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Minutes 25th January 2024

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 24th January 2024 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

Minutes of the meeting of 30th November 2023 had been circulated and were adopted when change of time for Halstead in Bloom Afternoon tea was noted. (should be 3pm, not 3.30pm).
UPDATES:  *Torchlight Procession: Letter was received from Halstead TC thanking HiB for support for this event and noting that £1123.37 was raised for the Major’s Charities (Halstead Day Centre and the Salvation Army).  All agreed this was a spectacular event and very well attended. *Meet and Greet event at The Bull. HiB was asked, at short notice, to attend this event arranged by Halstead Residents’ Association Party.  It was not very well advertised, and not well attended but about 5 people took our contact details and 2 calendars and 2 postcards were sold. *Southwold Music Trust.  HiB gave a donation to this trust in memory of David Tarbun who was very involved with their work.  A lovely email was received back thanking HiB for the donation and detailing some work  done by David at the School.  David would have been proud about how we’ve helped.  *Donation from Dave and Lin Gronland. Just before Christmas donation of £500 was gratefully received from Dave and Lin and a letter of thanks has been written.  *Donations in lieu of Christmas Cards.  There were many contributions to this amounting to £60 and messages were on display (and will be taken to the Christmas Tea).  We need to decide where these donations should be given – please have a think and we will decide at next meeting. (I will try and bring a chart for suggestions to the Christmas Tea).  *Stones for painting. Some have been taken to Holy Trinity School and recently 420 have been delivered to Richard de Clare School.  Pat’s grandchildren have beautifully decorated some stones, Margie Clarke has taken some and Joan has also some to paint.  Billy said that he will take some to the school he caretakes.  Anyone else who’d like to have some please let me know!

 CALENDAR 2024:  Calendars were well received and we have just about 25 left in stock.  Phil the Egg Man has sold 40 for us, Hume’s sold 7, Halstead Town Council sold 13 and Greenstead Green Post Office sold 20.  Others were sold on our stalls.  Chairman thanked all those who manned stalls and thanked all those who donated goods – knitted hats, gloves and coats, Christmas Tree decorations and knitted hats for chocolate oranges.  Chairman also thanked Joan for making around 80 wreaths that were very quickly snapped up and for the Christmas cards supplied.  Joan has offered to give workshops on making wreaths for 2024 sale.  A venue has been arranged and it is hoped that workshops can start in October – more details nearer the time!


EVENTS: *Next community litter pick is planned for 28th January. Meet at 10.30 in Chapel Street Car Park (there’s lots of litter to collect after the recent high winds!!). *Next River Clean event will take place on 4th February. *HiB Afternoon Tea will be 27th January at Queen’s Hall. 3.00pm. Cost £10pp.  We have been advised by HTC that any cars must be parked in marked bays and no double parking – tickets will be issued for contravention.  *Halstead Summer Fayre ’24 will be held on 3rd August.  **The Factory Shop, Halstead, will be having a VIP evening on Friday 26th January and HiB team is invited.  There will be tea/coffee and biscuits!! 5.30pm to 7.30pm. 

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM  2024.  Spring Launch will be held on Thursday 28th March at the Rugby Club, Wymondham.  Cost is £20per person and refreshments will be provided.  Doors open 10am for 10.30am start.  Jon Wheatley, an eminent garden designer and member of the RHS Federation who has recently been given a prestigious award by RHS, is coming to speak and there will be information about themes for the year celebrating 60 years of Britain in Bloom.  Please let Margaret E know if you’d like to attend – there is a cap of 4 people per delegation.


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WORKING  PARTIES:   Joan acknowledged that working parties had been somewhat curtailed by poor weather recently, but plan for Tuesday 30th will be weeding and maintaining, meet at car park near to Halstead Icing at 2pm and bring hand tools.  Peter Nice has asked for some help in Halstead Public Gardens on either 6th or 13th February (or possibly both!) Further details when Peter returns from leave.  Work is also needed at the Road Runners’ Bed.  Joan will advise as necessary.   Linda asked if the pavement beside the Road Runners’ Bed can be swept as it is piled high with dead leaves and is very slippery.  Has been reported. Joan noted that the footpath near to Richard de Clare School is also unsafe with dead leaves.   It was noted that there will be a Partnership meeting on 6th February at 3.30pm and these matters will be discussed.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    Jean noted that the hedge in Parsonage Street has now been cut back – Karyn showed an email from local resident complaining that Eastlight Homes caused devastation to the plants and shrubs here. Subsequent to meeting Karyn advised this resident that HiB will raise the matter at forthcoming Partnership meeting and was told that Eastlight had now apologised for rough work and will undertake to work with residents to restore the wildlife area and improve the visual aspect of the work.  Carol Noted that the recent winds had caused broken branches, twigs, etc. to build up on the area Sudbury Road/Portway Close. Carol will cut up the debris and was advised to take it to the green bin at Empire which will be emptied when collections start after the winter break.  Ian spoke about the new housing on Mount Hill and noted that these houses are not within the boundaries of Halstead, although residents will surely use Halstead’s amenities.  Joan asked if anyone present had attended the recent Energy Efficiency meeting at Queen’s Hall.  No one present had attended.  Margaret E noted that many pot holes in Halstead are receiving attention and will be mended.  This will greatly improve the surfaces in many places.

*eThere being no other business meeting closed at 6.50 pm.
Next meeting is Thursday 29th February 2023   6pm at Royal British Legion Club.

Please note that this next meeting will be our Annual General Meeting 2023 when Officers will be selected for 2024.  If you wish to nominate for post of Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer please let Secretary know.  Accounts for 2023 will be available at this meeting and any questions you may have about HiB going forward can be asked at the meeting or submitted prior to the meeting for answer on the night.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 24th January 2024 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

Minutes of the meeting of 30th November 2023 had been circulated and were adopted when change of time for Halstead in Bloom Afternoon tea was noted. (should be 3pm, not 3.30pm).
UPDATES:  *Torchlight Procession: Letter was received from Halstead TC thanking HiB for support for this event and noting that £1123.37 was raised for the Major’s Charities (Halstead Day Centre and the Salvation Army).  All agreed this was a spectacular event and very well attended. *Meet and Greet event at The Bull. HiB was asked, at short notice, to attend this event arranged by Halstead Residents’ Association Party.  It was not very well advertised, and not well attended but about 5 people took our contact details and 2 calendars and 2 postcards were sold. *Southwold Music Trust.  HiB gave a donation to this trust in memory of David Tarbun who was very involved with their work.  A lovely email was received back thanking HiB for the donation and detailing some work  done by David at the School.  David would have been proud about how we’ve helped.  *Donation from Dave and Lin Gronland. Just before Christmas donation of £500 was gratefully received from Dave and Lin and a letter of thanks has been written.  *Donations in lieu of Christmas Cards.  There were many contributions to this amounting to £60 and messages were on display (and will be taken to the Christmas Tea).  We need to decide where these donations should be given – please have a think and we will decide at next meeting. (I will try and bring a chart for suggestions to the Christmas Tea).  *Stones for painting. Some have been taken to Holy Trinity School and recently 420 have been delivered to Richard de Clare School.  Pat’s grandchildren have beautifully decorated some stones, Margie Clarke has taken some and Joan has also some to paint.  Billy said that he will take some to the school he caretakes.  Anyone else who’d like to have some please let me know!

 CALENDAR 2024:  Calendars were well received and we have just about 25 left in stock.  Phil the Egg Man has sold 40 for us, Hume’s sold 7, Halstead Town Council sold 13 and Greenstead Green Post Office sold 20.  Others were sold on our stalls.  Chairman thanked all those who manned stalls and thanked all those who donated goods – knitted hats, gloves and coats, Christmas Tree decorations and knitted hats for chocolate oranges.  Chairman also thanked Joan for making around 80 wreaths that were very quickly snapped up and for the Christmas cards supplied.  Joan has offered to give workshops on making wreaths for 2024 sale.  A venue has been arranged and it is hoped that workshops can start in October – more details nearer the time!


EVENTS: *Next community litter pick is planned for 28th January. Meet at 10.30 in Chapel Street Car Park (there’s lots of litter to collect after the recent high winds!!). *Next River Clean event will take place on 4th February. *HiB Afternoon Tea will be 27th January at Queen’s Hall. 3.00pm. Cost £10pp.  We have been advised by HTC that any cars must be parked in marked bays and no double parking – tickets will be issued for contravention.  *Halstead Summer Fayre ’24 will be held on 3rd August.  **The Factory Shop, Halstead, will be having a VIP evening on Friday 26th January and HiB team is invited.  There will be tea/coffee and biscuits!! 5.30pm to 7.30pm. 

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM  2024.  Spring Launch will be held on Thursday 28th March at the Rugby Club, Wymondham.  Cost is £20per person and refreshments will be provided.  Doors open 10am for 10.30am start.  Jon Wheatley, an eminent garden designer and member of the RHS Federation who has recently been given a prestigious award by RHS, is coming to speak and there will be information about themes for the year celebrating 60 years of Britain in Bloom.  Please let Margaret E know if you’d like to attend – there is a cap of 4 people per delegation.


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WORKING  PARTIES:   Joan acknowledged that working parties had been somewhat curtailed by poor weather recently, but plan for Tuesday 30th will be weeding and maintaining, meet at car park near to Halstead Icing at 2pm and bring hand tools.  Peter Nice has asked for some help in Halstead Public Gardens on either 6th or 13th February (or possibly both!) Further details when Peter returns from leave.  Work is also needed at the Road Runners’ Bed.  Joan will advise as necessary.   Linda asked if the pavement beside the Road Runners’ Bed can be swept as it is piled high with dead leaves and is very slippery.  Has been reported. Joan noted that the footpath near to Richard de Clare School is also unsafe with dead leaves.   It was noted that there will be a Partnership meeting on 6th February at 3.30pm and these matters will be discussed.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    Jean noted that the hedge in Parsonage Street has now been cut back – Karyn showed an email from local resident complaining that Eastlight Homes caused devastation to the plants and shrubs here. Subsequent to meeting Karyn advised this resident that HiB will raise the matter at forthcoming Partnership meeting and was told that Eastlight had now apologised for rough work and will undertake to work with residents to restore the wildlife area and improve the visual aspect of the work.  Carol Noted that the recent winds had caused broken branches, twigs, etc. to build up on the area Sudbury Road/Portway Close. Carol will cut up the debris and was advised to take it to the green bin at Empire which will be emptied when collections start after the winter break.  Ian spoke about the new housing on Mount Hill and noted that these houses are not within the boundaries of Halstead, although residents will surely use Halstead’s amenities.  Joan asked if anyone present had attended the recent Energy Efficiency meeting at Queen’s Hall.  No one present had attended.  Margaret E noted that many pot holes in Halstead are receiving attention and will be mended.  This will greatly improve the surfaces in many places.

*eThere being no other business meeting closed at 6.50 pm.
Next meeting is Thursday 29th February 2023   6pm at Royal British Legion Club.

Please note that this next meeting will be our Annual General Meeting 2023 when Officers will be selected for 2024.  If you wish to nominate for post of Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer please let Secretary know.  Accounts for 2023 will be available at this meeting and any questions you may have about HiB going forward can be asked at the meeting or submitted prior to the meeting for answer on the night.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 24th January 2024 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

Minutes of the meeting of 30th November 2023 had been circulated and were adopted when change of time for Halstead in Bloom Afternoon tea was noted. (should be 3pm, not 3.30pm).
UPDATES:  *Torchlight Procession: Letter was received from Halstead TC thanking HiB for support for this event and noting that £1123.37 was raised for the Major’s Charities (Halstead Day Centre and the Salvation Army).  All agreed this was a spectacular event and very well attended. *Meet and Greet event at The Bull. HiB was asked, at short notice, to attend this event arranged by Halstead Residents’ Association Party.  It was not very well advertised, and not well attended but about 5 people took our contact details and 2 calendars and 2 postcards were sold. *Southwold Music Trust.  HiB gave a donation to this trust in memory of David Tarbun who was very involved with their work.  A lovely email was received back thanking HiB for the donation and detailing some work  done by David at the School.  David would have been proud about how we’ve helped.  *Donation from Dave and Lin Gronland. Just before Christmas donation of £500 was gratefully received from Dave and Lin and a letter of thanks has been written.  *Donations in lieu of Christmas Cards.  There were many contributions to this amounting to £60 and messages were on display (and will be taken to the Christmas Tea).  We need to decide where these donations should be given – please have a think and we will decide at next meeting. (I will try and bring a chart for suggestions to the Christmas Tea).  *Stones for painting. Some have been taken to Holy Trinity School and recently 420 have been delivered to Richard de Clare School.  Pat’s grandchildren have beautifully decorated some stones, Margie Clarke has taken some and Joan has also some to paint.  Billy said that he will take some to the school he caretakes.  Anyone else who’d like to have some please let me know!

 CALENDAR 2024:  Calendars were well received and we have just about 25 left in stock.  Phil the Egg Man has sold 40 for us, Hume’s sold 7, Halstead Town Council sold 13 and Greenstead Green Post Office sold 20.  Others were sold on our stalls.  Chairman thanked all those who manned stalls and thanked all those who donated goods – knitted hats, gloves and coats, Christmas Tree decorations and knitted hats for chocolate oranges.  Chairman also thanked Joan for making around 80 wreaths that were very quickly snapped up and for the Christmas cards supplied.  Joan has offered to give workshops on making wreaths for 2024 sale.  A venue has been arranged and it is hoped that workshops can start in October – more details nearer the time!


EVENTS: *Next community litter pick is planned for 28th January. Meet at 10.30 in Chapel Street Car Park (there’s lots of litter to collect after the recent high winds!!). *Next River Clean event will take place on 4th February. *HiB Afternoon Tea will be 27th January at Queen’s Hall. 3.00pm. Cost £10pp.  We have been advised by HTC that any cars must be parked in marked bays and no double parking – tickets will be issued for contravention.  *Halstead Summer Fayre ’24 will be held on 3rd August.  **The Factory Shop, Halstead, will be having a VIP evening on Friday 26th January and HiB team is invited.  There will be tea/coffee and biscuits!! 5.30pm to 7.30pm. 

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM  2024.  Spring Launch will be held on Thursday 28th March at the Rugby Club, Wymondham.  Cost is £20per person and refreshments will be provided.  Doors open 10am for 10.30am start.  Jon Wheatley, an eminent garden designer and member of the RHS Federation who has recently been given a prestigious award by RHS, is coming to speak and there will be information about themes for the year celebrating 60 years of Britain in Bloom.  Please let Margaret E know if you’d like to attend – there is a cap of 4 people per delegation.


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WORKING  PARTIES:   Joan acknowledged that working parties had been somewhat curtailed by poor weather recently, but plan for Tuesday 30th will be weeding and maintaining, meet at car park near to Halstead Icing at 2pm and bring hand tools.  Peter Nice has asked for some help in Halstead Public Gardens on either 6th or 13th February (or possibly both!) Further details when Peter returns from leave.  Work is also needed at the Road Runners’ Bed.  Joan will advise as necessary.   Linda asked if the pavement beside the Road Runners’ Bed can be swept as it is piled high with dead leaves and is very slippery.  Has been reported. Joan noted that the footpath near to Richard de Clare School is also unsafe with dead leaves.   It was noted that there will be a Partnership meeting on 6th February at 3.30pm and these matters will be discussed.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    Jean noted that the hedge in Parsonage Street has now been cut back – Karyn showed an email from local resident complaining that Eastlight Homes caused devastation to the plants and shrubs here. Subsequent to meeting Karyn advised this resident that HiB will raise the matter at forthcoming Partnership meeting and was told that Eastlight had now apologised for rough work and will undertake to work with residents to restore the wildlife area and improve the visual aspect of the work.  Carol Noted that the recent winds had caused broken branches, twigs, etc. to build up on the area Sudbury Road/Portway Close. Carol will cut up the debris and was advised to take it to the green bin at Empire which will be emptied when collections start after the winter break.  Ian spoke about the new housing on Mount Hill and noted that these houses are not within the boundaries of Halstead, although residents will surely use Halstead’s amenities.  Joan asked if anyone present had attended the recent Energy Efficiency meeting at Queen’s Hall.  No one present had attended.  Margaret E noted that many pot holes in Halstead are receiving attention and will be mended.  This will greatly improve the surfaces in many places.

*eThere being no other business meeting closed at 6.50 pm.
Next meeting is Thursday 29th February 2023   6pm at Royal British Legion Club.

Please note that this next meeting will be our Annual General Meeting 2023 when Officers will be selected for 2024.  If you wish to nominate for post of Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer please let Secretary know.  Accounts for 2023 will be available at this meeting and any questions you may have about HiB going forward can be asked at the meeting or submitted prior to the meeting for answer on the night.


All welcome.    Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk:   Facebook: halsteadinbloom;  Instagram @halsteadinbloom
Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate .


All welcome.    Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk:   Facebook: halsteadinbloom;  Instagram @halsteadinbloom
Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate .



All welcome.    Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk:   Facebook: halsteadinbloom;  Instagram @halsteadinbloom
Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate .


Minutes 30 November2023

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 30th November 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

Minutes of the meeting of 2nd November 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *Overhanging vegetation – no change!Billy offered to cut back as necessary in the Christmas holidays.  Any cuttings must be handed back to owner!  *Christmas Fayre feedback – all agreed that it was great to see the town ‘buzzing’ with families out for the day with lots of smiling faces.  HiB sold 54 calendars in all plus 100 Christmas cards, 15 wreaths and other goods – a great day and thanks to all who donated goods and manned the stall.  *Christmas tree event – feedback.  There were more trees in St. Andrew’s Church than on previous occasions   The ‘winner’ is not yet known.  The event at Trinity Church after switch on of lights was well attended..  *Co-op community day feedback.  This seemed to be just a photo opportunity.  Margaret E, Annie and Mick attended and Sue joined after her stint at the stall.  Money was paid into the bank account.  *Fallen tree over footpath.  Debra hadn’t been on that path since last meeting. (post meeting note:  Has been inspected by ECC and the Allotment Society has agreed to cut down the tree in the near future).  *Wooden posts at Sudbury Rd.  Tim was asked to remove these. *Priory Hall coffee morning feedback- 11 calendars were sold plus 26 cards.  Resident, Judy, had made jam and proceeds of £7 was donated.  Raffle raised £66.50 and coffee sales £22.40 both sums were donated to HiB.  With donations the sum raised was £162.90 and Priory Hall were thanked for their help in fundraising. *Christmas cards-donations in lieu.  A tin for donations was at the meeting and will be at each calendar stall until Christmas, there is also a sheet for messages.  We will decide after Christmas where donations are to be made .
CALENDAR STALLS: stall manning sheets were available – if you can help but weren’t at the meeting please contact Secretary to see available dates/times.  There are 187 calendars ‘in stock’
EVENTS: *Next community litter pick is planned for 31st December. *Next River Clean event will take place on 3rd December..  *Halstead Torchlight Procession 2023 will be 6th December. Ian and Joan, plus Julia and Graham offered to shake collection buckets.  6.30 at the HTC stall in High Street to collect buckets  *HiB Coffee and Mince Pies at White Hart- planned for 14th December but it was thought that this date might be changed – HiB team will be notified . *HiB Afternoon Tea will be 27th January at Queen’s Hall. 3.30pm. Cost £15pp.  We have been advised by HTC that any cars must be parked in marked bays and no double parking – tickets will be issued for contravention.
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WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan advised that Tuesday 5th December will be weeding and tidying.  No working parties in Thursdays for the time being.  All will be notified of any planned works.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    Planning permission has been sought for Land East of High Street for 31 dwellings with 10 of the air raid shelters to be retained.  Full scheme can be seen on BDC website and comments can be made if desired.  Climate Event HTC has advised of an event at Queen’s Hall on17th January ’24 at 5pm to promote alternative energies. All invited to attend.
Debra asked where calendars can be purchased: Hume’s Bakers, HTC Office, Phil the Egg Man and Greenstead Green Post Office.

*eThere being no other business meeting closed at 6.35 pm.
Next meeting is Thursday 25th January 2023   6pm at Royal British Legion Club.
All welcome.    Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk:   Facebook: halsteadinbloom;  Instagram @halsteadinbloom
Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate .

Co op support

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

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

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

Minutes 2nd November 2023

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

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

  1. Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
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Winter planting 2023/24

We have started the 2023/24 winter planting, this years plants are Polyanthus in White, Red and Orange, Bellis and Pansies.

There was an excellent turn out by the volunteers for both the sorting of the plants on Saturday the 28th and planting out on Sunday the 29th of October.

A big thank you goes to our suppliers for the winter planting of 2023/24 Bourne Brook Nursery in Greenstead Green.

David Tarbun

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of David Tarbun.

David had been a very valued and loyal member of the HIB team for many years. More recently when he had been unable to help with the everyday work of deadheading, weeding etc he became our quiz master, organising the venue the questions and hosting the event.

In addition to the many other organisations that he was involved with he always found time to help HIB, he will be greatly missed.

Plant Stall and Quiz

On Saturday the 7th October HIB will be having a plant stall outside the Solar Co-op offering a variety of plants for sale.

The annual HIB general knowledge quiz evening is being held in the Queens Hall at 7.30pm on the 27th October, tickets at £5.00 pp. Ideally tables of 6.

Please note that there are not any bar facilities, those attending are being advised to bring their own drinks and snacks.

To book a table please contact either Mike Rees on 07765 326549 or Annie Rees on 01787 828642.

Minutes 28th September 2023

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 28th September 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

Minutes of the meeting of 31st August 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *Garden at Hospital. It is understood that a meeting has taken place and that another is scheduled for Monday 2nd October.  HiB has asked to be kept informed.  *Environment  Agency. At last meeting it was said that the email to our MP in response to comments from HIB would be read.  The full transcript can be passed on if required, but basically ‘E.A. is saying that the river is now in its natural state and that wildlife is thriving.  E.A. is denying all responsibility for the banks of the river, riparian owners are responsible for keeping watercourse channels and banks clear of rubbish and debris and E.A. does not own any land in the vicinity of Town Centre.  It is said that inspections will be made looking for blockages and that if there is a threat of flooding action will be taken.  It was pointed out that some advice has been given to the Halstead River Action Group regarding vegetation management and that if desired this can be continued.’  The riparian owners of the river banks/watercourse channels in the Causeway area are the owner of the Mill and ECC Highways – there are other owners along the river in the Halstead region.  It was asked the ECC Highways be contacted regarding the banks adjoining The Causeway.  EA should be advised that there are dead reeds blocking part of the river downstream from Parsonage St. Bridge and there are two fallen trees across the river upstream of the Chapel Street Bridge, will be reported. *Town Centre Regeneration. HiB has been told that contractors have been engaged and decisions have been made about planned works.  Outside W.H.Smith the tree will be retained with the paving and cobbled area having some remedial works. The existing seats are to be refurbished and it was planned that the existing planters would be refurbished.  HiB has pointed out that these planters are rusted through and has offered to purchase new, water retaining, planters – this has been accepted.  HiB has also offered to purchase a new bench that will be placed outside Age Concern Shop.  It is understood that railings in the Town Centre are to be repainted, that there is to be a new wayfinder monolith somewhere near the existing bus stop and that planters in the forecourt of the former Post Office will be replaced.  At Market Hill the existing benches will be refurbished and HiB has offered to purchase a new, large planter to replace the two existing, rusting one that are there at present.  It is understood that some bicycle racks will be placed in Chapel St. Car Park.  Various lamp columns will receive attention.  It is not known when these works will take place.*Con Club Quiz. Halstead Con Club held a quiz on 8th September.  HiB entered a team and they did really well, coming third over all!  Proceeds of the Quiz – £648 – were donated to HIB.  Letter of thanks was written.  *Sudbury Road.  Vegetation on the footpath from Churchill Avenue up and trees/bushes hanging over the pavement from Churchill Avenue down to Fenn Road were reported at last meeting and it was hoped these defects could be reported online.  However, this proved impossible.  Sec contacted our local Essex County Councillor and he has reported these defects which are now being investigated.  *Seats in Halstead Public Gardens. HiB has been assured that materials are in hand to refurbish the seats and that suitable weather conditions are now awaited.  *Trinity Court Troughs have now been emptied and Eastlight Homes has been told that HiB can no longer plant and maintain them.  *HALSTEAD bed, Colchester Road.  It was decided that to plant this bed would be counterproductive as it will be too difficult to maintain.  It was decided to put stones on the letter and suggested that perhaps school children might like to paint stones that can be placed here.  Plants that Grow has offered to purchase stones – sample of a painted stone was shown.  Holy Trinity School is keen to take part – post meeting note: Richard de Clare School will also like to help.  *Surgery vegetation. Has not yet been trimmed.  Margaret C noted that the willow tree on the corner of the plot is now overhanging the pavement causing people having to walk into the road – or get wet!  Will be reported. 
ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  Certificate has been received for SILVER  GILT award for virtually judged St. Andrew’s Churchyard.  Judges comments were read and these can be discussed with judges at the Autumn Seminar that will take place on 26th October at the Guild Hall, Bury St. Edmunds.  Cost will be £20pp and there will be a picnic box lunch. Numbers must be advised by 14th October.
PLANT  STALL will be on 7th October, outside Solar as usual.  It was decided that we will have calendars for sale on that day also.  We could do with one more seller from 10-11 and another from 12-1 if anyone can assist, please.  Donations of plants can be brought to the stall from 8.45 onwards.
QUIZ Will take place on 27th October at Queens Hall.  Posters advertising the event will be produced.  Cost will be £5 pp with maximum 6 people per team.  It is hoped that we can get publicity for the event, Annie will be the contact for the Quiz.
EVENTS: *Next community litter pick is planned for 29th October.  *Next River Clean event will take place on 1st October. *McMillan Coffee mornings – There will be a coffee morning at Richard Edwards LLP, Rosemary Lane, on Friday 29th September from 9am and there will also be a coffee morning at Courtauld Sports Ground on Saturday 30th September.  Donations of cakes, etc. will be gratefully received and if you can attend that will be a help to those seeking to support people living with cancer.  *Halstead Christmas Fayre will be 25th November from 10am to 4pm.  *Halstead Torchlight Procession 2023 will be 6th December. Volunteers to shake collection buckets will be required.  *Perrywoods Garden Centres is to offer a loyalty card entitled Blooms.
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CALENDAR 2024:  We will be selling now each Saturday, and from 27th October each Friday and Saturday from now until Christmas.  If you haven’t yet registered as a seller please let me know!  We are OK for 30th September and for 14th   and 21st October but have vacancies on Friday 27th October from 10am onwards NO STALL ON 28TH AS THIS IS PLANT SORTING. There are various vacancies from Friday 3rd November onwards.  Any help will be appreciated!
WORKING  PARTIES:
 For Tuesday 3rd October Please meet at St. Andrew’s Churchyard, bring secateurs, forks etc. or if preferred there is weeding to do at Weaver’s Court.  On Thursday 5th it will be time to start removing the summer bedding and getting ready for winter planting.  We will, as usual, be giving away summer bedding for free.  For other working parties Joan will message on WhatsApp. On Saturday 28th October please meet at Halstead Auto Electrical, Parsonage St., for sorting of plants (not so many in winter!!), all plants will be collected from Greenstead Green.  Sunday 29th will be planting – those setting out from 9am at Town Bridge, planting will be from 10.30am onwards.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
   *Margaret E noted that there are trees overhanging the pavement in Parsonage Street up near to the three large tubs.  It’s thought that this is from school premises and will be reported.  Margaret also noted that in Butler Road some vegetation has been cut back but the cuttings have not been taken away.  Will be reported.  *Carol noted that the shrub beds at entrance to Churchill Avenue are in a very poor condition and need  attention.  These are BDC responsibility, will be reported.  Carol also asked if she can remove plants  from Sudbury Road entry bed and trim the box hedging.  It was agreed that this can now be done. * Helen asked if meeting times could now revert to starting at 7pm.  It was agreed that a poll be taken to see if this was universally desirable (it has been ascertained that RBL Club can accommodate this revised time).  Please let us know your thoughts.  *Debra noted that there is now a new dog bin in the Box Mill area and thanked BDC for this , Debra also noted the Braintree workers were litter picking recently – thank you again!!  *Wendy said that she would prefer the existing 6pm start for meetings, particularly as we are now entering winter.  *Jean said ‘vegetation’!!! She feels that now some overgrowth is getting out of hand citing the Courtaulds Close exit as now being a health and safety hazard when exiting the Close onto Parsonage Street.  This has been reported to Eastlight Homes but will be reported again.  Jean also noted overhanging trees/bushes near to the bus stop in Colchester Road opposite the Co-op shop.  It isn’t known from where these overhanging branches originated but will be reported. *Margaret C said she has recently seen a young lad litter picking and when she spoke to him he said that ‘he just enjoys the work’.  Margaret felt that he should have a high-viz vest and be thanked for his work.  *Annie reported that The Original Factory Shop is keen to sponsor the large tub outside their premises – will start from 1st June ’24.  *Margaret E noted that we have recently lost David Tarbun who has been a loyal and hard working supporter of HiB for many years.  It has been the suggestion of Mike that the proceeds of our forthcoming quiz night be given to a charity in David’s name.  It was universally agreed that Mike’s suggestion is an excellent idea and we will ascertain where the money should go. *Mike noted that there is a broken bracket on a trough on railings outside Sainsbury’s .  This will be inspected and a new bracket made or old one repaired (it is expected they will have to be removed if railings are to be painted?) *Ian asked if a letter of thanks could be sent to Greene King for their displays outside The Bull, Halstead.  Winter planting is now in place.  Will be done.*Joan asked if Billy would be able to cut the grass at Weavers’ Court again to allow for access to the troughs along Solar Wall and baskets on the Fence.  Joan said that there had been many positive comments about planting in this area so felt that we should continue to plant here.  Joan asked for help to decorate Christmas Trees in Holy Trinity Church for the day of the Christmas Fayre.  Joan commented about the planting around the WWII memorial in Halstead Public Gardens and felt that the addition of some poppies might help the area – it was explained that this is BDC land and we can’t do anything without their permission.  It was agreed that forces personnel names can be put around the memorial and the WWI memorial at appropriate time (28th October to 11th November).  Joan asked for more Plant Stall posters, will be supplied!.

Margaret E said that apparently one person purchasing a ’24 calendar had commented on the ‘hole’ for hanging and said it wasn’t sufficient.  Margaret recommended that if any such comment be made in future some hold reinforcing stickers be proposed.

Carol had brought some leaflets advertising the new season of Empire Theatre productions (they will be available on stalls.

*eThere being no other business meeting closed at  7.15  pm.

Next meeting is Thursday 26th October 2023   6pm at Royal British Legion Club.
All welcome. 
Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk:   Facebook: halsteadinbloom;  Instagram @halsteadinbloom
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Minutes 31st August 2023

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 31st August 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

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

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

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

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

There being no other business meeting closed at  6.45  pm.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 31st August 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

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

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

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

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

There being no other business meeting closed at  6.45  pm.

Next meeting is Thursday 28th September 2023   6pm at Royal British Legion Club. All welcome.  Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
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Next meeting is Thursday 28th September 2023   6pm at Royal British Legion Club. All welcome.  Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk:   Facebook: halsteadinbloom;  Instagram @halsteadinbloom
Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via –-Coop purchases.


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