Favourite Recipe Page: We have set up a page for members’ favourite recipes, relating to home-grown vegetables and fruit. If you would like to share yours, please email them to the webmaster.
Self-employed Members’ Advertisements: We are starting up a page where OBAGS members can advertise their services. If you run a business offering services in which members may be interested, you are invited to take out an advertisement on this site for £2 per year or part thereof. Payment may be made with your 2012 membership. Apply now to the webmaster.
We are continuing with our membership of the Royal Horticultural Society in 2014. This has benefits for OBAGS and its members which are detailed here.
As you may know we were given a Council grant to install a toilet adjacent to the Trading Huts for the use of OBAGS members. This work has been completed, except that to minimise the ingress of mud, some paving slabs will be laid in front of the entrance. Since the facility is susceptible to frost damage, it will be drained down and closed each year during the worst of the winter weather. Indeed, the groundsman often shuts off the water supply to the entire allotment site when conditions are bad. Consequently, the inaugural opening of the toilet will be delayed until the danger of damaging frost has passed.
Posted 15 December, 2013
The following dates were agreed for the coming season:
Shed Tidy - 12/13 April, 2014 (Shed Inspection 23 March - Committee)
Plant Sale - 11 May, 2014
Committee Meeting 1 June, 2014
Social Sunday at the Trading Huts - 13 July, 2014
Final Date for Return of Seed Order - 05 October, 2014
Harvest home dinner - 07 November, 2014 (for OBAGS Volunteers)
Annual General Meeting - 30 November, 2014
Please note that the waste bin and immediate area adjacent to the Trading Huts is for waste generated during the course of trading only. It is not for waste produced by allotment holders, who should make their own arrangements for safe and appropriate disposal.
Hampshire Potato Days
This year’s Potato Days will be held on 25 & 26 January, 2014, between 10.00am - 3.00pm at Testbourne Community Centre, Micheldever Road, Whtchurch, RG28 7JF.
BBC2’s Big Allotment Challenge
BBC2 are looking for amateur kitchen gardeners to take part in a competition to turn a plot of land into a ‘plot of beauty’. See ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’. Apply firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 907 3401. Closing Date: 13 March, 2014.
Bee-keeping at Riley Lane
It was agreed at the last Parish Council Meeting that a separate area at the rear of the allotments should be set aside for bee-keeping. Initially the total number of hives on the plot will be restricted to 15 with a maximum number of 3 hives per bee-keeper. A charge of £5.00 per hive has been set to cover the cost of maintaining the area and bee-keepers will be required to sign an agreement to adhere to the Terms & Conditions laid down by the Parish Council.
It was also agreed that allotment holders should be offered the first opportunity to use this area for bee-keeping, after which, if space is still available, it will be open to any parishioners who have the relevant qualifications to keep bees. How to Apply.
King’s Seed Catalogues 2015
The 2015 edition of the Kings Seed Catalogue is now available for collection. Could you please collect your copy from the Trading Hut on Sunday the 17th August 2014, between 10.30 am and noon.
This earlier date for the distribution of the Seed Catalogue will enable members to have a longer browse before submitting their order. Dates for order submission are attached to your copy.
Social Sunday: Picnic
On Sunday 13th July at 1:00 pm, OBAGS are holding a ‘Social Sunday’ Picnic at the Allotment site off Riley Lane. This is just a get together for OBAGS members and friends for a lazy afternoon in the sun (we hope).
There will be tables set up in front of the sheds for this event.
Please bring your own chairs, food, drink and plates etc. There will be a central table set up if you wish to share your food or bring a spare dish for all to try.
We hope to see you there!
Minutes of AGM, 24 November 2013
The draft minutes for the Annual General Meeting held on 24 November, 2013 are available for inspection here.