The annual barbeque will be on Sunday 15 September from 1pm onwards. Always a great RAA event, this is an opportunity to come along to talk, share, feast and fest with other RAA members. Some food (mostly for the barbecue) and drinks will be provided but please bring a dish to share and a bit more to drink if you want to make sure there’s enough for a good party!
It’s maybe not widely known, but we hire the site out for location shoots, which supplement the Association’s income. A recent one was for a music video, Carry your light, by Nick Wilson, and here’s the finished article.
On 3 August in the Community Building we had a very productive open meeting for RAA members interested in managing their plots and the site more sustainably. The main discussion focused on encouraging beneficial wildlife and how to grow healthy plants using organic methods of pest control. Anyone interested is welcome to come and join the discussion, we’ll announce future meetings and activities soon.
RAA Sustainability Group invites all members and plot holders to the Community Building on Saturday, 3 August, 12 noon to 2pm. We want to pull together the best advice from plot holders to help us all grow crops more sustainably. Our aims include; increasing bio-diversity, tackling pollution by reducing the use of non-recyclables and chemicals, improving the soil and promoting composting across the site.
Come and meet us for coffee and cake at our first session about pest control as we would love to hear from you. Please come and share your experiences of what works for you – and what doesn’t! As Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop UK, said:
‘If you think that you’re too small to have an impact, try sleeping with a mosquito!’
The RAA Summer café IS BACK, prepared by and served for RAA members only. Thanks to some wonderful volunteers prepared to demonstrate their gastronomic skills the RAA café will be open, in the Community Building, on the following Sundays: 7, 14, 21, 28 July, closed August, then on 1 September one final time.
The café will run from 12.30 or 1pm to 4pm, but times will be confirmed prior to each date. In past years the café has proved to be a great opportunity to meet and chat to fellow plot holders AND eat a delicious lunch. With your support, we can do it all again this year!
Some of you may have noticed the RAA website was hacked, our pages diverted to an outside site selling pharmaceutical cure-alls.
We believe it is all fixed now but please contact the RAA website team if you find you are diverted away from the page or post you point and click on. We’d also be interested if anyone at the allotments has experience of securing websites against such hacks and could make themselves known to us so we can contact them in the event it may happen again (we hope that this is unlikely).
And if you suffer from ‘headaches, neuralgia, earache, toothaches, backaches, swellings, sprains, sore chest, swelling of the throats, contracted chords and muscles, anxieties, ravaged nerves, stiff joints, wrenches, dislocations, cuts and bruises’ can we recommend you first try a local chemist?
Here are a few essential tasks for maintaining your plot this winter.
Clean and oil garden tools ready for the coming spring; cover winter brassicas with netting to protect them from birds; prune your rose and berry bushes; plant out raspberry canes for the forthcoming summer; and bring a hot flask of tea to your plot and soak up the winter quiet.