open_day_2013Public Open Day

Community Open Day
A Community Open Day at Over Allotments was held in June 2003, "to celebrate the success [of the Winsford Community Allotments Project] and promote allotment gardening in Winsford and across Vale Royal." (Vale Royal was a local government district with borough status in Cheshire. It was abolished on 1 April 2009, when the new Cheshire West and Chester unitary authority was formed.) For more about the Winsford Community Allotments Project, click here.

Public Open Day
The first Public Open Day organised entirely by Over Allotments Association was held on Saturday, 18 August 2007, timed to coincide with that year's National Allotments Week. A Public Open Day has been held each year since then, and is popular with the local community who come along in their hundreds to explore the allotments, talk with allotmenteers, and purchase plants, cakes, jams, pickles, and more. Needless to say, many names are added to Winsford Town Council's allotment waiting list soon after each Open Day! (Click here for how to apply for a plot.)

Highlights of past Open Days have included:

  • Opening of the storage and recycling area (2007)
  • Opening of the wildlife area (2008)
  • Scarecrow trail with scarecrows made by local primary schools (annually since 2009)
  • Opening of the tea shed (2010); replaced in 2016 by the Plotters' Rest
  • Opening of the Jubilee Communal Plot; NHS Healthy Living Centre (Ellesmere Port) cookery demonstrations (2012)
  • Introduction of Winsford Town Council prizes for Best Small Plot, Best Medium Plot, Best Large Plot, Best Raised Bed (2013)
  • 90th anniversary celebrations, including the siting of a memorial bench "For all who have loved these allotments" (2014)
  • Construction and opening of the Plotters' Rest communal building, used for refreshments and meetings (2016)



Winsford Town Council
Awards for plots
Roll of Honour
(Name in red indicates overall winner awarded the
Dempster Challenge Cup - Click here for Roll of Honour)
Year Best
Small Plot
Best
Medium Plot
Best
Large Plot
Best
Raised Bed
Best
Newcomer
2013 Joe & Lesley Dixon Kenneth & Julie Nelson Pete & Sue O'Brien Brian & Angela Allen -
2014 Robbie & Mary Simpson Kenneth & Julie Nelson Pete & Sue O'Brien Danny Weedall -
2015 Robbie & Mary Simpson Kenneth & Julie Nelson Lynda & Keith Wenborn Danny Weedall Viv & Dave Kettle
2016 John Young Viv & Dave Kettle Rachel Manning - -
2017 John Young Fran & Graham Johnson John & Hilary Malam - -
2018
2019
2020
  


Click here for a gallery of Open Day pictures.


Links to news items
Winsford allotments celebrate 90th birthday at open day, Winsford Guardian, 24th July 2014
http://www.winsfordguardian.co.uk/news/11355743.Winsford_allotments_celebrate_90th_birthday_at_open_day/?ref=var_0