have some on
calendars stalls.
WORKING PARTIES: Joan advised that planting 2nd November had been cancelled due to
adverse weather so Tuesday 7th will be planting at Butler Road, Trinity bus stop, half barrels in
H.P.G., Pink House, Trinity Church and Mount Hill.
Wednesday 8th will be putting out the soldiers’ names at WWI war memorial, St. Andrew’s
Churchyard at 10.30am – should take about an hour. After that it will be continuing planting as
and when. 21stNovember will be decorating Christmas trees in Holy Trinity Church at 2pm. There
are 9 trees and we have been given some lovely decorations that will make a good show
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: Margaret E announced that the Christmas Mince Pie and Natter at
the White Hart will be on Tuesday 14th December at 2pm. The HiB Christmas Afternoon Tea will
be in January, probably 13th or 27th whichever is best for Marie.
Margaret also announced that we will be having a Donation instead of Christmas Card programme
as last year. Margaret then gave some RHS Its Your Neighbourhood certificates: Halstead
Community Allotment (Guides/Brownies/Rainbows) was awarded Level 5-Outstanding; Halstead
Bowls Club was given Level 4 ‘Thriving; Halstead Royal British Legion Club and The Causeway
was awarded Level 3, Developing; Trinity Serenity Garden was awarded Level 3Developing,
Trinity Sharon’s Garden was awarded Level 4 Thriving, Trinity Gardening Club was awarded Level
5 Outstanding; Halstead Retain Fire Station was awarded Level 4 Thriving. A great result for
Halstead! Well done!! Chris announced that HiB will be able to keep the Green Bin for green
waste next year – this announcement was cheered! Alan spoke about Ukraine House where the
3 large bins have been emptied of plants. These are HTC containers and if necessary will be
moved by Tim & Jason. Joyce spoke about the awful state of grounds of Doctors’ Surgery. As
was said, we have been asked not to do any further cutting back, Debra noted the amount of
rubbish left after Hallowe’en which is a great shame. Debra noted that there is a tree falling down
over the footpath in Hedingham Road – post meeting note: This is definitely ECC responsibility.
Will be reported. Debra noted that the poo bin on this footpath has now been emptied after much
lobbying. Debra said that she has some rechargeable tools that can be used by HiB including a
long hedgetrimmer, strimmer, and chainsaw, Fiona noted a broken sponsor sign on The
Causeway. Will be removed and a new one fitted. Linda said that she would appreciate some ivy
for the triangle in St. Andrew’s Churchyard. She needs some compost as well. Please advise
Linda if you can help with ivy. Ian spoke about the rats that are around the river area and also at
Martin’s Road where there is an abandoned garage with rubbish outside. Carol had noted that the
wooden frame of the banner that was in Sudbury Road needs to be removed. Will be reported.
Carol also said that the yellow paint on seed drill will need to be attended to in 2024.
*There being no other business meeting closed at 7.15 pm.
Next meeting is Thursday 30th November 2023 6pm at Royal British Legion Club.
All welcome.
Contacts: Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787 269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 2
nd November 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. Chairman
extended a welcome to Debbie who is our Co-op Member Pioneer
Minutes of the meeting of 28th September 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES: *Quiz: Our quiz went ahead on 27th October and raised £270 on the door and £131 on
raffle, total of £401. Chairman thanked Annie and Mike for their hard work in arranging the event
and to Margaret T for organising the raffle. As agreed the proceeds will be sent as a memorial to
David Tarbun – a donation of £500 has been made in his name to his chosen charity, Southwold
Music Trust. Members present felt that the evening felt a bit rushed and the Quizmaster was
rather deprecating in his remarks – and the questions were hard! *Seats in H.P.G. We have
been told that these will be refurbished/are being refurbished and Margaret C has seen work in
progress. *Trinity Court troughs. Planting has been removed. We are told by Eastlight that Trinity
Court residents are going to set up a gardening club and will take on planting. *HALSTEAD bed:
Stones have been purchased from Silverton Aggregates and Holy Trinity has taken 220, Richard
de Clare has requested 520, Margaret T has asked for 50 for Guides, Brownies, Rainbows. It was
suggested that Ramsey College be contacted to see if they can take some. St. Andrew’s has
been asked but have not responded. Post meeting note: Nicky has spoken to Little Pickles
Nursery who will take 100 (I will sort out some of the smaller ones!!). *Surgery vegetation-Billy and
Karyn cut down the vegetation that was over the path as we agreed. They asked if they should
continue with other work but were told that a contractor is being engaged for this work. Well done
Billy and Karyn for your hard work. *Plant Stall- thank you to all who donated plants, nearly all of
them were sold! The stall raised £139.25 in total plus sales of calendars and cards making a total
of £236.50 plus there were donations of £113.90. Well done to stall holders and growers.
*Vegetation over pavements: All instances have been reported but as yet no action is
forthcoming. Billy offered to cut down the overhanging branches along Parsonage Street – RdeC
school will be asked if this will be in order – Billy said he could not remove the cuttings. *Meeting
times going forward – those who have responded have asked that times remain as is for at least
the winter. Will be raised again later in the year. *Broken bracket on trough outside Sainsbury’s.
Has been inspected and it was decided that as troughs are now planted and they will need to be
removed in spring to allow for railings to be painted it is best left for now. *Greene King letter, as
requested by Ian a letter has been sent to G.K thanking them for the planting at The Bull.
CALENDAR STALLS: stall manning sheets were available – if you can help but weren’t at the
meeting please contact Secretary to see available dates/times. We will have a stall at the
Halstead Horticultural Late Show on 11th November and Priory Hall is to hold a coffee morning for
us to sell on 16th November (meet at 10.30). Don is arranging the event, plus a raffle.
EVENTS: *Next community litter pick is planned for 26
th November – it was reported that 3 pickers
turned out on 28th October while we were planting: word is spreading!!. *Next River Clean event
will take place on 5
th November. *League of Friends of Halstead Hospital is holding a quiz at
Queen’s Hall on 18th November. £6 per person. Tickets can be bought from Linda Jackson at the
Cleaners in The Centre. *Co-op Community Day will be on 18th November 10am-11am at the
store in Colchester Road. There will be opportunities to promote Halstead in Bloom and we will be
given space on the community boards for promotion. There will be some free fruit for volunteers –
wear your High-viz vests, please. Debbie explained that the Co-op is willing to assist charity
groups and we can feed ideas to her. HiB has been chosen as a Charity Partner for the year
23/24 and we are grateful for this support. *Halstead Christmas Fayre will be 25th November from
10am to 4pm. We thought we might have the ‘sand game’ that was prepared for the summer fayre
but didn’t’ happen. Joyce has been knitting (and would be grateful for any spare wool that anyone
might have). *St. Andrew’s Christmas Tree event will be 24th/25th and 26th November. Annie is
arranging for a HiB tree to be decorated. *Halstead Torchlight Procession 2023 will be 6th
December. Ian and Joan, plus Julia and Graham offered to shake collection buckets. 6.30 at the
HTC stall in High Street to collect buckets *Poppies are now on sale and HiB will have some on
calendars stalls.
WORKING PARTIES: Joan advised that planting 2nd November had been cancelled due to
adverse weather so Tuesday 7th will be planting at Butler Road, Trinity bus stop, half barrels in
H.P.G., Pink House, Trinity Church and Mount Hill.
Wednesday 8th will be putting out the soldiers’ names at WWI war memorial, St. Andrew’s
Churchyard at 10.30am – should take about an hour. After that it will be continuing planting as
and when. 21stNovember will be decorating Christmas trees in Holy Trinity Church at 2pm. There
are 9 trees and we have been given some lovely decorations that will make a good show
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: Margaret E announced that the Christmas Mince Pie and Natter at
the White Hart will be on Tuesday 14th December at 2pm. The HiB Christmas Afternoon Tea will
be in January, probably 13th or 27th whichever is best for Marie.
Margaret also announced that we will be having a Donation instead of Christmas Card programme
as last year. Margaret then gave some RHS Its Your Neighbourhood certificates: Halstead
Community Allotment (Guides/Brownies/Rainbows) was awarded Level 5-Outstanding; Halstead
Bowls Club was given Level 4 ‘Thriving; Halstead Royal British Legion Club and The Causeway
was awarded Level 3, Developing; Trinity Serenity Garden was awarded Level 3Developing,
Trinity Sharon’s Garden was awarded Level 4 Thriving, Trinity Gardening Club was awarded Level
5 Outstanding; Halstead Retain Fire Station was awarded Level 4 Thriving. A great result for
Halstead! Well done!! Chris announced that HiB will be able to keep the Green Bin for green
waste next year – this announcement was cheered! Alan spoke about Ukraine House where the
3 large bins have been emptied of plants. These are HTC containers and if necessary will be
moved by Tim & Jason. Joyce spoke about the awful state of grounds of Doctors’ Surgery. As
was said, we have been asked not to do any further cutting back, Debra noted the amount of
rubbish left after Hallowe’en which is a great shame. Debra noted that there is a tree falling down
over the footpath in Hedingham Road – post meeting note: This is definitely ECC responsibility.
Will be reported. Debra noted that the poo bin on this footpath has now been emptied after much
lobbying. Debra said that she has some rechargeable tools that can be used by HiB including a
long hedgetrimmer, strimmer, and chainsaw, Fiona noted a broken sponsor sign on The
Causeway. Will be removed and a new one fitted. Linda said that she would appreciate some ivy
for the triangle in St. Andrew’s Churchyard. She needs some compost as well. Please advise
Linda if you can help with ivy. Ian spoke about the rats that are around the river area and also at
Martin’s Road where there is an abandoned garage with rubbish outside. Carol had noted that the
wooden frame of the banner that was in Sudbury Road needs to be removed. Will be reported.
Carol also said that the yellow paint on seed drill will need to be attended to in 2024.
*There being no other business meeting closed at 7.15 pm.
Next meeting is Thursday 30th November 2023 6pm at Royal British Legion Club.
All welcome.
Contacts: Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787 269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787

  1. Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
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    Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via –-
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