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.
Maybe we should have a weirdly shaped vegetable competition on site this year. What do you think?
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 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.
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).
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:
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:
FOSSILS AND PRECIOUS STONES
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
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!
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.
Apologies for not putting these up earlier. We now have photographs of Spring Fair, Afternoon Tea and Fun Dog Show events that were held earlier in the year. Below are slideshows of the events. Alternatively, you can go directly to our Flickr site to view them. Go to the links below.
Get your dancing feet on as you mosey on down to our Barn Dance on Saturday 24th August at 8pm. There will be a live band, Fiddler’s Elbow playing as you do-si-do the evening away.
Feel free to bring your own picnic and drinks. Tickets available at Court Lane Allotments Shop at weekends or telephone for more details. See flyer below for contact information. Tickets are £6 for adults and £4 for under 16s.
Back by popular demand is our Charity Fun Dog Show. This year it is to be held on Sunday 21st July. Gates open 10am and judging is from 11am. Classes cost £1 each to enter and the schedule is below.
There will be a range of stalls and, of course, refreshments.
As a responsible pet owner please use poop-scoop bags for any mess. Dogs must also be on a lead at all times.