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Waterlogged allotments at Quorn - 1957

Loughborough Echo - April 12th 1957

Mr S Hallam presided over the 71st annual meeting of the Quorndon Allotment Society, held on Thursday of last week.

The secretary, Mr W S Swinfield, in the 35th annual report stated that six tons of Scotch seed potatoes and two tons of lime had been purchased. The Society had experienced a good year, and although the bank balance showed 305 against 337, the loss was accounted for by a new fence at the Wood-lane allotments costing about 40 and a new box for the scales.

The presentation of a plaque, presented by the National Allotment Society, had been made to Mr Hallam, whose name had been placed on the National Society's roll of honour in London in recognition of his 50 years service to the Society.

There were several vacant plots in Highthorne-lane allotments, although the general cultivation was good. The balance sheet showed that financially the Society was in a strong position, there being usually a balance of 300 or so at the bank. It was agreed to accept the committee's recommendation to pay 3.5 per cent dividend on the shares. The question of investment was left to the committee. The trading account showed a profit for the first time for some years, but the smallholding account showed a loss. Ground rents did not pay, and it was pointed out that if the Society had to exist on rents, these would have to be increased by 50 per cent.

It was decided to take no action, it being felt that some allotment holders would relinquish their plots if the rents at Highthorne-lane were increased. It was jokingly remarked that the land was so waterlogged that two people who had recently taken plots there deserved medals instead of having to pay rent.

Heated discussion took place on the question of Highthorne-lane being waterlogged. Mr Hallam pointed out that the County Council had the matter in hand, but there were several fields to drain properly before their field was reached. It was no good just draining their dyke alone, and until the programme was complete, members must grin and bear it.

Officers elected: President and treasurer: Mr S Hallam; secretary, Mr W S Swinfield; auditor, Mr P T Muggison; committee, Messrs G H Gartshore, J Bonshor, C E Camp sen, C Camp jun, H Garner, K Ward, T Lingford, J Taylor, J H Towell, L Spencer, S Bowler.

   
 Submitted on: 2011-01-07
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1143
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