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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
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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
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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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Minutes of Meeting 26th Sept 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

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

 

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

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

 

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

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

 

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

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

 

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

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

 

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

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

 

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

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

 

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

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

 

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

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

 

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

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

 

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

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

 

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

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

 

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

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

 

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

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

 

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

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

 

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

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

 

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

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

 

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

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

 

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

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

 

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

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

 

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 26th September 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  18th July had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Roadrunners’ Donation – Halstead Road Runners have kindly indicated that they will be presenting HiB with a cheque for £1250.00 at Courtaulds Sports Ground on Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.  This is a very generous donation.  Keith Thorogood will be running for HiB in the London Marathon next year, and will be holding some fund raising events, starting with a music event on 16th November – details later.  *United Reformed Church donation of £40 received as a thank you for clear up work done by HiB in the vicinity of the Church. *Events at Ridgewell: Ridgewell WI are holding a talk on The Homes of William Morris on Thursday 17th October at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  Visitors are very welcome.  There will also be a talk on Wednesday 30th October with Captain Adrian McCourt on the Inside Stories of the Yachts and Their Wealthy Owners.  7pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets cost £10 each with a buffet meal, tea and coffee (bring your own drinks).  Ring Sue Kings on 07752838327 to book. *River Improvement Group. Some clearance has been done, near to the duck feeding platform.  Further clearance in front of the Mill will take place on Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.  A limited number of volunteers will start clearing in the river and volunteers are needed to process the waste.  Braintree DC is kindly providing large bins to take away the green waste.  Environment Agency have produced a draft plan for works on the river bed that will be carried out during the winter months to avoid disturbing wild life.  *Donations have been received from Diane Samms (in lieu of a birthday gift! Happy Birthday Di) and Terry Crowe.  All thankfully received.
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 6th October.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 29th September then 27th October.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October. David has new questions this year!  Raffle Prizes would be gratefully received.  Entry money will be collected at the table on the night.  Event will be advertised.  HiB Quiz 2020 is booked for 16th October 2020.  *Winter Bedding will be collected and sorted on Saturday 2nd November and winter planting will begin on Sunday 3rd November.  *Guys in the Park event will be on Sunday 3rd November – our guys need a revamp!  Working party to be on Thursday 10th October.  *Local Garden Awards Evening – 8th November at the United Reformed Church.  Chairman of BDC and Mayor of Halstead have been invited and accepted the invitation.  Councillors will be invited.  All entrants know the date of the Awards and have been asked to attend and bring family and friends.  Can holders of cups please return them for re-engraving for 2019.  *Christmas Fayre  will be on 30th November.  We have booked a stall (at cost of £15) and will be outside Costa from 9am to 4pm.  *Annual Torchlight Procession will be on 4th December – volunteers will be needed for marshalling duties.  *HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church.
ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . The results, it was agreed, were excellent for Halstead.  Gold and Best Town in Anglia in Bloom 2019 were good rewards for all the hard work done by volunteers with the support of Councils.  There were nominations in several of the Special Award Categories as well; it was agreed that these certificates would be re-presented at our Awards Evening.  It was especially pleasing that Colin Bailey had received a nomination in the Grow Your Own category, and the Guides/Brownies/Rainbows had been given a nomination in the Young People 12-18 section.  Halstead Public Gardens received a nomination for Best Local Authority Planting also – these three were not read out at the Awards Day.  Complaints were made about the Awards Day and the organisation thereof.  Julia apologised to all on behalf of Anglia in Bloom and said that the AiB team had failed to deliver for various reasons.  The Autumn Seminar for Anglia in Bloom will be on 6th November at Redbourn Leisure Centre (junction 9 off the M1) at a cost of £15.  There will be speakers, refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a chance to meet with judges to review 2019 campaign and look forward to 2020.  There will also be a Q&A session.  Please let Margaret E know if you wish to attend and transport will be arranged.
Feedback on judging day was that all the judges for both AiB and BiB were friendly and engaged with volunteers.  They were pleased to see the young people getting involved – Britain in Bloom judges especially appreciated young people breaking their summer holiday to come to see them.
Britain in Bloom Awards will be on 25th October in London – Lindley Hall (Old RHS Hall) in Westminster.  5 people will attend – Margaret E; Joan;Annie;Julia and Graham.  It was suggested that the team have a local event at the Con Club (the Snug will be available) from 8pm on 25th October.  All welcome.  Results will be transmitted through WhatsApp and by text.  Enjoy!!

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise 1st October – Work at St. Andrew’s Churchyard; edging and deadheading.
3rd October Deadheading.  From 15th October onwards parties will start removal of summer bedding.
CALENDAR  SELLING:  selling started on 21st September and 23 were sold.  28th September – outside Solar Store:  9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Joan and Fiona; 11-12 Annie and Mick; 12-1 Alan and Ian.
Friday 4th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Joan and Pat; 10-11 David and Chris; 11-12 Alan and Iola; 12-1 Jenny and Joyce.  Saturday 5th October – outside Solar Store. 9-10 Sue and Joan; 10-11 Margaret T and Nicky; 11-12 Alan and Carol; 12-1 Margaret E and Annie.  Friday 11th October – outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Chris; 10-11 Joyce and Jenny; 11-12 Alan and Linda; 12-1 Ian and Margaret T.  Saturday 12th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Carol; 10-11 Nicky and Margaret E; 11-12 Wendy and Iola; 12-1 Ian and Julia.  Friday 18th October – Outside Costa. 9-10 Joan and Margaret E; 10-11 Alan and Margaret E; 11-12 Margaret E and Joyce; 12-1 Ian and Jean (can anyone else help on this day to save Margaret E doing a 3 hour stint? . Saturday 19th October – outside Costa 9-10 Sue and Fiona; 10-11 Annie and Mick; 11-12 Linda and Fiona; 12-1 Margaret E and Julia.
31st October There will be a coffee morning at Priory Hall where we are kindly allowed to sell our calendars/cards.  Meet at 10am.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona reported that 15 entries had been received, and three prize winners were picked.  Winners were very pleased with their prizes.  All agreed that the trail had been a good idea – what about next year!!  *Ideas for 2020 Margaret E spoke about the Reduce/Re-use/Re-cycle programme and felt that HiB could do more to promote this.  She suggested that for 2020 we could re-use flower pots – making flower pot men/artworks using flowerpots, etc.  Maybe this could be a competition?   Maybe we could have installations around the town?  All were urged to think along these lines and bring ideas to next meeting.  Other ideas for re-use were suggested – planted jeans, re-used plant labels, etc.  It was agreed that we need to have a ‘wow’ factor for the judges and perhaps we could have workshops to discuss what we can do.  *Seating around the town some is still in need of attention/repainting.  Please bring a list to next meeting!

*Michael’s bench in Public Gardens will be revamped by BDC.  *Entry beds. meeting has taken place with BDC and they will investigate how these can be repaired/renewed before next year. *Linda reported that one resident in Colchester Road has said she was thrilled to receive a Certificate of Merit for her front garden. This scheme will definitely be repeated next year. *Margaret T said she had spoken to a couple who regularly come to Halstead from Newmarket to see the flowers. *Joyce spoke about the litter around Trinity Flats – has been reported to Greenfields.  *Annie spoke about the amount of litter in Earls Colne when grass had been cut – has now been litter picked!  *Iola Asked why the loose step slab at Queen’s Hall hadn’t been fixed?  It was said that this is work to be done by Jason who is on holiday at present.  *Fiona spoke about the flint wall in Colchester Road that has been left damaged for some time.  This is private property and the repairs are responsibility of the owner.  *Wendy spoke about the poor state of the pavement in Colchester Road.  *Sue asked if the footway at Sudbury Road to Oak Road could be reported as it is overgrown and very narrow in places.  *Oliver gave an overview of our FaceBook page and said that last month there were 2000 hits with 841 people ‘liking’/’sharing’ pages.  The spikes were when baskets were stolen, and when calendars became available. *Margaret E spoke about volunteer hours and how valuable it is to keep records to show to judges and to various Councils.  Record sheets were shown, and approved and all present took a sheet to record anything done by volunteers related to HiB in the coming 6 months.  Margaret E will have copies if you need one, or ask and I will email one out to you.  *New Logo was discussed.  A drawing by Nicky was shown that can be used, but possibly not as a logo.  Others in the team will consider and bring ideas to next meeting.

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

 

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

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

 

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

Minutes of meeting 18th July 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

Minutes of a meeting 18th July 2019  7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing

 

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

MINUTES of  27th June had been circulated and were adopted

NEWS:   *Message has been received from BDC regarding improvement works at Ramsey Road Recreation Ground.  There is to be a consultation survey to gather residents’ views regarding this recreation ground and refurbishments to be made using S106 money from the Oak Road development site.  Residents’ feedback will be used to make a plan for works which will be available for further comment later in the year.  If you wish to comment please access www.braintree.gov.uk/ramseyroad or contact Nicola Murphy 01376 552525 /nicola.murphy@braintree.gov.uk
EVENTS:  **RiverCare.  Next event is Sunday 4th August.  Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next Community Litter Pick. Sunday 28th July, then 25th August.  ALL WELCOME.  Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.  *HiB Quiz for 2019.  Friday 18th October.  *Perrywood Visit 25th September: names so far are: Jenny, Joan, Margaret E, Iola, Wendy, Linda, Debra, Mary, Annie, Mike, Margaret T, Margaret C, Jean and Ian. There is one more place available if anyone wants to join.  Visit to start at 11am (Tiptree), there is no cost but HiB will make a donation to Perrywood’s chosen charity.
LOCAL  GARDEN  COMPETITON.  *Judging this coming weekend (20th/21st July).  Sadly Lady Fiona Wilson who had offered to judge is unwell but her place has been filled by Ruth from Colne Valley Nurseries who will be accompanied by Thelma and Joyce.  In all, over the 8 categories there were 56 entries – better than last year.  Thank you to all who are assisting judging.
Date for our Awards evening was discussed and 8th November was preferred evening. Post meeting note: URC has kindly allowed us to book the Church for 8th November for our Awards.

ANGLIA  IN  BLOOM’19.         DATE FOR ANGLIA IN BLOOM – 24th July (10am to 4.30pm)
RHS BRITAIN  IN  BLOOM ’19  . DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM – 1st August (9am to 12noon) We have received the sad news that Andy Gray who was due to accompany Kim Parrish from RHS for our Britain in Bloom judging has passed away unexpectedly.  Andy was a leading light in Aberdeen in Bloom and he will be sadly missed.  Our condolences were sent to his family, and to the RHS.  Kim will now be accompanied by Mel Henley – an experienced judge who had retired but who has stepped into the breach this year.   We have been told that Kim and Mel will stay at the Braintree Premier Inn on the evening of 31st July and will need to be collected from that location before travelling to judge Halstead commencing at 9am.  Tour of Halstead will finish at 12, we will give them lunch and take them back to Braintree station for a 2pm train to their onward journey home.  We will arrange transport to collect the judges from Braintree and deliver them back to the station.

One of our Anglia in Bloom judges can’t now come to us so Anglia in Bloom judges will be Nolan Mills and Rebecca Davies.  Their tour of Halstead is due to begin at 10am and we will meet them at The Bull.  They will be with us for the whole day as they are also judging the Public Gardens, Priory Hall Retirement Village and Halstead Cemetery.

Portfolios for both tours were kindly printed for us by Braintree DC Media Department.  There are copies available to view and they are an outstanding documentation of Halstead in Bloom over the past 12 months.  Copy was prepared by Christine Laurence, well done Christine!

Outstanding work for judging routes:  Greenfields maintenance team has now cleaned up – with the help of the HiB team – the area outside Trinity Flats.  We are told that the weeds and rubbish will be removed from the car park adjacent to Trinity Flats by Greenfields landscape contractors before judging (including removing the unsightly ragwort).  Linda has now weeded and cleared the triangle area beside Trinity Flats (that had been used as a toilet) and will put down some bark chippings to tidy it up.  There is work to be done at the Resource Centre – working party will be there on Tuesday 23rd July.  Some further work is needed at Courtaulds Close – Fiona will walk the area – there is concern that the brambles at allotment entrance might need cutting back.  Some work is needed in Colchester Road and in Pretoria Road, team will attend.  All are urged to check their area of the town and to notify Julia/Joan if there is anything that HiB team can’t rectify easily.

Anglia in Bloom Awards this year will be on 10th September in St. Ives (Cambs) – Burgess Hall.  Sec. will need numbers wishing to attend by 16th August latest!  Cost is thought to be £30 per person and travel can be arranged if enough people want to attend.

*Children’s Competition. Margaret T has 11/12 confirmed entries.  Charles Soule will judge the entries.  Certificates will be prepared.  Prizes to be organised.

WORKING  PARTIESFor all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park unless advised otherwise:  Joan commented that the team have gone above and beyond all expectations to get the town ready for judging.  All are thanked and congratulated.  Tuesday 23rd July:  Resource Centre, etc..  Some containers need washing (Annie to organise on Monday 22nd) Joan asked that all keep in touch by Whatsapp to see what needs doing.  Colne Valley Close sign needs to be cleaned (Julia to clean). Some verge cutting in Colne Valley Close is needed (BDC has been advised).

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    *Summer Trail. Fiona has organised the Trail, with the help of Margaret T and all the items, posters, answer sheets, etc. are ready.  Fiona and Margaret will take round the items to shops that have agreed to help on Monday.  Oliver will advertise on Facebook.

*2020. All were asked to think of work that might be needed for 2020 – entry beds need attention, some of the carts need repair/replace, the seed drill is in poor condition, etc.  We need to be thinking now so that we can budget for necessary repairs/renewal.  Bring list to next meeting, please!  *Calendar. Copy was shown for the calendar – it’s to be a ‘Now and Then’ calendar.  All the photos and all ‘then’ postcards have been arranged by the U3A Camera Club and they were thanked for their efforts.  Some copy amendments were suggested and they will be done and a further ‘proof’ printed before copy is sent to printer. Well done to all concerned!

*Dr’s Surgery Garden. Joan thanked all who have worked hard to revamp this unloved area of the town.  Most of the bamboo has been removed, although some is coming through and will need to be treated.  A sculpture has been ordered and will be ready by the end of the month.  A stone snail has recently been purchased and added to the garden.  The Doctors are pleased with the results and they will be holding a coffee morning on 25th July with half of the proceeds being given to The Empire for their Dementia Care screenings and half to Halstead in Bloom.  Joan asked for volunteers to help at this coffee morning (from 9.30 to 12.30) and asked who would be able to provide cakes.  There were willing helpers and bakers.!

*Iola noted that Fields in Trust voting is now open and Halstead Public Gardens and Mill Chase Playing Fields are nominated.  Please vote if you can at www.fieldsintrust.org/best-park. *Linda and Debra spoke about work that needs to be done in Bois Hall Gardens/Colne Road – they will attend.  Margaret T noted that Guides have litter picked the areas around Courtaulds Close/Parsonage Street and Brownies will be out litter picking at their Monday meeting.  Margaret said that she will block off the ramp to the allotments, and that she/Guides will meet judges at the gate as that area is tidier and cleaner.  *Fiona said that there are weeds at the base of the wall near to the garage (that can be viewed when coming out of Butler Road) – she will attend. *Joan asked if the bollards/cobbled area outside Billson’s will be tidied up before judging – it is thought that this is an insurance job so needs to be left alone until settled.  *Debra noted that Mary lost a set of wide handled cutters a couple of weeks ago and asked if anyone had collected them.  It was suggested that she ask at Halstead TC and also check at Peter Robertson’s to see if they’d been handed in.  *Alan asked if the river can be checked for litter before judging.  The RiverCare team will attend.  *Mike asked if grass at The Hospital will be cut before judging; Julia to check with Joanne Collyer.  *Carol said that she and Dave will continue to cut/edge verges at Churchill Avenue.  *New HiB logo A suggestion for new logo was shown, it will be discussed further at next meeting.

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There being no other business the meeting closed at  8.21  p.m.

Team retired for a fish supper provided by Chairman, Margaret Eskins – thank you Margaret!!

 

Next team meeting on   Thursday 26th September 2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

 

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

Minutes of meeting 27th June

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

Minutes 30th May 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  25th April had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

Minutes of meeting 25th April 2019

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  28th March had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 30th   2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  28th March had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

.**********

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 30th   2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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

 

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

 

MINUTES of  28th March had been circulated and were adopted

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

.**********

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

Next team meeting on   Thursday 30th   2019     7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

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

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Minutes of 28th March 2019

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contacts:  Margaret Eskins Chairman.  01787 269443

Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806. e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com
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