Author: Julia Smith (page 1 of 5)

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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Britain in Bloom 2020

We are proud to announce that Halstead in Bloom have been selected to represent  Anglia in Bloom in the 2020 Britain in Bloom competition.

The team and RHS judges have yet to ratify the proposal, but we are very hopeful, and look forward to bringing another Gold back to Halstead.

Minutes 31st October 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 31st October 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  26th September had been circulated and were adopted

Chairman congratulated all the team on the excellent results in RHS Britain in Bloom 2019.  She said that this is all down to team working and willingness to help and assist where required.  Well done all!!

NEWS:   *River Improvement Group: Volunteers cleared the major vegetation from the river bank over 3 weekends.  Braintree DC kindly provided green bins for the green waste and took it away for composting. The remaining tree stumps will be treated by Environment Agency to prevent re-growth and the R.I.G. have been given permission to top the remaining trees to give better visual access to the Mill area.  E.A. is now providing a plan for further clearing and sculpturing of the river bed over the winter months.  *Quiz raised a total of £612 for funds – thank you to David T and Annie, Mick and Margaret T for their work.  David reported that the Con Club were pleased with the turnout as they gave the venue for free.  *Co-op Store (Colchester Rd.) – we have been advised that there will be a further payment to HiB and a celebration event sometime between 20th and 23rd November – details will be circulated.  Halstead in Bloom has again been nominated as a chosen charity partner by the Co-op for 2020.  *Priory Hall.  Jean had arranged a coffee morning to fund raise for HiB and it was a great morning.  A total of £331.65 was raised.  Thank you Jean and the residents at Priory Hall Village.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 3rd November  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 24th November.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November. *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Team will bring refreshments as usual – hall will be open from 6.45pm  *Halstead Road Runners will be holding a fund raising event on SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER at Queen’s Hall.  Doors open at 7.30pm. Local Band MAIN  STREET will be playing. Tickets cost £10 including jacket potato with choice of filling.  Please support this event if you can.  *Christmas Tree Festival will be at St. Andrew’s Church on 30th November and 1st December.  HiB will have a tree – not sure what the decorations will be as yet!! *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We will be outside Costa 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.  *Talk at West Bergholt-20th January 2020 8pm.  PowerPoint presentation to be re-vamped before then, Team to have a run-through in the New Year.  Annie to be involved – Margaret T gave apologies.  *Talk at Tollesbury 20th April 2020.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church. *HiB ‘Christmas’ meal will be at St. Andrew’s Hall on 14th February 2020.  Cost will be £21.00.  Menus to be circulated in the next few weeks.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19 Autumn Seminar is on Wednesday 6th November.  Meet at the Butler Road Car Park from 7.45 – the mini-bus will leave at 8am.  Cost is £15: pay on the coach.
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . Chairman congratulated Graham on bringing home the Wise Ways with Water Award.  Graham has worked hard to make sure that Halstead does not use precious water resources but uses river water whereever possible – the RHS judges noted this.  Halstead was nominated in the Working with Young People discretionary award – only 4 nominations were made in this group.  The Judges commented on the excellent knowledge of the young people they met at Holy Trinity Gardening Club and the Guides Allotment and were pleased that, even during summer holiday, children were there to speak to them.  The Judges’ report was very positive and they noted that Halstead scored consistently high marks over all the judging criteria.  They said that it was very difficult to pick a ‘winner’ in this category as the top couple of towns scored very evenly.  Haddington (Scotland) was the eventual winner – Scotland did sweep the board a bit over all categories this year.  There were some areas where the judges felt improvements could be made, and these were noted.  Some of the team had looked at Haddington’s web site and noted that their portfolio was on the web site; maybe we could do the same another year?  All agreed that Halstead’s results were very good and something to be proud of.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 2nd November will be plant sorting – meet at Gate House at 10.15am.  3rd November is planting day – meet on the Bridge at 10.15 for planting (those setting out please be there at 9am).  All other working parties will be planting – 7th November the tributes to fallen service men will be placed around WW1 memorial and WW11 memorial.  26th & 28th November will be decorating Christmas Tree in Holy Trinity Church.  Some work will need to be done on maintenance at the Doctor’s Surgery (to be arranged).  Artwork for the Surgery Garden should be available within the next couple of weeks.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  1st November: Thank you to all who sold to-day – 13 calendars were sold plus 23 packs of cards – and 1 mug!!.  8th November: 9-10 Chris and Joan. 10-11 Jenny and Iola. 11-12 Alan and Margaret T. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E.  9th November 9-10 Sue and Joan. 10-11 Annie and Mick. 11-12 Carol and Debra. 12-1 Alan and Nicky.  15th November  9-10 Linda and Pat. 10-11 Jean and Jenny. 11-12 Iola and David. 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  16th November. 9-10 Carol and Sue. 10-11 Margaret C and Annie. 11-12 Alan and Chris. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E.  22nd November. 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jenny and Margaret T. 11-12 Pat and Joyce.  12-1 Alan and Ian.  23rd November 9-10 Joan and Carol. 10-11 Margaret C and Linda 11-12 Annie and Mick 12-1 Margaret T and Fiona.  29th November (outside SOLAR) 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jenny and Fiona. 11-12 Chris and Debra. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 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.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Discussions took place about a theme of Recycling for 2020. Annie has an idea for the Loom garden that all thought could work well. Annie gave some statistics about plastic: There are 8m pieces of plastic in the ocean – 19bn Lego bricks are made each year, etc. It was hoped that we can give some information about reduction of plastic use, re-use of plastic items and what can be recycled. Further plans to be made for the New Year.  Chris spoke about purple bags – it was suggested that perhaps BDC would consider putting a green bin somewhere for use by HiB for green waste only and this could then be collected for composting.  This idea will be explored.  Team noted that crisp packets can be recycled, but it isn’t known where this happens in Halstead.  All are keen to take the idea of theme of recycling further.  Margaret T thought that perhaps the Children’s Competition 2020 can be for making a Flower Pot Man, or other artwork made from recycled items.  *Margaret T noted that the Town Sign at Bluebridge had been moved – or broken?  *Theme for decorating Christmas Trees was discussed and it was thought that perhaps recycled items could be used. *Volunteers were urged to continue noting their hours of work.  *New logo for HiB was discussed – all to think on this theme, please!  *Joyce was keen to paint the street furniture at Pendle’s Court (outside WHSmith) but it is thought that the benches may have to be removed when remedial work is done to the surface under the tree. Joyce also said she would be visiting local shops to urge them to paint the exterior of their property.  Margaret T spoke about an idea for a Youth Workshop after Christmas to show how useful items can be made, how to be a successful litter picker or river cleaner.  Possibly a visit to the Air Ambulance at Earls Colne could be arranged and a Fun Day can be arranged.  Margaret T and Christine will discuss and bring to next meeting. *Margaret C had sent details of a musical evening at the United Reformed Church when the Bocking Brass Band will be entertaining.  Date is 21st December 7pm-9pm.  Margaret C also advised of entertainment at Holy Trinity Church on 3rd December – The Snow Queen producing will be at the Church from 7pm (for 7.30pm).

*Annie reminded the group that Suffolk Free Press has asked for a photo shoot on the Town Bridge on Tuesday 5th November at 2pm.  Please come if you can, bring high-viz vests and the certificates/trophies gained by Halstead this year will be there.  *Iola spoke about a Soup Lunch arranged by the Townswomen’s Guild on Thursday 7th November at 12pm at the United Reformed Church.  £5 for a bowl of soup and a bread roll.  There will also be a Bring & Buy stall.

 

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.06  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 28th November   2019     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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Gold in Britain in Bloom

On Friday 26th October The Halstead in Bloom committee attended the RHS Britain in Bloom award ceremony at Linley Hall, London SW1. Where we were awarded with a Gold in the Town Category. there was also a special award for the water conservation/irrigation system designed by Graham Smith.

A fantastic effort by the Halstead team.

Minutes of Meeting 26th Sept 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

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Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st October   2019     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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Gold for Halstead

On Tuesday the 10th September approx 30 members of the team travelled to St. Ives in Cambridgeshire to attend the Anglia in Bloom award ceremony.

We are very pleased to report that we have been awarded a Gold in our category  and the best entry in the category.

Both the Town park and Priory Hall retirement complex were also awarded Gold.

In addition to the Gold awards, our plants woman Joan Gibson was presented with a special award for her commitment to both Halstead in Bloom and  Anglia in Bloom.

A fantastic achievement , and well done to everyone.

Congratulation to Gosfield who achieved a Gold in the Village category and Coggeshall who received a Silver Guilt, and congratulations to  Hunstanton who were the overall winning entry.

Minutes of meeting 18th July 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 18th July 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  27th June had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Message has been received from BDC regarding improvement works at Ramsey Road Recreation Ground.  There is to be a consultation survey to gather residents’ views regarding this recreation ground and refurbishments to be made using S106 money from the Oak Road development site.  Residents’ feedback will be used to make a plan for works which will be available for further comment later in the year.  If you wish to comment please access www.braintree.gov.uk/ramseyroad or contact Nicola Murphy 01376 552525 /nicola.murphy@braintree.gov.uk
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 4th August.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 28th July, then 25th August.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.  *Perrywood Visit 25th September: names so far are: Jenny, Joan, Margaret E, Iola, Wendy, Linda, Debra, Mary, Annie, Mike, Margaret T, Margaret C, Jean and Ian. There is one more place available if anyone wants to join.  Visit to start at 11am (Tiptree), there is no cost but HiB will make a donation to Perrywood’s chosen charity.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  *Judging this coming weekend (20th/21st July).  Sadly Lady Fiona Wilson who had offered to judge is unwell but her place has been filled by Ruth from Colne Valley Nurseries who will be accompanied by Thelma and Joyce.  In all, over the 8 categories there were 56 entries – better than last year.  Thank you to all who are assisting judging.
Date for our Awards evening was discussed and 8th November was preferred evening. Post meeting note: URC has kindly allowed us to book the Church for 8th November for our Awards.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR ANGLIA IN BLOOM – 24th July (10am to 4.30pm)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon) We have received the sad news that Andy Gray who was due to accompany Kim Parrish from RHS for our Britain in Bloom judging has passed away unexpectedly.  Andy was a leading light in Aberdeen in Bloom and he will be sadly missed.  Our condolences were sent to his family, and to the RHS.  Kim will now be accompanied by Mel Henley – an experienced judge who had retired but who has stepped into the breach this year.   We have been told that Kim and Mel will stay at the Braintree Premier Inn on the evening of 31st July and will need to be collected from that location before travelling to judge Halstead commencing at 9am.  Tour of Halstead will finish at 12, we will give them lunch and take them back to Braintree station for a 2pm train to their onward journey home.  We will arrange transport to collect the judges from Braintree and deliver them back to the station.

One of our Anglia in Bloom judges can’t now come to us so Anglia in Bloom judges will be Nolan Mills and Rebecca Davies.  Their tour of Halstead is due to begin at 10am and we will meet them at The Bull.  They will be with us for the whole day as they are also judging the Public Gardens, Priory Hall Retirement Village and Halstead Cemetery.

Portfolios for both tours were kindly printed for us by Braintree DC Media Department.  There are copies available to view and they are an outstanding documentation of Halstead in Bloom over the past 12 months.  Copy was prepared by Christine Laurence, well done Christine!

Outstanding work for judging routes:  Greenfields maintenance team has now cleaned up – with the help of the HiB team – the area outside Trinity Flats.  We are told that the weeds and rubbish will be removed from the car park adjacent to Trinity Flats by Greenfields landscape contractors before judging (including removing the unsightly ragwort).  Linda has now weeded and cleared the triangle area beside Trinity Flats (that had been used as a toilet) and will put down some bark chippings to tidy it up.  There is work to be done at the Resource Centre – working party will be there on Tuesday 23rd July.  Some further work is needed at Courtaulds Close – Fiona will walk the area – there is concern that the brambles at allotment entrance might need cutting back.  Some work is needed in Colchester Road and in Pretoria Road, team will attend.  All are urged to check their area of the town and to notify Julia/Joan if there is anything that HiB team can’t rectify easily.

Anglia in Bloom Awards this year will be on 10th September in St. Ives (Cambs) – Burgess Hall.  Sec. will need numbers wishing to attend by 16th August latest!  Cost is thought to be £30 per person and travel can be arranged if enough people want to attend.

*Children’s Competition. Margaret T has 11/12 confirmed entries.  Charles Soule will judge the entries.  Certificates will be prepared.  Prizes to be organised.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise:  Joan commented that the team have gone above and beyond all expectations to get the town ready for judging.  All are thanked and congratulated.  Tuesday 23rd July:  Resource Centre, etc..  Some containers need washing (Annie to organise on Monday 22nd) Joan asked that all keep in touch by Whatsapp to see what needs doing.  Colne Valley Close sign needs to be cleaned (Julia to clean). Some verge cutting in Colne Valley Close is needed (BDC has been advised).

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona has organised the Trail, with the help of Margaret T and all the items, posters, answer sheets, etc. are ready.  Fiona and Margaret will take round the items to shops that have agreed to help on Monday.  Oliver will advertise on Facebook.

*2020. All were asked to think of work that might be needed for 2020 – entry beds need attention, some of the carts need repair/replace, the seed drill is in poor condition, etc.  We need to be thinking now so that we can budget for necessary repairs/renewal.  Bring list to next meeting, please!  *Calendar. Copy was shown for the calendar – it’s to be a ‘Now and Then’ calendar.  All the photos and all ‘then’ postcards have been arranged by the U3A Camera Club and they were thanked for their efforts.  Some copy amendments were suggested and they will be done and a further ‘proof’ printed before copy is sent to printer. Well done to all concerned!

*Dr’s Surgery Garden. Joan thanked all who have worked hard to revamp this unloved area of the town.  Most of the bamboo has been removed, although some is coming through and will need to be treated.  A sculpture has been ordered and will be ready by the end of the month.  A stone snail has recently been purchased and added to the garden.  The Doctors are pleased with the results and they will be holding a coffee morning on 25th July with half of the proceeds being given to The Empire for their Dementia Care screenings and half to Halstead in Bloom.  Joan asked for volunteers to help at this coffee morning (from 9.30 to 12.30) and asked who would be able to provide cakes.  There were willing helpers and bakers.!

*Iola noted that Fields in Trust voting is now open and Halstead Public Gardens and Mill Chase Playing Fields are nominated.  Please vote if you can at www.fieldsintrust.org/best-park. *Linda and Debra spoke about work that needs to be done in Bois Hall Gardens/Colne Road – they will attend.  Margaret T noted that Guides have litter picked the areas around Courtaulds Close/Parsonage Street and Brownies will be out litter picking at their Monday meeting.  Margaret said that she will block off the ramp to the allotments, and that she/Guides will meet judges at the gate as that area is tidier and cleaner.  *Fiona said that there are weeds at the base of the wall near to the garage (that can be viewed when coming out of Butler Road) – she will attend. *Joan asked if the bollards/cobbled area outside Billson’s will be tidied up before judging – it is thought that this is an insurance job so needs to be left alone until settled.  *Debra noted that Mary lost a set of wide handled cutters a couple of weeks ago and asked if anyone had collected them.  It was suggested that she ask at Halstead TC and also check at Peter Robertson’s to see if they’d been handed in.  *Alan asked if the river can be checked for litter before judging.  The RiverCare team will attend.  *Mike asked if grass at The Hospital will be cut before judging; Julia to check with Joanne Collyer.  *Carol said that she and Dave will continue to cut/edge verges at Churchill Avenue.  *New HiB logo A suggestion for new logo was shown, it will be discussed further at next meeting.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.21  p.m.

Team retired for a fish supper provided by Chairman, Margaret Eskins – thank you Margaret!!

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th September 2019     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 meeting 27th June

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 27th June 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.
Chairman welcomed Pat who had been attending working parties for a couple of months, but this was her first team meeting and also Eileen Penn, Rivercare Group and 21st Century Group.

 

MINUTES of  30th May had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS:   *Flower Festival It was believed that there was good attendance at the Festival and that in general it was better than last year with some colourful displays.  It is hoped that it was financially successful and that there will be another event in 2020.  Halstead in Bloom was proud to be associated with this event. *River Colne Update – John Smith called another meeting for 26th June, and a representative of Environment Agency was present.  Meeting was very positive with a willingness by EA to look at taking some ‘refurbishment’ further.  The officer present will speak with some colleagues who have experience of this type of work and it is hoped that some co-operation with EECOS (affiliated to Essex Wildlife Trust) will be possible.  EECOS will hopefully be able to draw up a plan and costings for work to improve the ecology and appearance of the river and EA will have some funding for works.  Volunteer work could begin to clear some of the vegetation but approval will need to be given by EA and some plans for taking away debris will need to be in place.  It was said that EA will not give any funding to ‘a group of residents’ and discussion took place with the team regarding the possibility of HiB being a formal body to manage finances, etc.  Trustees were in agreement and a vote was taken with all members present voting in agreement.  A further meeting of the small River committee will take place towards end of July and progress will be reported.  *Richard de Clare 150yr celebrations were attended for HiB by Wendy and Iola also attended (both are former teachers at the School.)  They reported a lovely day with each class celebrating something in the 150 year history of the school.  There were some musical items and a tour around the school.  Day ended with a pic-nic in the playground.  Well done Richard de Clare School!  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year which we did and HiB has been awarded a charity place.  One of the Road Runners will run for HiB and a Virgin Money Fund raising page is being set up to receive donations.  Sue suggested that perhaps one of the individuals who have been given a place might consider running for HiB.  This will be explored when all is up and running.  *Facebook comments. Oliver has spoken to the complainant and all is now sorted.  Thank you Oliver, we don’t like to cause any difficulties.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 7th July..  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June, then 18th July ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.  *Mayor’s Fair that will take place in aid of Mayor’s Charity 2019 (Halstead Day Centre) is on 3rd August but HiB won’t be able to take part in this event.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  17  entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  Judging Assistants volunteers are as follows:  Margaret E with Wendy Schmitt (if Sunday judging is OK with Wendy); Margaret T with Charles Soule for Allotment judging on Saturday; John and Alison Brett will be accompanied by David T on Saturday; Sue Wilson will be with Annie on Saturday; Ian will accompany Steve Kirby on Sunday; Thelma and Joyce will accompany Lady Fiona Wilson on Sunday and Margaret E will accompany Chairman of BDC Angela Kilmartin on Saturday.  We didn’t assign anyone with Lyn Walters on Saturday 20th – volunteers please!  We may not need all judges if we have no more entries – but entry doesn’t close until 12th July. Thank you to all volunteers – I will give judges your contact details and the list of entries to be judged will be available from Tuesday 16th July.  Christine asked if entrants could be requested to submit photos of their gardens to be put on a scrolling screen presentation on Awards Day.  Note will be added to notification of judging letters.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR ANGLIA IN BLOOM – 24th July (10am to 4.30pm)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
Routes for both tours were available and timings were discussed.  Those who will be holding display boards for judges are as follows:  Oliver – The Causeway; Halstead Public Gardens – Margaret T (Iola and Wendy will be at the special bed celebrating 75years of Halstead Townswomen’s Guild); Christine and Young Bloom team will walk judges from the Public Gardens and show them around the entry at HT School; Adams Court –  Joyce and Pat will be at the Sustainable Front Garden and Vegetable Garden; Mill Chase P.F. – Annie and Mike (a comfort break at Annie and Mike’s House will be offered to Anglia in Bloom judges, and some drinks and biscuits will be available at the Playing Field);  Coggeshall Pieces and Hawthorn Close – Carol will take both boards;  Resource Centre – Jenny and Mary S; Parsonage St. Businesses/Fire Station and River Walk – Fiona and Sheila; Guides’ Allotment – Margaret T and guides/brownies/rainbows.  Debra will take down the display boards at The Bull and deliver them to Bowls Club to set them up for lunch time viewing. (do you need help Debra?).  David, Ian and Alan will be the ‘scouting party’ for both tours.  Margaret E and Joan will accompany Judges. Julia will time-keep.  Mayor and one other Councillor will meet both sets of judges at The Bull to welcome them to Halstead.  All are invited to lunch at Bowls Club.

Some necessary works – mainly weeding! – were identified: Trinity Court (Greenfields assure this is in hand), Courtaulds Close (again, Greenfields have this in hand) , Beridge Road/Colne Valley Close/Butler Road have weeds and Butler Road Car Park is weedy and gutters are blocked. There is a hedge near to Courtaulds Close that needs to be cut back (residential? if so, resident has to be asked if we can cut – Council’s won’t be able to do this work). Some weeding needs to be done at Trinity School.  Sue, Carol and Linda will sort area Bois Hall Gardens to Colne Road.  Margaret T advised that there is damage to the Cemetery Wall in Colne Road (will be reported).  Annie suggested that some working parties be arranged to ‘blitz’ various areas.  Will be taken forward.  Iola and two of Margaret’s Guides will take on watering of the large tubs in Parsonage St. (Annie has some phormiums donated by Jackie and Ted Hawkes that might be suitable for large tubs?  Joan to be asked.)
*Children’s Competition. Margaret T has 10 confirmed entries.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 2nd July:  Plant up large tubs in Parsonage St. and in Co-op Car Park.  Weed and tidy around Weavers’ Court.   Wednesday 3rd July: Finish surgery bed! Thursday 4th July – finish planting at The Loom  Tuesday 9th July: Dead Heading.  Thursday 11th – Resource Centre

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona has 2 shops on board so far and will tour round on 2nd July with Margaret T to find more.  Some posters were available and will be given to schools with entry forms (more to be printed). Fiona has most of the required items.  Trail will be aimed at the summer holiday. *Eileen spoke about the Planning Application for Land East of High Street and said that 21st Century Group had arranged a meeting for Friday 28th June at Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, 7.30pm to advise residents on how to give evidence to the Planning Inspectorate to hopefully get a Public Hearing rather than a written decision about this land.  Eileen urged all to write to the Inspectorate (closing date is 3rd July) to raise objections to the application and to ask for a Public Hearing. *Carol said she had reassurance from Braintree DC that the seat removed from the end of Churchill Avenue will be repaired and replaced.  Carol spoke about the damaged light at Solar Wall, Weavers’ Court.  It will be difficult to repair as new concrete base needs to be made.  *Iola advised that the surround of Colchester Road bed is in poor condition – all the entry beds are in a similar state and decisions will need to be made over the winter period about what to do.  *Annie commented on the bedraggled flag hanging at the High Street end of the entrance to Weavers’ Court.  This is East of England Co-op property – will be reported.  *Joyce noted that weeds had been removed from around the Service Station and furniture shop in Trinity Street.  Joyce also spoke about the seats outside W.H.Smith that are badly in need of painting (it’s not known who has responsibility for these seats).  Joyce also spoke about the waist high weeds at The Centre.  This area is owned by Essex CC so it is assumed therefore that no cutting back will be done. *Margaret T spoke about a possible red paint spillage on pavement at Butler Road.  Margaret also noted some traffic road signs that have not been removed although work is complete:- near to Service Station, Trinity Street, Butler Road and Trinity Road.  Will be reported.  Margaret said that the stile had been removed on path to Box Mill but path is now open for motor bikes that could be a danger to pedestrians.  Margaret noted that a large white van is parked on verge at Parsonage Street that must be a hazard for vehicles exiting from St. Andrew’s Road.  *Linda spoke about new troughs at Oswick and she has given employees there another watering can and asked that they put one can of water on each tub on a regular basis!
*Margaret E noted that one seat at Former Post Office Forecourt is broken – has been reported.  *Ian asked if HiB will contribute to refreshment for judges – this has been offered. *Annie noted that The Bull has offered HiB team some free cold drinks at working parties.  Much appreciated!

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.02  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 18th July 2019     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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HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 27th June 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.
Chairman welcomed Pat who had been attending working parties for a couple of months, but this was her first team meeting and also Eileen Penn, Rivercare Group and 21st Century Group.

 

MINUTES of  30th May had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS:   *Flower Festival It was believed that there was good attendance at the Festival and that in general it was better than last year with some colourful displays.  It is hoped that it was financially successful and that there will be another event in 2020.  Halstead in Bloom was proud to be associated with this event. *River Colne Update – John Smith called another meeting for 26th June, and a representative of Environment Agency was present.  Meeting was very positive with a willingness by EA to look at taking some ‘refurbishment’ further.  The officer present will speak with some colleagues who have experience of this type of work and it is hoped that some co-operation with EECOS (affiliated to Essex Wildlife Trust) will be possible.  EECOS will hopefully be able to draw up a plan and costings for work to improve the ecology and appearance of the river and EA will have some funding for works.  Volunteer work could begin to clear some of the vegetation but approval will need to be given by EA and some plans for taking away debris will need to be in place.  It was said that EA will not give any funding to ‘a group of residents’ and discussion took place with the team regarding the possibility of HiB being a formal body to manage finances, etc.  Trustees were in agreement and a vote was taken with all members present voting in agreement.  A further meeting of the small River committee will take place towards end of July and progress will be reported.  *Richard de Clare 150yr celebrations were attended for HiB by Wendy and Iola also attended (both are former teachers at the School.)  They reported a lovely day with each class celebrating something in the 150 year history of the school.  There were some musical items and a tour around the school.  Day ended with a pic-nic in the playground.  Well done Richard de Clare School!  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year which we did and HiB has been awarded a charity place.  One of the Road Runners will run for HiB and a Virgin Money Fund raising page is being set up to receive donations.  Sue suggested that perhaps one of the individuals who have been given a place might consider running for HiB.  This will be explored when all is up and running.  *Facebook comments. Oliver has spoken to the complainant and all is now sorted.  Thank you Oliver, we don’t like to cause any difficulties.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 7th July..  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June, then 18th July ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.  *Mayor’s Fair that will take place in aid of Mayor’s Charity 2019 (Halstead Day Centre) is on 3rd August but HiB won’t be able to take part in this event.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  17  entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  Judging Assistants volunteers are as follows:  Margaret E with Wendy Schmitt (if Sunday judging is OK with Wendy); Margaret T with Charles Soule for Allotment judging on Saturday; John and Alison Brett will be accompanied by David T on Saturday; Sue Wilson will be with Annie on Saturday; Ian will accompany Steve Kirby on Sunday; Thelma and Joyce will accompany Lady Fiona Wilson on Sunday and Margaret E will accompany Chairman of BDC Angela Kilmartin on Saturday.  We didn’t assign anyone with Lyn Walters on Saturday 20th – volunteers please!  We may not need all judges if we have no more entries – but entry doesn’t close until 12th July. Thank you to all volunteers – I will give judges your contact details and the list of entries to be judged will be available from Tuesday 16th July.  Christine asked if entrants could be requested to submit photos of their gardens to be put on a scrolling screen presentation on Awards Day.  Note will be added to notification of judging letters.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR ANGLIA IN BLOOM – 24th July (10am to 4.30pm)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
Routes for both tours were available and timings were discussed.  Those who will be holding display boards for judges are as follows:  Oliver – The Causeway; Halstead Public Gardens – Margaret T (Iola and Wendy will be at the special bed celebrating 75years of Halstead Townswomen’s Guild); Christine and Young Bloom team will walk judges from the Public Gardens and show them around the entry at HT School; Adams Court –  Joyce and Pat will be at the Sustainable Front Garden and Vegetable Garden; Mill Chase P.F. – Annie and Mike (a comfort break at Annie and Mike’s House will be offered to Anglia in Bloom judges, and some drinks and biscuits will be available at the Playing Field);  Coggeshall Pieces and Hawthorn Close – Carol will take both boards;  Resource Centre – Jenny and Mary S; Parsonage St. Businesses/Fire Station and River Walk – Fiona and Sheila; Guides’ Allotment – Margaret T and guides/brownies/rainbows.  Debra will take down the display boards at The Bull and deliver them to Bowls Club to set them up for lunch time viewing. (do you need help Debra?).  David, Ian and Alan will be the ‘scouting party’ for both tours.  Margaret E and Joan will accompany Judges. Julia will time-keep.  Mayor and one other Councillor will meet both sets of judges at The Bull to welcome them to Halstead.  All are invited to lunch at Bowls Club.

Some necessary works – mainly weeding! – were identified: Trinity Court (Greenfields assure this is in hand), Courtaulds Close (again, Greenfields have this in hand) , Beridge Road/Colne Valley Close/Butler Road have weeds and Butler Road Car Park is weedy and gutters are blocked. There is a hedge near to Courtaulds Close that needs to be cut back (residential? if so, resident has to be asked if we can cut – Council’s won’t be able to do this work). Some weeding needs to be done at Trinity School.  Sue, Carol and Linda will sort area Bois Hall Gardens to Colne Road.  Margaret T advised that there is damage to the Cemetery Wall in Colne Road (will be reported).  Annie suggested that some working parties be arranged to ‘blitz’ various areas.  Will be taken forward.  Iola and two of Margaret’s Guides will take on watering of the large tubs in Parsonage St. (Annie has some phormiums donated by Jackie and Ted Hawkes that might be suitable for large tubs?  Joan to be asked.)
*Children’s Competition. Margaret T has 10 confirmed entries.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 2nd July:  Plant up large tubs in Parsonage St. and in Co-op Car Park.  Weed and tidy around Weavers’ Court.   Wednesday 3rd July: Finish surgery bed! Thursday 4th July – finish planting at The Loom  Tuesday 9th July: Dead Heading.  Thursday 11th – Resource Centre

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona has 2 shops on board so far and will tour round on 2nd July with Margaret T to find more.  Some posters were available and will be given to schools with entry forms (more to be printed). Fiona has most of the required items.  Trail will be aimed at the summer holiday. *Eileen spoke about the Planning Application for Land East of High Street and said that 21st Century Group had arranged a meeting for Friday 28th June at Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, 7.30pm to advise residents on how to give evidence to the Planning Inspectorate to hopefully get a Public Hearing rather than a written decision about this land.  Eileen urged all to write to the Inspectorate (closing date is 3rd July) to raise objections to the application and to ask for a Public Hearing. *Carol said she had reassurance from Braintree DC that the seat removed from the end of Churchill Avenue will be repaired and replaced.  Carol spoke about the damaged light at Solar Wall, Weavers’ Court.  It will be difficult to repair as new concrete base needs to be made.  *Iola advised that the surround of Colchester Road bed is in poor condition – all the entry beds are in a similar state and decisions will need to be made over the winter period about what to do.  *Annie commented on the bedraggled flag hanging at the High Street end of the entrance to Weavers’ Court.  This is East of England Co-op property – will be reported.  *Joyce noted that weeds had been removed from around the Service Station and furniture shop in Trinity Street.  Joyce also spoke about the seats outside W.H.Smith that are badly in need of painting (it’s not known who has responsibility for these seats).  Joyce also spoke about the waist high weeds at The Centre.  This area is owned by Essex CC so it is assumed therefore that no cutting back will be done. *Margaret T spoke about a possible red paint spillage on pavement at Butler Road.  Margaret also noted some traffic road signs that have not been removed although work is complete:- near to Service Station, Trinity Street, Butler Road and Trinity Road.  Will be reported.  Margaret said that the stile had been removed on path to Box Mill but path is now open for motor bikes that could be a danger to pedestrians.  Margaret noted that a large white van is parked on verge at Parsonage Street that must be a hazard for vehicles exiting from St. Andrew’s Road.  *Linda spoke about new troughs at Oswick and she has given employees there another watering can and asked that they put one can of water on each tub on a regular basis!
*Margaret E noted that one seat at Former Post Office Forecourt is broken – has been reported.  *Ian asked if HiB will contribute to refreshment for judges – this has been offered. *Annie noted that The Bull has offered HiB team some free cold drinks at working parties.  Much appreciated!

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.02  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 18th July 2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 27th June 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.
Chairman welcomed Pat who had been attending working parties for a couple of months, but this was her first team meeting and also Eileen Penn, Rivercare Group and 21st Century Group.

 

MINUTES of  30th May had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS:   *Flower Festival It was believed that there was good attendance at the Festival and that in general it was better than last year with some colourful displays.  It is hoped that it was financially successful and that there will be another event in 2020.  Halstead in Bloom was proud to be associated with this event. *River Colne Update – John Smith called another meeting for 26th June, and a representative of Environment Agency was present.  Meeting was very positive with a willingness by EA to look at taking some ‘refurbishment’ further.  The officer present will speak with some colleagues who have experience of this type of work and it is hoped that some co-operation with EECOS (affiliated to Essex Wildlife Trust) will be possible.  EECOS will hopefully be able to draw up a plan and costings for work to improve the ecology and appearance of the river and EA will have some funding for works.  Volunteer work could begin to clear some of the vegetation but approval will need to be given by EA and some plans for taking away debris will need to be in place.  It was said that EA will not give any funding to ‘a group of residents’ and discussion took place with the team regarding the possibility of HiB being a formal body to manage finances, etc.  Trustees were in agreement and a vote was taken with all members present voting in agreement.  A further meeting of the small River committee will take place towards end of July and progress will be reported.  *Richard de Clare 150yr celebrations were attended for HiB by Wendy and Iola also attended (both are former teachers at the School.)  They reported a lovely day with each class celebrating something in the 150 year history of the school.  There were some musical items and a tour around the school.  Day ended with a pic-nic in the playground.  Well done Richard de Clare School!  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year which we did and HiB has been awarded a charity place.  One of the Road Runners will run for HiB and a Virgin Money Fund raising page is being set up to receive donations.  Sue suggested that perhaps one of the individuals who have been given a place might consider running for HiB.  This will be explored when all is up and running.  *Facebook comments. Oliver has spoken to the complainant and all is now sorted.  Thank you Oliver, we don’t like to cause any difficulties.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 7th July..  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June, then 18th July ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.  *Mayor’s Fair that will take place in aid of Mayor’s Charity 2019 (Halstead Day Centre) is on 3rd August but HiB won’t be able to take part in this event.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  17  entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  Judging Assistants volunteers are as follows:  Margaret E with Wendy Schmitt (if Sunday judging is OK with Wendy); Margaret T with Charles Soule for Allotment judging on Saturday; John and Alison Brett will be accompanied by David T on Saturday; Sue Wilson will be with Annie on Saturday; Ian will accompany Steve Kirby on Sunday; Thelma and Joyce will accompany Lady Fiona Wilson on Sunday and Margaret E will accompany Chairman of BDC Angela Kilmartin on Saturday.  We didn’t assign anyone with Lyn Walters on Saturday 20th – volunteers please!  We may not need all judges if we have no more entries – but entry doesn’t close until 12th July. Thank you to all volunteers – I will give judges your contact details and the list of entries to be judged will be available from Tuesday 16th July.  Christine asked if entrants could be requested to submit photos of their gardens to be put on a scrolling screen presentation on Awards Day.  Note will be added to notification of judging letters.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR ANGLIA IN BLOOM – 24th July (10am to 4.30pm)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
Routes for both tours were available and timings were discussed.  Those who will be holding display boards for judges are as follows:  Oliver – The Causeway; Halstead Public Gardens – Margaret T (Iola and Wendy will be at the special bed celebrating 75years of Halstead Townswomen’s Guild); Christine and Young Bloom team will walk judges from the Public Gardens and show them around the entry at HT School; Adams Court –  Joyce and Pat will be at the Sustainable Front Garden and Vegetable Garden; Mill Chase P.F. – Annie and Mike (a comfort break at Annie and Mike’s House will be offered to Anglia in Bloom judges, and some drinks and biscuits will be available at the Playing Field);  Coggeshall Pieces and Hawthorn Close – Carol will take both boards;  Resource Centre – Jenny and Mary S; Parsonage St. Businesses/Fire Station and River Walk – Fiona and Sheila; Guides’ Allotment – Margaret T and guides/brownies/rainbows.  Debra will take down the display boards at The Bull and deliver them to Bowls Club to set them up for lunch time viewing. (do you need help Debra?).  David, Ian and Alan will be the ‘scouting party’ for both tours.  Margaret E and Joan will accompany Judges. Julia will time-keep.  Mayor and one other Councillor will meet both sets of judges at The Bull to welcome them to Halstead.  All are invited to lunch at Bowls Club.

Some necessary works – mainly weeding! – were identified: Trinity Court (Greenfields assure this is in hand), Courtaulds Close (again, Greenfields have this in hand) , Beridge Road/Colne Valley Close/Butler Road have weeds and Butler Road Car Park is weedy and gutters are blocked. There is a hedge near to Courtaulds Close that needs to be cut back (residential? if so, resident has to be asked if we can cut – Council’s won’t be able to do this work). Some weeding needs to be done at Trinity School.  Sue, Carol and Linda will sort area Bois Hall Gardens to Colne Road.  Margaret T advised that there is damage to the Cemetery Wall in Colne Road (will be reported).  Annie suggested that some working parties be arranged to ‘blitz’ various areas.  Will be taken forward.  Iola and two of Margaret’s Guides will take on watering of the large tubs in Parsonage St. (Annie has some phormiums donated by Jackie and Ted Hawkes that might be suitable for large tubs?  Joan to be asked.)
*Children’s Competition. Margaret T has 10 confirmed entries.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 2nd July:  Plant up large tubs in Parsonage St. and in Co-op Car Park.  Weed and tidy around Weavers’ Court.   Wednesday 3rd July: Finish surgery bed! Thursday 4th July – finish planting at The Loom  Tuesday 9th July: Dead Heading.  Thursday 11th – Resource Centre

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona has 2 shops on board so far and will tour round on 2nd July with Margaret T to find more.  Some posters were available and will be given to schools with entry forms (more to be printed). Fiona has most of the required items.  Trail will be aimed at the summer holiday. *Eileen spoke about the Planning Application for Land East of High Street and said that 21st Century Group had arranged a meeting for Friday 28th June at Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, 7.30pm to advise residents on how to give evidence to the Planning Inspectorate to hopefully get a Public Hearing rather than a written decision about this land.  Eileen urged all to write to the Inspectorate (closing date is 3rd July) to raise objections to the application and to ask for a Public Hearing. *Carol said she had reassurance from Braintree DC that the seat removed from the end of Churchill Avenue will be repaired and replaced.  Carol spoke about the damaged light at Solar Wall, Weavers’ Court.  It will be difficult to repair as new concrete base needs to be made.  *Iola advised that the surround of Colchester Road bed is in poor condition – all the entry beds are in a similar state and decisions will need to be made over the winter period about what to do.  *Annie commented on the bedraggled flag hanging at the High Street end of the entrance to Weavers’ Court.  This is East of England Co-op property – will be reported.  *Joyce noted that weeds had been removed from around the Service Station and furniture shop in Trinity Street.  Joyce also spoke about the seats outside W.H.Smith that are badly in need of painting (it’s not known who has responsibility for these seats).  Joyce also spoke about the waist high weeds at The Centre.  This area is owned by Essex CC so it is assumed therefore that no cutting back will be done. *Margaret T spoke about a possible red paint spillage on pavement at Butler Road.  Margaret also noted some traffic road signs that have not been removed although work is complete:- near to Service Station, Trinity Street, Butler Road and Trinity Road.  Will be reported.  Margaret said that the stile had been removed on path to Box Mill but path is now open for motor bikes that could be a danger to pedestrians.  Margaret noted that a large white van is parked on verge at Parsonage Street that must be a hazard for vehicles exiting from St. Andrew’s Road.  *Linda spoke about new troughs at Oswick and she has given employees there another watering can and asked that they put one can of water on each tub on a regular basis!
*Margaret E noted that one seat at Former Post Office Forecourt is broken – has been reported.  *Ian asked if HiB will contribute to refreshment for judges – this has been offered. *Annie noted that The Bull has offered HiB team some free cold drinks at working parties.  Much appreciated!

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.02  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 18th July 2019     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.

Minutes 30th May 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     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.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 30th May 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Flower Festival – Set up of our Bridal display will be on Thursday 20th June.  Volunteers are required Fri/Sat/Sun (21/22/23 June) to marshall, sell teas, etc.  There will be 2 hr. shifts. If you can help, please contact Jan Amos on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk. *River Colne Update – John Smith (resident of Halstead) called a meeting of the committee to discuss the way forward, 5 attended but Mill owner and Environment Agency were not present.  Two of the committee – a volunteer River Warden and a member of Essex Wildlife Trust – know of two locations with similar difficulties as Halstead and they volunteered to speak with these locations to see how they had managed and overcome the problems.  Following the meeting communication has been received from The Environment Agency about the way forward as they see it.  They have plans for ‘naturalisation’ of the river bed and clearing some of the woody vegetation that could be a flood hazard. Nothing has been said about the trees growing in the concrete banks nor of the rat problem.  It was noted that the river flow is low at the moment – due to 2 dry winters and a dry summer 2018 and dry again this year so far.   A further meeting of the committee will take place sometime in June.  *Plantgrow product a quantity of the material produced by this company has been delivered to HiB.  It is a purely plant based material and is used as a fertiliser and feed – HiB will trial it in the new tubs at Parsonage Street.  A container of liquid plant food has also been donated. *Bull Meet and Greet Event HiB, along with other town clubs/societies, etc. attended  Several people came along to view the ‘exhibits’ but it was thought these were mostly Halstead residents although one couple who are moving to Halstead showed interest.  It is thought there might be another of these events at a later date.  *Halstead Road Runners and the London Marathon. HRR asked if HiB would consider putting in an application for next year and one of their team will run to raise money for us.  We have given details and await result of the ballot for places.  *Plant Stall update. Chairman thanked all who contributed and helped at the event.  £257.00 was taken on the day – the bedding plants supplied by HiB cost £102.86 so a profit of over £150 was raised at the stall.  Some plants were ‘over’ and have been sold so more cash will be collected.  Some of the ‘overs’ will be used around the town – there are still a few plants in hand.  *Daniel Robinson & Sons visit. Some of the team were given a conducted tour of the premises in High Street (used to be NatWest Bank) and were very interested to see the sympathetic restoration.  A letter of thanks has been written.  *Co-op Fund update. £332.82 has been received as a first instalment of the charity fund organised by the National Co-op (Colchester Rd) for this year.  *Co-op – our thank you. In return for the charity fund money HiB would like to place a display outside the store.  The Manager is enthusiastic about this, but said that the refurbishments (following damage caused by theft) would not be complete for another3/4 months.  He urged HiB to apply for charity funding again as this is a popular community cause. *Financial update. It was reported that to date £1700 has been received at bank for sponsorship (sponsorship runs from 1st June).  Wade International will sponsor the entry beds again and their £500 sponsorship will be paid within a couple of weeks.  It is great that local businesses are prepared to support Halstead in Bloom in this way.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd June.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th June. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  6 entries have been received so far – could do with more!  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.  More of the ‘thank you’ notes were requested, and Margaret T asked for some specifically for allotment holders.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  No date yet received for Anglia in Bloom judging, I will advise as soon as I know.  Some weed spraying has been done by BDC, I will ascertain what is still to be done.  Seat has been removed from Churchill Avenue for renovation. HiB has been told that the area outside W.H.Smith will be renovated and repaired in the near future. BDC have purchased a litter clearing machine – called The Glutton – that should assist with clearing cigarette ends, etc.  It was said that new troughs have been purchased to replace those stolen at Trinity Flats – haven’t yet been fitted as brackets weren’t supplied.  Joan still has 3 troughs at her house.  It was said that the area around Trinity Flats is a disgrace with dog ends/weeds and general litter.  The area outside U.R.C. is also weedy, but one of the congregation will clear.  Hume’s have offered to host the judges refreshments and the Bowls Club is pleased to offer their venue for this.   *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.  Margaret reckons there will be 15-20 entries to show.  Charles Soule is happy to judge the entries.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseSaturday 1st June meet at 10am at Gate House (next to Fire Station) to sort plants.  Sunday 2nd June  Planting begins!  Setters out (Carol, Margaret T,Linda, Annie, Mick, Alan, Christine) meet at 9am; planters meet at 10.15am. Tuesday 4th June – planting  Wednesday 5th Surgery team 2pm.  Thursday 6th – planting. Tuesday 11th June Planting. Wednesday 12th June Planting (no work party on 13th June). Tuesday 18th June Planting. Wednesday 19th June Surgery team 2pm. Thursday 20th June Planting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Volunteer Hours. Just a reminder that the Britain in Bloom judges want to see number of volunteer hours worked, please let me have details at next meeting of year to date hours. *Summer Trail. Fiona is planning a Summer Trail event aimed at children during the school holiday. It will be themed around the letters HALSTEAD IN BLOOM – H:hedgehog,A:ant,L:litter stick,  S:Seeds, T:Tools, E:Earwig, A:Apple, D:Duck, I:insect house, N: nest, B:bird box, L:ladybird, O:otter, O:onion, M:moss. Items to be put in shops, with labels, and entry forms to be available from start of school holidays.  It was said that schools, clubs, etc. need to be told in advance so that parents can be notified.  Margaret T will assist Fiona with contacting shops, etc. and Fiona may need help with sourcing some items. *Linda spoke about troughs at Oswick – Graham will view and has ideas! *Joan asked for help with distributing leaflets to shops about Chamber of Trade Window Competition that will have a ‘space age’ theme.  Judging will be 3rd July and shops will be asked to retain displays until after Anglia in Bloom judging.  *Wood at rear of Post Office railings needs painting – Annie to paint. *The Oak has asked if he can have some troughs on his top sill, but it was said that we have none suitable in stock and queried who will water.  *Shop at top of High Street would like a trough outside their premises.  We have no Licence to Plant for this.  *Mick Fleet owner of Options shop near to crossing in High Street has agreed that HiB can put poster(s) on the front for judging day.  *Ramsey College were tasked with designing a new HiB logo. Some lovely artwork was received, but nothing suitable for a logo.  Nicky will get designing! *Joyce spoke about the area near to the fuel station at Trinity Street and asked if she can remove weeds.  Go-get ’em Joyce! *Fiona asked about gold bands around tubs – Annie has new tape. *Alan asked if there is any news about repairs being effected to the raised bed at Blamsters – has been reported.  *Iola asked if weeds could be sprayed at Weavers Row.  Iola asked if grass to ‘rear’ of the Colchester Road entry bed could be strimmed.  Iola also asked about cost of plants for the Townswomen’s Guild badge bed in Halstead Public Gardens.  Joan to find out.  *Carol asked about the area at Portway Close that is neglected.  Linda will speak to owner, Sue is willing to assist. *Margaret T said that area at allotments entrance will be weedkilled, HiB has been asked to take this area on but we must decline. *Sue asked if anyone knew what could be the grubs she has in her compost bin!  She will take a photo to share on WhatsApp!  *Julia said that Halstead may possibly be featured in RHS Grass Roots magazine next issue.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.00  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     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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