OFFICIAL OPENING OF GAZEBO & REFURBISHED TOILETS
‘Back In Sept 2019 little did we know what was about to happen’
Walmley Ash Allotment finally opened their Schools and Community Project, together with the refurbished toilet block on Saturday 4th September 2021
Mr Terry Wood, the Mayor of Sutton Coldfield officially opened the project, Mr David Cole, Grants Manager, from the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust was also present, together with over 30 plot holders.
The project started in September 2019 when the site was awarded two generous grants from the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust and the Sutton Coldfield Town Council.
With the difficulties and uncertainty over the last 18th months because of the pandemic the work on the projects was delayed. But with the support and cooperation of our contractors together with the work undertaken by our plot holders the projects were finally completed in September 2020.
The Schools and Community Project involved the purchase and construction of a Gazebo and the construction of three raised beds. The Gazebo will benefit the many primary school children and other community groups who visit the site each year and the raised beds will be used by Sutton Support Services.
The Gazebo will also be a vocal point for our plot holders to meet with and engage with their fellow plot holders.
Alan Seager Chairman of the WAAA “ We all know what a positive impact our allotments have on our physical well-being, being able to carry on working on our plots during lockdown certainly had a positive impact on our mental health, many of our plot holders called them their lifesaver.”
Pictures of the event can be viewed in the Gallery.
We now have over 38 people on the waiting list.
We will still accept people onto the list if they wish to be added but it will be a very long wait.
Delivery of chippings has started again but still no straw yet .
More information on the Coronavirus can be found using the link below.
We would like to thank everyone that has helped over the last 18 months with the build of the Gazebo and the ongoing maintenance of the site.
The following plotholders have contributed: -
Peter & Carl – plot 7a, Jon & Jackie – plot 29b, Ken & Christine – plot 22, John – plot 1 & 2, David – plot 40, Bev & Graham – plot 39, Bob – plot 31, Alan – plot 13, Trevor – plot 17a, Michael – plot 28, Roger & Ruth – plot 25, Stan - plot 44, Paul – plot 10a, Jeff & Robin – plot 9a/26, Bob – plot 10b, Rita & Kelvin – plot 19, John – plot 23b, Lynne – plot 20b, Mike – plot 29a, Malcolm & Chris - plot 9b
With everyone’s help we have managed to make the allotment a lovely place to be.
A BIG THANKS to all that have helped out.
National Citizen Scheme
We had another visit from the NCS teenagers. They were on site in November 2019 to discuss our next plan of action and returned again on the 23rd to carry out what we had agreed to undertake.
Thanks to them again for another good day of activity.
Thanks also to all the committee members that turned up and put a lot of hard work into clearing the area for a new wood chip bay.
More detail about the volunteer day are on the latest newsletter.
Pictures of all the activities are available in the Gallery.
WAAA AGM 2021
This years AGM took place on the 1st October at the Sutton Coldfield Rugby Club.
It was attended by approx. 20 plotholders.
A new treasurer and two new committee members were elected to bring the committee back up to a healthy number.
The latest minutes from the AGM and the last committee meeting are can be read at https://walmleyashallotment.co.uk/waaa-minutes-secure
Anyone interested in helping to plant new trees should visit the website of Birmingham Trees For Life to learn more https://btfl.org.uk/
Read the latest November 2021 WAAA newsletter to find out what has been going on and what we are doing.
The WAAA Committee newsletters are available from the link below.
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Where possible information is also displayed on the site noticeboards.
Do your bit for the British Wildlife.
The RSPCA receives hundreds of calls every year to rescue wildlife which has become tangled in netting, football nets or fishing litter.
Forms of garden netting, [such as that for] pond or fruit, can be a real hazard to wild animals like Hedgehogs and birds, and the RSPCA would recommend replacing them with solid metal mesh.
If you spot an animal which is trapped, in distress, or in need of help, contact the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999
Hedgehogs will still be out and about so you can put out food supplements for them. Any that are about will be fattening up for the winter period.
Foxes are regularly sighted and help to keep the vermin population down.
Watch them at play via this link https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3UIaG5Yjm0se77QaShMFqE714nXrP9NH
If you would like to make a donation to any of the supporting charities then follow the link below.