Dear Diary



Twitter, pictures, watering, tulip sale and fundraising

We can’t have any events or gatherings at the moment, so we have been posting lots of pictures of our activities on twitter.  For those of you who don’t 'do' twitter, all of the photos and descriptions can be viewed on this website by clicking on the large twitter button on the RHS of the main page. Following the two months without rain, our watering teams have been busier than ever and some of our recent tweets have included appeals for extra volunteers to help with watering.  Alex has added a message onto her watering trolley. 


We currently have 4 motorised water carts with batteries and these can be filled from taps at the railway station, the police station, the churches and No 12 Quality Street. We are very grateful to Sean of No 12 who had given us assess to his tap and who also helps with watering some of the tubs outside the bistro. We are always looking for more volunteers to do watering – even though we are unlikely to be taking many holidays this summer it is still nice to share out the work.


We held a very successful tulip bulb giveaway on Saturday 30th May. With kind permission of the Abbey Church, and help from members of NB gardening club a small team divided the bulbs into bags and labelled them with name and colour before laying them out in the grounds of the church. People were able to walk in a one way system to collect a bag of bulbs and pick up a sunflower seedling for the sunflower challenge. We were delighted to receive £250 in donations which becomes over £300 with our new charity status tax allowance. This will be a great help for our finances as we will not be able to hold any of our usual fundraising events for a long time. We were also delighted to receive £300 from the Beacon lunch club at St Andrew Blackadder.