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Annual General Meeting - 12th November 2015
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Oldfield Allotments and Garden Association

Newsletter - Sep 2015
Shop News
The Shop is now only open Saturdays from 11am to 1pm until further notice.

Order your seed potatoes and onion sets
It’s time to order your seed potatoes and onion sets for next year – Download your Order Form here or alternatively you can pick up a copy in the shop – last date to order is Saturday 10th October.

Special Members Only offer on seeds and plants.
As a member of Oldfield Allotment & Gardens Association you will be able to get 35% discount on seeds & 10% discount on plants and other items, from “Suttons Seeds”. We will pass on to you a Unique Code when you renew your membership, which is due on 1stOctober 2015. You can order online, and you can get a Suttons Seeds Catalogue in the shop. Please speak to Kristine in the shop for the code.

 
Upcoming Events
Get in touch if you can come along

Sat 26th Sep: Volunteer Day
Sat 24th Oct: Volunteer Day
Thurs 12th Nov: AGM 2015




 

The Annual General Meeting of the Association for 2015 will take place on:

Date: Thursday 12th November
Time: 7:30pm - 9pm
Place: Ken Adock Community Centre, Carr Road, Northolt
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Please put this in your diaries so you can all attend! We have some important updates to give and would also love to have some more of our members join the committee, or just come forward to help with different projects during the year – the time required is really very small, so please think about it – you could make all the difference.
Big Lunch 2015 goes down a treat!
 
The Big Lunch we had on Sunday 7th June was again this year a great success! The weather was fantastic and around 65 allotment members as well as local community members attended; including Cllr. Aysha Raza and our local MP Stephen Pound.

This year we also had a collection for the earthquake disaster in Nepal and we collected a fantastic £240 which was passed on to The Umbrella Foundation who support children in the disaster area. Thanks for your 
generosity in bringing food to share with others as well as donating.
Nature called and the Greenford Green Ward answered.
No more running home from the allotment site when nature calls. Our new composting toilet was installed in June, and we are very thankful for The Greenford Green Ward Forum’s contribution of £10,000 for the project. We are delighted with the result, and Oldfield Allotment & Gardens Association has contributed £900 to have the new path laid along the shop to the new toilet.

On Saturday 18th July we had a small ceremony where Cllr. Aysha Raza formally cut the ribbon and our new facility was ready for use!

Ward Cllr Dr. Aysha Raza said: I am thrilled that our ward forum money could be put to such good use and delighted to do the honours and open the new facility.More importantly I think that this sort of sustainable and eco-friendly project is hugely important particularly in the future when water management threatens to become an issue. Oldfield Allotment Association is a shining example of how an association such as this can become the beating heart of the community. I am very proud that Greenford Green is starting a bit of a green toilet revolution in Ealing and honoured to be asked to cut the ribbon!

Allotments manager Michel Le Guilcher said: This is a realisation of a dream we thought would take a long time to achieve and are so happy that the whole process happened so quickly and are delighted with the results!

Kristine Kristensen, Treasurer: We went along to the ward forum with no expectations and were very surprised when our proposal was met with such enthusiasm from our ward councillors and residents.

Jonathan Staples, Ealing Council Park Ranger: I have watched this project with interest as we are hoping to have the next one installed at the Litten Nature Reserve as part of the facility improvements there, enabling school groups to visit and learn more about sustainability and our environment.

Allotment Association committee chair Fiona Hughes and secretaryJoanne Jackson presented Cllr Raza with a beautiful basket brimming with a huge range of produce from the allotments.

Cllr Raza said ‘I have never received anything quite so gorgeous!’


Remember you can sign up to have use of the toilet by collecting a key (for a small admin fee) and a copy of the rules from the shop.
 
Everyone enjoys another brilliant BBQ and Produce show 
We held our annual BBQ and Produce Show on Saturday 25th July. The show in the morning attracted many entrants, with lots of produce displayed for the fun of it! 

The prizes were handed out later at the BBQ which again was a big success, with lovely food prepared and cooked to perfection by Jorge Rodrigues and his helpers, our thanks to them.

About 60 people gathered at The Oak Tree for the BBQ and we were very lucky with the weather, lovely sunshine, sandwiched between the heavy downpours of both Friday and Sunday. Still we also needed the rain!
A record breaking potato!
Oscar, an allotment and committee member, has beaten his own record on growing the biggest potato. Weighing in at just over 600grams this potato is one to be reckoned with.
Delicious recipe: Cheddar Potato Kugel

Kugel is a traditional Jewish dish, which is absolutely delicious! It is served at any meal and is very simple to make with only a few ingredients.

Ingredients
Serves 12

  • 1.25kg peeled and shredded potatoes
  • 4 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 280g Cheddar cheese, grated

Method
Prep: 30mins, Cook: 1hr30mins, Ready in: 2hr

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 2lb loaf tin.
  2. Place potatoes in a sieve and squeeze out moisture.
  3. In a large bowl combine eggs, salt, pepper, oil and onion. Place potatoes and cheese in the bowl and mix well. Pour mixture into the prepared loaf tin.
  4. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 1 hour. Raise heat to 230 C / Gas 8 and bake for 5 to 10 minutes until browned, serve hot.
Recipe shared by Fiona - committee member.
Don't forget to re-new your membership in October
The new membership year starts on 1st October 2015

We hope you would like to join us again for another year in October. Only £2.00! Hope to see you in the “Members Allotment Shop” during opening hours, to sign up.

As a new incentive to re-new your membership members will be able to get 35% discount on seeds & 10% discount on plants and other items, from “Suttons Seeds”. We will pass on to you a Unique Code when you renew your membership, which is due on 1stOctober 2015. You can order online, and you can get a Suttons Seeds Catalogue in the shop. Please speak to Kristine in the shop for the code.
Volunteer a few hours on the allotments. You'll love it.
Next Volunteer Day will be Saturday 26th September 2015, from 10am to 1pm – only 3 hours of your time in a month! Please drop us an email to let us know if you can make it.
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