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WATER USAGE.  

OK ITS RAINED A BIT.

HOWEVER!!!!  The Water supply is not the problem its the cost of how much is being used that is the problem.

First of all a big thank you to those of you who have complied with our requests to cut back on water usage.  The amount of water being used is still being monitored on a daily basis. The amount of cubic meters of water used in comparison to other years is still high. If the heat wave continues without regular consistent rainfall this will have a massive effect on our ability to spend any money for the rest of this year and next year. Our bill is already well over the amount we put aside each year to cover the water charges. NO one should be using sprinklers or oscillators to water their gardens. We have considered a number of options the first of which was to ask for your support in reducing your own individual water consumption on site and we continue to ask you to do so.

  1. No Sprinklers/Oscillators to be used.
  2. Hose pipes can be used at the moment to fill water barrels and then the water used to fill watering cans. Which target crops better.
  3. If you must use a hose because you have no storage. Target the plants. Watering a pathway is unnecessary!!  as is watering weeds which should be kept to a minimum to allow vegetables some chance to flourish.
  4. Be realistic. Some crops will not produce edible plants now no matter how much you water them so let them die or wait for rain.
  5. Water once a day and rotate what you water. Greenhouses and polytunnels only need watering every other day.
  6. Do not under any circumstances leave the water running while you do something else and do not use anything that leaks.
  7. Do not leave hose pipes attached to the taps if you are not using them.

The meter will continue to be monitored and if the dry weather continues into late August we reserve the option of reducing the supply or turning the water off completely. This has been a very strange year weather-wise, no one person has experienced different weather to the rest of us, this is your association and everyone should be pulling together and helping each other not acting in a self-interested way.

We will be looking at how we can keep our finances secure and if extra charges are needed as a one-off this year then they will be imposed. Baring in mind there has been no rise in water charges for many years we will be discussing that option. I am also thinking about how in the future we manage conditions like this. My preference is to ride this out and decide at the AGM next year what to do and when hopefully the council’s rent policy may be clearer.

BUT IF THE DECISION NEEDS TO BE MADE TO PROTECT OUR FINANCES THEN THAT DECISION WILL BE MADE WHEN NEEDED.

Please support what we are trying to do.  

Jackie

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OUR WATER SUPPLY IS METERED AND HAVING TAKEN A READING IT LOOKS LIKE OUR WATER USAGE HAS DOUBLED ALREADY THIS YEAR WHICH MEANS THE WATER BILL WILL ALSO DOUBLE. SEVERN TRENT IS ASKING THE PUBLIC TO BE SPARING WITH WATER AND WE NOW HAVE TO ASK YOU TO DO THE SAME ON THE ALLOTMENTS.

  1. TARGET WATER YOUR PLANTS. WATER AT GROUND LEVEL DO NOT USE SPRINKLERS.
  2. IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE GARDENS DO NOT LEAVE WATER RUNNING IN ONE GARDEN WHILE YOU GO TO ANOTHER.
  3. WATER ONCE A DAY ONLY AND ROTATE WHAT YOU WATER.
  4. DO NOT USE WATER HOSES OR TAP FIXTURES IF THEY LEAK. NEW PARTS COST ONLY A COUPLE OF POUNDS. WE WILL ASK YOU TO TURN OFF LEAKING EQUIPMENT.
  5. WHERE POSSIBLE USE WATERING CANS.
  6. BE REALISTIC WITH YOUR CROPS. WATERING NOW WILL NOT HELP SOME CROPS SURVIVE OR GROW ANYMORE.

IT IS VERY POSSIBLE WE MAY NEED TO IMPOSE OUR OWN HOSEPIPE BAN VERY SOON.  WE MAY HAVE TO DECIDE TO SWITCH OFF THE WATER IF THERE IS NO SIGN OF RAIN VERY SOON.

WE ONLY HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF SURPLUS MONEY AFTER THE RENT TO THE COUNCIL HAS BEEN PAID. WE CANNOT RUN OUT OF OPERATING MONEY. THEREFORE IF THIS SITUATION CONTINUES WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT RAISING EXTRA FUNDS. THE WATER CHARGES HAVE BEEN HELD AT THE SAME RATE FOR AT LEAST 6 YEARS AND IT IS LOOKING LIKE THESE WILL HAVE TO GO UP THIS YEAR.

A DECISION ABOUT HOSE PIPES WILL BE MADE NEXT WEEKEND BEFORE I GO ON HOLIDAY.  A COMMITTEE MEETING MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST WHEN WE WILL HAVE A BETTER IDEA OF BOTH FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS AND THE WEATHER FORECASTS FOR THE REST OF SUMMER. IF NECESSARY WE WILL CALL AN EGM.

I AM SURE EVERYONE REALISES THAT WE ARE FACING CONDITIONS BEYOND OUR CONTROL AND IT IS IMPORTANT THAT INDIVIDUALS TAKE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY AND COOPERATE FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL.

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As you should all know by now we only allow fires including brazier fires on burning Sundays the next one being next Sunday the 8th July, next week. Weather conditions all over the country mean that fires can get out of hand very very quickly and the local fire brigade is already heavily involved in responding to garden and wildfires particularly in the Manchester moors area thus reducing the number of fire officers here.

Therefore having regard to individual safety and the danger of fires spreading and most importantly taking into consideration advice from the Fire brigade I have made the decision to ban fires on these gardens until further notice.

The fire brigade already this week have had to attend a city council allotment site to attend an out of control fire. NOTE: YOU WILL BE HELD PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY COMPLAINTS OR BRIGADE ATTENDANCES AND COULD FACE PROSECTION.

At the moment there is no hosepipe ban as such but you should prepare now for that possibility. A hosepipe ban would include filling water butts with a hose. Please check and double check that you have switched off the water and DISCONNECTED any hoses. Immediately report any leakages. Please keep your eye on local news from Severn Trent and be prepared for the use of water on site to be restricted to watering cans only. I will be keeping in touch with the council where necessary and inform you of any decisions.

I can only stress that anyone who breaks the ban about fires or any future hosepipe ban will not only be personally responsible for any repercussions but you will run the very high risk of losing your tenancy too.

Jackie Medcalf
Secretary
07931950950
Sunday 1st July 2018

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After a run of success thirty days in advance, the New Year has not turned out as expected. However, a full January forecast will follow tomorrow to subscribers. This week will begin very mild, windy and unsettled before settling down later as high pressure takes over. It will become less mild especially in the South, where overnight slight frost and patchy fog may be a feature by the weekend. Here’s your forecast:

Monday: Windy with gales perhaps severe in the North and West. Also some rain followed from the West by scattered blustery showers that reach East Anglia and the South East after dark. It will be very mild then colder, with the showers turning wintry over Scotland giving hill snow. Top temps 8 to 12C. Min temps 2 to 5C.

Tuesday: New Years Day sees sunny spells, but a cold wind brings blustery showers mostly to Scotland and North East England. These could be wintry in places giving hill snow, before fading. It will be fine after dark with a slight frost, before more rain moves into Ireland overnight. Max temps 4 to 7C. Min temps -2 to +2C.

Wednesday: Bright but cold in the East at first, but most parts become rather cloudy and see some rain. Amounts in the South should be small or showers, but winds freshen again everywhere with gales likely in the North. All parts become milder once more with temperatures rising slowly through the period to eventually reach 7 to 10C.

Thursday: Mild everywhere but breezy, with some rain or showers mostly in the North and West. Some bright weather though, mostly in the East and to the lee of hills. Winds should decrease overnight. Top temps 7 to11C. Min Temps 3 to 6C.

Friday: A pressure rise settles things down with lighter winds, although Ireland and West Scotland may still be breezier and somewhat changeable. Elsewhere it should be mainly dry with variable amounts of cloud. Max Temps 7 to 10C. Min temps 2 to 5C.

The Weekend: A few showers and breezier over Ireland, otherwise mainly dry with clear or sunny spells but variable cloud in generally light winds. Less mild by day, say max temps 5 to 8C. Colder where skies clear at night especially over England and Wales with a slight frost and patchy fog. Min temps say -1 to +4C.

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THIS WEEKS WEATHER Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th December 2012

Increased solar activity will bring a more changeable, windy week, with occasional rain or showers. Although generally feeling cold, temperatures will vary, with brief insertions of Arctic air giving a few icy nights and mostly slight perhaps moderate frost. Exact timing of events however could be a little tricky. Here’s your forecast:

Monday: There could be early snow over parts of Scotland and in the East at first, before it turns somewhat milder from the West. All parts will be unsettled and breezier than of late, with rain clearing to scattered blustery showers that may continue to wintry on Scottish hills. Max temps say 5 to 9C. Min temps 1 to 4C.

Tuesday: Cloudy with occasional rain over England, Wales and Ireland, then clearer and colder from the North giving a slight frost overnight. Scotland and Northern Ireland should see early rain clearing to leave scattered wintry showers giving mostly hill snow. A frosty night should follow. Max temps 3 to 8C. Min temps -2 to +3C.

Wednesday: Sunny spells but cold with a raw wind at first. Also some wintry showers mostly in the East that fall as snow in places, mostly on hills. Becoming finer later and overnight, with a widespread frost. Max temps only 2 to 5C. Min temps -4 to 0C.

Thursday: A fine start in the East, before rain preceded by a little snow mostly on hills spreads from the West, although timing is uncertain at present. It should temporarily become milder although not feeling so, before it turns colder again over Scotland and Ireland with scattered wintry showers. Top temps 4 to 8C. Min temps -1 to +2C.

Friday: Perhaps some rain over England and Wales at first, otherwise probably brighter but rather cold with sunny spells. A slight frost in central and eastern areas after dark, before cloud perhaps increases again later in the night over Ireland and in the West bringing patchy rain. Max temps 3 to 6C. Min temps -1 to +3C.

The Weekend: Again timing is a problem, but probably breezy and unsettled with occasional rain. Turning much colder from the North by Sunday with scattered showers turning to snow on the North and on hills farther South. Top temps 5 to 8C falling to 2 to 4C. Min temps later should be between -1 and +2C.

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This Weeks Weather

THIS WEEKS WEATHER Monday 15th to Sunday 21st October 2012

This period is renowned for stormy conditions, with some seriously damaging gales in the past. Some wet and windy weather is expected this week, but hopefully nothing too serious. Temperatures will vary from very mild even rather warm at times later, to rather cold at first. Here’s your forecast:

Monday: Rather cold after a ground frost and a few mist or fog patches in places at first. Some sunshine but scattered mostly coastal showers. Becoming very unsettled over Ireland later and in most parts overnight, with some wet and windy weather moving in. A milder night, but perhaps still turning cold over parts of Scotland.

Tuesday: Very unsettled and mostly cloudy, with wet and windy weather in most places at first. Brighter conditions may come through later but there will still be scattered showers. Somewhat of a lull during the evening and overnight with broken skies, but perhaps more wet and windy weather moving into the south-west later.

Wednesday: More wet and windy weather ‘sweeps-in’ from the south-west. There could be some heavy rain in places followed by blustery showers. It should be mild although probably not feeling so, but Scotland could be colder and particularly dire in the north and east with snow on higher northern mountains.

Thursday: Remaining very unsettled and windy with further occasional rain or showers heavy in places under mostly cloudy skies. Probably very mild though perhaps with a balmy feel. Also turning milder over most of Scotland but very unsettled and windy at times here too.

Friday: Similar but probably mild or very mild, with further occasional rain or showers. There could be generally large amounts of cloud but a few bright or sunny intervals are likely mostly in the east, where there should be fewer showers.

The Weekend: A north and west/east and south split. It should be unsettled and breezier in the north and west with occasional showers, while the east and south are expected to be increasingly drier and brighter. It should be mild, but with somewhat colder nights in the east.

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Terry Scholey’s Weather Service

THIS WEEKS WEATHER Monday 24th to Sunday 30th September 2012

A very unsettled week will give showers, longer spells of occasionally heavy rain, local thunder and probably also some flooding. Gales could be severe in places for a time, before the weather improves towards the weekend. Here’s your forecast:

Monday: A quite deep depression over the country gives some really wet, cool weather, with heavy rain moving north eventually into central and southern Scotland. Gales are likely in the north, with sunny or clear intervals and blustery showers moving into southern England later. Ireland will be cool with blustery showers.

Tuesday: Still dull, wet, windy and cold over Scotland, with heavy rain at times. Hill snow is even possible. Northern and western parts of Ireland could also be dull and wet for most of the times. England and Wales should be less cool with a mixture of sunny intervals and showers some heavy giving thunder.

Wednesday: Remaining unsettled with generally large amounts of cloud. There will be a few sunny intervals but also further showers. Some could be heavy and blustery especially over England and Wales giving local torrential downpours with thunder. Winds generally though should be somewhat lighter than of late.

Thursday: A further scattering of showers especially over England and Wales some still heavy perhaps giving local thunder. Scotland and Ireland should have only isolated showers with the weather slowly improving as pressure steadily rises.

Friday: Still a few showers in the east and south that locally could be heavy, but as pressure continues to rise you are more likely to get away with a dry day. Scotland and Ireland should be mainly dry with variable cloud and sunny spells. It will be on the cool side though, after a ground frost in places at first.

The Weekend:  Perhaps a few showers in the far north-west and the far south-east, but the weekend should be mainly fine and dry. There will be sunny spells although cloud amounts could vary, with pleasantly mild afternoons and cold nights that could give ground frost mostly in the north.

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Terry Scholey Weather Service

TERRY SCHOLEY WEATHER SERVICE

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Radcliffe on Trent
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Telephone 0115 933 5567
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September 2012 – final update.

General Comments:

A drier and warmer than average September seems likely particularly over central, eastern and southern areas, with just brief cooler intervals occasionally ‘feeding down’ from the north. It could also be a sunnier than normal month, especially over England and Wales. Current weather patterns are suggesting that on the whole the first and the third weeks should provide the driest conditions, with changeable weather most likely towards mid-month and at the end.

There is still some doubt as to the pressure pattern around mid-September, as several key years in the past came up with different results. One particular September of interest was that of 1879, that like this year followed one of the wettest summers on record. It is also a particularly good lunar match and to some extent is close to the current phase of the solar cycle.

Confidence is medium to high, with the timing of weather events likely to be within a couple of days. The next update will be the mid-September to mid-October prediction.

September 1st to 6th:  Predominantly dry, particularly in central and southern areas, with some warm sunshine although cloud amounts will vary. Breezier and more unsettled over Scotland particularly the north and west and at times over Northern Ireland, with occasional rain or showers. Temperatures will be close to normal in the north say 15 to 17C by day, but above average in the south and east with some very warm afternoons when 23 to 25C could be reached. The nights generally will be mild, with minimum values mostly between 7 and 13C.

September 7th to 9th:  A few showers perhaps over north and east Scotland at first, otherwise staying mainly dry with perhaps some quite sunny days. Scotland and Northern Ireland should also be noticeably brighter, but it could be somewhat cooler and fresher with chillier nights. Top temperatures in the north should be 13 to 16C and in the south 18 to 20C, with minimum values say 5 to 10C giving a risk of ground frost mostly in the north.

September 10th to 15th:  Some intervals of warm sunshine but probably increasingly hazy, with more in the way of cloud and early mist or fog patches. Also an increased risk of showers particularly towards mid-month, when some locally could be heavy perhaps giving thunder. Feeling warmer or milder, with top temperatures 16 to 18C in the north and 19 to 24C in the south. The nights should also be milder, with minimum temperatures mostly in the range 8 to 13C.

September 16th to 20th:  Showers should clear leaving most parts with a finer, mainly dry interval giving sunny spells. There will be patchy cloud, but pleasantly warm afternoon’s where you have sunny spells. Top temperatures should be 16 to 21C but with chillier that could see minimum values between say 6 and 11C.

September 21st to 25th:  Gradually becoming unsettled and breezier, particularly in the north and west. The east and south however could see tastes of ‘Indian Summer’ after some misty mornings, before here too it probably become unsettled with some locally heavy showers later. Maximum temperatures should be 15 to 18C in the north and west, but perhaps as high 23 to 25C towards the south east for a time. Milder nights should see minimum temperatures mostly between 9 and 14C.

September 26th to 30th:  Could see a sudden change too much cooler weather from the north-west, after probably a few showers in the north and east at first. It should be mainly dry again however for a while with sunny spells, before wet and windy weather perhaps ‘sweeps’ in from the west at month end. Daytime temperatures may struggle to reach 12 to 14C in the north and 15 to 17C in the south. Colder nights for a while could result mostly ground frost, with minimum values between say 0 and 6C.

31st August 2012

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