Author: Julia Smith (page 1 of 6)

June Newsletter

26th June 2020

Another month,  I guess if someone had said at the beginning of March that we would still be in this situation at the end of June we would have questioned that fact.  However, we are here, and likely to be in this new way of living for some time to come and we will continue to make the best of it.

All of our summer planting for this year is now done and is brightening the town and lifting spirits.  Many residents have commented that it’s good to see a touch of ‘normality’ and all of those volunteers who have worked so hard under such difficult circumstances are to be praised and thanked.  We have been very careful to keep to the rules and stay socially distanced – and we will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Plants have been difficult to come by this year – and have been expensive – so some of our Krafty volunteers have set to and made a very different display at the Loom garden in Hedingham Road, near to the hospital.  Have you seen it?  It’s a sight to behold!  All of the flowers and ‘produce’ are made from recyclable materials – including the scarecrow. It is just amazing what can be done with a plastic bottle and some glue and paint.  Please go and have a look and I’m sure you will agree that this garden is a great credit to the team.  If you think that the scarecrow looks a bit sad it is because he doesn’t have a name.  Poor thing doesn’t like being called ‘it’ or ‘that thing’ so he/she really needs a proper identity.  Nicky has arranged a competition for children up to age 11 to ‘name that scarecrow’.  There will be prizes in various age groups; competition runs to 22nd July so don’t leave it too late to enter, see our Facebook page or posters for information.  There may be some other competitions coming up too – perhaps something for adults as well as young people – about using recyclable materials to make an item to show.   Make the most of the summer weather to get out and enjoy all that Halstead has to offer.

The spitfire installation is still at Weavers’ Court and will be left to celebrate VJ day later in the summer.  Joan’s handiwork is still a sight to behold so if you haven’t seen it do go and have a look.  It’s just a shame that the environment of Weavers’ Court and the Mill is getting more and more unloved and dilapidated – not a great credit to the Town.

And it’s great that we are celebrating our long established bakery business – Hume’s of Halstead – with a bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan and Chris have made a ‘birthday cake’ to celebrate Hume’s 60 years of trading!  Well done Joan and Chris, and what an achievement for Hume’s;  local people running local businesses is surely the way forward.  Anne and Dennis Hume have helped Halstead in Bloom for many, many years and it’s fitting that they should now have a sponsor sign.  It’s affixed to the new ‘big flowerpot’ at Sainsbury’s – you will see it if you have to queue to enter.  We thank all the Hume’s team for their continued support.

It is good news that the cafe near Solar that has been untenanted for so long is soon to re-open under new management.  It will be called the Corner Cafe and Steve, the new Manager is keen to support Halstead in Bloom.  Very many visitors ask about the former Riverside/Blacksmith’s Cafe so I’m sure that this new venue will be appreciated.

Another piece of good news to pass on is that Oliver, who manages our Facebook page, has just graduated from Cranfield  and is now an Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA).  How proud are we!!  Very well done Oliver, Congratulations from us all.

We are looking forward to 2021, and we will be producing a Halstead calendar again.  We thought that it should be bright and colourful, so will depict the beautiful flower displays and the wonderful wild flower areas in and around the Town.  If you have any suitable photos please do send them to me as soon as possible.  I’ve had quotes from a local printer for production, and we hope to get the calendar to print by mid-August.  I’d particularly like photos of rainbows over Halstead, so cameras at the ready for the sunshine and shower forecasts.

We are also hoping to plant our usual winter displays for winter and spring delight. East Anglian Van Hire have offered us use of a tail-lift vehicle to collect plants from Colne Valley nurseries at end of October so let’s hope that there isn’t a second uncontrollable spike of this virus infection and that we can go ahead as normal.

We are hoping that we may be able to offer some plants for sale when we are selling calendars, so if you are lifting and dividing planting in your garden this autumn and would be willing to donate please think of potting some up for us to sell and do let us know.

We have applied to be a charity partner with the national Co-op (the one in Colchester Road).  We won’t know if we have been successful until a bit later, but we are very grateful for the support we have had from them in the past.

The team is keen to have a meeting to catch up with all news so we have planned for an open air team meeting on Thursday 9th July, 7.30pm at Weavers’ Court (if the weather is not conducive to an open air meeting we will cancel and make another date).  You must bring your own chair, or be prepared to sit on the grass, and you will need to keep 2metres from anyone sitting alongside you.  If there is a ‘second row’ you will need to be at least 1M from the person in front.  There won’t be any refreshments so please bring your own drink if you need to.  We will keep the meeting as short as possible, so if you have anything that you think needs to be reported please pass it to me in writing at the start of the meeting and I will process.  We need to discuss Halstead’s entries for the Anglia in Bloom competition, and arrange for any photos that we will need to submit.  We already have the Spitfire as our ‘display on a theme’ entry, and Mill Green as our wild flower submission.   BDC have given us permission to enter the Public Gardens as ‘best local authority’ planting – we will need some colourful photos.  We need to have an entry for hanging baskets, so if you know of a particularly beautiful basket please ask the gardener if that could represent the gardeners of Halstead.  The Loom garden will be our ‘display using recyclable material’ but there are other categories that I’m sure we can enter – ‘best innovative planted container’? ‘Best area of sustainable planting?  If you’d like the full list of categories, please let me know.

Well, hopefully I will soon be able to produce some ‘minutes of a meeting’, but I guess that’s a case of ‘watch this space.

 

Thank you for all your interest and help to make Halstead bloom.  In the midst of all this awful situation the community spirit of Halstead shines through.  We do care for each other and for the Town. Keep smiling!!   All the best, stay safe and stay well.
Photos to: jaygrey@btinternet.com or to our Facebook page: halsteadinbloom.
Chairman: Margaret Eskins- 01787 269443. Plants/Planting: Joan Gibson 01787 473070
Secretary: Julia Smith 01787 461806/email jaygrey@btinternet.com.alsteadhH

 

 

 

News Letter

                     1st May 2020

Today I should have been writing up minutes for last night’s Halstead in Bloom April meeting – but obviously the meeting didn’t happen.  As I am getting withdrawal symptoms for writing minutes I thought I’d send you an update of news from the last month.

First of all – sponsorship.  Our sponsor year runs from 1st June, so in March/April each current sponsor is written to and asked if they wish to continue for another year.  ;Those letters were sent out just as the lockdown began, so the future is very uncertain for many of our local businesses.  I have to say, however, that some have already come back to us to say that they appreciate what we are trying to do, and will want to continue with their support.  Dale Hairdresser’s, T & N Developments, Halstead Townswomen’s Guild, Halstead Flower Club, Halstead Royal British Legion Club and Dr David Hessayon all pledged to sponsor for 20/21 and Dr. Hessayon also gave us a donation.  Keith Thorogood of Halstead Road Runners was due to run the London Marathon for HiB this year and we had paid his entry fee.  Keith won’t be able to take part in the rescheduled 2020 marathon but has given us back the sponsor money paid plus ‘a bit more’ and we are very grateful for this effort.  We will continue to display all sponsor signs including a new sign for Hume’s Bakers – who are celebrating 60 years of serving Halstead and District in 2020.

We also appreciate our ‘sponsors in kind’ and this year Peter Robertson, has offered to deliver any plants that we are able to put in.  We are also grateful to Bellway Homes for fully restoring the seed drill that has stood for many years at Sudbury Road and was in a sorry state.  We will be planting up this feature and will add a sponsor sign for Bellway Homes.

More good news – we have received a first payment from the Co-op Society for charity dividend donations. This amounted to £447.25 and was paid on 9th April.

We have had some expenditure this year on renewal of containers; in the light of last summer’s hot, dry weeks we are trying to change all main containers into the water retaining type.  We have 2 new containers for outside the bookie’s near to Town Bridge, 1 ‘big flower pot’ type container to replace the small trough at Sainsbury’s, 4 large barrels to replace the tired containers planted by Brownies in the Churchyard,  2 half barrels to replace the old troughs planted by Rainbows outside the Church Hall. 5 new Cup and Saucer hanging baskets for the Resource Centre and 2 black Cup and Saucer hanging baskets will replace the two stolen at the end of the summer 2019.  We will also be replacing the broken trough at the Butler Road sign and the one at Ronald Road.  We have a new trough to replace the rusting metal trough on the wall at Dale Hire.  Jason has advised us that there are two troughs on the railings in High Street that have split (been hit by a vehicle, probably) so those have had to be replaced – they were originally purchased by Halstead Town Council but HiB will replace them.  You may have noticed that the tubs sponsored by Dr. Hessayon outside the Day Centre have been removed; they were of the fibreglass over wood material and were installed by Halstead Town Council.  It was agreed with the Groundsmen, Town Clerk and Halstead in Bloom that they should be replaced as soon as possible, and therefore HiB has purchased new barrel type containers for this location.  The dated containers near to the litter bin outside The Bull will be replaced.    We still want to renew the containers in Butler Road Car Park, but the factory from which these will be purchased are still on lockdown.
Graham has refurbished the cart from Bluebridge; this will be installed and Annie will repaint.

It will soon be time to remove the winter bedding; this will be done by individuals working as part of their daily permitted exercise.  Plants will be offered free of charge to anyone who cares to take them as is our normal custom.  We won’t expect any payment, but of course we are always grateful for donations – if you would like to have some of the plants please speak to one of the HiB team, or let me know and we can arrange for some to be left for you.  We do intend to plant up for the summer.  We won’t have our usual supply as those plants come from Holland and they were not imported.  Plants will come from Bourne Brook Nurseries, Greenstead Green and Clive Baker has offered to deliver them to us, probably in small batches so there will be no sorting necessary.  Planting will be done by individuals or couples and we will adhere to strict social distancing rules.  There will be no hanging baskets in the town this year, although there may be a few in locations not on the main street.  Watering and maintenance will be done by individuals as best as can be achieved. I am afraid that the usual weeding/cutting back, etc. won’t be done this year, although Jason and Tim have been spraying in some areas and we are grateful for their help.

Joan has transmogrified the plane into a Spitfire, and this will be installed at Weavers’ Court together will some artwork of a tank and a destroyer to celebrate 75 years anniversary of VE Day, 8th May.  Please go and have a look if you can pass this way as part of your daily walk.

We had planned a plant stall – and have been growing on plants to sell – for Saturday 16th May.  At this time we are waiting to see if there will be any lifting in restrictions that will allow us to have this stall, planned for 16th May but possibly may take place a week later if permitted.  The stall will be on Market Hill – so in the open air – and again we will be very careful to abide by all rules on social distancing, etc.

Our usual Local Garden Competition had to be cancelled, but we are asking for photos of gardens that we may be able to include in our 2021 calendar.  We’ve had one front garden already submitted, and please feel free to pass on the request for photos to anyone you know who will have a garden they’d like to share with us all.  We would be pleased to have any photos for the calendar of the Halstead area.

Anglia in Bloom judging and RHS Britain in Bloom campaign were cancelled for 2020, but Anglia in Bloom is holding a ‘virtual’ campaign asking for photos to be submitted in various categories.  Halstead does intend to enter some photos in some categories – we can’t let a year go by with no certificates and trophies!! Please see the Anglia in Bloom website for details, and let us know if you or anyone you know has something we can enter in Halstead’s name.

The RHS has cancelled all flower shows for 2020, but they are putting virtual tours on their web site so that we can feast our eyes on new plants and varieties that we will be able to purchase next year.

Well, I hope that you’ve found this news update of interest. Please feel free to send it on to anyone you think may be interested.  Please stay safe and stay well – keep calm and stay blooming!!      Julia
ContactsMargaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443;  Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and planting. 01787 473070

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

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Accounts 2019 ( Receipts/Payments)

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM                                              Receipts and Payments Statement
2018             Premium       Bank             Petty Cash              2019
Receipts
:
Sponsors                 3625.00                             3225.00              150.00                     3375.00
Donations                4516.09                             2483.00             1009.51                   3492.51
Grants                     1500.00                                   0.00                   0.00                     0.00
Calendars                3764.25                                121.25             3109.60                   3230.85
Envelopes                                                                                      62.25                 62.25
Speaking Fees          230.00                                                           70.00                 70.00
Baskets                   3060.00                             3310.00                                       3310.00
Gift Aid                      700.25
Stalls/Plants               334.80                                                        544.40                        544.50
Raffles                      364.50                                                         464.00                        464.00
Quiz                          277.40                                                         508.00                        508.00
Christmas Cards       618.90                                  56.00              573.10                        629.10
Postcards                    11.50                                                          49.00                 49.00
Retail Donations      1630.99                             2569.74                                      2569.74
Sales Reimbursed   1428.00                                440.00                 90.00               530.00
Interest                         4.24           4.24                                                                      4.24
Various events        2650.30                                345.00               990.00                     1335.00
reimbursed
Misc. Sales                334.62                               147.00               789.45                        936.45      
TOTAL:                  25050.84           4.24          12696.99             8409.41                  21110.64
Payments:
Anglia in Bloom       1170.00                                 930.00              540.00                       1470.00
Sponsorship/Grant        50.00                                 139.08                                         139.08
Stall fees                      41.00                                   15.00               11.00                  26.00
Calendars                1942.80                               1750.00              187.50                        1937.50
Plants                     11051.72                            10982.85              176.20                     11159.05
Compost                    563.20                                 382.46                                         382.46
Flower Festival           315.00
Prizes                        408.50                                                          550.43                         550.43
Cups Engraving            33.00                                                            55.00                  55.00
Postage/Stamps         146.33                                                          149.47                         149.47
Misc. Goods            2260.45
Van Hire (Insure)          44.00                                                           84.00                 84.00
Christmas Cards        408.00                                                           382.30                         382.30
Signs/Banners            336.00                                                           192.00                         192.00
Containers               3801.61                                                           139.99                        139.99
Meal Payment         2162.38                                                           50.00                 50.00
High Viz Vests            114.54
Gift. Colne V.Nurs        50.00
Support Clubs                                                       627.99                244.00               871.99
Sales Goods Bgt.                                                1651.90                445.98             2097.88
Miscellaneous             528.35                                                           833.76               833.76
TOTAL:                  25426.88                            16479.28                4041.63        20520.91
Surplus/Deficit        -376.04                                                                                      589.73

 

Accounts 2019 ( Balance sheet )

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM.              BALANCE  SHEET  2019

 

31.12.18                            31.12.19                               Variance

Current Assets

Barclays Community A./c   11827.77                           12138.48                               310.71
Petty Cash                             915.00                               308.13                               606.87
Barclays Premium A/c         2127.71                              2131.95                                 4.24

 

Net Current Assets            14870.48                           14578.56

 

Reconciliation
Barclays Community A/c
Bank Statement at 31.12.19                                               12138.48
Receipts in Transit                                                                      0.00
Cheques no presented (cash)                                                882.00
BALANCE                               13020.48
Ledger balance at 31.12.19                                                13020.48  Reconciled

Petty Cash
Cash in Hand at 31.12.19                                                        308.13
Receipts in Transit                                                                        0.00
Payments not presented                                                               0.00
BALANCE                                   308.13
Ledger balance at 31.12.19                                                      308.12 Reconciled

Barclays Premium Account
Bank Statement at 31.12.19                                                  2131.95
Receipts in Transit                                                                        0.00
Payments not presented                                                               0.00
BALANCE                                  2131.95
Ledger balance at 31.12.19                                                    2131.95 Reconciled

 

   Total Balance at 31.12.19                                                 15460.56         

 

Accounts 2019 (Reconciliation)

Halstead in Bloom.   Year ended 31.12.2019

 

Bank Reconciliation:                                                                    

Balance as per cash book:                                                 £  13020.48
Chqs not presented:                                                           £          0.00
Receipts not at bank                            £       882.00
Balance as per bank statement:          £   12138.48            _________
£   13020.48            £  13020.48

 

Bank Account – Current:                                                          

Balance bt. fwd                               £    11827.77
Income                                             £    10213.99
Donations                                        £      2483.00
Grants                                             £             0.0
From Petty Cash                              £     4975.00
Expenditure                                                                           £  16479.28
Closing Balance                              £                                     £  13020.48
                                                        £    29499.76                   £  29499.76

                                                                                 

 

Petty Cash                                                 £                                   £

Opening Balance                                     915.35
Income                                                  7399.90
Donations                                              1009.51
Expenditure                                                                                  4041.63
Tr. to Current Account                                                                 4975.00
Closing Balance                                                                         __308.13         
9324.76                           9324.76         

 

Premium Bank Account                       £                                           £

Balance as at 31.12.18                                                             2127.71
Interest Paid (01.01.19-31.12.19)      ______                                   4.24         
Closing Balance at 31.12.19             2131.95                            2131.95

 

Great British Spring Clean

Join us on Sunday the 29th March for the Great British Spring Clean.

Meet at Sainsbury`s Car Park at 10.30am.

Litter pickers and High Vis vests will be provided.

Minutes of meeting 27th February

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 27th February 2020  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. Chairman welcomed Derek Holmes of Daniel Robinson & Sons to the meeting.
MINUTES
of  20th January 2020  had been circulated and were adopted

Chairman then asked DEREK  HOLMES if he would like to speak as it was known that he had another appointment later that evening.  Derek said that Daniel Robinson & Sons would be pleased to provide transport for the judging tours around Halstead again this year, and that Derek himself would drive the vehicle.  Derek also said that one of his team would like permission to film the tours; permission was readily given.  Derek made it known that Daniel Robinson & Sons would be prepared to sponsor a race at the forthcoming Race Night, but was told that all races are now sponsored.  Derek said that some raffle prizes would be given for the evening – all proceeds from the evening would be donated to Halstead in Bloom.  Chairman thanked Derek for this most welcome news, and asked that team’s thanks be passed on to Directors and Management of Daniel Robinson & Sons.
NEWS:   *Letter from Doctor’s Surgery was read thanking the team for the work done at Surgery internal garden.  Joan said that some remedial work on the bamboo sprouts in the garden would be done when the weather improves – HiB will maintain this garden in the near future.  *Letter from David Tarbun following his birthday party at Hyacinth Tearooms earlier in the month was read.  David was pleased to host the party and provide tea and cakes and thanked the team for the planted pot that was given to him on that day. *Bluebridge Cart and Sudbury Rd. Seed Drill.  Graham has made a new metal surround for the cart. Some second hand scaffold boards have been donated by DMC Scaffolding of Gosfield and they will be cut and fixed to make the body.  Grandstyle Windows have some strong membrane to line the body and help with preservation of the wood.  Annie will paint the cart when it is back together.  Seed Drill is in a poor state, but Graham reckons it can be ‘bodged’ for another summer season.  Bellway Homes have been written to and asked if they will help to remove the item to another place for proper repairs, or if they can repair it for us.  No reply has been received so far.  Carol offered to visit the Site Office and speak to Manager there to see if some resolution can be found.  *Climate Emergency-Water Crisis an event arranged by CPRE is to be held in Peterborough on 29th April, 9.30am-3.45pm.  Graham has asked to attend.  Full details can be found at www.suffolksociety/org/climate-emergency-water-crisis/ *Firemen’s Assistance. Halstead Station Watch Manager, Steve Byrne, has said that it may be possible for the Fire Brigade to help HiB with some water in the summer months.  Post meeting note: Head Office is querying whether this will be possible – watch this space! *Letter –  David Finch. Leader Essex CC. Following last month’s meeting a letter was written and replies have been received: 1) Q: Can HiB paint the front door of the Library? A: Library is a Grade 2 listed building so advice from Property team is being sought.  Answers will be given.  2) Q: Fountain at Mount Hill damaged (now part is missing). A: After much investigation it is confirmed this is not an ECC asset. Matter has been passed to BDC. Margaret E has spoken with Halstead Town Clerk and there is irrefutable evidence that this is an ECC asset. 3) Q. Dirty bus shelter in Colne Road. A: ECC does not hold a record of bus shelter at this site.  Suggest that HTC or BDC may have installed without knowledge or agreement of ECC.  ??? 4) Q. Overdue repairs to pavements in Colchester Road. A: There are plans to include part of Colchester Road in the 20/21 Minor Slurry Seal Capital Scheme – works to be from the Blue Bridge area to High Street.  Programme is yet to be finalised but full information can be found on www.essexhighways.org/interactive-maps-and-live-travel-information/highways-information-map.aspx. As Colchester Road is a priority route, which is inspected on a monthly basis, all existing defects will continue to be monitored and any deterioration recorded will be dealt with accordingly. *Tree Charter It was noted that Halstead TC has signed up to the Tree Charter.  Also noted that Essex CC has 38000 trees to give away – but it isn’t known the variety of these trees.  Joan asked if there are fruit trees could they be included in the wild life garden.  Annie asked if the tree at Mill Chase could be replaced (will have to liaise with BDC for both these requests).  Ian T said that there is a minimum plant of 10Ha laid down for each District Council and maintenance of planted whips is in question.  It is felt better to maintain existing, mature trees than to plant new trees.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 1st March Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th March – this will be our contribution to the Great British Spring Clean.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Visit to Gestingthorpe 17th March. 22 people have asked to attend.  Transport by group will be arranged – speak to Margaret E if you need transport.   *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan has arranged for Peter Miller of  Kings Seeds will give a talk. Team to bring plate of food as usual.  There will be a raffle.  Posters are available to be put up in various shops, notice boards, etc.  Let me know if you need copy(s). *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. All races now sponsored, horses are now being sold.  Will be widely advertised – now need to get people to attend the races! *VE Day Celebrations Bank Holiday, Friday 8th May in Halstead Public Gardens.  HiB to have a stall. Can we dress 1940’s to suit?  Margaret E has some period recipes and Thelma has some period recipe books. Maybe we can plant some veg.seeds instead of the usual sunflower seeds?  We can make some fabric bunting (Joan asked for some to be put at Weavers’ Court).  More details to follow.  *Halstead Marathon. 10th May. Volunteer marshalls’ details were collected – if you would like to help please let me know and I will pass on details. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!! *Halstead Flower Festival at St. Andrew’s Church will be celebrating 700 years of history through hymns.  HiB will have a display – hymn still to be identified!  Festival will be 3rd/4th/5th July. More details to follow. *Children’s Competition 2020 Margaret T said that her ideas for this year include Small Bug Boxes and also Grow 3 Herbs.  *HiB meal. Marie Hughes had asked Margaret to  apologise if some meals were not up to expected standard this year.  The cooker at St. Andrew’s Hall was not working – and had been broken for some time, apparently and some improvisation had to take place.  All agreed that this was a lovely event, and although some dishes weren’t as warm as could have been hoped everyone was smiling and there were lots of happy faces.  Thank you Marie, we enjoyed the evening very much!  Cost of the hall will be £50 – to be paid in April.
 ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’20  Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at a cost of £15 per person.  14 people have asked to attend.  Transport will be arranged.  If you haven’t yet asked to attend, please give your name to Margaret E as soon as possible.
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’20  Seminar on 21st Feb was attended by Joan and Annie who both found it useful and helpful.  Annie attended a workshop about Portfolio and Publicity.  Our portfolio was held up as being ‘good’ with lots of pictures and narrative underneath.  It was suggested that perhaps the age group 25/35 might be attracted to a HiB Instagram page?  Can anyone manage this?  Also suggested that stats for our Facebook page be recorded – Oliver does this for us.   Our judges will be Rae Beckwith and Ian Beaney (who was last here in 2014). Both judges seem to have a good sense of humour!  Copies of the judges’ comments at that time were available.  It was suggested that the route needs to be walked (nearer to judging time) and also travelled from end to start.  There are 74 entrants taking part, 10 entrants in the Town group (of which Halstead is one).  We have 2½ hours to impress plus 15 minutes for presentation and 15minutes allowed for press.  It was said that timings should be kept, although a few minutes over wouldn’t be frowned upon.  Judges will be happy to have some sort of reception after judging.  It was said that anyone speaking to the judges must be fully rehearsed!!  It was thought that we should have a ‘dress rehearsal’ nearer to judging day, this to be at the time of day (or as near to as possible) when the real event takes place.  Proposed route to be timed before next meeting: Start at British Legion.  Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street.  Drive to Loom.  Drive to Mill Chase.  Drive to Coggeshall Pieces.  Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.

The Awards Day will be on 16th October (day of our Quiz!!) and will be an all-day event, in Manchester.  The system of choosing a Champion of Champions has been changed this year – this accolade will be awarded to one of the entrants on the day of Awards.  Could it be Halstead?!!!  As already advertised it was decided to go ahead with the Quiz Night as arranged – messages will be sent through from the Awards!

*Loom Garden. Annie is still collecting coloured plastic – please hand your contributions to Annie at a Tuesday working party, or at any other suitable time. Thelma offered to act as recipient of contributions!  Annie said that a start will be made on making the ‘cascade’ very soon before we get too busy with other work.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 3rd March. Alan, Pauline and Linda to be with Joan at the Churchyard to completely dig out the bed near to church door.  Joan hopes to have this planted with plants that would have been used 700 years ago.  Rest of team to be dead heading at this time.  10th March. Weed in Kings Road.  17th March Will be the visit to Gestingthorpe.  24th March. Team to be working in Churchyard.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *New Logo. Mock up of letterhead/compliment slip using Nicky’s artwork was shown and it was agreed that this did not do the artwork justice.  Some designs by Carol’s daughter were shown.  Further investigations to be made.  *New containers for 2020 List was revisited.  It was suggested that some new containers in Butler Road Car Park and under the Butler Road sign would be ideal.  Joan to view and decisions to be made soon.  *To Do List 2020 still ongoing.  *Notelets for Halstead no suitable cards have been found at present.  *Volunteer Hours. March will be the 6th month that hours are being counted (hopefully they are!!!) and new sheets to take us up to end June will be available at next meeting.  These hours are important to show to judges just how many people spend so much time working for Halstead.  Please keep a note of all volunteering hours spent and total them up so that we can show judges for Anglia in Bloom and RHS Britain in bloom when they visit.  *Ian asked when the bamboo in the Surgery Garden would be treated – he was  told it will probably be April when weather is more suitable for this work.  *Colin asked if HiB could have a working party at Adams Court to help in areas that he can’t manage.  Joan said that this can be arranged at any time and urged Colin to just ask.  *Ian Tinton spoke on behalf of the Chamber of Trade and said that their Constitution had now been agreed and signed off.  He said that good relations had been forged with Braintree DC and were now looking for premises to hold monthly meetings.  *Joyce asked if anything can be done to persuade shop owners to clean and tidy up their premises – not just at ground level but on first/second floors too!  Ian T said this had been tried, but not much uptake for available cash had been made.  *Margaret T spoke about the drinking fountain on Mount Hill and said that part of it was now missing.  (see above reply from Cllr David Finch ECC).  *Joan said she had been contacted by Baldwin’s store re. the displays at The Centre that have been eaten by muntjack deer.   Colin suggested that carbolic soap be used to deter them.  Joan will source some soap.  *Annie asked if a record was kept of the number of bags collected at monthly community litter picks – it is thought that Christine is keeping a log.  *Nicky advised that the green bin placed at The Empire had not been collected as arranged.  This will be reported.

 

There being no other business the meeting closed at 9.14 p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th March  2020   7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

ContactsMargaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443;  Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

 

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HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 27th February 2020  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. Chairman welcomed Derek Holmes of Daniel Robinson & Sons to the meeting.
MINUTES
of  20th January 2020  had been circulated and were adopted

Chairman then asked DEREK  HOLMES if he would like to speak as it was known that he had another appointment later that evening.  Derek said that Daniel Robinson & Sons would be pleased to provide transport for the judging tours around Halstead again this year, and that Derek himself would drive the vehicle.  Derek also said that one of his team would like permission to film the tours; permission was readily given.  Derek made it known that Daniel Robinson & Sons would be prepared to sponsor a race at the forthcoming Race Night, but was told that all races are now sponsored.  Derek said that some raffle prizes would be given for the evening – all proceeds from the evening would be donated to Halstead in Bloom.  Chairman thanked Derek for this most welcome news, and asked that team’s thanks be passed on to Directors and Management of Daniel Robinson & Sons.
NEWS:   *Letter from Doctor’s Surgery was read thanking the team for the work done at Surgery internal garden.  Joan said that some remedial work on the bamboo sprouts in the garden would be done when the weather improves – HiB will maintain this garden in the near future.  *Letter from David Tarbun following his birthday party at Hyacinth Tearooms earlier in the month was read.  David was pleased to host the party and provide tea and cakes and thanked the team for the planted pot that was given to him on that day. *Bluebridge Cart and Sudbury Rd. Seed Drill.  Graham has made a new metal surround for the cart. Some second hand scaffold boards have been donated by DMC Scaffolding of Gosfield and they will be cut and fixed to make the body.  Grandstyle Windows have some strong membrane to line the body and help with preservation of the wood.  Annie will paint the cart when it is back together.  Seed Drill is in a poor state, but Graham reckons it can be ‘bodged’ for another summer season.  Bellway Homes have been written to and asked if they will help to remove the item to another place for proper repairs, or if they can repair it for us.  No reply has been received so far.  Carol offered to visit the Site Office and speak to Manager there to see if some resolution can be found.  *Climate Emergency-Water Crisis an event arranged by CPRE is to be held in Peterborough on 29th April, 9.30am-3.45pm.  Graham has asked to attend.  Full details can be found at www.suffolksociety/org/climate-emergency-water-crisis/ *Firemen’s Assistance. Halstead Station Watch Manager, Steve Byrne, has said that it may be possible for the Fire Brigade to help HiB with some water in the summer months.  Post meeting note: Head Office is querying whether this will be possible – watch this space! *Letter –  David Finch. Leader Essex CC. Following last month’s meeting a letter was written and replies have been received: 1) Q: Can HiB paint the front door of the Library? A: Library is a Grade 2 listed building so advice from Property team is being sought.  Answers will be given.  2) Q: Fountain at Mount Hill damaged (now part is missing). A: After much investigation it is confirmed this is not an ECC asset. Matter has been passed to BDC. Margaret E has spoken with Halstead Town Clerk and there is irrefutable evidence that this is an ECC asset. 3) Q. Dirty bus shelter in Colne Road. A: ECC does not hold a record of bus shelter at this site.  Suggest that HTC or BDC may have installed without knowledge or agreement of ECC.  ??? 4) Q. Overdue repairs to pavements in Colchester Road. A: There are plans to include part of Colchester Road in the 20/21 Minor Slurry Seal Capital Scheme – works to be from the Blue Bridge area to High Street.  Programme is yet to be finalised but full information can be found on www.essexhighways.org/interactive-maps-and-live-travel-information/highways-information-map.aspx. As Colchester Road is a priority route, which is inspected on a monthly basis, all existing defects will continue to be monitored and any deterioration recorded will be dealt with accordingly. *Tree Charter It was noted that Halstead TC has signed up to the Tree Charter.  Also noted that Essex CC has 38000 trees to give away – but it isn’t known the variety of these trees.  Joan asked if there are fruit trees could they be included in the wild life garden.  Annie asked if the tree at Mill Chase could be replaced (will have to liaise with BDC for both these requests).  Ian T said that there is a minimum plant of 10Ha laid down for each District Council and maintenance of planted whips is in question.  It is felt better to maintain existing, mature trees than to plant new trees.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 1st March Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th March – this will be our contribution to the Great British Spring Clean.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Visit to Gestingthorpe 17th March. 22 people have asked to attend.  Transport by group will be arranged – speak to Margaret E if you need transport.   *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan has arranged for Peter Miller of  Kings Seeds will give a talk. Team to bring plate of food as usual.  There will be a raffle.  Posters are available to be put up in various shops, notice boards, etc.  Let me know if you need copy(s). *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. All races now sponsored, horses are now being sold.  Will be widely advertised – now need to get people to attend the races! *VE Day Celebrations Bank Holiday, Friday 8th May in Halstead Public Gardens.  HiB to have a stall. Can we dress 1940’s to suit?  Margaret E has some period recipes and Thelma has some period recipe books. Maybe we can plant some veg.seeds instead of the usual sunflower seeds?  We can make some fabric bunting (Joan asked for some to be put at Weavers’ Court).  More details to follow.  *Halstead Marathon. 10th May. Volunteer marshalls’ details were collected – if you would like to help please let me know and I will pass on details. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!! *Halstead Flower Festival at St. Andrew’s Church will be celebrating 700 years of history through hymns.  HiB will have a display – hymn still to be identified!  Festival will be 3rd/4th/5th July. More details to follow. *Children’s Competition 2020 Margaret T said that her ideas for this year include Small Bug Boxes and also Grow 3 Herbs.  *HiB meal. Marie Hughes had asked Margaret to  apologise if some meals were not up to expected standard this year.  The cooker at St. Andrew’s Hall was not working – and had been broken for some time, apparently and some improvisation had to take place.  All agreed that this was a lovely event, and although some dishes weren’t as warm as could have been hoped everyone was smiling and there were lots of happy faces.  Thank you Marie, we enjoyed the evening very much!  Cost of the hall will be £50 – to be paid in April.
 ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’20  Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at a cost of £15 per person.  14 people have asked to attend.  Transport will be arranged.  If you haven’t yet asked to attend, please give your name to Margaret E as soon as possible.
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’20  Seminar on 21st Feb was attended by Joan and Annie who both found it useful and helpful.  Annie attended a workshop about Portfolio and Publicity.  Our portfolio was held up as being ‘good’ with lots of pictures and narrative underneath.  It was suggested that perhaps the age group 25/35 might be attracted to a HiB Instagram page?  Can anyone manage this?  Also suggested that stats for our Facebook page be recorded – Oliver does this for us.   Our judges will be Rae Beckwith and Ian Beaney (who was last here in 2014). Both judges seem to have a good sense of humour!  Copies of the judges’ comments at that time were available.  It was suggested that the route needs to be walked (nearer to judging time) and also travelled from end to start.  There are 74 entrants taking part, 10 entrants in the Town group (of which Halstead is one).  We have 2½ hours to impress plus 15 minutes for presentation and 15minutes allowed for press.  It was said that timings should be kept, although a few minutes over wouldn’t be frowned upon.  Judges will be happy to have some sort of reception after judging.  It was said that anyone speaking to the judges must be fully rehearsed!!  It was thought that we should have a ‘dress rehearsal’ nearer to judging day, this to be at the time of day (or as near to as possible) when the real event takes place.  Proposed route to be timed before next meeting: Start at British Legion.  Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street.  Drive to Loom.  Drive to Mill Chase.  Drive to Coggeshall Pieces.  Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.

The Awards Day will be on 16th October (day of our Quiz!!) and will be an all-day event, in Manchester.  The system of choosing a Champion of Champions has been changed this year – this accolade will be awarded to one of the entrants on the day of Awards.  Could it be Halstead?!!!  As already advertised it was decided to go ahead with the Quiz Night as arranged – messages will be sent through from the Awards!

*Loom Garden. Annie is still collecting coloured plastic – please hand your contributions to Annie at a Tuesday working party, or at any other suitable time. Thelma offered to act as recipient of contributions!  Annie said that a start will be made on making the ‘cascade’ very soon before we get too busy with other work.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 3rd March. Alan, Pauline and Linda to be with Joan at the Churchyard to completely dig out the bed near to church door.  Joan hopes to have this planted with plants that would have been used 700 years ago.  Rest of team to be dead heading at this time.  10th March. Weed in Kings Road.  17th March Will be the visit to Gestingthorpe.  24th March. Team to be working in Churchyard.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *New Logo. Mock up of letterhead/compliment slip using Nicky’s artwork was shown and it was agreed that this did not do the artwork justice.  Some designs by Carol’s daughter were shown.  Further investigations to be made.  *New containers for 2020 List was revisited.  It was suggested that some new containers in Butler Road Car Park and under the Butler Road sign would be ideal.  Joan to view and decisions to be made soon.  *To Do List 2020 still ongoing.  *Notelets for Halstead no suitable cards have been found at present.  *Volunteer Hours. March will be the 6th month that hours are being counted (hopefully they are!!!) and new sheets to take us up to end June will be available at next meeting.  These hours are important to show to judges just how many people spend so much time working for Halstead.  Please keep a note of all volunteering hours spent and total them up so that we can show judges for Anglia in Bloom and RHS Britain in bloom when they visit.  *Ian asked when the bamboo in the Surgery Garden would be treated – he was  told it will probably be April when weather is more suitable for this work.  *Colin asked if HiB could have a working party at Adams Court to help in areas that he can’t manage.  Joan said that this can be arranged at any time and urged Colin to just ask.  *Ian Tinton spoke on behalf of the Chamber of Trade and said that their Constitution had now been agreed and signed off.  He said that good relations had been forged with Braintree DC and were now looking for premises to hold monthly meetings.  *Joyce asked if anything can be done to persuade shop owners to clean and tidy up their premises – not just at ground level but on first/second floors too!  Ian T said this had been tried, but not much uptake for available cash had been made.  *Margaret T spoke about the drinking fountain on Mount Hill and said that part of it was now missing.  (see above reply from Cllr David Finch ECC).  *Joan said she had been contacted by Baldwin’s store re. the displays at The Centre that have been eaten by muntjack deer.   Colin suggested that carbolic soap be used to deter them.  Joan will source some soap.  *Annie asked if a record was kept of the number of bags collected at monthly community litter picks – it is thought that Christine is keeping a log.  *Nicky advised that the green bin placed at The Empire had not been collected as arranged.  This will be reported.

 

There being no other business the meeting closed at 9.14 p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th March  2020   7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

ContactsMargaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443;  Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

 

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Minutes of meeting 30th January 2020

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk Facebook: halsteadinbloom. giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op
purchases.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk Facebook: halsteadinbloom. giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op
purchases.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk Facebook: halsteadinbloom. giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op
purchases.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk Facebook: halsteadinbloom. giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op
purchases.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk Facebook: halsteadinbloom. giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op
purchases.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk Facebook: halsteadinbloom. giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op
purchases.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
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Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk Facebook: halsteadinbloom. giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op
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CO-OP Donation

We are very grateful to the CO-OP store on Colchester Road, Halstead who have very generously made a donation of £1569.74 to HIB from their community fund, and thank them very much for their continued support.

Minutes 28th Nov 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 28th November  2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

MINUTES of  31st October  had been circulated and were adopted

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS:  Chairman was pleased to present a medal to DEBRA PURDHAM who has not lived in Halstead and been part of HiB for too long but has made significant contributions.  Debra said that she has great fun working with the group and seeing differences made.  Presentation of the President’s Cup was deferred until next meeting.

NEWS:   * Co-op Store Community Fund Cheque.  Some of the team were pleased to meet at the Co-op on Colchester Road on Saturday 23rd November to be presented with a large cheque showing amount of £1569.74 raised from this fund.  HiB has also been made a charity partner for 2020. Store has also said that we can sell calendars in store (if we have any left!!)  *Congratulatory letter has been received from Cllr Graham Butland (BDC) and also a letter from Cllr Wendy Schmitt (BDC).  *Notcutts have sent some vouchers, with limited life for various in-store items.  Fiona has them.  *Flower Pot Man – leaflet from Jackie Pell with picture of a flower-pot man on a bike was shown.  Can we do something similar?-not the same!!!  *David gave news that Colin Bailey’s wife has passed away.  Our thoughts are with Colin and family, a letter will be sent.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 1st December  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th December.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  Sec. Has made contact with Scouts to ask if they will be involved.    *Christmas Tree Festival will be at St. Andrew’s Church on 30th November and 1st December.  HiB will have a tree – volunteers have made some great, inventive, decorations – go and have a look!! *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We will be outside Dorothy Perkins from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteer marshalls please be at the Halstead TC gazebo from 6.30pm with high-viz jackets *HiB Christmas tea and mince pies will be at the White Hart on 17th December, 2pm.  All HiB volunteers welcome!  *Talk at Tollesbury 20th April 2020, HiB presentation to be re-vamped before then.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether Kings Seeds will give a talk.  *HiB ‘Christmas’ meal will be at St. Andrew’s Hall on 14th February 2020.  Cost will be £21.00.  Menus are available.  *Summer Plant collection is booked for 29th/30th May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19 Chairman asked if HiB will lodge an entry to Anglia in Bloom 2020.  Vote was taken and proposal was agreed unanimously.  Entry will be lodged in the new year.
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19
 
. Chairman asked that if Halstead’s entry is agreed by RHS do we want to agree to enter.  Vote was taken and proposal was agreed unanimously.  RHS judges’ comments were read and commented upon.  It was said that HiB will continue to work with BDC in Halstead Public Gardens to rectify the negative points made by judges.  Decisions will need to be made about where we take judges (if we take judges?) along the river walk – there is a new extension and play area at the Colchester Rd. End of the river walk, possibly an area to visit?  Must take the judges to Mill Chase to see the wild flower planting.  Should go to St. Andrew’s Churchyard as this is a celebratory year for the Church.  Other ideas to be brought to January meeting as we need to get the route organised as soon as possible.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 3rd December. – Ruth has given some tulip bulbs so some will be planted in troughs/tubs and in the ground at this working party.  10th December – probably deadheading or more bulb planting.  17th December – this will be the tea and mince pie party!  Trees at Holy Trinity will be removed at first working party in January.  Artwork for the Doctors’ Surgery is still to be received.

CALENDAR  SELLING:
   30th November(Fayre). 9-10 Joan and Linda. 10-11 Debra and Sue. 11-12 Iola and Wendy  12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 1-2 Alan and Joyce. 2-3 Nicky and Joan. 3-4 Graham and Julia.

A breakdown of calendars sold was given and the numbers left in stock was reviewed.  It was decided not to order any more – better to sell out that have goods remaining.  700 calendars have been purchased and as of to-day money for 160 is still to be received (some of these are sold, but quantities not known).  Stalls are organised as follows – but keep an eye on messages as if we sell out stalls will not be required:

6th December. – 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 Jenny and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Pat; 12-1 Margaret E and Ian.
7th December – 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 Jean and Nicky; 11-12 David and Alan; 12-1 Margaret E and Ian
13th December – 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Jenny and Iola; 11-12 Alan and Julia; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia

14th December –  Joan and Sue; 10-11 Margaret C and Annie; 11-12 Ian and Nicky; 12-1 Julia and Graham

20th December – Joan and Sue; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Pauline and Chris; 12-1 Margaret E and David

21st December – Joan and Pat; 10-11 Margaret C and Jean; 11-12 Nicky and Pauline; 12-1 Margaret T and Margaret E.

Joan to collect stall on 20th December and set up and clear down on 21st (if still selling)

It was queried how many Christmas Cards have been sold so far – to date (29/11) 255 packs have been sold!!

These are obviously very popular, well done Joan and Dennis.  Request was made for the Congregational Church in Parsonage St. to be included for next year – preferably with the spire that used to be there.  Joan will see what she can do!!

Sue suggested that for next year’s calendar photos of the Christmas trees in the Church might be good for December?  Photographers please note!  It was agreed that flowers should be a theme for 2021 calendar.

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Chamber of Trade has offered to ‘tweak’ our existing logo to make it easier to reproduce in larger sizes.  This was agreed, as long as HiB can agree proof.  It was agreed that the logo drawn by Nicky should be used in promotional material and possibly on letter headings.  Chamber of Trade has also offered to donate some more bags for sale.  Joan to ask when these might be available. *New containers for 2020 were discussed – two baskets will need to be purchased to replace those stolen. Tubs at Churchill Avenue to be replaced with Amberol containers.  .   Any other requests to be brought to January meeting.

*Ian spoke about an RHS talk about vine weevil stating that these pests have cost the trade some £30m per year.  Nematodes are the best remedy, although costly.   *Joyce asked that BDC/ECC be thanked for the work on Mount Hill to make the footpath more useable.  *Chris asked about the request for green bin(s) to replace use of so many purple bags.  It was said that this had been agreed in theory, but a location needed to be identified.  Chris said that at the Empire would be possible, under lock and key and they will arrange for bins to be put out for collection.  This will be put to BDC.  *Joan asked that team save blue and red milk bottle tops for a project she has for 2020.  *Fiona asked about the concrete outside Billson’s Opticians that was damaged by a motor accident.  It was said at Partnership meeting that this will be repaired when area outside WHSmith is revamped.  Fiona also spoke about the ‘ambulance’ on Colchester Road that is in poor condition.  This area is managed by St. John’s Ambulance, maybe we can contact them to ask if it can be updated.  Fiona spoke about potholes in the road outside Attwoods that are now very deep and dangerous, and also about the flooding that occurs in this area.  Will be reported.  Fiona also spoke about the post at Gardner’s Road/Parsonage Street that has the cover missing.  Will try to ascertain lamp post number and report. *Iola spoke about a Facebook post asking about a Halstead Calendar and replies that were made saying that HiB has some for sale.  *Sue asked if the pavement at Sudbury Rd. Had been reported (it has, as has the pavement at Colchester Rd.)  Sue also reported that she, Carol, James and Dave have dug over the resident’s garden in Honeywood Road and will put some sustainable planting there to thank the man for his help with supplying water.  *Joan said that BDC are planning some sustainable planting at Churchill Avenue, but haven’t included any shrubs that will give interest in the winter months.  She will speak with Peter.

 

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.55  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 30th January 2020   7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

 

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