Vintage Afternoon Tea ~ Sunday 29th June 2014 2-4pm

Please join us on Sunday 29th June at 2pm for a lovely Vintage Afternoon Tea with Music from Stage and Screen performed by Sutton Coldfield Community Choir.

This event sold out really quickly last year so don’t delay in getting your tickets. Tickets cost £7.50 per person and are available from the Court Lane Allotments shop at weekends (Open 11am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday) or from Julie by arrangement.

This year proceeds will go to North Birmingham Cats Protection.

See flyer below for further details.

Vintage Tea 2014

Kingstanding Food Community Open Days ~ Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June

You may have already heard that the Kingstanding Food Community Cafe is now open for business.

It is staffed by volunteers serving delicious, fresh, healthy lunches, cakes and beverages every MondayFriday 11am till 2pm.

They are also holding their first “Open Weekend” on Saturday 31st May and Sunday !st June – 11am till 2pm, where you’ll be able to learn more about what’s happening over the Summer months.

See flyer below for more details . They always come and suspport our events. Please support them too if you can. KFC-openweekend-flyer

Court Lane Allotments Spring Fair ~ Sunday 11th May 2014

Only days to go until our 2014 Spring Fair on Sunday May 11th. Opening times 11am until 3 pm.

After months of planning we are sure it is going to be our biggest and best ever event at Court Lane Allotments.

On the grass at the top of the site will be archery and a rifle range to test your sporting skills, or try your aim at football crazy & tin can alley.

The younger children will not be left out with face painting and glitter tattoos. Then let them tire themselves out on our bouncy castle.

There will be more craft and gift stalls than ever, with some familiar faces and some stallholders joining us for the first time.

In the centre of the site you can meet the chickens and come face to face with live honey bees ( weather permitting ).

Our own plant stall will be offering a selection of home grown vegetable plants for you to try your hand at growing your own, along with trays of popular bedding plants and shrubs.

Step inside the food & drinks marquee to find a mouth-watering array of local artisan produce, grab a seat and treat yourself to a slice of homemade cake and coffee, or try one of our fabulous hot British pork baps with a choice of trimmings (don’t leave it too late as these sell out very quickly).

Come along and have a great day out.

You will be helping us to support local charities like the Friends of John Taylor Hospice.

In 2013 Court Lane Allotments made donations of more than £1800 to local worthy causes.

We look forward to seeing you at the Spring Fair.

Court Lane Allotments Spring Fair ~ Sunday 11th May 2014 11-3

Please set a date in your diaries for our Spring Fair which will be held on Sunday 11th may 2014 11am – 3pm. Lots of stalls and attractions. Further details will be posted when available.

Spring Fair

Vegetables that wish they were something else

The end of March is the time that the growing season really starts to take off. Hopefully you all have your plots dug over ready for planting and your seed trays are already full to bursting.

This was sent to us recently and I thought I would re-post it here as it is just a bit of fun. See the link below.

Weird vegetables

Maybe we should have a weirdly shaped vegetable competition on site this year. What do you think?

 

 

Court Lane Allotments Shop now open

Just to let everyone know – our site shop is now open again for the 2014 growing season*.

Do come along and equip yourself with gardening tools, compost, fertilisers, seeds and other gardening necessaries.

Our opening hours are on Saturdays and Sundays between 11-3. Parking is by the main marquee.

* A one-off £1 membership charge applies.

Court Lane Allotments Christmas Fair ~ Sunday 8th December 2013 11-3

Court Lane Allotments would like to invite you to our annual Christmas Fair. It will be held on Sunday 8th December from 11am until 3pm. There are lots of craft, food & drink stalls to tempt you, plus a carol concert and of course we will have a free visit to Santa for children (under 16). Entry is free and we will even offer a complimentary mulled wine and mince pie to get you in the Christmas spirit. As usual we will be supporting John Taylor Hospice.  Hope to see you there.

Christmas Fair

Court Lane Allotments presents “The Merry Tiller” ~ Sunday November 10th 2013 @ 7.45pm

Court Lane Allotments in association with Folk at the Fold would like to invite you to “The Merry Tiller”.

This lighthearted potted history of Growing Your Own will take place in the upstairs function room of The Red Lion Inn, Station Road, Erdington B23 6UG on Sunday 10th November 2013 @ 7.45pm. There will be a bar in the function room. Tickets cost £5 per person and are available from the site shop at weekends, from Ken, or from Alison (see poster below for further details).

Merry Tiller

Court Lane Allotments Autumn Fair 2013 ~ Sunday 22nd September 11-3

Our annual Autumn Fair is on Sunday 22nd September 2013 and will be open from 11am to 3pm. The fair is now in its fourth year and grows from year to year.

A popular attraction is the Food and Drinks marquee. Step inside to find a fantastic selection of homemade cakes and savouries. You will also have a chance to shop at our other fabulous stalls, including:

Cakes 2

COURT LANE HOMEMADE JAMS AND CHUTNEYS

ALBERT’S HANDMADE BREADS

JEN’S SWEET SHOP

TWO TOWERS BREWERY

CUFUFFLE CORDIALS, OILS & VINEGARS

HAMSTEAD BREWING CO. HOMEBREW KITS

Whilst in the Food marquee, treat yourself to a hot or cold drink with a slice of homemade cake. Or, feeling peckish? Grab a fabulous hot pork roll with stuffing and apple sauce.

You can also admire our range of Heaviest & Longest produce in the Court Lane Vegetable Show, wander around and see the Tallest Sunflower and you can even vote for your favourite Scarecrow on the allotments.

Outside, Meet the Chickens and buy local free range eggs. See live Honeybees inside our bee observation hive. Court Lane Honey will be for sale too, but “bee” quick…..it always sells out fast!

On the grass area, you will find a selection of Craft and Gift stalls including:

PHOENIX BOOKS AND CARDSCrafts

FOSSILS AND PRECIOUS STONES

HELLBENT BOOKS

HANDMADE SOAPS

JEWELLERY

SCRABBLE ART

 

 

Test your skills on the ARCHERY or RIFLE TARGET RANGE, score a goal on FOOTBALL CRAZY or try your luck on the TIN CAN ALLEY, LUCKY ENVELOPES, LOLLIPOP GAME and PONTOON DARTS.

Curious about your future? Then a visit to our Tarot reader is on the cards!

Learn about the excellent work being done by our range of local charities:

RUFF LUCK RESCUE, LEAFY SHADE RESCUE, CATS PROTECTION, RSPB, JOHN TAYLOR HOSPICE

Megan Rickards

 

 If you don’t see our special guest, then you cannot fail to hear her.

Our very own MEGAN RICKARDS, a member of the West Midlands Fire Service Pipe Band, has recently been crowned the Ladies All-England Amateur Piping Champion 2013.

Megan will be playing for us at 1pm.

 

 

 

COME ALONG FOR A GREAT DAY OUT AND HELP SUPPORT OUR NOMINATED CHARITY,  JOHN TAYLOR HOSPICE.

SEE YOU THERE!

Birmingham Annual Gardening Show ~ Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September 2013

A quick update to remind everyone that the Birmingham Annual Gardening Show takes place this weekend 31st August/1st September 2013 at Bordesley Green Allotments, directly off Bordesley Green Road, B9 5PD from 10 am to 5 pm.

Entry and parking are free. Bus 97 passes the entrance, and 11 and 28 stop nearby.

3 of our own plot holders will be presented with prizes for 1st place in the Best Plot, and 1st and 3rd places in the Best Newcomer competitions. Prizegiving starts at 3pm on Sunday.

Please go along and enjoy the allotment displays from sites all over Birmingham. There will be bees to see, plants to buy and refreshments all day.