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The eighth BLAA Annual General Meeting took place at 2pm on Sunday 15 May on site. Thanks were expressed to the Committee, St Albans Council, Ross (for chippings) and to all those who had helped improve the site over the last year. Attention was drawn to the popular social events held over the last year, and the provision of extra car parking space at the top of the site. Members were reminded that they should keep taking non-compostable rubbish home with them, that cultivation of plots was closely monitored by the Council and that the barrier remained in place at the discretion of the Site Officer, Pat Solomons. See here for the full draft Minutes of the AGM.

Changes to BLAA Constitution

On more formal matters, changes to the Constitution were put forward and agreed by the membership. There were four categories, as follows. See here for the revised Constitution.

  1. Typographical errors and grammatical mistakes – these were taken as read and did not require a vote.
  2. Necessity for a Vice-chairman – it was agreed that such a small organisation did not need a Vice-chairman and in the event of the Chair’s absence another member       could stand in. This rule would therefore be removed.
  3. Strengthening the provision for removal of a member from the Association – it was agreed that this was non-contentious and so should be added.
  4. Electing ‘Friends’ as officers/committee members – there was an opportunity to extend eligibility to stand for the Committee to Friends, but only to those who had previously been plot holders and that these should be unanimously approved by the membership. It was likely that the numbers would be extremely small. Such individuals usually had to give up their plots through no fault of their own.

Election of Committee

The following were re-elected for a further three years:

Kim Scrivener, Chair

Barbara Vernon, Secretary

The following was confirmed to continue to her second year of her term of office as Treasurer in the new category of Friend of the Association and former plot holder:

Jan Carpenter

The following were re-elected to serve on the Committee:

Jan Castle

Derrick Davies

Gill Feakes

Christine Miles

Jim Miller

Graham Wilson has agreed to stand again as Auditor.

Annual donation to good causes

The Committee had agreed that there were sufficient funds to donate another sum of £100 to a good cause, as agreed by last year’s AGM. Three suggestions were received – Sustainable St Albans, Herts Air Ambulance and Strife. A vote would be requested from the membership via the Newsletter and a notice placed on the front of the Hut door. More information about these causes will be sent out separately.

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Please find below the minutes of last year’s AGM and the agenda for this year’s BLAA Annual General Meeting which will take place at 2pm on Sunday 15 May 2016 on site. Also below is the Constitution which as you will see has been marked up with some proposed changes for discussion and approval. You should bring these documents to the meeting. The two main proposed changes to the Constitution are:

  • Abolition of the role of Vice-Chair
  • Extension of eligibility for committee membership to Friends of the Association

Please also note that, as Kim Scrivener and Barbara Vernon have reached the end of they terms of office, there will be elections for the posts of Chair and Secretary. It you would like to stand for election or to nominate candidates for either or both posts, please send your nominations to Barbara by 5pm on Friday 6 May.

We look forward to seeing you there and catching up at the Cream Tea afterwards!

Spring is here!

…. in the shape of the Newsletter for Spring 2016! Enjoy, and get those sunflower seeds going!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

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Once again our Newsletter Editor Jan has woven her magic wand and we have a lovely Autumn Newsletter for you – enjoy!

Click here to view.

As you may recall, the Committee proposed at the AGM that the Association should make a small donation to a suitable charity once a year. This is only because you are all so generous and we therefore felt that it would be a good idea to share a bit of our good fortune with a local deserving cause. We can only do this of course if the Association’s finances are in good health, so it will be discussed at each AGM and agreed by you. This first year a number of suggestions were put forward, and members at the AGM voted for Earthworks, a charity which provides horticultural training for those with learning difficulties in St Albans. The Committee is therefore pleased to announce that Barbara Vernon, BLAA Secretary, duly presented a cheque for £100 to Earthworks on 12 August 2015. In one of the pictures, she is presenting the cheque to Gordon, who sometimes helps Judy Makin with her plot. Earthworks2
Earthworks1

Apologies for leaving you wondering what had happened to any report about the fabulous BBQ we had on 28 June. The organising crew had an anxious time setting up as not only were there nasty clouds but unfortunately quite a lot of rain. Miraculously the rain stopped when the BBQ started, and we had a really good turnout after all! Fabulous food and tombola, with a fiendish quiz to keep people on their toes and to fend off the effects of Pimms. Much more importantly, the results were revealed of the Best Plot, Best Newcomer and Most Creative Addition. These were:

Sonia - Best Plot

Sonia Macarthur – Best Plot

Ian

Lee Carling – Best Newcomer

Most Creative Addition Ian and Stephanie Loveday

Ian & Stephanie Loveday – Most Creative Addition

 

 

We are grateful, as ever, to Ayletts for supplying the prizes. Well done to our worthy winners and thanks to everyone for showing up for making it such a nice occasion!