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HOT NEWS and EVENTS

(Last Updated Tuesday 12th May 2020)

1) RAGA SHOP (Upper and Lower Priestfields) - ORDERING AS BELOW ONLY

RAGA ORDER&COLLECT SYSTEM

The RAGA shops are closed until further notice owing to the Covid-19 situation. Instead the following “Order&Collect system will operate for RAGA members:-

Main Shop.  Collections between 10am and Noon Sundays.

Orders must be placed, preferably by email to paul.h.stephenson@blueyonder.co.uk, between Sunday and Friday of the preceding week. If you do not have access to email you may text me, or phone me between 7 and 9pm, Sunday to Friday.  Please specify that you require Sunday collection.

You will receive a confirmation email (or text or call) by Saturday morning detailing the items that have been reserved for you, the total cost, and the time to collect them.  You may request a collection time at the time of ordering and I shall do my best to assign you at or near this time.

Payment on collection.  For your protection, you are strongly recommended to bring the correct money or a cheque so that you do not need to receive change.

For the benefit of all members, I reserve the right to scale back your order for an item, or offer a different size, if it is in short supply. Typically, you could get a maximum of 1 or 2 units of such an item.

Top Shop.  Collections between 11am and noon designated Saturdays (see notice board).

A similar system to above will operate for Upper Priestfields and Watts Meadow allotmenteers only.

Place orders, as detailed above, for the full range of Main Shop items, between Sunday and Thursday of the preceding week.

You must specify that your order is for Saturday collection.

You will receive your confirmation email (or text or call) by Friday morning.

Stock Situation.  Current Shop List  + see new items from 12th May below

I have new stock of Tunstall m/p compost 35L and Stable Manure, and a few Tunstall 70L m/p compost. 

You will be charged the old, lower price if stock remains.

I have been advised that our supplier may have sufficient Chestnut Stakes for me to collect in one or two weeks time. I shall advise you when they are available. No orders until then.

Paul Stephenson (paul.h.stephenson@blueyonder.co.uk)

RAGA Bulk Buyer

21, Canon Close, Rochester ME1 3EN

01634 400106

07375 084124 (Text only please)

New Items 12th May 2020

1) Clover Seed Compost  75L (£5.20) and also other replacement stock has arrived 12th May. There also will be 2 new items in the shop:-

2) 2m wide 17g / m2 fleece - 50p/m  - Note that this is the lighter grade that does not give as much protection against frost but is better as a "floating" cover against carrot root fly, flea beetle etc.

3) JAB Glue Band Traps (1.75m grease bands) £3.70.

2) RAGA TOILET (Lower Priestfields) – CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we have now closed the Toilet at Lower Priestfields.

NOTE: Despite Medway Public toilets being open, we do not have their daily cleaning activities and no water, so we are not emulating the Medway Council position.

See: https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/ for national allotment toilets advice.

We will review this closure as the situation changes, any changes will be placed on this website.

3) COACH VISIT 2020

On hold due to the COVID-19 situation.

4) RAGA Show - Planned for Saturday 11th July 2020 - at Warren Wood school Rochester

This will be reviewed at a later date due to COVID-19 situation.

5) RAGA SHOW REPORT AND RESULTS from 2019

This year’s RAGA Show again was held in the Thomas Aveling school hall,

Horticultural Judges – Chris Passey (Sevenoaks)

Home Produce Judge – Jennifer Goodban (Wainscott)

               AWARDS

Brian Davies Memorial Rosebowl                    Steven Pettifer

Vegetables/Fruit Trophy                                   John Roach

Flowers Trophy                                                 TBD1

Home Produce Trophy                                     TBD2

RHS Banksian Horticultural Medal                  Paul Stephenson

New Winner Horticultural Trophy                     TBD2

Other Class Winners       (Full list of placings on the main allotment notice board.)

TBD3

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