HAHA Newsletter October 2019

Below is the latest Newsletter. Should you wish to print the Newsletter please download October 2019 Newsletter. Once downloaded open the document in Adobe ReaderIf 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.  

Annual General Meeting

Attached you will find the formal notice (viewable here) of the Annual General Meeting which will be held on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 2.30pm at the United Reformed Church Hall in Hawkenbury. 

Please note that the Accounts and the Minutes are not sent out in advance but will be available at the meeting. Members can also request a copy in the Stores.

Do come along. This is a good opportunity to catch up with old friends and for new members a time to learn how the Association is run and to make new friends over a cup of tea afterwards.

A few membership subscriptions are still outstanding.  Only paid-up members (plus one) may book trips and make purchases in the Stores. These benefits are not open to non-members.  The easy way to check is that the current membership card for 2019/20 is green.  If you cannot find your card, it may be that it is in the Stores waiting to be collected – or it could indicate that you have not renewed your membership this year.  If you are not sure, please ring Christine on 01892 513944 or email: admin@hawkenburyallotments.co.uk.

One item on the AGM agenda is the adoption of new Association Rules, also attached. It is many years since the Rules were last thoroughly reviewed and the wording has now been tidied up to reflect the Association as it is now.

Another Agenda item appears each year and relates to Association membership subscription rates. Rates have not risen for 8 years and the administrative costs of running the Association inevitably rise over time. At the discretion of the Committee an increase of £1 from the current rate is proposed from July next year.



For 86 years the Association has been successfully and exclusively run on a voluntary basis. If HAHA is to continue administering the allotments and running the Stores, the diminishing and aging band of volunteers needs more help.

·        In the Stores: To find out about current vacancies, ask in the Stores or visit the HAHA website and look at the Rota to see where helpers are needed, whether pushing a barrow of birdseed to someone’s car or at the till. The time is not onerous: one hour every 6 weeks

·        Or consider joining the Committee, meeting once a month for about an hour on a Tuesday evening at 7pm (not too early for those at work!) Although nominations are sought at the AGM, if you’d like to see what we do before committing yourself, you can always come along to a meeting and see what you think.

·        Also it would help if you don’t mind being contacted at short notice to help with deliveries or other odd jobs. Talk to any of the Committee or those on duty helping at the Stores about what’s involved. Help keep HAHA going for the next 86 years!


Potato Order

Also attached is the seed potato order form, as always at an amazing price. Just as you finish digging up this year’s crop, you have to think about what to order for next year.

Such is the joy of gardening – anticipation is everything!

Winter talks to stop, but ……

Some members may already be aware that there are to be no more winter talks. Our Honorary President has found it ever more difficult to get speakers. A very big thank-you to John Leigh for all his hard work over the years arranging such a wide variety of talks for members. One of the great pleasures of attending the talks was the convivial atmosphere, and the Committee are looking into perhaps holding a winter get-together “Tea & Natter” with cake and the customary raffle, probably at the usual venue. Please let Christine know if you like the sound of this (contact details above).

In stock in the Stores

For autumn planting are Aquadulce Claudia Broad Beans (75p for about 50) and Red Winter Onions and Autumn Champion Onions (£1.30 for 200g). Birdseed for our feathered friends is always excellent value.

New plot-holders may like to look at the range of tools and accessories – and sometimes pre-loved old tools – they would find useful to get them going.

Stores Winter Closure

On the back of your membership card you will note that the Stores will be closed on Wednesdays from 6 November 2019 to 29 January 2020 inclusive.  Weekend openings will continue as usual.