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,

New Car Park

I’m sure everyone will have noticed the huge improvement to the car park. This old surface was particularly unsuitable for older and/or less mobile members getting from their car to their plot. The resurfacing project aimed to make gardening safe and accessible as the old surface was uneven with potholes and other obstacles

This would not have been possible without the support of the National Lottery who gave us a grant of £1Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 10.32.010,000 towards the total cost of £15,000 for the re-surfacing of the car park.
So our grateful thanks to Awards For All from the National Lottery for their invaluable support in this venture.  I’m sure we all appreciate their contribution.

We also planning to situate the allotment shop in the green car park huts so that it, too, will be more accessible for all. It’s hoped to make other improvements to this area over the coming months.


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.