Page 66 - ALG Issue 4 2019
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 South West
Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset
  Talbot Road Allotments (Bristol) - First Allotment Show
The sun shone as the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Jos Clark, officially opened Talbot Road Allotments first allotment show on the August Bank Holiday Monday. She herself has had a plot and volunteered in the shop in the past, and so understood the pride allotmenteers felt about their hobby.
After a fortnight of torrential rain and wind, many had wondered how much produce would be exhibitable. We
need not have worried – on display
was a beautiful selection ranging from beans, onions, amusing veg and soft fruit, to cakes (containing a vegetable), chutneys, flowers and allotment photos. After a tense morning of judging by Mike Cook, certificates and prizes were awarded, including Digby Bradley’s beautiful turned wooden bowls and a cup awarded to the young gardener
of the year in memory of site rep Kev Tynan, who sadly passed away this year. He was a keen supporter of community events and the mental health benefits of gardening. He encouraged others to grow and it is hoped that this cup will be passed on each year.
After the award ceremony a ploughman’s lunch was served – this proved so popular that organisers had to run to the shops for extra supplies! The afternoon saw people relaxing
and chatting with fellow allotmenteers and members of the local community who had come along. Music was provided by local musicians James & Laura alongside tea, scones and cake. Pauline Stacey entertained us with her memories and the history of the site over the past 70 years! This was linked with an interesting display, put together by herself and husband Jim, showing photographs of the allotment site over the past 100 years. After a significant overhaul in the early 2000s – from a
pig farm to showcase allotments – we are much the envy of other sites across Bristol and have numerous water troughs, a proper road and revamped secure site shop, run by volunteers. The shop is open most weekends during the growing season and provides supplies to members at almost trade prices. It remains the focal point for community events, such as the show.
Thanks to all the organisers and contributors for a great day with a lovely atmosphere and we have hopes of repeating the show annually.
Jackie Freeman
      66 Allotment and Leisure Gardener

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