Thornbridge Allotments: A bit of a do for MacMillan Cancer Care

MacMillan Logo

As most will know, putting on an event is fraught with pitfalls and stress, so putting on 3 on the same day was a draft idea (mine!), but tomorrow (14th September) is the big day, and so far, we are on target.  The gates open at 11am come rain or shine — Thornbridge Allotments on Beeches Road in Great Barr (B42).

Every year we hold our site Vegetable Show which is a good opportunity for all our plot holders to enter their prize veg into the judging tent and for none plot holders to see what we grow.  Essentially it is a bit of fun, but is run brilliantly by Lesley along with her trusty helpers Alan and Dennis, and is judged very professionally by an independent judge – we even have to arm Dennis with a broom to keep people away! 

Veg Tent

The Veg Tent is looking healthy

This year our vegetable show will coincide with our annual MacMillan Cancer Care Coffee morning.  This has become a regular fixture on the local community calendar and we have the same visitors regularly.  We are lucky to have lots of generous bakers on site who supply us with enough cake to feed an army, and we do.  And obviously all the profits will go to a fantastic cause.

Event number 3 is the Great Thornbridge Bake off and everyone in the local community has been invited to enter their “signature bake” – we know of at least 15 cakes that are being entered – so far!  As one of the judges, I am obviously very pleased about this - but will remember to save room for my cream tea – maybe!?

The Bake Off Tent - not quite as glam as the one on the TV!

The Bake Off Tent – not quite as glam as the one on the TV!

As a very small band of volunteers, we believe it’s very important that the site is open to the local community.  This will ensure that others have an interest in allotments and thus ensuring that allotments still exist in 10, 50 or 100 years time.  The only way we can do this is by letting people know we are here, so our open days are not only good for charity, they are also good for allotments all round.

So if spending a day eating cake means that our allotment is still running well in the future, then I am more than happy to do my bit – it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it.  Now where, is my spoon……..

2 Responses to Thornbridge Allotments: A bit of a do for MacMillan Cancer Care

  1. Andy. The Chairman says:

    Having spent most of my day at the allotment I can safely say that we are ready for the grand opening of the show tomorrow. I am now exhausted and will re-group with you all tomorrow. The site looks fantastic and I would like to extend my thanks to Lesley and the show committee for all their hard work.

  2. Along with Andy I have spent most of the day either running around or picking, washing and preparing fruit and veg for the show. Just arrived home and now got to fill and ice my magnificent carrot, courgette and orange cake for the Bake Off. My signature dish? – no first and last attempt at this cake.
    I wish all contestants good luck and lets hope we raise lots of lovely dosh for Macmillans

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