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Minutes of meeting 27th July 2023

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 29th June 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

Minutes of the meeting of 29th June 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *Beds at Churchill Avenue – have now been weeded and tidied and look good. *Team working – Chairman said she was still concerned that working is fragmented but it was explained that some didn’t feel able to work at the Road Runners’ bed but are happy to work on other areas of the Town.  We do come together when there is sorting/planting etc. and we do communicate.  *Grass at Weavers’ Court – restaurant owner has been approached more than once but has said that ‘his friend is going to cut the grass’.  It is now considered dangerous for team to work on the troughs/pots along Solar Wall and Billy offered to strim the area.  It was felt that although this is a great offer it’s not a job that HiB should be tackling.  A compromise was reached in that Billy will strim a ‘path’ from the gates to working areas with a petrol strimmer that he can access.  This is not an entirely satisfactory arrangement but hopefully one that will work for now.  Decisions will have to be made about planting this area in the future.  *Hedge at Resource Centre – Our County Councillor, Cllr Chris Siddall, has been informed and apparently an inspection has taken place, but as yet no action has been forthcoming.  *Trinity Court and Courtaulds Close – both Eastlight responsibility.  Trinity Court has been weeded/cleaned by contractors and Margaret T and Joyce have also done some work there.  A resident is now watering the troughs that we planted.  At Courtaulds Close the hedge is still overhanging pathway and causing difficulties when exiting Courtaulds Close to Parsonage Street.  Eastlight informed us that this is residents’ responsibility but team thought that resident may be disabled and/or elderly.  Eastlight have been asked to take action.  *Garden at Hospital – League of Friends of Halstead Hospital has purchased two large troughs that HiB has filled with compost and planted up – good community working!  Chair of LoF says that RHS is still considering making a garden at the Hospital and HiB will be kept informed.  *Street Sweeping – some sweeping has taken place, but it is recognized that clearing when cars are parked is not possible.  *Letter to MP – as requested James Cleverley MP has been contacted by email voicing HiB’s concerns about HalsteadTown Centre’s  perceived decline but as yet no answer has been received.

ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard has been sent away to judges.
The AiB Awards Day will be at Coneygear Centre, Huntingdon on 20th September and this year will be an ‘afternoon tea’ event. No timings are available at present and there may be a limit on numbers attending.  Please let Chairman or Secretary know if you wish to attend.

EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th July Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park 10.30am. Following date will be 27th August.  *Next River Clean event will be Sunday 6th August, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Summer Fayre 5th August – we are to have the ‘straw’ game promoted by Annie.  Some small bags of wrapped sweets and some small ‘bubbles’ have been purchased as prizes with 3 larger prizes of £10 vouchers for the Empire Theatre.  Fayre is 10-4 and so far we have the following volunteers for manning: 10-11 Sue and Chris, 11-12 Billy and Karyn  12-1 Joyce and Linden 1-2 Margaret Eskins and ???  2-3  Joan and ??? and 3-4 Margaret C and ???.  If anyone can help in the vacant slots it will helpful, please let me  know as soon as you can.

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION:   Helen reported few entries this year and team had received many negative emails and Facebook messages.  Winners were announced as follows:  Under 15 allotments – joint winners Halstead Guides,Brownies and Rainbows and joint winners Holy Trinity School Gardening Club.  Front Garden – Chris Bruin at Courtaulds Close, Allotments – Patteson Family at Parsonage Street Allotments and Back Garden Tracey Rowe at Trinity Road.  All will receive a ‘blue plaque’ and a certificate.  The team made it known that they would not be organising the event in 2024.  Chairman thanked Helen, Margaret T, Karyn and Billy for all their hard work in organising and managing the Local Garden Competition in 2023 and said it was a worthwhile job, well done.

CALENDAR 2024: Choices had been made and a proof was shown, please can as many as possible proof read!  The ‘October’ picture wasn’t well received but hopefully can be adjusted to give a better vista.  Envelopes have been purchased and cost for 2024 calendar will be £4.50 including envelope.  It is hoped that copies may be ready for the Halstead Horticultural Show on 2nd September.

WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan asked that for Tuesday 1st August some more work can be done at the Road Runners’ Bed and that anyone not wishing to work here can be at Weavers’ Court and surrounding area to weed and tidy.  On Thursday 3rd August a working party is needed at the Dr’s Surgery plus deadheading in the surrounding area.  After that situations will be monitored and work allocated as required.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
   Sue told the meeting she is now on her 9th ‘hat’ for Chocolate Oranges (that we can sell nearer to Christmas).  Sue also has a large bag of wool if anyone would like some. Joyce is making hats and baby coats and was asked if she can make some gloves and mittens as these are popular.  Joyce also said that she had cut down many of the nettles along the pathway at Mount Hill as a disabled young person in a mobility scooter couldn’t safely pass.  Margaret T showed the schedule for the Horticultural Show on 2nd September and said that she will send this round to all and is hoping for HiB entries in the various classes.  Margaret also has some Quiz sheets available. At £1 each.  Wendy asked if there would be a Quiz evening as she had been approached by the Con Club to ask if booking should stand.  David said that he would have to stand down from hosting the quiz but would be happy to liaise with Con Club.  Annie has a contact who arranges quizzes for the U3A and she and David will liaise about a Quiz for 2023.  Fiona noted that the willow that had been hanging over pavement near to Mix and Match Carpets has now been cut back (this is Co-op land so probably their Estate team did this).  Fiona did note that brambles are hanging over the pavement along the fence to the Dr’s Surgery and these are quite dangerous.  Surgery has contractors for this work so Sec will contact and ask if some remedial work can be done. Joan has been asked if we will have an autumn plant sale and it was agreed that 7th October would be a good date for sale to go ahead.  Joan also noted that A R Clarke Builders, and notably Tony Wicks from that company had made a donation of £500 to HiB in recognition of our co-operation regarding the bed opposite Fire Station.  Julia noted that Halstead Flower Club has now disbanded but has given HiB their residual money – £150, two year’s sponsorship.

There being no other business meeting closed at    7.00pm.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 29th June 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

Minutes of the meeting of 29th June 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *Beds at Churchill Avenue – have now been weeded and tidied and look good. *Team working – Chairman said she was still concerned that working is fragmented but it was explained that some didn’t feel able to work at the Road Runners’ bed but are happy to work on other areas of the Town.  We do come together when there is sorting/planting etc. and we do communicate.  *Grass at Weavers’ Court – restaurant owner has been approached more than once but has said that ‘his friend is going to cut the grass’.  It is now considered dangerous for team to work on the troughs/pots along Solar Wall and Billy offered to strim the area.  It was felt that although this is a great offer it’s not a job that HiB should be tackling.  A compromise was reached in that Billy will strim a ‘path’ from the gates to working areas with a petrol strimmer that he can access.  This is not an entirely satisfactory arrangement but hopefully one that will work for now.  Decisions will have to be made about planting this area in the future.  *Hedge at Resource Centre – Our County Councillor, Cllr Chris Siddall, has been informed and apparently an inspection has taken place, but as yet no action has been forthcoming.  *Trinity Court and Courtaulds Close – both Eastlight responsibility.  Trinity Court has been weeded/cleaned by contractors and Margaret T and Joyce have also done some work there.  A resident is now watering the troughs that we planted.  At Courtaulds Close the hedge is still overhanging pathway and causing difficulties when exiting Courtaulds Close to Parsonage Street.  Eastlight informed us that this is residents’ responsibility but team thought that resident may be disabled and/or elderly.  Eastlight have been asked to take action.  *Garden at Hospital – League of Friends of Halstead Hospital has purchased two large troughs that HiB has filled with compost and planted up – good community working!  Chair of LoF says that RHS is still considering making a garden at the Hospital and HiB will be kept informed.  *Street Sweeping – some sweeping has taken place, but it is recognized that clearing when cars are parked is not possible.  *Letter to MP – as requested James Cleverley MP has been contacted by email voicing HiB’s concerns about HalsteadTown Centre’s  perceived decline but as yet no answer has been received.

ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard has been sent away to judges.
The AiB Awards Day will be at Coneygear Centre, Huntingdon on 20th September and this year will be an ‘afternoon tea’ event. No timings are available at present and there may be a limit on numbers attending.  Please let Chairman or Secretary know if you wish to attend.

EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th July Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park 10.30am. Following date will be 27th August.  *Next River Clean event will be Sunday 6th August, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Summer Fayre 5th August – we are to have the ‘straw’ game promoted by Annie.  Some small bags of wrapped sweets and some small ‘bubbles’ have been purchased as prizes with 3 larger prizes of £10 vouchers for the Empire Theatre.  Fayre is 10-4 and so far we have the following volunteers for manning: 10-11 Sue and Chris, 11-12 Billy and Karyn  12-1 Joyce and Linden 1-2 Margaret Eskins and ???  2-3  Joan and ??? and 3-4 Margaret C and ???.  If anyone can help in the vacant slots it will helpful, please let me  know as soon as you can.

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION:   Helen reported few entries this year and team had received many negative emails and Facebook messages.  Winners were announced as follows:  Under 15 allotments – joint winners Halstead Guides,Brownies and Rainbows and joint winners Holy Trinity School Gardening Club.  Front Garden – Chris Bruin at Courtaulds Close, Allotments – Patteson Family at Parsonage Street Allotments and Back Garden Tracey Rowe at Trinity Road.  All will receive a ‘blue plaque’ and a certificate.  The team made it known that they would not be organising the event in 2024.  Chairman thanked Helen, Margaret T, Karyn and Billy for all their hard work in organising and managing the Local Garden Competition in 2023 and said it was a worthwhile job, well done.

CALENDAR 2024: Choices had been made and a proof was shown, please can as many as possible proof read!  The ‘October’ picture wasn’t well received but hopefully can be adjusted to give a better vista.  Envelopes have been purchased and cost for 2024 calendar will be £4.50 including envelope.  It is hoped that copies may be ready for the Halstead Horticultural Show on 2nd September.

WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan asked that for Tuesday 1st August some more work can be done at the Road Runners’ Bed and that anyone not wishing to work here can be at Weavers’ Court and surrounding area to weed and tidy.  On Thursday 3rd August a working party is needed at the Dr’s Surgery plus deadheading in the surrounding area.  After that situations will be monitored and work allocated as required.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
   Sue told the meeting she is now on her 9th ‘hat’ for Chocolate Oranges (that we can sell nearer to Christmas).  Sue also has a large bag of wool if anyone would like some. Joyce is making hats and baby coats and was asked if she can make some gloves and mittens as these are popular.  Joyce also said that she had cut down many of the nettles along the pathway at Mount Hill as a disabled young person in a mobility scooter couldn’t safely pass.  Margaret T showed the schedule for the Horticultural Show on 2nd September and said that she will send this round to all and is hoping for HiB entries in the various classes.  Margaret also has some Quiz sheets available. At £1 each.  Wendy asked if there would be a Quiz evening as she had been approached by the Con Club to ask if booking should stand.  David said that he would have to stand down from hosting the quiz but would be happy to liaise with Con Club.  Annie has a contact who arranges quizzes for the U3A and she and David will liaise about a Quiz for 2023.  Fiona noted that the willow that had been hanging over pavement near to Mix and Match Carpets has now been cut back (this is Co-op land so probably their Estate team did this).  Fiona did note that brambles are hanging over the pavement along the fence to the Dr’s Surgery and these are quite dangerous.  Surgery has contractors for this work so Sec will contact and ask if some remedial work can be done. Joan has been asked if we will have an autumn plant sale and it was agreed that 7th October would be a good date for sale to go ahead.  Joan also noted that A R Clarke Builders, and notably Tony Wicks from that company had made a donation of £500 to HiB in recognition of our co-operation regarding the bed opposite Fire Station.  Julia noted that Halstead Flower Club has now disbanded but has given HiB their residual money – £150, two year’s sponsorship.

There being no other business meeting closed at    7.00pm.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 29th June 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

Minutes of the meeting of 29th June 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *Beds at Churchill Avenue – have now been weeded and tidied and look good. *Team working – Chairman said she was still concerned that working is fragmented but it was explained that some didn’t feel able to work at the Road Runners’ bed but are happy to work on other areas of the Town.  We do come together when there is sorting/planting etc. and we do communicate.  *Grass at Weavers’ Court – restaurant owner has been approached more than once but has said that ‘his friend is going to cut the grass’.  It is now considered dangerous for team to work on the troughs/pots along Solar Wall and Billy offered to strim the area.  It was felt that although this is a great offer it’s not a job that HiB should be tackling.  A compromise was reached in that Billy will strim a ‘path’ from the gates to working areas with a petrol strimmer that he can access.  This is not an entirely satisfactory arrangement but hopefully one that will work for now.  Decisions will have to be made about planting this area in the future.  *Hedge at Resource Centre – Our County Councillor, Cllr Chris Siddall, has been informed and apparently an inspection has taken place, but as yet no action has been forthcoming.  *Trinity Court and Courtaulds Close – both Eastlight responsibility.  Trinity Court has been weeded/cleaned by contractors and Margaret T and Joyce have also done some work there.  A resident is now watering the troughs that we planted.  At Courtaulds Close the hedge is still overhanging pathway and causing difficulties when exiting Courtaulds Close to Parsonage Street.  Eastlight informed us that this is residents’ responsibility but team thought that resident may be disabled and/or elderly.  Eastlight have been asked to take action.  *Garden at Hospital – League of Friends of Halstead Hospital has purchased two large troughs that HiB has filled with compost and planted up – good community working!  Chair of LoF says that RHS is still considering making a garden at the Hospital and HiB will be kept informed.  *Street Sweeping – some sweeping has taken place, but it is recognized that clearing when cars are parked is not possible.  *Letter to MP – as requested James Cleverley MP has been contacted by email voicing HiB’s concerns about HalsteadTown Centre’s  perceived decline but as yet no answer has been received.

ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard has been sent away to judges.
The AiB Awards Day will be at Coneygear Centre, Huntingdon on 20th September and this year will be an ‘afternoon tea’ event. No timings are available at present and there may be a limit on numbers attending.  Please let Chairman or Secretary know if you wish to attend.

EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th July Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park 10.30am. Following date will be 27th August.  *Next River Clean event will be Sunday 6th August, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Summer Fayre 5th August – we are to have the ‘straw’ game promoted by Annie.  Some small bags of wrapped sweets and some small ‘bubbles’ have been purchased as prizes with 3 larger prizes of £10 vouchers for the Empire Theatre.  Fayre is 10-4 and so far we have the following volunteers for manning: 10-11 Sue and Chris, 11-12 Billy and Karyn  12-1 Joyce and Linden 1-2 Margaret Eskins and ???  2-3  Joan and ??? and 3-4 Margaret C and ???.  If anyone can help in the vacant slots it will helpful, please let me  know as soon as you can.

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION:   Helen reported few entries this year and team had received many negative emails and Facebook messages.  Winners were announced as follows:  Under 15 allotments – joint winners Halstead Guides,Brownies and Rainbows and joint winners Holy Trinity School Gardening Club.  Front Garden – Chris Bruin at Courtaulds Close, Allotments – Patteson Family at Parsonage Street Allotments and Back Garden Tracey Rowe at Trinity Road.  All will receive a ‘blue plaque’ and a certificate.  The team made it known that they would not be organising the event in 2024.  Chairman thanked Helen, Margaret T, Karyn and Billy for all their hard work in organising and managing the Local Garden Competition in 2023 and said it was a worthwhile job, well done.

CALENDAR 2024: Choices had been made and a proof was shown, please can as many as possible proof read!  The ‘October’ picture wasn’t well received but hopefully can be adjusted to give a better vista.  Envelopes have been purchased and cost for 2024 calendar will be £4.50 including envelope.  It is hoped that copies may be ready for the Halstead Horticultural Show on 2nd September.

WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan asked that for Tuesday 1st August some more work can be done at the Road Runners’ Bed and that anyone not wishing to work here can be at Weavers’ Court and surrounding area to weed and tidy.  On Thursday 3rd August a working party is needed at the Dr’s Surgery plus deadheading in the surrounding area.  After that situations will be monitored and work allocated as required.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
   Sue told the meeting she is now on her 9th ‘hat’ for Chocolate Oranges (that we can sell nearer to Christmas).  Sue also has a large bag of wool if anyone would like some. Joyce is making hats and baby coats and was asked if she can make some gloves and mittens as these are popular.  Joyce also said that she had cut down many of the nettles along the pathway at Mount Hill as a disabled young person in a mobility scooter couldn’t safely pass.  Margaret T showed the schedule for the Horticultural Show on 2nd September and said that she will send this round to all and is hoping for HiB entries in the various classes.  Margaret also has some Quiz sheets available. At £1 each.  Wendy asked if there would be a Quiz evening as she had been approached by the Con Club to ask if booking should stand.  David said that he would have to stand down from hosting the quiz but would be happy to liaise with Con Club.  Annie has a contact who arranges quizzes for the U3A and she and David will liaise about a Quiz for 2023.  Fiona noted that the willow that had been hanging over pavement near to Mix and Match Carpets has now been cut back (this is Co-op land so probably their Estate team did this).  Fiona did note that brambles are hanging over the pavement along the fence to the Dr’s Surgery and these are quite dangerous.  Surgery has contractors for this work so Sec will contact and ask if some remedial work can be done. Joan has been asked if we will have an autumn plant sale and it was agreed that 7th October would be a good date for sale to go ahead.  Joan also noted that A R Clarke Builders, and notably Tony Wicks from that company had made a donation of £500 to HiB in recognition of our co-operation regarding the bed opposite Fire Station.  Julia noted that Halstead Flower Club has now disbanded but has given HiB their residual money – £150, two year’s sponsorship.

There being no other business meeting closed at    7.00pm.

Next meeting is Thursday 31st August 2023   6pm at Royal British Legion Club. All welcome.
Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk:   Facebook: halsteadinbloom;  Instagram @halsteadinbloom
Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via –co-op purchases.

Next meeting is Thursday 31st August 2023   6pm at Royal British Legion Club. All welcome.
Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk:   Facebook: halsteadinbloom;  Instagram @halsteadinbloom
Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via –co-op purchases.


Next meeting is Thursday 31st August 2023   6pm at Royal British Legion Club. All welcome.
Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk:   Facebook: halsteadinbloom;  Instagram @halsteadinbloom
Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via –co-op purchases.


Winners of the 2023 Local Garden Competition

The Halstead in Bloom volunteers and their guest judges would like to thank everyone who entered our Local Garden Competition. We were all very impressed with the hard work and dedication of all the gardeners involved and are grateful to you for inviting us into your homes, allotments and establishments. We are pleased to announce the following people as the winners of each category.

Front Garden Chris Bruin

Back Garden Tracey Rowe

Allotment Pat Patteson and family

Young persons under 15 ( Joint winners ) Holy Trinity School & Halstead Guides, Brownies and Rainbows.

Minutes 29th June 2023

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 29th June 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

Minutes of the meeting of 25th May 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *RBL Armed Forces Day Fete; Not a well attended event, shame the military band dropped out at the last minute.  Our stall took £12.80, mostly on sales of donated plants, and there was quite a bit of interest in the archive items on show.  We gave a donation of £20 to the British Legion to help with running costs.  *HTC/HiB working together.  Tim has been taking on several areas to water and is now at his maximum 10 hours allowed.  Jason continues to water in the Town Centre.   *Weed kill experiment; Grass at road sign Factory Lane has died but it’s difficult to remove as has grown through the membrane.  We have membrane in stock so could take up existing and lay down more with topping of bark chippings or similar. Margie advised that it may be a continuing project as similarly treated weeds at U.R.C. have come through again.  *Halstead Public Gardens.  Barry wrote to local Councillor and the reply received was read. It was said that the lack of colour in the Town Sign bed wasn’t inviting and could deter tourism.  Cllr Jackie Pell has said she will take complaints back to Braintree DC.  Team thought it a shame that insects are being deprived of nectar bearing plants when it is said that pollinators and flying insects are declining at an alarming rate. Carol noted that the sustainably planted beds at Churchill Avenue haven’t been well maintained and now look awful.  Barry was congratulated for highlighting the issue with Town Councillors.    *Team Working:  It was noted that recent team work at St. Andrew’s Church ground was excellent with team gelling and working well together.  It is hoped to continue this team working into the future.  *Visit to Holy Trinity School; report was given about the visit on 9th June when team members were shown the work that has been done, met some of the children and staff and were entertained to tea and cake!  The enthusiasm for improving the area was great to see, but some assistance was requested for watering during the summer holiday. *Grass at Weavers’ Court (outside Halstead Icing) was cut by Ian Ling who is prepared to keep it cut.  Grass behind the gates is still in an appalling condition; Chairman thought it is not safe for volunteers to work in the area.  It is thought that responsibility for the area is with the tenant or the landlord (we don’t know details of tenancy agreement).  *The Centre; large containers there are being maintained by shopkeepers.  Nettles and weeds have not been managed despite request to ECC via our local Councillor.  It was suggested that local MP should be contacted to see if he can make a difference.  It was noted that the area around Trinity Court is still in a poor condition with weeds growing at the base of the building and around the building.
ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard will be sent away to judges  shortly; another photo is required and will be provided by Margaret T/Helen.  ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ entries including Halstead Fire Station will be assessed shortly by AiB representatives.  Joan explained the removal of one of the shrub beds opposite the Fire Station. Fiona thought it a shame that one bed had been removed but agreed that it would now be much less work/watering, Tony Wicks (builder) did say that he would make a donation to HiB to compensate for this removal.
SPONSORSHIP:  Annie noted that some more sponsorship has been received including £300 from Ann and Dennis Hume, and £50 from Neil Hardy but thought that there would probably not be much more to come in this year.
EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th July Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park 10.30am.  *Next RiverClean event will be Sunday 2nd July, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Summer Fayre 5th August – we are to have the ‘straw’ game promoted by Annie.  We need to purchase some prizes – probably some small bags of sweets that were popular at the Fire Station event last year.  (arrangements for stall manning at next month’s meeting).

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION:   Helen reported that in all 12 entries had been received and a mixture over the 4 categories – not so many allotments this year but entrants have been invited to enter more than one category.  Judging will be over the weekend 1st/2nd July with guest judges Charles Soule and Sue Wilson.  There will be plaques for prizes.  Results will be made known to team as soon as possible and results will hopefully be posted in Halstead Gazette.
CALENDAR 2024: Choices for each month’s picture were on display and all were invited to choose their preference – Helen volunteered to take photos of each display and put on What’s App for anyone not present to view and make choices.  Quote has been obtained for printing: 500 copies would be £1325 (£2.65 each) and 600 would be £1500 (£2.50 each).  Envelopes would be £9.20 for 250 (4p. each). Having checked, we had 600 copies last year (at £1500) and we sold out.  Do we go for 600 again this year? It was agreed that this year we could increase the price to £4.50 each (this was if we went for the 500 copies) but include an envelope with this price.  I will go back to printer and say it will be a definite order but the quantity will be decided at next meeting
WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan advised that working parties will now mostly be deadheading and weeding but will be posted on WhatsApp.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    Julia noted that RHS had contacted HiB to say that they have been asked to make a ‘garden’ at Halstead Hospital.  Chairman of Friends of H.H. has also contacted to ask if HiB would like to be kept informed.  It was said that we would certainly like to have information but that at present we are not able to offer assistance.  Lin noted that members of the team have been asked about plants used in displays and Margaret T has suggested a board with details.  It was queried where this would be displayed to best advantage and thought that it would be better if team had information.  There is a list at Halstead TC and details are at the foot of these minutes.  Joyce noted that the hedge is still overhanging at Mount Hill.  Has been reported, but it was said that this is ECC responsibility, and the Ranger service has now been discontinued.  Fiona a) said that the lady who lost glasses that were found by HiB team member was most grateful and asked for the volunteer to be thanked – you know who you are! b) noted that there are brambles and buddleia hanging over the fence around the Resource Centre and this is making walking difficult and dangerous as children can get scratched (has been reported to our ECC Councillor) c) spoke about the abundance of weeds in the town and noted that some had died and not been subsequently removed making the area look very untidy (has been reported, this is joint BDC/ECC responsibility, hopefully there will be some action from BDC in the near future).  d) noted that there is overhanging hedge making the sight line when exiting Courtaulds Close very difficult and dangerous. (has been reported to Eastlight Homes, they will view and ask the tenant to take action). e) asked if Parsonage Street could be street swept (has been reported and will be swept where possible – can’t be done where vehicles are parked – in the near future). Carol asked if the ‘weed machine’ demonstrated last year is still in the area – we have been told that the machine has been retained but the Rangers who were trained to use the machine have been disbanded.  David (who was welcomed back after his stay in hospital/care) said that the flowers this year look great!  They give instant impact and he was so pleased to see them when he was able to get out and about again.
There being no other business meeting closed at    7.16pm.

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
               Minutes of a meeting 29th June 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.

Minutes of the meeting of 25th May 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES:  *RBL Armed Forces Day Fete; Not a well attended event, shame the military band dropped out at the last minute.  Our stall took £12.80, mostly on sales of donated plants, and there was quite a bit of interest in the archive items on show.  We gave a donation of £20 to the British Legion to help with running costs.  *HTC/HiB working together.  Tim has been taking on several areas to water and is now at his maximum 10 hours allowed.  Jason continues to water in the Town Centre.   *Weed kill experiment; Grass at road sign Factory Lane has died but it’s difficult to remove as has grown through the membrane.  We have membrane in stock so could take up existing and lay down more with topping of bark chippings or similar. Margie advised that it may be a continuing project as similarly treated weeds at U.R.C. have come through again.  *Halstead Public Gardens.  Barry wrote to local Councillor and the reply received was read. It was said that the lack of colour in the Town Sign bed wasn’t inviting and could deter tourism.  Cllr Jackie Pell has said she will take complaints back to Braintree DC.  Team thought it a shame that insects are being deprived of nectar bearing plants when it is said that pollinators and flying insects are declining at an alarming rate. Carol noted that the sustainably planted beds at Churchill Avenue haven’t been well maintained and now look awful.  Barry was congratulated for highlighting the issue with Town Councillors.    *Team Working:  It was noted that recent team work at St. Andrew’s Church ground was excellent with team gelling and working well together.  It is hoped to continue this team working into the future.  *Visit to Holy Trinity School; report was given about the visit on 9th June when team members were shown the work that has been done, met some of the children and staff and were entertained to tea and cake!  The enthusiasm for improving the area was great to see, but some assistance was requested for watering during the summer holiday. *Grass at Weavers’ Court (outside Halstead Icing) was cut by Ian Ling who is prepared to keep it cut.  Grass behind the gates is still in an appalling condition; Chairman thought it is not safe for volunteers to work in the area.  It is thought that responsibility for the area is with the tenant or the landlord (we don’t know details of tenancy agreement).  *The Centre; large containers there are being maintained by shopkeepers.  Nettles and weeds have not been managed despite request to ECC via our local Councillor.  It was suggested that local MP should be contacted to see if he can make a difference.  It was noted that the area around Trinity Court is still in a poor condition with weeds growing at the base of the building and around the building.
ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023:  The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard will be sent away to judges  shortly; another photo is required and will be provided by Margaret T/Helen.  ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ entries including Halstead Fire Station will be assessed shortly by AiB representatives.  Joan explained the removal of one of the shrub beds opposite the Fire Station. Fiona thought it a shame that one bed had been removed but agreed that it would now be much less work/watering, Tony Wicks (builder) did say that he would make a donation to HiB to compensate for this removal.
SPONSORSHIP:  Annie noted that some more sponsorship has been received including £300 from Ann and Dennis Hume, and £50 from Neil Hardy but thought that there would probably not be much more to come in this year.
EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Sunday 30th July Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park 10.30am.  *Next RiverClean event will be Sunday 2nd July, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Summer Fayre 5th August – we are to have the ‘straw’ game promoted by Annie.  We need to purchase some prizes – probably some small bags of sweets that were popular at the Fire Station event last year.  (arrangements for stall manning at next month’s meeting).

LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION:   Helen reported that in all 12 entries had been received and a mixture over the 4 categories – not so many allotments this year but entrants have been invited to enter more than one category.  Judging will be over the weekend 1st/2nd July with guest judges Charles Soule and Sue Wilson.  There will be plaques for prizes.  Results will be made known to team as soon as possible and results will hopefully be posted in Halstead Gazette.
CALENDAR 2024: Choices for each month’s picture were on display and all were invited to choose their preference – Helen volunteered to take photos of each display and put on What’s App for anyone not present to view and make choices.  Quote has been obtained for printing: 500 copies would be £1325 (£2.65 each) and 600 would be £1500 (£2.50 each).  Envelopes would be £9.20 for 250 (4p. each). Having checked, we had 600 copies last year (at £1500) and we sold out.  Do we go for 600 again this year? It was agreed that this year we could increase the price to £4.50 each (this was if we went for the 500 copies) but include an envelope with this price.  I will go back to printer and say it will be a definite order but the quantity will be decided at next meeting
WORKING  PARTIES:  Joan advised that working parties will now mostly be deadheading and weeding but will be posted on WhatsApp.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:    Julia noted that RHS had contacted HiB to say that they have been asked to make a ‘garden’ at Halstead Hospital.  Chairman of Friends of H.H. has also contacted to ask if HiB would like to be kept informed.  It was said that we would certainly like to have information but that at present we are not able to offer assistance.  Lin noted that members of the team have been asked about plants used in displays and Margaret T has suggested a board with details.  It was queried where this would be displayed to best advantage and thought that it would be better if team had information.  There is a list at Halstead TC and details are at the foot of these minutes.  Joyce noted that the hedge is still overhanging at Mount Hill.  Has been reported, but it was said that this is ECC responsibility, and the Ranger service has now been discontinued.  Fiona a) said that the lady who lost glasses that were found by HiB team member was most grateful and asked for the volunteer to be thanked – you know who you are! b) noted that there are brambles and buddleia hanging over the fence around the Resource Centre and this is making walking difficult and dangerous as children can get scratched (has been reported to our ECC Councillor) c) spoke about the abundance of weeds in the town and noted that some had died and not been subsequently removed making the area look very untidy (has been reported, this is joint BDC/ECC responsibility, hopefully there will be some action from BDC in the near future).  d) noted that there is overhanging hedge making the sight line when exiting Courtaulds Close very difficult and dangerous. (has been reported to Eastlight Homes, they will view and ask the tenant to take action). e) asked if Parsonage Street could be street swept (has been reported and will be swept where possible – can’t be done where vehicles are parked – in the near future). Carol asked if the ‘weed machine’ demonstrated last year is still in the area – we have been told that the machine has been retained but the Rangers who were trained to use the machine have been disbanded.  David (who was welcomed back after his stay in hospital/care) said that the flowers this year look great!  They give instant impact and he was so pleased to see them when he was able to get out and about again.
There being no other business meeting closed at    7.16pm.

Next meeting is Thursday 27th July   2023   6pm at Royal British Legion Club. All welcome.
Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
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Next meeting is Thursday 27th July   2023   6pm at Royal British Legion Club. All welcome.
Contacts:  Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787  269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070.  Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
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List of Town planting 2023

PLANTING  2023.

Town Bridge:   Heliotrope  (dark blue)
Euphorbia  (‘fluffy’ white)
Rose Geraniums
Rose Trailing Begonias
  Scaevola    (light blue)
Crossing: 
ROSE Geraniums
PINK Geraniums
Scaevola
ROSE Trailing begonias
Diasciam  (small pink flowers)
The Causeway:
Yellow Marigolds
Heliotrope
Sanvitalia (yellow ‘daisy’ flowers)
Petunia BLUE

Also used:

White trailing begonias

Lantana (lots of pink/yellow little flowers)

Impatiens (busy lizzies)

‘Big’ Pink begonias – big and pink!!

Verbena ‘Candy Cane’ ( stripey pink flowers)

Red and White Geraniums Hope this is helpful

Summer Planting

Some of the 9,500 plants for this years summer planting, which have been and are in the process of being sorted, ready to be delivered to their area for planting, starting tomorrow the 28th May.

Minutes 25th May 2023

                                                   

Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend.
Minutes of the meeting of 27th April 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES: *Halstead Marathon – HiB team helped with marshalling and were thanked by race director for their help. Seemed to be a successful event with 250 competitors taking part. *Plant stall – was a good day. £308.90 was taken at stall with another £14 in donations. Plants bought in cost £96 so an excellent ‘profit’ for funds. Most plants were sold, some sustainable plants were taken for around the town, and some plants will be taken to the Armed Forces Day event in HPG. *Stone containers that were by bus stop in Trinity Street have been removed and will be used at Halstead Cemetery. All new containers have been put out ready for planting. (Mount Hill cart will be returned next week). *Weed kill trial – the vinegar and baking powder recipe was used on corner Kings Road/Factory Lane and seems to have been effective but may need another treatment. Ian queried whether this was cost effective as systemic weed killer could be purchased at lesser cost. *Halstead TC working with HiB has been effective although not used to full effect as yet. Jason and Tim were a great help with re-organisation of the Library area. *Pond in H.P.G. – Ian reported that the fountain is now working so there is some clearance of water. It is understood that other measures are under consideration. *Rivercare conference – attended by Margaret T and Eileen; it is understood that it was not well attended, possibly as it was held on a Friday instead of Saturday as has been usual. It was also said that there weren’t as many ‘freebies’ as usual!!! *Team working – Chairman asked if we should get back to all team working on one area at any one time as was the case prior to pandemic. It was agreed that for sorting and planting team will come together but that various areas are best cared for by small team/one person. To be monitored.
ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023: The entry for St. Andrew’s Churchyard has been lodged (will need photos for virtual judging) and some Neighbourhoods have been entered – Sharon’s Garden (H.T. School grounds), Trinity Gardening Club, Trinity Serenity Garden (H.T.School grounds), Community Allotment (Guides’ allotment), Bowls Club and British Legion Club and The Causeway. Entry for neighbourhoods closes 30th June so any other areas can be put forward up until then.
SPONSORSHIP: Annie reported that so far £3050 has been received/pledged with a possible further £700 to come. All existing sponsors have stayed on board and a couple of new sponsors have been agreed. Annie was congratulated on her hard work – and as it was her birthday she was given a rousing (if not in tune!!) chorus of Happy Birthday!!! Well done Annie, on all counts.
EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – Martin will attend at Sainsbury’s Car Park on Sunday 28th but as that is planting day it wasn’t expected that there will be a litter pick. *Next RiverClean event will be Sunday 4th June, meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10am. *Armed Forces Day Event will take place on 24th June, anyone who can assist from 2pm to 6pm please let me know. We will have some archive items (scrap books, calendars, etc.) and also some plants and other items for sale. *Summer Fayre 5th August (arrangements at next month’s meeting).
LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION: Helen reported that posters advertising the Competition were now distributed and entry forms are at various places. Entry can also be made online. Winners of the Shop Window Display Competition were Lily Pearl Boutique and a ‘Blue Plaque’ was presented to that retailer. Halstead Gazette did print a report – eventually. Team were congratulated for their efforts.

WORKING PARTIES: Joan told the meeting that plants would be delivered to Gate House at 10am on Saturday 27th and the first van load would need to be offloaded by hand. Second load will be on trolleys. Anyone who can help from 10am on Saturday will be very welcome!! Margaret will bring some refreshments and asked if those attending could bring their own mug. Plants will need to be sorted when offloaded. Planting day is Sunday 28th. Those setting out please be at Bridge for 9am, those planting please come from 10.30am starting at Bridge. Annie, Mick, Chris and Pat volunteered to set out. It was said that the irrigation needs to be started soon as soil is very dry (Graham will sort). Tuesday 30th will be setting out in the morning with working party to be at 2pm for planting – Joan will advise which areas. Same routine for Thursday 1st June, Tuesday 6th June and Thursday 8th June. Then T.B.A.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: Joan proposed a vote of thanks to Neil for the work he has done at Bryan’s Garden – it now looks so much better, well done Neil. *A card from Holy Trinity School was read out thanking HiB for the donations of containers and plants and inviting team to come to the school on 9th June for a cup of tea and a look round the garden. I have some names but anyone else wishing to go please let me know as soon as possible as I have to give in names to school. *A donation of £75 has been received from Halstead Grammar School Old Girls Association in appreciation of the work of HiB volunteers. Letter of thanks has been sent. *Margaret E spoke about the problems of uncut grass at The Loom and also at Weavers Court. Both of these areas are privately owned. Dave volunteered to speak to Dr. Symington who is Chair of Friends of Halstead Hospital to try and get some regular mowing of the grass. It was agreed that the area in front of the Co-op cafe/Halstead Icing should be cut down by HiB. Don will speak to a contractor to try and arrange (we don’t have any insurance for using mechanical tools so volunteers would not be covered). This is private land and is the responsibility of land owner – Mr John de Bruyne as is the area between the Indian restaurant and the gates. *Chris had received a request from Daniel Halls to do some work as part of CSR (employer release for charity working). He has been welcomed and told that work takes place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. *Joyce spoke about the appalling state of the area at The Centre which is overgrown with nettles and disgrace. Dave will speak with Mick Radley to see if he can get some cutting done. *Joan has vine weevil killer and will be on the warpath next week at The Bridge, Fountain and Causeway, she asked if there are any other areas that need to be treated. Ian advised that there is infection at Weavers Court. *Annie spoke about the proliferation of weeds in High Street, in gutters and at base of buildings and asked if any weed killing has been done by Councils. Will be reported. It was also noted that there are many weeds around the United Reformed Church/Trinity Court area and at the Library – there is a Partnership meeting on Tuesday 30th so these areas will be noted. Sue said she is knitting ‘hats’ for chocolate oranges and will have some for sale when calendars are sold later in the year. She volunteered to pass on the patterns if anyone would like to join her – she plans to have 10 ready by Christmas!!
There being no other business meeting closed at 7.02pm.

Next meeting is Thursday 29th June 2023 6pm at Royal British Legion Club. All welcome.
Contacts: Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787 269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787 473070. Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk: Facebook: halsteadinbloom; Instagram @halsteadinbloom
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Local Garden Competition

At Halstead in Bloom we are launching our Annual Local Garden competition. If you are really proud of your garden or allotment and would like to show it off this is the competition for you.

We have 4 categories this year, Front garden, Back garden, Allotment and young person under the age of 15.

You can enter as many categories as you like.

Entry forms are available at the Town council offices, Librar and on the notice boards of Sainsburys and the Weavers court Co-op, or if you would rather email your details, please do so at hibgardencompetition@yahoo.com the closing date is the 23rd June 2023 and judging will take place over the weekend of 1st & 2nd of July.

Good luck and happy gardening.

Minutes from the 27th April

HALSTEAD IN BLOOM
Minutes of a meeting 27th April 2023 at 6.00p.m. at Royal British Legion Club
Chairman welcomed all present and accepted apologies from those who could not attend, including David
T who has been in Hospital but is now recovering at Cedars and hopes to be home very soon. He sends
his best wishes to all.
Minutes of the meeting of 30th March 2023 had been circulated and were adopted.
UPDATES: *Banner on Sudbury Road now seems to have been fixed and looks fine. *Talk to Halstead
WI went well and some of their members have spoken to team members and said they enjoyed the evening
and learned much about HiB. A donation of £50 was given to HiB and there was £22 in the donation tin
after the evening. *Neil, Bryan’s son, has bought paint and will re-paint the walls of Bryan’s garden when
weather conditions are favourable.
ANGLIA IN BLOOM 2023: *The Spring Launch event for Anglia in Bloom 2023 was held on 31st
March at Swiss Garden, Old Warden and 6 volunteers from HiB attended. Chairman reported that the
venue was superb and very suitable, but it was a shame that the deluge of rain curtailed a visit to the
Garden and also to the Shuttleworth collection of old airplanes and vehicles. Talks were interesting and not
too long. No entry will be made for Halstead town into the Anglia in Bloom campaign 2023 but Halstead
Town Council has agreed that St. Andrew’s Churchyard can be entered for Virtual Judging. Other Virtual
categories for 2023 are:- Care/Nursing Home; Cemeteries and Crematoria; Churchyards; Parks;
Pubs/Hotels; King’s Coronation Celebration; Wildlife Conservation. Any ideas for entry (cost £20 per entry)
will be appreciated. Because Braintree Council has said that no bedding will be used in Halstead (nor
Braintree and Witham) there won’t be entries for the Award Winning Halstead Public Gardens and other
areas managed by BDC. HiB members were upset by the prospect of lack of bedding, and therefore
colour, in the Public Gardens. There is the Its Your Neighbourhood campaign that is free to enter and this
can be two or more houses, a club or association, a group involved with a gardening/wildlife project, a
school growing food for community use, an allotment association, etc. So far we have had entries from
Sharon’s Garden (H.T. School grounds), Community Allotment (Halstead Guides), Halstead Bowls club,
Royal British Legion Club and Causeway, Holy Trinity School PTA. Some leaflets and entry forms were
available at the meeting and can be passed on. All entries get a certificate from RHS showing their
achievements. Again, ideas for entry from Halstead would be appreciated.
SPONSORSHIP: Annie has been busy and contacted all existing sponsors and some possible
new supporters. So far pledges have been made as follows: RE Group Accountants £150; Forge
Vets £125; Premaberg £125, Alumasc Wade £500, Crownlea £750, Secure IT Services £50, JMC
Mortgages £50, Oswick Estate Agents £50, Halstead WI £50, Halstead Flower Club£75, Halstead
Antiques Centre £50 (new sponsor this year), Dr. Hessayon £200 plus £300 donation, Annie and
Mike Rees £50. Well done Annie, great work for Halstead in Bloom.
EVENTS: Next Community Litter Pick – 30th April. Meet at Sainsbury’s Car Park at 10.30 am. All
welcome. *Next River Clean is 7th May (to be confirmed). Meet 10am at Sainsbury’s Car Park. *.
*Halstead Summer Fayre is planned for 5th August and it was agreed that HiB will take a stall.
*Halstead Marathon will take place on Sunday 14th May, We have marshalls as follows: Joan,
Helen, Barry, Julia, Graham, Fiona, Dave, Margaret E, Ian, Dave and Lin Gronland. We really
need to have someone with Joan, please and if anyone else would like to join in that would be
great. We usually have to be at station from about 11.30/11.45 and leave when the last runners
come home, or earlier if convenient. PLEASE let me know as soon as possible if you can help – I
will ascertain official timings and instructions and advise those helping. *Armed Forces Day Fete
will take place in Halstead Public Gardens on 24th June. It was agreed that HiB will have a stall
with archive items and some sunflowers for sale and some to plant. Details at next meeting. *HiB
plant sale will be on 19th May and if necessary on 20th May. Stall manning as follows: 19th May 9-
10 Joan and Sue; 10-11 Jenny B and Jean B; 11-12 Alan and Joyce; 12-1 Margaret C and Wendy.
20th May; 9-10 Joan and Sue; 10-11 Karyn and Billy. 11-12 Don and **** 12-1 Joyce and Ian. Can
anyone be with Don 11-12 on Saturday, please? (all will be advised if the Saturday sale isn’t
needed.) *Annie and Mike have spoken with David who won’t be able to arrange a Quiz for us this
year but they have found someone else who may be able to host one for us, probably in October.
LOCAL GARDEN COMPETITION: Helen reported that posters advertising the Competition were
now distributed and entry forms are at Solar, Library and Sainsburys. Entry can also be made
online. At present team are concentrating on the Shop Window Display Competition and so far
10 have entered. Nicky has suggested a Facebook vote and there will be photos of all entries at
Holy Trinity Church together with voting forms – it is hoped that after the celebrations in Halstead
Public Gardens on Coronation Day people will go to the Church to see the photos and lodge
votes. Winner will receive a ‘Blue Plaque’ for display. There will be more publicity for the Local
Garden Competition after the Coronation events. Team were congratulated for their efforts.
WORKING PARTIES: Joan wasn’t at the meeting, but had left a list! Tuesday 2nd May – Dead
Heading; Tuesday 9th May Dead Heading and Weeding; Thursday 12th May Take out plants at
Library area and Butler Road; Tuesday 16th May Take out plants at Bridge, Causeway and Royal
British Legion; Thursday 18th May Take out plants at Crossing and area outside W.H.Smith;
Tuesday 23rd May Take out plants former Post Office and up to The Fountain; Thursday 25th May
– REST DAY!! Saturday 27th May Sorting plants from 10am; Sunday 28th Setting out plants from
9am, planting from 10.30am. We shall, as usual, be offering the removed winter bedding for free if
you know of any ‘good homes’. Plants were offered to BDC but it isn’t possible for them to take
any bedding.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: Margaret E noted that containers have been ordered from Amberol;
a double-barrel container for outside Day Centre, 2 double-barrel containers for Library plus 2
small barrels and some half barrels, barrels for under the Town Sign and 7 half barrels for around
the Bandstand in HPG. All will be set out ready for summer bedding. Margaret noted that there is
vine weevil in several containers on the Bridge and at Causeway. Weed Kill recipes have been
sought all these are only for paved areas, don’t use on the garden: Boiling water – not easy if area
is in public areas. Vinegar – 1 cup of baking soda to gallon of vinegar plus washing up liquid
Salt and Vinegar – 1 gallon vinegar, 1 cup salt plus little washing up liquid should be fine. Treat on
a sunny day for best results. Helen asked if HiB would be celebrating the Coronation in any way,
but this was raised at previous meetings with no enthusiasm – there will be events in Halstead
Public Gardens. Joyce spoke about the poor condition of some shops in the Town, but was told
that we have no influence on business owners. Margie C noted that the troughs under the canopy
of Billson’s are very dry (irrigation isn’t on at the moment). Margie also spoke about the 4 stone
troughs at Bus Stop, Trinity Street and said that they don’t do well. Joan to be consulted. Jean
noted that the drain at bottom of Pretoria Road has been cleared. Ian spoke about the pond in
HPG that is now very ‘green’ and asked if anything can be done. Margaret E suggested addition
of barley straw. Julia noted an article in the national Practical Classic magazine when the Editor
has travelled through the ‘very gorgeous village of Halstead’. He has been informed of the Town’s
status!!. Chairman voiced concerns about the lack of team working in HiB, where various groups
are ‘doing their own thing’ but the team is a coherent entity now. She asked for this matter to be
placed on the Agenda for next meeting. She also asked for reports on how the assistance from
HTC is working practically.
There being no other business meeting closed at 6.58pm.
next meeting is Thursday 25
th May 2023 6pm at Royal British Legion Club. All welcome.
Contacts: Margaret Eskins, Chairman: 01787 269443; Joan Gibson, plants/working parties: 01787

  1. Julia Smith, Secretary 07762587141 email;: jaygrey@btinernet.com
    www.halsteadinbloom.org.uk: Facebook: halsteadinbloom; Instagram @halsteadinbloom
    Join membership of National Co-op (Colchester Road) and note HiB as your preferred charity to donate via
    Co-op purchases
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