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Association News - August 2017

2 August 2017

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Show Schedules are now available for the Capel St Mary Allotment Association's Annual Show which will take place on the weekend of 2nd & 3rd September in the Village Hall. Entries from non-members are welcome to what is one of the Region's best-supported Flower & Produce Shows. Once again, the Show will feature over 120 classes including produce, fruit, handicraft, cookery, photography, mammoth, novelty and children's classes. All sections are open for anyone to enter except the Capel Residents classes that are only open to those who grow flowers and produce in Capel. There is a Fruit section with separate classes for Apples and Pears, Blackberries, Raspberries and Plums. The Flower Arrangement classes will test creative skills and visitors to the Show always enjoy looking at many colourful exhibits. The Photography section is very popular and there are 4 classes, so early planning is advisable. The Cookery classes include some old favourites and jars of jam and preserves. Why not get the children started on the many different options .This year's Capel Allotments Association Annual Show is the 40th to be held, making it one of the longest established Shows from around the Region. Admission is free to members of the public on both days from 11am. Show Schedules are available from the "Hut" at the Association's Allotment Site in Pound Lane, Capel, or from Show Secretary Wendy Russell.


Picture to depict

  • Life in Suffolk in the 21st Century
  • A great British Holiday
  • Transport through time
  • Bird life
  • Photo of your choice.

All photographs to be colour, minimum size 150x100mm/6" x 4" and maximum size 190 x 130mm/7.5" x 5" and mounted and taken within the last eighteen months.

Hut Opening Times

THE HUT is open 10-12 noon on SATURDAYS from August until the end of October.


Membership is just £5 a year and is open to both plot holders and non-plot holders alike, wherever you live. A visit to ‘THE HUT’ should easily recoup this investment when you take advantage of our special bulk buy prices.


A rotovator and a cultivator are available for hire for on-site use only. The fee is £10 for the first two hours. Hire time runs from handover and ceases when the machine is returned to the machinery shed. Please give Dennis advance notice to hire this equipment or for any matters relating to the site please contact Dennis.


Although the water level has dropped this area is looking very good as more plants & shrubs come into flower attracting butterfly’s, hoverflies, bees & other insects. Check the information boards if you see something interesting that you can’t identify.

BBQ 2017

Thanks to all our guests for supporting our 2017 BBQ (40th Anniversary) & taking part in the competitions & entertainments including the Beer Bottle Treasure Hunt, the 40 year Quiz & Games including the ‘BIGGEST’ Bagatelle in the World’ & the ‘Racing Pigs’ organised by our ‘Pig Master’  Dennis. A huge thankyou to all our Chefs, & everyone who poured so much time & effort into creating another memorable event. And thanks to everyone who joined in ‘The Best Dressed Table’. From 70’s style party with appropriate 70’s dress code, candelabras, evert thing ‘Ruby’. Red table cloths, candles, flowers, food wrappers & red wine, flashing lights and the winners, Allotment on a table, with scarecrow, seed display, 1977 edition of a gardening book, 70’s crockery and an array of vegetable animals. Congratulations to Margaret’s team and everyone who joined in. All brilliant. 


If you live in or around Capel St Mary and fancy having a go at ‘growing your own’ then contact Dennis now on sitemanager@capelallotments.co.uk