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Very Sad News of Grant Allan

It’s with great sadness that I have to bring you news of the death of Grant Allan, one of our earliest and most popular volunteers.  Grant died at the weekend after a period in hospital following a serious fall on a night-out in September.  He was 34 years old.

Grant joined the GFAA Volunteer Squad in early August 2016.  He had just lost his job due to his work’s closure and, typically, he contacted us because he was determined not to be idle while he looked for work.  He quickly established himself as a regular and popular member of the team: he was quick to smile and full of fun.

Grant (on the right)

Grant was profoundly deaf and had been since childhood.  He was an excellent lip-reader, however, and had no difficulty in communicating. He loved the outdoors and never shirked hard work.  He confessed he was no gardener, but he was very keen to learn, especially as he wanted to be able to look after the garden at home for his Mum.

Left to right: Norman, Grant, Gill and Gordon.

He volunteered with us through 2016 when his health allowed.  He suffered a number of accidents, setbacks and injuries over that time, but they never stopped him wanting to help out and give back to others.  He also volunteered with CFINE and other charities over this time and was a keen runner and cyclist.

Grant last helped out on site in the Autumn of 2017, just before going into hospital for a cochlear implant. This was a success, allowing him to hear for the first time. He got in touch in May, saying he hoped to be back with us soon as new commitments and activities following his operation allowed.

Grant was a gentle soul, kind-hearted and generous to his core. I am sure that all who met him on site will join me in saying he will be very sadly missed.  Rest in Peace, Grant.

Evening Express Tribute

 

General Meeting Reminder

Please note the room change!!!!!!

Coffee and cake on offer and maybe even a glass of something fizzy!

Dobbin rides to the rescue

Well, not exactly ‘rides’ to the rescue, but no matter, read on ….

Worried about a shortage of organic matter in the coming season? Did you miss out on all of the excellent leaf mould and cow dung last year?  Are you trying the ‘no-dig’ approach, but are short of home-grown compost?  No worries, a solution is at hand.

Brian (Plot 62) has a secret source of high-octane, but well-rotted, horse manure:  guaranteed to give your tatties just the boost they need.  Apparently, the supply is near-endless and the quality unquestioned. Straight from the horses’ ????!!!!

If you are interested in having some, please contact Brian.  If you can’t see him in person, pin a dated message to his gate.  He hopes to organise a delivery before or after Christmas – depending on interest and demand.  First-come, first-served.

However, there is no such thing as a free dump in this world, and if you want to benefit, you have to volunteer to help with collection, delivery or distribution on site.  Form an orderly queue, please!

Sorry, but I am short of copyright free horse images!

Big thanks go to Brian for being willing to take this on.

 

TAMS on the up

Our TAMS donations seem to be bigger than ever this season.  This is great news.  Donations to TAMS will produce income for GFAA at the end of the year and help spread the health and environmental benefits of eating locally grown food around our wider community.

If you want to donate any surplus you have, but can’t make it down for the Thursday afternoon pick-up, let us know and we can arrange for our volunteers, Gordon and Mike, to pick up stuff for you on Thursday morning.  Please be specific about what you want to be taken!

We’re in the money!

Plotters will recall GFAA joined Dobies Group Scheme last year, offering a 40% discount on orders placed for plotters and a 10% benefit forAssociation funds.  Well, 40% on seeds and 10% on everything else.

Dobies (that is Dobies the seed merchants with one “b”, not the local chain of garden centres) have been in touch to say that they are going to be putting £56.63 into our association bank account at the end of the month.  That is based on a value of £499.34 (after discount) of total orders placed with them by our members.

This is quite encouraging for the first year of the scheme’s operation. A total of 22 orders were placed in the course of the year.  We joined the scheme a wee bit late in the season.  The new catalogues will be available in September, along with a new unique discount code that must be used.  Please note the old code can no longer be used after the end of this month.  If you would like to take part in the coming year, please look out for further info in the course of next month.

Thanks to all who supported the scheme this time around.  I have not heard of any problems or disappointments, but please let me know if you have any concerns.

Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (UK)

Thanks go to Sonya )Plot 97B) for suggesting this post.

This citizen science research project gives details of 14 pollinator-friendly flowers and invites participants to monitor plants and visitors in a set square of their plot.

Follow this link to the POMS website.

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