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Agenda and Minutes of the Committee Meetings held in 2012 are now available on the website in the right hand side panel to download and view.

Minutes 17 June 2012

Agenda 17 June 2012

AGM Minutes 4 April 2012

AGM Agenda 4 April 2012

Minutes 16 March 2012

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The GPAA Team!

The GPAA Team!

A Big Thanks to the following, who gave up their time on 1 December 2012 :-

  • Suzanne (Chairperson)
  • Stephen (Treasurer)
  • Anna
  • Carl
  • Kate
  • Chris
  • Stephen
  • Elaine

I think I can say, a good time was had by all!

We started completing the assembly of the frame at approx 9.00am, and then started to dig the trenches, (helped by Mr Mantis!) and dig the holes for the polytunnel legs, once the polytunnel frame was moved into position, anti hot spot tape was applied to the metal hoops to protect the polythenne cover, the polythenne cover was unwrapped, and pulled over the frame, and then buried in the trenches. We still need to complete the doors at either end, but the majority of work has been completed.

It was completed by approximately 13:00.

Here is a gallery of photos, I took….

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Due to the bad weather and high winds forecast for Saturday 9th June 2012, the wind speed will prevent us covering the polytunnel frame. Postponed until a later date.

On behalf of Gravel Pit Allotments Association (GPAA)  Committee

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Help Required at Allotments - Volunteers Required for the following activities:-

Work next weekend – Saturday 9th June 2012 starting 9.00 a.m. onwards

1. Simple traffic management whilst 40 tonnes of hardcore is moved from corner to allotments - high viz jackets provided.

2. Erect Polytunnel frame and cover with sheeting- please bring spades, allen keys and step ladders

3. Weeding of dock leaves from unattended plots before they self seed

4. Erection of a post for the water tap

5. Grass cuttingof paths (mower provided)

On behalf of Gravel Pit Allotments Association (GPAA)  Committee

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The new NatSol Compost Toilet was installed and completed today.

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Crossover installed.

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more showers arrived today….

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The majority of the plots have now been taken and the allotments are slowly transforming, as holders start to cultivate their plots and plant fruit and vegetables. If you are interested in a plot, please contact us, we still have a few available.

But we’ve had another heavy April shower today, so I think it might be a few days, before any more planting occurs. I’m holding off waiting for my plot to dry out, so I can get my earlies potatoes planted, which may turn into a main crop, if the showers continue.

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Promised snow today, but the allotments, just oustide the “snow zone” which fell on the Wolds in the background, although no snow, we’ve had heavy rain showers all day.

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I am very pleased to be able to invite you to come and get your allotment!

Members of the committee will be at the allotments on Saturday 31st March between 10.00 am and 12.00 pm and on Sunday 1st April between 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm to welcome you and to show you your plot.  Please print out the tenancy agreement on the website, complete it as far as possible, and bring it with you along with your payment - cash or cheques, please.  Cheques payable to Gravel Pit Allotment Association.

We had hoped to be able to offer plots for £25 a year.  Unfortunately, our insurance costs have been far greater than expected and we have had to increase plot rents to £40 a year.  This will be payable in one go in April or, if you prefer, you can pay £20 in April and a further £20 in October.

If you are unable to come along on Saturday 31st March between 10.00 am and 12.00 pm and on Sunday 1st April between 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm then please post your agreement to me with your payment.  Please note that you will not be able to start gardening until we have received your agreement and payment.

Our Consitution and Policies (Environmental and Sustainability Policy, Health and Safety policy, Equal Opportunities Policy) are available to read on the website, but if you have any queries please feel free to contact me.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Denise Mitchell
Secretary, Gravel Pit Allotments Association

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Wednesday 4th April 2012
The Village Hall, Yapham
7.00pm to 9.00 pm

The Gravel Pit Allotments Association is now three years old.

Please come along to our AGM to check our progress so far
and hear our plans for the future.

In particular, if you are resident in the Parish and
interested in an allotment, we’d love to meet you.

Don’t forget, more information and contact details are
available on our website

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Compost bins start to arrive for the allotments

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An early start again today, Suzanne (Chairperson), Andrew (her partner), Will (Chair’s Son), Myself and Lindsey (my partner) continue to lay the turf. The turf will form the walkways around the allotments.

Today we’ve completed laying all 326 turfs that arrived on 5 pallets, we’ve been raking, watering, weeding, levelling, and moving turf! We had to move the original turf strip, put down on Day 1, because we did not have enough turf for the middle strip!

(please do not walk on the grass, when visting the site, it’s been recently laid!)

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An early start today, Suzanne (Chairperson), Andrew (her partner) and myself continue to lay the turf. The turf will form the walkways around the allotments.

Andrew has conducted many man hours of work for Gravel Pit Allotments Association. (levelling, dragging, digging, tree and hedge cutting, hedge laying, turf laying etc) - items that have been continuing in the background, possibly “unseen” that have helped the Association get to this position today.

So Andrew, if your reading - On behalf of Gravel Pit Allotments Association I would like to say a “Big Thank You!”.

(please do not walk on the grass, when visting the site, it’s been recently laid!)

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Inturf delivered the turf at 9.30am today, so Suzanne (Chairperson), Denise (Secretary) and myself started to lay the turf. The turf will form the walkways around the allotments.

(please do not walk on the grass, when visting the site, it’s been recently laid!)

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