Bathford Allotments Group

Brief History

The allotments were created on the 19th May 1880 and are one of the oldest in the country. They were founded for the “labouring poor of the village” and the rules and arrangements that are in hand today are those originally enacted.

The control and management was placed in the hands of the Vicar with the aid of two wardens. From documents held by the Parish Council, it would seem that they purchased the allotment land from the executors of the will of Miss A D Skrine in 1957.

They represent an important part of our village’s social history and clearly over 125 years, these allotments have meant a great deal to a large number of parishioners.

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Allotment Newsletter December 2010
Allotment Newsletter December 2009
Allotment Newsletter June 2009
Allotment Newsletter January 2009
Allotment Newsletter June 2008

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Bathford Flower Show

The Annual Flower Show will be held on Saturday 6th September 2008 in the Parish Hall, Church Street.
Entry forms should be handed in between 5pm and 7:30 on Wednesday 3rd September in the Parish Hall.
Entry forms are available in the Village Shop.

Tallest Sunflower Competition 2008

Results Monday 25th August 2008 at 10:00 AM

1st Prize – 10’3″ – Plot 29b – £15
2nd Prize – 9’0″ – Plot 22b – £10
3rd Prize – 8’5″ – Plot 5a – £5

Others over 7’0″

7’10” – Plot 60b
7′ 9″ – Plots 8 and 37b
7′ 6″ – Plot 25
7′ 3″ – Plot 37a

Allotment Questionnaire

The questionnaire sent out earlier in the year is available from your wardens Mike or Martin or from here as a word or Adobe document. Please print it and get it back to us to let us know what you want from the Bathford Allotments.
Allotment Questionnaire in Word format
Allotment Questionnaire in Adobe PDF format

PLOT HOLDERS MEETING

23rd April 2005 10.00am

Present
The Wardens, Stan Cherry (Parish Council Rep & Plot holder) and 12 other plot holders.

1. Introductions were made on the wettest meeting in memory!

2. It was confirmed that all plots were let and that there was a short waiting list.

3. Warnings. Several plots were not being effectively used and letters had been sent covering 8 plots.
So far 1 had resigned and several had reached the point where action was required.

4. The allotments rules were discussed and a warning issued over the use of plastic sheeting. If ground cover is required then a bio-degradable fleece is available in most garden centres.

5. Tool boxes. There has been “an outbreak of sheds“. These are specifically banned and action is being taken. It was confirmed that a tool box about 3’-0�? high and 4’-0�?x 2’-0�? is considered sensible.

6. Stan Cherry our Parish Council representative indicated that following an assessment of our water usage last year that there was no need for an increase in the water bill.

He then proposed that in accordance with last year’s decision to tie the rents into the cost of living index that the rent for next year would be £10.00 for a full plot. This proposal was accepted, but this would probably mean no increase next year unless something untoward happens to inflation.

This will mean that half plot would be £5.00 and concessions would apply.

Rent payments. Following discussions with the wardens the Parish Council had agreed to change the procedure for rent payment. In future the Clerk will send out the bill to each plot in late September in accordance with the wardens’ records of plot holders at the time. Payment will then be made to the wardens, a receipt will be issued. This will give the wardens better knowledge of the current situation and will allow the wardens to re-let plots much earlier in the season.

The central pathway and top reservation was discussed. The arrangement for cutting it 3 times per annum, had not been too successful and it was agreed that it would be done in 3 weeks time and the wardens would ask for it to be done again when it was required.

The Parish Council, in accordance with “The Village Plan�? were looking for locations and sponsors for more village seats and wondered if the allotment holders would be prepared to consider another seat somewhere on the allotments. The general feeling was that we should not invite the risk of public intervention or opportunities for vandalism on the site, but we would think about it.

7. AOB Stan suggested that in view of the weather that it may be better to meet in the Village Hall in future, but it was generally agreed that the centre butt was preferable.

Sadly 4 plot holders arrived too late for the meeting but in the circumstances a turn out of 20 was very encouraging. The meeting finished at 10.30am.

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Air Ambulance are looking for fundraising volunteers

Great Western Air Ambulance are looking for volunteers, they will be at the Bathford Parish Council APM on the 29th April at the School Hall from 7.30pm if you would like to discuss this in person with them. Could you offer just a few hours of your time as part of a dedicated team of staff and amazing volunteers working together to raise the £3 million necessary to keep the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity operational? We are looking for friendly, approachable and enthusiastic individuals to assist in a whole host of upcoming events, community collections, public presentations – the choice is yours! The hours are totally flexible based on your availability and preferences. Some volunteers commit a few hours a week, some twice a year – we are grateful for all of the help we receive. GWAAC couldn’t provide such vital and advanced emergency services without the help of its volunteers and the support of people like you. We’re involved in hundreds of local events – whether it’s hosting a stall at a school fete, collecting in town centres or servicing our community based collection tins, there are plenty of varied opportunities for our volunteers. • GWAAC provide the critical care and air ambulance service for 2.1 million people across the counties of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol,

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Parish Council – Notice of Election

Elections for the Parish Council and BANES Ward Councillors will take place on 2nd May, the polling station is the Community Rooms on Mountain Wood as usual. An election at Parish level is dependant on more than 11 candidates standing for the Parish Council, otherwise it would not be contested with all nominated persons taking a seat. The Parish Council would like to thanks our Ward Councillors; Alison Millar, Geoff Ward and Martin Veal for all the work they done for the parish. Parish Council Election Notice 


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