Issue 5 BENSHAM MANOR ALLOTMENT SOCIETY
Lion Road and Bert Road News letter FIRE– Keep safe when using your incinerator. DO NOT USE PETROL. There has been another accident, this time on the
Bert Road site, where the use of petrol on what appeared to be a dead fire
resulted in serious burns to a plotholders’ hands. ----------------------------
CARPETS – The
National Federation of Allotments are urging us all to stop using
carpets on our allotments or paths. Modern carpets contain many chemicals which
wash out into the soil and get into the fruit and vegetables we then eat –
which is not good!!! -----------------------
All allotment sites in Croydon were judged by
Croydon Federation in July.They looked at the overall appearance of the
site which includes pathways and individual allotments.
We came 7th and 8th out of
the 10 other Croydon sites. If you would like to join in the Croydon
Federation judging next year, let us know. Winners of best plots for Lion Road and Bert Road
This is our own competition which is judged by an
outside impartial expert. The winners this year are:Lion Road –
Full plot - plots80/82 Half
plot - plot
Bert Road -
Full plot – plot 14 - Half plot – plot
Overall Best newcomer for both sites
plot 135 --------------------
JAMS AND CHUTNEYS AND NOT FORGETTING CAKES – 7th September And do you have any spare veg/plants?
We are having a party on the plot event on the 7
September and would greatly appreciate any donations which we can sell to raise
money for our funds. And come as well – bring your friends and families. ---------------------- WELCOME to new plotholders -
We are very happy to welcome a number of new
plotholders on both sites. --------------------
ECO TOILET BLOCK ON LION ROAD SITE
The official opening will be on 7 Sept at the party
on the plot. However,both toilets are open for business now.
There is a urinal for the men. The disabled toilet
is for men and women but for it to work, there is no other way to say this, you
need to sit on the seat!!!! (this opens the toilet). Please help to keep
both toilets clean and tidy.
FAQHow did we pay for the toilet block?
With a £5,000 grant from Croydon Council after a
successful bid by the committee AND amazing hardwork from a small band
of allotment holders who built it.
Do you have any special skills, that we could call
on from time to time– carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing etc.
Why are there two sites?
Originally there was a much bigger site at Lion
Road, but part of it was taken over for Ecclesbourne School and in
exchange the Council gave the Bert Road Site. We are one Society.
What is a weedy letter? If we think a site is being neglected, then we have a procedure for
sending out “weedy” letters our aim is to raise the standard of the sites
overall. If despite our best endeavours there is no improvement then a
tenancy can be withdrawn. What is the Working Party? The working party is made up of volunteer plot holders and meets on
the first Sunday of every month. We meet at the shop on Lion Road at 9am
when jobs are allocated according to volunteer’s preference – can be anything
from sweeping up cuttings, to painting etc. Any help is
appreciated. Work may be on the Lion Road or the Bert Road site according
to need. Alan and Teresa organise the working party. We finish at 12 when free
lunch is provided. --------------------
What does the plotholder’s annual charge for maintenance cover? It does not cover labour. It covers materials – though we
still need to supplement the amount raised by the annual charge with
How is cost of labour covered? Labour is supplied by a small group of volunteers – mainly the working
party with other individuals giving their time freely and willingly to
maintain the sites.
(There are times when we do need to call in, and
pay for a professional.)
Who are the committee?A list is shown in the shop and the locker huts. Committee
members are allotment holders who have volunteered to support the work of the
Society in maintaining a viable site. Members of the committee
(management committee) meet once a month and we make decisions in the interest
of the Society as a whole. If you feel strongly about the future of
the site please come to the AGM and perhaps consider joining the committee .When is the AGM? The Annual
General Meeting is usually first Sat in March and this is where any
changes as to how the site is run are discussed. Everyone is invited to
attend. DO YOU HAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS - AS WE WOULD
LIKE TO SEND THIS TO YOU BY EMAIL.
Dates for your diary 7 September – Party on the Plot 4/5 October – Rent weekend5 October – Every 1st Sunday of the month - Working Party Early March 2015 - AGM --------------------
there is anything you would like
included in the News Letter, let us know –
Any gardening tips, recipes for chutney etc!!!!.