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We raised £138 today at the Table Top Sale.

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We raised £205 today at the Table Top Sale (less £30 hire charge for the hall).

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Table Top Sale Today

It was the table top sale this morning  from 10.00am – 1.00pm. Members of the Allotment association and partners that had been roped into helping out on the day, gathered early at one of the Allotment Association members house at 9.00am to fill our cars with electrical items, cloths, plants, cakes, books, children’s toys and bric-a-brac and drove off in convoy to the Scout Hut in Pocklington, where we setup our stalls.

Here are some photographs of setting up the Table Top Sale, and a few pictures with punters present.

A photographer from Pocklington Post, came to photograph the event and members of the association.

I think I can safely say, “a fun time was had by all!” I look forward to the next fund raising event!

I don’t have the final amount raised, but as soon as I know, I’ll post it here.

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We had our fourth meeting of the allotment association this evening at the The Stables, Meltonby. The Chair had produced the following Agenda for tonights meeting

GPA Allotments Association

Agenda 9/01/10

1.   Confirm arrangements for table top sale.

Help on the day , timings, clearing up

floats, carrier bags, cakes, adverts

allocation of tables/jobs

–      Clothing

–      Books

–      Toys,games, bric a brac

–      Electrical stuff   Andy

–      Cakes/produce

–      Tombola

–      door

2.   Draft agreements to put forward to pc next week.

3.   Update on funding bid – passed to 2nd stage.  Next steps – plan to start work in April regardless ?

4.   Other suggestions for fundraising :

–      Car boot

–      Cakes stall in Pock market place

–      Village hall social evening/quiz/pie & pea

–      Charity shop

5.   AOB

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The lottery fund bid submitted in August has now been passed to the second stage so is progressing in the right direction. We will get some help from an adviser about completing the second stage application and should hear more about this in the next couple of weeks.

We have already received a grant of £250 from East Riding of Yorkshire Council to be used for the provision of deep raised beds and compost bays for our disabled access/schools plot.

Our bank account is up and running and includes a small amount raised from members who utilised the discount seed scheme.

I’d like take this opportunity on behalf of the Gravel Pit Allotment Association to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

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Most recently (Aug Bank Holiday) I visited Scruton Allotments which is between Northallerton and Bedale. They were lucky enough to secure lottery funding primarily for ‘rabbit proof’ fencing and have a really good thriving site after only two years. The soil there is very good – one of our biggest challenges. Another good day out (apart from motorbike running out of fuel on the way back !)

One thing that struck me at both sites was the ingenuity of plot holders with regard to crop coverings and methods of growing. Lots of ideas to incorporate once we can get going ! Thanks to all the fellow growers I met.

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My first trip out was to Bridge End allotments in Edinburgh (an organic site ) who have an envious link with a NHS ‘ health project’ – check the details on their website. They run lots of training/educational sessions for the community which is something I would be keen to replicate if possible. Everyone was very welcoming and I had a lovely day there.

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(a copy of the Allotment Update which will be posted on the village notice-boards in the parish of Yapham cum Meltonby and forthcoming newsletter)

Brief details of our progress so far:


·         Following the initial meeting of interested parishioners on 20 April 2009, Gravel Pit Allotments Association was formed and a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer were elected.

·         A website has been created which will also detail our progress :

 All visitors to the site welcome !

·         A formal request for the provision of allotments has been made to the Parish Council.

·         The proposed site for the allotments (land known as Gravel Pit Field) has been administered by the Parish Council for many years, but definitive ownership is currently being determined in order that a long term undertaking as allotments can be considered.

The current tender runs until April 2010.  We envisage clarification on ownership before then.

·         A survey of the site has been made and plans drawn up, showing space for 19 plots measuring 21m x 5m. Some of these may be available as half plots and there is also for provision for disabled access on a couple of plots.

The plans also give an indication of resources required, which will inform our intended funding bids.

·         Membership of the National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardens Ltd (NSALG) has been applied for, giving access to various advice, insurance, discounts etc.

·         Preference for any available plots will be given to Yapham cum Meltonby parishioners, however any excess will be offered to people outside the parish.

 If you wish to register your interest in a plot, request further details or offer assistance, please contact :

 Or if you prefer, use the ‘contact us’ section on the website

 Kind Regards

The Committee and members of Gravel Pit Allotments Association

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We had our third meeting of the allotment association this evening in the village hall kitchen, after members of the allotment association broke away from the Parish Council Meeting, after the Chairperson updated the Parish Council on our progress to date.

The Chairperson had produced the following Agenda for tonights meeting

Gravel Pit Allotment Association

AGENDA 26 May 2009

  1. Advertising/publicity – why, where, what are we trying to achieve. Offers of help, what to do with interested parties. Article for Pock. Post. Other locations.
  2. Format of meetings.
  3. Plans – Surveyor. Next steps.
  4. Furry friends! (rabbits)
  5. Constitution & Rules – examples to consider at a future date.
  6. Any other items.
  7. Date & time of next meeting.

I gave an update on the progress of the website. The allotment plans and schedule of works were discussed and we were all handed copies of example Constitution & Rules by the Chairperson to examine.

I think this was homework!

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