Family Fun Day June 2019
For the past couple of years, events have been organised throughout the Midlands in the last weekend of June, assisted by £500 grants from the Mayors Community Weekend fund and National Lottery. In 2019 the Association managed to win one of these grants so we held a Family Fun Day at the Northleigh Road site on the 30th June with the theme “Nature Nurture”. Our aim was to advertise all our sites and encourage locals to visit us and find out what happens on allotments.
Apart from food and music, we had stalls – face-painting, mehndi, guess-the-weight-of-the-cake, information stalls provided by the Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and the National Society for Allotment and Leisure Gardeners. Young visitors could do a nature quiz, make veggie animals, insects or hedgehogs, or both adults and children took part in an allotment exercise challenge with wheelbarrows, canes and compost!
We also ran a local front garden competition in the run-up to the event, entered by 25 households. The Prizes were presented at the event by MP Liam Byrne and Councillor Mohammed Aiklaq, for the front garden competition.
Association events and shows
The Association has been running events and shows for many years, with competitions to enable plotholders to pit their growing skills against each other and to show off to the public. The usual programme was: an early flower show in June, an Annual Vegetable and Flower Show in August, and a Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Show in September, and cups, plaques and certificates were presented at the AGM.
Currently we are reviewing whether and how to carry on the tradition as our Show Secretary Derek Cullen has now stepped down – he has been organising the city-wide Annual Show in August for the past 3 years and needs to commit more time to this role and BDAC projects.
The Association has also run charity events to raise money for the John Taylor Hospice in Erdington, Macmillan Cancer Support, and in 2018 we had a winter event to encourage the public to visit us and raise money for improvements on the sites.
In December, we have a Christmas party for members and friends, held in the Northleigh Road pavilion.
See the gallery for a selection of pictures from recent years.
Do you have suggestions on what we should organise in 2020? – use Contact Us page. We have a Committee sub-group planning and organising events – non-Committee people with something to contribute very welcome too .