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Minutes of meeting 27th June

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

.**********

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 18th July 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.     All welcome

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

.**********

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 18th July 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.     All welcome

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

.**********

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 18th July 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.     All welcome

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

Minutes 30th May 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 27th June 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road)   and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

Minutes of meeting 25th April 2019

Minutes of a meeting 25th April 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  28th March had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Perrywoods Visit.  Now confirmed for 25th September at 11am.  Party limited to 15 people, Margaret E is taking names..  *Halstead Flower Festival. Joan has plans for a Bridal display, with some potted plants and some gardening hand tools to cover the patronage of St. Dorothy.  There will be about 30 displays in St. Andrew’s Church and volunteers to marshall, serve refreshments, etc. will be welcomed.  Dates are 21st/22nd/23rd June.  Please let me know if you can help. Organisers are also look for other arrangers for displays in porches, windowsills, etc. so again, if you can assist please let me know, or speak to Helena Gee on jmgee1@hotmail.co.uk (please mention HiB). *Rivercare Conference. Joan and Margaret E who attended from HiB and Margaret T who joined Eileen Penn as Rivercare Halstead all enjoyed the day and thought it a worthwhile event at the lovely venue of Rutland Water.  *Living Sculptures. Anglia in Bloom has been contacted by a TV company who are planning a programme giving couples and pairs the opportunity to create amazing living sculptures and incredible works of art using flowers and plants.  If you are interested please contact livingsculptures@shiver.tv – please mention Halstead in Bloom. Cut off date is 31st May.  *Green Plan It RHS is looking for volunteers to mentor small teams of 12-14 year old students through Green Plan It 2019- to design a garden for their school/community. They are also looking for assessors for the programme.  Please visit schoolgardening/rhs/org/uk/greenplanit for more information. *Cake Stall. Margaret thanked all who contributed cakes and items to sell at the stall, which was very successful.  Amount taken for cakes was £121.40, goods raised £20.50 and donations amounted to £34.55 giving a total of £176.45 raised in all.  Well done everyone! *Daniel Robinson & Sons have offered the HiB team a tour around their new premises in High Street (site of former NatWest bank – and former Portway family home).  Sec. to arrange and circulate details. *Richard de Clare School will be holding an event on Monday 17th June to celebrate 175th anniversary of the School and they have invited a representative of HiB to attend.  Sheila G said that, as a former pupil, she would like to attend but now finds that she has a prior engagement.  If you’d like to attend as HiB representative please let me know – I have to give in names by 31st May.
EVENTS:
  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 5th May.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 28th April and then 26th May. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *May Fayre will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Monday 6th May between 2pm and 4.30pm.  HiB to attend with goods for sale and also planting sunflowers and nasturtiums.  *The Bull Hotel ‘Meet and Greet’ event on Saturday 11th May 12pm to 3pm will be attended by HiB with items to sell, display board and welcome messages! *Halstead Marathon will be 12th May.  HiB volunteers will be at posts 28-33 and should registers at Halstead Leisure Centre from 11am to be in post by 11.45.  *W.I. Coach Trip to Suffolk Show is planned for 29th May leaving Butler Rd. Car Park at 8am. Cost £38 p.p. including transport and entry. Ring 01787 582600 if you are interested in attending.  *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *Plant Stall. booked for Friday 24th May.  Some plants being grown on but donations will be welcomed from 8.30am at Halstead Market. Stall manning as follows:  9-10 Joan and Carol; 10-11 Christine and Jenny; 11-12 Sheila and Joyce; 12-1 – Ian and David.  There will possibly be further sale if surplus of plants!  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.  *Collecting/Planting  will be 1st and 2nd June. *Open Garden. Have been told since the meeting that Emma and Rick Rengasamy will be opening their garden at Sandy Lodge, Howe Chase under the Yellow Book scheme on 12th May and 22nd September this year.  The gardens have won prizes in our Local Garden Competition and last year the open gardens event raised over £800 for charity.  All are welcome, small dogs on leads, and there will be refreshements on offer.

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  Posters will be placed on Town notice boards and entry forms are available from Halstead TC Office and Halstead Icing.  50 Certificates of Merit have been printed, and team have taken some to give to deserving Front Gardens (with an entry form).  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.        *New Sheltered/Care Home category. Anglia in Bloom has introduced a           RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  new category this year and  Priory Hall  has entered!  This will mean that the site will have a proper judging, not at part of the town tour.. *Route Survey.  Thank you to team members who reported on sections of the route.  Meeting has taken place with BDC and areas of responsibility have been ascertained.  This will be helpful, and further discussions will take place at Partnership meeting..  *Badges. RHS Britain in Bloom judges appreciate name badges. Annie is happy to make badges/lanyards, please speak to her if you need either.  *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.

 

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 30th April – Deadheading.  Thursday 2nd May. Small working party at the Dr’s Surgery.  Tuesday 7th May – Road Runners’ Bed; tidy before Marathon  Thursday 9th May.  Dr’s Surgery working party.  Tuesday 14th May. Dead heading Thursday 16th May possibly at Surgery.  Tuesday 21st May possibly litter pick/weeding or begin to remove plants.  Thursday 23rd May Removal of plants/changing compost where necessary. (new compost is on order.  6 bags to be delivered to Weavers’ Court as required).

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Weed Clearing Machine. was investigated and advice was taken from BDC.  It was decided that the machine would be difficult to use and other avenues will be explored. *Summer Trail.  Fiona could not attend the meeting, so this item deferred to next meeting.  *Notcutts Voucher Just a reminder that HiB has a discount voucher if required.  *David has spoken to John and Alison who will be happy to judge in the Local Garden Competition this year.  *Margaret T noted that Tim (HTC) has strimmed land opposite the Cinema and has weed killed.  Margaret and Chris both noted that there is a problem with grass verge growing over the pavement in Butler Road adjacent to land where new Community Hub will be built.  Drains in Butler Road Car Park are still blocked and solid.  Margaret also told the meeting that the new plant container at Courtaulds Sports Ground will be moved to the Bowls Club as there is fear of vandalism damage.  *Linda spoke about the troughs outside Oswick that are in poor condition.  She is also concerned that the staff there aren’t watering the plants sufficiently well.  Firm will be contacted to see the way forward.  *Joan spoke about shop at top of High Street (was formerly Tatty Broyd’s) and where the owner wants to put flower troughs outside or if not will put up some hanging baskets (new owner is a finance company).  Joan asked if there is any news on the new logo for HiB – none as yet.  Joan said that a resident of Bronze Court had approached her and Ian to ask if winter bedding could be planted in the two tubs at entrance to the Court.  Joan explained and the resident said that perhaps next year she will plant up the tubs.  Joan spoke about the ramp at Parsonage St. Allotment Site that is in poor condition (was installed by the PHAB group, not by H.T.C.) and said that judges should be taken down the steps to see the Guides’ site.  *Chris spoke about a poster for the Community Litter Pick events and will let Oliver have copy.  *Carol asked if there are any rings for litter pick bags – Joan and Margaret have one each and there is one in HiB stock.  Carol asked if all the HiB equipment could be brought to a working party so that anyone who needs to use it can take ownership.  This 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 30th   2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

Minutes of a meeting 25th April 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  28th March had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Perrywoods Visit.  Now confirmed for 25th September at 11am.  Party limited to 15 people, Margaret E is taking names..  *Halstead Flower Festival. Joan has plans for a Bridal display, with some potted plants and some gardening hand tools to cover the patronage of St. Dorothy.  There will be about 30 displays in St. Andrew’s Church and volunteers to marshall, serve refreshments, etc. will be welcomed.  Dates are 21st/22nd/23rd June.  Please let me know if you can help. Organisers are also look for other arrangers for displays in porches, windowsills, etc. so again, if you can assist please let me know, or speak to Helena Gee on jmgee1@hotmail.co.uk (please mention HiB). *Rivercare Conference. Joan and Margaret E who attended from HiB and Margaret T who joined Eileen Penn as Rivercare Halstead all enjoyed the day and thought it a worthwhile event at the lovely venue of Rutland Water.  *Living Sculptures. Anglia in Bloom has been contacted by a TV company who are planning a programme giving couples and pairs the opportunity to create amazing living sculptures and incredible works of art using flowers and plants.  If you are interested please contact livingsculptures@shiver.tv – please mention Halstead in Bloom. Cut off date is 31st May.  *Green Plan It RHS is looking for volunteers to mentor small teams of 12-14 year old students through Green Plan It 2019- to design a garden for their school/community. They are also looking for assessors for the programme.  Please visit schoolgardening/rhs/org/uk/greenplanit for more information. *Cake Stall. Margaret thanked all who contributed cakes and items to sell at the stall, which was very successful.  Amount taken for cakes was £121.40, goods raised £20.50 and donations amounted to £34.55 giving a total of £176.45 raised in all.  Well done everyone! *Daniel Robinson & Sons have offered the HiB team a tour around their new premises in High Street (site of former NatWest bank – and former Portway family home).  Sec. to arrange and circulate details. *Richard de Clare School will be holding an event on Monday 17th June to celebrate 175th anniversary of the School and they have invited a representative of HiB to attend.  Sheila G said that, as a former pupil, she would like to attend but now finds that she has a prior engagement.  If you’d like to attend as HiB representative please let me know – I have to give in names by 31st May.
EVENTS:
  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 5th May.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 28th April and then 26th May. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *May Fayre will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Monday 6th May between 2pm and 4.30pm.  HiB to attend with goods for sale and also planting sunflowers and nasturtiums.  *The Bull Hotel ‘Meet and Greet’ event on Saturday 11th May 12pm to 3pm will be attended by HiB with items to sell, display board and welcome messages! *Halstead Marathon will be 12th May.  HiB volunteers will be at posts 28-33 and should registers at Halstead Leisure Centre from 11am to be in post by 11.45.  *W.I. Coach Trip to Suffolk Show is planned for 29th May leaving Butler Rd. Car Park at 8am. Cost £38 p.p. including transport and entry. Ring 01787 582600 if you are interested in attending.  *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *Plant Stall. booked for Friday 24th May.  Some plants being grown on but donations will be welcomed from 8.30am at Halstead Market. Stall manning as follows:  9-10 Joan and Carol; 10-11 Christine and Jenny; 11-12 Sheila and Joyce; 12-1 – Ian and David.  There will possibly be further sale if surplus of plants!  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.  *Collecting/Planting  will be 1st and 2nd June. *Open Garden. Have been told since the meeting that Emma and Rick Rengasamy will be opening their garden at Sandy Lodge, Howe Chase under the Yellow Book scheme on 12th May and 22nd September this year.  The gardens have won prizes in our Local Garden Competition and last year the open gardens event raised over £800 for charity.  All are welcome, small dogs on leads, and there will be refreshements on offer.

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  Posters will be placed on Town notice boards and entry forms are available from Halstead TC Office and Halstead Icing.  50 Certificates of Merit have been printed, and team have taken some to give to deserving Front Gardens (with an entry form).  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.        *New Sheltered/Care Home category. Anglia in Bloom has introduced a           RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  new category this year and  Priory Hall  has entered!  This will mean that the site will have a proper judging, not at part of the town tour.. *Route Survey.  Thank you to team members who reported on sections of the route.  Meeting has taken place with BDC and areas of responsibility have been ascertained.  This will be helpful, and further discussions will take place at Partnership meeting..  *Badges. RHS Britain in Bloom judges appreciate name badges. Annie is happy to make badges/lanyards, please speak to her if you need either.  *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.

 

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 30th April – Deadheading.  Thursday 2nd May. Small working party at the Dr’s Surgery.  Tuesday 7th May – Road Runners’ Bed; tidy before Marathon  Thursday 9th May.  Dr’s Surgery working party.  Tuesday 14th May. Dead heading Thursday 16th May possibly at Surgery.  Tuesday 21st May possibly litter pick/weeding or begin to remove plants.  Thursday 23rd May Removal of plants/changing compost where necessary. (new compost is on order.  6 bags to be delivered to Weavers’ Court as required).

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Weed Clearing Machine. was investigated and advice was taken from BDC.  It was decided that the machine would be difficult to use and other avenues will be explored. *Summer Trail.  Fiona could not attend the meeting, so this item deferred to next meeting.  *Notcutts Voucher Just a reminder that HiB has a discount voucher if required.  *David has spoken to John and Alison who will be happy to judge in the Local Garden Competition this year.  *Margaret T noted that Tim (HTC) has strimmed land opposite the Cinema and has weed killed.  Margaret and Chris both noted that there is a problem with grass verge growing over the pavement in Butler Road adjacent to land where new Community Hub will be built.  Drains in Butler Road Car Park are still blocked and solid.  Margaret also told the meeting that the new plant container at Courtaulds Sports Ground will be moved to the Bowls Club as there is fear of vandalism damage.  *Linda spoke about the troughs outside Oswick that are in poor condition.  She is also concerned that the staff there aren’t watering the plants sufficiently well.  Firm will be contacted to see the way forward.  *Joan spoke about shop at top of High Street (was formerly Tatty Broyd’s) and where the owner wants to put flower troughs outside or if not will put up some hanging baskets (new owner is a finance company).  Joan asked if there is any news on the new logo for HiB – none as yet.  Joan said that a resident of Bronze Court had approached her and Ian to ask if winter bedding could be planted in the two tubs at entrance to the Court.  Joan explained and the resident said that perhaps next year she will plant up the tubs.  Joan spoke about the ramp at Parsonage St. Allotment Site that is in poor condition (was installed by the PHAB group, not by H.T.C.) and said that judges should be taken down the steps to see the Guides’ site.  *Chris spoke about a poster for the Community Litter Pick events and will let Oliver have copy.  *Carol asked if there are any rings for litter pick bags – Joan and Margaret have one each and there is one in HiB stock.  Carol asked if all the HiB equipment could be brought to a working party so that anyone who needs to use it can take ownership.  This 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 30th   2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
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Minutes of a meeting 25th April 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

 

MINUTES of  28th March had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Perrywoods Visit.  Now confirmed for 25th September at 11am.  Party limited to 15 people, Margaret E is taking names..  *Halstead Flower Festival. Joan has plans for a Bridal display, with some potted plants and some gardening hand tools to cover the patronage of St. Dorothy.  There will be about 30 displays in St. Andrew’s Church and volunteers to marshall, serve refreshments, etc. will be welcomed.  Dates are 21st/22nd/23rd June.  Please let me know if you can help. Organisers are also look for other arrangers for displays in porches, windowsills, etc. so again, if you can assist please let me know, or speak to Helena Gee on jmgee1@hotmail.co.uk (please mention HiB). *Rivercare Conference. Joan and Margaret E who attended from HiB and Margaret T who joined Eileen Penn as Rivercare Halstead all enjoyed the day and thought it a worthwhile event at the lovely venue of Rutland Water.  *Living Sculptures. Anglia in Bloom has been contacted by a TV company who are planning a programme giving couples and pairs the opportunity to create amazing living sculptures and incredible works of art using flowers and plants.  If you are interested please contact livingsculptures@shiver.tv – please mention Halstead in Bloom. Cut off date is 31st May.  *Green Plan It RHS is looking for volunteers to mentor small teams of 12-14 year old students through Green Plan It 2019- to design a garden for their school/community. They are also looking for assessors for the programme.  Please visit schoolgardening/rhs/org/uk/greenplanit for more information. *Cake Stall. Margaret thanked all who contributed cakes and items to sell at the stall, which was very successful.  Amount taken for cakes was £121.40, goods raised £20.50 and donations amounted to £34.55 giving a total of £176.45 raised in all.  Well done everyone! *Daniel Robinson & Sons have offered the HiB team a tour around their new premises in High Street (site of former NatWest bank – and former Portway family home).  Sec. to arrange and circulate details. *Richard de Clare School will be holding an event on Monday 17th June to celebrate 175th anniversary of the School and they have invited a representative of HiB to attend.  Sheila G said that, as a former pupil, she would like to attend but now finds that she has a prior engagement.  If you’d like to attend as HiB representative please let me know – I have to give in names by 31st May.
EVENTS:
  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 5th May.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 28th April and then 26th May. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *May Fayre will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Monday 6th May between 2pm and 4.30pm.  HiB to attend with goods for sale and also planting sunflowers and nasturtiums.  *The Bull Hotel ‘Meet and Greet’ event on Saturday 11th May 12pm to 3pm will be attended by HiB with items to sell, display board and welcome messages! *Halstead Marathon will be 12th May.  HiB volunteers will be at posts 28-33 and should registers at Halstead Leisure Centre from 11am to be in post by 11.45.  *W.I. Coach Trip to Suffolk Show is planned for 29th May leaving Butler Rd. Car Park at 8am. Cost £38 p.p. including transport and entry. Ring 01787 582600 if you are interested in attending.  *Ridgewell Church Graffiti a tour of the church and viewing and explaining of this medieval artwork will take place on 15th June, 2.30pm.  Cost will be £5 including refreshments; proceeds for Church funds. If you are interested in this fascinating insight into the words and symbols found at the Church please email Elizabeth.crofts@outlook.com or ring 07484 826128 to book a place. *Ridgewell village hall also has a coffee afternoon on the last Friday of each month to get villagers and visitors together. Coffee and Cake £2.00. *Plant Stall. booked for Friday 24th May.  Some plants being grown on but donations will be welcomed from 8.30am at Halstead Market. Stall manning as follows:  9-10 Joan and Carol; 10-11 Christine and Jenny; 11-12 Sheila and Joyce; 12-1 – Ian and David.  There will possibly be further sale if surplus of plants!  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.  *Collecting/Planting  will be 1st and 2nd June. *Open Garden. Have been told since the meeting that Emma and Rick Rengasamy will be opening their garden at Sandy Lodge, Howe Chase under the Yellow Book scheme on 12th May and 22nd September this year.  The gardens have won prizes in our Local Garden Competition and last year the open gardens event raised over £800 for charity.  All are welcome, small dogs on leads, and there will be refreshements on offer.

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  Posters will be placed on Town notice boards and entry forms are available from Halstead TC Office and Halstead Icing.  50 Certificates of Merit have been printed, and team have taken some to give to deserving Front Gardens (with an entry form).  All past judges have agreed to take part this year, for which we are grateful.  Some posters/entry forms are available, contact me if required.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.        *New Sheltered/Care Home category. Anglia in Bloom has introduced a           RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  new category this year and  Priory Hall  has entered!  This will mean that the site will have a proper judging, not at part of the town tour.. *Route Survey.  Thank you to team members who reported on sections of the route.  Meeting has taken place with BDC and areas of responsibility have been ascertained.  This will be helpful, and further discussions will take place at Partnership meeting..  *Badges. RHS Britain in Bloom judges appreciate name badges. Annie is happy to make badges/lanyards, please speak to her if you need either.  *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has several verbal entries – we await date of judging in order to finalise details.

 

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 30th April – Deadheading.  Thursday 2nd May. Small working party at the Dr’s Surgery.  Tuesday 7th May – Road Runners’ Bed; tidy before Marathon  Thursday 9th May.  Dr’s Surgery working party.  Tuesday 14th May. Dead heading Thursday 16th May possibly at Surgery.  Tuesday 21st May possibly litter pick/weeding or begin to remove plants.  Thursday 23rd May Removal of plants/changing compost where necessary. (new compost is on order.  6 bags to be delivered to Weavers’ Court as required).

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:   *Weed Clearing Machine. was investigated and advice was taken from BDC.  It was decided that the machine would be difficult to use and other avenues will be explored. *Summer Trail.  Fiona could not attend the meeting, so this item deferred to next meeting.  *Notcutts Voucher Just a reminder that HiB has a discount voucher if required.  *David has spoken to John and Alison who will be happy to judge in the Local Garden Competition this year.  *Margaret T noted that Tim (HTC) has strimmed land opposite the Cinema and has weed killed.  Margaret and Chris both noted that there is a problem with grass verge growing over the pavement in Butler Road adjacent to land where new Community Hub will be built.  Drains in Butler Road Car Park are still blocked and solid.  Margaret also told the meeting that the new plant container at Courtaulds Sports Ground will be moved to the Bowls Club as there is fear of vandalism damage.  *Linda spoke about the troughs outside Oswick that are in poor condition.  She is also concerned that the staff there aren’t watering the plants sufficiently well.  Firm will be contacted to see the way forward.  *Joan spoke about shop at top of High Street (was formerly Tatty Broyd’s) and where the owner wants to put flower troughs outside or if not will put up some hanging baskets (new owner is a finance company).  Joan asked if there is any news on the new logo for HiB – none as yet.  Joan said that a resident of Bronze Court had approached her and Ian to ask if winter bedding could be planted in the two tubs at entrance to the Court.  Joan explained and the resident said that perhaps next year she will plant up the tubs.  Joan spoke about the ramp at Parsonage St. Allotment Site that is in poor condition (was installed by the PHAB group, not by H.T.C.) and said that judges should be taken down the steps to see the Guides’ site.  *Chris spoke about a poster for the Community Litter Pick events and will let Oliver have copy.  *Carol asked if there are any rings for litter pick bags – Joan and Margaret have one each and there is one in HiB stock.  Carol asked if all the HiB equipment could be brought to a working party so that anyone who needs to use it can take ownership.  This 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 30th   2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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Minutes of 28th March 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 28th March 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

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

MINUTES of  28th February had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS:   *AGM – Feedback. All agreed that this was a successful event, and the speaker from Perrywoods was very interesting.  It has been ascertained that group visits (not more than 15 people) can be arranged at Perrywoods, Tiptree. Sec was asked to make enquiries to book visit on 25th September.  Powerpoint presentation of accounts was thought to have been useful. *Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch – Feedback.  The lack of biscuits with coffee on arrival was a major concern, will be taken to AiB.  There will be biscuits at the next event!! Catering at the event was rated as good.  It was commented that not much was learned by HiB delegates.  The first speaker – Tamara Bridge, speaking about the Warner Edwards garden she had created at Chelsea Flower Show was interesting and informative.  Second speaker – Terry Bane of Norwich in Bloom Partnership was not considered  interesting.  *Halstead Flower Festival. Friends of St. Andrew’s Church  with Halstead in Bloom is planning another Flower Festival this year.  It will be at the Church on 21st/22nd/23rd June and theme is ‘All the Saints’.  HiB has taken St. Dorothy, the patron of Florists, Gardeners, Newlyweds and Brides.  Joan will design and helpers will be needed for set up on 19th/20th June.  Sponsors for the event will be sought, and help will be required on viewing days to serve drinks, etc. and to marshall.
EVENTS:
  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 7th April.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 31st March and then 28th April. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. This will be Halstead’s effort for the Great British Spring Clean and has been publicised on the Keep Britain Tidy Web Site and BDC events calendar.    *Rivercare annual conference at Rutland Water on 6th April;  Joan and Margaret E to attend.  Margaret T is also attending as part of Rivercare Group.  *Cake stall planned for 20th April, outside Solar, donations of cakes to sell will be appreciated  Stall manning as follows: 9-10 Carol and Annie.  10-11 Margie C and Iola.  11-12 Joyce and Joan.  12-1 Margaret E and Julia.  Set up from 8.30am, please bring donations from then onwards.  *May Fayre will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Monday 6th May between 2pm and 4.30pm.  Theme for the day is SAFARI  ADVENTURE and all are invited to dress the part!!  HiB will have a stall selling various goods and hopefully planting sunflowers and/or nasturtiums. *The Bull Hotel is to hold a ‘Meet and Greet’ event on Saturday 11th May 12pm to 3pm in the function suites and gardens.   HiB will attend with information and promotional goods.  *Halstead Marathon will be 12th May.  Names of volunteer marshalls have been passed to organisers. Route for the Marathon is not yet known, details will be shared when available. *Plant Sale will be on 24th May at Friday market. Joan has received some of the plug plants ordered, and has potted up begonias, pansies and geraniums.  Carol will take some to grow on and Margaret E will also grown on others when they arrive. *Buddy Bag event will take place in Witham on 25th May.  Details at www.buddybagfoundation.co.uk.   *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Booked at the Con Club for Friday 18th October.  *Collecting and Planting Summer Bedding will be 1st and 2nd June. Details later.     * Public Meeting about River Colne in Halstead has been called by a resident, John Smith, and will take place on 17th April at Queen’s Hall from 7pm.  Some invitations have been sent out but it is understood that this will be an open meeting for all to attend.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  A timed route was shown for both Anglia in Bloom and Britain in Bloom tours. Will start at Bull Hotel, this has now been agreed with Bull Managers, who will provide refreshments to Judges.  Linda and Margaret T have viewed the section proposed from Hawthorn Close to the Road Runners’ Bed and feel it would be better to travel back along Churchill Avenue/Sudbury Road/Boils Hall Gardens/Colne Road to the Bed.   Sec will walk with Braintree DC along the route, team will form groups to view each section and report back to sec. (ASAP) on any work that needs to be done before this walk round takes place.   Some bird boxes have been put up on the river walk, and some wild flowers are showing through ‘Special’ entries were discussed and good quality photos for each ‘special’ entry are required.  It was said that U3A Photo Club might help – Alan has also volunteered assistance. *RHS Britain in Bloom tour is shorter in time and the  route has been adjusted to suit.  It is hoped that the Bowls Club will be available for end of tour refreshments for both tours.  *New Sheltered/Care Home category. Anglia in Bloom has introduced a new category this year and it has been suggested to Priory Hall that HiB could enter them into this category.  Jean is speaking with Management about this.  Halstead Hall has also been advised of this category. *Self Marking. It was suggested that some members might like to do an exercise on marking the judging route nearer to the time of judging and this was thought to be a useful exercise.  *Badges. It was stressed at RHS Britain in Bloom seminar that Judges do like to have names on the people they meet.  Various badge holders are available, and Annie is happy to make badges.; it will be helpful for anyone meeting  judges along the routes to have a simple Christian name badge. *Children’s Competition. Margaret T has entry forms; so far  about 14 entrants confirmed.  Entrants will be asked to make a bird box and/or a frog house together with a planted pot containing plants for wild life and bring them to the Public Gardens on judging day for Anglia in Bloom.  It is hoped that some will be available for the RHS Britain in Bloom judges to see also.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 22nd April – Work at River Walk (Parsonage St.) to dig out nettles. Bring thick gloves, digging forks.  Thursday 4th April. Small working party at the Dr’s Surgery, just those who worked here last time as it’s a very small space.  Tuesday 9th April – Resource Centre.  They are holding a Spring Fayre on 12th April to raise funds for customer outings (we’ve said that HiB won’t be able to have a stall, but all are invited to visit the Fayre.)  Thursday 11th April.  Dr’s Surgery working party.  Tuesday 16th April. Dead heading and weeding at Solar area.  No working party on 18th April.  Thursday 25th April. Dr’s Surgery Working Party.  After that more details at next meeting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Allotment. There were no takers for work on an allotment, and the site has now been let to another party; maybe try again at another time.  *Local Garden Competition. Categories are to be the same as last year.  Prize money to remain at £30 for 1stt prize and £20 for 2nd prize.  Dates for judging to be 20th and 21st July.  Closing date for entries to be Friday 12th July. *Weed Clearing Machine. Cutting from the NFU magazine was shown of a rotary brush, petrol driven, weeding machine.  It was agreed that this might be useful, but cost is £1330.00 plus VAT, making it almost £1500.  There may be grants available for purchase.  It is believed that BDC have, or have had, a similar machine and sec. to investigate and ask for their thoughts.  It was queried whether it may be possible to hire a similar machine. Sec. to investigate.

*Oliver has joined the Britain in Bloom Facebook group and has posted photos (many taken by Alan) of Halstead.  He will continue to monitor and report.  *Margaret T noted that drains had been cleared in Halstead.  Margaret also said that some work had been done on clearing the river in the Box Mill area – it is not known how far along the river this clearing will take place. *Joan showed a card, signed by Beavers, thanking her and Margaret for their talk about Halstead in Bloom.  It is hoped that some of the Beavers’ work may be shown to Judges.  Joan also had raffle tickets for the Air Ambulance, £1 per ticket.  Others also have tickets.  Joan said that Cllr Mrs Shirley Diver and Alan Diver are moving from Halstead and have some half pots of fence paint to give away (some green, some brown).  Annie, Nicky, Ian, Joyce and Thelma asked for some.  Joan said that Shirley also has some office units for sale at £20 each.  Please ask if you are interested.  Joan asked if some of the Mary Portas/Town Team money could be used for purchase of replacement containers in the High Street – ownership of these containers is not known but when established we may put in a claim.  *Joyce spoke about grass cutting and the amount of cut grass left on top of verges.  *Annie noted that another non-heritage lamp standard had been erected in the town centre, outside Hume’s.  Sec. has been told that these are ‘temporary’ until heritage posts can be sourced.  Annie also noted that the gold bands around Sainsbury’s tubs is peeling away.  Annie said that there is vine weevil in the new tubs at The Centre.  Joan said that when deadheading/weeding team should take a note of which areas are affected; we will need to purchase more compost so that soil in affected tubs can be changed.*Iola spoke about parking on the grass verge at Parsonage St.  It is hoped that HiB can put some large tubs on this verge to deter parking in future. It was noted that various other areas of the town are being damaged by cars parked on verges. *Chris showed a poster, designed by Oliver, about the Community Litter Pick programme.  Oliver volunteered to print off another dozen and laminate them for posting around the Town.   *Fiona asked that BDC be thanked for renewing the Factory Lane road sign that has been broken for some time.  Fiona also spoke again about the trees on the footpath through from Parsonage St. to Weavers’ Court.  This has been reported.  Fiona spoke about a large pot hole in Factory Lane.  All road defects and street light failures can be reported via the Essex CC web site.   *Carol noted that the Wade sponsor signs in entry beds need to be cleaned/renewed.  Carol also spoke about the bed on corner of Oak Road that may need attention.  Joan to view.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.09  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 25th April  2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.       All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
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Minutes of AGM 8th March 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

MINUTES OF ANNUAL  GENERAL  MEETING 2018

8th March 2019.

Apologies received:  There were some apologies from team members and apologies from President David Hume.

About 35 people were present including  Cllr Andy Munday, Mayor of Halstead, Cllr Mrs Shirley Diver and Cllr Mrs Eileen Penn of Halstead Town Council and Ms Hannah Powell of Perrywoods Garden Centres.

 

Chairman Margaret Eskins welcomed all present  and acknowledged that there were other events in the Town that evening.  Margaret invited Mayor Cllr Munday to speak.

 

Cllr Andy Munday, first of all gave apologies from President of HiB, Cllr David Hume who had been for his first session of chemotherapy that day and although felt well and was in good spirits had been advised not to attend the meeting.  The good wishes of all present will be passed to David.

Cllr Munday said that he had found working with the HiB volunteers an uplifting part of his mayoral duties and said that he had been very proud to receive the Gold Award and Trophy for Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2018 on behalf of Halstead and the HiB volunteers when he attended the Awards event in Bury St. Edmunds in September.  He noted the various floral displays around the town in summer 2018 and was particularly pleased to note the Junior Bloom initiative.  Cllr Munday pledged the continuing support of Halstead Town Council to HiB in the Anglia in Bloom and RHS Britain in Bloom campaigns and wished all well for the coming year.

 

Hannah Powell from Perrywoods Garden Centres gave an illustrated and very informative talk about the growth of this local, family business.  She noted that she was the third generation in the business that was started by her grandfather in 1955 who was a stockman at Braxted Park but who had an idea for a small holding at Tiptree.  He bought, with the help of a loan from a family member, the ground with a small bungalow and a goat shed. Hannah said that in the 70’s turnover of the business was £75,000 per annum and now that amount is taken in a day.  She noted that from those humble beginnings the business that was recently given an award as Third Placed in the top 100 of Garden Centres League in the UK.  Other Awards had also been achieved including a 2nd place for catering and best plant area in the UK.  Hannah noted that recently the business had acquired the former Wyevale Garden Centre in Sudbury and hoped that this would be turned round to become another award winning centre.  Meeting was told that there are now three siblings of the third generation in the business.  Hannah did not charge for coming to speak to those attending, but asked for a donation for the charities supported by the business (HiB gave £50 to be given to a children’s charity dealing with mental health issues in young people).  Hannah noted that last year the Company raised over £26000.00 for charity. It was said that tours can be arranged of the premises in Tiptree.
During a Q&A period Ian asked if Perrywoods had made plans regarding Brexit, and the meeting was told that at present some precautionary plans had been made but not in any great detail as it was believed that it is in the interest of all business that trade continues.

 

Chairman Margaret Eskins gave a brief review of 2019 which was, she said, a busy year.  The achievements in Anglia in Bloom  was noted.   Margaret noted that team had given presentations to several groups both within Halstead and also in surrounding region which it was hoped would spread the In Bloom word and encourage others to care for their environment.  HiB has taken part in many Town events over the year including marshalling at the Halstead Marathon and helping at the Torchlight Procession.  Fund raising stalls have been set up at events such as the May Fayre and help has been given to the River Care Group and also HiB has arranged litter picks.  The Halstead fund raising calendar was on sale again as were Christmas cards printed from original artwork by Joan Gibson.  Our sponsors, and sponsors in kind, have supported efforts and regular Halstead in Bloom Partnership meetings have taken place as have meetings with Halstead Town Council/Braintree D.C./Halstead Rotary and Greenfields as part of the In Bloom Partnership initiative.   Margaret thanked all for their efforts in 2018 and hoped that they were looking forward to 2019  although with entry into RHS Britain in Bloom there would be more opportunities for hard work!.

 

Joan Gibson gave a report on plans for 2019.  Colours will be bright pink/paler pink & blue that will give fresh and cheerful aspect to the town displays.  Joan said that at Weavers’ Court, in front of the former Blacksmith’s building there will be a display commemorating 50 years since the first moon landing and this will incorporate last year’s Sopwith Camel artwork to note how far aviation has developed in a short time.  At the Loom garden, near to Halstead Hospital, there will be bedding to depict the phases of the moon and will be planted in vanilla marigolds and black grasses that should cut down on deadheading!  Hopefully there will also be artwork of a spaceman at the Loom!  In the Public Gardens there will be a bed showing the Townswomen’s Guild logo and Joan asked for all to save and donate small plastic bottles to be used in this display.  Joan said that the Lancaster Bomber artwork will also fly in the public gardens to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

 

Annie Rees Listed some diary dates for HiB in 2019:
Judging:  Anglia in Bloom will be between 5th and 21st July; RHS Britain in Bloom will be between 29th July and 15th August – actual dates not known as yet.
26th March Spring Launch for Anglia in Bloom, in Norwich. 14 from HiB attending
31st March will be Halstead’s Spring Clean event with a community litter pick. All welcome!

20th April. HiB will have a cake stall – all donations are welcome.  6th May is the May Fayre in Halstead Public Gardens.  11th May is a Meet and Greet event at The Bull.  12th May is Halstead Marathon. 24th May HiB will have a plant stall. 1st and 2nd June is the Summer Bedding event. 3rd August is the Summer Fayre in Halstead Public Gardens and 18th October is the popular Quiz Night at the Con Club.  All are welcome to attend all events.


A financial report
was given by Treasurer – copies of all reports were available and further copies can be supplied.  Accounts will be scrutinised by Cllrs Radley and Gronland – Chairman and Vice Chairman of Halstead TC as sponsorship in kind. Accounts will be posted on the Charity Commission web site. It was noted that the team still has a 1 year cushion of finances as required by Charity Commission and Halstead in Bloom is thankful for the support of local business and residents.  Treasurer’s report is attached..

 

Election of Officers. There were no nominations for Chairman so existing Chairman.  Margaret Eskins  indicated that she would be willing to serve for a further year as Chairman of Halstead in Bloom.  Nomination of Margaret Eskins as Chairman for 2019 was made by Cllr Andy Munday and seconded by Cllr Dave Gronland. Vote for proposal was unanimous.  There had been no nominations for Secretary or Treasurer so existing Secretary/Treasurer  Julia Smith  indicated that she would be willing to serve for a further year as Secretary/Treasurer of Halstead in Bloom.  Nomination of Julia Smith for post of Secretary/Treasurer for 2019 was made by Annie Rees and seconded by Christine Laurence.  Vote for proposal was unanimous.

 

Chairman thanked all the speakers at the meeting and hoped that all had enjoyed the evening.  Margaret wished all a safe journey home and thanked everyone who attended.

 

A raffle had been drawn.

There being no other business the meeting was closed at 8.30p.m.

Refreshments were available.

Minutes of meeting 28th February 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 28th February 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

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

MINUTES of  31st January had been circulated and with one amendment – talk arranged for 6th March was at Silver End and not Tiptree (this talk has now been cancelled) – were adopted
NEWS:  *Geoff’s Trees. Were planted on 9th February – about 50 yds along from the end of the board walk. A bench was also installed facing the three silver birch trees.  HiB will pay for one tree.  All agreed this is a fitting tribute to Geoff and the area has been improved by these additions.  *Sudbury Road Litter Picker is Bob Bell. He has been thanked;  he works as part of the Green Heart team but is doing a great job for Halstead and his community effort is applauded.  *Visits to the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. Attendees at both events found the tours informative and valuable.  The Teams are held in the highest regard and it was reassuring to know that the Doctors and Paramedics are very highly trained and qualified and the equipment carried is second to none.  All agreed it is very reassuring to know that they are there for the people of Essex and that they will take casualties to the best possible place for treatment.  It was interesting to see that when the helicopter can’t fly  – at night and in bad weather – there are two motor vehicles ready and equipped to take over;  a fantastic service.  The team are always pleased to arrange for tours, which are free, so if you know of any group who’d like to attend please contact them. *New HiB logo. At last month’s meeting it was suggested that HiB should have  a new logo that is able to be successfully enlarged for printing.  Ramsey Academy was contacted, and the art teacher is keen to take on this project.  Watch this space!  *Mugs ESO Print spoke last month about making some items for HiB to sell and Chairman has obtained a mug printed with current HiB logo.  All agreed that these were a saleable item, and Chairman will order 10 to be sold at the AGM;  price to be £5.50.  *Voter ID details of ID to be produced by voters at the Local Elections in May have been sent to households.  HiB has been advised that if anyone wishes to comment about this to email voterID@braintree.gov.uk by 7th March. *Feedback from recent HiB talks.  Halstead Baptist Church warmly received us on Thursday 7th Feb and gave donations. Margaret and Margaret were given a tour of the building and were surprised to see the large hall upstairs with kitchen facilities and access by a lift.  On 21st February team went to Ridgewell W I and  were well received; many questions were asked; they have membership of 16 and 16 people attended! They are trying to get the community together, and have arranged a ‘pop up cafe’ at the Village Hall, 2.30 – 4.30 pm on the last Friday of each month (next will be 29th March). All are invited! Tea and cake £2.  There will also be a guided tour of Ridgewell Church Saturday 15th June starting at 2.30pm.  Some ancient graffiti was discovered during renovations of great historical interest.  Tour, Talk and Tea costs £5.00.  Let me know if you are interested in attending.
EVENTS:
  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 3rd March.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 31st March. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *HiB AGM is Friday 8th March at United Reformed Church, Kings Rd.7pm for 7.30pm.  Speaker will be Hannah from Perrywoods Nursery – one of the top ten nurseries in the country. Event is free, light refreshments will be provided.  ALL  WELCOME.  *Rivercare annual conference at Rutland Water on 4th April;  2 places booked for HiB  *Spring Clean Event organised by K.B.T. Group from 22/3 to 23/4 – we will log our Community Litter Pick on 31st March.  *May Fayre will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on Monday 6th May between 2pm and 4.30pm.  Theme for the day is SAFARI  ADVENTURE and all are invited to dress the part!!  HiB will have a stall selling various promotional goods and hopefully planting sunflowers and/or nasturtiums in newspaper pots.  *The Bull Hotel is to hold a ‘Meet and Greet’ event on Saturday 11th May 12pm to 3pm in the function suites and gardens.  Aim is to support stronger community cohesion and to give information about what’s on in Halstead.  HiB will attend with information and promotional goods.  *Halstead Marathon will be 12th May.  Names of volunteer marshalls so far are: Joan, Iola, Margaret E, Ian, Wendy, Margaret T, David T, Carol, Dave, Annie, Fiona, Dave, Linda, Julia and Graham.  Names will be passed to organisers.  *Summer Fayre. is planned for 3rd August in Halstead Public Gardens. *HiB Quiz for 2019.  David has booked the Con Club for Friday 18th October.  *Cake stall is planned for 20th April, outside Solar, donations of cakes to sell will be appreciated.  *Plant Sale is planned probably for 24th May (Friday market) but may be 25th. Further details later. *Collecting and Planting Summer Bedding will be 1st and 2nd June. Details later. *Neighbourhood Watch There will be an event on Wednesday 27th March and details will be published in local press.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch on 26th March at Notcutts Garden Centre, Norwich.  Cost is £15 per person, including a buffet lunch.  A delegation of 14 from HiB will attend.

*Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  A draft route was shown and has been timed for Anglia in Bloom: Will start at Bull Hotel (subject to agreement) to view Weavers’ Court and meet Rivercare group.  Walk past Library/Trinity Court to Halstead Public Gardens; Walk to Holy Trinity School to meet Gardening Club; Drive to Adams Court; Drive via Butler Rd. Car Park, up High Street, past Birds Butterflies and Bees Garden to Loom and Hospital; Drive up Mill Chase to Playing Field; Drive up Sudbury Road/Churchill Avenue/Winston Way to Coggeshall Pieces; Walk to Hawthorn Close to view new community planted area; Drive to Road Runners Bed, drive through cemetery, down Mallows Field/Parsonage St. to Resource Centre; Walk to Halstead Auto Electrical/Dale Hire; Walk to River Walk entrance and short way into River Walk; Drive to Courtaulds Close to Guides Allotment.  End of Tour.  Various areas where work is needed along this route were identified, and route will be properly timed and sent to Braintree DC/Halstead TC for their info and input.  Team members to walk/drive the route to get ideas about where it’s best to walk and where to drive. David commented on the Riverwalk, and where the bird boxes/wild flowers can be seen – watch this space! *RHS Britain in Bloom tour is shorter in time and the above route will need to be adjusted to suit.  Joan and Julia attended a Britain in Bloom seminar in Manchester on 8th February and met one of our Judges – Alan Gray.  The second Judge will be Kim Parish. We noted that Alan hates litter, and is keen to promote community spirit and help for the disadvantaged.  We were given information about new marking system – 40% for floral and 30% each for Community and Environment.  We were also told about Discretionary Awards that are put forward by Judges – we don’t have to ‘enter’ them.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 5th March – Work at King’s Road/Dr’s surgery area..  Tuesday 12th February – Butler Road area.  After that dependent on weather and what needs to be done.  Joan explained that the Surgery have asked  HiB to tidy up the central garden at their premises – they will fund.  More details later.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendars. The new format as shown at last meeting has been weighed by Post Office and there is no difference in cost to post the new style.  After discussion it was decided that this style will be taken forward for 2020.  The Camera Club at U3A has offered to make a ‘Halstead now and then’  calendar and this was enthusiastically received. Well done Sue for your research into this!  *Allotment. Sue has taken this forward and viewed plot 17b at Parsonage St. which is deemed suitable.  Cost would be £17.50 per year.  It is agreed that the current HiB team can’t take this on, but Sue is prepared to lead a team and suggested that a note be put out on Facebook asking for volunteers for this project. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR THIS PROJECT.  Again, well done Sue!! *Fiona asked that Braintree DC be thanked for prompt action in collecting bags from litter picking and of green waste.  Fiona asked if she could bring some pond plants for the plant stall – everything is welcomed.  Fiona again mentioned the Factory Lane road sign – has been reported.  Fiona also spoke about the fencing around Hunwick former site.  To be discussed at a later date.   *Chris asked if anyone has photos of gardens entered into our Local Garden Competition last year – please pass them to Chris. *Annie spoke about gardening tools on sale at Lidl which look to be very well priced and of good quality.  *Joyce remarked on the hard work at the Road Runners Bed, but said it was very worthwhile! *Linda noted that faulty lights in the Churchyard are in hand.  Linda said that two trees in tubs in the Churchyard need to be removed – Joan to identify suitable forward locations.  Linda (and others) spoke about the ‘gardens’ in Solar Car Park.  HiB can’t take these on, Contractors are engaged to do the work there.  *Margaret T Spoke about the bed on corner of Fenn Road/Colchester Road.  This is BDC’s and will be noted at Partnership meeting.  Margaret said she will litter pick New Street.  Margaret advised of  a lady litter picking at Box Mill; her name will be ascertained (her dog is named Hero!).  Margaret advised that  trees along the river bank from Town Bridge to Box Mill have been trimmed to ‘aid the flow of water’.  Margaret said that Beavers will join the April community litter pick. *Oliver gave some (impressive) Facebook stats:  In February there have been 1150 views, most on 15th Feb of Barry’s pictures.  649 people viewed post on Community Litter Pick.  There have been 101 searches for the HiB page and HiB has 500 followers.  Great!!  Oliver also noted that an updated poster for the community litter pick is in hand.

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 28th March  2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.       All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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Minutes for January 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 Chairman, welcomed all present, particularly Debra, a new recruit and Alan who returned to the team after his major operation.  Annette and Mark from the Halstead Chamber of Trade were also warmly received.  Chairman accepted apologies from those who could not attend. 

MINUTES of  29th November 2018 had been circulated and were adopted
PRESENTATION: Annette Randal (Halstead Chamber of Trade) spoke about the bags that the Chamber of Trade had printed and offered for sale.  She was pleased to say that the original 50 printed had all sold meaning that a donation of £250 would be given to HiB.  It is proposed that another 50 will be printed and offered for sale meaning another donation to funds.  Annette was thanked for her efforts.  Mark Jeffrey from ESO store in Head Street, Halstead, spoke about other promotional goods for Halstead in Bloom.  It was said that the current HiB logo was not suitable for enlargement and it was suggested that perhaps a ‘young people’s competition’ could be initiated to give a logo on various goods.  It was thought that Ramsey Academy could be contacted and this matter will be discussed and actions taken.  It was thought that perhaps mugs and/or t-shirts would be a good starting point for promotional goods.  Mark said he would be willing to put ‘advertising’ posters in his shop and a window display at judging times.  Annette and Mark stressed that their efforts are to reach new volunteers and to highlight the work being done by HiB.  Annette and Mark were thanked for their presentation.

NEWS:  *Tesco Bags of Help money has now been received – £1000.00.  Some of this will go towards the Junior Bloom vests and both Holy Trinity Gardening Club and the 5th Halstead Trinity Guides want to build new raised beds.  Well done Chris for getting this money, and thanks to all who chose HiB as their charity.  *Christmas meal – feedback. All agreed that this was a lovely evening and that the food was excellent.  Several messages had been received saying how enjoyable the evening was.  Margaret T is thanked very much for her efforts in organising the meal and Marie Hughes has been thanked for providing the lovely meal.  Mr and Mrs Brian Day had given some money for Halstead in Bloom volunteers towards this event and they have been thanked.  *Bloor Homes a resident of Halstead asked if HiB could write to Bloor Homes, developers of the site at Oak Road, to ask if they would consider planting a Christmas Tree at the front of the site so that any new residents’ association could decorate it at Christmas to spread the Christmas effort to the top end of the town.  Letter was written, no reply yet received.  *Gift from Cllr and Mrs D Gronland of £500 was very gratefully received and Mr and Mrs Gronland have been thanked.  *Halstead Beavers meeting at Holy Trinity School contacted HiB to ask if team could help with Beavers obtaining their gardening badge.  Some vague discussions have taken place, but the nature/extent of help required is not yet clear.  *Geoff’s Tree. Geoff Willis passed away last summer and the Halstead Conservation Group intend to plant a tree in his memory at Coggeshall Pieces.  HiB asked to be involved, and 3 silver birch trees will be planted at Coggeshall Pieces on Saturday 9th February at about 11.00am.  There will also be a bench made by one of the Conservation team and placed near to the trees.  HiB team are invited to attend, and there will be tea and biscuits after the planting ceremony.  *Projector.  The planned ‘illustrated talk’ at Tiptree in early December was, unfortunately given without any illustrations as the projector (donated to us) failed.  One of the Tiptree members was Mr Helpful and managed to bend the pins in connecting lead.  Repair wasn’t possible, but Peter from Cablers Network and AV Solutions, based at Earls Colne, very kindly donated a new lead and checked that all is now in working order.  A letter of thanks was written, and we feel confident that the next talk will be illustrated as advertised!  *In Bloom Partnership. Various matters discussed at recent meeting were noted; License to Plant has now been signed off and should be received in the near future; top step at the former Post Office (that we feel is dangerous) is not to be repaired as ECC Officer says that no repair is necessary; the damage to steps and handrail at The Centre was reported; trees are to be, or have been, lopped in Halstead Public Gardens; inventory of street furniture was discussed and copy given to BDC and letter with copy sent to Cllr Kevin Bentley at Essex CC.  No reply so far.  BDC are hoping to make improvements to Halstead Cemetery with some benches being repaired/removed and one of the circular beds at Colchester Road entrance to be revamped.  It is hoped to add some bird/bat boxes and insect hotels at the cemetery.  The possibility of a Friends of Cemetery group was discussed, but it was said this isn’t feasible at present.  Team may have a working party at the cemetery in the future; Greenfields are to replace the missing troughs at Trinity Court; there are plans for some new planting in Halstead Public Gardens.*Co-op Solar Store. has agreed that a large planter can be placed facing the car park at the end of the Hook of Holland unit.  This will be planted with sustainable plants and sited when the weather improves.
EVENTS:  **Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 3rd February.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 24th February. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *Speaking Engagements: on 7/2 at Halstead Baptist Church, on 21/2 at Ridgewell and on 6/3 at Tiptree. *Visits to Air Ambulance base at Earls Colne Airfield will be on 7th February and 22nd February.  If you have booked, please arrive at 1.50pm with high-viz vests if you have them available.  Margaret E/Annie will lead first group, Joan/Julia will attend the second visit.  *WI Quiz will be on 22nd February at St. Andrew’s Hall 7.30p.m.  *HiB AGM is booked for 8th March at U.R.C.  King’s Seeds had agreed to come but have now cancelled the booking.  It is hoped that Perrywood Garden Centre will speak *Halstead Horticultural Society Spring Show has been cancelled for this year. *Rivercare is to hold an annual conference at Rutland Water on 4th April.  More details later.  *Summer Fayre. is planned for 3rd August in Halstead Public Gardens.  Cost of stall will be £15.  At present we have not made agreement to attend as this is around the time of RHS Britain in Bloom judging * Early notification of HiB Quiz for 2019.  David has booked the Con Club for Friday 18th October.  *Halstead Marathon will be on Sunday12th May.  14 HiB volunteers said they’d like to help and this will be passed on to organisers.  *Spring Clean event (K.B.T. group) will this year be between 22nd March and 23rd April – HiB will take part.  *Fields in Trust suggest a ‘Picnic in the Park day on 6th July; are we able to take part?  *Halstead Colne Tangent Group have issued invitation to a lunch on Wednesday 27th March at 12.30pm for 1.00pm at the Colne Valley Golf Club, Earls Colne.  Speaker will be Paula Short speaking about the gifted French designer Coco Chanel.  Cost, including lunch, will be £22 per head and I have menu if anyone wishes to attend, please let me know.  *Bull Hotel is planning an event to showcase all the clubs/societies and what Halstead has to offer.  It is hoped that those new to the Town will attend and get some information on what’s on in Halstead!  Further details later.  *Diary Dates:  A cake stall is planned for 20th April, hopefully outside Solar.  A plant sale is planned for 24th May (Friday market) but discussions took place around suitability of placement.  *May Day event in Halstead Public Gardens will be 6th May 2019.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 26th March at Notcutts Garden Centre, Norwich.  Cost is £15 per person, including a buffet lunch.  There will be a ceremonial tree planting to start off the In Bloom year, and speakers have been engaged.  This will be a chance to ask questions about judging and to meet with other entrants (as well as have a day out!!).

*Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  David had given some thought to a possible route: Start at Halstead Hall, drive down Mount Hill to Butler Road Car Park.  Walk to Adams Court. Drive to Holy Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens (entering by the memorial garden). Drive to Parsonage Street to view businesses/fire station. Walk to entrance of River Walk and walk up to back entrance to allotments noting planting, perching benches and viewing platform. view wild life area and enter Guides’ allotment. Drive to Resource Centre.  Drive up Parsonage Street to Church and cross to view Birds Butterflies and Bees garden, fountain, etc.  Drive to Mill Chase Playing Field. Drive to Bowls Club  via Colne Road noting Road Runners Bed, allotment area.  This route will have to be fine tuned and timed but good work David!  We will need to check that all ‘special entries’ are covered – it was thought that Mike Turner’s efforts at Hawthorn Close could be a Community Project worth viewing.
*RHS Britain in Bloom A seminar is organised for Friday 8th February in Manchester.  Joan and Julia will attend.  The different marking system to be employed from this year was noted – marking percentages have changed to be 40% for floral with 30% each for community and environment.  It was agreed that the portfolio might have to be organised accordingly, Chris to discuss.  Joan was asked about planting schemes for 2019, but said we will have to wait until the AGM.  Colours for this year are dark pink, light pink with blues and mauves – vibrant and bright.  There are concerns about supply of plants over the period of Brexit.  Joan asked that all save small plastic water bottles as last year for wording on various show beds.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 5th February – Work at Weavers’ Court.  Tuesday 11th February – Litter Pick.  After that dependent on weather and what needs to be done.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  Sec. noted that accounts 2018 are prepared and will be overseen by Cllrs Radley and Gronland rather than audited. (For a charity the size of HiB no audit is required but it is prudent to have accounts viewed by others.  Carol asked if anyone knew the name of the gentleman who regularly litter picks in Sudbury Road.  All were asked to try to get a name so that thanks can be offered.  Sue has been to Spencer’s at Maplestead and they have sold 12 calendars and 2 envelopes.  They will retain the remaining good and sell at £2 each – Sue will call end February.  Sue showed a calendar produced in Castle Hedingham at a cost of £2.86 each that could be printed on a small run if required.  Calendar is A4 size and not glossy but may be acceptable.  Club as Castle offers advertising on pages, which we haven’t done so far.  Joan took one to ascertain postage costs.  Sue to be asked to enquire what format copy would need to be sent.  Sue asked if Greenfields had been contacted about team taking on gardening for a resident in Halstead.  This will be checked.  Sue suggested that perhaps HiB could take on an allotment to use as a ‘nursery’ for plants that could later be sold on or shared.  Details to be ascertained.  Joan spoke about vine weevil in various locations around town and asked if she could purchase some nematodes or other preventative materials.  This was agreed.  Joan also noted that a message had been received from Cllr Jackie Pell who said that the Head of Ramsey Academy is keen to get involved with Halstead in Bloom.  Will be followed up. Fiona spoke about a tree that is leaning at a precarious angle in the walkway from Parsonage Street through to Richard de Clare School and Factory Lane.  This is considered to be a danger to life and property.  Will be reported. Fiona also spoke about vehicles parking on verges in Parsonage Street near to entrance to River Walk and also near to junction with St. Andrew’s Road.  This is recognized as a problem.  Margaret T said that parking notices have been issued.  Fiona also spoke about the amount of pigeon poo near to Hyacinth Tea Shop and Bridge Personnel building.  This had been raised at Partnership meeting and it was said that this is the responsibility of property owner.  This will be reported again. Fiona noted that the road sign at Factory Lane West/junction with Parsonage Street is broken and almost illegible – will be reported. Margaret T said that road signs had been left in New Street and still not collected – has been reported but will be reported again.  Margaret said that there is also a redundant sign near to flower display at Broton Drive.  Will be reported.  Margaret said that  the Children’s Competition this year will be to make a bird box or a frog house and to include 3 plants to attract wild life.  Plans will be sent out with letters inviting entry.  Linda noted that lights are out in St. Andrew’s Churchyard but she will make a note of which ones and report to Halstead TC.  Linda also spoke about the bench against the Church wall facing Parsonage Street that is covered in pigeon poo with excrement also on the surrounding path.  This will also be reported.

 

At the end of the meeting Margaret Eskins, Chairman, was given a card signed by team members and some plants to celebrate her birthday on 4th February.  Margaret was a bit overcome!  She thanked all for the gifts and cards.

 

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.38  p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 28th February  2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
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Minutes for 29th Nov 2018

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

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

 

MINUTES of  25th October 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Update on team members.  Alan is recovering at home after his recent operation.  He is feeling much better now and has been out for short walks.  He is due a check-up just before Christmas. Oliver is celebrating getting engaged recently.  We give best wishes to Oliver and Ben – they won’t be getting married until after Oliver finishes his studies in 2020 – plenty of time to buy a hat!  *Co-op Community Collection.  Team were invited to attend a cheque presentation at the Co-op store on Colchester Road and it was announced that HiB would receive a total of £1630.99 from member donations this year.  £492.56 has already been paid and the balance will be paid to HiB shortly.  Thank you to all who have named HiB as a beneficiary of charity donations. There will be publicity about this donation. *Tesco ‘Bags of Help’.  Christine reported that following her application for funds from Tesco’s scheme HiB was named as second place beneficiary with a grant of £1000.00.  This money is for the Junior Bloom campaign and will be spent on safety items, gardening tools, seeds/plants and promotional material.  Well done Christine.  *Guys in the Park Event.  was well supported, and HiB received a ‘thank you’ certificate.  It was agreed that guys need a re-vamp before next year!  *Speaking engagements: HiB team will be speaking to Tiptree Gardening Club next week, and have two ‘bookings’ for next year – Halstead Baptist Church and Ridgewell W.I.
EVENTS:  *Christmas Fayre and switch on of Christmas lights. will take place on Saturday 1st December.*Christmas Trees at St. Andrew’s Church will be displayed on 1st and 2nd December.  HiB has a tree and there are about 36 others to view.  *Torchlight Procession.  Will be on Wednesday 5th December.  Those who have offered to marshall and rattle tins please meet at the Town Council torch site on Market Hill at 6.15pm.  Please wear HiB High Viz Jackets.  *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd December.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th December. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *HiB Christmas Meal will be on Friday 18th January 2019 at St. Andrew’s Hall.  Margaret reported that about 50 people will attend. There will be a raffle on the evening.  *Halstead Horticultural Society Spring Show will be on Sunday 31st March at St. Andrew’s Hall.  There will be classes for daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, polyanthus, primroses as well as an ‘Easter Bonnet’ class, decorated cup cakes, moulded jelly and children’s classes.  Entry fee for all classes is 50p (children’s classes free) and there are 3 prizes in each group – go on, give it a go!!  Entry forms will be at Halstead Icing after Christmas and also at other outlets in town. * Early notification of HiB Quiz for 2019.  David has booked the Con Club for Friday 18th October.  Hopefully early notification will prevent double bookings for quizzes in the town.  Date will be sent to HTC for display on their web site and posters for October.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Autumn Seminar Feedback and judges’ comments: Those who attended thought it was an enjoyable event.  Catering was good with local food served by friendly people from the village of Filby.  Speaker was good, it was a shame that second speaker hadn’t arrived in time.  Judges said that Halstead lost marks in the Environmental section by not showing biodiversity and wildlife habitats.  They also said they would have liked more information on town’s recycling. Street furniture in need of refurbishment was also mentioned and it was suggested that perhaps some flowers could be grown on the Guides’ allotment to attract wildlife.  Judges did say they were being very ‘picky’ as Halstead’s entry was very good and they hoped that standard would be maintained next year.  Fiona suggested that we need a ‘wow’ factor – ideas please!  Christine asked for an up to date photo of a Partnership meeting, can be done.  Sec. noted that entry for Halstead had been lodged already, and Halstead Public Gardens and Halstead Cemetery had also lodged entries for 2019.

*Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  We must 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 a route around the town to show these and without looking at any grott spots!  Please give this some serious thought as we need to be working with Braintree DC and Halstead TC to sort out any grot spots along the way in good time and without panics!.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 4th December: Tea Pary at the Resource Centre to say thank you for all the work done there.  Meet there at 2pm.  Thursday 6th December. Ruth has given 300 bulbs (mainly tulips, muscari, hyacinths) and these need to be planted ASAP.  Meet at Halstead Icing Car Park to decide where they will be planted.  Tuesday 11th December.  tea at the White Hart.  Meet there at 2pm. Cost will be about £2.50pp.  Tuesday 18th December. Possibly working in St. Andrew’s Churchyard.  No other working parties until after Christmas.  Thursday 3rd January – meeting to deadhead/maintain as necessary.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling To date 404 calendars have been sold on stalls  – we need to sell 486 calendars to break even.   If you can take a shift please let me know!

Friday 7th December:  9-10 Sue and Christine.  10-11 Margaret T and Margaret E. 11-12  Ian and Margaret E.  12-1 Ian and Julia.

Saturday 8th December: 9-10 Joan and Carol.  10-11 Annie and Mike.  11-12 Ian and Margaret E.  12-1 Ian and Julia.

Friday 14th December.  9-10 Sue and Jenny.  10-11 Joan and Margaret T.  11-12 Iola and Wendy.  12-1 Ian and David.

Saturday 15th December. 9-10 Joan and Christine.  10-11 Annie and Mike.  11-12 Christine and Margaret T. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E.

Friday 21st December. 9-10 Joan and Christine.  10-11 Jenny and David.  11-12 Annie and Mick.  No takers at the moment for 12-1 but Joan will clear down.  Please let me know if you can help.

Saturday 22nd December.  9-10 Sue and Joan.  10-11 Oliver and Carol.  11-12 Annie and Mike.  12-1 Margaret E and Joan.  Joan to clear down.

For next year different selling times and different venues to be explored.

*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.  *Area on corner of Highfields needs to be tidied/cleared.

*Joan noted that Colne Valley Nurseries is now closed until the spring.  Joan also noted that the bi-plane in Halstead Public Gardens has suffered from some wind damage.  It will be taken down and stored until early next year when it is hoped it can be shown in Weavers’ Court.  Joan noted that the poppy cascade has now been removed, but the Soldier remains (Graham would like it to be in situ until after the Torchlight Procession and he will then remove it – he would like to sell it and raise money for a services charity).  Joan showed a poster about a Christmas Play to be staged in Holy Trinity Church on 18th December to raise funds for the Church.  Tickets are £12.50 and can be obtained from Joan or from the Friends of Holy Trinity Church group.  Joan noted that the Poppies shown in Holy Trinity Churchyard have been sold and raised £300 some of which will be give to Royal British Legion and the remaining money will go to Holy Trinity Church funds.  *Carol noted that the shrubs around the Tortoise Stove in Butler Road Car Park need trimming.  Carol also noted that the shrub bed on the corner of Oak Road has been driven over by contractors’ lorries.  *Iola noted that on the latest Newsletter from 21st Century group there were details of an Outline Planning Permission Application for housing on the land East of High Street.  All were asked to visit the Braintree DC Planning website to comment or to write with comments to Braintree DC Planning Dept.  Iola noted that the seat in St. Andrew’s Churchyard is again covered with pigeon poo.  Will be reported to HTC.  *It was noted that when the WW1 plaques were collected from St. Andrew’s Churchyard 5 of them had been visited by relatives who had left commemorative items.  Some details have been passed to the History Society.

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st January 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

 

BEST  WISHES FOR A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS, AND A PEACEFUL AND PROPSPEROUS

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

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

 

MINUTES of  25th October 2018 had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:  *Update on team members.  Alan is recovering at home after his recent operation.  He is feeling much better now and has been out for short walks.  He is due a check-up just before Christmas. Oliver is celebrating getting engaged recently.  We give best wishes to Oliver and Ben – they won’t be getting married until after Oliver finishes his studies in 2020 – plenty of time to buy a hat!  *Co-op Community Collection.  Team were invited to attend a cheque presentation at the Co-op store on Colchester Road and it was announced that HiB would receive a total of £1630.99 from member donations this year.  £492.56 has already been paid and the balance will be paid to HiB shortly.  Thank you to all who have named HiB as a beneficiary of charity donations. There will be publicity about this donation. *Tesco ‘Bags of Help’.  Christine reported that following her application for funds from Tesco’s scheme HiB was named as second place beneficiary with a grant of £1000.00.  This money is for the Junior Bloom campaign and will be spent on safety items, gardening tools, seeds/plants and promotional material.  Well done Christine.  *Guys in the Park Event.  was well supported, and HiB received a ‘thank you’ certificate.  It was agreed that guys need a re-vamp before next year!  *Speaking engagements: HiB team will be speaking to Tiptree Gardening Club next week, and have two ‘bookings’ for next year – Halstead Baptist Church and Ridgewell W.I.
EVENTS:  *Christmas Fayre and switch on of Christmas lights. will take place on Saturday 1st December.*Christmas Trees at St. Andrew’s Church will be displayed on 1st and 2nd December.  HiB has a tree and there are about 36 others to view.  *Torchlight Procession.  Will be on Wednesday 5th December.  Those who have offered to marshall and rattle tins please meet at the Town Council torch site on Market Hill at 6.15pm.  Please wear HiB High Viz Jackets.  *Rivercare.  Next event is Sunday 2nd December.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 30th December. ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.   *HiB Christmas Meal will be on Friday 18th January 2019 at St. Andrew’s Hall.  Margaret reported that about 50 people will attend. There will be a raffle on the evening.  *Halstead Horticultural Society Spring Show will be on Sunday 31st March at St. Andrew’s Hall.  There will be classes for daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, polyanthus, primroses as well as an ‘Easter Bonnet’ class, decorated cup cakes, moulded jelly and children’s classes.  Entry fee for all classes is 50p (children’s classes free) and there are 3 prizes in each group – go on, give it a go!!  Entry forms will be at Halstead Icing after Christmas and also at other outlets in town. * Early notification of HiB Quiz for 2019.  David has booked the Con Club for Friday 18th October.  Hopefully early notification will prevent double bookings for quizzes in the town.  Date will be sent to HTC for display on their web site and posters for October.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’18.  *Anglia in Bloom Autumn Seminar Feedback and judges’ comments: Those who attended thought it was an enjoyable event.  Catering was good with local food served by friendly people from the village of Filby.  Speaker was good, it was a shame that second speaker hadn’t arrived in time.  Judges said that Halstead lost marks in the Environmental section by not showing biodiversity and wildlife habitats.  They also said they would have liked more information on town’s recycling. Street furniture in need of refurbishment was also mentioned and it was suggested that perhaps some flowers could be grown on the Guides’ allotment to attract wildlife.  Judges did say they were being very ‘picky’ as Halstead’s entry was very good and they hoped that standard would be maintained next year.  Fiona suggested that we need a ‘wow’ factor – ideas please!  Christine asked for an up to date photo of a Partnership meeting, can be done.  Sec. noted that entry for Halstead had been lodged already, and Halstead Public Gardens and Halstead Cemetery had also lodged entries for 2019.

*Route for AiB judges’ tour 2019.  We must 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 a route around the town to show these and without looking at any grott spots!  Please give this some serious thought as we need to be working with Braintree DC and Halstead TC to sort out any grot spots along the way in good time and without panics!.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwiseTuesday 4th December: Tea Pary at the Resource Centre to say thank you for all the work done there.  Meet there at 2pm.  Thursday 6th December. Ruth has given 300 bulbs (mainly tulips, muscari, hyacinths) and these need to be planted ASAP.  Meet at Halstead Icing Car Park to decide where they will be planted.  Tuesday 11th December.  tea at the White Hart.  Meet there at 2pm. Cost will be about £2.50pp.  Tuesday 18th December. Possibly working in St. Andrew’s Churchyard.  No other working parties until after Christmas.  Thursday 3rd January – meeting to deadhead/maintain as necessary.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *Calendar selling To date 404 calendars have been sold on stalls  – we need to sell 486 calendars to break even.   If you can take a shift please let me know!

Friday 7th December:  9-10 Sue and Christine.  10-11 Margaret T and Margaret E. 11-12  Ian and Margaret E.  12-1 Ian and Julia.

Saturday 8th December: 9-10 Joan and Carol.  10-11 Annie and Mike.  11-12 Ian and Margaret E.  12-1 Ian and Julia.

Friday 14th December.  9-10 Sue and Jenny.  10-11 Joan and Margaret T.  11-12 Iola and Wendy.  12-1 Ian and David.

Saturday 15th December. 9-10 Joan and Christine.  10-11 Annie and Mike.  11-12 Christine and Margaret T. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E.

Friday 21st December. 9-10 Joan and Christine.  10-11 Jenny and David.  11-12 Annie and Mick.  No takers at the moment for 12-1 but Joan will clear down.  Please let me know if you can help.

Saturday 22nd December.  9-10 Sue and Joan.  10-11 Oliver and Carol.  11-12 Annie and Mike.  12-1 Margaret E and Joan.  Joan to clear down.

For next year different selling times and different venues to be explored.

*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.  *Area on corner of Highfields needs to be tidied/cleared.

*Joan noted that Colne Valley Nurseries is now closed until the spring.  Joan also noted that the bi-plane in Halstead Public Gardens has suffered from some wind damage.  It will be taken down and stored until early next year when it is hoped it can be shown in Weavers’ Court.  Joan noted that the poppy cascade has now been removed, but the Soldier remains (Graham would like it to be in situ until after the Torchlight Procession and he will then remove it – he would like to sell it and raise money for a services charity).  Joan showed a poster about a Christmas Play to be staged in Holy Trinity Church on 18th December to raise funds for the Church.  Tickets are £12.50 and can be obtained from Joan or from the Friends of Holy Trinity Church group.  Joan noted that the Poppies shown in Holy Trinity Churchyard have been sold and raised £300 some of which will be give to Royal British Legion and the remaining money will go to Holy Trinity Church funds.  *Carol noted that the shrubs around the Tortoise Stove in Butler Road Car Park need trimming.  Carol also noted that the shrub bed on the corner of Oak Road has been driven over by contractors’ lorries.  *Iola noted that on the latest Newsletter from 21st Century group there were details of an Outline Planning Permission Application for housing on the land East of High Street.  All were asked to visit the Braintree DC Planning website to comment or to write with comments to Braintree DC Planning Dept.  Iola noted that the seat in St. Andrew’s Churchyard is again covered with pigeon poo.  Will be reported to HTC.  *It was noted that when the WW1 plaques were collected from St. Andrew’s Churchyard 5 of them had been visited by relatives who had left commemorative items.  Some details have been passed to the History Society.

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 31st January 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op purchases.

 

BEST  WISHES FOR A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS, AND A PEACEFUL AND PROPSPEROUS

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

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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

www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk        Facebook: halsteadinbloom.    giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
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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.

.**********

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 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
Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

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