Apologies for delay in publishing the photos from Autumn Fair. It was a wonderful day and thank you to all who attended and supported the day. Even though it was rainy towards the end, all had a great time. A special thanks to Brendan Lynch (from The Great British Bake Off) for baking a cake for raffle and speaking to all those who attended.
Below is slideshow of photos of the event or you can go directly to Flickr slideshow.
On Sunday, 22nd July we held our second Fun Dog Show. The purpose was to allow local and not so local people to bring their dogs and enjoy a grand day out. Dogs took part in a not very competitive competition and we also had an agility display with rather clever and energetic dogs.
We also raised money for local animal charities that do fantastic work in assisting pets to get as much help as possible. Thank you to all who came.
A little write up about our recent Spring Fair. Thanks to Ken Simpson for the words and photos.
Our Spring Fair on May 22nd was a roaring success – not least because of the gale force winds tearing across the site. Several of the gazebos had ambitions to become hang gliders. However, this did not deter our loyal supporters from the local community, other allotment sites and our own plot holders from supporting us. In fact we had visitors from as far away as Berkshire. (We think they happened to be visiting friends in the area – we don’t advertise that far afield).
This Fair must have broken a number of records in terms of attendance and the speed at which our offerings were consumed. We opened at 11.00 a.m. and by 12.30 p.m. the home produce (which, at the outset, ran the entire length of the marquee) was all but gone and people were still coming through the gates. Our apologies to all of you who turned up to find that we had sold out.
Demand was such that the barbecue had to be hastily re-stocked. The ice cream was also soon exhausted and Court Lane Honey was devoured in an amazingly short time (Its uniquely natural taste even converted several people who professed not to like honey).
The archery range was very popular and the bouncy castle was never empty (although we had to restrain several over-excited adults). The demonstration of spinning attracted interest from all ages and the jazz pianist added a relaxing atmosphere to the marquee.
After a full day we counted the cost, balanced against the slight damage to a couple of gazebos we were more than gratified to find that we had raised a significant amount for Association funds and our partnership with John Taylor Hospice.
We would sincerely like to thank all of you for your efforts and support. We also value the many positive comments made in appreciation of our open days. We welcome you to our future events which will be advertised on this website, locally and in the press.
Eleanor Hoad, (Erdington’s Artist in Residence), is holding a Harvest Festival event in Erdington on Saturday 16th October 11am – 3pm.
Several of our plot holders have been working alongside Eleanor at the Edible Erdington Project and as a consequence our allotments have built a good relationship with Eleanor and the Erdington Town Centre Partnership.
If you would like to attend the event, it is being held outside the Cooperative on Erdington High Street.