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HAHA Newsletter February 2020

Below is the latest Newsletter. Should you wish to print the Newsletter please download February 2020 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.  

2020 Summer Outings

Our Hon. President John Leigh has once again come up with a programme of interesting days out for members to enjoy over the coming summer.  Details here and please apply direct to John with your deposit. You will note that on the booking form you are required to give your membership number to ensure that only paid-up members (plus one) book trips.  This is a membership benefit and not open to non-members. If you cannot find your current (green) membership card it may be in the Stores waiting to be collected or maybe you have not renewed this year – if unsure please ring Christine Philip on 01892 513944 or email admin@hawkenburyallotments.co.uk.

Winter wet and jobs to get on with

The site is very wet in places and members are reminded that if you attempt to bring a car onto the site and you get stuck, you are on your own to get out and you may also have to pay to have paths/roadways/gate areas restored if you leave deep ruts. Please use common sense.

While at your plot, has your plot marker post sunk into the ground or the number worn away? It is a requirement that all plot numbers are clearly visible. There is a small supply of posts in the Stores, or make your own.

Shed tidying is a useful job to do on a dull day – clean tools, mowers etc with a spray of WD40 or similar and sharpen blades. And having tidied up your shed please do not leave your unwanted items outside the Stores! We have no facilities for rubbish removal – take plastic pots home and put them in the household waste bin.


The Stores are now open again on Wednesdays 2-3pm after our seasonal closure.  If you haven’t collected your seed potato order, it’s ready and waiting for you in the Stores. For anyone who didn’t place an order last autumn, do check what may still be available for you to select and start chitting ready to plant out before Easter.

Also in the Stores you will find the usual excellent choice of seeds and composts and look out for onions and shallots, dahlias and flowering plants at the end of the month/early March.


A timely reminder that the bonfire season ends on 31st March, after which time no bonfires are allowed. This includes burning in a brazier. There is a new weather vane right in the centre of the site, but gusts of wind can be very fickle so make sure you check what the wind is doing where you are.

HAHA Membership Fees

In line with the resolution passed at the 2019 AGM, we are letting you know in advance that the Committee has decided membership fees will go up in July this year from £5 to £6 for seniors, £6 to £7 for others.  There are few associations nowadays with such a low membership fee. Most take £10 or more, so we are still very reasonable, especially when postage costs are taken into account.


There are opportunities on all Stores Open days for you to help with lifting or carrying items for customers. The rota is at the till so do look and see if there is a particular day you could help as a “porter”. And a huge thank-you to the team who gave their time and muscle to repairing the damaged boundary fencing by the Bowls Club in an effort to prevent further thefts from the site.