We were sad to hear about the death of Alan Hodgkinson MBE. Alan
was a keen allotment holder and joined as a committee member of the
Association after opening The Shed in 2011. Alan entranced the
folks of Dunchurch when he gave a talk on his life and experiences as a
professional sportsman. (see below)
A number of his allotment friends acted at ushers at Alans funeral and the Association presented a wreath of vegetables.
Alan Hodgkinson MBE recalls his 60yrs as a professional sportsman
DunchurchCommunity Library was pack to the gunnels to hear Alan Hodgkinson MBE
recall his life as a world class goal keeper and later in his career as
a goalkeeping coach. Alan kept everyone amused as he told
stories about the soccer greats of the past. At
the world cup in Chile (1962) the living conditions and transport were
so poor that the team were not unhappy to be going home.
The indomitable Brian Clough was humiliated at a formal dinner when he
was sent out of the dinning room to dress in his blazer. Alan
also told how the goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, that he had personally
recommended to Alex Ferguson, let in 11 goals in his first two
matches. Alan's job was on the line when he convinced the Boss to
play him in the next week's European game. Schmeichel succeeded and
Alan kept his job.
The evening concluded with a raffle and auction of signed club shirts.
Funds from the evening was shared between the library and the Allotment Association. Many thanks to Alan for a great evening.
Propagation talk/practical Do you know
your nodes from your internodes? What effect does does an alkaline
compost have on a cutting's callus? What is a callus anyway? These
were just some of the questions that Marie from RIMO Growers was able
to pose and answer when she gave a talk on the finer points and
scientific principles on taking and propagating plant cuttings.
Members of the Association were interested to learn how to achieve
success when propagating cuttings and Marie was able to explain many of
the factors that affect the cuttings taking root. Marie also demonstrated how to take cuttings and invited participants to do likewise. It was evident that Marie has a real
passion for growing and her enthusiasm was very engaging. The
Association would like to thank Marie for her time and effort in
putting the presentation together. If you have questions on how
to grow and bring up plants Marie will be more than happy to try and
Association organises Library Talk Philip Turvil from Garden Organic
gave a talk on 'Growing Lively Plants' to an audience of over fifty
villagers at the Dunchurch Community Library in March 2013. The
talk focussed on organic methods of growing including the importance of
a healthy soil and pest/disease control. The benefits of green
manures was discussed and many contributions were made from the floor
of favourite methods for tackling slugs. Over £140 was raised which was to be shared between Dunchurch Community Library and Dunchurch Allotment Association.
Preserve tasting Nov 2012
Jams, chutneys, pickles and sauces, an amazing range of preserves were brought along to the shed to celebrate this yearsgrowing success.
End of summer BBQ
After such a wet and dismal summer we felt fortunate in landing on a fair weather weekend.
Apart from the
usual fare of barbequed meats there were lots of accompanying dishes,
many of which started their life on the allotments.
Our new barbeque venue outside the shed with manicured lawn made for a good alternative site.
Seed sowing event An
energetic band of Association members met up in the shed on a late
April morning to sow a large selection of herb seeds in preparation for
sale at the Dunchurch Fete.
Well over one hundred and fifty pots were prepared with thirteen
different types of kitchen herbs including basil, parsley and
seeds were tended until the time of the fete and supplimented with a
large quantity of thyme plants which were given to the
Association by P& J Plants a wholesale nursery near Preston.
With all plants priced at 50p punters were wooed by a large selection
of fine herbs. Sharon (pictured) assumed her natural
role of sales manger, rearranging the display and inviting in customers
with her encouraging sales patter. A interesting selection of other
vegetable plants were also on offer.
Children were invited to take part in repotting lettuce plugs and to take these away along with a sunflower.