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Dear all

Please see here for your Autumn Newsletter! Unfortunately the first social event listed happened this morning, so apologies for (my) lateness. However that did not prevent a good crowd assembling for an autumnal butty experience – thanks go to our volunteer committee for organising and to those of you who attended!

As the Autumn creeps in, the allotment begins to go to sleep. We have had one delivery of manure, paid for by your donations, and we expect to have another before Christmas – so give your beds some love!

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Hi folks

Please see here for the Summer Newsletter – enjoy!

The new Data Privacy Notice is now available here and has been added to the main row of tabs when you open the website.

Please take a minute to look through and let me (kim.scrivener@gmail.com) have any comments or concerns.

  • I forgot to include the very exciting decision that was made at the Annual Plotholders Meeting to not charge a subscription fee this year. The Committee put this proposal forward as a pilot, and we will evaluate whether we do the same in future. We will be putting donation boxes at coffee mornings, and maybe undertake specific fundraising activities for specific projects.
  • The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are upon us and affects even tiny allotment associations. There will be a communication to you all shortly about how we collect, use and protect your data. We do not need to ask if you consent to us continuing to use your contact details, as we fall into the “legitimate interest” category – but we will tell you how you can remove consent should you so wish. Your data is not – and has never been – shared with any other body, including the St Albans District Council. It is only held for the purposes of communication. However if you do decide that you do not want us to hold your details, please be aware that there have been occasions in the past (e.g. flooding, burglary) when we have needed to contact all plotholders. 

The AGM took place on Sunday 13 May 2018 where those present elected the Committee and approved some important changes to our Constitution. Our committee page has been updated and the revised Constitution is available here (and on the committee page). Those elected were:

  • Kim Scrivener (Chair)
  • Sonia MacArthur (Treasurer)
  • Kati Gastrow (Secretary)
  • Jan Castle
  • Chris Feakes
  • Derrick Davies
  • Christine Miles
  • Barbara Vernon
  • Pat Solomons (Site Liaison Officer)

Thanks were expressed to Gill Feakes for her long service on the Committee and great input into social event planning over the years, and to Jan Carpenter who completed her term of office as Treasurer. Thanks also to Jan Davies who helped with the refreshments.

The changes to our Constitution were:

  • Specification of a 50% limit on the number of Associate committee members
  • Limitation of term of office of Chair, Treasurer and Secretary who are Associate Members
  • Clarification that Associate committee Members may remain until the next Annual Plotholders Meeting
  • Clarification that the Site Liaison Officer may be an Associate Member provided the St Albans District Council and Annual Plotholders Meeting agree

We also agreed to donate £100 to the Park Street Village Hall as our annual charitable donation.

All are welcome to attend our Summer committee meetings in the Hut, the dates of which are as follows, at 7.45pm:

  • Monday 21 May
  • Monday 25 June
  • Monday 30 July
  • Monday 24 September

Lastly, do take a moment to pop into the Hut to see the lovely artwork created by Kati to celebrate our tenth anniversary!

Dear Burydell Community

We are very pleased to present you with your new look Newsletter – we hope you like it, and please send any suggestions or comments to Kati or Jan.

This is the tenth year of the Association’s existence, so we are looking to do things a little bit differently this year. Dates for your diary so far are the Quiz next Saturday on 3 March, first coffee morning of the season on Sunday 8 April and the new Annual Plotholders Meeting on 13 May. Read the Newsletter for more details.

You can download the Newsletter here! We hope you enjoy. And don’t forgot to come and have brunch with us on Sunday 5 November at 11am on site!