Chair & Sec AGM reports 2015

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Chair & Sec AGM reports 2015
CITY OF ELY ALLOTMENTS ASSOCIATION
Chairman’s report to 2015 AGM
One Year On
They say that time passes quicker the older you get, well I must be older than I thought because
this year has flown by. It is difficult to believe that it was twelve months ago that I took over the
chairmanship of the Allotments Association.
The year has been a very busy one, there has been work carried out on all the sites, and in some
cases this will continue into 2015.
The sites are all virtually full, except Bridge Fen where we are still waiting to see exactly what
effect the new Southern Bypass will have, and despite all the new tenants the waiting list is still
there with names continuing to be added.
The prospect of work in the coming year, 2015, will be just as intense, particularly with the
Southern Bypass and the Ely North development eventually bringing several more sites into the
Allotment Association.
We are also intent on working closely with the Ely Horticultural Society on the Autumn Show by
the introduction of several new classes solely for allotment holders to display their produce, so
please look out for the Show Schedules, when they are printed, and please take part.
I wish to thank the Committee, which has grown in numbers over the year, not just the old
stalwarts but the new members as well, and in particular Katie who stepped in as treasurer, for their
help, advice and commitment over the last year. Finally, I would like to thank you, the plot holders,
for proving that the allotment community is alive and thriving in Ely. Let us hope for a successful
growing season.
Graham Bond - Chairman Ely Allotments Association
Secretary’s report.
I’ve been asked by some plot holders to thank the Committee particularly the Site Reps for all their
hard work and I’m happy to do that here. I also include Cllr Nigel Clarke. He is the first City Council
representative on the committee who has actually taken on an allotment and understands exactly
what is involved. I’d also like to thank everyone for making me and the treasurer’s job much easier
by paying their rents promptly.
It’s looking as if 2015 is going to be a busy year on the allotments with a lot going on with the
bypass. We are also dealing with the weather, rodents, weeds and crows but the ingenuity of plotholders never fails to impress me.
Good luck with the growing.
Linda Adams -Secretary Ely Allotment Association