17 Jul 2014

We, most of us anyway, use nets to keep birds and ‘varmints’ off of our produce, be it soft fruits, peas or brassicas.  The appeal is – whenever you use nets, to try to keep them tight.  We have had reports from several people where birds have become trapped in loose netting and in 
most cases the birds have wrapped themselves up in the nets and then died either through exhaustion or shock.  I, myself, found a bird trapped in netting on a neighbour’s plot but it expired before I could get back to it with something to cut the net away.  I’m sure you’ll agree it would be an unpleasant death……

The second appeal is far more pleasant………..  It’s our usual appeal for produce, cakes, jams and conserves, etc, etc, to be sold at the Southbys Allotments Open Day.  The produce and home-made items are always very well received by the visitors to the site (as well as plotholders themselves) – if you are able to donate some cakes, jams, pickles, chutneys or anything along the “home-made” line we would be very grateful.  It will all help to boost proceeds that we can contribute to charitable projects.
Thanks and best wishes

2 Jul 2014

24 Jun 2014

Greenhouse for Sale

I  used to have a couple of plots at southbys a few years back (plot 68) and know how new & existing allotmenteers are always looking for these things over the new poly tunnels.

I have an 8' x 6' Ali framed greenhouse for sale. Mixture of glass and Perspex glazing, however there is one pane missing. There is an automatic window opener that I fitted a couple of years back and works as the photo shows. Needs some TLC but a bargain at £50 !!

I intend to dismantle this coming weekend 28/29 June 2014.

Please contact me via email initially:

 Kind regards

Gerry Marchant

17 Jun 2014



Saturday 2nd August 2014


SATA are planning to hold the Open Day this year on 2nd Aug starting at noon and closing at 3 pm following on from the previous years’ successes. The Open Day is intended to advertise the joys, challenges and community spirit of Allotment Gardening to the local population and to make some money for a charity, which again this year will be the Spring Charity Fundraisers, a local charity based in Newbury who in turn support disabled young children in and around Newbury.


The tentage etc will be put up from about 10.00 am on the morning of Friday 1st ready for the Saturday morning and removed after the event closes. All help will be very welcome.



It is planned to have the following stalls;



Produce Sale (Fruit, Vegetables, Flowers)

Homemade Cake and Bread Stall (including eggs, honey and preserves etc) 

Security advice from our Neighbourhood Police Team

Guess the number of sweets in the jar



      Tea,Coffee,soft drinks available

Any donations of allotment grown produce, eggs, homemade cakes, preserves, Tombola prize items would be very much appreciated. Please pass any Tombola prizes before the day to Shannon Carr or any member of the committee. Donations of any other produce or cakes etc would be greatly appreciated on the day before or during the morning of the 2nd (Saturday).  


Some help will be required on both Friday morning and afternoon to set things up and on the Saturday to “man” the stalls, help the visitors and then to clear away after the event. If there are any volunteers please let a member of the SATA committee know or put a note into the SATA mailbox by the notice board.  All volunteer helpers are invited to come to the briefing evening - Wednesday 9th July starting at 7.00pm on the site (but don’t worry if you can’t make it).


A percentage of the profits from the day will be given to the Spring Charity Fundraisers



For further details call
Chris Lawrence on 07771 840833,  or  Ray Powell on 01635 46911
or Shannon Carr on 07802 522840
or speak to a committee member, (names and plots numbers are on the notice board)




Come along and join in, it’s a great day

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