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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 .

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

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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
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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
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.


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
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Minutes 25th May 2023

                                                   

Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.
Minutes of the meeting of 27th April 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES: *Halstead Marathon – HiB team helped with marshalling and were thanked by race director for their help. Seemed to be a successful event with 250 competitors taking part. *Plant stall – was a good day. £308.90 was taken at stall with another £14 in donations. Plants bought in cost £96 so an excellent ‘profit’ for funds. Most plants were sold, some sustainable plants were taken for around the town, and some plants will be taken to the Armed Forces Day event in HPG. *Stone containers that were by bus stop in Trinity Street have been removed and will be used at Halstead Cemetery. All new containers have been put out ready for planting. (Mount Hill cart will be returned next week). *Weed kill trial – the vinegar and baking powder recipe was used on corner Kings Road/Factory Lane and seems to have been effective but may need another treatment. Ian queried whether this was cost effective as systemic weed killer could be purchased at lesser cost. *Halstead TC working with HiB has been effective although not used to full effect as yet. Jason and Tim were a great help with re-organisation of the Library area. *Pond in H.P.G. – Ian reported that the fountain is now working so there is some clearance of water. It is understood that other measures are under consideration. *Rivercare conference – attended by Margaret T and Eileen; it is understood that it was not well attended, possibly as it was held on a Friday instead of Saturday as has been usual. It was also said that there weren’t as many ‘freebies’ as usual!!! *Team working – Chairman asked if we should get back to all team working on one area at any one time as was the case prior to pandemic. It was agreed that for sorting and planting team will come together but that various areas are best cared for by small team/one person. To be monitored.
ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023: The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard has been lodged (will need photos for virtual judging) and some Neighbourhoods have been entered – Sharon’s Garden (H.T. School grounds), Trinity Gardening Club, Trinity Serenity Garden (H.T.School grounds), Community Allotment (Guides’ allotment), Bowls Club and British Legion Club and The Causeway. Entry for neighbourhoods closes 30th June so any other areas can be put forward up until then.
SPONSORSHIP: Annie reported that so far £3050 has been received/pledged with a possible further £700 to come. All existing sponsors have stayed on board and a couple of new sponsors have been agreed. Annie was congratulated on her hard work – and as it was her birthday she was given a rousing (if not in tune!!) chorus of Happy Birthday!!! Well done Annie, on all counts.
EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Martin will attend at Sainsbury’s Car Park on Sunday 28th but as that is planting day it wasn’t expected that there will be a litter pick. *Next RiverClean event will be Sunday 4th June, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Armed Forces Day Event will take place on 24th June, anyone who can assist from 2pm to 6pm please let me know. We will have some archive items (scrap books, calendars, etc.) and also some plants and other items for sale. *Summer Fayre 5th August (arrangements at next month’s meeting).
LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION: Helen reported that posters advertising the Competition were now distributed and entry forms are at various places. Entry can also be made online. Winners of the Shop Window Display Competition were Lily Pearl Boutique and a ‘Blue Plaque’ was presented to that retailer. Halstead Gazette did print a report – eventually. Team were congratulated for their efforts.

WORKING PARTIES: Joan told the meeting that plants would be delivered to Gate House at 10am on Saturday 27th and the first van load would need to be offloaded by hand. Second load will be on trolleys. Anyone who can help from 10am on Saturday will be very welcome!! Margaret will bring some refreshments and asked if those attending could bring their own mug. Plants will need to be sorted when offloaded. Planting day is Sunday 28th. Those setting out please be at Bridge for 9am, those planting please come from 10.30am starting at Bridge. Annie, Mick, Chris and Pat volunteered to set out. It was said that the irrigation needs to be started soon as soil is very dry (Graham will sort). Tuesday 30th will be setting out in the morning with working party to be at 2pm for planting – Joan will advise which areas. Same routine for Thursday 1st June, Tuesday 6th June and Thursday 8th June. Then T.B.A.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: Joan proposed a vote of thanks to Neil for the work he has done at Bryan’s Garden – it now looks so much better, well done Neil. *A card from Holy Trinity School was read out thanking HiB for the donations of containers and plants and inviting team to come to the school on 9th June for a cup of tea and a look round the garden. I have some names but anyone else wishing to go please let me know as soon as possible as I have to give in names to school. *A donation of £75 has been received from Halstead Grammar School Old Girls Association in appreciation of the work of HiB volunteers. Letter of thanks has been sent. *Margaret E spoke about the problems of uncut grass at The Loom and also at Weavers Court. Both of these areas are privately owned. Dave volunteered to speak to Dr. Symington who is Chair of Friends of Halstead Hospital to try and get some regular mowing of the grass. It was agreed that the area in front of the Co-op cafe/Halstead Icing should be cut down by HiB. Don will speak to a contractor to try and arrange (we don’t have any insurance for using mechanical tools so volunteers would not be covered). This is private land and is the responsibility of land owner – Mr John de Bruyne as is the area between the Indian restaurant and the gates. *Chris had received a request from Daniel Halls to do some work as part of CSR (employer release for charity working). He has been welcomed and told that work takes place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. *Joyce spoke about the appalling state of the area at The Centre which is overgrown with nettles and disgrace. Dave will speak with Mick Radley to see if he can get some cutting done. *Joan has vine weevil killer and will be on the warpath next week at The Bridge, Fountain and Causeway, she asked if there are any other areas that need to be treated. Ian advised that there is infection at Weavers Court. *Annie spoke about the proliferation of weeds in High Street, in gutters and at base of buildings and asked if any weed killing has been done by Councils. Will be reported. It was also noted that there are many weeds around the United Reformed Church/Trinity Court area and at the Library – there is a Partnership meeting on Tuesday 30th so these areas will be noted. Sue said she is knitting ‘hats’ for chocolate oranges and will have some for sale when calendars are sold later in the year. She volunteered to pass on the patterns if anyone would like to join her – she plans to have 10 ready by Christmas!!
There being no other business meeting closed at 7.02pm.

Next meeting is Thursday 29th June 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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Minutes from the 27th April

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 27th April 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend, including David
T who has been in Hospital but is now recovering at Cedars and hopes to be home very soon. He sends
his best wishes to all.
Minutes of the meeting of 30th March 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES: *Banner on Sudbury Road now seems to have been fixed and looks fine. *Talk to Halstead
WI went well and some of their members have spoken to team members and said they enjoyed the evening
and learned much about HiB. A donation of £50 was given to HiB and there was £22 in the donation tin
after the evening. *Neil, Bryan’s son, has bought paint and will re-paint the walls of Bryan’s garden when
weather conditions are favourable.
ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023: *The Spring Launch event for Anglia in Bloom 2023 was held on 31st
March at Swiss Garden, Old Warden and 6 volunteers from HiB attended. Chairman reported that the
venue was superb and very suitable, but it was a shame that the deluge of rain curtailed a visit to the
Garden and also to the Shuttleworth collection of old airplanes and vehicles. Talks were interesting and not
too long. No entry will be made for Halstead town into the Anglia in Bloom campaign 2023 but Halstead
Town Council has agreed that St. Andrew’s Churchyard can be entered for Virtual Judging. Other Virtual
categories for 2023 are:- Care/Nursing Home; Cemeteries and Crematoria; Churchyards; Parks;
Pubs/Hotels; King’s Coronation Celebration; Wildlife Conservation. Any ideas for entry (cost £20 per entry)
will be appreciated. Because Braintree Council has said that no bedding will be used in Halstead (nor
Braintree and Witham) there won’t be entries for the Award Winning Halstead Public Gardens and other
areas managed by BDC. HiB members were upset by the prospect of lack of bedding, and therefore
colour, in the Public Gardens. There is the Its Your Neighbourhood campaign that is free to enter and this
can be two or more houses, a club or association, a group involved with a gardening/wildlife project, a
school growing food for community use, an allotment association, etc. So far we have had entries from
Sharon’s Garden (H.T. School grounds), Community Allotment (Halstead Guides), Halstead Bowls club,
Royal British Legion Club and Causeway, Holy Trinity School PTA. Some leaflets and entry forms were
available at the meeting and can be passed on. All entries get a certificate from RHS showing their
achievements. Again, ideas for entry from Halstead would be appreciated.
SPONSORSHIP: Annie has been busy and contacted all existing sponsors and some possible
new supporters. So far pledges have been made as follows: RE Group Accountants £150; Forge
Vets £125; Premaberg £125, Alumasc Wade £500, Crownlea £750, Secure IT Services £50, JMC
Mortgages £50, Oswick Estate Agents £50, Halstead WI £50, Halstead Flower Club£75, Halstead
Antiques Centre £50 (new sponsor this year), Dr. Hessayon £200 plus £300 donation, Annie and
Mike Rees £50. Well done Annie, great work for Halstead in Bloom.
EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – 30th April. Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10.30 am. All
welcome. *Next River Clean is 7th May (to be confirmed). Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *.
*Halstead Summer Fayre is planned for 5th August and it was agreed that HiB will take a stall.
*Halstead Marathon will take place on Sunday 14th May, We have marshalls as follows: Joan,
Helen, Barry, Julia, Graham, Fiona, Dave, Margaret E, Ian, Dave and Lin Gronland. We really
need to have someone with Joan, please and if anyone else would like to join in that would be
great. We usually have to be at station from about 11.30/11.45 and leave when the last runners
come home, or earlier if convenient. PLEASE let me know as soon as possible if you can help – I
will ascertain official timings and instructions and advise those helping. *Armed Forces Day Fete
will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on 24th June. It was agreed that HiB will have a stall
with archive items and some sunflowers for sale and some to plant. Details at next meeting. *HiB
plant sale will be on 19th May and if necessary on 20th May. Stall manning as follows: 19th May 9-
10 Joan and Sue; 10-11 Jenny B and Jean B; 11-12 Alan and Joyce; 12-1 Margaret C and Wendy.
20th May; 9-10 Joan and Sue; 10-11 Karyn and Billy. 11-12 Don and **** 12-1 Joyce and Ian. Can
anyone be with Don 11-12 on Saturday, please? (all will be advised if the Saturday sale isn’t
needed.) *Annie and Mike have spoken with David who won’t be able to arrange a Quiz for us this
year but they have found someone else who may be able to host one for us, probably in October.
LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION: Helen reported that posters advertising the Competition were
now distributed and entry forms are at Solar, Library and Sainsburys. Entry can also be made
online. At present team are concentrating on the Shop Window Display Competition and so far
10 have entered. Nicky has suggested a Facebook vote and there will be photos of all entries at
Holy Trinity Church together with voting forms – it is hoped that after the celebrations in Halstead
Public Gardens on Coronation Day people will go to the Church to see the photos and lodge
votes. Winner will receive a ‘Blue Plaque’ for display. There will be more publicity for the Local
Garden Competition after the Coronation events. Team were congratulated for their efforts.
WORKING PARTIES: Joan wasn’t at the meeting, but had left a list! Tuesday 2nd May – Dead
Heading; Tuesday 9th May Dead Heading and Weeding; Thursday 12th May Take out plants at
Library area and Butler Road; Tuesday 16th May Take out plants at Bridge, Causeway and Royal
British Legion; Thursday 18th May Take out plants at Crossing and area outside W.H.Smith;
Tuesday 23rd May Take out plants former Post Office and up to The Fountain; Thursday 25th May
– REST DAY!! Saturday 27th May Sorting plants from 10am; Sunday 28th Setting out plants from
9am, planting from 10.30am. We shall, as usual, be offering the removed winter bedding for free if
you know of any ‘good homes’. Plants were offered to BDC but it isn’t possible for them to take
any bedding.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: Margaret E noted that containers have been ordered from Amberol;
a double-barrel container for outside Day Centre, 2 double-barrel containers for Library plus 2
small barrels and some half barrels, barrels for under the Town Sign and 7 half barrels for around
the Bandstand in HPG. All will be set out ready for summer bedding. Margaret noted that there is
vine weevil in several containers on the Bridge and at Causeway. Weed Kill recipes have been
sought all these are only for paved areas, don’t use on the garden: Boiling water – not easy if area
is in public areas. Vinegar – 1 cup of baking soda to gallon of vinegar plus washing up liquid
Salt and Vinegar – 1 gallon vinegar, 1 cup salt plus little washing up liquid should be fine. Treat on
a sunny day for best results. Helen asked if HiB would be celebrating the Coronation in any way,
but this was raised at previous meetings with no enthusiasm – there will be events in Halstead
Public Gardens. Joyce spoke about the poor condition of some shops in the Town, but was told
that we have no influence on business owners. Margie C noted that the troughs under the canopy
of Billson’s are very dry (irrigation isn’t on at the moment). Margie also spoke about the 4 stone
troughs at Bus Stop, Trinity Street and said that they don’t do well. Joan to be consulted. Jean
noted that the drain at bottom of Pretoria Road has been cleared. Ian spoke about the pond in
HPG that is now very ‘green’ and asked if anything can be done. Margaret E suggested addition
of barley straw. Julia noted an article in the national Practical Classic magazine when the Editor
has travelled through the ‘very gorgeous village of Halstead’. He has been informed of the Town’s
status!!. Chairman voiced concerns about the lack of team working in HiB, where various groups
are ‘doing their own thing’ but the team is a coherent entity now. She asked for this matter to be
placed on the Agenda for next meeting. She also asked for reports on how the assistance from
HTC is working practically.
There being no other business meeting closed at 6.58pm.
next meeting is Thursday 25
th May 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
    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

Minutes 30th March 2023

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th March 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 23rd February  2023  had been circulated and were adopted.

UPDATES:  *Mill Chase seat has now been refurbished by Graham and has been installed by BDC.  *Rubbish on river bank was cleared by the River Improvement Group at their litter clearing meeting on 5th March.  *Seat in Halstead Public Gardens – This and another seat near the New Street entrance have been viewed by BDC and some refurbishment will be actioned when the weather conditions are suitable (Ian noted that the memorial seat for Michael Portway is not in  good visual condition – BDC are aware and have promised some action).*Zebra Crossing, Trinity Street – Pot hole in middle of crossing has been repaired.  A part is required for the Belisha Beacon and is being sourced; situation will be monitored. *Creeper over the wall at Holy Trinity Church has been cut back making footpath much more user friendly.  *Banner in Sudbury Road; it is not known if this had been righted, Carol will check. *Verge in Sudbury Road-Carol has ascertained that this will be repaired/reinstated when site works are completed.

 ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM  2023:  *The Spring Launch event for Anglia in Bloom 2023 will be held on 31st March at Swiss Garden, Old Warden and 6 volunteers from HiB will attend, minibus has been arranged.   It has already been agreed that no entry will be made for Halstead town into the Anglia in Bloom campaign 2023 but there will be some virtual categories open for entry.  Braintree DC has made it known that they will not be putting forward entries for virtual judging due to policies that mean there will be no summer bedding in Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and other planted areas in Town.  Halstead Town Council has agreed that St. Andrew’s Churchyard can be entered for Virtual Judging. 
Virtual categories for 2023 are:- Care/Nursing Home; Cemeteries and Crematoria; Churchyards; Parks; Pubs/Hotels; King’s Coronation Celebration; Wildlife Conservation.  Any ideas for entry (cost £20 per entry) will be appreciated.  There is also the Its Your Neighbourhood campaign that is free to enter and this can be two or more houses, a club or association, a group involved with a gardening/wildlife project, a school growing food for community use, an allotment association, etc.  Again, ideas for entry from Halstead would be appreciated.

EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – 30th April.  Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10.30 am.  All welcome.   *Next River Clean is 2nd April.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Great British Spring Clean will be between 17th March and 2nd April; HiB pledged 15 bags and to date 19 have been collected – let me know if there is more to declare!. Chairman had made BDC aware of litter on the A131 between Halstead and Sudbury.  *Plant Stall will be on 19th and 20th May (second day if we don’t sell everything the first day!).  *Halstead Summer Fayre is planned for 5th August and it was agreed that HiB will take a stall.   *Halstead Marathon will take place on Sunday 14th May, no information available at present.  *Team was told that we have been made aware that there will be no Halstead Flower Festival in 2023 as usual organisers are unable to continue and no-one else has stepped forward to take on this project.  It is hoped that Festival will return in 2024.
 * HiB talk:  17th April Halstead WI at the Con Club.7.30pm

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION:
Helen reported that a further meeting has taken place and that judging for the Competition will be on 1st and 2nd July.  Last date for entry will be 23rd June.  Competition will be advertised on town Notice Boards and at QD.  It is hoped that Council will put posters on Town Notice Boards and the Town Web Site.   Last year there were many allotments entered and Town Council has agreed to notify Allotment Wardens of the 2023 Competition.  Notices will be sent to Halstead Gazette and also on local Facebook pages.  A poster will follow.  The Children’s category (up to 15 years old) will be re-instated this year.  Entry form will be amended for 2023.   It was thought that perhaps a plaque could be presented to the winner of each category – Helen is investigating costs.  2 former judges had expressed interest in judging again and both have been contacted.  One, Charles Soule, has been in contact and the second will be contacted again.  Joan will take invitations to shops for the Shop Window Display campaign for the Fit for a King window display.  Businesses will be invited to set up a display by 5th May.  There is no Halstead Chamber of Trade now so it was thought that a Poster Campaign and personal visiting would be the most successful way of engaging entrants.  it was thought that a plate or plaque could be awarded to the winner and it was suggested that  residents might be asked to vote for a winner – there could be boxes in St. Andrew’s Church and Holy Trinity Church for votes to be cast.  1st,2nd and 3rd prizes will be put forward with certificates of entry for all entrants.  A further meeting of the Local Garden Competition Team will meet again in the near future.

WORKING  PARTIES:
  Joan asked that for Tuesday 4th April  members help to tidy the beds at Bluebridge – bring secateurs, spades, forks, etc. or do some dead heading at Weavers’ Court, etc. if you like.   Work will then be decided on a week-to-week basis.  Wendy, Jean and Lin will be working on the beds at top of Nether Court and Jean said that these beds will need some regular maintenance.

ANY  OTHER  BUSINESS:
   Margaret Eskins noted the Civic Service on 30th April at 3pm.  Joyce told the meeting that Bryan’s Garden in Weavers’ Court needs repainting and his son, Neil, has volunteered to do this work.  Well done Neil!  Carol noted that many of the daffodils around the Church Wall at St. Andrew’s are blind again this year.  Joan thinks that this is because they are cut down too soon and don’t get a chance to build up ‘energy’ for flowering the following spring. Tim will be asked if it is feasible to leave cutting for a time to allow for some regeneration.  Carol also asked if HiB will make some memorial to our late President, David Hume and it was said that this will be planned for the autumn.  Fiona had asked that the blocked drain at Upper Trinity Road be mentioned and it was noted that there is also a blocked drain at the bottom of Pretoria Road.  Will be reported.  Joan noted that team had been given three horse chestnut trees and Peter Nice had taken these and planted them at Mill Chase.  Joan also told team that the bay trees in tubs at former Post Office, High Street, are not dead and will be cut back at appropriate time to allow regeneration.  Joan showed a poster advertising a Brand Concert at Holy Trinity Church on 16th April.  Cost is £3 per person and tickets are available.  Julia told the meeting that team insurance had been renewed at no cost by the Keep Britain Tidy group. 

                    There being no other business meeting closed at 6.50pm.


next meeting is Thursday 27th April   2023  6pm at Royal British Legion Club. All welcome.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th March 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 23rd February  2023  had been circulated and were adopted.

UPDATES:  *Mill Chase seat has now been refurbished by Graham and has been installed by BDC.  *Rubbish on river bank was cleared by the River Improvement Group at their litter clearing meeting on 5th March.  *Seat in Halstead Public Gardens – This and another seat near the New Street entrance have been viewed by BDC and some refurbishment will be actioned when the weather conditions are suitable (Ian noted that the memorial seat for Michael Portway is not in  good visual condition – BDC are aware and have promised some action).*Zebra Crossing, Trinity Street – Pot hole in middle of crossing has been repaired.  A part is required for the Belisha Beacon and is being sourced; situation will be monitored. *Creeper over the wall at Holy Trinity Church has been cut back making footpath much more user friendly.  *Banner in Sudbury Road; it is not known if this had been righted, Carol will check. *Verge in Sudbury Road-Carol has ascertained that this will be repaired/reinstated when site works are completed.

 ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM  2023:  *The Spring Launch event for Anglia in Bloom 2023 will be held on 31st March at Swiss Garden, Old Warden and 6 volunteers from HiB will attend, minibus has been arranged.   It has already been agreed that no entry will be made for Halstead town into the Anglia in Bloom campaign 2023 but there will be some virtual categories open for entry.  Braintree DC has made it known that they will not be putting forward entries for virtual judging due to policies that mean there will be no summer bedding in Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and other planted areas in Town.  Halstead Town Council has agreed that St. Andrew’s Churchyard can be entered for Virtual Judging. 
Virtual categories for 2023 are:- Care/Nursing Home; Cemeteries and Crematoria; Churchyards; Parks; Pubs/Hotels; King’s Coronation Celebration; Wildlife Conservation.  Any ideas for entry (cost £20 per entry) will be appreciated.  There is also the Its Your Neighbourhood campaign that is free to enter and this can be two or more houses, a club or association, a group involved with a gardening/wildlife project, a school growing food for community use, an allotment association, etc.  Again, ideas for entry from Halstead would be appreciated.

EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – 30th April.  Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10.30 am.  All welcome.   *Next River Clean is 2nd April.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Great British Spring Clean will be between 17th March and 2nd April; HiB pledged 15 bags and to date 19 have been collected – let me know if there is more to declare!. Chairman had made BDC aware of litter on the A131 between Halstead and Sudbury.  *Plant Stall will be on 19th and 20th May (second day if we don’t sell everything the first day!).  *Halstead Summer Fayre is planned for 5th August and it was agreed that HiB will take a stall.   *Halstead Marathon will take place on Sunday 14th May, no information available at present.  *Team was told that we have been made aware that there will be no Halstead Flower Festival in 2023 as usual organisers are unable to continue and no-one else has stepped forward to take on this project.  It is hoped that Festival will return in 2024.
 * HiB talk:  17th April Halstead WI at the Con Club.7.30pm

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION:
Helen reported that a further meeting has taken place and that judging for the Competition will be on 1st and 2nd July.  Last date for entry will be 23rd June.  Competition will be advertised on town Notice Boards and at QD.  It is hoped that Council will put posters on Town Notice Boards and the Town Web Site.   Last year there were many allotments entered and Town Council has agreed to notify Allotment Wardens of the 2023 Competition.  Notices will be sent to Halstead Gazette and also on local Facebook pages.  A poster will follow.  The Children’s category (up to 15 years old) will be re-instated this year.  Entry form will be amended for 2023.   It was thought that perhaps a plaque could be presented to the winner of each category – Helen is investigating costs.  2 former judges had expressed interest in judging again and both have been contacted.  One, Charles Soule, has been in contact and the second will be contacted again.  Joan will take invitations to shops for the Shop Window Display campaign for the Fit for a King window display.  Businesses will be invited to set up a display by 5th May.  There is no Halstead Chamber of Trade now so it was thought that a Poster Campaign and personal visiting would be the most successful way of engaging entrants.  it was thought that a plate or plaque could be awarded to the winner and it was suggested that  residents might be asked to vote for a winner – there could be boxes in St. Andrew’s Church and Holy Trinity Church for votes to be cast.  1st,2nd and 3rd prizes will be put forward with certificates of entry for all entrants.  A further meeting of the Local Garden Competition Team will meet again in the near future.

WORKING  PARTIES:
  Joan asked that for Tuesday 4th April  members help to tidy the beds at Bluebridge – bring secateurs, spades, forks, etc. or do some dead heading at Weavers’ Court, etc. if you like.   Work will then be decided on a week-to-week basis.  Wendy, Jean and Lin will be working on the beds at top of Nether Court and Jean said that these beds will need some regular maintenance.

ANY  OTHER  BUSINESS:
   Margaret Eskins noted the Civic Service on 30th April at 3pm.  Joyce told the meeting that Bryan’s Garden in Weavers’ Court needs repainting and his son, Neil, has volunteered to do this work.  Well done Neil!  Carol noted that many of the daffodils around the Church Wall at St. Andrew’s are blind again this year.  Joan thinks that this is because they are cut down too soon and don’t get a chance to build up ‘energy’ for flowering the following spring. Tim will be asked if it is feasible to leave cutting for a time to allow for some regeneration.  Carol also asked if HiB will make some memorial to our late President, David Hume and it was said that this will be planned for the autumn.  Fiona had asked that the blocked drain at Upper Trinity Road be mentioned and it was noted that there is also a blocked drain at the bottom of Pretoria Road.  Will be reported.  Joan noted that team had been given three horse chestnut trees and Peter Nice had taken these and planted them at Mill Chase.  Joan also told team that the bay trees in tubs at former Post Office, High Street, are not dead and will be cut back at appropriate time to allow regeneration.  Joan showed a poster advertising a Brand Concert at Holy Trinity Church on 16th April.  Cost is £3 per person and tickets are available.  Julia told the meeting that team insurance had been renewed at no cost by the Keep Britain Tidy group. 

                    There being no other business meeting closed at 6.50pm.


next meeting is Thursday 27th April   2023  6pm at Royal British Legion Club. All welcome.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th March 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 23rd February  2023  had been circulated and were adopted.

UPDATES:  *Mill Chase seat has now been refurbished by Graham and has been installed by BDC.  *Rubbish on river bank was cleared by the River Improvement Group at their litter clearing meeting on 5th March.  *Seat in Halstead Public Gardens – This and another seat near the New Street entrance have been viewed by BDC and some refurbishment will be actioned when the weather conditions are suitable (Ian noted that the memorial seat for Michael Portway is not in  good visual condition – BDC are aware and have promised some action).*Zebra Crossing, Trinity Street – Pot hole in middle of crossing has been repaired.  A part is required for the Belisha Beacon and is being sourced; situation will be monitored. *Creeper over the wall at Holy Trinity Church has been cut back making footpath much more user friendly.  *Banner in Sudbury Road; it is not known if this had been righted, Carol will check. *Verge in Sudbury Road-Carol has ascertained that this will be repaired/reinstated when site works are completed.

 ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM  2023:  *The Spring Launch event for Anglia in Bloom 2023 will be held on 31st March at Swiss Garden, Old Warden and 6 volunteers from HiB will attend, minibus has been arranged.   It has already been agreed that no entry will be made for Halstead town into the Anglia in Bloom campaign 2023 but there will be some virtual categories open for entry.  Braintree DC has made it known that they will not be putting forward entries for virtual judging due to policies that mean there will be no summer bedding in Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and other planted areas in Town.  Halstead Town Council has agreed that St. Andrew’s Churchyard can be entered for Virtual Judging. 
Virtual categories for 2023 are:- Care/Nursing Home; Cemeteries and Crematoria; Churchyards; Parks; Pubs/Hotels; King’s Coronation Celebration; Wildlife Conservation.  Any ideas for entry (cost £20 per entry) will be appreciated.  There is also the Its Your Neighbourhood campaign that is free to enter and this can be two or more houses, a club or association, a group involved with a gardening/wildlife project, a school growing food for community use, an allotment association, etc.  Again, ideas for entry from Halstead would be appreciated.

EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – 30th April.  Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10.30 am.  All welcome.   *Next River Clean is 2nd April.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Great British Spring Clean will be between 17th March and 2nd April; HiB pledged 15 bags and to date 19 have been collected – let me know if there is more to declare!. Chairman had made BDC aware of litter on the A131 between Halstead and Sudbury.  *Plant Stall will be on 19th and 20th May (second day if we don’t sell everything the first day!).  *Halstead Summer Fayre is planned for 5th August and it was agreed that HiB will take a stall.   *Halstead Marathon will take place on Sunday 14th May, no information available at present.  *Team was told that we have been made aware that there will be no Halstead Flower Festival in 2023 as usual organisers are unable to continue and no-one else has stepped forward to take on this project.  It is hoped that Festival will return in 2024.
 * HiB talk:  17th April Halstead WI at the Con Club.7.30pm

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION:
Helen reported that a further meeting has taken place and that judging for the Competition will be on 1st and 2nd July.  Last date for entry will be 23rd June.  Competition will be advertised on town Notice Boards and at QD.  It is hoped that Council will put posters on Town Notice Boards and the Town Web Site.   Last year there were many allotments entered and Town Council has agreed to notify Allotment Wardens of the 2023 Competition.  Notices will be sent to Halstead Gazette and also on local Facebook pages.  A poster will follow.  The Children’s category (up to 15 years old) will be re-instated this year.  Entry form will be amended for 2023.   It was thought that perhaps a plaque could be presented to the winner of each category – Helen is investigating costs.  2 former judges had expressed interest in judging again and both have been contacted.  One, Charles Soule, has been in contact and the second will be contacted again.  Joan will take invitations to shops for the Shop Window Display campaign for the Fit for a King window display.  Businesses will be invited to set up a display by 5th May.  There is no Halstead Chamber of Trade now so it was thought that a Poster Campaign and personal visiting would be the most successful way of engaging entrants.  it was thought that a plate or plaque could be awarded to the winner and it was suggested that  residents might be asked to vote for a winner – there could be boxes in St. Andrew’s Church and Holy Trinity Church for votes to be cast.  1st,2nd and 3rd prizes will be put forward with certificates of entry for all entrants.  A further meeting of the Local Garden Competition Team will meet again in the near future.

WORKING  PARTIES:
  Joan asked that for Tuesday 4th April  members help to tidy the beds at Bluebridge – bring secateurs, spades, forks, etc. or do some dead heading at Weavers’ Court, etc. if you like.   Work will then be decided on a week-to-week basis.  Wendy, Jean and Lin will be working on the beds at top of Nether Court and Jean said that these beds will need some regular maintenance.

ANY  OTHER  BUSINESS:
   Margaret Eskins noted the Civic Service on 30th April at 3pm.  Joyce told the meeting that Bryan’s Garden in Weavers’ Court needs repainting and his son, Neil, has volunteered to do this work.  Well done Neil!  Carol noted that many of the daffodils around the Church Wall at St. Andrew’s are blind again this year.  Joan thinks that this is because they are cut down too soon and don’t get a chance to build up ‘energy’ for flowering the following spring. Tim will be asked if it is feasible to leave cutting for a time to allow for some regeneration.  Carol also asked if HiB will make some memorial to our late President, David Hume and it was said that this will be planned for the autumn.  Fiona had asked that the blocked drain at Upper Trinity Road be mentioned and it was noted that there is also a blocked drain at the bottom of Pretoria Road.  Will be reported.  Joan noted that team had been given three horse chestnut trees and Peter Nice had taken these and planted them at Mill Chase.  Joan also told team that the bay trees in tubs at former Post Office, High Street, are not dead and will be cut back at appropriate time to allow regeneration.  Joan showed a poster advertising a Brand Concert at Holy Trinity Church on 16th April.  Cost is £3 per person and tickets are available.  Julia told the meeting that team insurance had been renewed at no cost by the Keep Britain Tidy group. 

                    There being no other business meeting closed at 6.50pm.


next meeting is Thursday 27th April   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


Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com


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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