Big Clean-up 2017

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of November 2017 have been designated Big Clean-up days. Members of the committee will be managing a controlled burn of combustible rubbish. Please deposit waste for burning on the hard area where the compost is delivered.

By popular request there will also be a skip available for waste that requires managed disposal. There are numerous items of waste accumulating on plots which are unsightly but also potentially hazardous. The skip will be funded by donations from those who use the service of £5 per per plot-holder.


The parish council has indicated that it has the right to enforce the removal of ‘rubbish’ see rules 5.7 and 5.8 – this will incur costs to the tenant and/or notice of eviction.

Allotment Rules (pdf)

Now is the time to take advantage of the Big Clean-up. If you have any questions or would like some free help in clearing rubbish, please let a committee member know.

Contact details for committee members are to be found here :

Committee Contact Details

Visit to Hellebore Specialist

Church Crookham Garden Society is organising a visit to Kapunda Plants, a hellebore specialist, just south of Bath. Allotment members are welcome to join in. The visit is planned for Friday 31st March, 2017 arriving before 11:00h. The visit lasts about 1 and a half hours, refreshments are provided on arrival. The tour will visit the display beds and propagation greenhouse. A talk will be given on the development of the 0.8ha garden and propagation techniques with questions and answers along the way. Cost £8.00

Visitors to arrange transport including sharing opportunities. Journey time via A303 about 2 hours. A light lunch is planned before returning.

If you are interested, please email asap the CCGSoc chairman, Alec Grant who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. Once the number of participants has been determined, detailed arrangements will be published.

Kapunda Plants, Kapunda, Southstoke Lane, Bath, BA2 5SH

Aldershot Allotments to Host BBC Gardener’s Question Time

princes-hallAs part of Aldershot and District Allotment Association’s 2017 Centenary celebrations they announce the BBC Gardener’s Question Time team will be recording a session at the Princes Hall in Aldershot on January 16th. Starting at 17:30h. the event is, of course, open to all.

Committee member Helen Williams has extended a special welcome to Church Crookham Allotments Association members to apply to attend. Tickets at £4.50 each are available either from the Princes Hall, the Aldershot Allotment site on a Sunday morning between 10:00 and 12:00. Alternatively contact Helen by email or telephone 01252 328027.

Fire Practice

controlledburn01A 5th of November tradition in the making at the Church Crookham Allotments Association site in Naishes Lane as allotment holders piled up their combustible waste, lit the paper and stood back.

The Saturday, 5th November 2016 controlled burn was organised by committee members as a service for all. It was not a straightforward process as several week’s planning was involved including meeting stringent health and safety requirements and applying to the Church Crookham Parish Council for permission. The sizeable pile was added bit by bit to a roaring blaze. Said committee member Nigel Williams “We were worried about the amount of rain that fell on Friday.”

There were plenty of helpers keeping warm around the fire and Tom Paes added that it was a shame there were no burgers!

Perhaps this will become an annual event.


Autumn Social Event 2016

social2016The Church Crookham Allotments Association Events Committee has announced the date for the Annual Autumn Social.

This will take place at the allotments on Sunday 18th September 2016, starting at 12:00h. Highlights include a raffle, Quiz, Scarecrow Competition and fun events for the children. The 2015 event proved very popular and this year’s social will also be an ideal opportunity to relax and meet fellow allotment holders.  Make a note of Sunday 18th now and please download, print out and display the poster.

Click here to view or download the poster…


Look-back : 2015 Autumn Show

Church Crookham Garden Society Summer Show 2016

ccgardens16v4The 2016 Church Crookham Garden Society Summer Show will take place on Saturday 27 August, 15:00 – 16:30h. at The War Memorial Hall, Sandy Lane, Church Crookham, FLEET. GU52 8LD
Classes for all, include:

  • Vegetables
  • Preserve Making
  • Photography
  • Junior Classes
  • Flowers
  • Floral Art
  • Children’s Art
  • Baking (Men’s)
  • Baking

There will be a Raffle and Refreshments.
Entries are free to members but annual membership is only £2 this year.

For further information and to register an entry please call 01252 404473 or 01252 693699
Free entry, everyone is welcome!

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AGM 2016 Minutes

autumn15_38Allotment AGM

Date: 6th April 2016, 7.30pm

Venue: Acorn Room, Church Crookham Community Centre, Boyce Road, GU52 8AQ


Chair of Meeting Matthew Chambers (MC)

Parish Council representative Claire Inglis (CI)

Website Co-ordinator Chris Davison (CD)

No of allotment plots represented: 33 +

No of attendees: 50 approx


Agenda Item Notes

& Apologies

CI opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and introducing herself as Parish Council representative and MC as Chairman of Tenants Committee. A safety briefing was provided.
Chairman’s Report and update on progress MC provided a brief history of the site from before its inception to vibrant site that was seen at the tail end of the summer last year.


MC confirmed that the Committee have been involved in many conversations about site facilities and updated on some of the current issues:


Sheds – there is a desire from some plot holders to have sheds on their plots. There are some difficulties surrounding this because of the different size plots and proximity of some plots to each other. Currently the 1.5m applies for storage and there will be pros and cons to having sheds. There are also considerations to our neighbours who live and will live overlooking the site as the development progresses. A consultation will need to take place to look at reasons why sheds are wanted and look at a way forward.

Church Crookham Garden Society AGM and Quiz

The Church Crookham Garden Society AGM will take place on Friday 26th February 2016. C.C. Allotments Association members are welcome to join the society for £2. annual subscription.
Joining that society provides its members with welcome cost reductions on supplies. The society ‘Trading Hut’ is in the car park of the Church Crookham Memorial Hall, Sandy Lane (opposite the Wyvern pub) GU52 8LD
Church Crookham Garden Society hut is open on Saturday mornings during the growing season from 10:00h to 11:30h. 2016 opening times are Saturdays 6th February to 17th September.
Terry Egginton writes :

I hope to see as many [CCGS members] as possible at this event.
Please contact Pat Nield to let her know if you are entering a team for the quiz. It helps greatly if we have some idea of numbers for the catering.

Terry Egginton
Church Crookham Garden Society
Tel: 01252 680061
Mob: 07795 152039

Click here to download or view the AGM poster…

Latest News from Church Crookham Allotments Association – January 2016

Matthew_Matthew Chambers writes :

It’s been good to see several people still harvesting crops on the allotments site despite the record breaking wet weather. Even though there is a lot of water about there has been a good crop of fruit and vegetables grown in our first year and all in all we have had a successful few months.

Here is a quick update on projects and activities that are in progress and some news about some upcoming events.


We are in the process of negotiating and planning with the parish council who are in turn working with Taylor Wimpey to try and get some form of drainage, probably pipes of some kind, that will connect the site to the ditch that surrounds the site. This may be in a few places at the lower end of the site. We would then need to put in a series of ditches along the plots and pipes under the paths to connect to the drain. This will require some planning, scheduling and cooperation from us all to get as much of the site hooked up. Taylor Wimpey are also looking at the possibility of redirecting some of the water from the shed roof to flow across the car park rather than onto the allotment plots. Details are sketchy at the moment but progress is being made.


There has been some damage to the fence where someone has climbed over into the site. It doesn’t look like anything was taken or the shed broken into but the police have been informed and we are working with the council to see what we can do to mitigate this kind of behaviour. One option that is being looked at is to turn off the automatic lighting at night to make it a less welcoming environment. The car park is not for the sole use of the allotments but can be used by anyone visiting the area so we cant close it off to everyone..

Lights in the shed

There have been some problems with the light switches read more…