Minutes, March, 2009

PRESENT: John and Monica Mckinlay, Tom Cashman, Katie Ferguson, John Roberts, Johnny Gailey, Joan Anderson , Steve, Helen Gestwich, Richard Cross, Ernie Curtis and Joan Anderson, John Maule and Norma Carlyon – a great turnout, thanks to everyone who came along.
ITEMS:
1. MANURE: A vote of thanks to Norma for her work in organizing the Manure deliveries. The next delivery will be Saturday 14th in the morning and Tom will be in attendance to oversee the operation.
2. Helen had suggested that we hold a Seed/Plant/Produce Swop and it was agreed that this could coincide with our monthly meetings. John asked if she would organize the first of these for 11.30 on the 4th of April. Helen agreed to do this and we will be able to hold it in our new clubhouse.
3. At the last meeting Joan asked where she might get timber for raised beds and Johnny knew of a scaffolding yard at Albion Road which might sell old boards for a couple of pounds. Robert investigated this. He sourced boards even cheaper from a scaffolding firm at Newhailes Industrial Estate and was going to try to pick some up and deliver them next Saturday morning.
4. We agreed to have two competitions this year one for the most improved plot and the other for a children’s garden.
5. Johnny Gailey reported on the Waste Action Grant Programme with a possible 2500 pounds grant which would give us water butts for 40 plots. Unfortunately, this was not approved but there is a possibility that we could get help to submit a request for monies available from Neighborhood Partnerships and Johnny will take this forward.
6. B&Q give grants for up to 250 pounds which could be useful if we are to pay for the upkeep of our community hut from our own funds, again Johnny will pursue. The amount of grant may now have increased!
7. We discussed our visit from the Police and the attempted break-in to cars in the car park. Plot holders should be aware.
8. New clubhouse will be erected on Tuesday. Monica will let them in.
9. We will move ahead with our formal constitution and EVOC will help with its composition.
10. Composting facilities were discussed. A shredder would be useful and we need to pay attention to the use of the bins. It was unanimously decided to put notices on the bins to ensure their proper use.
11. We will organize a community day in line with the Open Doors Scheme in the autumn.
12. There was a good exchange of information regarding seeds etc at good prices.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING: 4 APRIL, 2009 at 11.00 –IN OUR NEW CLUBHOUSE!!!

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