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Minutes of meeting 27th February

HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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HALSTEAD  IN  BLOOM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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Minutes of meeting 30th January 2020

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk Facebook: halsteadinbloom. giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op
purchases.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk Facebook: halsteadinbloom. giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op
purchases.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk Facebook: halsteadinbloom. giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op
purchases.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk Facebook: halsteadinbloom. giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op
purchases.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk Facebook: halsteadinbloom. giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op
purchases.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk Facebook: halsteadinbloom. giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op
purchases.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk Facebook: halsteadinbloom. giveasyoulive.com/join/halstead-in-bloom
join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via Co-op
purchases.
**Also now note thHALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 30th January 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing
Chairman, welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend. New volunteer Billy
was warmly welcomed. Billy said that his wife was also intending to volunteer and would attend future meetings.
MINUTES of 28th November 2019 had been circulated and were adopted
NEWS: *Love Your Library Day. Will be on 15th February, and HiB has been invited to attend for a ‘seed
swap’ event. Ian, Chris and Margaret E said they could be there from 10-12 and various members have seeds to
swap or give away. *Hanging Baskets. Halstead Town Council has agreed HiB can provide hanging baskets
and some town centre planting for 2020 that they will fund at a cost of £3250. Other town planting will be
funded by HiB. Invoice will be sent to HTC. *Calendar 2020 It was announced that all calendars were sold.
Cost of calendars was £1937.50 and funds received so far amount to £2752.60 a small amount is still to be
received. A total of 786 were purchased (one is held for archive) and it was said that Paul Clark Printing, at
Sible Hedingham, were very helpful and co-operative. It was decided that calendar for 2021 should be floral
and it was hoped that many people will submit photos – of all seasons. An email will be sent asking for
contributions. *Great British Spring Clean organised by Keep Britain Tidy, will run from 20th March to 14th April. HiB will be hold a Community Litter Pick on Sunday 29th March. 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*VE Celebration Day will be on Friday 8th May (Bank Holiday) and Halstead’s Royal British Legion Club will
be organising a Party in the Park; HiB has agreed to have a stall. Suggestions were that flags/bunting could be
made in fabric as in 1945 – no plastic! Period dress might be worn (this was enthusiastically embraced!).
Futher meetings will take place *Visit to Gestingthorpe Peter Nice has sent an invitation from Gestingthorpe
Church to visit and hear a short talk by Ashley Cooper on the history of the church and village. A visit to Hill
Farm where there is a museum with artefacts from a Roman villa discovered at the farm and tea and biscuits
will be provided. Date to be arranged, probably sometime in March. *David Tarbun has invited HiB team to a
celebration on 11th February at Hyacinth Tea rooms at 2.30pm. David will celebrate his 85th birthday on 10th February and would like to share some time with HiB friends. Thank you David! *Christine noted that BDC
has provided a ‘green bin’ to take HiB green waste. Bin is at Empire Theatre and will be emptied at Green Bin
Round of collections. Thank you to BDC for this help, thank you Chris for managing this waste and making
purple bags reusable! Thank you Martin for your help!
EVENTS: **RiverCare. Next event is Sunday 2nd February Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *Next
Community Litter Pick. Sunday 23rd February ALL WELCOME. Meet 10.30am at Sainsbury’s Car Park.
*HiB AGM for 2019 will be held on 20th March 2020 at the United Reformed Church, Joan to enquire whether
Kings Seeds will give a talk. *Race Night is organised at the Con Club for 4th April. Donation from the event
will be given to HiB. *Summer Plant collection is booked for 30th/ 31st May 2020 – van is booked!!
ANGLIA IN BLOOM’20 Entries for Halstead (Town), Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead Cemetery and
Priory Hall Retirement Complex have been lodged (to ensure entry at the cheapest rate).
Anglia in Bloom Spring Launch will be on 25th March at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough – NR17 1AY – at
a cost of £15 per person. There will be 3 workshops and a chance to look around the rose gardens. The cafe
has been revamped recently, and entry price will include a buffet lunch. We must have numbers wishing to
attend as soon as possible, and definitely by the next meeting (27/2). Transport will be organised.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM ’20 . Halstead entry has been confirmed, there will be a seminar for two people
(Joan and Annie) on 21st February in Birmingham – places have been booked.
It was decided that we need to confirm judging routes as soon as possible and first proposal is:
Start at British Legion. Walk along Causeway to Bridge. Drive, via Butler Road, to Adams Court. Drive to
Trinity School. Walk to Public Gardens and through the Gardens. Drive to Hume’s. Walk to Fountain. Walk to
and through Church yard – enter from Market Hill, walk to Main door, walk to Parsonage Street. Drive to
Loom. Drive to Mill Chase. Drive to Coggeshall Pieces. Drive, via Road Runners’ Bed and through cemetery
to Resource Centre (enter by back gate). Drive to Guides’ allotment.
This is the first draft – other ideas (that can be accommodated within the allotted judging times) will be
considered. *Loom Garden. Annie spoke of her ideas for a Plastic Cascade at the Loom and asked all to
collect highly coloured plastic bottles (with tops on), CD’s phones, toys, dolls, packets that cannot be recycled,
etc. etc. Please put them in bags and give to Annie. They will be firmly attached to netting, in strips to make
them manageable, and then cascade over the loom and down the hill to make a ‘river of plastic’. There will be
information on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ethic and about the amount of plastic currently in use and in
landfill. Volunteers were identified to make up the strips of plastic – Pauline, Joan, Linda, Nicky, Chris and
Billy all offered to help; it was agreed that this will be labour intensive. Joan advised a membrane be laid down
first to deter weeds. Linda said that her garage could be used for construction, and Margaret E offered to store
completed strips prior to putting them out.
Joan asked all to save coloured bottle tops, coloured lids from jars, etc. for a collage she is making at the
Resource Centre. It was said that bug houses will also be placed at the Resource Centre, and some ‘flowers’
made from recycled plastic spools.
WORKING PARTIES : For all working parties meet at 2pm. on Town Bridge/Halstead Icing car park
unless advised otherwise 4
th February. Complete current weeding programme. 11th February – all to join David
in his celebrations at Hyacinth Tea Rooms. 18th February. Deadheading. 25th February. Some cleaning at Holy
Trinity Church. Long poles for taking down cobwebs will be a help at this party.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: *New Logo this will be on agenda for next meeting. Margaret E asked if designs
already lodged could be used on tea cloths? It was thought that perhaps the Church might be ordering some tea
cloths again this year and HiB will gladly help to sell them. *New containers for 2020 so far replacement
containers at the bookies beside the Bridge, replacements for the plastic containers in St. Andrew’s Churchyard,
replacements for the plastic containers outside St. Andrew’s Church Hall and 2 replacement baskets have been
identified as being required. Please let me know as soon as possible if any others are needed – we only want to
place one order as carriage is expensive. *To Do List 2020 has been produced. Please add any events that we
need to be aware of. *Halstead Marathon 2020 -10th May – volunteers are needed to assist. 10/12 people said
they would help – numbers to be passed on to organisers. *Notelets for Halstead Christmas cards sold very
well, and it was suggested that packs of notelets with Halstead scenes might be popular. Many photos are
available – prices will be ascertained. *Annie said she would love to paint the front doors at the Library and
asked that permission be sought for this work (Essex CC). *Margaret E said that Pat had reported the metal
plaque on the Drinking Fountain at Mount Hill has been damaged/cracked. Has been reported – it is thought
that this is ECC responsibility. *Margaret T said that 53 have booked to attend the HiB meal and doors will
be open at 7pm. Joan will make table decorations – 9 tables. *Ian spoke about the new play park on the river
walk, Bluebridge end. This is too far away to be included in the judging routes but photos/info are needed for
the Portfolio. *Linda spoke about the poor condition of Manfield and asked if requests could be made for it to
be weeded and swept. There is a blocked drain at the end of Manfield. Linda also spoke about the number of
cigarette ends in the car park at Sports Centre. She has asked if signage and a bin could be put outside and
information given. Watch this space! *Alan noted the bamboo shooting in the surgery garden – Joan said this
will be treated when weather is more suitable. Alan also noted the poor condition of verges at White Horse
Avenue; BDC has this in hand.*Billy said that he and his wife had moved to Halstead, from London, about 3
months ago and they love it here! We’re glad you are here Billy! *Margaret T asked if weeds opposite The
Empire could be treated – will be requested. Margaret noted that the defective lights in St. Andrew’s
Churchyard will be repaired. *Joan noted that artwork is now installed at Surgery garden, and asked if a
plaque noting the artist could be added. His name to be ascertained. Joan spoke about the Excursions Show
attended by 2 representatives of Halstead Chamber of Trade, Joan and Julia from HiB on Saturday 25th January.
Several tour operators had shown interest in visiting Halstead as a ‘stop off’ point in their tours. *Fiona asked
if the damage to cobble stones/bollards outside Billson premises will be repaired. This will be done when work
at Pendle’s Court is done. Fiona spoke about cars still parking on the verge at St. Andrew’s Road/Parsonage St.
junction and asked if HiB could put more tubs there. It was explained that HiB has been careful to maintain
sight lines for traffic and that if parked cars impede sight they should be reported to Police. *Debra asked if
the bus shelter in Colne Road could be cleaned; request will be made. Debra noted that the Smith and Scillitoe
sponsor sign outside Hume’s is broken; will be inspected. *Iola spoke about the Essex Book Fair that will take
place at the Library; places need to be booked via Colchester Library. Iola asked if the Halstead sign at
Bluebridge will be replaced; it is understood that this will be done. Iola spoke about the poor state of the
‘Ambulance’ artwork on the corner of Colne Road/Colchester Road. This belongs to St. John’s Ambulance – if
anyone has contact with that team please do so. *Wendy again noted the deplorable state of pavement in
Colchester Road. This has been reported and it is hoped that repairs will be effected.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.58 p.m.
Next team meeting on Thursday 27th February 2020 7.30p.m. at Halstead Icing.
All welcome
Contacts: Margaret Eskins Chairman. 01787 269443; Julia Smith, Secretary. 0776 2587141 / 01787461806.
e-mail jaygrey@btinternet.com; Joan Gibson, plants and working parties. 01787 473070
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 th

CO-OP Donation

We are very grateful to the CO-OP store on Colchester Road, Halstead who have very generously made a donation of £1569.74 to HIB from their community fund, and thank them very much for their continued support.

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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**Also now note the Virgin Money Just Giving

Britain in Bloom 2020

We are proud to announce that Halstead in Bloom have been selected to represent  Anglia in Bloom in the 2020 Britain in Bloom competition.

The team and RHS judges have yet to ratify the proposal, but we are very hopeful, and look forward to bringing another Gold back to Halstead.

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

 

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.

Gold in Britain in Bloom

On Friday 26th October The Halstead in Bloom committee attended the RHS Britain in Bloom award ceremony at Linley Hall, London SW1. Where we were awarded with a Gold in the Town Category. there was also a special award for the water conservation/irrigation system designed by Graham Smith.

A fantastic effort by the Halstead team.

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.

Gold for Halstead

On Tuesday the 10th September approx 30 members of the team travelled to St. Ives in Cambridgeshire to attend the Anglia in Bloom award ceremony.

We are very pleased to report that we have been awarded a Gold in our category  and the best entry in the category.

Both the Town park and Priory Hall retirement complex were also awarded Gold.

In addition to the Gold awards, our plants woman Joan Gibson was presented with a special award for her commitment to both Halstead in Bloom and  Anglia in Bloom.

A fantastic achievement , and well done to everyone.

Congratulation to Gosfield who achieved a Gold in the Village category and Coggeshall who received a Silver Guilt, and congratulations to  Hunstanton who were the overall winning entry.

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

 

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