Heritage Open day at St Mary’s Allotments

The site was established in 1894 as St Mary’s Cottagers’ and General Horticultural and Industrial Society, with Alderman Sydney Flavel as President. At the 1909 AGM, held in the former Oak Inn on Radford Road, it was renamed St Mary’s Allotment Association.

Follow Victorian pathways ad hedgerows across the site to admire a variety of shed designs, converted pig sties and cultivated plots including the ‘best newcomer plot’. En-route visit the dew pond and the Eco plot. Identify if you can the 75 varieties of wild flowers seen on the site. Listen and look out for the 68 recorded species of birds spotted in the last 20 years. If quiet you may even see a fox, a badger or even the shy muntjac deer. Busy bees from two hives produce honey for sale whilst surplus apples are made into juice.

Find the restored Royal Pavilion ticket office, originally from Hegler’s Circus, and the WW2 iron sentry box. Walk down the hazel lined pathway leading to the renovated police hut beside the landing stage used in crossing the river by pontoon to Newbold Comyn.

The site ship will be open for sale of gardening supplies and the compost toilet is nearby. Refreshments will be available in the newly built recycled meeting hut where the will be a display of la local art group’s paintings, old photos, archives, details of the adjacent reservoir construction, annual shows by the Mikron theatre and a visit of nearby Buffalo Bill’s Circus on 23rd June 1903.

A new book about our site, ‘Twenty Acres and a River’ will also be on sale.

Opening times : No booking required
Saturday 14the September 10.00-15:00
Sunday 15th September !0:00 – 16:00
Saturday 21st September 10:00 – 16:0
Sunday 22nd September 10:00 – 14:00

Mikron Returns to St Mary’s on August 7th

Mikron celebrates the struggle for votes for women

Revolting Women tells the Suffrage story through the eyes of a less well-known Pankhurst, Sylvia, who fought for the vote alongside working women in the East End. Sylvia meets Lettie and together they push to Parliament, to bend the ear of the Cabinet.

It’s a story of absolute commitment or dangerous obsession? Full of political satire, song and more suffrage societies than you can shake a stick at,

Revolting Women unravels a contentious and momentous movement in history!

So do come along for an entertaining evening and bring your friends and family to share in the fun. We plan to start the evening at 6pm with some music and refreshments with a BBQ on offer during the evening.  You might want to bring a folding chair if you can.

There are no tickets to purchase but a collection is made at the end of the evening and everything goes to the Mikron Theatre

On the same evening, at 6pm before the show starts,  we will also be awarding our annual prizes for:

  • Best Gardener,
  • Best New Gardener,

Mikron Triumphs Again

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Last Saturday a large audience were entertained by the Mikron theatre in the car park at St Mary’s Alllotments.  This year’s production was a tale of mystery and intrigue and took at delighted audience through the trials of creating the perfect fish and chips.

As always the four actors played multiple roles, and musical instruments, and theri quick changes kept the audience engaged throughout.

Before the performance the awards for the best new gardeners of the year were announced.  A tombola and refreshment teams were kept busy with the aim of raising finds for the resurfacing of the car park.

All in all a very successful afternoon.

Clcik here to see a gallery of pictures.

Mikron returns on August 8th

Britain’s most prolific band of roving actors The Mikron Theatre Company are stopping off in Warwickshire to present a savoury tale of fish and chips called ‘One of Each’ The show follows Sir Caspian Delamere’s mission to find the finest fish and chips in Britain.

One of Each (photo by Peter Boyd)
Left to right James McCLean, Ellen Chivers, Rachael Henley Steve McCourt

The performance  will be playing at 3pm on August 8th at St Mary’s Allotments in Leamington Spa. .

The troupe, who tour on a narrowboat, have 150 dates lined up this year which they will travel to by canal, river and road.

Writer Deborah McAndrew said: “It’s always a lot of fun writing for Mikron, but working on One of Each has been a real labour of love. Like most British people, fish and chips are full of nostalgia for me. Right up until the present time it’s still a Friday family treat, but more evocative are the memories of childhood holidays: walking down the promenade at dusk, the sound and smell of the sea and the wind cooling my supper.

“If heaven exists, that’s what it is – hot, salty, seaside fish and chips.”

Mikron, who have been producing their unique brand of theatre for 43 years, travel along canals and rivers, mooring up to play venues including a tunnel, pubs, cafes, living rooms, village halls, marinas and dry docks. They have covered an estimated 23,000 hours on canals and waterways, 440,000 road miles and performed to 312,000 people since starting out 44 years ago.

The cast of four unpack set, props, costumes, musical instruments and lights before bringing their characters, stories and songs to life.

One of Each pitches up at the allotments on August 8th at 3pm. No ticket is required but a cash collection will be taken after the show.

For more information call 07432 685 032 or visit www.mikron.org.uk