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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
Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via –-Coop purchases.

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
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk:   Facebook: halsteadinbloom;  Instagram @halsteadinbloom
Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via –-Coop purchases.

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


Minutes of meeting 27th July 2023

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 29th June 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 29th June 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *Beds at Churchill Avenue – have now been weeded and tidied and look good. *Team working – Chairman said she was still concerned that working is fragmented but it was explained that some didn’t feel able to work at the Road Runners’ bed but are happy to work on other areas of the Town.  We do come together when there is sorting/planting etc. and we do communicate.  *Grass at Weavers’ Court – restaurant owner has been approached more than once but has said that ‘his friend is going to cut the grass’.  It is now considered dangerous for team to work on the troughs/pots along Solar Wall and Billy offered to strim the area.  It was felt that although this is a great offer it’s not a job that HiB should be tackling.  A compromise was reached in that Billy will strim a ‘path’ from the gates to working areas with a petrol strimmer that he can access.  This is not an entirely satisfactory arrangement but hopefully one that will work for now.  Decisions will have to be made about planting this area in the future.  *Hedge at Resource Centre – Our County Councillor, Cllr Chris Siddall, has been informed and apparently an inspection has taken place, but as yet no action has been forthcoming.  *Trinity Court and Courtaulds Close – both Eastlight responsibility.  Trinity Court has been weeded/cleaned by contractors and Margaret T and Joyce have also done some work there.  A resident is now watering the troughs that we planted.  At Courtaulds Close the hedge is still overhanging pathway and causing difficulties when exiting Courtaulds Close to Parsonage Street.  Eastlight informed us that this is residents’ responsibility but team thought that resident may be disabled and/or elderly.  Eastlight have been asked to take action.  *Garden at Hospital – League of Friends of Halstead Hospital has purchased two large troughs that HiB has filled with compost and planted up – good community working!  Chair of LoF says that RHS is still considering making a garden at the Hospital and HiB will be kept informed.  *Street Sweeping – some sweeping has taken place, but it is recognized that clearing when cars are parked is not possible.  *Letter to MP – as requested James Cleverley MP has been contacted by email voicing HiB’s concerns about HalsteadTown Centre’s  perceived decline but as yet no answer has been received.

ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard has been sent away to judges.
The AiB Awards Day will be at Coneygear Centre, Huntingdon on 20th September and this year will be an ‘afternoon tea’ event. No timings are available at present and there may be a limit on numbers attending.  Please let Chairman or Secretary know if you wish to attend.

EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th July Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park 10.30am. Following date will be 27th August.  *Next River Clean event will be Sunday 6th August, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Summer Fayre 5th August – we are to have the ‘straw’ game promoted by Annie.  Some small bags of wrapped sweets and some small ‘bubbles’ have been purchased as prizes with 3 larger prizes of £10 vouchers for the Empire Theatre.  Fayre is 10-4 and so far we have the following volunteers for manning: 10-11 Sue and Chris, 11-12 Billy and Karyn  12-1 Joyce and Linden 1-2 Margaret Eskins and ???  2-3  Joan and ??? and 3-4 Margaret C and ???.  If anyone can help in the vacant slots it will helpful, please let me  know as soon as you can.

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION:   Helen reported few entries this year and team had received many negative emails and Facebook messages.  Winners were announced as follows:  Under 15 allotments – joint winners Halstead Guides,Brownies and Rainbows and joint winners Holy Trinity School Gardening Club.  Front Garden – Chris Bruin at Courtaulds Close, Allotments – Patteson Family at Parsonage Street Allotments and Back Garden Tracey Rowe at Trinity Road.  All will receive a ‘blue plaque’ and a certificate.  The team made it known that they would not be organising the event in 2024.  Chairman thanked Helen, Margaret T, Karyn and Billy for all their hard work in organising and managing the Local Garden Competition in 2023 and said it was a worthwhile job, well done.

CALENDAR 2024: Choices had been made and a proof was shown, please can as many as possible proof read!  The ‘October’ picture wasn’t well received but hopefully can be adjusted to give a better vista.  Envelopes have been purchased and cost for 2024 calendar will be £4.50 including envelope.  It is hoped that copies may be ready for the Halstead Horticultural Show on 2nd September.

WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan asked that for Tuesday 1st August some more work can be done at the Road Runners’ Bed and that anyone not wishing to work here can be at Weavers’ Court and surrounding area to weed and tidy.  On Thursday 3rd August a working party is needed at the Dr’s Surgery plus deadheading in the surrounding area.  After that situations will be monitored and work allocated as required.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
   Sue told the meeting she is now on her 9th ‘hat’ for Chocolate Oranges (that we can sell nearer to Christmas).  Sue also has a large bag of wool if anyone would like some. Joyce is making hats and baby coats and was asked if she can make some gloves and mittens as these are popular.  Joyce also said that she had cut down many of the nettles along the pathway at Mount Hill as a disabled young person in a mobility scooter couldn’t safely pass.  Margaret T showed the schedule for the Horticultural Show on 2nd September and said that she will send this round to all and is hoping for HiB entries in the various classes.  Margaret also has some Quiz sheets available. At £1 each.  Wendy asked if there would be a Quiz evening as she had been approached by the Con Club to ask if booking should stand.  David said that he would have to stand down from hosting the quiz but would be happy to liaise with Con Club.  Annie has a contact who arranges quizzes for the U3A and she and David will liaise about a Quiz for 2023.  Fiona noted that the willow that had been hanging over pavement near to Mix and Match Carpets has now been cut back (this is Co-op land so probably their Estate team did this).  Fiona did note that brambles are hanging over the pavement along the fence to the Dr’s Surgery and these are quite dangerous.  Surgery has contractors for this work so Sec will contact and ask if some remedial work can be done. Joan has been asked if we will have an autumn plant sale and it was agreed that 7th October would be a good date for sale to go ahead.  Joan also noted that A R Clarke Builders, and notably Tony Wicks from that company had made a donation of £500 to HiB in recognition of our co-operation regarding the bed opposite Fire Station.  Julia noted that Halstead Flower Club has now disbanded but has given HiB their residual money – £150, two year’s sponsorship.

There being no other business meeting closed at    7.00pm.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 29th June 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 29th June 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *Beds at Churchill Avenue – have now been weeded and tidied and look good. *Team working – Chairman said she was still concerned that working is fragmented but it was explained that some didn’t feel able to work at the Road Runners’ bed but are happy to work on other areas of the Town.  We do come together when there is sorting/planting etc. and we do communicate.  *Grass at Weavers’ Court – restaurant owner has been approached more than once but has said that ‘his friend is going to cut the grass’.  It is now considered dangerous for team to work on the troughs/pots along Solar Wall and Billy offered to strim the area.  It was felt that although this is a great offer it’s not a job that HiB should be tackling.  A compromise was reached in that Billy will strim a ‘path’ from the gates to working areas with a petrol strimmer that he can access.  This is not an entirely satisfactory arrangement but hopefully one that will work for now.  Decisions will have to be made about planting this area in the future.  *Hedge at Resource Centre – Our County Councillor, Cllr Chris Siddall, has been informed and apparently an inspection has taken place, but as yet no action has been forthcoming.  *Trinity Court and Courtaulds Close – both Eastlight responsibility.  Trinity Court has been weeded/cleaned by contractors and Margaret T and Joyce have also done some work there.  A resident is now watering the troughs that we planted.  At Courtaulds Close the hedge is still overhanging pathway and causing difficulties when exiting Courtaulds Close to Parsonage Street.  Eastlight informed us that this is residents’ responsibility but team thought that resident may be disabled and/or elderly.  Eastlight have been asked to take action.  *Garden at Hospital – League of Friends of Halstead Hospital has purchased two large troughs that HiB has filled with compost and planted up – good community working!  Chair of LoF says that RHS is still considering making a garden at the Hospital and HiB will be kept informed.  *Street Sweeping – some sweeping has taken place, but it is recognized that clearing when cars are parked is not possible.  *Letter to MP – as requested James Cleverley MP has been contacted by email voicing HiB’s concerns about HalsteadTown Centre’s  perceived decline but as yet no answer has been received.

ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard has been sent away to judges.
The AiB Awards Day will be at Coneygear Centre, Huntingdon on 20th September and this year will be an ‘afternoon tea’ event. No timings are available at present and there may be a limit on numbers attending.  Please let Chairman or Secretary know if you wish to attend.

EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th July Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park 10.30am. Following date will be 27th August.  *Next River Clean event will be Sunday 6th August, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Summer Fayre 5th August – we are to have the ‘straw’ game promoted by Annie.  Some small bags of wrapped sweets and some small ‘bubbles’ have been purchased as prizes with 3 larger prizes of £10 vouchers for the Empire Theatre.  Fayre is 10-4 and so far we have the following volunteers for manning: 10-11 Sue and Chris, 11-12 Billy and Karyn  12-1 Joyce and Linden 1-2 Margaret Eskins and ???  2-3  Joan and ??? and 3-4 Margaret C and ???.  If anyone can help in the vacant slots it will helpful, please let me  know as soon as you can.

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION:   Helen reported few entries this year and team had received many negative emails and Facebook messages.  Winners were announced as follows:  Under 15 allotments – joint winners Halstead Guides,Brownies and Rainbows and joint winners Holy Trinity School Gardening Club.  Front Garden – Chris Bruin at Courtaulds Close, Allotments – Patteson Family at Parsonage Street Allotments and Back Garden Tracey Rowe at Trinity Road.  All will receive a ‘blue plaque’ and a certificate.  The team made it known that they would not be organising the event in 2024.  Chairman thanked Helen, Margaret T, Karyn and Billy for all their hard work in organising and managing the Local Garden Competition in 2023 and said it was a worthwhile job, well done.

CALENDAR 2024: Choices had been made and a proof was shown, please can as many as possible proof read!  The ‘October’ picture wasn’t well received but hopefully can be adjusted to give a better vista.  Envelopes have been purchased and cost for 2024 calendar will be £4.50 including envelope.  It is hoped that copies may be ready for the Halstead Horticultural Show on 2nd September.

WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan asked that for Tuesday 1st August some more work can be done at the Road Runners’ Bed and that anyone not wishing to work here can be at Weavers’ Court and surrounding area to weed and tidy.  On Thursday 3rd August a working party is needed at the Dr’s Surgery plus deadheading in the surrounding area.  After that situations will be monitored and work allocated as required.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
   Sue told the meeting she is now on her 9th ‘hat’ for Chocolate Oranges (that we can sell nearer to Christmas).  Sue also has a large bag of wool if anyone would like some. Joyce is making hats and baby coats and was asked if she can make some gloves and mittens as these are popular.  Joyce also said that she had cut down many of the nettles along the pathway at Mount Hill as a disabled young person in a mobility scooter couldn’t safely pass.  Margaret T showed the schedule for the Horticultural Show on 2nd September and said that she will send this round to all and is hoping for HiB entries in the various classes.  Margaret also has some Quiz sheets available. At £1 each.  Wendy asked if there would be a Quiz evening as she had been approached by the Con Club to ask if booking should stand.  David said that he would have to stand down from hosting the quiz but would be happy to liaise with Con Club.  Annie has a contact who arranges quizzes for the U3A and she and David will liaise about a Quiz for 2023.  Fiona noted that the willow that had been hanging over pavement near to Mix and Match Carpets has now been cut back (this is Co-op land so probably their Estate team did this).  Fiona did note that brambles are hanging over the pavement along the fence to the Dr’s Surgery and these are quite dangerous.  Surgery has contractors for this work so Sec will contact and ask if some remedial work can be done. Joan has been asked if we will have an autumn plant sale and it was agreed that 7th October would be a good date for sale to go ahead.  Joan also noted that A R Clarke Builders, and notably Tony Wicks from that company had made a donation of £500 to HiB in recognition of our co-operation regarding the bed opposite Fire Station.  Julia noted that Halstead Flower Club has now disbanded but has given HiB their residual money – £150, two year’s sponsorship.

There being no other business meeting closed at    7.00pm.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 29th June 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 29th June 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *Beds at Churchill Avenue – have now been weeded and tidied and look good. *Team working – Chairman said she was still concerned that working is fragmented but it was explained that some didn’t feel able to work at the Road Runners’ bed but are happy to work on other areas of the Town.  We do come together when there is sorting/planting etc. and we do communicate.  *Grass at Weavers’ Court – restaurant owner has been approached more than once but has said that ‘his friend is going to cut the grass’.  It is now considered dangerous for team to work on the troughs/pots along Solar Wall and Billy offered to strim the area.  It was felt that although this is a great offer it’s not a job that HiB should be tackling.  A compromise was reached in that Billy will strim a ‘path’ from the gates to working areas with a petrol strimmer that he can access.  This is not an entirely satisfactory arrangement but hopefully one that will work for now.  Decisions will have to be made about planting this area in the future.  *Hedge at Resource Centre – Our County Councillor, Cllr Chris Siddall, has been informed and apparently an inspection has taken place, but as yet no action has been forthcoming.  *Trinity Court and Courtaulds Close – both Eastlight responsibility.  Trinity Court has been weeded/cleaned by contractors and Margaret T and Joyce have also done some work there.  A resident is now watering the troughs that we planted.  At Courtaulds Close the hedge is still overhanging pathway and causing difficulties when exiting Courtaulds Close to Parsonage Street.  Eastlight informed us that this is residents’ responsibility but team thought that resident may be disabled and/or elderly.  Eastlight have been asked to take action.  *Garden at Hospital – League of Friends of Halstead Hospital has purchased two large troughs that HiB has filled with compost and planted up – good community working!  Chair of LoF says that RHS is still considering making a garden at the Hospital and HiB will be kept informed.  *Street Sweeping – some sweeping has taken place, but it is recognized that clearing when cars are parked is not possible.  *Letter to MP – as requested James Cleverley MP has been contacted by email voicing HiB’s concerns about HalsteadTown Centre’s  perceived decline but as yet no answer has been received.

ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard has been sent away to judges.
The AiB Awards Day will be at Coneygear Centre, Huntingdon on 20th September and this year will be an ‘afternoon tea’ event. No timings are available at present and there may be a limit on numbers attending.  Please let Chairman or Secretary know if you wish to attend.

EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th July Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park 10.30am. Following date will be 27th August.  *Next River Clean event will be Sunday 6th August, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Summer Fayre 5th August – we are to have the ‘straw’ game promoted by Annie.  Some small bags of wrapped sweets and some small ‘bubbles’ have been purchased as prizes with 3 larger prizes of £10 vouchers for the Empire Theatre.  Fayre is 10-4 and so far we have the following volunteers for manning: 10-11 Sue and Chris, 11-12 Billy and Karyn  12-1 Joyce and Linden 1-2 Margaret Eskins and ???  2-3  Joan and ??? and 3-4 Margaret C and ???.  If anyone can help in the vacant slots it will helpful, please let me  know as soon as you can.

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION:   Helen reported few entries this year and team had received many negative emails and Facebook messages.  Winners were announced as follows:  Under 15 allotments – joint winners Halstead Guides,Brownies and Rainbows and joint winners Holy Trinity School Gardening Club.  Front Garden – Chris Bruin at Courtaulds Close, Allotments – Patteson Family at Parsonage Street Allotments and Back Garden Tracey Rowe at Trinity Road.  All will receive a ‘blue plaque’ and a certificate.  The team made it known that they would not be organising the event in 2024.  Chairman thanked Helen, Margaret T, Karyn and Billy for all their hard work in organising and managing the Local Garden Competition in 2023 and said it was a worthwhile job, well done.

CALENDAR 2024: Choices had been made and a proof was shown, please can as many as possible proof read!  The ‘October’ picture wasn’t well received but hopefully can be adjusted to give a better vista.  Envelopes have been purchased and cost for 2024 calendar will be £4.50 including envelope.  It is hoped that copies may be ready for the Halstead Horticultural Show on 2nd September.

WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan asked that for Tuesday 1st August some more work can be done at the Road Runners’ Bed and that anyone not wishing to work here can be at Weavers’ Court and surrounding area to weed and tidy.  On Thursday 3rd August a working party is needed at the Dr’s Surgery plus deadheading in the surrounding area.  After that situations will be monitored and work allocated as required.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
   Sue told the meeting she is now on her 9th ‘hat’ for Chocolate Oranges (that we can sell nearer to Christmas).  Sue also has a large bag of wool if anyone would like some. Joyce is making hats and baby coats and was asked if she can make some gloves and mittens as these are popular.  Joyce also said that she had cut down many of the nettles along the pathway at Mount Hill as a disabled young person in a mobility scooter couldn’t safely pass.  Margaret T showed the schedule for the Horticultural Show on 2nd September and said that she will send this round to all and is hoping for HiB entries in the various classes.  Margaret also has some Quiz sheets available. At £1 each.  Wendy asked if there would be a Quiz evening as she had been approached by the Con Club to ask if booking should stand.  David said that he would have to stand down from hosting the quiz but would be happy to liaise with Con Club.  Annie has a contact who arranges quizzes for the U3A and she and David will liaise about a Quiz for 2023.  Fiona noted that the willow that had been hanging over pavement near to Mix and Match Carpets has now been cut back (this is Co-op land so probably their Estate team did this).  Fiona did note that brambles are hanging over the pavement along the fence to the Dr’s Surgery and these are quite dangerous.  Surgery has contractors for this work so Sec will contact and ask if some remedial work can be done. Joan has been asked if we will have an autumn plant sale and it was agreed that 7th October would be a good date for sale to go ahead.  Joan also noted that A R Clarke Builders, and notably Tony Wicks from that company had made a donation of £500 to HiB in recognition of our co-operation regarding the bed opposite Fire Station.  Julia noted that Halstead Flower Club has now disbanded but has given HiB their residual money – £150, two year’s sponsorship.

There being no other business meeting closed at    7.00pm.

Next meeting is Thursday 31st August 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 –co-op purchases.

Next meeting is Thursday 31st August 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 –co-op purchases.


Next meeting is Thursday 31st August 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 –co-op purchases.


Winners of the 2023 Local Garden Competition

The Halstead in Bloom volunteers and their guest judges would like to thank everyone who entered our Local Garden Competition. We were all very impressed with the hard work and dedication of all the gardeners involved and are grateful to you for inviting us into your homes, allotments and establishments. We are pleased to announce the following people as the winners of each category.

Front Garden Chris Bruin

Back Garden Tracey Rowe

Allotment Pat Patteson and family

Young persons under 15 ( Joint winners ) Holy Trinity School & Halstead Guides, Brownies and Rainbows.

Minutes 29th June 2023

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 29th June 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 25th May 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *RBL Armed Forces Day Fete; Not a well attended event, shame the military band dropped out at the last minute.  Our stall took £12.80, mostly on sales of donated plants, and there was quite a bit of interest in the archive items on show.  We gave a donation of £20 to the British Legion to help with running costs.  *HTC/HiB working together.  Tim has been taking on several areas to water and is now at his maximum 10 hours allowed.  Jason continues to water in the Town Centre.   *Weed kill experiment; Grass at road sign Factory Lane has died but it’s difficult to remove as has grown through the membrane.  We have membrane in stock so could take up existing and lay down more with topping of bark chippings or similar. Margie advised that it may be a continuing project as similarly treated weeds at U.R.C. have come through again.  *Halstead Public Gardens.  Barry wrote to local Councillor and the reply received was read. It was said that the lack of colour in the Town Sign bed wasn’t inviting and could deter tourism.  Cllr Jackie Pell has said she will take complaints back to Braintree DC.  Team thought it a shame that insects are being deprived of nectar bearing plants when it is said that pollinators and flying insects are declining at an alarming rate. Carol noted that the sustainably planted beds at Churchill Avenue haven’t been well maintained and now look awful.  Barry was congratulated for highlighting the issue with Town Councillors.    *Team Working:  It was noted that recent team work at St. Andrew’s Church ground was excellent with team gelling and working well together.  It is hoped to continue this team working into the future.  *Visit to Holy Trinity School; report was given about the visit on 9th June when team members were shown the work that has been done, met some of the children and staff and were entertained to tea and cake!  The enthusiasm for improving the area was great to see, but some assistance was requested for watering during the summer holiday. *Grass at Weavers’ Court (outside Halstead Icing) was cut by Ian Ling who is prepared to keep it cut.  Grass behind the gates is still in an appalling condition; Chairman thought it is not safe for volunteers to work in the area.  It is thought that responsibility for the area is with the tenant or the landlord (we don’t know details of tenancy agreement).  *The Centre; large containers there are being maintained by shopkeepers.  Nettles and weeds have not been managed despite request to ECC via our local Councillor.  It was suggested that local MP should be contacted to see if he can make a difference.  It was noted that the area around Trinity Court is still in a poor condition with weeds growing at the base of the building and around the building.
ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard will be sent away to judges  shortly; another photo is required and will be provided by Margaret T/Helen.  ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ entries including Halstead Fire Station will be assessed shortly by AiB representatives.  Joan explained the removal of one of the shrub beds opposite the Fire Station. Fiona thought it a shame that one bed had been removed but agreed that it would now be much less work/watering, Tony Wicks (builder) did say that he would make a donation to HiB to compensate for this removal.
SPONSORSHIP:  Annie noted that some more sponsorship has been received including £300 from Ann and Dennis Hume, and £50 from Neil Hardy but thought that there would probably not be much more to come in this year.
EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th July Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park 10.30am.  *Next RiverClean event will be Sunday 2nd July, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Summer Fayre 5th August – we are to have the ‘straw’ game promoted by Annie.  We need to purchase some prizes – probably some small bags of sweets that were popular at the Fire Station event last year.  (arrangements for stall manning at next month’s meeting).

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION:   Helen reported that in all 12 entries had been received and a mixture over the 4 categories – not so many allotments this year but entrants have been invited to enter more than one category.  Judging will be over the weekend 1st/2nd July with guest judges Charles Soule and Sue Wilson.  There will be plaques for prizes.  Results will be made known to team as soon as possible and results will hopefully be posted in Halstead Gazette.
CALENDAR 2024: Choices for each month’s picture were on display and all were invited to choose their preference – Helen volunteered to take photos of each display and put on What’s App for anyone not present to view and make choices.  Quote has been obtained for printing: 500 copies would be £1325 (£2.65 each) and 600 would be £1500 (£2.50 each).  Envelopes would be £9.20 for 250 (4p. each). Having checked, we had 600 copies last year (at £1500) and we sold out.  Do we go for 600 again this year? It was agreed that this year we could increase the price to £4.50 each (this was if we went for the 500 copies) but include an envelope with this price.  I will go back to printer and say it will be a definite order but the quantity will be decided at next meeting
WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan advised that working parties will now mostly be deadheading and weeding but will be posted on WhatsApp.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    Julia noted that RHS had contacted HiB to say that they have been asked to make a ‘garden’ at Halstead Hospital.  Chairman of Friends of H.H. has also contacted to ask if HiB would like to be kept informed.  It was said that we would certainly like to have information but that at present we are not able to offer assistance.  Lin noted that members of the team have been asked about plants used in displays and Margaret T has suggested a board with details.  It was queried where this would be displayed to best advantage and thought that it would be better if team had information.  There is a list at Halstead TC and details are at the foot of these minutes.  Joyce noted that the hedge is still overhanging at Mount Hill.  Has been reported, but it was said that this is ECC responsibility, and the Ranger service has now been discontinued.  Fiona a) said that the lady who lost glasses that were found by HiB team member was most grateful and asked for the volunteer to be thanked – you know who you are! b) noted that there are brambles and buddleia hanging over the fence around the Resource Centre and this is making walking difficult and dangerous as children can get scratched (has been reported to our ECC Councillor) c) spoke about the abundance of weeds in the town and noted that some had died and not been subsequently removed making the area look very untidy (has been reported, this is joint BDC/ECC responsibility, hopefully there will be some action from BDC in the near future).  d) noted that there is overhanging hedge making the sight line when exiting Courtaulds Close very difficult and dangerous. (has been reported to Eastlight Homes, they will view and ask the tenant to take action). e) asked if Parsonage Street could be street swept (has been reported and will be swept where possible – can’t be done where vehicles are parked – in the near future). Carol asked if the ‘weed machine’ demonstrated last year is still in the area – we have been told that the machine has been retained but the Rangers who were trained to use the machine have been disbanded.  David (who was welcomed back after his stay in hospital/care) said that the flowers this year look great!  They give instant impact and he was so pleased to see them when he was able to get out and about again.
There being no other business meeting closed at    7.16pm.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 29th June 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 25th May 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *RBL Armed Forces Day Fete; Not a well attended event, shame the military band dropped out at the last minute.  Our stall took £12.80, mostly on sales of donated plants, and there was quite a bit of interest in the archive items on show.  We gave a donation of £20 to the British Legion to help with running costs.  *HTC/HiB working together.  Tim has been taking on several areas to water and is now at his maximum 10 hours allowed.  Jason continues to water in the Town Centre.   *Weed kill experiment; Grass at road sign Factory Lane has died but it’s difficult to remove as has grown through the membrane.  We have membrane in stock so could take up existing and lay down more with topping of bark chippings or similar. Margie advised that it may be a continuing project as similarly treated weeds at U.R.C. have come through again.  *Halstead Public Gardens.  Barry wrote to local Councillor and the reply received was read. It was said that the lack of colour in the Town Sign bed wasn’t inviting and could deter tourism.  Cllr Jackie Pell has said she will take complaints back to Braintree DC.  Team thought it a shame that insects are being deprived of nectar bearing plants when it is said that pollinators and flying insects are declining at an alarming rate. Carol noted that the sustainably planted beds at Churchill Avenue haven’t been well maintained and now look awful.  Barry was congratulated for highlighting the issue with Town Councillors.    *Team Working:  It was noted that recent team work at St. Andrew’s Church ground was excellent with team gelling and working well together.  It is hoped to continue this team working into the future.  *Visit to Holy Trinity School; report was given about the visit on 9th June when team members were shown the work that has been done, met some of the children and staff and were entertained to tea and cake!  The enthusiasm for improving the area was great to see, but some assistance was requested for watering during the summer holiday. *Grass at Weavers’ Court (outside Halstead Icing) was cut by Ian Ling who is prepared to keep it cut.  Grass behind the gates is still in an appalling condition; Chairman thought it is not safe for volunteers to work in the area.  It is thought that responsibility for the area is with the tenant or the landlord (we don’t know details of tenancy agreement).  *The Centre; large containers there are being maintained by shopkeepers.  Nettles and weeds have not been managed despite request to ECC via our local Councillor.  It was suggested that local MP should be contacted to see if he can make a difference.  It was noted that the area around Trinity Court is still in a poor condition with weeds growing at the base of the building and around the building.
ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard will be sent away to judges  shortly; another photo is required and will be provided by Margaret T/Helen.  ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ entries including Halstead Fire Station will be assessed shortly by AiB representatives.  Joan explained the removal of one of the shrub beds opposite the Fire Station. Fiona thought it a shame that one bed had been removed but agreed that it would now be much less work/watering, Tony Wicks (builder) did say that he would make a donation to HiB to compensate for this removal.
SPONSORSHIP:  Annie noted that some more sponsorship has been received including £300 from Ann and Dennis Hume, and £50 from Neil Hardy but thought that there would probably not be much more to come in this year.
EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th July Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park 10.30am.  *Next RiverClean event will be Sunday 2nd July, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Summer Fayre 5th August – we are to have the ‘straw’ game promoted by Annie.  We need to purchase some prizes – probably some small bags of sweets that were popular at the Fire Station event last year.  (arrangements for stall manning at next month’s meeting).

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION:   Helen reported that in all 12 entries had been received and a mixture over the 4 categories – not so many allotments this year but entrants have been invited to enter more than one category.  Judging will be over the weekend 1st/2nd July with guest judges Charles Soule and Sue Wilson.  There will be plaques for prizes.  Results will be made known to team as soon as possible and results will hopefully be posted in Halstead Gazette.
CALENDAR 2024: Choices for each month’s picture were on display and all were invited to choose their preference – Helen volunteered to take photos of each display and put on What’s App for anyone not present to view and make choices.  Quote has been obtained for printing: 500 copies would be £1325 (£2.65 each) and 600 would be £1500 (£2.50 each).  Envelopes would be £9.20 for 250 (4p. each). Having checked, we had 600 copies last year (at £1500) and we sold out.  Do we go for 600 again this year? It was agreed that this year we could increase the price to £4.50 each (this was if we went for the 500 copies) but include an envelope with this price.  I will go back to printer and say it will be a definite order but the quantity will be decided at next meeting
WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan advised that working parties will now mostly be deadheading and weeding but will be posted on WhatsApp.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    Julia noted that RHS had contacted HiB to say that they have been asked to make a ‘garden’ at Halstead Hospital.  Chairman of Friends of H.H. has also contacted to ask if HiB would like to be kept informed.  It was said that we would certainly like to have information but that at present we are not able to offer assistance.  Lin noted that members of the team have been asked about plants used in displays and Margaret T has suggested a board with details.  It was queried where this would be displayed to best advantage and thought that it would be better if team had information.  There is a list at Halstead TC and details are at the foot of these minutes.  Joyce noted that the hedge is still overhanging at Mount Hill.  Has been reported, but it was said that this is ECC responsibility, and the Ranger service has now been discontinued.  Fiona a) said that the lady who lost glasses that were found by HiB team member was most grateful and asked for the volunteer to be thanked – you know who you are! b) noted that there are brambles and buddleia hanging over the fence around the Resource Centre and this is making walking difficult and dangerous as children can get scratched (has been reported to our ECC Councillor) c) spoke about the abundance of weeds in the town and noted that some had died and not been subsequently removed making the area look very untidy (has been reported, this is joint BDC/ECC responsibility, hopefully there will be some action from BDC in the near future).  d) noted that there is overhanging hedge making the sight line when exiting Courtaulds Close very difficult and dangerous. (has been reported to Eastlight Homes, they will view and ask the tenant to take action). e) asked if Parsonage Street could be street swept (has been reported and will be swept where possible – can’t be done where vehicles are parked – in the near future). Carol asked if the ‘weed machine’ demonstrated last year is still in the area – we have been told that the machine has been retained but the Rangers who were trained to use the machine have been disbanded.  David (who was welcomed back after his stay in hospital/care) said that the flowers this year look great!  They give instant impact and he was so pleased to see them when he was able to get out and about again.
There being no other business meeting closed at    7.16pm.

Next meeting is Thursday 27th July   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 27th July   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 –co-op purchases.


List of Town planting 2023

PLANTING  2023.

Town Bridge:   Heliotrope  (dark blue)
Euphorbia  (‘fluffy’ white)
Rose Geraniums
Rose Trailing Begonias
  Scaevola    (light blue)
Crossing: 
ROSE Geraniums
PINK Geraniums
Scaevola
ROSE Trailing begonias
Diasciam  (small pink flowers)
The Causeway:
Yellow Marigolds
Heliotrope
Sanvitalia (yellow ‘daisy’ flowers)
Petunia BLUE

Also used:

White trailing begonias

Lantana (lots of pink/yellow little flowers)

Impatiens (busy lizzies)

‘Big’ Pink begonias – big and pink!!

Verbena ‘Candy Cane’ ( stripey pink flowers)

Red and White Geraniums Hope this is helpful

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