Author Archives: Stuart Oram

Octagon Opening and BBQ Photos

Yesterday’s Opening Event for our Outdoor Classroom and new community facilities went exceptionally well – we even managed to dodge all the threatened showers!

Thanks go especially to Rita Callander from Greenspace Scotland who came along to open the Octagon in her role as Community Enabler for Tesco Bags of Help, to Kevin Anderson, Manager of our local TESCO branch for coming along to show his support and to Liz Hancock from RGU, who have provided so much support for the Community Garden over the last five years..

 

Thanks too to all the plotters, volunteers and friends who worked so hard on the day to make the event a success and to those who could not make it, but contributed raffle prizes and donations.

It was super to have so many friends from The MacMillan Cancer Charity join us.  The raffle brought in £146 and proceeds will be split equally between GFAA and MacMillan.

Community Sunday – Huge Thanks!

I’d like to thank everyone who turned out to help on yesterday’s Community Sunday, plotters and friends from RGU and MacMillan – indeed even Mr Toad Jnr!  With so many hands available we got through a tonne of tasks and the new style General Meeting generated all sorts of good ideas for funding, better gardening and wider community engagement. It was super to see so many old hands and new faces on the day.  Thanks to all who managed along and for the bakers and makers who produced such a wonderful spread for the coffee and cake session.

Community Sunday 16 July

Stuart

This coming Sunday – 16 July – is Community Sunday.  We are hoping for a good turnout of plotters as it is one of the last before our annual, It’s Your Neighbourhood Assessment Visit.  We want to get the site into good shape.

We will follow the usual format, starting at 11.00 and stopping for coffee and cake at 12.30 or so.  However, as a wee experiment we are planning to hold a General Meeting at the same time.  The purpose of the General Meeting is to gather plotters’ views on priorities and issues of current concern and for the future.

We hope this will be a convenient arrangement for plotters and will help improve communication within the Association.  I look forward to seeing you you on the day.

 

Late Summer BBQ

It was great to see so many at our BBQ at the weekend – and especially so many kids.  Thanks to Gill for all her hard work organising things and to Michael and Marion for the treasure hunt and Vinny for the trailer tours – always a success!!  In fact, thanks to all those who came along and helped make it such a success.

Marion briefing the treasure hunt troops

If you missed out this time – here’s a date for your diaries:  Our Late Summer BBQ is planned for Sunday 3 September.  Why not pop it in your diary now?

 

CFINE Aberdeen Urgent Appeal

CFINE urgently need long lasting foods- as per the attached poster.  Our friends at Inchgarth Community Centre have asked us to help with this appeal.

You already know that Inchgarth supports and hosts the TLC foodbank, which does an outstanding job for the people of Garthdee and South Aberdeen as a whole, where many of you have been most kind and dropped items off.
I am hoping to tap into your generosity once more for this appeal that shows together, Garthdee organisations, representatives, people and those from city wide services that work with us- truly do care and that we have made a joint impact. After all, isn’t this one of the core reasons we all work together and meet, to meet such challenges head on.
I know you are all really busy, but if you get moment, please do share on all of your social media pages, amongst your colleagues, or nip to Asda or Sainsbury’s in Garthdee, or any other shop, and buy a couple tins of soup, pasta, beans, or any of the items on the list and drop them off at Inchgarth.
Thanks so much for your time and efforts on this matter.

Aberdeen in Bloom Competition

Stuart

Application forms for the 2017 competition are now available and entries have to be returned got to be returned to Aberdeen City Council by 14 July.  We have always been big supporters of the City’s, Britain in Bloom efforts and I hope we will see the usual big entry from plotters this year.  A good level of entries helps show how keen we plotters are on our allotments and the Council’s work to support green spaces and gardening.

Plotters can pick up an entry from from the Bothy or from Council offices and libraries.  Alternatively, you can submit your entry online via the Aberdeen in Bloom Page.

I hope we will see a bumper crop of entries this year!