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Saltburn


Allotments Association


I’m sitting writing this with Wildlife Garden Halloween Posters ready to be distributed about town. If November’s magazine is out early there’s still time for me to let you know that we will be having our party at 4.30pm on 28th October in our wildlife garden. If the magazine is out as usual, I can tell you what a successful party we had. Thinking about events, our first Bee Aware course will


be running on 21st and 22nd November. It’s a course for anyone interested in learning more about bees, how to attract them to the garden, patio tub, allotment; how they save money by increasing our harvests; the ins and outs of keeping bees and, some information about bee habitats, anatomy, pests and diseases. The course will be held at Tees Valley Wildlife Trust at Margrove Park Heritage Centre from 9.30am to 3.30pm each day. There will be a cost of £40 for the two days or £20 if you can only attend one of the two days (in which case we will make sure you catch up with what you miss). If you’d l ike to know more, please contact spf.bs@ntlworld.com. Now, growing in November is usually limited to a few


things, while we concentrate on putting our plots to bed for winter. The diggers among us dig over cleared parts of the plot into clods. This enables the birds to get at any pests and their eggs (eg slugs and snails) and the frost, when it comes, to break down the soil. If you like to use green manures, or would like to give this a try, November is the last chance really to sow. November is also a good time for getting hold of well-rotted manure and spreading it on parts of your plot. Areas where you expect to put brassicas next year will benefit from a dressing of manure, also areas where spring peas and beans are to be put. If you are still taking out finished peas and beans and, if


you have the space, think about chopping the plants at ground level, leaving the roots in the soil over winter. The bacteria in the nodules attached to the roots will continue to pump nitrogen into the soil which will benefit next year’s plants. If you don’t have the space, put the lot in the compost. If you want to sow overwintering peas and beans, we have the broad bean Aquadulce Claudia, a good overwintering variety and, pea Greenshaft, a good all-rounder that can be sown now. We also have some green manure seeds and other seeds for sowing now e.g. salad leaves. There’s still time (just) to plant over wintering onions,


shallots and garlic and spring cabbage. Also, if you want fruit trees and/or bushes (you need to come and see the allotment association for permission from the Parish Council if you are an allotment tenant) now is a good time to plant them with lots of well-rotted manure and plenty of water. Over the next couple of weeks we will be ordering our


seeds. If you’re interested, come and see what we have left this year and let us know whether you fancy anything in particular next year. We’ll make a list of what you’d like and get as much as we can. So, with that in mind, happy gardening and seed catalogue reading.


Sue 52


Saltburn Rotary Club


Our club impresarios Mike Sellars and Martin Nesbitt have struck gold again for our charity fundraising efforts. The partnership behind the success of our


Grand Ol’ Opry week last Easter have come up with another winner in the shape of a Bob Dylan Tribute night in October. The night, with free performances by some of the area’s top musical talent, attracted big ticket sales with a couple of weeks to spare before the event. Mike told the club at a recent meeting that the


Bob Dylan night should raise over £1,000, again thanks to the efforts of our admirable ticket sales team at Saltburn Health Food shop in the Station precinct. Club president Bruce Harrison said: “We are


delighted that the public of East Cleveland have responded so magnificently to another show that we are presenting. The artistes on the bill have been working on their Dylan numbers for months, and we hope that they will enjoy the night as much as the audience.” Bruce Harrison’s recent President’s Night


dinner at the Hunley Hotel raised £190 towards buying a Shelterbox for use by stricken families in disaster zones. The night was also a celebration of the club’s


85th anniversary, and the Reverend Harrison and his wife the Reverend Rachel Harrison cut a special birthday cake shaped in the numbers Eight and Five to the applause of members and special guests District Governor Elect Celia Leach and her husband Ewart.


The club recently gave £277 to caring


Saltburn student Katie Phenix, who has begun Voluntary Service with deprived youngsters in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and in South East Asia, The Philippines. The money was raised from a Saturday tombola in the Community Centre when Katie and her mother Lesley manned the stall for hours with Rotarians. The club has also donated the first £300 of a


promised £1,000 gift towards the building fund for the new church hall at Emmanuel Parish Church, Saltburn, which is currently under construction and most impressive. Rotarians also sold raffle tickets for the Talk


of The Town fundraiser in conjunction with editor Ian Tyas’s piano marathon on November 5th. See pages 11, 15 and 20 for other articles on this event. Please help Ian to make this event a success and to keep the magazine going. On the receiving side, the Saltburn club


shared a special award from Rotary District 1030 with the Rotary clubs of Redcar, Guisborough and Great Ayton, and Stokesley for teamwork in raising money to buy an access dinghy for the club for disabled sailors Sailability at Scaling Dam.


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