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HAHA Newsletter September 2020

Below is the latest Newsletter. Should you wish to print the Newsletter please download September 2020 Newsletter. Once downloaded open the document in Adobe Reader. If your PC does not have Adobe Reader installed it can be obtained free by downloading from the Adobe site here http://get.adobe.com/reader/ Please ensure that you deselect the Optional offer to install MacAfee, center panel, then click the ‘Install now’ button on the right.

Stores Re-opening

Following the extended lockdown, we are very pleased to be able to announce that the Stores will be re-opening shortly. The plan is to re-open on Saturday 26 September, with the usual opening time of 2pm to 3pm. Due to Covid-19, things will have to run a little differently and the following measures will be in place:

·         All helpers and customers to wear masks

·         Only 2 customers in the Stores at any one time (one out, one in).

·         A socially distanced queue will be in operation outside of the Stores

·         Entrance will now be via the bottom door (door 2). Please exit via door 1.

·         Please ensure that you maintain a 2m distance from other users when in the Stores itself.

·         Payment can be via card, cheque or cash.


Bonfire Ban ending soon – New Guidance

Unlike last year, when the bonfire ban came to an end on 31 October, we have decided this year to bring the date forward to 30 September. This is because it was (rightly) pointed out that November is usually a wet month and not ideal for bonfires. However, the Council has recently warned against burning garden waste as, apart from the nuisance caused to others, bonfires can also cause serious health issues for those with asthma and other respiratory conditions. This is particularly relevant as we all do our bit to combat the Covid-19 crisis. Please therefore try to avoid burning if you can and find other ways to deal with your rubbish, such as taking it home to put in your garden waste bin (if you have one) or taking it to the tip.

For those who feel they do still need to have a bonfire, please keep it small and remember to observe the rule to burn only when the wind is blowing away from High Woods Lane and Halls Hole Road.

A copy of our Bonfire Guidelines can be obtained from the Stores or can be found on the HAHA website. HAHA is on a final warning from TWBC, so failure to observe the rule will mean termination of your lease.


Seed Potato Order Form

Please find attached this year’s list of options, which you should find provides excellent value for money. Please note that orders need to be in by Sunday 1 November 2020.


Last Chance to Renew Your Membership

A few people haven’t yet renewed so won’t be eligible to shop in the Stores until they do so. To check, and arrange payment if necessary, please ring Christine on 01892 513944 or email at admin@hawkenburyallotments.co.uk


HAHA Association (Virtual) Annual General Meeting Tuesday 27 October

Although we cannot meet in person, the papers for the meeting are attached. As the current officers have agreed to stand again, they will be deemed to be elected unless nominations for others are received within 14 days of the delivery of these papers. In the event of other nominations being received by the Secretary Christine Phillip, a virtual election by a ballot of all paid-up members will be held.

Those who volunteer to join the Committee will be co-opted for one year and confirmed at the 2021 AGM.


Stop Press!

We have just heard that the first consignment of our ever-popular apple juice is ready for collection, so it should be available in the Stores by 26 September.



Finally, we’ve all enjoyed being able to work on our plots over the summer, something we have  found a great blessing in these strange times, and we hope that all our members remain in good health and good spirits as we go into winter.  Spring is not so far away!