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Welcome to the website  of

Bensham Manor Allotments Society
Click here for a map



 Sunday 7th September

11am to 3pm

     

 

    

                           

   AGM 1st March 2014

Queens Community Centre

The new venue was voted a success by all who attended, so we hope to use it again next year.

Proposals raised in the AGM included a necessary increase in the water and maintenance charges.  These had not been increased since October 2011.  Both increases were voted for unanimously, so these will take effect from October 2014.

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  2014 Sweet Pea Competition

Winners of the competition are

Plot 36 and Plot 157

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The Building of our New Toilet on the Lion Road site.

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   The Community Shop is now open again.

As from August, the shop will be open on Sunday from 10.00 to 12.00


We hope to have some Winter Onions for sale in early September

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Do you have an email address?
Let us know
- it would be great to be able to send this to you direct and let you know of other dates.

All you have to do is send us an email by clicking on
the link mail@benshammanorallotments.org.uk & we will add you to our list!
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Plot Inspections   -  3K’s
 
Keep your edges/path clear,
Keep weeding!
Keep planting!!! And remember
number your plot clearly.

Which edge/path are you responsible for?

        a) All the edges of your plot.
       
b) Path between you and your neighbours
(Interplot path) to the right of your plot
when you are on the
main road/path looking at your plot.

c) Upkeep of 12" of verge in front of your plot from your plot edge
- so don’t chuck stones or rubbish on it as the Working Party may be coming along with the lawn mower!

Free Manure

We do get occasional free deliveries of manure and wood chippings.
These will be just inside the main gate. So help yourself.

If there is anything you would like
included in the News Letter,
let us know –
Any gardening tips, recipes for chutney etc!!!!

 Talk to your allotment neighbours to make sure they have seen this newsletter
plus information will be in the Community Shop and in the lockers
or you can ask a Committee member.

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Working Parties!
On the first Sunday of each
month we hold a working party to maintain the site.
All volunteers are welcome to help.
Work can include weeding, painting etc:
no skills required- just come along & join in.
Free Lunch Provided at midday
for all workers that start at 9-12am.
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A few of our plotholders keep Bees on site so we have put a link to
The Croydon Division of Surrey Bee-Keepers Association.

http://croydonbeekeepers.co.uk

      We have also opened up a History Page on the website to give you some Facts, Maps & Photos of how this allotment land came about all that time ago and what it looked like, so if you want to know a little bit of history give it a look!

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 Bensham Manor Allotments
Society
(Including Bert Road Allotment).
This is where we are:-

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If you need a larger map to find us click here


We have opened a new page on our website called
"News & Information" which keeps everybody up to date with News & Tips.



In the Community Shop

We have a
Flavia Hot Drinks Machine
so come and pick-up your orders and try our "Hot"drinks
as well "Cool" drinks from the fridge
(look at the Community Shop Page for details)



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 Views of the Allotments
for other views explore some of  our other pages on this site

Bensham Manor Plotholders sadly, have seen many dear gardening friends pass on. Plotholders of the day felt it was important that these people should be remembered by the Society and, it was decided to make the embankment at the Pitt Road entrance a Memorial garden.  A simple wooden cross was erected and relatives and friends of the departed planted shrubs and trees as a living memorial. As the years have passed it became apparent that some people wanted to plant more delicate plants and bulbs and the embankment was not a suitable place.  By the office was a small area of land unused. Once again a worthy team of volunteers set about creating a small ornamental garden for use as a second memorial garden. 2 benches were also erected for those who wished to sit and reflect.

Then a few years ago sadly a plotholder named John Flaherty died. He was so popular not only in the allotments for all the help he gave to everyone and the Society. In Croydon & Thornton Heath he was a Folk/ Country Singer who regularly performed at Ruskin House. He had loved the allotments so much his widow wanted his ashes to be scattered in the memorial Garden.

Chairman of the day Derek Fishlock decided that if this was going to happen than the ground would need to be consecrated or blessed so that it would be a fitting place to have ashes scattered. The local vicar, a great supporter of the allotment came and performed both ceremonies and Derek arranged for marble stone to be inscribed “Memorial Garden” so that all who pass by will understand the significance of this small garden within the allotment site. Over the years since then many plants have been planted in memory and now the Garden is a truly lovely place to see as you enter the site
(See Photos below)

THE MEMORIAL GARDEN

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Some more views of Lion Road Site

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This page was updated on
28th August 2014

Links to other Web Sites
See our new page called
"News & Information"