Way back when, several members of the committee went over to Springvale to accept a grant of £1800 granted by the Midlands Counties Co-op after a successful application for money to help with building a toilet n site. (This is reported on here https://challotments.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/part-of-a-caring-community-co-op-presentation/)
As a result of this we were invited to the Co-op A.G.M . at the Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa.
We took a display board, showing the plans for the raised beds/community area along with collected comments from plot holders and visitors, tools and produce. The stall also promoted allotments and was popular with the large number of Co-op members and other stallholders attending the meeting.
Among others we met representatives from Wolverhampton Rhinos Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby teams, Quartz Brewing ( Kings Bromley), Just Crisps (from Hill Ridware), Revolver World Fairtrade Coffee, Cheltenham Town F.C. Community Trust and we bought cakes, beer, cereals and cider from some of the suppliers there after extensive tasting (rhubarb and apple juice and Honeycomb ice cream from Ledbury: delicious).
The stalls were set up in a marquee behind the impressive hotel and we were provided with a cold buffet lunch and we were all made very welcome.
Our thanks to the organisers for the invitation and the hospitality on the day.