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Minutes 28th April 2022

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 28th April 2022  6.00 p.m. at Royal British Legion Club

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

Minutes of meeting of 31st March 2022 had been circulated and were adopted.

UPDATES.  *Partnership Review.  There will be another meeting of the review group on 4th May.  Hopefully we will be able to make some progress on moving the matter forward.  *Ray Sharman of Halstead Road Runners who will be running for Halstead in Bloom and has pledged to raise £500 for us does have a Facebook page but not, at the moment a Just Giving page.  We may be able to make some enquiries on Marathon Day as to how we can support him.

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITION.  Report was given by Helen and Karyn that posters advertising the Children’s Competition for a ‘portable’ garden on the theme of the Queen’s Crown or a Garden Fit For A Queen have been placed in schools, in retail outlets in the town and on the Community Facebook Page and there has been a good response so far.  Entry forms have been made.  Judging will be done by Halstead Town Councillors and prizes, that have been donated by Karyn, will be given at an event on 2nd June at Holy Trinity Church.  All entries will be on display in Holy Trinity Church for the week following the prize giving.
It was said that there will be further meeting of the Local Garden Competition Team to discuss the main Competition in the near future.  Team were thanked for their efforts and we look forward to two good competitions this year.

SPONSORSHIP Annie gave a report  that all letters/emails to existing sponsors have been sent and there has been a good response so far with £1275 being paid or pledged.  There is a potential further £1150 to come in.  Annie reported two new sponsors this year, both of whom have contacted us rather than us going out to recruit.  These are Halstead Rugby Club who will sponsor two sites – muck spreader and the new container at Butler Road – and Crownlea who will sponsor the display outside The Bank and also the three large tubs outside what is now Ukraine House.  Meeting was told that these three large tubs will need to be moved so that scaffolding can be erected but Halstead TC has made it clear that they must remain outside this building even if they are spaced out differently.  Don suggested that HiB contacts Halstead Cricket Club for sponsorship, but Annie said that with the past difficult two years it was felt that new sponsorship won’t be sought for this year but for 2023 the Cricket club and also local Estate Agents will be contacted.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM Campaign 2022.  I have a meeting with Officer from BDC and Peter Nice on 6th May to discuss photos submitted so far (thank you Alan!) and what will be needed.  The areas entered are: Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery, Halstead River Walk and Mill Green.  Also HTC/HiB will be entering St. Andrew’s Churchyard.

EVENTS.  *Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 29th May. Meet 10.30 at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Halstead Marathon is on 8th May.  Places have been allocated for HiB team as follows:  Bottom of Field – Colin Bailey and David Tarbun.  Entry to hedge path and new estate – Karyn and Billy Ballard. Field Exit path – Fiona and Dave Bazley.  Churchill Avenue – Julia and Graham Smith.  Portway Court – Annie Rees and Joan Gibson.  Colne Road – Ian Jarvis and Margaret Eskins.  Bois Hall Gardens – Helen Rose and Margaret Tyler;  1st Leisure Centre Gate – Eileen Penn and Joyce Saville.  2nd Leisure Centre Gate – Meg Hollinshead, Thelma Salmon and George Lipyeat.  HiB Marshalls to sign in at race HQ (rear of Leisure Centre) at 11.10am and will need to be in position by 12.10.    I will send ‘What 3 Word’ location identifiers to marshalls individually.  Any changes will be reported directly.  *Plant Stall on 21st May.  Stall will be set up from about 8.30am.  Stall manning as follows:  9-10  Joan, Joyce and Margaret E. 10-11 Derek Holmes  and someone from Daniel Robinson & Sons. 11-12 Don and Helen.  12-1 David T and Ian.  1-2 Alan and Chris.  It may be that we will be overwhelmed with customers so if anyone else can help at any time please do join in.   *Plant collecting/sorting will be on Saturday 28th May (see Working Parties) and planting will begin on 29th May.   *There will be a Jubilee Fayre on Saturday 4th June.  So far volunteers are:  9-10 Joan and Joyce.  10-11 Billy and Karyn;  11-12  Nicky and Chris.  12-1  Alan.  There are still some selling slots to fill – we are supposed to be at the Fayre until 4pm and will be positioned opposite Costa Coffee.   *There will be a Fete in Halstead Public Gardens on 25th June to celebrate the Royal British Legion, we will probably have some plants left to sell plus any other bits and pieces that we can get together, no further info at the moment but will make arrangements at next team meeting.  *Halstead T.C. is planning a Summer Fete on 6th August.(sorry, wrong date given at meeting) It was decided that we want to take part and perhaps we could have an Archive Day? If so, I will probably need some help curating our display from the 22years worth of archive!  *Halstead Flower Festival is going ahead on 8th/9th/10th July.*alsteadalsHal alstea

WORKING  PARTIES
 Joan was not at the meeting due to prior engagement but had sent a list!!
Tuesday 3rd May – Deadheading and weeding;      Thursday 5th May – Flower Arrangements **; Tuesday 10th May – Deadheading and weeding;     Thursday 12th May – Flower Arrangements**;  Tuesday 17th May – start to remove winter bedding;  Thursday 19th May – Remove winter bedding;   Tuesday 24th May – Remove winter bedding;  Thursday 26th May – remove winter bedding (if necessary).  Saturday 28th May – Plant sorting from 10.30am.  Sunday 29th May – Setting out from 9am. Planting from 10.30am.
**Materials will be required – trays/dishes and also artificial flowers (can be bought at charity shops, etc.).  Joan will advise where these working parties will take place – please let Joan know as soon as possible if you are interested in taking part.  Times of flower arranging meetings to be arranged.

ANY  OTHER  BUSINESS.    
*Julia queried whether vehicles are still parking on the verge at Parsonage St.  It was said that there was one parked there at present – details have been passed to Essex Parking Partnership.  *Derek Holmes said that Daniel Robinson are keen to assist Halstead in Bloom and have volunteered for the plant stall.  If there is any other help needed we can contact Derek or Terry at High St. premises.  *Annie noted that the grass at Halstead Hospital is very much in need of some attention.  It was suggested that the Friends group may be able to get something done – Annie to contact Dr. Symington.  *Fiona noted that ground around bins/signs and trees has been sprayed and that this is an eyesore.  She asked if these areas could be strimmed rather than killed.  A definitive answer will be sought.  *Ian asked if the Town Centre Regeneration is anywhere near to commencement as HiB will need to consider if next year’s Anglia in Bloom entry will be feasible and not hampered by town centre road works.  Cllr Gronland who attended the meeting said that matters are moving forward slowly and that signage and street furniture will need to be considered as well as road and pathway works.  The area outside W H Smith will be upgraded and that means that the tree will probably have to be sacrificed as it is causing damage to the surrounding area.  *Joyce asked for donations of knitting wool as she wants to commence making hats/coats/mittens for sale later in the year.  *Alan asked if there is anything that can be done about the eyesore around Halstead Mill.  He was told that this is all private land and although the Mill buildings are Grade II listed Councils cannot enforce action.  *Debra noted that the former Blacksmiths’ Tea Room is to be opened as an Indian Restaurant next Tuesday (3rd May) and that the owner of the restaurant will buy a lawn mower and cut the grass each fortnight!  *Chris noted that the polytunnel purchased for Holy Trinity School Gardening Club is erected and looking good;  The Gardening Club is up and running and hopefully will be potting up some seeds and growing on plants soon.
Posters for the forthcoming Plant Sale were distributed – HTC will be asked to display some on Town Notice boards after the May Bank Holiday.
Some leaflets about Sudbury’s Jubilee Celebrations were available.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 6.40 p.m.

Next team meeting on Thursday 26th May 2022. 6.00p.m. at British Legion Club, The Causeway.  


 Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443;  Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties. 01787 473070www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk       Facebook: halsteadinbloom.Instagram @halsteadinbloom
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Minutes of Meeting 23rd February 2022

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 23rd February 2022  7.30p.m. at Royal British Legion Club

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.   Meeting followed AGM 2021.

Minutes of meeting of 23rd January 2022 had been circulated and were adopted.

UPDATES.  *David has booked the Con Club for Friday 14th October as agreed.  Annie and Mike will assist with entrance and raffle.  *Van has been booked at just insurance and diesel costs from EA Van Hire, Weavers’ Court.  *Footpath from Kings Road to Doctors’ Surgery – this footpath was put in by developer who has now no interest.  BDC say that they can’t manage it; HTC is exploring possibilities but no agreement so far. Post meeting note:  Billy offered to cut back the brambles to make the footpath safe.  Work to be done on Sunday 27/2.  *Holy Trinity School Gardening Club- Chris says that this will be up and running very shortly and has asked if HiB could purchase a polytunnel for their use.  Officers have agreed to this spend and all agreed that this would be good use of funds. *Total for calendar sales 2022 now stands at £453.00 profit – not sure if there is any more to come in from Phil the Egg Man and there will be further cash from Thelma.

NEWS:  *We are due to receive the first part of the Community Grant from Colchester Road Co-op in April having been accepted for funding from 2022.  A team member has donated £270 to HiB as she is in awe of the work done by volunteers.  * We were asked to support the Halstead Horticultural Society by sponsoring their schedules again this year, this has been agreed.  *We have booked in for a free event to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee on Saturday 4th June.  This will be similar to the Christmas Fayre and we will be selling plants as well as some hand-made items. It was suggested that we might sell some table decorations made under Joan’s guidance.  Possibility to be explored.  We will be based opposite Costa as usual.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM Campaign 2022. 4 places have been booked and paid for to attend the Spring Launch of Anglia in Bloom on 24th March at Hyde Hall.  Jenny Brimley has asked for one place, and Annie has said she would like to attend.  Margaret E and Margaret T also asked for places.  At present there are just 4 places available – team will be told if more places can be booked. * BDC has asked if we will enter the Public Gardens, the Cemetery, Mill Chase and possibly the River Walk.  HTC will be asked if they would like the St. Andrew’s churchyard to be entered. (These ‘additional categories’ will all be judged virtually we understand and there will be a cost of £20 per entry).

EVENTS.  *Community Litter Pick – Sunday 27th February. Meet 10.30 at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Jubilee Events:  As well as the Fayre on Saturday there may be other events taking place.  To be advised.

*Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean Event will take place this year from 25th March to 10th April.  There will be our usual Community Litter Pick on 27th March and the working party on 5th April will also be a litter pick event.  Chris is to send note to local paper and post on Facebook.  *We have agreed to take part in the Flower Festival to be held at St. Andrew’s Church on 8th/9th/10th July.  The theme is ‘Songs of Praise’ so I’m sure that Joan has thinking cap on!  She will appreciate ideas on this theme. *Margaret T has been told that there will be a Fete in Halstead Public Gardens on 25th June to celebrate the Royal British Legion. 
WORKING  PARTIES Joan  gave a resume of the planting for summer 2022 with some themed areas for the Jubilee celebrations namely the ‘badge bed’ in Halstead Public Gardens and the Loom garden.  Joan asked team to collect small white bottle tops and milk bottle tops for the Badge Bed.  The colours in Town Centre and other areas will be red/gold/cream – regal colours.  Working Parties for the next month will be: 1st March (St. David’s Day and Pancake Tuesday!) Halstead Public Gardens and Bluebridge.  Tuesday 8th March Public Gardens and Bluebridge.  15th March Deadheading.  22nd March Clearing the River Bank near to Peter Robertson’s  29th March River Bank again 5th April Litter Picking for the Great British Spring Clean.  Margaret E also noted that some work will be required in car park near to Thelma as a tree has come down. 

HIB GOING FORWARD  Joan and Julia attended the Town Council meeting on 14th February where a report was before Council to give HiB money to purchase in sub-contractors for necessary work.  Julia spoke during Public Question Time and said that money was not what was required from Council but support will be necessary if Halstead in Bloom is to continue with entry to prestigious In Bloom campaigns.  There was a proposal to re-write the Partnership Agreements and a meeting has been called for further discussion on this matter on 3rd March.

ANY  OTHER  BUSINESS.    Colin said that he has been told informally that the Local Garden Competition 2022 will not be judged by independent judges as has been the case in previous years.  Margaret, Helen, Billy and Karyn explained that they had one meeting so far and thought it would be better – as there were only 6 entries in 2021 – to try and have a more relaxed and information competition with less rigid criteria.  This would be tried for one year and if the idea didn’t work then something else would be tried for the future.  Karyn said the team were trying to encourage everyone of all ages to take part and brighten the environment.  Colin was assured that the competition would be judged fairly but Colin was not happy that it would not be independently judged.  The Local Garden Competition team will meet again before next HiB meeting and the L.G.C. team will give further information then.  Annie noted that the area in front of the former Premaberg building has been cleaned and tidied with paving slabs put back in better positions.  Fiona noted that most of the litter bins that are hung on lampposts do not have lids so that in windy conditions the contents tend to blow away and cause litter.  Fiona asked if this could be addressed clarification will be sought.  Fiona also noted that many street signs are in a dirty and unkempt state.  (This is ECC Highways responsibility).Linda asked where matters of Highway/Pavement defects can be reported and was told that there are reporting facilities on the Essex County Council web site, or ring Halstead Town Council and they will report.  Linda also spoke about the seats that HiB installed at the rear of the Hospital and said they were well used and still looked clean and tidy.  Cigarette bins are being fully used.   Jean asked if the Local Garden Competition this year will include allotments and was told that it will. Margaret T noted that there is part of an inspection box from the electricity sub-station near to the Town Bridge lying over the railings.  Will be reported.  It was asked if any decisions had been made about Halstead Hospital’s future and it was said that meetings had taken place but no decisions had been made.  Clinics and outpatients departments at the front of the building will remain but the wards at the rear may be sold if they cannot be re-used.  Ian asked if there was any news on the proposed Town Centre Revamp but as yet no further meetings had taken place.  Julia explained that the bench that HiB removed from Kings Road/Parsonage St. and repaired and refurbished was offered to HTC to replace the broken bench in St. Andrew’s Churchyard.  It had somehow been put forward as a ‘Jubilee Bench’ and there had been some resistance from public and Councillors for this.  HTC may have another use for the bench to replace another broken bench outside Queen’s Hall.

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

Next team meeting on Thursday 31st March 2022. 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club, The Causeway.  

All further meetings will be on last Thursday of the month at RBL Club starting at 6pm unless otherwise notified.


 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 2022 AGM

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

MINUTES OF ANNUAL  GENERAL  MEETING 2021
23rd February 2022.

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


Chairman Margaret Eskins welcomed all present
 and acknowledged that this was a different AGM from normal but that it did still comply with our Constitution.

Chairman Margaret Eskins gave a brief review of 2020 and 2021 which were, she said,  very different but still busy years.  Chairman noted that the planting and maintenance done by Halstead in Bloom had been very much appreciated by residents and by visitors.  Chairman thanked the team for their wonderful efforts and congratulated them on their hard work.

Secretary Julia Smith gave a report of events over the past year with some brief details of events in which HiB took part and brief details of some monies spent.
A financial report
was given by Treasurer – copies of all reports were available and further copies can be supplied.  Accounts will be scrutinised by Cllr Radley  – 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 2022 was made by Margaret Tyler                  and seconded by  Ian Jarvis. Vote for proposal was unanimous.  Margaret Eskins was elected as Chairman of Halstead in Bloom 2022.

It had been decided during the past year that there should be deputies for each Officer.  Mike Rees had volunteered to stand as Deputy for Chairman.  There were no other nominations.  Nomination of Mike Rees as Deputy Chairman was proposed by Julia Smith and seconded by           Margaret Tyler.  Vote for proposal was unanimous.  Mike Rees will stand as Deputy Chairman for 2022.

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 2022 was made by  Mick Rees and seconded by  Ian Jarvis. Vote for proposal was unanimous.  Julia Smith will stand as Secretary/Treasurer for 2022.

There were no nominations for Deputy Secretary but Annie Rees said she would be prepared to take on responsibility for sponsors and a team comprising Helen, Karyn, Margaret and Billy said they would take on responsibility for Local Garden Competition.  Vote for these changes was unanimous. 
There were no nominations for Deputy Treasurer but Cllr Mick Radley had volunteered to assist with work of Treasurer.  Discussions took place about this being a conflict of interest but it was decided that this assistance would be trialled for a year to see if this was successful.

Appoint Assistance for Joan As Joan did not attend the meeting due to an eye operation that day it was decided to leave this matter in abeyance until next HiB meeting.

Any Other Business Debra had suggested that a Volunteer Welcome Pack should be made available for all new volunteers.  This was thought to be an excellent idea and a sample pack had been made.  Don looked at it and thought it would be worthwhile and Karyn asked if she could keep the sample.  Further packs will be prepared.  Debra also suggested that the town be split into different areas with one, or a team, of people managing each area.  This matter was left in abeyance for next HiB meeting.

Chairman thanked all for their input and attendance at the AGM.

AGM was closed at. 7.55pm.

Minutes for January 2022

Minutes of a meeting 25th January 2022  7.30p.m. at Royal British Legion Club

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

Minutes of meeting of 25th November 2021 and of extraordinary meeting on 6th January 2022 had been circulated and were adopted.

UPDATES.  * Letter was received from Halstead Town Council thanking HiB volunteers for assisting at the Torchlight Procession in December.  The amount collected at the event was £1068.39 which, together with any other money collected this year will go to Halstead Day Centre.  * Email was received from Friends of St. Andrew’s church thanking HiB for assisting at the Christmas Tree Event and for sponsoring the programme.  It was thought that over 1000 people visited the church during the 3 days and the winners of the Favourite Tree were Holy Trinity School.  *Christmas Tea. All present thought that this was a very enjoyable event – a change from the usual Christmas Dinner, very relaxed and with excellent food.  Margaret T was thanked for organising the tea and many present expressed a hope that similar events could take place later in the year.  Jenny B has suggested a Picnic in the Park event in the summer, just as a chance to get together; this to be discussed at next month’s meeting.  *New Sponsors.  Crownlea the company that has taken the former Barclays Bank premises and the former Premaberg building have offered sponsorship of some planters at the front of the Bank building and for the three large tubs that formerly held magnolia trees.  They have offered £250 for sponsoring both areas.  Plaques have been ordered and both areas will be planted when weather is suitable. *Bench from Kings Road.  Graham has repaired and refurbished the seat and it has been offered to Halstead Town Council to replace the broken seat in St. Andrew’s Churchyard – good ‘reduce, re-use, recycling’!!     *Statement to HTC and note to BDC.  As agreed at the extraordinary meeting Secretary made a statement at Town Council Meeting regarding Halstead in Bloom and reasons for not entering the Town into Anglia in Bloom 2022.  Councillors expressed their wish to see HiB continue and wanted to support volunteers.  This matter will be discussed further at next Town Council meeting on 14th February, 7.15pm at Queen’s Hall.  BDC was also advised of plans going forward and Secretary will meet with BDC representative on 28th January to discuss what support BDC will give to HiB.     *Note has been received from Royal British Legion thanking HiB for support at the poppy appeal 2021.  The amount raised in our box was £162.11.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM Campaign 2022. As agreed Anglia in Bloom has been advised that Halstead will not be entering the 2022 campaign but it has been decreed that it will be possible to make some ‘additional category’ entries at a cost of £20 per entry and these will be judged virtually.  The ‘additional categories’ are:

Parks; Care or Nursing Home; Cemeteries/Graveyards/Crematoria; Churchyard; Nature Conservation/Nature Reserve; Pubs/Restaurants/Hotels; Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Display.  Further HiB discussions to take place.

There will be an Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch event taking place on 24th March at RHS Hyde Hall.  Places will be limited and charge will be £20 per head to cover beverages on arrival and a working lunch.  There will be speakers and tours of the gardens may be arranged (possibly at additional cost).  Please advise Chairman if you wish to attend.  Further details at next meeting.

CALENDAR 2022.  Analysis shows that sales exceeded cost.  At end of year ‘profit’ was £149.00 but additional £40 has been received from Halstead TC and £120 from Greenstead Green.  It is believed that there is still money to come in from Halstead Icing, possibly Willow and Gray and perhaps from Phil the Egg Man.  Enquiries to be made.  Further discussions will need to take place on Calendar for 2023.  We have a couple of excellent photos so far but need many more in order to have good choices.  Our first Halstead Calendar was produced for 2003 so we have produced 20 years worth.  A calendar 2022 was sent to Halstead in Kent and the Clerk there emailed back to Halstead TC to say thank you and commented that the calendar had ‘brightened her day’.  She said it was good to see the town and noted that she fields several enquiries meant for Halstead, Essex!!  No comment has yet been received from Halstead, Kansas, USA.

EVENTS.  *Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th January. Meet 10.30 at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*Halstead Marathon will take place on Sunday 8th May and HiB has been asked if we will again help to marshall.   Several HiB volunteers have already come forward and Race Organiser has been advised that we will help.  It was noted that Halstead Road Runners have supported HiB in the past with cash donations and there will be a runner in the London Marathon 2022 running on behalf of HiB.
*Jubilee Events.  Full details of what is taking place have not yet been published, but it is thought that there will be 4 days of celebration over the Jubilee Holiday – 2nd/3rd/4th/5th June.  A beacon will be lit (Halstead beacon is at the Fire Station), HAPPY will have an event, Beavers will organise an event, there will be choir events and possibly communities will want to hold tea parties, etc.   It has been advised that there will be no May Day event this year.

WORKING  PARTIES Joan said that there is more work to do at the Road Runners’ Bed and that for the time being there will be ‘as and when’ working.  Please let Joan know if there is anything that needs to be done and advise of what is being done.           Plans for 2022:  Joan said that she has plans for a Jubilee display along Solar Wall with colours of purple and platinum and a depiction of the Jubilee Emblem.  The plane will transmogrify into a Red Arrow and there will be paintings of the Red Arrows.  Decision hasn’t yet been made about the bed in Public Gardens nor at the Loom.

HIB GOING FORWARD  At the meeting on 6th January it was decided that HiB will have some fund raising events in 2022.  A cake stall was agreed for 16th April (Easter Saturday).  A plant sale was agreed for 21st May and an autumn plant sale on 22nd October. (Summer plants will be collected on 28th May and winter plants collected on 29th October.  David will arrange a Quiz Night on 14th October at the Con Club.   Awards will be held sometime in October/November tba.  Joan will order in some plug plants for the May plant sale and it is hoped that some of the team will be able to take them and grow them on.  Any other donations of plants/shrubs will be appreciated.  Any donations of cakes for the April stall will be much appreciated.

ANY  OTHER  BUSINESS.    *It has been noted that Friends of Halstead Hospital are looking for support to keep the wards at Halstead Hospital open in some way.  Team asked Secretary to write a letter of support to the NHS/Friends.      *At a recent Partnership meeting Joan suggested that residents of Halstead should be encouraged to write to the owner of Townsford Mill to deplore the state of the Mill building and surrounding buildings and grounds and ask that some repairs/refurbishment be effected as soon as possible.  This is an iconic Halstead building, much photographed and visited, and should be preserved.  The condition of the fence surrounding the rear car park is deplored and the car park and surrounding area near to the Halstead Icing building is in a dangerous condition. As far as is known the owner of the Mill still lives at Anstey Hall, Maris Lane, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9LG.       *Margaret T noted that the dumped tyres are still at the site of the proposed Halstead Community Hub. Has been reported.  Margaret also noted that a battery in a cardboard box has been dumped in Trinity Court Car Park.  Will be reported.  *Eileen spoke about the Braintree Local Plan where part 1 was accepted by the Inspector but part 2 needs modifications.  Originally it was stated in the plan that retention and refurbishment of ‘at least 1 of the air raid shelters’ on land East of High Street was planned which meant that there was no surety that all shelters would be protected, however in the revised plan it was noted that  ‘the air raid shelters’ should be retained and refurbished but still no guarantee that the over ground shelter will be safe.  21st C group will petition the Inspector to ensure that matter is clarified.  Any support will be welcomed.  Eileen said that part of the land had been sold at auction and some clearance had been done.  There is no planning application at present and it is thought there are covenants in place and that some drainage will need to take place.  *Mike announced that there will be a Halstead Flower Festival at St. Andrew’s Church on 8th/9th/10th July and help from HiB volunteers will be appreciated.  Please contact Mike on mirees100@hotmail.com or 01787 828642 if you can assist. *Linda noted that the footpath in Colne Road outside the cemetery is covered in leaf litter and is very slippery when frosty/wet.  Joan noted similar conditions in Parsonage St. near to the 3 large tubs and also on the footpath from Parsonage St. to Weavers’ Court. All have been reported.  *Joan noted that Ruth has advised that all plants required for the summer will be available (apart from some dichondra but these can be replaced with different plants).  *Joyce noted that the footpath between the Surgery car park and Kings Road is very overgrown and it’s impossible to pick litter out of the brambles.  Joyce also noted some fly tipping on Mount Hill – residents have left old fencing on the bank when replacing garden fences. Both have been reported.  *Margaret E has had reports of chewing gum left on pavements.  Has been reported.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 840. p.m.

Next team meeting on Wednesday 23rd February 2022. .30p.m. at Royal British Legion Club, The Causeway.  
 This will also be our Annual General Meeting.   All Officers will, as our Constitution determines, retire at the next Annual General Meeting although may indicate that they are prepared to stand again and at that time Officers for the following year will be elected.    Please forward any nominations for Officer (Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer) to Secretary by Monday 21st February.  Voting will take place at AGM.  
Discussions took place about future venues for meetings as RBL Club is now closed on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  It was said that the Club is preferred venue. Secretary to speak to Secretary of Club to see what can happen for the future.
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 October 2021

Minutes of a meeting 28th October 2021 7.30p.m. at Royal British Legion Club

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.   
Chairman congratulated Billy on the Award for Best School Garden in London given to the school where he is caretaker and leader of the gardening club.  Well done Billy and children.

Minutes of meeting of 30th September 2021 had been circulated and were adopted.

UPDATES.  *Community Centre Ground. This area has been tidied at the personal expense of one of the Trustees.  Team expressed thanks to this Trustee for her efforts.  *Kerb stones out of alignment.  ECC Highways were informed of location but nothing has been heard back. *Plant Stall. Just over £200 was taken on the day with other sales post plant sale day amounting to just over £27 with more to be added.  Sale was deemed to have been worthwhile.  Carol offered to take some of the indoor plants to keep overwinter for the proposed spring plant sale. *Butler Road hedges- matter was discussed at recent Partnership meeting and it was said that HTC could write to owner of the hedge that is overgrowing the footpath and if no action is taken then ECC could cut back hedge and charge householder if it is deemed to obstruct the pavement.  It was noted that the hedge at top of Factory Lane West is causing difficulties for pedestrians; this is verge area and will be reported.  *Ivy over footways. This has been cleared by Eastlight contractors. *Weed Buster machine has been trialled in Halstead but results not known.  At Partnership meeting it was said that surface weeds are dealt with but machines tried don’t grub out roots so results are not long lasting.  Other weed control methods have been tried. *Trinity Flats area has been tidied but suggestions were given to further enhance the area.  It was noted that although HiB gave some cash for planting in the beds at Trinity Flats car park it does not seem to have been used and the beds are not in good condition.  Will be reported. *Buddleia on footway at River Walk should have been cut back now (my fault it wasn’t done earlier as I neglected to report it, apologies).  *Containers for top of High Street (outside nail bar/T-shirt printers).  There is an area of private land that will take a couple of half barrels – these to be purchased for summer planting; shop to care for planting.  *Bench at Parsonage Street now has a licence to be renewed as a memorial to Linda McCarthy.  Bench and plaque are ordered and contractor ready to install.  Existing bench will be removed and it was agreed that this could be placed at the Resource Centre when the gazebo is removed. 

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM Virtual Campaign 2021. Results to be published on Anglia in Bloom web page and Facebook page on Friday 29thPost meeting note: they are there and Halstead has been awarded a Gold mark.  Results of the Neighbourhood judging are also on the sites.  There is to be a Spring Launch for Anglia in Bloom 2022 on 24th March at RHS Hyde Hall, Essex and certificates for the ’21 campaign will be presented at this event.  The Awards Day for 2022 event will be on 7th September ’22 at Orsett Hall, Essex – not so much travelling for us next year!!    It has been made known by Anglia in Bloom that the entrants designated for RHS Britain in Bloom in 2019 will also be invited to take part for 2022 (that includes Halstead).  Team agreed that they would like to take part, but felt that statutory bodies will need to give assistance in areas such as weeding, painting/renewing of street furniture, etc.  Further discussions to take place!

CALENDAR 2022.  Calendar is now on sale at Halstead Icing, Hardys Menswear, Phil the Egg Man, Halstead Town Council, Greenstead Green P.O. Stores and Willow and Gray.  So far, on our stalls, we have sold 123 calendars so several more to sell.  It was agreed that we should try having Fridays and at Chapel Street Car Park.  So for Friday 5th November (at Chapel Street). I have 9-10 Carol and Pat; 10-11 Chris and Nicky; 11-12 Margaret T and Ian; 12-1 Fiona and Julia.  We will use this as a trial event and maybe have other Friday stalls.  If weather is not good we will have to transfer to usual place outside Solar – watch the WhatsApp group for details.  On  6/11 at Solar – 9-10 Linda and Sue; 10-11  Nicky and Margaret T;  11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan  and Margaret E.  On 13/11 at Solar- 9-10 Linda and Annie; 10-11  Don and Joan; 11-12  David and Barry; 12-1 Margaret E and Ian.  On 20/11 outside Solar- 9-10 Linda and Joan; 10-11  Don and Helen; 11-12   Billy and Karyn; 12-1  Margaret E and Ian.  27/11 – This is the Christmas Fayre. Starting at 9.  Joan, Annie and Mick; 10-11  Linda, Joyce and Sue; 11-12  Debra and ??  12-1 Ian and David; 1-2 Billy and Karyn; 2-3 Linda and Tony; 3-4 Graham and Julia.  Just the one space to fill on 27th, offers please! 
EVENTS.  *Community Litter Pick – Sunday 31st October. Meet 10.30 at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *Remembrance names will be placed at WW1 memorial (St. Andrew’s churchyard) on Monday 8th November starting at 10am.  They will need to be spaced out a bit more than last year to allow people to move and view and place wreaths on the memorial. WWII names will be placed on the same day.  We will put our poppy fall on the railings of HPG as we did last year, that will be probably w/e 6th/7th November.  David spoke about the poppies placed on lamp posts in Witham with names of fallen and questioned whether we might think of something similar for another year.  We guess that we will have to seek permissions for this.  *Event arranged by 21st C group at Empire Theatre on 17th November.  Local author James Canton will be speaking about Ancient Oaks and Other Wonders of North Essex.  Doors open at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.  Admission is free.  Email info@halstead21stcentury.org.uk or phone 07842907501 to book a place. *Christmas Fayre.  Is  27th November and there will be stalls in Weavers Court, behind the gates (hope the grass gets cut!!).  We will need to move the plane to accommodate stalls (this is in hand). *Torchlight Procession is on 1st December.  8 of the team have volunteered to act as marshalls/collectors and as far as I know we will need to be on the Hill for 6.30pm.  *Christmas Tree event in St. Andrew’s Church is planned for 26th/27th/28th November.  HiB will have a tree and has booked an ‘advert’ in the programme.  Margaret T noted that youth groups haven’t yet been invited to take part – Mike and Annie to chase this up.  *There will be some Christmas trees in Holy Trinity Church, some trees and decorations have been retained in the church from previous years and HiB will have a working party on the afternoon of 23rd November to set up a display.  Speaking events: HiB team has been booked to speak at U3A AGM on 5th April ’22; Tollesbury Gardening Club on 25th April ’22 and Great Notley Gardening Club on 12th October ’22.  There may also be a booking for West Bergholt Flower Club date to be advised.  It was agreed that our presentation needs to be revamped, team will meet to discuss.
HiB Christmas ‘do’  It won’t be possible to have the usual dinner, open to all, this year as St. Andrew’s Church Hall will be too small for a socially distanced event and it isn’t possible to have a full meal at Queen’s Hall.  It is thought that perhaps an afternoon tea might be a nice idea just to celebrate success of 2021 and look forward to 2022.  Margaret T to explore options. 

PLANT  COLLECTION Plants due to be collected on Saturday 30th October.  Van booked. Please meet at Gate House (next to Fire Station) at 10.30am to help sort the 6,500 plants! 
Planting will be on Sunday 31st. Those helping to set out please meet on Town Bridge at 9am.  Those planting from 10.15 onwards, meet at Town Bridge.  Please bring gloves and hand tools (and steps for Bridge planting).

WORKING  PARTIES From 2nd November working parties will be for planting.  We will be selling calendars at Priory hall on 4th November so anyone available to assist will be welcome.  Hopefully planting will be complete by 18th November so that the Road Runners’ bed can be tidied. 23rd November will be at Holy Trinity Church (see above) and 25th November will be setting up tree(s) at St. Andrew’s Church.  After that work will be as and when required.

ANY  OTHER  BUSINESS.    *Margaret T noted that the Halstead Horticultural Society will be having their autumn show on 13th November at Queen’s Hall.  HiB to sell calendars (let me know if you can help).  Schedules will be sent round.  *Fiona spoke about cars/parked on verge at Parsonage Street.  This was raised at Partnership meeting but land is owned by Essex CC and it seems that nothing can be done to stop this erosion of the verge and dangerous blocking of sight line.  *Alan asked if the cart at Blamsters Crescent is due for a revamp but it was thought it is in an OK condition for now.  *Karyn and Billy offered to help on Saturdays when required – Billy offered to cut back vegetation opposite the Empire and in Factory Lane West if necessary.  *Carol says she has been given a donation from Barbara Coe and will hand this in over the weekend.  She also asked if Holy Trinity School Gardening Club had made requests for grants for the required poly tunnel.  Christine said that the Gardening Club hadn’t yet started up and that there were no funds for the Club so she wasn’t sure of the future. (Margaret T said that the future of Halstead Brownies and Rainbows wasn’t sure because fees have been set so high for future).  *Julia spoke about the Local Community Fund set up by the National Co-op Society and noted that a further payment of £662.28 is due to be paid this month.  There will be a presentation ‘do’ sometime between 18th and 20th November, no details to hand as yet.  HiB has been made a recipient of the Local Community Fund for 21/22.  Julia then spoke about Halstead in Bloom going forward.  It was said that recent events and recent difficulties encountered by local groups have highlighted that HiB must make plans for the future, for instance if/when HiB comes to an end.  Our constitution says that any assets should be ‘given or transferred to such other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to the objects of the Charity’  All were asked to consider this point and what would be desirable.  Chairman asked what thoughts the team have about future workings and noted that some members aren’t able to work as previously and asked for considerations about what the team should be tackling. Do we do too much?  Should we be tackling weed clearing and painting?  If the answer is no, and if these duties can’t be carried out by statutory bodies should we still be entering Anglia in Bloom and if asked RHS Britain in Bloom?  Team felt that entering gives a focus for efforts but that some decisions would have to be made.  All are urged to consider and pass on thoughts to Trustees.

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 25th November  7.30p.m. at Royal British Legion Club, The Causeway.    
Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443;  Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk                                                                                                Facebook: halsteadinbloom.
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Minutes 30th Sept 2021

Minutes of a meeting 30th September 2021  7.30p.m. at Royal British Legion Club

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

Minutes of meeting of 26th August had been circulated and were adopted.

UPDATES.  *Community Centre Ground.  Cllr Jackie Pell was contacted and said that money to clear the ground would be money that was needed for the project and therefore this would not be done.  Further information will be available.  *Whitehorse Avenue road sign.  The broken sign was reported and has been/will be mended.  *Himalayan Balsam.  The River Improvement Group and Environment Agency were informed and 2 of the RIG team cleared the plants (there were 2) and looked for more.  HiB was thanked for prompt action.  *Dog fouling on river walk.  This should have been cleared now and action will be taken to deter repeat offences.  *Kerb stones out of alignment.  Were reported by ECC said they could not identify the problem.  I have an incident number and now that location is established I will inform Highways. *Donation in memory of Iola was taken to Danaher Animal Home.  We were thanked and a lovely letter from the home was received.

LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  Letters giving results were taken round by Chairman and were enthusiastically received.  An email from the winner was received, encouragement to enter next year was given!  Certificate and prize was handed to Colin Bailey who was present at the meeting

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM Virtual Campaign 2021. A meeting of judges should have taken place on 30th September but was postponed because of the fuel situation (judges have to travel from the 6 counties of the Anglia region to attend).  Meeting will now take place, fingers crossed, on 21st October and results will be published thereafter.

 CALENDAR 2022.  Calendar is now on sale at Halstead Icing, Hardys Menswear, Phil the Egg Man, Halstead Town Council and will be on sale from tomorrow at Greenstead Green P.O. Stores.  We have had 3 successful selling stalls with more planned until Christmas.  Sellers will be required where ?? are shown.  Please let me know if you can help !

So far we have: 2/10. Joan and Carol. Sue and Margie Clarke. Linda and Debra. Billy and Karyn.

9/10. Joan and Jean.  Sue and Pauline.  Don and Margaret T.  Ian and David.
16/10 – Plant Stall.  Sue and Joan.  Carol and Margie Clarke. Linda and Nicky. Ian and David.  We need at least one more seller for each shift as we will have plants plus calendars.

23/10  Joan and ??  Nicky and Margaret T.  Annie and Mick.  Don and Margaret E.

29/10 – Friday Don and Joan.  Pat and ??  Linda and ??  Ian and David.

6/11 – Linda and Joan.  Nicky and Margaret JT.  Annie and Mick. Don and Margaret E

13/11 – Linda and Annie.  Don and Joan.  David and ??  Margaret E and Ian.

20/11 – Linda and Joan.  Don and ??  ?? and ??  Margaret E and Ian.

27/11 – This is the Christmas Fayre. Starting at 9.  Joan and ??  Linda and Joyce  Debra and ??  Ian and ??

This takes us up to 1pm so more spaces are vacant.  Graham and I will do the last shift 3-4pm.

Christmas cards are also on sale and have been selling well. Chairman thanked Joan and Dennis for their hard work.

PLANT  SALE. It was agreed that we will have a plant sale on 16th October .  We will be selling donated plants, anything saleable from the removed summer plants and it was  suggested that we sell the remaining knitted poppies – money from these to be given to the RBL poppy fund.  We will also sell the knitted items that we have in stock at present. 
Please let me know if you need pots for plant donations.  We do have some compost as well if necessary.

WORKING  PARTIES.   Joan has obtained permission from the Doctors’ Surgery for HiB to tidy up the area that we had cleared before the pandemic.  It is now very overgrown again so on Tuesday 5th October a small working party will convene.  Saws, loppers, secateurs, forks, spades – and muscles will be required!  Spoil will be taken away in bags to put in the green bin at The Empire.  Work probably won’t be completed on Tuesday so Thursday 7th will also be dedicated to this effort.  Any not attending at Surgery there is plenty of deadheading and weeding still to be done.  From Tuesday 12th we will begin removal of summer plants (boo hoo!!) and this will continue up to and including 19th and if necessary 21st but some work needs to be done as and when possible at the Road Runners’ bed.  On Tuesday 26th it is hoped that we may be able to help Peter in the new Play Park at HPG as this is getting a bit weedy.  There will not be a working party on 28th!! (unless there is work left to do!!!!!).  On 2nd November there will be planting to be done and on the morning of 4th November we will be selling calendars at Priory Hall.  Phew! 

ANY  OTHER  BUSINESS.    *Margaret E noted that there are hedges overhanging the pavements along Butler Road – left hand side going towards Empire.  These are responsibility of the property owner although they can be asked to cut back.  Will be reported.  Ivy encroaching on the footway was noted in the footpath between Mitchells Avenue and Holmes Road.  Not sure who has responsibility for this footpath but will be ascertained and reported.  Pat noted that there is also ivy coming through fence and onto pavement from Trinity Flats into Bridge Street.  This is Easlight Homes responsibility and will be reported.  Margaret E asked what had happened to the magnolia trees in High Street – their fate is not known at present, information to be sought.

*Linda spoke about the amount of weeds in pavements and at base of walls and asked if Braintree DC could bring their weed grabber to Halstead.  This machine was used on trial in Braintree, it isn’t known if one was purchased and if it is to be used in the district. Margaret E noted that there is to be a Partnership meeting on 26th October – the first for some time – and matters such as these will be discussed.  *Debra asked that whoever placed the new dog bin at Star Stile be thanked as this has improved the area greatly.  *Ian noted that the area near to the gates to Trinity Flats, at the rear of the Library is in a poor state and looks neglected.  This is Eastlight Homes property and this will be reported.  *Colin noted that at Portway Bridge (Chapel Street) the buddleia bush is overhanging the walkway and needs to be cut back.  There is only a very narrow gap for pedestrians to negotiate now.  This is BDC property and will be reported.  Colin also said that he had attended the Notley Gardening Club where HiB gave a talk some time ago and there were several favourable comments about Halstead and HiB.  Nice to hear!  *Don (a recent recruit to the team) said that he very much admired the flowers and the work done by HiB team that was let down by the state of the river.  It was agreed that while some good work had been done to ‘landscape’ the river bed the weeds do look unsightly.  EA say that they are good for wild life.   *Joan said she has heard that there is to be a Christmas Tree event at St. Andrew’s Church this year but no details have been received.  Mike said he would ask at forthcoming Church Meeting.  Joan also asked whether Holy Trinity Church would be open for refreshments and decorated with Christmas trees after the switching on of Christmas lights (27/11).  Situation not known at present.  Joan asked if HiB would be placing the soldiers’ names at WW1 and WW11 memorials this year.  It was said that this will be done, and the poppy fall will be placed on HPG railings as previously.  Joan said that the Chamber of Trade wanted to give a donation to HiB but it was agreed that we are struggling to handle the goods we have for sale at present and can’t really accept anything else.  Joan said that she had been approached by Chamber Chairman to place containers near to his premises in Head Street.  It isn’t known at present whether the designated area is Highway but this will be investigated.  *Joyce asked if Council could enforce owners to upkeep their properties in the centre of Town.  This isn’t possible, it is believed.  *Julia said that BDC are offering free bulbs and free whips and HiB has applied for 4 bags of 100 bulbs for entry beds and memorial bed in Chapel St. Car Park.  HTC are also going to apply and I suggested that they might be planted at Butler Road, outside the Public Gardens and at the Sudbury Road project.  Julia also said that the Officer at ECC now has all the info required regarding the bench replacement at Kings Road/Parsonage Street but it isn’t known when the licence will be granted.  The family who donated money are now pushing for this to be spent.  *Margaret T said that her Brownies and Rainbows would like to apply for bulbs and it was said that some could be planted in Sharon’s Garden and some at Adams Court.

*DON’T FORGET THE MONTHLY COMMUNITY LITTER PICK – date for next one to be announced as on 30th October we will begin planting.  For Community Litter Picks meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  Monthly river clean will be on Sunday 3rd October.  Meet at 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 28th October  7.30p.m. at Royal British Legion Club, The Causeway.     


Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443;  Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

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Minutes of meeting 27th February

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 27th February 2020  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. Chairman welcomed Derek Holmes of Daniel Robinson & Sons to the meeting.
MINUTES
of  20th January 2020  had been circulated and were adopted

Chairman then asked DEREK  HOLMES if he would like to speak as it was known that he had another appointment later that evening.  Derek said that Daniel Robinson & Sons would be pleased to provide transport for the judging tours around Halstead again this year, and that Derek himself would drive the vehicle.  Derek also said that one of his team would like permission to film the tours; permission was readily given.  Derek made it known that Daniel Robinson & Sons would be prepared to sponsor a race at the forthcoming Race Night, but was told that all races are now sponsored.  Derek said that some raffle prizes would be given for the evening – all proceeds from the evening would be donated to Halstead in Bloom.  Chairman thanked Derek for this most welcome news, and asked that team’s thanks be passed on to Directors and Management of Daniel Robinson & Sons.
NEWS:   *Letter from Doctor’s Surgery was read thanking the team for the work done at Surgery internal garden.  Joan said that some remedial work on the bamboo sprouts in the garden would be done when the weather improves – HiB will maintain this garden in the near future.  *Letter from David Tarbun following his birthday party at Hyacinth Tearooms earlier in the month was read.  David was pleased to host the party and provide tea and cakes and thanked the team for the planted pot that was given to him on that day. *Bluebridge Cart and Sudbury Rd. Seed Drill.  Graham has made a new metal surround for the cart. Some second hand scaffold boards have been donated by DMC Scaffolding of Gosfield and they will be cut and fixed to make the body.  Grandstyle Windows have some strong membrane to line the body and help with preservation of the wood.  Annie will paint the cart when it is back together.  Seed Drill is in a poor state, but Graham reckons it can be ‘bodged’ for another summer season.  Bellway Homes have been written to and asked if they will help to remove the item to another place for proper repairs, or if they can repair it for us.  No reply has been received so far.  Carol offered to visit the Site Office and speak to Manager there to see if some resolution can be found.  *Climate Emergency-Water Crisis an event arranged by CPRE is to be held in Peterborough on 29th April, 9.30am-3.45pm.  Graham has asked to attend.  Full details can be found at www.suffolksociety/org/climate-emergency-water-crisis/ *Firemen’s Assistance. Halstead Station Watch Manager, Steve Byrne, has said that it may be possible for the Fire Brigade to help HiB with some water in the summer months.  Post meeting note: Head Office is querying whether this will be possible – watch this space! *Letter –  David Finch. Leader Essex CC. Following last month’s meeting a letter was written and replies have been received: 1) Q: Can HiB paint the front door of the Library? A: Library is a Grade 2 listed building so advice from Property team is being sought.  Answers will be given.  2) Q: Fountain at Mount Hill damaged (now part is missing). A: After much investigation it is confirmed this is not an ECC asset. Matter has been passed to BDC. Margaret E has spoken with Halstead Town Clerk and there is irrefutable evidence that this is an ECC asset. 3) Q. Dirty bus shelter in Colne Road. A: ECC does not hold a record of bus shelter at this site.  Suggest that HTC or BDC may have installed without knowledge or agreement of ECC.  ??? 4) Q. Overdue repairs to pavements in Colchester Road. A: There are plans to include part of Colchester Road in the 20/21 Minor Slurry Seal Capital Scheme – works to be from the Blue Bridge area to High Street.  Programme is yet to be finalised but full information can be found on www.essexhighways.org/interactive-maps-and-live-travel-information/highways-information-map.aspx. As Colchester Road is a priority route, which is inspected on a monthly basis, all existing defects will continue to be monitored and any deterioration recorded will be dealt with accordingly. *Tree Charter It was noted that Halstead TC has signed up to the Tree Charter.  Also noted that Essex CC has 38000 trees to give away – but it isn’t known the variety of these trees.  Joan asked if there are fruit trees could they be included in the wild life garden.  Annie asked if the tree at Mill Chase could be replaced (will have to liaise with BDC for both these requests).  Ian T said that there is a minimum plant of 10Ha laid down for each District Council and maintenance of planted whips is in question.  It is felt better to maintain existing, mature trees than to plant new trees.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 1st March Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th March – this will be our contribution to the Great British Spring Clean.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Visit to Gestingthorpe 17th March. 22 people have asked to attend.  Transport by group will be arranged – speak to Margaret E if you need transport.   *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan has arranged for Peter Miller of  Kings Seeds will give a talk. Team to bring plate of food as usual.  There will be a raffle.  Posters are available to be put up in various shops, notice boards, etc.  Let me know if you need copy(s). *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. All races now sponsored, horses are now being sold.  Will be widely advertised – now need to get people to attend the races! *VE Day Celebrations Bank Holiday, Friday 8th May in Halstead Public Gardens.  HiB to have a stall. Can we dress 1940’s to suit?  Margaret E has some period recipes and Thelma has some period recipe books. Maybe we can plant some veg.seeds instead of the usual sunflower seeds?  We can make some fabric bunting (Joan asked for some to be put at Weavers’ Court).  More details to follow.  *Halstead Marathon. 10th May. Volunteer marshalls’ details were collected – if you would like to help please let me know and I will pass on details. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!! *Halstead Flower Festival at St. Andrew’s Church will be celebrating 700 years of history through hymns.  HiB will have a display – hymn still to be identified!  Festival will be 3rd/4th/5th July. More details to follow. *Children’s Competition 2020 Margaret T said that her ideas for this year include Small Bug Boxes and also Grow 3 Herbs.  *HiB meal. Marie Hughes had asked Margaret to  apologise if some meals were not up to expected standard this year.  The cooker at St. Andrew’s Hall was not working – and had been broken for some time, apparently and some improvisation had to take place.  All agreed that this was a lovely event, and although some dishes weren’t as warm as could have been hoped everyone was smiling and there were lots of happy faces.  Thank you Marie, we enjoyed the evening very much!  Cost of the hall will be £50 – to be paid in April.
 ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’20  Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at a cost of £15 per person.  14 people have asked to attend.  Transport will be arranged.  If you haven’t yet asked to attend, please give your name to Margaret E as soon as possible.
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’20  Seminar on 21st Feb was attended by Joan and Annie who both found it useful and helpful.  Annie attended a workshop about Portfolio and Publicity.  Our portfolio was held up as being ‘good’ with lots of pictures and narrative underneath.  It was suggested that perhaps the age group 25/35 might be attracted to a HiB Instagram page?  Can anyone manage this?  Also suggested that stats for our Facebook page be recorded – Oliver does this for us.   Our judges will be Rae Beckwith and Ian Beaney (who was last here in 2014). Both judges seem to have a good sense of humour!  Copies of the judges’ comments at that time were available.  It was suggested that the route needs to be walked (nearer to judging time) and also travelled from end to start.  There are 74 entrants taking part, 10 entrants in the Town group (of which Halstead is one).  We have 2½ hours to impress plus 15 minutes for presentation and 15minutes allowed for press.  It was said that timings should be kept, although a few minutes over wouldn’t be frowned upon.  Judges will be happy to have some sort of reception after judging.  It was said that anyone speaking to the judges must be fully rehearsed!!  It was thought that we should have a ‘dress rehearsal’ nearer to judging day, this to be at the time of day (or as near to as possible) when the real event takes place.  Proposed route to be timed before next meeting: Start at British Legion.  Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street.  Drive to Loom.  Drive to Mill Chase.  Drive to Coggeshall Pieces.  Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.

The Awards Day will be on 16th October (day of our Quiz!!) and will be an all-day event, in Manchester.  The system of choosing a Champion of Champions has been changed this year – this accolade will be awarded to one of the entrants on the day of Awards.  Could it be Halstead?!!!  As already advertised it was decided to go ahead with the Quiz Night as arranged – messages will be sent through from the Awards!

*Loom Garden. Annie is still collecting coloured plastic – please hand your contributions to Annie at a Tuesday working party, or at any other suitable time. Thelma offered to act as recipient of contributions!  Annie said that a start will be made on making the ‘cascade’ very soon before we get too busy with other work.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 3rd March. Alan, Pauline and Linda to be with Joan at the Churchyard to completely dig out the bed near to church door.  Joan hopes to have this planted with plants that would have been used 700 years ago.  Rest of team to be dead heading at this time.  10th March. Weed in Kings Road.  17th March Will be the visit to Gestingthorpe.  24th March. Team to be working in Churchyard.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *New Logo. Mock up of letterhead/compliment slip using Nicky’s artwork was shown and it was agreed that this did not do the artwork justice.  Some designs by Carol’s daughter were shown.  Further investigations to be made.  *New containers for 2020 List was revisited.  It was suggested that some new containers in Butler Road Car Park and under the Butler Road sign would be ideal.  Joan to view and decisions to be made soon.  *To Do List 2020 still ongoing.  *Notelets for Halstead no suitable cards have been found at present.  *Volunteer Hours. March will be the 6th month that hours are being counted (hopefully they are!!!) and new sheets to take us up to end June will be available at next meeting.  These hours are important to show to judges just how many people spend so much time working for Halstead.  Please keep a note of all volunteering hours spent and total them up so that we can show judges for Anglia in Bloom and RHS Britain in bloom when they visit.  *Ian asked when the bamboo in the Surgery Garden would be treated – he was  told it will probably be April when weather is more suitable for this work.  *Colin asked if HiB could have a working party at Adams Court to help in areas that he can’t manage.  Joan said that this can be arranged at any time and urged Colin to just ask.  *Ian Tinton spoke on behalf of the Chamber of Trade and said that their Constitution had now been agreed and signed off.  He said that good relations had been forged with Braintree DC and were now looking for premises to hold monthly meetings.  *Joyce asked if anything can be done to persuade shop owners to clean and tidy up their premises – not just at ground level but on first/second floors too!  Ian T said this had been tried, but not much uptake for available cash had been made.  *Margaret T spoke about the drinking fountain on Mount Hill and said that part of it was now missing.  (see above reply from Cllr David Finch ECC).  *Joan said she had been contacted by Baldwin’s store re. the displays at The Centre that have been eaten by muntjack deer.   Colin suggested that carbolic soap be used to deter them.  Joan will source some soap.  *Annie asked if a record was kept of the number of bags collected at monthly community litter picks – it is thought that Christine is keeping a log.  *Nicky advised that the green bin placed at The Empire had not been collected as arranged.  This will be reported.

 

There being no other business the meeting closed at 9.14 p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th March  2020   7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

ContactsMargaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443;  Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

 

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HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 27th February 2020  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. Chairman welcomed Derek Holmes of Daniel Robinson & Sons to the meeting.
MINUTES
of  20th January 2020  had been circulated and were adopted

Chairman then asked DEREK  HOLMES if he would like to speak as it was known that he had another appointment later that evening.  Derek said that Daniel Robinson & Sons would be pleased to provide transport for the judging tours around Halstead again this year, and that Derek himself would drive the vehicle.  Derek also said that one of his team would like permission to film the tours; permission was readily given.  Derek made it known that Daniel Robinson & Sons would be prepared to sponsor a race at the forthcoming Race Night, but was told that all races are now sponsored.  Derek said that some raffle prizes would be given for the evening – all proceeds from the evening would be donated to Halstead in Bloom.  Chairman thanked Derek for this most welcome news, and asked that team’s thanks be passed on to Directors and Management of Daniel Robinson & Sons.
NEWS:   *Letter from Doctor’s Surgery was read thanking the team for the work done at Surgery internal garden.  Joan said that some remedial work on the bamboo sprouts in the garden would be done when the weather improves – HiB will maintain this garden in the near future.  *Letter from David Tarbun following his birthday party at Hyacinth Tearooms earlier in the month was read.  David was pleased to host the party and provide tea and cakes and thanked the team for the planted pot that was given to him on that day. *Bluebridge Cart and Sudbury Rd. Seed Drill.  Graham has made a new metal surround for the cart. Some second hand scaffold boards have been donated by DMC Scaffolding of Gosfield and they will be cut and fixed to make the body.  Grandstyle Windows have some strong membrane to line the body and help with preservation of the wood.  Annie will paint the cart when it is back together.  Seed Drill is in a poor state, but Graham reckons it can be ‘bodged’ for another summer season.  Bellway Homes have been written to and asked if they will help to remove the item to another place for proper repairs, or if they can repair it for us.  No reply has been received so far.  Carol offered to visit the Site Office and speak to Manager there to see if some resolution can be found.  *Climate Emergency-Water Crisis an event arranged by CPRE is to be held in Peterborough on 29th April, 9.30am-3.45pm.  Graham has asked to attend.  Full details can be found at www.suffolksociety/org/climate-emergency-water-crisis/ *Firemen’s Assistance. Halstead Station Watch Manager, Steve Byrne, has said that it may be possible for the Fire Brigade to help HiB with some water in the summer months.  Post meeting note: Head Office is querying whether this will be possible – watch this space! *Letter –  David Finch. Leader Essex CC. Following last month’s meeting a letter was written and replies have been received: 1) Q: Can HiB paint the front door of the Library? A: Library is a Grade 2 listed building so advice from Property team is being sought.  Answers will be given.  2) Q: Fountain at Mount Hill damaged (now part is missing). A: After much investigation it is confirmed this is not an ECC asset. Matter has been passed to BDC. Margaret E has spoken with Halstead Town Clerk and there is irrefutable evidence that this is an ECC asset. 3) Q. Dirty bus shelter in Colne Road. A: ECC does not hold a record of bus shelter at this site.  Suggest that HTC or BDC may have installed without knowledge or agreement of ECC.  ??? 4) Q. Overdue repairs to pavements in Colchester Road. A: There are plans to include part of Colchester Road in the 20/21 Minor Slurry Seal Capital Scheme – works to be from the Blue Bridge area to High Street.  Programme is yet to be finalised but full information can be found on www.essexhighways.org/interactive-maps-and-live-travel-information/highways-information-map.aspx. As Colchester Road is a priority route, which is inspected on a monthly basis, all existing defects will continue to be monitored and any deterioration recorded will be dealt with accordingly. *Tree Charter It was noted that Halstead TC has signed up to the Tree Charter.  Also noted that Essex CC has 38000 trees to give away – but it isn’t known the variety of these trees.  Joan asked if there are fruit trees could they be included in the wild life garden.  Annie asked if the tree at Mill Chase could be replaced (will have to liaise with BDC for both these requests).  Ian T said that there is a minimum plant of 10Ha laid down for each District Council and maintenance of planted whips is in question.  It is felt better to maintain existing, mature trees than to plant new trees.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 1st March Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th March – this will be our contribution to the Great British Spring Clean.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Visit to Gestingthorpe 17th March. 22 people have asked to attend.  Transport by group will be arranged – speak to Margaret E if you need transport.   *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan has arranged for Peter Miller of  Kings Seeds will give a talk. Team to bring plate of food as usual.  There will be a raffle.  Posters are available to be put up in various shops, notice boards, etc.  Let me know if you need copy(s). *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. All races now sponsored, horses are now being sold.  Will be widely advertised – now need to get people to attend the races! *VE Day Celebrations Bank Holiday, Friday 8th May in Halstead Public Gardens.  HiB to have a stall. Can we dress 1940’s to suit?  Margaret E has some period recipes and Thelma has some period recipe books. Maybe we can plant some veg.seeds instead of the usual sunflower seeds?  We can make some fabric bunting (Joan asked for some to be put at Weavers’ Court).  More details to follow.  *Halstead Marathon. 10th May. Volunteer marshalls’ details were collected – if you would like to help please let me know and I will pass on details. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!! *Halstead Flower Festival at St. Andrew’s Church will be celebrating 700 years of history through hymns.  HiB will have a display – hymn still to be identified!  Festival will be 3rd/4th/5th July. More details to follow. *Children’s Competition 2020 Margaret T said that her ideas for this year include Small Bug Boxes and also Grow 3 Herbs.  *HiB meal. Marie Hughes had asked Margaret to  apologise if some meals were not up to expected standard this year.  The cooker at St. Andrew’s Hall was not working – and had been broken for some time, apparently and some improvisation had to take place.  All agreed that this was a lovely event, and although some dishes weren’t as warm as could have been hoped everyone was smiling and there were lots of happy faces.  Thank you Marie, we enjoyed the evening very much!  Cost of the hall will be £50 – to be paid in April.
 ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’20  Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at a cost of £15 per person.  14 people have asked to attend.  Transport will be arranged.  If you haven’t yet asked to attend, please give your name to Margaret E as soon as possible.
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’20  Seminar on 21st Feb was attended by Joan and Annie who both found it useful and helpful.  Annie attended a workshop about Portfolio and Publicity.  Our portfolio was held up as being ‘good’ with lots of pictures and narrative underneath.  It was suggested that perhaps the age group 25/35 might be attracted to a HiB Instagram page?  Can anyone manage this?  Also suggested that stats for our Facebook page be recorded – Oliver does this for us.   Our judges will be Rae Beckwith and Ian Beaney (who was last here in 2014). Both judges seem to have a good sense of humour!  Copies of the judges’ comments at that time were available.  It was suggested that the route needs to be walked (nearer to judging time) and also travelled from end to start.  There are 74 entrants taking part, 10 entrants in the Town group (of which Halstead is one).  We have 2½ hours to impress plus 15 minutes for presentation and 15minutes allowed for press.  It was said that timings should be kept, although a few minutes over wouldn’t be frowned upon.  Judges will be happy to have some sort of reception after judging.  It was said that anyone speaking to the judges must be fully rehearsed!!  It was thought that we should have a ‘dress rehearsal’ nearer to judging day, this to be at the time of day (or as near to as possible) when the real event takes place.  Proposed route to be timed before next meeting: Start at British Legion.  Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street.  Drive to Loom.  Drive to Mill Chase.  Drive to Coggeshall Pieces.  Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.

The Awards Day will be on 16th October (day of our Quiz!!) and will be an all-day event, in Manchester.  The system of choosing a Champion of Champions has been changed this year – this accolade will be awarded to one of the entrants on the day of Awards.  Could it be Halstead?!!!  As already advertised it was decided to go ahead with the Quiz Night as arranged – messages will be sent through from the Awards!

*Loom Garden. Annie is still collecting coloured plastic – please hand your contributions to Annie at a Tuesday working party, or at any other suitable time. Thelma offered to act as recipient of contributions!  Annie said that a start will be made on making the ‘cascade’ very soon before we get too busy with other work.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 3rd March. Alan, Pauline and Linda to be with Joan at the Churchyard to completely dig out the bed near to church door.  Joan hopes to have this planted with plants that would have been used 700 years ago.  Rest of team to be dead heading at this time.  10th March. Weed in Kings Road.  17th March Will be the visit to Gestingthorpe.  24th March. Team to be working in Churchyard.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  *New Logo. Mock up of letterhead/compliment slip using Nicky’s artwork was shown and it was agreed that this did not do the artwork justice.  Some designs by Carol’s daughter were shown.  Further investigations to be made.  *New containers for 2020 List was revisited.  It was suggested that some new containers in Butler Road Car Park and under the Butler Road sign would be ideal.  Joan to view and decisions to be made soon.  *To Do List 2020 still ongoing.  *Notelets for Halstead no suitable cards have been found at present.  *Volunteer Hours. March will be the 6th month that hours are being counted (hopefully they are!!!) and new sheets to take us up to end June will be available at next meeting.  These hours are important to show to judges just how many people spend so much time working for Halstead.  Please keep a note of all volunteering hours spent and total them up so that we can show judges for Anglia in Bloom and RHS Britain in bloom when they visit.  *Ian asked when the bamboo in the Surgery Garden would be treated – he was  told it will probably be April when weather is more suitable for this work.  *Colin asked if HiB could have a working party at Adams Court to help in areas that he can’t manage.  Joan said that this can be arranged at any time and urged Colin to just ask.  *Ian Tinton spoke on behalf of the Chamber of Trade and said that their Constitution had now been agreed and signed off.  He said that good relations had been forged with Braintree DC and were now looking for premises to hold monthly meetings.  *Joyce asked if anything can be done to persuade shop owners to clean and tidy up their premises – not just at ground level but on first/second floors too!  Ian T said this had been tried, but not much uptake for available cash had been made.  *Margaret T spoke about the drinking fountain on Mount Hill and said that part of it was now missing.  (see above reply from Cllr David Finch ECC).  *Joan said she had been contacted by Baldwin’s store re. the displays at The Centre that have been eaten by muntjack deer.   Colin suggested that carbolic soap be used to deter them.  Joan will source some soap.  *Annie asked if a record was kept of the number of bags collected at monthly community litter picks – it is thought that Christine is keeping a log.  *Nicky advised that the green bin placed at The Empire had not been collected as arranged.  This will be reported.

 

There being no other business the meeting closed at 9.14 p.m.

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th March  2020   7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

ContactsMargaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443;  Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070

 

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Minutes of meeting 30th January 2020

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 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.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 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.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 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.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 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.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 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.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 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.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 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.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 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 28th Nov 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

MINUTES of  31st October  had been circulated and were adopted

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS:  Chairman was pleased to present a medal to DEBRA PURDHAM who has not lived in Halstead and been part of HiB for too long but has made significant contributions.  Debra said that she has great fun working with the group and seeing differences made.  Presentation of the President’s Cup was deferred until next meeting.

NEWS:   * Co-op Store Community Fund Cheque.  Some of the team were pleased to meet at the Co-op on Colchester Road on Saturday 23rd November to be presented with a large cheque showing amount of £1569.74 raised from this fund.  HiB has also been made a charity partner for 2020. Store has also said that we can sell calendars in store (if we have any left!!)  *Congratulatory letter has been received from Cllr Graham Butland (BDC) and also a letter from Cllr Wendy Schmitt (BDC).  *Notcutts have sent some vouchers, with limited life for various in-store items.  Fiona has them.  *Flower Pot Man – leaflet from Jackie Pell with picture of a flower-pot man on a bike was shown.  Can we do something similar?-not the same!!!  *David gave news that Colin Bailey’s wife has passed away.  Our thoughts are with Colin and family, a letter will be sent.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 1st December  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th December.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  Sec. Has made contact with Scouts to ask if they will be involved.    *Christmas Tree Festival will be at St. Andrew’s Church on 30th November and 1st December.  HiB will have a tree – volunteers have made some great, inventive, decorations – go and have a look!! *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We will be outside Dorothy Perkins from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteer marshalls please be at the Halstead TC gazebo from 6.30pm with high-viz jackets *HiB Christmas tea and mince pies will be at the White Hart on 17th December, 2pm.  All HiB volunteers welcome!  *Talk at Tollesbury 20th April 2020, HiB presentation to be re-vamped before then.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether Kings Seeds will give a talk.  *HiB ‘Christmas’ meal will be at St. Andrew’s Hall on 14th February 2020.  Cost will be £21.00.  Menus are available.  *Summer Plant collection is booked for 29th/30th May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19 Chairman asked if HiB will lodge an entry to Anglia in Bloom 2020.  Vote was taken and proposal was agreed unanimously.  Entry will be lodged in the new year.
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19
 
. Chairman asked that if Halstead’s entry is agreed by RHS do we want to agree to enter.  Vote was taken and proposal was agreed unanimously.  RHS judges’ comments were read and commented upon.  It was said that HiB will continue to work with BDC in Halstead Public Gardens to rectify the negative points made by judges.  Decisions will need to be made about where we take judges (if we take judges?) along the river walk – there is a new extension and play area at the Colchester Rd. End of the river walk, possibly an area to visit?  Must take the judges to Mill Chase to see the wild flower planting.  Should go to St. Andrew’s Churchyard as this is a celebratory year for the Church.  Other ideas to be brought to January meeting as we need to get the route organised as soon as possible.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 3rd December. – Ruth has given some tulip bulbs so some will be planted in troughs/tubs and in the ground at this working party.  10th December – probably deadheading or more bulb planting.  17th December – this will be the tea and mince pie party!  Trees at Holy Trinity will be removed at first working party in January.  Artwork for the Doctors’ Surgery is still to be received.

CALENDAR  SELLING:
   30th November(Fayre). 9-10 Joan and Linda. 10-11 Debra and Sue. 11-12 Iola and Wendy  12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 1-2 Alan and Joyce. 2-3 Nicky and Joan. 3-4 Graham and Julia.

A breakdown of calendars sold was given and the numbers left in stock was reviewed.  It was decided not to order any more – better to sell out that have goods remaining.  700 calendars have been purchased and as of to-day money for 160 is still to be received (some of these are sold, but quantities not known).  Stalls are organised as follows – but keep an eye on messages as if we sell out stalls will not be required:

6th December. – 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 Jenny and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Pat; 12-1 Margaret E and Ian.
7th December – 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 Jean and Nicky; 11-12 David and Alan; 12-1 Margaret E and Ian
13th December – 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Jenny and Iola; 11-12 Alan and Julia; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia

14th December –  Joan and Sue; 10-11 Margaret C and Annie; 11-12 Ian and Nicky; 12-1 Julia and Graham

20th December – Joan and Sue; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Pauline and Chris; 12-1 Margaret E and David

21st December – Joan and Pat; 10-11 Margaret C and Jean; 11-12 Nicky and Pauline; 12-1 Margaret T and Margaret E.

Joan to collect stall on 20th December and set up and clear down on 21st (if still selling)

It was queried how many Christmas Cards have been sold so far – to date (29/11) 255 packs have been sold!!

These are obviously very popular, well done Joan and Dennis.  Request was made for the Congregational Church in Parsonage St. to be included for next year – preferably with the spire that used to be there.  Joan will see what she can do!!

Sue suggested that for next year’s calendar photos of the Christmas trees in the Church might be good for December?  Photographers please note!  It was agreed that flowers should be a theme for 2021 calendar.

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Chamber of Trade has offered to ‘tweak’ our existing logo to make it easier to reproduce in larger sizes.  This was agreed, as long as HiB can agree proof.  It was agreed that the logo drawn by Nicky should be used in promotional material and possibly on letter headings.  Chamber of Trade has also offered to donate some more bags for sale.  Joan to ask when these might be available. *New containers for 2020 were discussed – two baskets will need to be purchased to replace those stolen. Tubs at Churchill Avenue to be replaced with Amberol containers.  .   Any other requests to be brought to January meeting.

*Ian spoke about an RHS talk about vine weevil stating that these pests have cost the trade some £30m per year.  Nematodes are the best remedy, although costly.   *Joyce asked that BDC/ECC be thanked for the work on Mount Hill to make the footpath more useable.  *Chris asked about the request for green bin(s) to replace use of so many purple bags.  It was said that this had been agreed in theory, but a location needed to be identified.  Chris said that at the Empire would be possible, under lock and key and they will arrange for bins to be put out for collection.  This will be put to BDC.  *Joan asked that team save blue and red milk bottle tops for a project she has for 2020.  *Fiona asked about the concrete outside Billson’s Opticians that was damaged by a motor accident.  It was said at Partnership meeting that this will be repaired when area outside WHSmith is revamped.  Fiona also spoke about the ‘ambulance’ on Colchester Road that is in poor condition.  This area is managed by St. John’s Ambulance, maybe we can contact them to ask if it can be updated.  Fiona spoke about potholes in the road outside Attwoods that are now very deep and dangerous, and also about the flooding that occurs in this area.  Will be reported.  Fiona also spoke about the post at Gardner’s Road/Parsonage Street that has the cover missing.  Will try to ascertain lamp post number and report. *Iola spoke about a Facebook post asking about a Halstead Calendar and replies that were made saying that HiB has some for sale.  *Sue asked if the pavement at Sudbury Rd. Had been reported (it has, as has the pavement at Colchester Rd.)  Sue also reported that she, Carol, James and Dave have dug over the resident’s garden in Honeywood Road and will put some sustainable planting there to thank the man for his help with supplying water.  *Joan said that BDC are planning some sustainable planting at Churchill Avenue, but haven’t included any shrubs that will give interest in the winter months.  She will speak with Peter.

 

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.55  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 30th January 2020   7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

 

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Minutes 31st October 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

MINUTES of  26th September had been circulated and were adopted

Chairman congratulated all the team on the excellent results in RHS Britain in Bloom 2019.  She said that this is all down to team working and willingness to help and assist where required.  Well done all!!

NEWS:   *River Improvement Group: Volunteers cleared the major vegetation from the river bank over 3 weekends.  Braintree DC kindly provided green bins for the green waste and took it away for composting. The remaining tree stumps will be treated by Environment Agency to prevent re-growth and the R.I.G. have been given permission to top the remaining trees to give better visual access to the Mill area.  E.A. is now providing a plan for further clearing and sculpturing of the river bed over the winter months.  *Quiz raised a total of £612 for funds – thank you to David T and Annie, Mick and Margaret T for their work.  David reported that the Con Club were pleased with the turnout as they gave the venue for free.  *Co-op Store (Colchester Rd.) – we have been advised that there will be a further payment to HiB and a celebration event sometime between 20th and 23rd November – details will be circulated.  Halstead in Bloom has again been nominated as a chosen charity partner by the Co-op for 2020.  *Priory Hall.  Jean had arranged a coffee morning to fund raise for HiB and it was a great morning.  A total of £331.65 was raised.  Thank you Jean and the residents at Priory Hall Village.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 3rd November  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 24th November.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.    *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November. *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Team will bring refreshments as usual – hall will be open from 6.45pm  *Halstead Road Runners will be holding a fund raising event on SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER at Queen’s Hall.  Doors open at 7.30pm. Local Band MAIN  STREET will be playing. Tickets cost £10 including jacket potato with choice of filling.  Please support this event if you can.  *Christmas Tree Festival will be at St. Andrew’s Church on 30th November and 1st December.  HiB will have a tree – not sure what the decorations will be as yet!! *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteer marshalls please be at the Halstead TC gazebo from 6.30pm with high-viz jackets.  *Talk at West Bergholt-20th January 2020 8pm.  PowerPoint presentation to be re-vamped before then, Team to have a run-through in the New Year.  Annie to be involved – Margaret T gave apologies.  *Talk at Tollesbury 20th April 2020.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church. *HiB ‘Christmas’ meal will be at St. Andrew’s Hall on 14th February 2020.  Cost will be £21.00.  Menus to be circulated in the next few weeks.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19 Autumn Seminar is on Wednesday 6th November.  Meet at the Butler Road Car Park from 7.45 – the mini-bus will leave at 8am.  Cost is £15: pay on the coach.
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . Chairman congratulated Graham on bringing home the Wise Ways with Water Award.  Graham has worked hard to make sure that Halstead does not use precious water resources but uses river water whereever possible – the RHS judges noted this.  Halstead was nominated in the Working with Young People discretionary award – only 4 nominations were made in this group.  The Judges commented on the excellent knowledge of the young people they met at Holy Trinity Gardening Club and the Guides Allotment and were pleased that, even during summer holiday, children were there to speak to them.  The Judges’ report was very positive and they noted that Halstead scored consistently high marks over all the judging criteria.  They said that it was very difficult to pick a ‘winner’ in this category as the top couple of towns scored very evenly.  Haddington (Scotland) was the eventual winner – Scotland did sweep the board a bit over all categories this year.  There were some areas where the judges felt improvements could be made, and these were noted.  Some of the team had looked at Haddington’s web site and noted that their portfolio was on the web site; maybe we could do the same another year?  All agreed that Halstead’s results were very good and something to be proud of.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 2nd November will be plant sorting – meet at Gate House at 10.15am.  3rd November is planting day – meet on the Bridge at 10.15 for planting (those setting out please be there at 9am).  All other working parties will be planting – 7th November the tributes to fallen service men will be placed around WW1 memorial and WW11 memorial.  26th & 28th November will be decorating Christmas Tree in Holy Trinity Church.  Some work will need to be done on maintenance at the Doctor’s Surgery (to be arranged).  Artwork for the Surgery Garden should be available within the next couple of weeks.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  1st November: Thank you to all who sold to-day – 13 calendars were sold plus 23 packs of cards – and 1 mug!!.  8th November: 9-10 Chris and Joan. 10-11 Jenny and Iola. 11-12 Alan and Margaret T. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E.  9th November 9-10 Sue and Joan. 10-11 Annie and Mick. 11-12 Carol and Debra. 12-1 Alan and Nicky.  15th November  9-10 Linda and Pat. 10-11 Jean and Jenny. 11-12 Iola and David. 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  16th November. 9-10 Carol and Sue. 10-11 Margaret C and Annie. 11-12 Alan and Chris. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E.  22nd November. 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jenny and Margaret T. 11-12 Pat and Joyce.  12-1 Alan and Ian.  23rd November 9-10 Joan and Carol. 10-11 Margaret C and Linda 11-12 Annie and Mick 12-1 Margaret T and Fiona.  29th November (outside SOLAR) 9-10 Joan and Sue. 10-11 Jenny and Fiona. 11-12 Chris and Debra. 12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 30th November(Fayre). 9-10 Joan and Linda. 10-11 Debra and Sue. 11-12 Iola and Wendy (?) 12-1 Ian and Margaret E. 1-2 Alan and Joyce. 2-3 Nicky and Joan. 3-4 Graham and Julia.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Discussions took place about a theme of Recycling for 2020. Annie has an idea for the Loom garden that all thought could work well. Annie gave some statistics about plastic: There are 8m pieces of plastic in the ocean – 19bn Lego bricks are made each year, etc. It was hoped that we can give some information about reduction of plastic use, re-use of plastic items and what can be recycled. Further plans to be made for the New Year.  Chris spoke about purple bags – it was suggested that perhaps BDC would consider putting a green bin somewhere for use by HiB for green waste only and this could then be collected for composting.  This idea will be explored.  Team noted that crisp packets can be recycled, but it isn’t known where this happens in Halstead.  All are keen to take the idea of theme of recycling further.  Margaret T thought that perhaps the Children’s Competition 2020 can be for making a Flower Pot Man, or other artwork made from recycled items.  *Margaret T noted that the Town Sign at Bluebridge had been moved – or broken?  *Theme for decorating Christmas Trees was discussed and it was thought that perhaps recycled items could be used. *Volunteers were urged to continue noting their hours of work.  *New logo for HiB was discussed – all to think on this theme, please!  *Joyce was keen to paint the street furniture at Pendle’s Court (outside WHSmith) but it is thought that the benches may have to be removed when remedial work is done to the surface under the tree. Joyce also said she would be visiting local shops to urge them to paint the exterior of their property.  Margaret T spoke about an idea for a Youth Workshop after Christmas to show how useful items can be made, how to be a successful litter picker or river cleaner.  Possibly a visit to the Air Ambulance at Earls Colne could be arranged and a Fun Day can be arranged.  Margaret T and Christine will discuss and bring to next meeting. *Margaret C had sent details of a musical evening at the United Reformed Church when the Bocking Brass Band will be entertaining.  Date is 21st December 7pm-9pm.  Margaret C also advised of entertainment at Holy Trinity Church on 3rd December – The Snow Queen producing will be at the Church from 7pm (for 7.30pm).

*Annie reminded the group that Suffolk Free Press has asked for a photo shoot on the Town Bridge on Tuesday 5th November at 2pm.  Please come if you can, bring high-viz vests and the certificates/trophies gained by Halstead this year will be there.  *Iola spoke about a Soup Lunch arranged by the Townswomen’s Guild on Thursday 7th November at 12pm at the United Reformed Church.  £5 for a bowl of soup and a bread roll.  There will also be a Bring & Buy stall.

 

.**********             There being no other business the meeting closed at  9.06  p.m.

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 28th November   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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