CHEESE AND WINE : VENUE CHANGE!

 

Cheslyn Hay Scout Group have let us know we can no longer use their scout hut on November 22nd.

Because of this we will now be holding the Cheese and Wine event at Cheslyn Hay Village Hall (in Pinfold Lane).

Everything else will be as advertised (quiz, wine, cheese, chat, tea, coffee … oh and £1 admission … in advance or on the door.)

Hope to see you there.

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Cheese and Wine Get Together.

Cheese and Wine Evening.

Saturday, November 22nd

Doors open: 7 p.m.

Cheslyn Hay Scouts Hut,

Rosemary Road,

Cheslyn Hay

Open to all: Tickets in advance or on the door £1

Price includes: cheese, wine (bring home made or shop bought bottles to the open table), tea, coffee, and “nibbles”.

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So …it’s been a good year for fruit and berries

… and we have a lot of wine makers on the plot.

Here’s your chance to get a taste of some of those wines,

Have a chat (you pick the subject)

And join a team for a quiz (varied subjects) which will generate discussion and opinion.

(This is the format that worked well and proved popular last year (when a lot of you asked for another one)).

All welcome – if you’ve never been to an allotment “shindig” before, why not come along and see what goes on when we’re not on the plots?

Scarecrow Parade

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The photos above show some of the scarecrows that seem to have started to take up residence on the plots this week.

Wonderful variety of styles from the sweet to the, frankly weird … but a great effort from all the scarecrow creators out there.

They will all be “standing by their (vegetable ) beds tomorrow as part of our Annual Open Day (opens at 12 noon) and visitors will have  a chance to marvel at them – and vote for their favourite one.

There will also be a range of other stalls and activities.

See you there perhaps?

(If you need the address: Pinfold Lane, Cheslyn Hay, WS6 7HP)

“Turned Out Nice Again…”: Barbecue, 5th July.

The “events committee” plan ahead, producing a provisional calendar of events that is passed on to all members during the fee-paying sessions which kick-start the plot year.

An event for July is so easy to decide on in November (when the plan starts to take shape); there are always requests for “a bit of a barbecue” and the weather in July (when you’re in the darkening, frost-threatening month of November) is always going to be glorious. Isn’t it?

Fast-forward to the reality of Saturday-gone. Weather reports threatening a continuation of the heavy Friday downpours (welcome because it meant no need to water the plots perhaps) and cooler temperatures too.

But we’re a hardy lot. We’ve got the gazebo (and the right people can put this thing up in no time) so it went ahead.

And once the decision had been happily made the sun came out, temperatures soared and clouds that had looked like gangsters became friendly instead.

Good decision team!

Thanks to the plot holders who contributed the flowers and the energy of the organisers in getting the charcoal, tea bags, burgers, sausages, bread rolls and sauces (no expense spared at these shindigs folks!) and cheerfully chef-ed and served them up.

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“Best burgers ever!” was one of the comments – all compliments gratefully received of course.

But more than just a chance to let someone else do the cooking this was, again, about people getting together. Sorting out the details of the trip to Tatton Park Flower Show, tasting home-made wines, sharing tips (about gardening or visiting New York) and – of course – for a little gentle banter.

It also gave people the chance to take a look at the raised beds behind the community area. A long time in the planning and construction these five beds are now being gardened by a couple of community groups: M.I.N.D. and Rockspur House. And are turning out very nicely with a range of crops on the go. A new and forward-looking part of the site that is something for all of our members to be proud of … if you haven’t seen these yet, take a moment and have a look. Certainly the people who wandered around the beds on Saturday (with a burger and a brought-from-home beer) were impressed.

Having the community area at the sheltered bottom-of-the-slope end of the site meant we could sit as the sun went down, enjoying a chat and the site in full-burst bloom: a time when we are starting to get the harvesting done … and wonder how to deal with the surpluses.

Anybody need gooseberries for a crumble, for wine, know anybody who wants some or has got a gooseberry shaped space in a freezer?

Be a shame to throw ‘em away …

(Thanks to everybody that supported the barbecue.)

(Thanks to photographer Mike Jones.)

Cheslyn Hay Open Gardens Day

Sunday dawned as Saturday had finished. Warm and cheerful.

Up to the Pinfold lane entrance to set up for the Cheslyn Hay Open Gardens Day. This is a one-day local event which raises money for the charity decided on by the organisers. Our allotments was part of the set-up for the first time last year; a pioneering venture on both parts. Unfortunately the weather was poor and the directions to the allotments given in the programme were misleading.

This year … quite the opposite!

We joined the impressive list: 

Dorset House, 68 Station Street – Plants will be on sale

76 Station Street – a beautiful garden with a modern flair that shows the owners personality

79 Station Street – come and enjoy home-made cake and tea and soak up the lovely Victorian Cottage Garden

119 Station Street – a stunning garden which goes on and one and on…

16 Rosemary Road – a chance to see ducks as well as some unusual plants

Cheslyn Hay Community Allotments, Pinfold Lane – come and take a peek at Cheslyn Hay’s best kept secret.

This year it had been decided by the powers-that-be that money would go to Katherine House Hospice in nearby Stafford.

 

The allotments shop was open, as usual, the gates flung wide and a steady stream of visitors, some with programmes bought at other gardens, some starting their tour with us (programmes allow entry to all properties on the day).

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Visitors were, by turn, intrigued, amazed, encouraging and appreciative; and commented on the friendly atmosphere and community spirit on the site.

We added names to the waiting list and a few cottage gardeners. And gave guided tours. Among the main attractions on this walk was the beehive … and, in fact when I was doing the walk I was actually standing right by the thing but could neither hear it nor see it: a credit to the beekeepers – and the bees of course.

At one point a swarm of bees passed overhead and we were all concerned that the swarm had come from the hive and unable to remember the ‘phone number!

A couple of our plotholders, who had never been to the other gardens before did the tour this year, encouraged they said by the fact that the allotments were taking part.

One of our last visitors was a lady from the hospice who came to thank us for our efforts on their behalf. This was a really unexpected and lovely touch. Some larger charities could learn a lot from such a simple gesture!

At the end of the long day, the barrow was taken apart: it has been widely complimented and well-christened.

I expect it will be out again for the barbecue on 2nd July.

Until then, there are weeds to pull and crops to pick: never seen so many broad beans and strawberries!

Never a dull moment when you’ve got an allotment.

Thanks to the behind-the scenes organisers of the day, to everybody who came to support the allotments, to our members for their support and best wishes to everyone involved with Katherine House Hospice.

Image: allotment photos (editor)

bees: yaymicro.com

Gardens and History Walk: Sunday, 11th May

 


SUNDAY,  11TH MAY, BEGINNING FROM THE PINFOLD LANE GATES AT 10.30.
WE PLAN TO COMPLETE THE GUIDED WALK* BETWEEN 12.30 AND 1 P.M.


WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF SUNDAY LUNCH (or a drink) AT A LOCAL HOSTELRY.


If you have ever wondered about the history

of our own allotment site,

of Cheslyn Hay,

of the characters that lived in and around the area,

local industry,

the effects of the World Wars on village life ….


… or where all the other allotments actually were and what happened to them …

Come and join us on a local walk:

 

 

 

 

bring your questions,
bring your answers,
bring your own local knowledge.


(We will be passing local gardens too, so keep an eye out for good ideas.)


All welcome.

*assisted by our good friends Cheslyn Hay Local History Society.

High Standards, Well Done to All.

DSC00021 If you are a member of any allotment association you will know- and may well live in some fear of – the “plot inspectors”! However, you will also -and probably equally so – be aware of the “Poorly tended plot next-door”. The task of the plot inspectors is not always a happy or smooth one: to be sure. It is an essential job however, ensuring that plots are cultivated and in good state, making note of where (this is certainly the case at Cheslyn Hay) a plotholder might need help, checking security (broken into sheds for example) and making sure that access is good to all plots and health and safety of plotholders is, as far as is possible, not endangered. So … … the excellent news from our site team is that standards are very high at the moment. With a spell of warm weather promised it seems that most of us are well up-to-speed with keeping the ground in order.   There are a few paths that are causing concern, however. Be aware that the path on the right hand side of your plot -as you look out from the central roadway – is your responsibilty. That -and … keep up the good work!

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“Spring is Sprung …”

Well at least according to Spike Milligan:

Spring is sprung.
The grass is riz.
I wonder where the birdies is?
The bird is on the wing.
Now isn’t that absurd?
I always thought the wing was on the bird!