Thank you so much for your generous plant donations for the Plant Sale. It was a very successful event, good attendance, good income, £837, and so nice for folk to meet up in a safe way for a chat and catch up and the bonus of good weather on the day!

Big thanks to Sue Godar for coordinating the event and to all those who helped on the day.

The Committee feel that it is too soon to have everyone meeting in close proximity for the Summer Show, it would be very difficult to put in place all the measures to make it 100% safe, so we have decided not to have the show in August but aim for the Winter Show now, when hopefully all will be well again.

That means for those in the VPA Great Potato Growing Competition we will have a weigh in on Sunday 15th August in the car park or Store. We do hope that your potatoes are looking good, lots of healthy growth. I guess not too long now until they need to be harvested. Don’t forget there are prizes for the greatest weight from the 6 seed potatoes you started with.

Another reason why we would struggle with the summer show this year is that we have recently lost two of our Committee members, so we are down to a core of five regular committee members and following on from previous pleas we really need help from members either to join the committee or to support the committee for particular events. This might be as simple as setting up tables in the hall, acting as a Steward for a particular class of entry e.g. Cookery, Photography, or flower arranging, taking money on the door, serving tea and cakes etc. There are loads of little tasks to be done, please let us know that you are willing to step up.

If you would like to help then please contact any of the Committee. We have a very successful Association with 200 member households, great store takings, fun events but the events only happen if people step forward and give a little of their time, so please help us make a continuing success of the VPA.

Just to let you know the Committee is seeking quotes for a replacement roof to the store, we occasionally suffer from leaks and we would like better insulation and modern LED lighting. More about that in the next newsletter.

Look forward to seeing you in the store, Happy Gardening.

Your VPA Committee

June Abraham

Alastair Greene

Stuart Buchanan-Barrow

Lin Underwood

Janet Stinton