With so many parties going on in the area it was decided to delay our bonfire party until 9th November. Unfortunately we could not guarantee good weather so as the rain poured down incessantly all Saturday afternoon the decision was taken to postpone it until the next evening. With fingers crossed Remembrance Sunday dawned dry and bright although we were left with a very wet bonfire. Later that afternoon many members battled to get it going and after about an hour of prodding and tweaking we had a roaring blaze. The weather continued dry and we were blessed with a beautiful full moon. There were wonderful colourful and noisy fireworks all donated to the event and members provided some delicious food. I am sorry quite a few people missed it due to the change of date but for my part it was a real pleasure to meet those who managed to get there and I hope we can do something similar again in the summer.
Finally, a big thank you to all of you who supported the event in so many different ways.
The one thing you cannot predict about an Open Day is the weather!
However, this year we were lucky, and 1st September dawned bright and sunny. The community shed, thoroughly cleaned and decorated, was transformed into a tearoom where coffee, tea and the most delicious cakes (all baked by members of our community) were served by two valiant
KVLGA members. Outside we had a barbecue, tombola and raffle tickets for sale.
Plenty of produce was on offer and a special stall was set up by two of our members serving the most delicious Portuguese food.
Best of all though it was a wonderful opportunity to show off our beautiful allotment site to visitors and we had quite a few names added to our waiting list and raised £335.
This was held on Saturday 13th July. Around 90 stalls lined both sides of the High Street selling and demonstrating crafts, bric-a-brac, food and plants.
We were on the allotments early that morning picking vegetables for the stall. We also ran a raffle, tombola and had some second-hand items for sale.
Everything was kindly donated by plot holders. We met many people from the Kingston area and invited them to our September Open Day.
It was a long and tiring day but fun too and well worth it to be part of a team and raising funds for the allotments.
It would be a great help to have more volunteers next year.
Our first social event of the summer was held on Saturday 8th June at the Church of St John the Baptist, Kingston Vale.
This beautiful Victorian church has a pretty little garden tucked away behind it where it held its summer fair.
We had a stall at the edge of the lawn promoting the allotment site, selling raffle tickets for a well-stocked hamper, jams and some of our produce freshly picked that morning. It was a lovely community event and a good opportunity to talk to neighbours and other plot holders over tea, coffee and the most delicious home-made cakes.
Amongst the many stalls there were bees and local honey, plants and second-hand books for sale. There were donkey rides for children and a stall with reptiles that attracted both adults and children alike!
The whole event had a charming feel that took me back to my country childhood and, if you missed it this time, I would strongly recommend you visit it next year.
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