The regular annual general meeting of the Berryfield allotments signals the end of the year as far as the managing committee is concerned.
Held this year in the Stags Head (with a never-ending supply of tea coffee and biscuits – and for some, the odd pint) some 23 or so plotholders attended on Monday to hear the summary of the year.
Chairman Mike summarised it as being one with few problems management-wise – a few plotholders needed a gentle word or knuckles tapped over weeds or unkempt paths, but overall the standard was maintained at the usual high level.
As usual the Crozier Cup – donated by ex-plotholder and vet Alistair Crozier for the most points scored at the summer flower show – was presented. A poor growing season had dissuaded a number of the usual competitors from entering, but Kevin showed there were still points to be won, with a magnificent 22 showing fellow plotholders John and the other Peter a clean pair of heels.
New treasurer, the other Peter, confirmed that the finances are in robust shape; there is much more in the coffers than this time last year, thanks to a number of donations, the year-long sweepstake, the net profit from seed orders, and finally the donation kindly presented by his daughter Ann and son-in-law Alan, from the funeral of our old friend Dod, who sadly passed away recently at the very ripe old age of 102.
Encouraged by council officers, under the new Community Empowerment Act, the Association has applied to the council for a long term - 99-year! – lease to secure the site for future generations of allotmenteers, with a decision expected early next month.
So as another growing year ends, so does this news from Berryfield. It only remains for me to wish you all the usual festive cheer, and the reminder to keep cosy over the dark months.