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Late Summer BBQ 2018

Well, the weather may have been a bit Baltic, to begin with, but our BBQ day was still full of fun and friendship.

It was great to see plotters, volunteers, RGU and MacMillan friends there on the day.  Oh, and, by the way, the raffle generated £72 for our GFAA funds. Not bad at all!

Kingswells Callers

There was a real buzz about the site this Thursday morning.  It was with great pleasure that we welcomed 60 kids, parent-helpers and staff from Kingswells Primary School.

Thanks go to Stuart, Peter, Gill D, Gill E, Phil and Ron who acted as guides on the day. The kids declared that they had learned a lot and enjoyed themselves on what they said was, “the best trip out – ever”.

The visit was part of a project the pupils in Primary 3 are doing on growing and cooking food. We had thought of asking Nick Nairn to do a cooking demo, but instead, Stuart agreed to step in with his (now famous) Soup from a Stone demonstration.

I hear Stuart is now taking bookings for Kids’ Parties, BBQs and the like.

I think we can safely say everyone had a great time!  Thanks too go to Anne (Plot 33) for setting it all up.

Prizes on Parade

It was another great night for GFAA at this week’s Aberdeen in Bloom Reception and Prize Awards.

Special congratulations go to Susan and Phil (Plot 35) as they topped the GFAA rankings this year with their third place overall in the Aberdeen Cities Allotment Gardens Competition (Category 8).

As always, Sandy Inkster took pride of place, however, with his First Prize in the City Gardens Competition.  Here’s Sandy taking his place with the other first Prize winners.  Well done Sandy!

Thanks go to Aberdeen City Council and Deputy Provost, Alan Donnelly for hosting the event and to Pat Wilson for her first class work behind the scenes and on the night.  Thanks too to all the GFAA Plotters who entered and flew the flag for GFAA in support of the Council’s gardening efforts.

IYN Assessment Visit 2018

We enjoyed a supportive and formative It’s Your Neighbourhood Assessment visit on Thursday from our new assessors, Steven Shaw and Daniel Shand.

Steven and Daniel seemed impressed with our efforts over the year and went out of their way to comment on the friendly buzz they notice on their visits to Garthdee Field.  They also offered us lots of encouragement and helpful advice, especially about what actions will be needed if we decide to go for Green Flag status in the coming year.

It will be some wee time before we know the outcome of our assessment, so please cross your fingers and watch this space!

Community Sunday August 2018

Thanks to everyone who made it along to help us prepare the site for our IYN Assessment.  It was wonderful to see such a good turnout on what started out as a very unpromising day weather-wise.  A special thanks to Alice (Plot Micro 2c) on her first outing on a Community Sunday and to the magnificent bakers.

What a team!

BBQ July 2018

EVENT POSTPONED!!!!! 

 

GFAA Summer Barbecue

12.30 on Sunday 29th July 2018

Plotters and Volunteers, along with families and friends, are cordially invited to our Summer Barbecue at the community orchard area of the Garthdee Field Allotments site.

Please bring your preferred BBQ food and drink, and if possible a salad or sweet to share.

There will be a raffle, with proceeds going to GFAA’s purchase of a new secure waterproof noticeboard.

Donations for the raffle will be gratefully received by Gill Earle (Plot 64), Stuart Oram (Plot 8) or Norman Coutts (Plot 81); or these may be brought on the day of the BBQ.

Please send any queries or offers of help on the day to Gill Earle – g.earl20 at btinternet.com / 07951021319. Offers to loan BBQs, chairs or picnic tables will be especially welcome, and should be advised to Stuart Oram (cstuartoram at yahoo.com / 077866 48223).

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