This page displays all news articles created since the new website was introduced at the beginning of 2015. You can read the latest news items here.
9 December 2015:
The Minutes of the 2015 AGM have now been published.
2 December 2015:
What to do on the allotment in December.
21 November 2015:
19th November 2015:
You can download the Agenda for the next AGM here. This year's AGM will be held on Thursday 26th November at 7.30 pm in St Mary's Church Hall, Warsash (see news item below dated 27th September). We look forward to seeing lots of you there but if you can't attend please let the Secretary know. Her telephone number is 01489 576628.
1st November 2015:
What to do on the allotment in November.
1st October 2015:
What to do on the allotment in October.
27th September 2015:
The Annual General Meeting of the Western Wards Allotment Association wil be held on 26th November at St. Mary's Church Hall, Warsash, 109 Church Road, Warsash, starting at 7.30pm. Committee members who have agreed to stand for re-election remain as before with the exception of the Secretary. Applications for this post must be nominated, seconded and submitted in writing to the Secretary, Gill Rock, before 20th October. Any other nominations, which should also be proposed and seconded, should be submitted in writing to the Secretary before 1st November. You can download a Nomination for Election form from this website.
Suggested items for inclusion in the AGM agenda should be submitted in writing to the Secretary before 1st November. At the meeting items may be raised during AOB. These will be for discussion only.
21st September 2015:
The Hunts Pond Road Newsletter for September/October has now been published. Please take a look, it's a good read and if any other site would like to try their hand at producing a newsletter we would be pleased to hear from you.
8th September 2015:
The 18th Hampshire Potato Day will take place on Sat 30 and Sunday 31 January 2016, from 10am - 3pm at the Testbourne Community Centre, Micheldever Road, Whitchurch RG28 7JF. Entry is just £2 for adults (under 16s free and there's a free coloured seed potato for each of them). Have a look at the website for more information.
1st September 2015:
What to do on the allotment in September.
August 2015 HPR Bucket of Spuds - Prize-giving day:
Find out who won the Spud Challenge at Hunts Pond Road.
1st August 2015:
What to do on the allotment in August.
12 July 2015:
Fareham in Bloom - Allotments Category. Please the revised times for judging:
Thursday 23rd July - 09:30 Hunts Pond Road, Plots 15A and 1D plus site appraisal. 10:30 Lodge Road, Plots 43D1, 41B1, 42C2, 43B and 44C plus site appraisal. 12:30 Warsash Plots 6 and 10 plus site appraisal.
Monday 27th July (site appraisals only) - 09:30 Posbrook. 10:15 Allotment Road.
2nd July 2015:
Fight against blight! Blightwatch is a collaborative service supported by the Potato Council and Industry sponsors. Find out how you can help prevent your potatoes and tomatoes being affected by this pesky disease.
2nd July 2015:
What to do on the allotment in July.
13th June 2015:
Fareham in Bloom - Allotments Category. Each year Fareham Borough Council look to find those allotment plots that stand out amongst the best and encourage their owners to enter them into the Fareham in Bloom Allotments category. Some enter year on year but they know there are others that, with a little encouragement, could get involved. Sites across the Borough have improved and developed significantly in recent years; of out of a thousand plots across the Borough, only 30 or so enter each year - so have a go and see if you can win an award!
From this year there will only be one stage of judging. There will no longer be Preliminary and Final stages, as it was thought that regardless of the plots condition, all entries should have the chance (based on merit) to receive an award, in the same way as all other categories do. Allotments will therefore be judged between 13 - 19 July. Additionally there is now a specific category for allotment site which all sites can take part in. Closing dates for all categories will now be 21 June and this year's presentation evening will be held on 17 September and will be open to all entrants.
Entry forms can be completed by post, on-line or over the phone if easier. Contact Fareham Borough Council for more information.
1st June 2015:
What to do on the allotment in June.
27 May 2015:
2015 Warsash Village Garden Show. The Warsash Horticultural Society is hosting a Village Garden Show this year on Saturday 5th September. As well as competing for the best vegetable, fruit or flower, the competition will also be open for keen baking and photography enthusiasts. The objective of the Show is to promote both the WHS and our Village Hall, involve the local school and be active in the community. The emphasis is very much on having fun, but of course they expect a high standard of entries! The Show will be held in the Victory Hall, Warsash, SO31 9HW, from 2.30pm until 4.30pm. Open to all, admission is only 50pence (children get in free). There will be a Café, Sales Table plus Tombola, prizes donated by local organisations.
11 May 2015:
Look out for Gooseberry Sawfly - these nasty caterpillar-like larvae can wipe out your crop if you are not vigilant. Read more....
Talking of pests .... pernicious weeds are the bane of our lives and can take over our plots if we are not careful. We all know that we will never rid our soil of marestail/horsetail but we can easily control the spread of plants such as dandelions by picking off the flowers before they set seed. As children we have all blown the beautiful seed heads to tell the time but think how many new plants we could be releasing onto our freshly hoed soil if they are left to disperse. Please help by keeping the weeds down on your sites.
8 May 2015:
Now we all try to compost as much as we can on our plots but .... in case you need to take your waste offsite, here are the revised opening times for the Segensworth Household Waste Recyling Centre.
5 May 2015:
Fellow allotmenteer Trevor Pollard has sent us his tips on filling the food gap until the summer glut. Read more...
4 May 2015:
The Potato Bucket Challenge: Hunts Pond Road Allotments are holding a competition to see who can grow the most potatoes in a standard builder's bucket. This is a bit of fun aimed at the young at heart. There is a serious side to the challenge though. It would be interesting to see which variety of seed potato performs best in a container. That is why we are letting people provide their own potato, to find the best performer. With the increasing problem of pests like eel worm, container growing could be the answer, that and freeing up ground for other crops to grow in. Prizes will be awarded for:
- Most potatoes
- Largest potatoes
- Heaviest overall weight of potato
- Wierdest shape potato
Here are the rules:
6 April 2015:
Ray Baldwin, Site Manager at Sarisbury, wishes all WWAA tenants a very happy year of good produce and enjoyment. We hope you have taken advantage of the fine weather over this Easter weekend on your allotment. Traditionally this weekend is the time to plant out your potatoes so, if you haven't already done so, let's hope the weather stays fine for you.
Site inspections are due this month. A gentle reminder: 'The Tenant must keep the Allotment clean, free of pernicious weeds and in a good condition, with at least four fifths of the overall plot in cultivation, and must maintain, including keeping reasonably cut, any pathway and trim any hedges bordering the Allotment'. Let your Site Manager know as soon as possible if you have difficulty in achieving this.
1 April 2015:
We have previously run a coach to Wisley which has been very popular - let Phil know if you are interested in running another trip.
1 April 2015:
What to do on the allotment in April.
14 March 2015:
Allotment Watch - Allotments are a great way to enjoy the outdoors, meet new people and of course grow your own supply of healthy fruit and veg. Fareham Allotment Watch is a new project working with allotment holders and associations to improve the security of our allotment sites. By doing so we’re aiming to reduce the rare occurrences of allotment crime such as theft and vandalism. The project will focus on the following key areas:
- Giving advice to associations on how to project allotments from criminal damage
- Advising plot holders about how to take precautions against theft and damage
- Development a network for the Policy to tell allotment associations of current crime trends in the area
- Working with residents, neighbours and plot holders to improve the reporting of suspicious activities
- Using publicity material to increase community awareness
Allotment Watch will be launched in Fareham’s allotments in spring 2015. Contact your Site Manager for more details. Closing date for this competition has now expired.
7 March 2015:
Are you competitive? If so, why not enter your allotment in this year's Fareham in Bloom Competition? All the details can be found on the Fareham Borough Council website. Judging will take place between 13-19 July.
5 March 2015:
What to do on the allotment in March.
19 February 2015:
Here is your chance to win a prize in The Hampshire Federation of Horticultural Societies' Allotment Competition 2015. The Competition, which will be assessed by Federation Judges, is open to all members of affiliated Societies and consists of two Sections:
Plots of less than 10 rods (300sq yards/250sq metres) and
Plots of 20 rods and over.
Challenge Cups are awarded annually to the Section Winners with Cash Prizes in Section 1: 1st - £20, 2nd - £15 and 3rd – £10 and Section 2: 1st - £30, 2nd - £20 and 3rd - £15.
Diplomas are awarded as follows: top 7% of the combined results – Diploma of Special Merit, next 15% - Diploma of Merit.
Download an Entry Form here. The entry fee is only £1 and entry forms should be completed and returned to Rona Neilson, Plot 17A, Warsash Road, with appropriate fees, by Monday 11th May 2015. Any queries? - e-mail the web team on this website.
- Stock up with potatoes and onions/shallots from the Trading Hut. Peas and broad beans also available.
- What to do on the allotment in February.
- Happy New Year to you all - let's hope 2015 is a good year for us. If you are itching to get going with sowing and planting, here are some ideas on what you can be doing now.