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Minutes 25th October 2018

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 25th October  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

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

 

MINUTES of  27th September 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Letters/Messages of congratulations have been received; Halstead TC gave an ovation to HiB at recent Council Meeting; Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex CC sent a letter; Cllr Graham Butland, Leader of Braintree DC sent a letter.  *Facebook stats and messages from 30.08.18-26.09.18 had been printed and were shown; posts reached 2.3K people in 28 days and there were many, many messages of congratulations.  *Quiz Update. This was an enjoyable evening (although questions were hard!)  Entry raised £209.00, raffle gave £54.90 and Heads and Tails Game raised £13.50 at total of £277.40 for funds.  David T was thanked for his hard work in organising the Quiz and his assistants Annie and Mike were also thanked.  *Townswomen’s Guild.  Team members gave a talk to about 30 of the Guild and goods sold at the event raised £36.25 and there was a donation of £30.00 for HiB. *Priory Hall Coffee Morning. Jean kindly arranged the morning and whipped up support among residents.  Goods sold at the event raised £133.00, a raffle raised £84.00 and donations for refreshments totalled £13.45 – a total sum of £230.45.  Jean was thanked for all her efforts and was asked to thank the Priory Hall residents for their support.  *Team news: Chairman offered condolences to Fiona and her family on the death of her father.  Alan is to be admitted to Basildon Hospital next Wednesday with a view to surgeon operating on Thursday.  We wish Alan all the best and hope he will be fit enough to get back to working parties after Christmas!!
EVENTS:
   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 4th November.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 25th November, ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *Local Awards evening. United Reformed Church, Friday 26th October.  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.  There will be a raffle – prizes welcomed and refreshments will be available.  Please come and bring family and friends.  *Halstead Horticultural Late Show will be held at Queen’s Hall on Saturday 3rd November from 2pm.  Schedules can be got from Halstead Icing and there are classes for all sorts of entries – not just flowers and vegetables!  Get creating and enter!! You need to fill in a form on the schedule, and get to Margaret Tyler (or hand in to Halstead Icing) by Wednesday 31st October.  Entries need to be at the hall by 10am on Saturday 3rd November (hall will be open from 7.30am on that day) and public entry will be from 2pm (50p. entry to the show). There will be a raffle and Halstead calendars and Christmas (sorry!!!) cards will be on sale.  *Guys in the Park.  This annual event will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Sunday 4th November.  Guys to be taken to the Public Gardens before 10am and can be collected at 3.00pm.  Affix a card with entrant’s name so that a certificate can be produced.  Go and have a look from 10am – 3pm – there will be some wonderful creations!  Halstead in Bloom’s St. John Swert (increased!) family will be there. *Poppy Cascade. Ladies from Halstead will make a cascade of crafted poppies at The Library from 8th November.  There will also be poppies in Holy Trinity Churchyard all to commemorate the end of WWI 100 years ago.  *Armistice Day commemoration will begin in Halstead Public Gardens at 2pm on Sunday 11th November and there will be a procession from the Gardens to St. Andrew’s Church for a commemorative service.  *Co-op Presentation. The National Co-op Society will be presenting their final payments for 2017/18 to charity recipients on 24thNovember at the store in Colchester Road.  No details of times have been given but will be circulated as soon as they are known.  *Halstead Christmas Fayre and Switch on of the Christmas Lights will take place on Saturday 1st December from 9am.  HiB Stall will be outside Solar Store on the day.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on Wednesday 5th December. HiB will be helping to marshall and collect.  *HiB has been asked to speak to Tiptree Garden Club on Thursday 6th December.  *HiB Christmas Meal will be on Friday 18th January 2019 at St. Andrew’s Hall.  Cost is £20 per person and must be paid when booking.  Payment is non-refundable.  Menus will be available shortly and must be returned, with payment, to Margaret T by 1st December.  Event is open to all, please ask Margaret or a team member for a menu.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Seminar will be held in Filby, Norfolk on 7th November.  Cost is £15.00 per person. Transport is now sorted, 12 will be attending from Halstead.   Event will start at 10.15am and should finish about 3pm.  Coffee and homemade shortbread will be available and lunch will be a ploughman’s with home cooked food.  Bar with soft drinks for sale will be open.   *Anglia in Bloom region’s results in RHS Britain in Bloom – Village – Woburn. SILVER.  Coastal – Hunstanton – GOLD.  Large Town – Bury St. Edmunds – GOLD.  City – Norwich. SILVER-GILT.  BIDs,Town & City Centres – Wisbech.  GOLD & CATEGORY WINNER.  Brian Massingham from Wisbech was also given a Community Champions Award.

The Champion of Champions this year was Truro.  Full results on RHS Website.  *Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  Now is the time to start thinking about Halstead’s entry for next year.  We need to show all the elements required: Biodiversity, Community Project, Conservation Project, Sustainable Garden, Floral Display by an Individual or Community, Garden for Special Needs, Sheltered Housing/Care Home Garden. Grown Your Own, Industrial/Commercial Area, Local Authority Floral Display, Public Open Space, Young People’s Project (aged under 12 years), Young People’s Project (aged 12-18 years) and we need to consider how we can manoeuvre the judges around the town without looking at any grott spots!  Ideas, please!!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise:  Plants are being collected on Saturday 27th; please be at Gate House (next to Fire Station) at 10.30am to sort them into areas.  Planting will begin on Sunday 28th.  Those setting out please be at The Town Bridge at 9am; those planting please meet at Town Bridge at 10.30am – bring hand tools and steps or boxes to stand on for Bridge planting.  For each Tuesday/Thursday thereafter it will be planting and then maintenance.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling To date 169 calendars have been sold on stalls  – we need to sell 486 calendars to break even. 59 envelopes and 87 packs of Christmas cards have been sold and donations to date amount to £199.07. Selling Schedules:  2nd November: 9-10 Linda and Margaret T. 10-11 Iola and Wendy. 11-12 David and Ian. 12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  3rd November.  9-10 Linda and Christine. 10-11 Joan and Oliver. 11-12 Margaret T and Ian. 12-1 Carol and Julia.  9th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Iola and Sheila. 11-12 Ian and Joyce.  12-1 Julia and Graham.  10th November 9-10 Carol and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Joan.  11-12 Margaret C and Ian. 12-1 Annie and Mick.  16th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Linda and Christine. 11-12 Wendy and Iola. 12-1 Margaret T and Margaret E. 17th November. l9-10 Annie and Sue.  10-11 Linda and Joan.  11-12 Carol and Margaret T.  12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  23rd November. 9-10 Sue and Joan. 10-11 Margaret E and Margaret T. 11-12 David and Ian.  12-1 Julia and Graham. 24th November 9-10 Carol and Joan. 10-11 Annie and Mick. 11-12 Christine and Margaret C. 12-1 Margaret T and Ian. 30th November 9-10 Jenny and Sue. 10-11 Wendy and Iola. 11-12 Linda and Margaret E. 12-1 Julia and Ian. 1st December 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Fiona. 11-12 Linda and Iola. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 1-end Julia and Graham. *To Do List. Tubs outside British Legion Club need to be painted – Annie volunteered for this and also to re-fix the gold bands where necessary.  Tubs at the Bus Stop in Trinity Street need to be cleaned up.  *It was noted that the grotty, disused phone box in Trinity Street has been removed and the post box painted – looks great!  Well done Sarah (Town Clerk) for chasing up this work.  *David suggested that perhaps the garden at the Elizabeth Courtauld Dr’s Surgery could be visited by AiB judges next year.  *Sue suggested that perhaps an identified ‘lonely or isolated’ person could be contacted and HiB could give their garden a makeover as a ‘special needs’ garden.  *Joan volunteered to remove the begonias from Bryan’s Bed at Weavers’ Court – Sue asked for the corms. * Joan showed a mock up of a bag suggested by Annette from the Chamber of Trade which it was suggested might be donated to HiB to sell.  After much discussion, and drawing on past experience, it was thought that bags don’t really sell for more than £1 each and it would be difficult for HiB to sell them although the idea was excellent. * Joan said that owner of ESO Print Shop at 13 Head Street Halstead would like to have some flowers outside his premises.  It isn’t sure if this is private or Council property but will be viewed.  *Joan noted that Halstead Beavers are to hold a Dance on 3rd November to raise money for plants at Holy Trinity School.  There will be a raffle at the event so please buy some tickets even if you can’t attend the dance. * Joan said that there will be some Halstead tea-towels for us to sell at the Christmas Fayre and at other events.  20 will be taken at cost price.  *Annie gave a mention to the Hedingham Singers’ Choral Event to be held at St. Peter’s Church, Sible Hedingham on 10th November starting at 7.30pm.  It will be a commemoration of the end of WWI and cost is £10 per person inclusive of tea and biscuits.  *Carol offered to bring some walnuts and some strawberry plants and echivera to sell at calendar selling events. These sold well at first outing!  *Carol also asked about the car parked awkwardly on Market Hill and it was said that Police/Parking Partnership are aware; it is believed that the owner was taken ill.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.45  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 29th November 2018     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 25th October  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

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

 

MINUTES of  27th September 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Letters/Messages of congratulations have been received; Halstead TC gave an ovation to HiB at recent Council Meeting; Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex CC sent a letter; Cllr Graham Butland, Leader of Braintree DC sent a letter.  *Facebook stats and messages from 30.08.18-26.09.18 had been printed and were shown; posts reached 2.3K people in 28 days and there were many, many messages of congratulations.  *Quiz Update. This was an enjoyable evening (although questions were hard!)  Entry raised £209.00, raffle gave £54.90 and Heads and Tails Game raised £13.50 at total of £277.40 for funds.  David T was thanked for his hard work in organising the Quiz and his assistants Annie and Mike were also thanked.  *Townswomen’s Guild.  Team members gave a talk to about 30 of the Guild and goods sold at the event raised £36.25 and there was a donation of £30.00 for HiB. *Priory Hall Coffee Morning. Jean kindly arranged the morning and whipped up support among residents.  Goods sold at the event raised £133.00, a raffle raised £84.00 and donations for refreshments totalled £13.45 – a total sum of £230.45.  Jean was thanked for all her efforts and was asked to thank the Priory Hall residents for their support.  *Team news: Chairman offered condolences to Fiona and her family on the death of her father.  Alan is to be admitted to Basildon Hospital next Wednesday with a view to surgeon operating on Thursday.  We wish Alan all the best and hope he will be fit enough to get back to working parties after Christmas!!
EVENTS:
   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 4th November.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 25th November, ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *Local Awards evening. United Reformed Church, Friday 26th October.  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.  There will be a raffle – prizes welcomed and refreshments will be available.  Please come and bring family and friends.  *Halstead Horticultural Late Show will be held at Queen’s Hall on Saturday 3rd November from 2pm.  Schedules can be got from Halstead Icing and there are classes for all sorts of entries – not just flowers and vegetables!  Get creating and enter!! You need to fill in a form on the schedule, and get to Margaret Tyler (or hand in to Halstead Icing) by Wednesday 31st October.  Entries need to be at the hall by 10am on Saturday 3rd November (hall will be open from 7.30am on that day) and public entry will be from 2pm (50p. entry to the show). There will be a raffle and Halstead calendars and Christmas (sorry!!!) cards will be on sale.  *Guys in the Park.  This annual event will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Sunday 4th November.  Guys to be taken to the Public Gardens before 10am and can be collected at 3.00pm.  Affix a card with entrant’s name so that a certificate can be produced.  Go and have a look from 10am – 3pm – there will be some wonderful creations!  Halstead in Bloom’s St. John Swert (increased!) family will be there. *Poppy Cascade. Ladies from Halstead will make a cascade of crafted poppies at The Library from 8th November.  There will also be poppies in Holy Trinity Churchyard all to commemorate the end of WWI 100 years ago.  *Armistice Day commemoration will begin in Halstead Public Gardens at 2pm on Sunday 11th November and there will be a procession from the Gardens to St. Andrew’s Church for a commemorative service.  *Co-op Presentation. The National Co-op Society will be presenting their final payments for 2017/18 to charity recipients on 24thNovember at the store in Colchester Road.  No details of times have been given but will be circulated as soon as they are known.  *Halstead Christmas Fayre and Switch on of the Christmas Lights will take place on Saturday 1st December from 9am.  HiB Stall will be outside Solar Store on the day.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on Wednesday 5th December. HiB will be helping to marshall and collect.  *HiB has been asked to speak to Tiptree Garden Club on Thursday 6th December.  *HiB Christmas Meal will be on Friday 18th January 2019 at St. Andrew’s Hall.  Cost is £20 per person and must be paid when booking.  Payment is non-refundable.  Menus will be available shortly and must be returned, with payment, to Margaret T by 1st December.  Event is open to all, please ask Margaret or a team member for a menu.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Seminar will be held in Filby, Norfolk on 7th November.  Cost is £15.00 per person. Transport is now sorted, 12 will be attending from Halstead.   Event will start at 10.15am and should finish about 3pm.  Coffee and homemade shortbread will be available and lunch will be a ploughman’s with home cooked food.  Bar with soft drinks for sale will be open.   *Anglia in Bloom region’s results in RHS Britain in Bloom – Village – Woburn. SILVER.  Coastal – Hunstanton – GOLD.  Large Town – Bury St. Edmunds – GOLD.  City – Norwich. SILVER-GILT.  BIDs,Town & City Centres – Wisbech.  GOLD & CATEGORY WINNER.  Brian Massingham from Wisbech was also given a Community Champions Award.

The Champion of Champions this year was Truro.  Full results on RHS Website.  *Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  Now is the time to start thinking about Halstead’s entry for next year.  We need to show all the elements required: Biodiversity, Community Project, Conservation Project, Sustainable Garden, Floral Display by an Individual or Community, Garden for Special Needs, Sheltered Housing/Care Home Garden. Grown Your Own, Industrial/Commercial Area, Local Authority Floral Display, Public Open Space, Young People’s Project (aged under 12 years), Young People’s Project (aged 12-18 years) and we need to consider how we can manoeuvre the judges around the town without looking at any grott spots!  Ideas, please!!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise:  Plants are being collected on Saturday 27th; please be at Gate House (next to Fire Station) at 10.30am to sort them into areas.  Planting will begin on Sunday 28th.  Those setting out please be at The Town Bridge at 9am; those planting please meet at Town Bridge at 10.30am – bring hand tools and steps or boxes to stand on for Bridge planting.  For each Tuesday/Thursday thereafter it will be planting and then maintenance.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling To date 169 calendars have been sold on stalls  – we need to sell 486 calendars to break even. 59 envelopes and 87 packs of Christmas cards have been sold and donations to date amount to £199.07. Selling Schedules:  2nd November: 9-10 Linda and Margaret T. 10-11 Iola and Wendy. 11-12 David and Ian. 12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  3rd November.  9-10 Linda and Christine. 10-11 Joan and Oliver. 11-12 Margaret T and Ian. 12-1 Carol and Julia.  9th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Iola and Sheila. 11-12 Ian and Joyce.  12-1 Julia and Graham.  10th November 9-10 Carol and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Joan.  11-12 Margaret C and Ian. 12-1 Annie and Mick.  16th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Linda and Christine. 11-12 Wendy and Iola. 12-1 Margaret T and Margaret E. 17th November. l9-10 Annie and Sue.  10-11 Linda and Joan.  11-12 Carol and Margaret T.  12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  23rd November. 9-10 Sue and Joan. 10-11 Margaret E and Margaret T. 11-12 David and Ian.  12-1 Julia and Graham. 24th November 9-10 Carol and Joan. 10-11 Annie and Mick. 11-12 Christine and Margaret C. 12-1 Margaret T and Ian. 30th November 9-10 Jenny and Sue. 10-11 Wendy and Iola. 11-12 Linda and Margaret E. 12-1 Julia and Ian. 1st December 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Fiona. 11-12 Linda and Iola. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 1-end Julia and Graham. *To Do List. Tubs outside British Legion Club need to be painted – Annie volunteered for this and also to re-fix the gold bands where necessary.  Tubs at the Bus Stop in Trinity Street need to be cleaned up.  *It was noted that the grotty, disused phone box in Trinity Street has been removed and the post box painted – looks great!  Well done Sarah (Town Clerk) for chasing up this work.  *David suggested that perhaps the garden at the Elizabeth Courtauld Dr’s Surgery could be visited by AiB judges next year.  *Sue suggested that perhaps an identified ‘lonely or isolated’ person could be contacted and HiB could give their garden a makeover as a ‘special needs’ garden.  *Joan volunteered to remove the begonias from Bryan’s Bed at Weavers’ Court – Sue asked for the corms. * Joan showed a mock up of a bag suggested by Annette from the Chamber of Trade which it was suggested might be donated to HiB to sell.  After much discussion, and drawing on past experience, it was thought that bags don’t really sell for more than £1 each and it would be difficult for HiB to sell them although the idea was excellent. * Joan said that owner of ESO Print Shop at 13 Head Street Halstead would like to have some flowers outside his premises.  It isn’t sure if this is private or Council property but will be viewed.  *Joan noted that Halstead Beavers are to hold a Dance on 3rd November to raise money for plants at Holy Trinity School.  There will be a raffle at the event so please buy some tickets even if you can’t attend the dance. * Joan said that there will be some Halstead tea-towels for us to sell at the Christmas Fayre and at other events.  20 will be taken at cost price.  *Annie gave a mention to the Hedingham Singers’ Choral Event to be held at St. Peter’s Church, Sible Hedingham on 10th November starting at 7.30pm.  It will be a commemoration of the end of WWI and cost is £10 per person inclusive of tea and biscuits.  *Carol offered to bring some walnuts and some strawberry plants and echivera to sell at calendar selling events. These sold well at first outing!  *Carol also asked about the car parked awkwardly on Market Hill and it was said that Police/Parking Partnership are aware; it is believed that the owner was taken ill.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.45  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 29th November 2018     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 25th October  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

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

 

MINUTES of  27th September 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Letters/Messages of congratulations have been received; Halstead TC gave an ovation to HiB at recent Council Meeting; Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex CC sent a letter; Cllr Graham Butland, Leader of Braintree DC sent a letter.  *Facebook stats and messages from 30.08.18-26.09.18 had been printed and were shown; posts reached 2.3K people in 28 days and there were many, many messages of congratulations.  *Quiz Update. This was an enjoyable evening (although questions were hard!)  Entry raised £209.00, raffle gave £54.90 and Heads and Tails Game raised £13.50 at total of £277.40 for funds.  David T was thanked for his hard work in organising the Quiz and his assistants Annie and Mike were also thanked.  *Townswomen’s Guild.  Team members gave a talk to about 30 of the Guild and goods sold at the event raised £36.25 and there was a donation of £30.00 for HiB. *Priory Hall Coffee Morning. Jean kindly arranged the morning and whipped up support among residents.  Goods sold at the event raised £133.00, a raffle raised £84.00 and donations for refreshments totalled £13.45 – a total sum of £230.45.  Jean was thanked for all her efforts and was asked to thank the Priory Hall residents for their support.  *Team news: Chairman offered condolences to Fiona and her family on the death of her father.  Alan is to be admitted to Basildon Hospital next Wednesday with a view to surgeon operating on Thursday.  We wish Alan all the best and hope he will be fit enough to get back to working parties after Christmas!!
EVENTS:
   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 4th November.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 25th November, ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *Local Awards evening. United Reformed Church, Friday 26th October.  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.  There will be a raffle – prizes welcomed and refreshments will be available.  Please come and bring family and friends.  *Halstead Horticultural Late Show will be held at Queen’s Hall on Saturday 3rd November from 2pm.  Schedules can be got from Halstead Icing and there are classes for all sorts of entries – not just flowers and vegetables!  Get creating and enter!! You need to fill in a form on the schedule, and get to Margaret Tyler (or hand in to Halstead Icing) by Wednesday 31st October.  Entries need to be at the hall by 10am on Saturday 3rd November (hall will be open from 7.30am on that day) and public entry will be from 2pm (50p. entry to the show). There will be a raffle and Halstead calendars and Christmas (sorry!!!) cards will be on sale.  *Guys in the Park.  This annual event will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Sunday 4th November.  Guys to be taken to the Public Gardens before 10am and can be collected at 3.00pm.  Affix a card with entrant’s name so that a certificate can be produced.  Go and have a look from 10am – 3pm – there will be some wonderful creations!  Halstead in Bloom’s St. John Swert (increased!) family will be there. *Poppy Cascade. Ladies from Halstead will make a cascade of crafted poppies at The Library from 8th November.  There will also be poppies in Holy Trinity Churchyard all to commemorate the end of WWI 100 years ago.  *Armistice Day commemoration will begin in Halstead Public Gardens at 2pm on Sunday 11th November and there will be a procession from the Gardens to St. Andrew’s Church for a commemorative service.  *Co-op Presentation. The National Co-op Society will be presenting their final payments for 2017/18 to charity recipients on 24thNovember at the store in Colchester Road.  No details of times have been given but will be circulated as soon as they are known.  *Halstead Christmas Fayre and Switch on of the Christmas Lights will take place on Saturday 1st December from 9am.  HiB Stall will be outside Solar Store on the day.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on Wednesday 5th December. HiB will be helping to marshall and collect.  *HiB has been asked to speak to Tiptree Garden Club on Thursday 6th December.  *HiB Christmas Meal will be on Friday 18th January 2019 at St. Andrew’s Hall.  Cost is £20 per person and must be paid when booking.  Payment is non-refundable.  Menus will be available shortly and must be returned, with payment, to Margaret T by 1st December.  Event is open to all, please ask Margaret or a team member for a menu.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Seminar will be held in Filby, Norfolk on 7th November.  Cost is £15.00 per person. Transport is now sorted, 12 will be attending from Halstead.   Event will start at 10.15am and should finish about 3pm.  Coffee and homemade shortbread will be available and lunch will be a ploughman’s with home cooked food.  Bar with soft drinks for sale will be open.   *Anglia in Bloom region’s results in RHS Britain in Bloom – Village – Woburn. SILVER.  Coastal – Hunstanton – GOLD.  Large Town – Bury St. Edmunds – GOLD.  City – Norwich. SILVER-GILT.  BIDs,Town & City Centres – Wisbech.  GOLD & CATEGORY WINNER.  Brian Massingham from Wisbech was also given a Community Champions Award.

The Champion of Champions this year was Truro.  Full results on RHS Website.  *Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  Now is the time to start thinking about Halstead’s entry for next year.  We need to show all the elements required: Biodiversity, Community Project, Conservation Project, Sustainable Garden, Floral Display by an Individual or Community, Garden for Special Needs, Sheltered Housing/Care Home Garden. Grown Your Own, Industrial/Commercial Area, Local Authority Floral Display, Public Open Space, Young People’s Project (aged under 12 years), Young People’s Project (aged 12-18 years) and we need to consider how we can manoeuvre the judges around the town without looking at any grott spots!  Ideas, please!!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise:  Plants are being collected on Saturday 27th; please be at Gate House (next to Fire Station) at 10.30am to sort them into areas.  Planting will begin on Sunday 28th.  Those setting out please be at The Town Bridge at 9am; those planting please meet at Town Bridge at 10.30am – bring hand tools and steps or boxes to stand on for Bridge planting.  For each Tuesday/Thursday thereafter it will be planting and then maintenance.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling To date 169 calendars have been sold on stalls  – we need to sell 486 calendars to break even. 59 envelopes and 87 packs of Christmas cards have been sold and donations to date amount to £199.07. Selling Schedules:  2nd November: 9-10 Linda and Margaret T. 10-11 Iola and Wendy. 11-12 David and Ian. 12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  3rd November.  9-10 Linda and Christine. 10-11 Joan and Oliver. 11-12 Margaret T and Ian. 12-1 Carol and Julia.  9th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Iola and Sheila. 11-12 Ian and Joyce.  12-1 Julia and Graham.  10th November 9-10 Carol and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Joan.  11-12 Margaret C and Ian. 12-1 Annie and Mick.  16th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Linda and Christine. 11-12 Wendy and Iola. 12-1 Margaret T and Margaret E. 17th November. l9-10 Annie and Sue.  10-11 Linda and Joan.  11-12 Carol and Margaret T.  12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  23rd November. 9-10 Sue and Joan. 10-11 Margaret E and Margaret T. 11-12 David and Ian.  12-1 Julia and Graham. 24th November 9-10 Carol and Joan. 10-11 Annie and Mick. 11-12 Christine and Margaret C. 12-1 Margaret T and Ian. 30th November 9-10 Jenny and Sue. 10-11 Wendy and Iola. 11-12 Linda and Margaret E. 12-1 Julia and Ian. 1st December 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Fiona. 11-12 Linda and Iola. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 1-end Julia and Graham. *To Do List. Tubs outside British Legion Club need to be painted – Annie volunteered for this and also to re-fix the gold bands where necessary.  Tubs at the Bus Stop in Trinity Street need to be cleaned up.  *It was noted that the grotty, disused phone box in Trinity Street has been removed and the post box painted – looks great!  Well done Sarah (Town Clerk) for chasing up this work.  *David suggested that perhaps the garden at the Elizabeth Courtauld Dr’s Surgery could be visited by AiB judges next year.  *Sue suggested that perhaps an identified ‘lonely or isolated’ person could be contacted and HiB could give their garden a makeover as a ‘special needs’ garden.  *Joan volunteered to remove the begonias from Bryan’s Bed at Weavers’ Court – Sue asked for the corms. * Joan showed a mock up of a bag suggested by Annette from the Chamber of Trade which it was suggested might be donated to HiB to sell.  After much discussion, and drawing on past experience, it was thought that bags don’t really sell for more than £1 each and it would be difficult for HiB to sell them although the idea was excellent. * Joan said that owner of ESO Print Shop at 13 Head Street Halstead would like to have some flowers outside his premises.  It isn’t sure if this is private or Council property but will be viewed.  *Joan noted that Halstead Beavers are to hold a Dance on 3rd November to raise money for plants at Holy Trinity School.  There will be a raffle at the event so please buy some tickets even if you can’t attend the dance. * Joan said that there will be some Halstead tea-towels for us to sell at the Christmas Fayre and at other events.  20 will be taken at cost price.  *Annie gave a mention to the Hedingham Singers’ Choral Event to be held at St. Peter’s Church, Sible Hedingham on 10th November starting at 7.30pm.  It will be a commemoration of the end of WWI and cost is £10 per person inclusive of tea and biscuits.  *Carol offered to bring some walnuts and some strawberry plants and echivera to sell at calendar selling events. These sold well at first outing!  *Carol also asked about the car parked awkwardly on Market Hill and it was said that Police/Parking Partnership are aware; it is believed that the owner was taken ill.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.45  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 29th November 2018     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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Minutes of a meeting 25th October  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

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

 

MINUTES of  27th September 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Letters/Messages of congratulations have been received; Halstead TC gave an ovation to HiB at recent Council Meeting; Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex CC sent a letter; Cllr Graham Butland, Leader of Braintree DC sent a letter.  *Facebook stats and messages from 30.08.18-26.09.18 had been printed and were shown; posts reached 2.3K people in 28 days and there were many, many messages of congratulations.  *Quiz Update. This was an enjoyable evening (although questions were hard!)  Entry raised £209.00, raffle gave £54.90 and Heads and Tails Game raised £13.50 at total of £277.40 for funds.  David T was thanked for his hard work in organising the Quiz and his assistants Annie and Mike were also thanked.  *Townswomen’s Guild.  Team members gave a talk to about 30 of the Guild and goods sold at the event raised £36.25 and there was a donation of £30.00 for HiB. *Priory Hall Coffee Morning. Jean kindly arranged the morning and whipped up support among residents.  Goods sold at the event raised £133.00, a raffle raised £84.00 and donations for refreshments totalled £13.45 – a total sum of £230.45.  Jean was thanked for all her efforts and was asked to thank the Priory Hall residents for their support.  *Team news: Chairman offered condolences to Fiona and her family on the death of her father.  Alan is to be admitted to Basildon Hospital next Wednesday with a view to surgeon operating on Thursday.  We wish Alan all the best and hope he will be fit enough to get back to working parties after Christmas!!
EVENTS:
   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 4th November.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 25th November, ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *Local Awards evening. United Reformed Church, Friday 26th October.  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.  There will be a raffle – prizes welcomed and refreshments will be available.  Please come and bring family and friends.  *Halstead Horticultural Late Show will be held at Queen’s Hall on Saturday 3rd November from 2pm.  Schedules can be got from Halstead Icing and there are classes for all sorts of entries – not just flowers and vegetables!  Get creating and enter!! You need to fill in a form on the schedule, and get to Margaret Tyler (or hand in to Halstead Icing) by Wednesday 31st October.  Entries need to be at the hall by 10am on Saturday 3rd November (hall will be open from 7.30am on that day) and public entry will be from 2pm (50p. entry to the show). There will be a raffle and Halstead calendars and Christmas (sorry!!!) cards will be on sale.  *Guys in the Park.  This annual event will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Sunday 4th November.  Guys to be taken to the Public Gardens before 10am and can be collected at 3.00pm.  Affix a card with entrant’s name so that a certificate can be produced.  Go and have a look from 10am – 3pm – there will be some wonderful creations!  Halstead in Bloom’s St. John Swert (increased!) family will be there. *Poppy Cascade. Ladies from Halstead will make a cascade of crafted poppies at The Library from 8th November.  There will also be poppies in Holy Trinity Churchyard all to commemorate the end of WWI 100 years ago.  *Armistice Day commemoration will begin in Halstead Public Gardens at 2pm on Sunday 11th November and there will be a procession from the Gardens to St. Andrew’s Church for a commemorative service.  *Co-op Presentation. The National Co-op Society will be presenting their final payments for 2017/18 to charity recipients on 24thNovember at the store in Colchester Road.  No details of times have been given but will be circulated as soon as they are known.  *Halstead Christmas Fayre and Switch on of the Christmas Lights will take place on Saturday 1st December from 9am.  HiB Stall will be outside Solar Store on the day.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on Wednesday 5th December. HiB will be helping to marshall and collect.  *HiB has been asked to speak to Tiptree Garden Club on Thursday 6th December.  *HiB Christmas Meal will be on Friday 18th January 2019 at St. Andrew’s Hall.  Cost is £20 per person and must be paid when booking.  Payment is non-refundable.  Menus will be available shortly and must be returned, with payment, to Margaret T by 1st December.  Event is open to all, please ask Margaret or a team member for a menu.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Seminar will be held in Filby, Norfolk on 7th November.  Cost is £15.00 per person. Transport is now sorted, 12 will be attending from Halstead.   Event will start at 10.15am and should finish about 3pm.  Coffee and homemade shortbread will be available and lunch will be a ploughman’s with home cooked food.  Bar with soft drinks for sale will be open.   *Anglia in Bloom region’s results in RHS Britain in Bloom – Village – Woburn. SILVER.  Coastal – Hunstanton – GOLD.  Large Town – Bury St. Edmunds – GOLD.  City – Norwich. SILVER-GILT.  BIDs,Town & City Centres – Wisbech.  GOLD & CATEGORY WINNER.  Brian Massingham from Wisbech was also given a Community Champions Award.

The Champion of Champions this year was Truro.  Full results on RHS Website.  *Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  Now is the time to start thinking about Halstead’s entry for next year.  We need to show all the elements required: Biodiversity, Community Project, Conservation Project, Sustainable Garden, Floral Display by an Individual or Community, Garden for Special Needs, Sheltered Housing/Care Home Garden. Grown Your Own, Industrial/Commercial Area, Local Authority Floral Display, Public Open Space, Young People’s Project (aged under 12 years), Young People’s Project (aged 12-18 years) and we need to consider how we can manoeuvre the judges around the town without looking at any grott spots!  Ideas, please!!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise:  Plants are being collected on Saturday 27th; please be at Gate House (next to Fire Station) at 10.30am to sort them into areas.  Planting will begin on Sunday 28th.  Those setting out please be at The Town Bridge at 9am; those planting please meet at Town Bridge at 10.30am – bring hand tools and steps or boxes to stand on for Bridge planting.  For each Tuesday/Thursday thereafter it will be planting and then maintenance.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling To date 169 calendars have been sold on stalls  – we need to sell 486 calendars to break even. 59 envelopes and 87 packs of Christmas cards have been sold and donations to date amount to £199.07. Selling Schedules:  2nd November: 9-10 Linda and Margaret T. 10-11 Iola and Wendy. 11-12 David and Ian. 12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  3rd November.  9-10 Linda and Christine. 10-11 Joan and Oliver. 11-12 Margaret T and Ian. 12-1 Carol and Julia.  9th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Iola and Sheila. 11-12 Ian and Joyce.  12-1 Julia and Graham.  10th November 9-10 Carol and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Joan.  11-12 Margaret C and Ian. 12-1 Annie and Mick.  16th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Linda and Christine. 11-12 Wendy and Iola. 12-1 Margaret T and Margaret E. 17th November. l9-10 Annie and Sue.  10-11 Linda and Joan.  11-12 Carol and Margaret T.  12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  23rd November. 9-10 Sue and Joan. 10-11 Margaret E and Margaret T. 11-12 David and Ian.  12-1 Julia and Graham. 24th November 9-10 Carol and Joan. 10-11 Annie and Mick. 11-12 Christine and Margaret C. 12-1 Margaret T and Ian. 30th November 9-10 Jenny and Sue. 10-11 Wendy and Iola. 11-12 Linda and Margaret E. 12-1 Julia and Ian. 1st December 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Fiona. 11-12 Linda and Iola. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 1-end Julia and Graham. *To Do List. Tubs outside British Legion Club need to be painted – Annie volunteered for this and also to re-fix the gold bands where necessary.  Tubs at the Bus Stop in Trinity Street need to be cleaned up.  *It was noted that the grotty, disused phone box in Trinity Street has been removed and the post box painted – looks great!  Well done Sarah (Town Clerk) for chasing up this work.  *David suggested that perhaps the garden at the Elizabeth Courtauld Dr’s Surgery could be visited by AiB judges next year.  *Sue suggested that perhaps an identified ‘lonely or isolated’ person could be contacted and HiB could give their garden a makeover as a ‘special needs’ garden.  *Joan volunteered to remove the begonias from Bryan’s Bed at Weavers’ Court – Sue asked for the corms. * Joan showed a mock up of a bag suggested by Annette from the Chamber of Trade which it was suggested might be donated to HiB to sell.  After much discussion, and drawing on past experience, it was thought that bags don’t really sell for more than £1 each and it would be difficult for HiB to sell them although the idea was excellent. * Joan said that owner of ESO Print Shop at 13 Head Street Halstead would like to have some flowers outside his premises.  It isn’t sure if this is private or Council property but will be viewed.  *Joan noted that Halstead Beavers are to hold a Dance on 3rd November to raise money for plants at Holy Trinity School.  There will be a raffle at the event so please buy some tickets even if you can’t attend the dance. * Joan said that there will be some Halstead tea-towels for us to sell at the Christmas Fayre and at other events.  20 will be taken at cost price.  *Annie gave a mention to the Hedingham Singers’ Choral Event to be held at St. Peter’s Church, Sible Hedingham on 10th November starting at 7.30pm.  It will be a commemoration of the end of WWI and cost is £10 per person inclusive of tea and biscuits.  *Carol offered to bring some walnuts and some strawberry plants and echivera to sell at calendar selling events. These sold well at first outing!  *Carol also asked about the car parked awkwardly on Market Hill and it was said that Police/Parking Partnership are aware; it is believed that the owner was taken ill.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.45  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 29th November 2018     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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Minutes of a meeting 25th October  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

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

 

MINUTES of  27th September 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Letters/Messages of congratulations have been received; Halstead TC gave an ovation to HiB at recent Council Meeting; Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex CC sent a letter; Cllr Graham Butland, Leader of Braintree DC sent a letter.  *Facebook stats and messages from 30.08.18-26.09.18 had been printed and were shown; posts reached 2.3K people in 28 days and there were many, many messages of congratulations.  *Quiz Update. This was an enjoyable evening (although questions were hard!)  Entry raised £209.00, raffle gave £54.90 and Heads and Tails Game raised £13.50 at total of £277.40 for funds.  David T was thanked for his hard work in organising the Quiz and his assistants Annie and Mike were also thanked.  *Townswomen’s Guild.  Team members gave a talk to about 30 of the Guild and goods sold at the event raised £36.25 and there was a donation of £30.00 for HiB. *Priory Hall Coffee Morning. Jean kindly arranged the morning and whipped up support among residents.  Goods sold at the event raised £133.00, a raffle raised £84.00 and donations for refreshments totalled £13.45 – a total sum of £230.45.  Jean was thanked for all her efforts and was asked to thank the Priory Hall residents for their support.  *Team news: Chairman offered condolences to Fiona and her family on the death of her father.  Alan is to be admitted to Basildon Hospital next Wednesday with a view to surgeon operating on Thursday.  We wish Alan all the best and hope he will be fit enough to get back to working parties after Christmas!!
EVENTS:
   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 4th November.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 25th November, ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *Local Awards evening. United Reformed Church, Friday 26th October.  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.  There will be a raffle – prizes welcomed and refreshments will be available.  Please come and bring family and friends.  *Halstead Horticultural Late Show will be held at Queen’s Hall on Saturday 3rd November from 2pm.  Schedules can be got from Halstead Icing and there are classes for all sorts of entries – not just flowers and vegetables!  Get creating and enter!! You need to fill in a form on the schedule, and get to Margaret Tyler (or hand in to Halstead Icing) by Wednesday 31st October.  Entries need to be at the hall by 10am on Saturday 3rd November (hall will be open from 7.30am on that day) and public entry will be from 2pm (50p. entry to the show). There will be a raffle and Halstead calendars and Christmas (sorry!!!) cards will be on sale.  *Guys in the Park.  This annual event will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Sunday 4th November.  Guys to be taken to the Public Gardens before 10am and can be collected at 3.00pm.  Affix a card with entrant’s name so that a certificate can be produced.  Go and have a look from 10am – 3pm – there will be some wonderful creations!  Halstead in Bloom’s St. John Swert (increased!) family will be there. *Poppy Cascade. Ladies from Halstead will make a cascade of crafted poppies at The Library from 8th November.  There will also be poppies in Holy Trinity Churchyard all to commemorate the end of WWI 100 years ago.  *Armistice Day commemoration will begin in Halstead Public Gardens at 2pm on Sunday 11th November and there will be a procession from the Gardens to St. Andrew’s Church for a commemorative service.  *Co-op Presentation. The National Co-op Society will be presenting their final payments for 2017/18 to charity recipients on 24thNovember at the store in Colchester Road.  No details of times have been given but will be circulated as soon as they are known.  *Halstead Christmas Fayre and Switch on of the Christmas Lights will take place on Saturday 1st December from 9am.  HiB Stall will be outside Solar Store on the day.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on Wednesday 5th December. HiB will be helping to marshall and collect.  *HiB has been asked to speak to Tiptree Garden Club on Thursday 6th December.  *HiB Christmas Meal will be on Friday 18th January 2019 at St. Andrew’s Hall.  Cost is £20 per person and must be paid when booking.  Payment is non-refundable.  Menus will be available shortly and must be returned, with payment, to Margaret T by 1st December.  Event is open to all, please ask Margaret or a team member for a menu.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Seminar will be held in Filby, Norfolk on 7th November.  Cost is £15.00 per person. Transport is now sorted, 12 will be attending from Halstead.   Event will start at 10.15am and should finish about 3pm.  Coffee and homemade shortbread will be available and lunch will be a ploughman’s with home cooked food.  Bar with soft drinks for sale will be open.   *Anglia in Bloom region’s results in RHS Britain in Bloom – Village – Woburn. SILVER.  Coastal – Hunstanton – GOLD.  Large Town – Bury St. Edmunds – GOLD.  City – Norwich. SILVER-GILT.  BIDs,Town & City Centres – Wisbech.  GOLD & CATEGORY WINNER.  Brian Massingham from Wisbech was also given a Community Champions Award.

The Champion of Champions this year was Truro.  Full results on RHS Website.  *Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  Now is the time to start thinking about Halstead’s entry for next year.  We need to show all the elements required: Biodiversity, Community Project, Conservation Project, Sustainable Garden, Floral Display by an Individual or Community, Garden for Special Needs, Sheltered Housing/Care Home Garden. Grown Your Own, Industrial/Commercial Area, Local Authority Floral Display, Public Open Space, Young People’s Project (aged under 12 years), Young People’s Project (aged 12-18 years) and we need to consider how we can manoeuvre the judges around the town without looking at any grott spots!  Ideas, please!!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise:  Plants are being collected on Saturday 27th; please be at Gate House (next to Fire Station) at 10.30am to sort them into areas.  Planting will begin on Sunday 28th.  Those setting out please be at The Town Bridge at 9am; those planting please meet at Town Bridge at 10.30am – bring hand tools and steps or boxes to stand on for Bridge planting.  For each Tuesday/Thursday thereafter it will be planting and then maintenance.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling To date 169 calendars have been sold on stalls  – we need to sell 486 calendars to break even. 59 envelopes and 87 packs of Christmas cards have been sold and donations to date amount to £199.07. Selling Schedules:  2nd November: 9-10 Linda and Margaret T. 10-11 Iola and Wendy. 11-12 David and Ian. 12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  3rd November.  9-10 Linda and Christine. 10-11 Joan and Oliver. 11-12 Margaret T and Ian. 12-1 Carol and Julia.  9th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Iola and Sheila. 11-12 Ian and Joyce.  12-1 Julia and Graham.  10th November 9-10 Carol and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Joan.  11-12 Margaret C and Ian. 12-1 Annie and Mick.  16th November. 9-10 Jenny and Joan. 10-11 Linda and Christine. 11-12 Wendy and Iola. 12-1 Margaret T and Margaret E. 17th November. l9-10 Annie and Sue.  10-11 Linda and Joan.  11-12 Carol and Margaret T.  12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  23rd November. 9-10 Sue and Joan. 10-11 Margaret E and Margaret T. 11-12 David and Ian.  12-1 Julia and Graham. 24th November 9-10 Carol and Joan. 10-11 Annie and Mick. 11-12 Christine and Margaret C. 12-1 Margaret T and Ian. 30th November 9-10 Jenny and Sue. 10-11 Wendy and Iola. 11-12 Linda and Margaret E. 12-1 Julia and Ian. 1st December 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jean and Fiona. 11-12 Linda and Iola. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 1-end Julia and Graham. *To Do List. Tubs outside British Legion Club need to be painted – Annie volunteered for this and also to re-fix the gold bands where necessary.  Tubs at the Bus Stop in Trinity Street need to be cleaned up.  *It was noted that the grotty, disused phone box in Trinity Street has been removed and the post box painted – looks great!  Well done Sarah (Town Clerk) for chasing up this work.  *David suggested that perhaps the garden at the Elizabeth Courtauld Dr’s Surgery could be visited by AiB judges next year.  *Sue suggested that perhaps an identified ‘lonely or isolated’ person could be contacted and HiB could give their garden a makeover as a ‘special needs’ garden.  *Joan volunteered to remove the begonias from Bryan’s Bed at Weavers’ Court – Sue asked for the corms. * Joan showed a mock up of a bag suggested by Annette from the Chamber of Trade which it was suggested might be donated to HiB to sell.  After much discussion, and drawing on past experience, it was thought that bags don’t really sell for more than £1 each and it would be difficult for HiB to sell them although the idea was excellent. * Joan said that owner of ESO Print Shop at 13 Head Street Halstead would like to have some flowers outside his premises.  It isn’t sure if this is private or Council property but will be viewed.  *Joan noted that Halstead Beavers are to hold a Dance on 3rd November to raise money for plants at Holy Trinity School.  There will be a raffle at the event so please buy some tickets even if you can’t attend the dance. * Joan said that there will be some Halstead tea-towels for us to sell at the Christmas Fayre and at other events.  20 will be taken at cost price.  *Annie gave a mention to the Hedingham Singers’ Choral Event to be held at St. Peter’s Church, Sible Hedingham on 10th November starting at 7.30pm.  It will be a commemoration of the end of WWI and cost is £10 per person inclusive of tea and biscuits.  *Carol offered to bring some walnuts and some strawberry plants and echivera to sell at calendar selling events. These sold well at first outing!  *Carol also asked about the car parked awkwardly on Market Hill and it was said that Police/Parking Partnership are aware; it is believed that the owner was taken ill.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.45  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 29th November 2018     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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Minutes 27th Sept 2018

 

Minutes of a meeting 27th September  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.  New members Nickey and Candy were welcomed.

MINUTES of  26th July 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Councillors’ Grants.  £500 each has been received from Cllr Mrs Julia Allen, Cllr Mrs Jackie Pell and Cllr Steve Kirby.  These grants have been used to help purchase some new containers.  *Road Runners’ Donation. Halstead Road Runners have very generously donated £1350.00 to Halstead in Bloom from funds raised at the Halstead Marathon.  This money has been put towards purchase of new containers.  *Sci Fi Trail debrief.  This trail didn’t seem to be a great success as only 4 entries were received.  Each entrant received a prize.  Retailers did report that several people were looking at the displays.  Maybe a re-think on what (if anything) to do next year is required.  *Holy Trinity Church.  Note has been received and was read from Steve and Sally Card.  There are plans to revive a group called ‘Friends of Trinity Church, Halstead to help support the work of the Churches Conservation Trust.  If YOU would like to join this group to help make this beautiful church a vibrant and used part of the community please attend a meeting on Thursday 18th October at 7.30 at 5 Chapel Hill, Halstead.  (It would be good for Sally and Steve to have some ideas of numbers, please email stevecard52@gmail.com).  *Co-op Celebration 24/11.  The final payout of the current round of funding will take place on this day and members are invited to join in the celebration.  Note the date in your diary – more details next month. *Payphone, Trinity Street. Sarah, Town Clerk, contacted BT and has been told that the removal of the redundant phone box will take place with a projected date of March 2019.  Sarah has been assured that as soon as contractors are next working in the are the payphone housing will be removed – well done Sarah! *License to Plant. All planting in or on Essex Highways land has to be licensed and Officer met with Town Clerk and HiB Secretary earlier this year to measure and plan all planting.  Draft license has been prepared and hopefully will be granted in time for winter planting.  *Halstead Connected. Initiative to combat loneliness and isolation in Essex has now been completed and will be taken forward by Braintree DC and other bodies.  Meeting took place on 26th September and another meeting will be held early next year. 
EVENTS:
   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 7th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th September, ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *Priory Hall Coffee Morning.  Residents of Priory Hall have kindly said they will host a fund raising coffee morning for HiB and the date chosen is 18th October. Opening at 11am. (set up from 10.15)  Further details later.  *Quiz.  Should be in your diaries for 12th October!!  Posters have been displayed; David has compiled the list of ‘easy’!!! questions.  Raffle Prizes will be sought – please give any you have to Margaret Tyler who will arrange ticket sales.  Max. 6 people per table – there will always be space on other tables if you turn up.   *Local Awards evening. United Reformed Church is booked for Friday 26th October.  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.  There will be a raffle – prizes welcomed and refreshments will be available.  Please come and bring family and friends.  *Van is booked for collection of winter plants on 27th October; meet at Gate House, next to the Fire Station, for sorting from 10.30 am.  planting on 28th October, meet at Town Bridge at 10.00 am. *Requests to speak.  HiB has been asked to speak to several groups:- Black Notley Gardening Club on 10th October, Halstead Townswomen’s Guild on 17th October, Tiptree Gardening Club on 6th December and Baptist Church, Halstead on 7th February.  It’s always good to spread the word!  *Battle’s Over.  Braintree DC will be planting a Douglas Fir Tree in Halstead Public Gardens on 8th October.  This tree was chosen for Halstead as Douglas Firs were planted after the end of WW1 to replenish timber supplies following the Industrial Revolution and wartime depletions. Trees will also be planted in Witham and Braintree.  *Coffee Mornings: Friday 28th September, Richard EdwardsLLP will hold a coffee morning in aid of McMillan Cancer Campaign.  On Tuesday 2nd October the Halstead Resource Centre will hold a Coffee and Cake morning – £1.00 per head. All welcome.  *Halstead Beavers will be holding a dance on 3rd November at Hedingham Village Hall raising money for the revamped sensory bed at Holy Trinity School. Tickets cost £12.50 from Hardy’s, Halstead.  *Halstead Horticultural Late Show will be held at Queen’s Hall on Saturday 3rd November from 2pm.  Schedules can be got from Halstead Icing and there are classes for all sorts of entries – not just flowers and vegetables!  Get creating and enter!! Halstead calendars and Christmas (sorry!!!) cards will be on sale.  *Guys in the Park.  This annual event will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Sunday 4th November.  Guys to be taken to the Public Gardens before 10am and can be collected at 3.00pm.  Affix a card with entrant’s name so that a certificate can be produced.  Go and have a look from 10am – 3pm – there will be some wonderful creations!

And they say that nothing ever happens in Halstead!! 
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18. *Awards   de-brief.   Chairman congratulated all volunteers on obtaining a Gold Award and being named as Best Town for the 10th year in a row.  Halstead Public Gardens was also given a Gold Award and named as Best Medium Size Park for the 3rd year in a row and Halstead Cemetery was given a Silver award at  first entry.   All volunteers, Braintree DC team and Halstead TC staff worked hard and put in stirling effort to get these results.  Chairman remarked that these successes must attract visitors to the Town and this can only be good for tourism.  Joan noted that the Chamber of Trade is trying hard to attract visitors with the floral displays being a great attraction.  Many phone calls, cards and comments on the displays and Halstead’s success have been received and it was heartening to see a good write up in Halstead Gazette.  Gosfield’s success in gaining a Silver-Gilt Award at first attempt was applauded.  Some feedback on the Awards Event was given.  Chairman asked team’s feelings about entering Anglia in Bloom in 2019 and it was a unanimous vote to enter for our 20th successive year.  *Anglia in Bloom Seminar will be held in Filby, Norfolk on 7th November.  Cost is £15.00 per person and as it’s such a long distance HiB is prepared to pay mileage.  Event will start at 10.15am and should finish about 3pm.  Coffee and homemade shortbread will be available and lunch will be a ploughman’s with home cooked food.  Bar with soft drinks for sale will be open.  So far about a dozen people have said they’d like to attend.  More details at next meeting.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 2nd October. weeding in Kings Road and Butler Road.  Thursday 4th October. Work in Butler Road.  From Tuesday 9th October the removal of summer bedding, probably starting at The Centre.  * Winter-to-do List was discussed.  It will be brought to next meeting and any necessary ‘winter’ work can be added.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling.  Friday 12/10. Outside Solar.  9-10 Joan and Margaret T. 10-11 Margaret C and Sue. 11-12 David and Ian. 12-1 Margaret E and Iola.  Saturday 13th October. Outside Costa Coffee. 9-10 Joan and Carol.  10-11 Chris and Margaret T. 11-12 Sue and James.  12-1 Ian and Joyce.  Friday 19th October. Outside Costa Coffee. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E.  10-11 Iola and Wendy.  11-12 Margaret T and Ian.  12-1 Graham and Julia.  Saturday 20th October. Outside Costa Coffee.  9-10 Joan and Oliver.  10-11 Annie and Mike  11-12  Margaret C and ???(can anyone help here?).  12-1 Carol, Nickey and Candy.  Friday 26th October. Outside Costa Coffee.  9-10  Joan and ???(can anyone help here?).  10-11 Joyce and Margaret T.  11-12 David and Ian.  12-1 Annie and Mike.  Further dates to be arranged at next meeting – bring diaries please!  We need to sell 486 calendars to break even.  *It was noted that the litter and rubbish around Solar
Co-op store is letting the town down.  Head Office has been informed.  * HiB ‘Christmas (sorry again!!) Meal.  after discussion it was decided that the meal will take place at end of January in St. Andrew’s Hall with Marie catering.  More details at next meeting.  *Facebook.  Oliver gave some stats – very impressive!  1900 views were made re. Halstead’s AiB awards with 532 comments/likes/shares.  There were lots of good comments saying nice things.  there were 300 hits after Barry posted photos on 6th September and 200 hits on 13th September.  There are 491 regular followers.  Oliver has sent some screen shots to be shown at next meeting.  Good stuff for the portfolio next year.

*Margaret T noted that the gate to the former Senior Citizens’ site is broken to access by vehicle is now possible.  Will be reported.  *Joan has been thanked by a resident at Blamsters for all the hard work done by Joyce, Chris, Barbara and Margaret in clearing the path at Mount Hill so that access is easier. Well done team!  *Fiona spoke about the poor state of the river and the number of rats seen in the area.  Fiona also said that the flowers at the Fire Station look great now.  *Candy asked about the colour scheme for next year – Joan hasnt planned it as yet!  *Nickey asked about working parties and was told that always start at 2pm and no need to book, just turn up and help when you can.  *Iola noted that 2019 is the 90th anniversary of Townswomen’s Guild and Joan is planning a special bed in Halstead P.G.  *Chris reminded all that HiB is a nominated charity at Braintree Tesco Stores for September, October and November so if you shop there make sure you put a token in Halstead’s box!

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.20  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 25th October 2018     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
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Minutes of meeting 26th July 2018

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th July  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing – outside!!

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.  New member Angela was welcomed.

 

MINUTES of  28th June 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

 

NEWS:  * Councillors’ Grants – New Containers: it was reported that HiB has been awarded £1500.00 from BDC Councillor Grants (£500 each from Cllr Mrs Pell, Cllr Mrs Allen and Cllr Kirby.  Cllr Hume was precluded from giving grant as he is closely linked with HiB).  HiB”s request for grant from Halstead TC was not successful.  *Money from Co-op.  HiB has received a further £235.52 from National Co-op (Colchester Rd) as part of their Charity Partnership scheme.  *New Projector has been donated to HiB by Oliver – thank you!  Another, older, projector has been donated by member of U3A.  *Geoff Willis’ Tree. The Halstead Conservation Group intends to purchase a tree and plant it at Coggeshall Pieces in memory of Geoff and HiB has made it known that we would like to contribute to the cost of the tree.  *Halstead Road Runners have invited team members to receive a cheque as donation from Halstead Marathon 2018 on Wednesday 8th August. 7pm at the Sports Pavilion, Courtaulds Sports Ground.  *21st Century Group have produced ‘an alternative vision’ for the land East of High Street – a Halstead Heritage Park.  Presentation folder was shown, and there is more information on their website and Facebook page.  Links are;- https://youtu.be/Vu3gUY-qvPs and  https://www.facebook.com/343175156166239/posts/427717511045336/ Group was holding a meeting on the same evening as HiB meeting, but we are told it was well attended.*emails from visitors. 2 emails have been received this week from visitors to the Town: one from a gentleman who cycled from Long Melford on the recommendation of his wife just to view the flowers – he commented specifically on the display at the Library. The second was just an unsolicited comment from a lady who visited and thanked all who contribute to the fantastic displays.  Lovely!!


EVENTS:
   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 5th August.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th July. and the next on 26th August.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Armed Forces Day Event.    Was well attended with plenty for visitors to see and take part in.  HiB took £15 on the ‘guess the name of the chimp’ game (chimp wasn’t won, so will be used for another event).  Book sales raised £25.60.  A donation of £10 was given to the Royal British Legion.  *Flower Festival was visited by over 750 people and had cleared funds for the Friends of St. Andrew’s Church.  All were thanked for their contributions. *Sci-Fi Trail All items have been delivered to shops – all who were asked have been most co-operative.  Entry is free, forms from Halstead Icing.  Trail to run from 27th July to 31st August. Halstead Empire Theatre have donated at £30 voucher as first prize.  *Priory Hall Coffee Morning.  Residents of Priory Hall have kindly said they will host a fund raising coffee morning for HiB and the date chosen is 18th October. Opening at 11am. (set up from 10.15)  Further details later.  *Quiz.  Should be in your diaries for 12th October!!  Posters will need to be printed and displayed from mid-September.  Raffle Prizes will be sought – please give any you have to Margaret Tyler who will arrange ticket sales.  Please book tables in good time!!  *Van is booked for collection of winter plants on 27th October, planting on 28th October.


LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION. 
Judging took place over last weekend: entries from 26 people against 32 people in 2017.  Standards were high and judges who took part enjoyed their task.  All judges will be thanked.  Date for Awards was suggested as 19th October or 26th October – Church to be booked.  It was suggested that entrants be asked to bring photos of their gardens and a photo board can be set up so that all can see the fruits of their labours.  All entrants will be advised of their results and invited to the Awards evening within the next 2/3 weeks.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  de-brief.   Team thought that there were too many in the judging party, although the Judges didn’t seem fazed by the number of people along with them.  Some of the team, and residents, were upset that the photo on the front of the Halstead Gazette didn’t have volunteers to the fore.  Unfortunately we have no say about what goes in the newspaper.  The photos were taken at the beginning of the tour and volunteers were deliberately stationed around the Town.  Other than this, it was thought that the tour went well.  Team asked that thanks be passed on to all who helped with painting, new signs, replaced bins, etc. to get the Town looking in tip top condition.  It was noted that some seats at the bottom of High Street look tatty and investigations are under way to see who has ownership of these and other street furniture.

Anglia in Bloom Awards will be in Bury St. Edmunds on 12th September.  Each entrant is limited to only 5 places and names of all those who have asked to be included have been sent to Anglia in Bloom.  Menu choices also need to be sent and then we will have to wait to see who can attend.  Money has to be paid up front, and this will be done by way of a cheque.  Halstead’s party at present stands at 12.  BDC have asked for 3 places in lieu of their Public Gardens and Cemetery entries.  Closing date for names/menus to be passed to AiB is 19th August.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet, for the time being,  at 9.30a.m. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 31st July.   Factory Lane West, weeding and tidying.  Thursday 2nd August   Tidy, deadhead and weed at various locations.  Further working parties to be arranged to suit necessary works.  Keep in touch to get details.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Annie spoke about the proposed Poppy Cascade to be made by a group of friends and permission has been given for this display to be shown on the steps of the Library at the appropriate time in November.  Annie has knitting/crochet patterns, or they can be obtained at Hyacinth Tea Rooms.  Various care homes, etc. have been contacted and will contribute.  All poppies will be displayed on a hessian backing.  *Chris asked for dates booked for HiB to speak. They are (so far!): 10th October – Black Notley Gardening Club (1.30pm.)  17th October – Halstead Townswomen’s Guild (2p.m.) 6th December – Tiptree Gardening Club (7.30p.m.)  *David spoke about arrangements for the Quiz and asked that all try to get bookings for tables.  *Carol has taken some cuttings of the Ipomea and has rooted them in water and will grow them on.  They aren’t hardy but Carol will try to keep them in a greenhouse. Carol also noted that the seed drill on Sudbury Road has some rotten panels.  It was said that no refurbishment can take place until summer bedding is removed.  Some major work is necessary on the seed drill – it will take a great deal of time and materials to make it look good again.  *Margaret C thanked all for their support and help during her time on crutches – she commented that it was a good way to get out of work!!  *Joan spoke about plans of residents at Hawthorn Close to tidy up a piece of neglected grass in front of their houses.  It is in the vicinity of Coggeshall Pieces so will need to be sympathetically planted.  Margaret E has been offered a Rowan Tree that may be OK for this location.  Joan also spoke about a project at Holy Trinity School where there is a neglected garden that Parents and Teachers want to bring back into use.  *Oliver said that the Facebook page is gaining friends and likes and he will give a better  update at the next meeting. Details of the Sci Fi Trail are on the Page and details of the Community Litter Pick will be added.  *Mike Noted that the Si Fi Trail are advertised on the HiB web site, and details of the litter pick will also be added.

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Chairman, Margaret E thanked all for their hard work prior to – and after! – the Anglia in Bloom judging of Halstead and said that the Town should be proud of all the efforts made.

 

Team thanked Margaret E for treating them to a fish & chip supper this evening!

 

There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.40  p.m.

There will be no meeting in August.  Keep in touch via email/phone.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th September 2018     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.

 

All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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Minutes of 28th June 2018

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 28th June  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing – outside!!

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.  New member James who has volunteered to water at Blamsters was welcomed.

 

MINUTES of 31st May 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

 

NEWS:  *Plant Sorting Day.  Joan commented that in future it will be better to have the plants in the shaded area but otherwise seemed to work well.  Have asked (pleaded!) for the higher entry van for next collections.  *Calendar 2019. Joan has a proof and will circulate for proof reading.  It would be good to get the calendar to printers early next week.  Please pass your comments to me asap.  *Braintree DC Volunteer Awards 2018.  Halstead was nominated in some categories and certificates of recognition were given to the In Bloom team in the Volunteer Group category and to Graham Smith in the Long Service category.  Well done all!  *New containers.  We are trying to renew and standardise containers in the Town Centre area and to get the ‘self watering’ ones where possible to minimise water usage.  All 4 District Councillors have been asked to contribute some of their grant allocation – so far Cllr Julia Allen has agreed to help – and Halstead TC has been asked for a grant allocation also.  The cost of renewal will be over £3000 so we will have to make decisions depending on allocations awarded,  *Geoff Willis.  HiB was given the sad news that Geoff Willis passed away suddenly on Saturday 16th June.  Geoff was a supporter of Halstead in Bloom and a leading member of Halstead Conservation Group.  He acted as Tree Warden for Halstead for some time.  He was well respected and admired.  Geoff’s funeral will be on 5th July at 10.30 at Halstead Baptist Church followed by a family service at Three Counties Crematorium.

EVENTS:   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 8th July.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th July.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Armed Forces Day Event.    Friday evening: Empire will be showing the film ‘Journey’s End’ 7.15pm. Tickets £6 including a free draw ticket.  Saturday: Event in Halstead Public Gardens 2pm to 6pm with lots going on in the arena and many stalls around the perimeter.  HiB to set up at 12noon.  Will be selling books and have a ‘Name the Chimp’ contest.  The new ‘plane is now flying in Halstead Public Gardens.  It is a Sopwith Camel bi-plane and looks amazing.  Well done Joan and daughter Pauline. (Joan thanked Margaret for use of her garage for fabrication of the plane).  HiB has made plaques for each Halstead man killed in WW1 and these will be planted in flower beds in the Public Gardens for Saturday.  We will also have displays advertising the forthcoming Flower Festival that will take place at St. Andrew’s Church on 13/14/15 July.  Sunday:  there will be a service to commemorate the new flower bed depicting a poppy and honouring the end of WW1.   Bed was designed and planted by Joan Gibson.  The Fields of Trust sign will also be dedicated and commemorated at this service. *Sci-Fi Trail is coming along well.  It is hoped to start getting the objects into shops from 22nd July onwards and sheets will be available by the end of July.  *Priory Hall Coffee Morning.  Residents of Priory Hall have kindly said they will host a fund raising coffee morning for HiB and the date chosen is 18th October.  Further details later.  *Quiz.  Should be in your diaries!!  Confirmed as 12th October.

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION.  Judges now confirmed and the following agreed to accompany judges on their tours:  Cllr Wendy Schmitt (Saturday)  Margaret Eskins.  Charles Soule (Saturday) Margaret Tyler. Cllr Sue Wilson (Sunday) Margaret Eskins.  Cllr Steve Kirby (Sunday) Thelma and Joyce. Cllr Lyn Walters (Saturday) Annie Rees. Cllr Vanessa Santomauro (Chairman BDC) (Saturday) Joan Gibson.  John and Alison Brett (Saturday) David Tarbun.  Entries are trickling in – probably due to the lack of rain in recent weeks.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  JUDGING  DATE  NOW  CONFIRMED  AS  FRIDAY 13TH JULY.

Tour will begin at 10.30am (now confirmed) as judges will be visiting Gosfield Village first starting at 8.30amRoute was studied and any necessary works will be done.  Note from Rick Sargeant (Braintree DC) was read out detailing works that have been/will be done.  All agreed this is a good effort.  Jason and Tim have weed killed various areas and are working on some remedial works, thanks to them.  Some works are still outstanding by Essex CC.  A letter from Just Sow Gardens re. the HALSTEAD bed in Colchester Road was read.  Maggie and Gary have been thanked for all their hard work and donations here, and at the entrance to Nether Court.   We hope for a warm (not too hot) and dry day for judging!  Lunch will be at the Bowls Club, provided by Hume’s.  It will be a quick pit-stop for the Judges but all are invited to relax and enjoy the day.  We need to provide 6 photos of each of our ‘Special’ entries.  Chris has 6 each of Grow Your Own and Best Under 12.  Annie has 6 of the Resource Centre and Mick will take 6 of Coggeshall Pieces. Margaret T will supply 6 of the Guides Allotment. If you have any of the other areas please pass them on to me as soon as you can.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2p.m. on Town Bridge unless advised otherwiseTuesday 3rd July.   Weaver’s Court.  Planting, weeding and tidying.  Thursday 5th July  Front of Resource Centre/Colchester Road, etc.  Tidy and weed.  Tuesday 10th July  Butler Road area.  Tidy and clean.  After that any urgent areas and deadheading, etc.  *Please Note. Joan and Julia are away 5th and 6th July.  Monday  9th July.  Monday morning 16th July and Friday 20th July (on AiB judging duties).

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Linda reported a tree branch that has fallen over the river walk (Parsonage St. to Colchester Road).  Will be reported.  It was also said that the crack in the path has opened up again due to the dry weather.  *Fiona noted pigeon mess on pavements outside Bridge Personnel and also outside the Oak pub in High Street.  Will be reported.  *Annie noted weeds outside the former Post Office in High Street.  Will be dealt with.  *Iola commented that the Colchester Road Entry Bed has been planted but needs more compost.  This will be done – Joan said that Hedingham Road bed also needs more compost.  *Jenny said that the wooden container outside Costa is quite weedy.  It was agreed that team will weed and ‘hide’ the bed before judging!  *David noted that the two benches in Colchester Road have been painted and now look good.  Thank you Braintree DC.  *Margaret T said that 9 entries for the Children’s Competition have now been received (one of them with multiple entries). Entries will be displayed in Halstead Public Gardens and the judges will see them during their tour of the Gardens.  *Margaret E asked if there will be a meeting in August – throw it open!  Do you want an August meeting?  if not, Margaret suggested a Fish and Chip supper at the July meeting.

 

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.05  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th July 2018 
7
.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.

 

All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 28th June  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing – outside!!

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.  New member James who has volunteered to water at Blamsters was welcomed.

 

MINUTES of 31st May 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

 

NEWS:  *Plant Sorting Day.  Joan commented that in future it will be better to have the plants in the shaded area but otherwise seemed to work well.  Have asked (pleaded!) for the higher entry van for next collections.  *Calendar 2019. Joan has a proof and will circulate for proof reading.  It would be good to get the calendar to printers early next week.  Please pass your comments to me asap.  *Braintree DC Volunteer Awards 2018.  Halstead was nominated in some categories and certificates of recognition were given to the In Bloom team in the Volunteer Group category and to Graham Smith in the Long Service category.  Well done all!  *New containers.  We are trying to renew and standardise containers in the Town Centre area and to get the ‘self watering’ ones where possible to minimise water usage.  All 4 District Councillors have been asked to contribute some of their grant allocation – so far Cllr Julia Allen has agreed to help – and Halstead TC has been asked for a grant allocation also.  The cost of renewal will be over £3000 so we will have to make decisions depending on allocations awarded,  *Geoff Willis.  HiB was given the sad news that Geoff Willis passed away suddenly on Saturday 16th June.  Geoff was a supporter of Halstead in Bloom and a leading member of Halstead Conservation Group.  He acted as Tree Warden for Halstead for some time.  He was well respected and admired.  Geoff’s funeral will be on 5th July at 10.30 at Halstead Baptist Church followed by a family service at Three Counties Crematorium.

EVENTS:   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 8th July.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th July.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Armed Forces Day Event.    Friday evening: Empire will be showing the film ‘Journey’s End’ 7.15pm. Tickets £6 including a free draw ticket.  Saturday: Event in Halstead Public Gardens 2pm to 6pm with lots going on in the arena and many stalls around the perimeter.  HiB to set up at 12noon.  Will be selling books and have a ‘Name the Chimp’ contest.  The new ‘plane is now flying in Halstead Public Gardens.  It is a Sopwith Camel bi-plane and looks amazing.  Well done Joan and daughter Pauline. (Joan thanked Margaret for use of her garage for fabrication of the plane).  HiB has made plaques for each Halstead man killed in WW1 and these will be planted in flower beds in the Public Gardens for Saturday.  We will also have displays advertising the forthcoming Flower Festival that will take place at St. Andrew’s Church on 13/14/15 July.  Sunday:  there will be a service to commemorate the new flower bed depicting a poppy and honouring the end of WW1.   Bed was designed and planted by Joan Gibson.  The Fields of Trust sign will also be dedicated and commemorated at this service. *Sci-Fi Trail is coming along well.  It is hoped to start getting the objects into shops from 22nd July onwards and sheets will be available by the end of July.  *Priory Hall Coffee Morning.  Residents of Priory Hall have kindly said they will host a fund raising coffee morning for HiB and the date chosen is 18th October.  Further details later.  *Quiz.  Should be in your diaries!!  Confirmed as 12th October.

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION.  Judges now confirmed and the following agreed to accompany judges on their tours:  Cllr Wendy Schmitt (Saturday)  Margaret Eskins.  Charles Soule (Saturday) Margaret Tyler. Cllr Sue Wilson (Sunday) Margaret Eskins.  Cllr Steve Kirby (Sunday) Thelma and Joyce. Cllr Lyn Walters (Saturday) Annie Rees. Cllr Vanessa Santomauro (Chairman BDC) (Saturday) Joan Gibson.  John and Alison Brett (Saturday) David Tarbun.  Entries are trickling in – probably due to the lack of rain in recent weeks.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  JUDGING  DATE  NOW  CONFIRMED  AS  FRIDAY 13TH JULY.

Tour will begin at 10.30am (now confirmed) as judges will be visiting Gosfield Village first starting at 8.30amRoute was studied and any necessary works will be done.  Note from Rick Sargeant (Braintree DC) was read out detailing works that have been/will be done.  All agreed this is a good effort.  Jason and Tim have weed killed various areas and are working on some remedial works, thanks to them.  Some works are still outstanding by Essex CC.  A letter from Just Sow Gardens re. the HALSTEAD bed in Colchester Road was read.  Maggie and Gary have been thanked for all their hard work and donations here, and at the entrance to Nether Court.   We hope for a warm (not too hot) and dry day for judging!  Lunch will be at the Bowls Club, provided by Hume’s.  It will be a quick pit-stop for the Judges but all are invited to relax and enjoy the day.  We need to provide 6 photos of each of our ‘Special’ entries.  Chris has 6 each of Grow Your Own and Best Under 12.  Annie has 6 of the Resource Centre and Mick will take 6 of Coggeshall Pieces. Margaret T will supply 6 of the Guides Allotment. If you have any of the other areas please pass them on to me as soon as you can.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2p.m. on Town Bridge unless advised otherwiseTuesday 3rd July.   Weaver’s Court.  Planting, weeding and tidying.  Thursday 5th July  Front of Resource Centre/Colchester Road, etc.  Tidy and weed.  Tuesday 10th July  Butler Road area.  Tidy and clean.  After that any urgent areas and deadheading, etc.  *Please Note. Joan and Julia are away 5th and 6th July.  Monday  9th July.  Monday morning 16th July and Friday 20th July (on AiB judging duties).

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Linda reported a tree branch that has fallen over the river walk (Parsonage St. to Colchester Road).  Will be reported.  It was also said that the crack in the path has opened up again due to the dry weather.  *Fiona noted pigeon mess on pavements outside Bridge Personnel and also outside the Oak pub in High Street.  Will be reported.  *Annie noted weeds outside the former Post Office in High Street.  Will be dealt with.  *Iola commented that the Colchester Road Entry Bed has been planted but needs more compost.  This will be done – Joan said that Hedingham Road bed also needs more compost.  *Jenny said that the wooden container outside Costa is quite weedy.  It was agreed that team will weed and ‘hide’ the bed before judging!  *David noted that the two benches in Colchester Road have been painted and now look good.  Thank you Braintree DC.  *Margaret T said that 9 entries for the Children’s Competition have now been received (one of them with multiple entries). Entries will be displayed in Halstead Public Gardens and the judges will see them during their tour of the Gardens.  *Margaret E asked if there will be a meeting in August – throw it open!  Do you want an August meeting?  if not, Margaret suggested a Fish and Chip supper at the July meeting.

 

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.05  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th July 2018 
7
.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.

 

All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 28th June  2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing – outside!!

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.  New member James who has volunteered to water at Blamsters was welcomed.

 

MINUTES of 31st May 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

 

NEWS:  *Plant Sorting Day.  Joan commented that in future it will be better to have the plants in the shaded area but otherwise seemed to work well.  Have asked (pleaded!) for the higher entry van for next collections.  *Calendar 2019. Joan has a proof and will circulate for proof reading.  It would be good to get the calendar to printers early next week.  Please pass your comments to me asap.  *Braintree DC Volunteer Awards 2018.  Halstead was nominated in some categories and certificates of recognition were given to the In Bloom team in the Volunteer Group category and to Graham Smith in the Long Service category.  Well done all!  *New containers.  We are trying to renew and standardise containers in the Town Centre area and to get the ‘self watering’ ones where possible to minimise water usage.  All 4 District Councillors have been asked to contribute some of their grant allocation – so far Cllr Julia Allen has agreed to help – and Halstead TC has been asked for a grant allocation also.  The cost of renewal will be over £3000 so we will have to make decisions depending on allocations awarded,  *Geoff Willis.  HiB was given the sad news that Geoff Willis passed away suddenly on Saturday 16th June.  Geoff was a supporter of Halstead in Bloom and a leading member of Halstead Conservation Group.  He acted as Tree Warden for Halstead for some time.  He was well respected and admired.  Geoff’s funeral will be on 5th July at 10.30 at Halstead Baptist Church followed by a family service at Three Counties Crematorium.

EVENTS:   *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 8th July.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th July.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Armed Forces Day Event.    Friday evening: Empire will be showing the film ‘Journey’s End’ 7.15pm. Tickets £6 including a free draw ticket.  Saturday: Event in Halstead Public Gardens 2pm to 6pm with lots going on in the arena and many stalls around the perimeter.  HiB to set up at 12noon.  Will be selling books and have a ‘Name the Chimp’ contest.  The new ‘plane is now flying in Halstead Public Gardens.  It is a Sopwith Camel bi-plane and looks amazing.  Well done Joan and daughter Pauline. (Joan thanked Margaret for use of her garage for fabrication of the plane).  HiB has made plaques for each Halstead man killed in WW1 and these will be planted in flower beds in the Public Gardens for Saturday.  We will also have displays advertising the forthcoming Flower Festival that will take place at St. Andrew’s Church on 13/14/15 July.  Sunday:  there will be a service to commemorate the new flower bed depicting a poppy and honouring the end of WW1.   Bed was designed and planted by Joan Gibson.  The Fields of Trust sign will also be dedicated and commemorated at this service. *Sci-Fi Trail is coming along well.  It is hoped to start getting the objects into shops from 22nd July onwards and sheets will be available by the end of July.  *Priory Hall Coffee Morning.  Residents of Priory Hall have kindly said they will host a fund raising coffee morning for HiB and the date chosen is 18th October.  Further details later.  *Quiz.  Should be in your diaries!!  Confirmed as 12th October.

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION.  Judges now confirmed and the following agreed to accompany judges on their tours:  Cllr Wendy Schmitt (Saturday)  Margaret Eskins.  Charles Soule (Saturday) Margaret Tyler. Cllr Sue Wilson (Sunday) Margaret Eskins.  Cllr Steve Kirby (Sunday) Thelma and Joyce. Cllr Lyn Walters (Saturday) Annie Rees. Cllr Vanessa Santomauro (Chairman BDC) (Saturday) Joan Gibson.  John and Alison Brett (Saturday) David Tarbun.  Entries are trickling in – probably due to the lack of rain in recent weeks.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  JUDGING  DATE  NOW  CONFIRMED  AS  FRIDAY 13TH JULY.

Tour will begin at 10.30am (now confirmed) as judges will be visiting Gosfield Village first starting at 8.30amRoute was studied and any necessary works will be done.  Note from Rick Sargeant (Braintree DC) was read out detailing works that have been/will be done.  All agreed this is a good effort.  Jason and Tim have weed killed various areas and are working on some remedial works, thanks to them.  Some works are still outstanding by Essex CC.  A letter from Just Sow Gardens re. the HALSTEAD bed in Colchester Road was read.  Maggie and Gary have been thanked for all their hard work and donations here, and at the entrance to Nether Court.   We hope for a warm (not too hot) and dry day for judging!  Lunch will be at the Bowls Club, provided by Hume’s.  It will be a quick pit-stop for the Judges but all are invited to relax and enjoy the day.  We need to provide 6 photos of each of our ‘Special’ entries.  Chris has 6 each of Grow Your Own and Best Under 12.  Annie has 6 of the Resource Centre and Mick will take 6 of Coggeshall Pieces. Margaret T will supply 6 of the Guides Allotment. If you have any of the other areas please pass them on to me as soon as you can.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2p.m. on Town Bridge unless advised otherwiseTuesday 3rd July.   Weaver’s Court.  Planting, weeding and tidying.  Thursday 5th July  Front of Resource Centre/Colchester Road, etc.  Tidy and weed.  Tuesday 10th July  Butler Road area.  Tidy and clean.  After that any urgent areas and deadheading, etc.  *Please Note. Joan and Julia are away 5th and 6th July.  Monday  9th July.  Monday morning 16th July and Friday 20th July (on AiB judging duties).

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Linda reported a tree branch that has fallen over the river walk (Parsonage St. to Colchester Road).  Will be reported.  It was also said that the crack in the path has opened up again due to the dry weather.  *Fiona noted pigeon mess on pavements outside Bridge Personnel and also outside the Oak pub in High Street.  Will be reported.  *Annie noted weeds outside the former Post Office in High Street.  Will be dealt with.  *Iola commented that the Colchester Road Entry Bed has been planted but needs more compost.  This will be done – Joan said that Hedingham Road bed also needs more compost.  *Jenny said that the wooden container outside Costa is quite weedy.  It was agreed that team will weed and ‘hide’ the bed before judging!  *David noted that the two benches in Colchester Road have been painted and now look good.  Thank you Braintree DC.  *Margaret T said that 9 entries for the Children’s Competition have now been received (one of them with multiple entries). Entries will be displayed in Halstead Public Gardens and the judges will see them during their tour of the Gardens.  *Margaret E asked if there will be a meeting in August – throw it open!  Do you want an August meeting?  if not, Margaret suggested a Fish and Chip supper at the July meeting.

 

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.05  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th July 2018 
7
.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.

 

All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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Minutes 31st May 2018

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 31st May 2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

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

 

MINUTES of 26th May 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

 

NEWS:  *May Day and Plant Stall. Both events were well supported.  Letter had been received from Friends of Halstead Public Gardens re. the May Day Event.  HiB took £27.30 selling donated books and planting sunflowers and received donations of £6.50.  Donated and purchased plants raised £170.50 on the plant stall; plants cost £58.00 (not all were sold, some will be used around the town) and donations amounted to £36.45. *Halstead Marathon was a successful event with some determined runners!  All HiB volunteers enjoyed the day and are prepared to volunteer again next year (12th May 2019).  *Plant sorting/planting day a different way to sort the plants into areas was discussed and will be tried on Saturday 2nd June.  All who can help to sort please meet at Gate House 10a.m.  Planting on Sunday will be at 10am; those who can set out plants please meet at 9am.  *Calendar 2019 Several photos have now been submitted and need to be sorted.  It was agreed to meet on 7th June at Annie and Mick’s house 9.30am. (thank you  Annie and Mick!).  *Phone lists updated phone list is available – those who haven’t given permission for sharing have been redacted.  *Halstead Colne Tangent had made a donation to HiB of £100 and a letter of thanks has been written.  *Reptile Survey is being carried out on the River Walk – Parsonage St. to Colchester Road.  Several ‘carpet tiles’ have been laid, if you see one please don’t touch it and disturb any reptiles that may be underneath.  Amberol Photo Competition This is advertised on their web site and runs most of the summer.  Please visit their web site for more details.  *Halstead Rotary Award.  Margaret E was invited to a Charity Evening at Halstead Rotary which was a very enjoyable evening.  Towards the end Halstead in Bloom was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation – the highest Rotary Award that can be given to an organisation.  Margaret was dumbfounded!  but managed to say thank you and has written to the Chairman of Halstead Rotary to express the thanks of the group.  At the same event our President, David Hume was also presented with a high award.

EVENTS:   *Next RiverCare event  will be 3rd June.  Meet at 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Next Community Litter Pick will be 24th June.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. Junior Bloom high-viz vests will be available.  Litter pickers and bags will be to hand. .  *Armed Forces Day. 30th June. HiB will have a stall with a ‘name the monkey’ game.  We will have books to sell. It was suggested that a recruitment poster ‘Your Town Needs You’ be displayed.  Joan explained about the plane  that has now flown from the Public Gardens to Weavers Court but may return or may be replaced with a replica Sopwith Camel bi-plane.  Raffle tickets for the RBL draw are on sale now at £1 per ticket.  First prize £100, 2nd prize £75, 3rd Prize £50 with many other donated prizes.  Tickets will be available on the day.   *Halstead Flower Festival. Janet Amos attended the meeting and explained that  the dates are confirmed as 13th-15th July at St. Andrew’s Church. Refreshments will be on sale all day so helpers for the refreshment stall are needed and also stewards in the church. Several HiB team offered assistance but the Friends of St. Andrew’s Church are looking for more help.  Please contact Jan on janet.amos40@yahoo.co.uk   if you are able to attend for a couple of hours on any of the days..   *Sci-Fi Trail. To celebrate the first airing of a Sci Fi programme on the BBC (Rossums Universal Robots, a play by Karel Capek  first aired on 11th February 1938) we are planning our ‘trail’ for young people (and parents!) over the summer holiday. Oswick Estate Agent will take the sonic screwdriver plus a Dr. Who photo.  Hardy Men’s Outfitters will have the long Dr. Who scarf and may be able to find a suitable hat to go with it!  Crossways Garage will have the WHO 1 numberplate with photo of ‘Bessie’ and Billson Optician will have the Brains’ Thunderbirds glasses and will probably make a Thunderbirds window – Margaret C has a Thunderbirds annual that will contribute to the window.  Lobbs Cycles and Hards of Halstead have also agreed to help as has Peter Robertson and the shop next to Dale Hire.  More artefacts are still required if you can help, please contact us.. *Local Garden Competition. Judges have been contacted and so far there are 5 positive answers.  We probably need at least 1 and possibly 2 more judges – from outside Halstead.  One Gold entrant from last year’s competition had a very successful Open Garden event at Howe Chase on 20th May  and raised a fantastic £525 for Charity under the National Garden Scheme.  They will be having another open day in September.  *Quiz. David has booked the Con Club for another Quiz on  Friday 12th October,  More details later.  *Hampton Court.  More details are now to hand – there will be a seminar from 9am to 12noon and then a lunch and garden has to be vacated by 3pm.  Two places have been booked for HiB.

 

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  JUDGING  DATE  NOW  CONFIRMED  AS  FRIDAY 13TH JULY.

Tour will begin at 10.30am (now confirmed) as judges will be visiting Gosfield Village first starting at 8.30am.  Route was discussed and it is pleasing to note that Braintree DC is putting in hand much of the work that was identified as outstanding including new road signs and some weed killing.

It was decided that Judges must visit Weavers Court to see the display celebrating 100 years of the RAF and that the judges will visit Halstead Public Gardens and Halstead Cemetery to judge them during the Town Tour. Timed routes to be worked up and distributed as soon as possible.

Margaret T said that so far 8 entries for the ‘build a bee box’ had been received and asked that Charles Soule be asked to judge the entries which will be  displayed in the Public Gardens.

Jobs to be done before judging:  Grass at The Centre needs to be cut back – Graham to be asked to strim if he can.  Some weeds will need to be sprayed – the walkway from Winston Way to Coggeshall Pieces needs attention.  A broken seat in Halstead Public Gardens near to the bandstand was noted and will be reported.  Most of the sweeping/cleaning will be effected between now and judging day.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2p.m. on Town Bridge unless advised otherwise:  PLANTING in various areas for the forthcoming Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  After that other works will be undertaken.  Some vine weevil at the drinking fountain, Mount Hill was reported.  Joan asked for more compost and Annie asked for 1 bag to be left with her for the Hospital.  Joan and Christine will help with the Essex Regiment badge on Wednesday 6th June.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Linda reported that the seat at the Churchyard facing Parsonage Street is very dirty with pigeon droppings that are also piling up on the ground.  Linda will report to Halstead TC.

*Joan asked for assistance with distribution of Chamber of Trade forms for the Window Competition that will be available from next Wednesday.  All agreed to assist.  *Oliver said that he has been offered a projector, free of charge and he will collect this as soon as he can.  *Joyce asked that Braintree DC be thanked for clearing the walkway to Clovers.  Joyce also noted that Mount Hill is becoming almost impassable now as the hedges are hanging down over pavements.  This is a route used by school children and is becoming dangerous.  Has been reported but will try and report again. * Margaret T noted that weeds and brambles are over the pavement opposite the Cinema and when cars are parked there is little option but to walk in the roadway.  Will be reported.  Margaret T said that road signs and a bollard have been left in New Street, near to the entrance to Clarke’s Funeral Directors.  Will be reported.  Margaret said that Greenfields need to be advised that brambles are now encroaching on pavements at Elizabeth Way and causing problems for residents.  Will be reported.  Margaret asked for some signs that can be displayed on working party days to advise motorists that residents are working on pavements and in gutters.  Signs will be made.  *Annie said that the beds at Bluebridge need to be weeded and cut back – Joan said that this is on a schedule of work.  Annie said she is still on a mission to get builders’ rubbish cleared from the site of new houses near to the Little Book Cafe – at present the builder can’t be located.  *Iola reported receipt of an email regarding fund raising through Give as You Live and will pass on this information.  *Wendy noted that grass has been strimmed on only one side of the Colchester Road Entry Bed and the other side needs to be cut back and strimmed.  *Margaret C suggested that a small advertisement be taken out in the local paper asking for volunteers on 1 afternoon per week, for a couple of hours, during June and July.  Agreed this is an excellent idea and will be put on Facebook and the Web Site too.  *Mike asked if anyone had knowledge about a visit from Little Waltham recently.  It was said that this was probably a History Society visit – those who came really enjoyed the day apparently!!

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.05  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 28th June 2018 
7
.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.

All welcome

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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Minutes of a meeting 26th April 2018

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th April 2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

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

 

MINUTES of 29th March 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

 

NEWS:  *Electric Ray TV.This is the company responsible for the currently transmitted ‘Britain in Bloom’ programme. They have been commissioned to make a second series and want to come to the Anglia region. They have spoken to Joan, and then to Secretary, but seem to want some ‘large new project’ which we don’t have on the agenda for 2018.  We’ve given some indications of plans for 2018 and we’ll see if they come back to Halstead.  *Nematodes. suggested by Jenny to combat vine weevil have been purchased and will be used.  *Gardeners Question Time. As suggested by Jenny the programme has been contacted to suggest Halstead as a venue but no reply received as yet.  *Halstead Connected. HiB attended a follow up meeting but nothing  to report at the moment. *Cake Stall. Chairman thanked all who baked and supplied cakes.  £62.90 was raised from cake sales; £10.50 from raffle and there was £8.55 in donations time.  Total of £81.95 raised. *Give as You Live notices have been prepared and will be on hand for each sales event, etc.

The ethos of a sales portal for on-line sales was explained; it costs the purchaser nothing but retailers hope to boost sales.  Cards are also available for in store shopping to raise funds.  Look at the Give as You Live web site for more details.  *Hampton Court.  RHS have offered HiB 2 places for a seminar, lunch and tour round the Hampton Court flower show on Monday 2nd July from 9am-3pm.  Only 100 places are available for In Bloom groups so 2 places have been registered for HiB.  Please advise if you’d like to go.

EVENTS:   *Next RiverCare event  will be 6th May.  Meet at 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Next Community Litter Pick will be 29th April.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  More Junior Bloom high-viz vests have been purchased.  Litter pickers and bags will be to hand. .   *May Day Event.  7th May in Halstead Public Gardens.  HiB to plant sunflowers and sell books – several have been donated by Shirley Diver.  Meet at 12noon in Public Gardens to set up.  Event is 2 – 4.30.  *Halstead Marathon. 13th May.  Margaret E, Margaret T,  David, Joan, Annie, Ian, Fiona and Dave, Graham and Julia have volunteered to act as marshalls on the day.  Information to be emailed out when at hand.  *Armed Forces Day. 30th June. HiB has agreed to have a stall; Margaret has donated a large fluffy toy for a ‘name the monkey’ event and we will probably have books and plants to sell.  Raffle tickets for the draw are on sale now at £1 per ticket.  First prize £100, 2nd prize £75, 3rd Prize £50 with many other donated prizes.  Tickets will be available on the day or we hold a limited amount – contact us to purchase.  *Halstead Flower Festival. Dates confirmed as 13th-15th July at St. Andrew’s Church. Joan explained the HiB display.  Several said they will be able to help with information, etc. on the day.  *Plant Stall Booked – on Market Hill 26th May.  Plugs being grown on by Carol, Margaret and Joan. Peter N said he will supply some veg and some flower plants.  David T has some tomato plants to bring.  Any other donations will be welcomed. Set up on Market Hill from 8.30am  *Van booked – for collecting plants 2nd June. Planting on 3rd June.  *Sci-Fi Trail. To celebrate the first airing of a Sci Fi programme on the BBC (Rossums Universal Robots, a play by Karel Capek  first aired on 11th February 1938) we are planning our ‘trail’ for young people (and parents!) over the summer holiday.  Some shops are already on board and more will be contacted. *Local Garden Competition. Letters have gone out to ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ entries from 2017 and so far we’ve had one entry returned!  Judges have been contacted and so far there are 5 positive answers.  We probably need at least 1 and possibly 2 more judges – from outside Halstead.  One Gold entrant from last year’s competition is aiming to open their garden at Howe Chase on 20th May from 11-5 for the National Garden Scheme.  Entry is £4.50 (children free) and tea and cakes will be available.  Last year judges agreed this is a fantastic garden – well worth a visit!  More details on our Facebook page.  *Quiz. David said he would be willing to organise another of these popular evenings.  Friday 12th October was discussed as a possible date.  More details later.

 

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *

*Route for 2018.  The agreed route has been surveyed and discussed with BDC Street Scene.  Very positive results and agreements on what can be done.    *Jobs to be done winter/spring: Annie and Mike have repaired the Loom and given it a first coat of paint.  The birds, butterflies and bees artwork will be given a spruce up by Annie.  Annie and Mike also volunteered to paint the cart at Bluebridge (paint is in hand).  Tubs outside W.H.Smith still need to be rubbed down and Annie will paint.  The 3-tier container outside Hume’s/Saffron B.S. is not thriving so an alternative container will be sourced.  It was decided not to renew the troughs along Solar wall until at least the Autumn (they may need some sprucing up before then.)

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2p.m. on Town Bridge unless advised otherwiseTuesday 1st May.  Joan will not be available on that day but suggested that the daffodils in St. Andrew’s Churchyard need to be deadheaded.  Joan will contact Linda to see if she agrees.  Daffs in Trinity Churchyard also need to be deadheaded.  There may also be weeding to be done in these areas.  Thursday 3rd May.  Resource Centre – chestnut seedlings need to be removed and some new shrubs added.  Tuesday 8th May.  Litter pick and weeding in Parsonage Street.  Tuesday 15th May.  Weeding and cutting back in Road Runners’ Bed.  Thursday 17th May Possibly weeding in Kings Road; maybe begin removal of winter plants (Gosfield in Bloom – a new group – have asked if they can have some of our winter bedding and we will be pleased to donate to them.)  Tuesday 22nd May. Removal of winter plants.  Thursday 24th May. Removal of winter plants.  Tuesday 29th May.  Removal of winter plants.  Attack vine weevil renewing compost where appropriate.  David suggested that some of our winter plants could be sold on our plant stall.

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Margaret E and Joan reported on their trip to Milsom Country Park for a Rivercare event which they found most enjoyable and interesting.  Halstead was also represented from the Conservation Group at Coggeshall Pieces and the Rivercare team.  There was information about beach litter collections and how waste was being combated on South West beaches.  Some first aid bags were given away and also some re-useable takeaway cups.  Colchester hope to have an event detailing how litter is dealt with in the future and it is hoped that HiB can attend.   *Calendar Photos.  Deadline for inclusion is getting near so Oliver will put out a call on Facebook and Mike will speak to U3A photographic group.. *Oliver gave an update on Facebook – HiB page now has 455 followers with 1460 views. Popularity of the site is increasing greatly and one responder from Colchester in Bloom complemented HiB and admired the success we have had.  Oliver will respond saying we will support Colchester in Bloom where we can. *Margaret T said that she had good reports of the Facebook page, but said that she’d had negative comments about the website.  Will be reviewed.  Margaret also spoke about bollard in Parsonage St. to prevent verge parking that have now been knocked down and large vehicles are parking on the verge destroying it. Margaret reported weeds at Elizabeth Way and also graffiti on the wall from Library to Trinity Flats. *Christine spoke about the compost bins at The Empire and said that there is plenty of room for green waste from winter bedding, etc.  Christine also said that following the successful talk at Earls Colne she would like to put forward that HiB purchases a projector. Costs to be sought and project reviewed.  *Joyce said that she had reports of blocked drains in High St. outside the former Post Office and also Jennings Bookmakers.  *Joan asked if anything can be done to brighten and spruce up shops in the town – particularly the former ‘Options’ store near to the crossing and also Piccadilly Store.  Joan volunteered to speak to the owner of the High St. store.  *Ian thanked all HiB team members who have supported him during his recent stays in Hospital and incapacity at home.  All agreed it was good to have Ian attending meetings again!  *Fiona reported a litter bin a Balls Chase that is broken near to the ground.  Fiona asked that thanks be passed on to those who moved the dog bins away from seats along the River Walk.  Fiona and Dave volunteered to clear litter from the river as necessary. *Carol said she had had good reports about the talk given to Earls Colne W.I. recently and was told that it was very informative and professionally delivered!!  Well done Joan, Chris, Margaret E and Margaret T.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.58  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st May 2018 
7
.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.

All welcome

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
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Minutes of a meeting. 29th March 2018

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 29th March 2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

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

MINUTES of 22nd February 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

Oliver was congratulated for his efforts to publicise HiB through the Facebook page.  Is now bringing in results!
NEWS:  *Martins Bungalows:  Nothing further has been heard from resident nor from Greenways PH so assume that matter has been resolved.  *Trees not in Trinity Street: the 6 trees were taken away from Trinity Street on 9th March by combined effort of Central Piling team, Braintree D.C. team and contractors Bee Brook Nurseries.  Trees (in pots) are now at nursery awaiting removal from tubs and they will then be planted in King George V PF by Peter Nice and his team aided by Bee Brook Nurseries.  *Trees at Courtaulds PF  Jason and Tim have made what they hope will be a wild life corridor alongside the boundary of playing field and the cemetery and homes at Priory Hall.  Jason asked if we had any wild flower seeds or sapling trees he could use.  We have some seeds (Joan to contact Jason) and also a few trees but Jason is applying on HiB’s behalf to the Woodland Trust for some saplings to be planted in this area.  *Group Insurance has now been renewed through the Keep Britain Tidy group at no cost to HiB.

*Treasurer was pleased to report receipt of money from Co-op of £257.04 for first share of donated dividend money.  Treasurer also reported receipt of sponsor money from Central Piling of £500 – £100 of this will be put toward the Flower Festival.  Central Piling have been written to and thanked for all their help with removal of trees and also for sponsor money.  A plaque has been ordered for them and it will be placed on the 3-tier container at corner of Butler Road.

EVENTS:   *Community Event-Feedback.  Event was held on Saturday 24th March at Queen’s Hall and was aimed to combat loneliness in Halstead.  Unfortunately not many of the public turned up and it was suggested that perhaps it had not been advertised widely enough.  HiB was given some small ceramic planters and ceramic paints and we invited those attending to decorate the planter, fill it with compost and plant some muscari bulbs that had been donated to HiB.  Several of the other stall holders came and took part – and talked about HiB.  Addresses were in a hat and each participant was invited to pull out an address and when the bulbs flower to take their offering to that address and engage with occupant. It will be interesting to hear reactions to these gifts!  There is a follow up event on 10th April, no other details at present.  We have been given 8 of the ceramic pots and some paints and it was decided that Christine will arrange for some young people to decorate the pots and they will then be planted with some cactus and sold at our Plant Stall. *AGM – Feedback.  All agreed this was a successful event with an interesting talk on Halstead Street Names given by Jim Davis.  Chairman thanked all who provided refreshments and helped to set up the event.  Copies of the Accounts for 2017 are available on request. £2.00 was given in donations. Raffle raised £70.00  *Next RiverCare event  will be 8th April.  Meet at 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Next Community Litter Pick will be 29th April.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  the inaugural event was attended by about 20 people – including several Junior Bloom supporters and was hailed a great success.  It had been advertised on Facebook – again, thank you Oliver!  *Halstead Marathon. 13th May.  Margaret E, Margaret T, Linda, David, Joan, Annie, Ian,  Graham and Julia have volunteered so far – please let me know if you want to help with this prestigious event.  *Armed Forces Day. 30th June. HiB has agreed to have a stall – possibly a ‘Make a Date’ game.   *May Day Event.  7th May in Halstead Public Gardens.  HiB to plant sunflowers and possibly have a game of some sort.  *Halstead Flower Festival. Dates confirmed as 13th-15th July at St. Andrew’s Church.  Theme will be ‘celebrations’.  Any flower arrangers would be very welcome to join in – all flowers will be purchased by the Church and funds are being raised for this event.  Joan has ‘booked’ a place with a display of ‘Celebrating winning the World Cup in 1966’.  The display will be quite large and will have goal posts, a goalie catching a football, depiction of the World Cup and a picture and flag.   Marshalls to assist at the event would be welcome;  To be arranged later.    *Cake stall Outside Solar on 31st March.  Volunteers for the stall are – 9-10 Joan and Margaret E.  10-11 Annie and Fiona  11-12 Sue and Linda – 12-1 Julia.  A raffle will be held and drawn at the end of event.  Tickets to be 50p each.  *Plant Stall Booked – on Market Hill 26th May.  Volunteers so far are 8.30-10.00 Joan and Oliver.  10-11 Iola and Joyce.  11-12 Chris and Annie.  12-1 Margaret E and David.  Volunteers to grow on plug plants will be welcomed.  Joan to arrange so if you can help please contact Joan.  *Van booked – for collecting plants 2nd June. Planting on 3rd June.  *Sci-Fi Trail. To celebrate the first airing of a Sci Fi programme on the BBC (Rossums Universal Robots, a play by Karel Capek  first aired on 11th February 1938) we plan a sci-fi trail around the town.  So far we have: K9 a Sonic Screwdriver, Dr. Who scarf, Bessie’s car number plate (WHO 1) Brains’ glasses from Thunderbirds Star Trek ‘first family’ portrait. A Dalek (at the Loom), Ghost Buster annual, Model of ET, Back to the Future car, 2 x videos, a Transformer, Marshmallow Man.  Fiona to ask Lobbs if they will have an ET in their window.  Fiona has a Tardis. Annie to make a Ghost Buster Sign.  More items needed, please!

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Spring Launch on 9th March 2018 at Scotsdales Nurseries.-Feedback: Those who travelled agreed that this was an enjoyable and well organised event.  Tea/Coffee were plentiful and the lunch was tasty and speedily served.  The talk on orchids was interesting and the speaker from Filby was excellent and informative.  The only problem was the sound system that didn’t work.  It was noted that Bury St. Edmunds was named as venue for Awards and the Autumn Seminar will be held in Filby.

*Route for 2018.  The agreed route has been surveyed and most of the identified problems were discussed at recent Partnership meeting.  On Wednesday 4th April Secretary will walk round the route with representative from Braintree DC to discuss what needs to be done and who will be responsible for effecting work.   The ‘best’ entries were discussed and choice of High Street for Best Commercial was queried. There doesn’t seem to be an alternative at the present and it was said that perhaps some of the ‘newer’ retailers might put out floral decorations and clean up their exterior.  *Jobs to be done winter/spring: Various jobs that can be done in the near future were discussed – mostly painting and cleaning.  The seed sower in Sudbury Road is said to be in poor repair.  It was agreed to leave well alone for this season (damage will be hidden by trailing plants) and to review the situation next autumn.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2p.m. on Town Bridge unless advised otherwise:  3rd April – Road Runners’ bed needs weeding (meet at the Road Runners’ bed) and also the beds at Honeywood Road need weeding.  10th April – Deadheading.  17th April – work on the river bank. 24th April – work on the river bank or possibly a litter pick.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar Photos.  Oliver will put a note out on Facebook – it is decided that this year photos will be ‘Halstead area’.  for 2020 Julie Khulman has offered to make a ‘now and then’ calendar using photos from the History Society or the ones we used last time.  All agreed this is a lovely idea and will celebrate the 21st year of HiB.  *Margaret E has been researching a trip to Kew Gardens; Felix Coaches are planning a trip on 2nd August at a cost of £18.20 plus entry fee to the Gardens.  Coach will leave from Sudbury at 7.30am.  To have our own dedicated mini coach would cost £478 plus possibly parking fee and entry to gardens.  4Colnes Show is organising a trip in June at a cost of £30 all in.  Decisions to be made at next meeting.  *David noted that the drain near to the Colchester Road Bus Stop at Nether Court is not working.  This has been reported.  *Margaret T gave details of this year’s children’s competition – to attract bees.  Letters have been prepared and will be sent out shortly.  Margaret also noted that she has some quiz sheets at a cost of £1 each to raise funds for Guides’ trips.  First prize will be £20. Margaret thanked David for help with this quiz and said draw will be end of May. Margaret gave an update on Ian’s health and it seems that at last he is getting some assistance with mobility.  *Christine thanked Graham for delivering bags of horse manure to Holy Trinity School Gardening Club and said that more would be appreciated. *Oliver gave an update on Facebook – HiB page now has 449 followers with 462 likes.  The most popular item this month was the Junior litter pick viewed by 21 and 8 shared.  Oliver was once again thanked for his efforts.  *Joan has spoken to Electric Ray TV who are going to make a programme for BBC TV looking at In Bloom entrants.  Joan gave some information and the person will ring back.  It seems that community involvement is key to the programme. *Iola noted that some plants seem to have been pulled up at the Resource Centre Car Park.  Joan to view.  *Jenny spoke about organic pest control for vine weevil and gave details of a nematode product – Nemasys L.  Sec. to order at pack at £39.00 to be trialled this year.  Jenny also suggested that perhaps Secretary might contact Gardeners’ Question Time to see if they would like to come to Halstead!  Will be done!!

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.10  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th April 2018 
7
.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.

All welcome

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
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Minutes of meeting 22nd February 2018

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 22nd February 2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

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

MINUTES of 28th January 2018 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS:  * New Trustee.  Chairman was pleased to announce that Annie Rees accepted the invitation of Trustees to join them.  It was explained that there are 3 trustees at present: Margaret Eskins, Joan Gibson and Julia Smith and the duties of Trustees was explained.  We welcome Annie to her new role.  *Update on health matters of colleagues:  Alan is still in Broomfield Hospital receiving IV antibiotics to try and eradicate a deep seated infection.  He is reasonably cheerful, although anxious to get home.  Get better soon Alan!  Ian is at home now and his hip is mending nicely.  He still finds it quite difficult to get mobile – but practice makes perfect Ian!  Take care, see you soon.  Joyce is at home and trying to take it easy.  Hopefully when the weather warms up a bit Joyce will be back at working parties.  We wish Mary S and her family well; Mary’s husband has had major surgery after which he contracted an infection.  Thinking of you all.

*Letter from Woodview Gardens. Ian Tinton gave HiB some Wool Compost to trial last year and supplies soil conditioners as well.  Decisions will be made regarding requirements for 2018. *Town Plan working group. Cllr Eileen Penn spoke about the survey carried out by Town Council in 2016 which resulted in about 1000 (10%) of forms being returned.  Councillors have undertaken the mammoth task of collating results and are now in the process of formulating draft text for a town plan from the data.  Colchester Institute has offered to design the plan as a project – which it hopes will be completed by the Easter Holiday.  HiB supplied some photos, and it was said that Halstead in Bloom was mentioned in the majority of replies as being one of the ‘likes’ in Halstead.  Plan will be available electronically with some hard copies.  *Braintree DC Customer Survey. Some copies of the survey were available; it is also possible to complete online at www.braintree.gov.uk/css17-18csc.  Closing date is 31st March 2018 – get your views known! *Talk to Halstead Flower Club. 4 of the team spoke at a recent Flower Club Meeting which brought positive results.  We’ve been invited to speak to Earls Colne W.I. on 16th April; Black Notley Garden Club 12th September; Halstead Townswomen’s Guild 17th October and Tiptree Garden Club on 6th December. *Martins Bungalows. Chairman was contacted by a resident to ask if HiB could ‘do something’ with the garden to the front of these homes.  Property belongs to Greenfields, who have been contacted by residents and who are willing to  clear the ground.  Joan and Margaret have said they will view on 5th March and perhaps draw up a planting plan to discuss with Greenfields at the next Partnership meeting.  It was agreed that HiB can’t bear the cost of supplying plants nor for planting.  It was questioned whether there would be insurance implications for HiB working on Greenfields property.  *Young Foundation. Sec. had been contacted by employee of this foundation which is conducting research into local social networks and how to combat any loneliness and isolation experienced in Halstead and the surrounding area.  There will be a local event entitled ‘Nurturing Neighbours’ at Queen’s Hall on Saturday 24th March 2pm-4pm where residents will be invited to attend, decorate some ceramic pots (provided) then fill with compost and plant a bulb.  These will then be taken home and grown on and when flowering should be delivered to a local resident – names will be pulled from a hat at the event.  HiB was invited, and agreed, to attend the event that will give us a chance to speak to potential volunteers as well a spreading a bit of good will!  All welcome to attend!!!

EVENTS:   *Next RiverCare event  will be 4th March.  Meet at 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *The great British Spring Clean will be held on 2nd-4th March 2018 – HiB to have a litter pick on Saturday 3rd March, meet at 10am in Solar Car Park.  Event will be publicised in Halstead Gazette (hopefully!)  *May Day Event. 7th May. HiB to have a ‘plant a sunflower’ stall.  It was decided not to have cold drinks for sale as these were not popular last year.  *Halstead Marathon. 13th May.  Margaret E, Margaret T, Eileen, Linda, David, Joan, Annie, Graham and Julia have volunteered so far – please let me know if you want to help with this prestigious event.  *Armed Forces Day. 30th June. HiB has agreed to have a stall – possibly a ‘Make a Date’ game, or something similar – thinking caps on please!  *RiverCare Annual Volunteer Conference.  Joan and Margaret E have asked to attend at Milton Country Park, Cambridge. 10am-3.15pm on 21st April.  *Halstead Flower Festival. Dates confirmed as 13th-15th July at St. Andrew’s Church.  Theme will be ‘celebrations’.  Any flower arrangers would be very welcome to join in – all flowers will be purchased by the Church and funds are being raised for this event.  Joan has ‘booked’ a place with a display of ‘Celebrating winning the World Cup in 1966’.  It was decided that HiB will fund this display.  Volunteers will be needed on the days to help with distributing programmes, making teas, etc.  This will be a great attraction for Halstead – and a great way to celebrate Halstead in bloom.   To register an interest speak to Roger Smith, David Hume or Tricia McNeeney (triciamcneeney@gmail.com – with the subject Flower Festival) as soon as possible*HiB AGM.  Confirmed for 23rd March at United Reformed Church, 7pm for 7.30pm. Team to provide the usual refreshments.  Jim Davis of Halstead History Society will speak.  Town Mayor has been invited as have all Town Councillors.  Chair of Braintree DC will be invited to attend.  Margaret T to open Hall and to organise the raffle.  *Cake stall booked – Outside Solar on 31st March.  *Plant Stall Booked – on Market Hill 26th May. *Van booked – for collecting plants 2nd June. Planting on 3rd June.  *Sci-Fi Trail. Following on the success of the Dolly train 2017 it has been suggested that this year, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the first broadcast of a Sci-Fi programme, we have a trail of Sci-Fi objects for Children to follow, collect names and win a small prize (maybe tickets to The Empire?(strikes back!!).  So far we have K9, a sonic screwdriver, number plate from ‘Bessie’ (Dr. Who’s car), Dr. Who scarf, a small Tardis, Brains’ spectacles (Thunderbirds), Joan has designed a Dalek for the Loom Garden,  Peter is to make a light sabre outside his house and we have some Star Wars coasters.  We need about 20 objects to make a decent trail – most will have to be in shop windows.  Ideas please – and offers to make other artefacts such as ‘marshmallow man’, a robot, etc.  Trail to be laid in early July and to run over the school summer holidays.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Spring Launch is booked for 9th March 2018 at Scotsdales Nurseries near to Cambridge.  So far Joyce, Sheila, Annie, Margaret E, Fiona, Linda, Ian, Wendy, Alan, Jenny B, Margaret T and Graham (12) have said they want to come.  Anyone else?  I must know by Tuesday 27th latest to book our places.  Cost is £20 each, travel to be arranged.  *Route for 2018.  Several ideas were put forward – most popular being:- Start at Bowls Club/Courtaulds Sports Field; Drive to Guides’ allotment, then to Resource Centre.  Drive up Parsonage Street, past the Church to come down High Street to the Public Gardens.  Walk through the Public Gardens and to Holy Trinity School.  Drive to Colin’s Garden.  Drive up High Street to the Birds, Butterflies and Bees Garden, then to the Loom.  Drive through Mill Chase/Green to Sudbury Road and up to Churchill Avenue/Winston Way.  Walk through to Coggeshall Pieces.Drive back down Sudbury Road, through Bois Hall Gardens to the Road Runners’ Bed.  Drive through the Cemetery and to Priory Hall.  Finish at the Bowls Club. Please consider and if there any foreseen difficulties bring to next meeting.  A route survey will be done so that any necessary works can be identified and remedial work undertaken well before judging day.  Jean to survey from Courtaulds Field, along Colchester Road and down Mallows Field to mini-roundabout.  Joan and Fiona to survey Parsonage Street from mini roundabout to Courtauld Close and Resource Centre then to St. Andrew’s Church.  Margaret T to survey the Allotment area.  All to look at High Street/Trinity Street/Kings Road.  Chris and Jenny to survey from Public Gardens to Trinity School and to Colne Valley Close/Colin’s Garden then to Butler Road.  Annie and Mike to survey Market Place, Hedingham Road and to Mill Green.  Linda and Carol to survey Sudbury Road, Churchill Avenue, Winston Way and the footpath through to Coggeshall Pieces.  Linda to look at Bois Hall Gardens and Fenn Road to the Road Runners’ Bed and the Cemetery.  Look for broken/dirty/faded signs, street furniture, etc. that need to be tidied up/painted. untidy hedges/bushes, etc. Excessive weed infestation, etc. etc.  Anyone welcome to feed in identified ‘grot spot’ areas.  Please let Sec. have surveys before next Partnership meeting on Tuesday 20th March so that they can be collated and discussed with BDC, HTC, Greenfields, etc.  *Jobs to be done winter/spring: 1) Muck Spreader, Colchester Road.  Needs a good clean. Edging of bed outside Public Gardens needs to be painted.  Raised beds at Honeywood Road need to be painted.  Trough at Monklands to be replaced. Trough at Ronald Road needs to be replaced.  Trough at Dale Hire needs to be replaced.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2p.m. on Town Bridge unless advised otherwise:  27th February: Resource Centre (bring rakes/trowels/hand tools).6th March-Clearing at the River Bank (bring digging forks). 13th March – Deadheading. 20th March-Clearing at the River Bank (bring digging forks). 27th March. Litter pick and/or clearing at the River Bank.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar 2019. Quotes have been sought for lesser quantities: 900 will cost us £2.16 each. 800 will cost £2.35 each. (1000 this year cost us £2.00 each. It was decided to accept quote for 900 and agreed that selling cost per item will have to be raised. *Manure There is still a quantity of well rotted horse manure in stock.  Chris would like some for Trinity School, Margaret T would like some for Guides’ allotment.  It must all go!!  *Pram. Will be ready for display when Royal Baby is born in March.  *Zac said that Little Pickles Nursery is very keen to take part in litter picks.   Zac thought that Little Pickles might like to have an event on a Thursday, during Nursery hours. Will see what we can do.  *Margaret T announced that the Junior Competition for 2018 will be to make a bird box (plans for an ‘easy’ make and a ‘more difficult’ make can be supplied), together with a tub containing some bee friendly plants.  Entries will be displayed in Halstead Public Gardens on day of judging.  Letters to be sent to Schools/youth groups, etc. in the near future.  Prizes will be bought.  Margaret T also said that the kerbs outside Library are still not fixed – has been reported, but that some paving slabs outside Hairdressers have been fixed but not the ones outside the Fish&Chip shop.  Some drains have also been cleared.  *Lia spoke about the Halstead in Bloom FaceBook page and asked if anyone would act as Administrator of this page to post events, etc.  Oliver volunteered and will liaise with Lia and Barry.  It was said that the Halstead in Bloom web site is now up and running – thank you to Shane Exley for reconfiguring and updating the site.  Mike administers the site.  *David T said that some hand rails along the bottom path of the River Walk are falling apart and need to be fixed for safety sake.  Will be reported.  David also noted that the drain in Colchester Road adjacent to the bus stop opposite Courtaulds Sports Field is full to the top.  Will be reported.  *Fiona asked again if the dog bin could be moved away from the seat on the River Walk (before weather gets warmer and dog bin gets smellier!).  Will be requested.   *Chris announced plans for a Junior Bloom litter pick that is to be arranged for the last Sunday of each month – meet at 10.30am at Chapel Street (Sainsbury’s) Car Park.  10 Junior Bloom high viz vests have been bought, and some medium size vests can be available.  Litter pickers need to be available – will see how many are in stock and if we need to purchase more.  Events will be publicised, first one to take place on Sunday 25th March.  *Margaret C said that there is a large pot hole in Chapel Hill, near to a drain on the left hand side going up.  This will be reported.  *Carol said that Wade UK has now been sold and wondered whether there will still be sponsorship from this Company.  Sec to investigate.

 

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.30  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 29th March 2018 
7
.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.

All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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Minutes of a meeting 25th January 2018  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from several  who could not attend including Ian who is in hospital mending a broken hip and Alan who is unwell.  We wish them both a speedy recovery.

MINUTES of 30th November ’17 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS:  *New containers for 2018. Have arrived!  4 large planters have been placed at the Hospital, two of them purchased by Rotary in memory of Lionel Francis.  All have been filled with compost and the sponsored areas planted.  All have sponsor signs attached.  There will be a ‘grand opening’ of the Rotary containers, date to be advised.  4 barrel planters have been delivered to Priory Hall, bought by their Landscaping Club, plus 4 bags of compost as a good will gesture. One more large planter will be placed outside the former HSBC building, now a Financial Advisor’s Office.  4 half barrel planters have been bought for outside the Library, two troughs have been received, one for Monklands Court and the other for Ronald Road and two ‘anging baskets will be placed at Hyacinth Tea Shops ready for summer planting.

*River Colne. Letter has been received from MP saying he is on the case.  A phone call from Environment Agency emphasised that they review the situation on a weekly basis and that the riparian owners are responsible for the river bed adjacent to their properties.  E.A. said they are still talking to the Mill Owner to try to find a way forward.  It was reported that an otter has been seen near to Town Bridge during the recent wet weather with river levels higher than usual.  *Torchlight Procession 2017. A letter was received thanking HiB for collecting for Mayor’s Fund at the procession and announcing that a total of £1007.38 had been raised for T.A.P.S.  *Calendar Update. It was reported that about 150 or so calendars 2018 remain unsold.  Discussion took place about the way forward with these Halstead Calendars and it was said that many would be disappointed if they are not produced.  Price for a smaller print run and from a different supplier will be sought before decisions are made.  Possible sponsorship for the calendars was discussed. *Greenstead Green/Gosfield. HiB has spoken with both villages recently and Greenstead Green has already started to put out some floral decorations.  Gosfield are keen to get started and have an enthusiastic team.  HiB will be speaking to Earls Colne, Black Notley and possibly Tiptree in the near future to encourage In Bloom participation.

EVENTS:   *Next RiverCare event  will be 4th February  Meet at 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *The great British Spring Clean will be held on 2nd-4th March 2018 – HiB’s name has been registered already.

*Armed Forces Day/celebration of 100yrs end of WW1.  Royal British Legion Halstead Branch and Club intend to hold a ‘gala weekend’ with Empire Theatre showing a suitable film on Friday evening 29th June, an event in Halstead Public Gardens with stalls and arena shows from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday 30th and a dedication service for the new memorial bed in Halstead Public Gardens on Sunday 1st July with a Church Service to follow.  Anyone interested in having a stall or able to offer memorabilia or put on an arena event should contact the British Legion on halsteadrbl@btconnect.com with the title AFD 2018. *HiB AGM 2017.  As a registered charity HiB is obliged to have an AGM to present accounts and elect officers for the forthcoming year.  Date for the AGM was fixed for 23rd March if this is agreeable with the Halstead United Reformed Church.  It was agreed that Jim Davis from Halstead History Society be asked if he could speak.  *Halstead History Museum will be open to the public from Sunday 4th February at 1.30pm to 6pm and thereafter on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons.  Museum is now located at Queen’s Hall and has new exhibits to show.  *Rivercare Annual Conference is planned for 21st April at Milton Park, Cambridge.  Sec. to lodge HiB interest.  *Flower Festival 2018.  Friends of St. Andrew’s Church, Halstead are planning to hold a Flower Festival following on from the successful Christmas Tree event in December 2017.  The Festival is planned for mid-July and flower arrangers and flower arrangements are sought from local individuals, clubs and businesses.  To register an interest speak to Roger Smith, David Hume or Tricia McNeeney (triciamcneeney@gmail.com – with the subject Flower Festival) as soon as possible.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Spring Launch is booked for 9th March 2018 at Scotsdales Nurseries near to Cambridge.  Please let Sec know by SUNDAY 18TH  FEBRUARY if you wish to attend – cost is £20 per person and we can work out transport nearer the time.  *AiB Entry 2018.  It was unanimously decided that Halstead will enter the Campaign 2018.  Entry form to be lodged with Anglia in Bloom Chair of Judges in the near future (cost £100).*Jobs to be done winter/spring: 1) Muck Spreader, Colchester Road.  Needs a good clean (there is a small bag of ‘soil’ beside the wheel that needs investigation!  2) Planters near to W.H.Smith need to be sanded down and re-painted.  3)  Loom needs repair 4) Bluebridge cart needs to be painted 5) Bench at Churchill Avenue has slats missing and needs cleaning/painting.  6) Some Street furniture is in need of refurbishment.  7) Trough at Dale Hire needs replacing (possibly use the one at present at Ronald Road)  8) a sponsor sign has been pulled off at Town Bridge.  Margaret T to investigate.

*Route for 2018.  Much discussion took place about the proposed route.  The ‘special entries’ were discussed (these are some of the elements that judges will expect to see, although they will also need to be shown community working, art in the landscape, involvement of young people, etc. etc.) and the list is attached.  These are not set in stone, but are a working brief and can be changed if thought not to be suitable or if a better candidate is put forward.   PLEASE can you put your thinking caps on and work out a route to include these.  We have just 2½ hours to get round, including all the stops to speak to people (most important!) and the travelling between places.  We need to avoid ‘grot spots’ or places that can’t be tidied up before judging (i.e. private areas) and we need to get the route in place as soon as possible so that any remedial work can be identified and done in good time – especially weed killing, cutting back before foliage grows up, etc. etc.  We need to think of a meeting point so that judges can be given a drink, comfort break and a short presentation before setting off on the tour and also need to think of where we can end the tour and have a reception for the judges before they leave us.  Email your ideas to me and I will collate and email out before the next meeting so that we can plan our route surveys to take to Councils, Greenfields, etc.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2p.m. on Town Bridge unless advised otherwise:  30th Jan.  Halstead Public Gardens, clearing and tidying.  6th February. Litter Pick.  13th February possible some work on River Walk, Parsonage St.  Following weeks to be decided.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  Dates for selling events 2018: Cake Stall. 31st March.  Plant Stall. 26th May.  Plant sorting/summer planting. 2nd/3rd June.

*Margaret E. 1) asked about the web site which is not functioning at present.  Shane Exley has been contacted and said that he needs to do some work.  He will be contacted again and other arrangements made if necessary.  2) Lights in New St. Bulbs have been changed and are now too bright.  Oliver said that he has had difficulties with the new bulbs also.  Problems have been noted and Halstead TC is writing to ECC Highways to discuss.  3) Clovers.  Braintree DC has tracked down the developer who has responsibility for this area and discussions are taking place about maintenance.  Braintree DC will effect a one-off blitz to clear and tidy the walkway up in the near future.  4) Pigeon Poo.  Some pavements have been cleaned and some preventative measures are now in place. Watch this space! 5) Trinity Court graffiti and litter/rubbish has been reported and hopefully measures will be taken to clean the area.  *Joan has been in contact with Ian who seems to be in good spirits and has asked that some wheeled transport be provided for him so that he won’t miss working parties!  A reinforced wheelbarrow was suggested!!  Margaret T said she had visited Ian and it was thought that he may be moved from the Hospital as soon as he is able to walk a little.  *Margaret T said that the seats in wild life garden and Halstead Public Gardens have been surveyed and it is hoped that some remedial work will take place. 2) Margaret and Christine are planning to organise a monthly litter pick for youngsters – although adults will be welcomed to take part!  This will probably be on the last Sunday of the month.  Details to be finalised and will be emailed round.  *Annie spoke again about the damaged post with wires showing in Hedingham Road.  This has been reported.  *Fiona mentioned some uneven and loose paving slabs.  Further details to be sought and defects to be reported.  *Oliver queried whether the entry bed in Braintree Road would have to be moved.  No information as yet. *Carol spoke about an overflowing rubbish bin on Sudbury Road (Post meeting note:  Request made and bin cleared by 10.30am on Friday 26th! Well done BDC). *Julia has spoken to Blacks Estate Agents, Weavers Court who are keen to sponsor HiB (Post meeting note: A cheque for £150 was received 26/1, letter of thanks will be written).   Central Piling, Bluebridge has contacted HiB with a view to sponsorship and some physical assistance.  Both offers gratefully received.
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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.45  p.m.
Next team meeting on   Thursday 22nd February 2018     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443
Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

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