No Work Parties During November

At this time of year the EWAA Committee traditionally calls for volunteers to help with autumn jobs such as cutting back bramble in the car parks, litter picking, and tidying the hedgerows. This type of group activity is not possible during the current lockdown, but when restrictions are lifted we will contact all allotment-holders to ask for help with these site maintenance tasks.

Please join us at the EWAA 2020 AGM – Thursday, 29th October, 7.30 pm

An invitation to the online AGM (via Zoom) has been emailed to all plot-holders. You’ll be able to join the meeting from a computer, a tablet, or a smart phone. If you haven’t seen the message please look in your junk or spam folder, and if you don’t find the invitation send an email to membership@ewaa.org.uk confirming your plot number.
During the AGM attendees will be able to ask questions. Allotment members can also submit questions in advance by email sent to chair@ewaa.org.uk.

Shed break-ins

There has been a spate of break-ins on the allotment site over the last couple of days. Please let Chris Clifford know if your shed or greenhouse has been broken into, and if anything has been stolen or broken. The email address to use is chair@ewaa.org.uk

COVID: Oxford Red Alert

Many members will be aware that Oxford has now been pushed to ‘red alert’ status, due to the rising rate of infection.
This is a reminder for us all to take additional care when on the allotment site to:

  • wash hands regularly, and especially on entering and leaving the site
  • keep at least two metres away from people who we do not live with

Plot-holders must under no circumstances go onto another plot without the explicit invitation of the other plot-holder.
Children and visitors must be supervised at all times by the plot-holder who brought them onto the site.

Please be aware that these rules may need to change if the infection rate increases in coming weeks, so keep checking the website and be alert for any emails from the Association.

Thank you for your cooperation in these challenging times.

Chris Clifford
Chair, EWAA

Bonfires update

The City Council has recently updated its guidelines regarding bonfires on allotment sites.  The advice against having bonfires has now been withdrawn, so our published rules are back in place. These are available on the EWAA website (https://ewaa.org.uk/rules-and-info/).

In summary:

  • do not light bonfires on Sundays or public holidays
  • only light bonfires after 6pm or dusk, if earlier
  • only burn dry plant material