Plot 20A on the Hurst Road site hosted this years’ TATA BBQ and Pizza Get Together. For a whole week beforehand a bonfire smouldered continuously getting rid of overgrown vegetation, couch grass and the most unwelcome bindweed. Apple trees were pruned, lumps and bumps raked over, and a pathway laid. On Friday evening the event shelter was erected and anchored. Garden chairs and tables materialized from around the site and were hosed down.
Paul B manned the pizza oven and baked very tasty garlic bread and pizzas adding a chilli here and there for little more zing. Charlie was in charge of the BBQ cooking meat, fish and the odd veggie burger – dedication considering he had just flown back from Kenya that morning! A whole range of goodies came from the ‘bring and share’ including beetroot jelly, homemade coleslaws, apple cake (Malcolm – did you know someone had ‘scrumped’ your apples ), home-baked cookies and Pimms – a true taste of summer served with lemonade, strawberries, cucumber and orange.
Approximately 50 people joined in this social event from all walks of working/retired life, from food photographers to statisticians, builders to teachers, and civil servants to IT experts.
Many thanks to all those who made this event so successful. It was lovely to welcome newcomers and catch up with seasoned plot holders, all with one common bond – the allotments.
A very special thanks to Wendy for keeping it all on track and keeping an eye on the weather (as well as the budget!).
Looking forward to 2020!