Summer café

Rosendale café is open for the 2018 season. Every Sunday until 2 September, starting at 1pm, head for the Community Building for delicious, reasonably priced food served by friendly volunteers. A main course and pudding costs on average less than £5.

Run for the benefit of RAA members and their friends, the café is not open to the general public. It provides a welcome service to plot holders each Sunday, it helps build the allotment community and raises extra revenue for the RAA. Emphasis is on providing a welcoming place for plot holders to come and enjoy a reasonably priced meal.

Volunteers needed. Please get in touch with Lance Hodgson if you would like to help, from baking a cake, washing up, to running the café for the day. All offers of help are gratefully received. Please don’t feel intimidated at the thought of running the café. Keep food simple and don’t feel you have to offer a huge choice (although if you want to please do!). Why not help someone else the first time? Let us know if you’d like to do this and we can try and pair you up with other volunteers.

Privacy and security


General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR) is legislation which came into force on 25 May 2018. As an organisation, Rosendale Allotments Association (‘RAA’ or the ‘Association’) hold personal information about our members, customers, and visitors. We use this information, such as contact details, for three main reasons:

– To carry out our duties to you, as a member, customer, or visitor of our organisation;
– to let you know about things which might interest you; and
– to monitor the use of our services, in order to ensure we are delivering good quality.

Under the new law, we are allowed to continue holding and using members’ and customers’ data for the first reason. This is because, as an organisation, we have a ‘contract’ with you.

We are also allowed to continue holding and using members’, customers’, and visitors’ data for the second and third reasons, as we have a ‘legitimate interest’ to do so. However, we must allow you to ‘opt out’ of this use of your data, if you prefer.

The Association takes the privacy and security of its members’, customers’, and visitors’ data seriously, and we will endeavour to meet our legal obligations under the GDPR in order to ensure your individual rights. If you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email, or complete the form you’ll find if you click here, or on the ‘Contact us’ tab, above in the menu.

Chinese proverb

From BBC iPlayer: ‘The Chinese are famous for their proverbs, or yànyŭ: words of wisdom gathered from literature or uttered by famous philosophers over the centuries. And, although ancient in some cases, many of these proverbs still provide valuable guidance in the modern age.’

‘The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.’

Meaning: ‘Don’t put things off. If you want success and growth in the future, the best time to act is now. And read in a literal sense, this proverb has added poignancy. We need to act today to protect our planet from the effects of pollution, before it’s too late.’

AGM 2018

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Rosendale Allotments Association (RAA) is being held at 6.45pm on Tuesday 24 April 2018 at the Rosendale Community Hall, Peabody Cottages, SE24 9DR. The agenda will be published in the forthcoming weeks.

The RAA relies on members to be actively involved in the management of the allotments. All members, new or established, are very welcome to join the committee.

Nominations for committee membership and any resolutions should be received by the Secretary on, or before 10am on Tuesday 3 April, either sent by email or handed in at the Stores. Committee nomination forms for 2018 are available in the Stores.

Stock up at our Stores

Rosendale Allotments’ Stores open each weekend and they are fully stocked with everything you may need for your plot. Located on the forecourt of the Rosendale Road main entrance the Stores open between 10.30am and 12.30pm Saturdays and Sundays in the growth and harvesting periods each year, open for Sundays only during the month of August.

Our Stores are run by RAA members for RAA members with any profits helping to fund Association activities and keep rents down. If you would like to volunteer some of your time to help in the Stores, please call in during opening hours or send an email to the Stores organisers.

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RAA website


The public face for the Rosendale Allotments Association is our website. We welcome any feedback you may have. The site and in particular this news section is kept up-to-date by the website team led by Lance Hodgson. So if you have news or pictures you wish to share, please pass them on – fruit and vegetable ‘selfies’ anyone?

Stuart Russell has designed our website based on a ‘responsive’ WordPress template created by the developers CyberChimps. Each layout adapts to view well on PCs and laptops of different screen sizes, iPads, tablets, phablets and phones. People use an array of devices to view the web these days, we hope the new site works well on yours. If you see any problems or busted links please let us know. Be sure to include details of your PC/tablet/phone type, the browser you use and attach a ‘screen grab’ if you can.

And please, if you need a website designed for your business or organisation contact Stuart!