Spring Fair a huge success ~ Appeal for the winner of the giant Teddy

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Spring Fair on Sunday to make it such a huge success. Even the sun came to enjoy the festivities!

The “Great Court Lane Cake Off” baking competition was a big draw. Thank you to everyone who entered a cake  and congratulations to all the worthy winners. We would like to thank our special guest, Brendan Lynch for judging the competition for us and giving us some wonderful baking advice (and photo opportunities).

One lucky winner won the giant Teddy and we are appealing for them to come forward to claim their prize. Unfortunately the telephone number we have for the winner is incomplete so we are unable to notify them. The Teddy was won by MARTINA, so if that was you, please email us on hello@courtlaneallotments.com and send us your complete phone number and the name you chose to claim your prize.

Thank you once again for making our event such a success. Hope to see you at our next event ~ Family Fun Quiz on Saturday 15th June at 7.30pm (tickets available from Court Lane Shop from this weekend).

 

Spring Fair and Great Court Lane Cake Off ~ Sunday 19th May 11-3

Court Lane Allotments are pleased to announce there will be a special event at our Spring Fair on Sunday 19th May 11-3

We have invited our special guest, Brendan Lynch, finalist in the Great British Bake Off to judge a homemade cake competition. This is a fun competition and your only limitation is your imagination. Cakes can be any size/shape/style/flavour. One entry per person only. Entry is FREE. Cakes must be submitted on the day between 11am and 12noon. Judging will take place at 2pm. 1st prize will be a signed Great British Bake Off book.

Other attractions on the day include:

HOMEMADE FOOD MARQUEE

BOUNCY CASTLE – ARCHERY

FAIRGROUND GAMES

MEET THE CHICKENS – FERRET RESCUE

ARTISAN FOOD PRODUCERS

LOCAL BREWERY & VINEYARD

CRAFT STALLS

AND MUCH MORE

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SUPPORTING JOHN TAYLOR HOSPICE

Court Lane Allotments to take part in the Big Dig 16th March 2013 ~ Volunteers needed

Court Lane Allotments has been accepted to participate in the Big Dig Birmingham project on Saturday 16th March 2013, 11am to 3pm. This is part of a national initiative to connect local communities with gardening projects in their area.

We are an urban allotment site in Erdington. We have 105 allotment plots, a recently-developed community garden with resident honey bees, and a thriving sociable community of allotmenteers.

Whats happening:

We are having an open day on to carry out essential maintenance of the Community Garden area and plant additional fruiting bushes along the perimeter of the site. Volunteers should bring spades and gardening gloves and a willingness to dig!

When: 16/03/2013  Time: We are open to the public 11am to 3pm. We also have an on-site gardening shop for essential tools, seeds, compost etc.
Where: Court Lane (Junction with Jarvis Road) Erdington B23 5RN
How to get there: We are a 10 minute walk from Erdington railway station. Several buses pass right by the entrance on Court Lane. There is on-site parking for cars.

VOLUNTEERS WHO FILL OUT A REWARD CARD OF VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES WILL BE ENTERED INTO A PRIZE DRAW!

More information on Big Dig Birmingham can be found here.

Free courses with Court Lane Allotments

We are offering free courses in horticultural and gardening techniques over the coming months. They will be an integral part of our successful bid for a Lottery Fund grant to develop the Community Garden; hence our ability to offer them free of charge. The courses and workshops will be led by specialists in various fields, including Frank Hardy, who was Vice Principal of Pershore Horticultural College.

Places are limited but you can request up to 2 places for as many courses as you wish. All courses will be at Court Lane Allotment unless otherwise stated. Below is details of workshops and courses available. There is a sign up form here.

Court Lane Allotments Honey for sale

Our bee colonies at Court Lane Allotments have been very busily collecting nectar and turning it into lovely honey. We have extracted a second super last week and this batch of honey is much lighter in colour than the batch we had at the Spring Fair. This reflects the different flowers that the bees have been foraging on.

There are jars of honey for sale in the Court Lane Allotments shop at £4.50 per lb jar.

The site shop is open every Saturday and Sundaybetween 11am and 3pm.

 

 

We need help (and wheelbarrows) on Saturday please

Calling all plotholders! Your Community Garden Project needs you!

You may have noticed that work has now started on the Community Garden, with committee members and volunteers working over the Easter weekend and last Sunday.

This Saturday, 7th May, the digger is coming to start clearing the areas for re-landscaping. We need as many people as we can to provide labour and wheelbarrows to help move the excess soil. The digger arrives at 8.30, but any help you could give at any time during the day would be appreciated.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Tree-planting working party Sunday 14th November from 12noon

This Sunday, 14th November 2010 from 12 noon, there will be a working party at Court Lane Allotments. This will be to plant the 105 free saplings which we have been fortunate enough to have been given by The Woodland Trust.

They will be used to supplement the perimeter planting we carried out in Spring 2009 as part of our measures to improve security at Court Lane Allotments, whilst also providing habitat and food for wildlife.

We also plan to use some of the Pyracantha shrubs kindly donated to us from a plotholder.

Afterwards, there will be a small party with food brought by volunteers to share with everyone helping out.

Please do join us to plant a sapling and enjoy good food. The more the merrier!