ALLOTMENT SHOWCASE – Saturday 13th May 2017
All allotment tenants (and those wanting an allotment) are invited to attend our second Allotment Showcase, from 12 noon – 4.30 pm on Saturday 13th May at the Friends Meeting House, York Street, Bath, BA1 1NG.
There’ll be plant sales, information about growing, composting, water-harvesting, etc., preserves to taste and to buy, historic and current information about allotment sites in Bath, a café, raffle and more. It’s a great chance to meet other allotment tenants and pick up information about what’s going on locally. Download more information here (also lists other events for the summer of 2017).
ALLOTMENT THEATRE – Saturday 22nd July 2017
Mikron Theatre return once again to Bloomfield Road allotments, this time with a show about the RNLI called “In at the deep end”.
Gates will be “open” at 12pm for picnics (refreshment stall available). The show will start at 1pm. Tickets not required, but there’ll be a collection after the show. Bring rug/chair. Tea and cakes available during the interval. Finishes about 3pm.
GROW IT, EAT IT 2016 – Sunday 4th September
Bath Area Growers produce show will be held at Bath Organic Group’s community garden, next door to Victoria Park. Full details here. There are classes for everyone, adults and children, and remember that we think taste is more important than appearance, except perhaps for the art and the creatures made out of fruit and veg). Award stickers to the entries that you think taste best! Tea stall and children’s activities. Entries 11am-12.30pm, show open 1.30-4.30pm.
ALLOTMENT THEATRE – Saturday 30th July 2016, show starts at 1pm
Bloomfield Road allotments, BA2 2AB
Kreation Foods are the Big Cheese of Food Manufacturing – and they have big plans. With all due razzmatazz they are about to re-launch the nation’s one time favourite chocolate bar “Plumstead’s Pure”. For Head of Marketing, Theresa, this is a delicious moment, but for idealistic trainee Faye the whole event is in bad taste.
Cut to 150 years in the past and the pioneers of chocolate are fighting other battles. John Jordan has discovered a revolutionary way to make chocolate – but can he persuade his tight fisted Landlord, Darius Sanguine, to finance his bold idea? Show details.
Join Mikron and devour a story of many flavours – both from the past and in the present. If a business is big does it really have to be bad? Does success always have a sweet smell?
Bring a picnic from 12 noon onwards, a rug/chair. Tea and cakes available. No tickets require – collection after the show.
ALLOTMENT SHOWCASE – Saturday 7th May, 12.30 – 4.30 pm
Friends Meeting House, York Street, Bath BA1 1NG
- The history of allotments in Bath
- Information about the city’s allotments, including availability
- Opportunities for ‘meanwhile’ gardening
- Trading Hut – information, product range, discount schemes
- Food preservation techniques – taste and learn!
- Plant and seedling swap
- Children’s activities
- Taking on a plot – first steps
CAFÉ – light lunches, coffee, tea and cakes
Committee dates for 2016:
AGM 2015: Monday 26th October, 6.30 pm
Refreshments from 6.30 pm, meeting starts at 7pm.
Includes a talk by Charles Dowding on no-dig gardening
Committee dates for 2015:
GROW IT, EAT IT – our produce show for 2015 This is a very informal show, with a range of classes so wide that everyone will be able to find something to enter! Not only this, but we’ll be able to taste and comment on our entries. Classes and activities for young and old, so have a look at the schedule.
People who grow fruit and veg from other group members of Bath Area Growers will be taking part. Come and find out what they grow (and eat)!
EVENTS Mikron Theatre Company – Saturday 18th July 2015 Mikron are coming back to Bloomfield Road allotments on Saturday 18th July with their show related to the WI’s centenary – Raising Agents. Bring a rug/chair, a picnic if you like, to arrive before 1pm when the show starts. Tickets not required, but the actors will be collecting donations after the show. There’ll be a tea and cake stall. Download: poster, more information. This was a great event – very talented crew, hopefully will be back next year!
Saturday 2nd August 2014, 3pm – Allotment theatre Mikron Theatre returns to Bloomfield Road allotments with their new show, Til The Cows Come Home. Harvey Granelli is fed up working for Thistledale Council. He followed his miserable mother into local government, but he has more in common with his Italian father – part-time playboy and one-time ice-cream maker, Romeo. Read more about the show here. Trailer. Poster. Press release. Bring a picnic any time from 1pm. There’ll be tea and cakes available. The show starts at 3pm – bring your own rugs and chairs. No tickets required – the actors will be ‘passing the hat’ around after the show. Sunday 17th August – Alternative Produce Show This year the show is taking place at Alice Park Community Garden. Rest assured, it won’t be like a standard produce show! Take a look through the schedule (link provided below) and see all the different categories. There’s something for all ages and a wide variety of interests. Set up in the morning, open to the public in the afternoon (1-5pm). Everyone is welcome to take part. Download a copy of the schedule here. Committee meetings for 2014: Meetings will be held at 7pm in Manvers Street Baptist Church (unless specified otherwise) Monday 20th January 2014 Tuesday, 18th March Monday, 19th May Tuesday, 15th July Monday, 15th September AGM in October Tuesday, 18th November ARCHIVE Saturday, 1st March 2014 – public meeting, held by the Association, for all Bath allotment tenants. What does ‘self-management’ on allotment sites mean? 2-4pm, Friends Meeting House, York Street, BA1 1NG. Download the poster here. Programme: 1. Introduction – to cover why we are holding the meeting, a brief summary of the theory of self-management and an introduction to the speakers. Bernard Thomason, Vice-Chair, B&NES Allotments Association, and Peter Andrews, Chair of the meeting(10 minutes) 2. Stephen Clampin, Allotments Manager, Bristol City Council – the Bristol experience (30 minutes) 3. Neil Cameron, Chair of the Frome Allotments Association – the Frome experience. (10 minutes) 4. Virginia Williamson, Secretary of B&NES Allotments Association – issues arising from others’ experience of self-management. (10 minutes) 5. Tea and cake (10 minutes)/Questions and answers (30 minutes) 6. Wind up from the Chair. GROW YOUR OWN (2007) – Thursday 3rd October, 7pm Screening of feature film, followed by tea, cakes and discussion. URCH Grove Street. AGM 2013 – 21st October, 7pm William Jay Room, United Reformed Church Halls, Grove Street, BA2 6PJ. Agenda. SOIL STRUCTURE, SOIL FERTILITY AND GREEN MANURES – Thursday 19th September, 7pm. Talk by Chris Smith of Pennard Plants. William Jay Room, United Reformed Church Halls, Grove Street. THE ALTERNATIVE PRODUCE SHOW – Sunday, 25th August, 1.30 – 5pm, New Oriel Hall, Larkhall The Association joined up with fellow members of Bath Area Growers to organise a produce show with a difference. There won’t be competitions for the most perfect or biggest veg, but for the weirest, the most unusual, the most colourful and the most flavourful. The classes will also include molluscs, veg fashion, art, craft and cooking. Download all the details here: Poster, leaflet, entry form. Photos VISIT TO GARDEN ORGANIC – Friday, 9th August, all day Coach trip to Garden Organic (formerly the Henry Doubleday Research Centre) at Ryton, with a bespoke tour of the exotic vegetable garden (new seeds project) and later in the day a visit to Five Acres, the adjacant community supported agriculture project. Leaving Bath 8 am, returning 6.30 pm. £20 pp. E-mail email@example.com. BEYOND THE VEIL – Saturday, 27th July, 2013, afternoon Mikron Theatre return to Bloomfield Road allotments with their new play, Beyond the Veil – Hives, Honey, Homicide. Here’s the flyer, and the trailer. Gates open 1pm, performance starts at 3pm. Bring a chair or rug, a picnic if you like. No advance tickets, but retiring collection. Tea and cakes on sale. VISIT TO PENNARD PLANS AND CHARLES DOWDING’S NEW GARDEN – Saturday, 4th May 2013 We organised another trip to Pennard Plants heritage vegetable open day, as 2012’s trip was so successful. We visited Pennard Organic Wines again, and then Charles Dowding showed us round his new garden, which he started in November 2012. PLAN YOUR PLOT – Sunday, 10th March, 2013 Come along and meet fellow gardeners at the Love Lounge (the function room at the back of The Bell in Walcot Street) over tea and homemade cakes, to chat about your plans for 2013, get guidance on rotation and planning your plot, consult books and generally swap information. Sunday, 10th March, 4.30 – 6.00 pm. All welcome. THE BIG DIG – Saturday, 16th March, 2103 The Allotment Association is supporting fellow members of the Bath Area Growers network who are opening seven (maybe more) community gardens in Bath as part of Big Dig day 2013. This national event is intended to encourage city dwellers to get involved in urban agriculture by volunteering for a day (hopefully more!). Further details here. LOSING THE PLOT – Saturday, 18th August 2012 Mikron Theatre brought ‘Losing the Plot’, a story of love – love between people and the land, love between people and people, and love between people and their giant vegetables, to Bloomfield Road allotments. When Harvey from the Council pays a visit, the gardeners realise that they must pull together, or forfeit their precious plot forever ….. ALLOTMENTS FORUM The Forums will be held twice a year. See separate page.