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2023-2024 Annual Reports

DAS SECRETARY'S REPORT

MAY 2023 TO APRIL 2024

Overview

Membership continues to increase and the committee has maintained a healthy balance as detailed in
the Treasurer's Report. The number of members benefitting from the Kings Seeds discount increased
but there was a reduced level of events and competitions activity due mainly to resource limitations.

 

Membership

Membership increased to a record 124 including 25 new members. As before, the distribution across
the sites reflected the active presence of DAS committee members on those sites. The annual
membership fee was kept at its original 2016 level of £5.

 

Services to members

  • Our membership of the National Allotment Society (NAS), for which we pay NAS £3 of our £5
    membership fee, provided DAS members with access to NAS publications, discount schemes and
    third party liability insurance for allotment activities.

  • DAS managed the group order to Kings Seeds in October and facilitated individual orders for
    members during the year. 15 members benefitted from this service which gives them a 40% discount
    on seeds via our membership of NAS.

  • Local suppliers Didcot Plant (for rotovator hire) and Chilton Garden Centre (for a specified range
    of products) continued to offer 10% discounts to DAS members.

  • Charles Dowding's No Dig newsletters were forwarded weekly to those members who had
    expressed an interest.

  • Regular newsletters were emailed to members providing notice of events, reports on Allotment
    Liaison Group meetings with the Council, magazine summaries and seasonal recipes.

  • News was also disseminated rapidly to members via the DAS Facebook page. This, together with
    the newsletters, was particularly useful during the chaotic tenancy renewal process in the Autumn.

 

Events and Competitions

  • Our AGM together with a plant bring-and-buy sale at the Fleet Meadow Community Hall was
    held on 14th May. It was attended by 23 members and 12 non-members. The Treasurer's and
    Secretary's reports were accepted and the existing committee was re-elected.

  • A further plant sale was held on the Broadway site later in May.

  • Informal seed swaps were organised by committee members on some of the allotment sites.

  • Our planned involvement in the EdFest in August did not take place due to the last-minute
    cancellation of the event because of the weather.

  • The bug hotel competition was judged at the AGM and was won by Seren Shepherd-Loxton .

  • The 'Wonky fruit & veg' photo competition that was launched at the AGM was judged in
    September and won by Tomek Dobrzycki.

 

Community interactions

  • DAS continued to publicise the availability of D&DHA's shop in Laburnum Grove and gardeningrelated
    activities organised by Sustainable Didcot and by Didcot Town Council.

  • We offered advice to an Aureus Secondary School teacher who was planning an on-site vegetable
    garden as part of a wider 'Pathways' programme for vulnerable and disengaged students.

  • DAS is a member of the Oxfordshire Community Action Groups (CAG) which provides
    networking and workshop opportunities and has also contributed to our insurance costs.

 

Committee matters

  • The Committee responded to a change for the worse in the package offered by Wix by changing the

email sevice provider to MailerLite which resulted in easier and more flexible newsletter communication with the membership

Again changes in the personal circumstances of some committee members has highlighted the need to involve more of the membership directly in the running of our activities.

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SUMMARY OF DAS ACCOUNTS FOR 2023-2024

Accounting Period

This period runs for the 2023-2024 financial year to 31/03/2024.
We had 124 members.
The balance of the previous year was £2,527.99 (including £204.59 grant income to be spent or
returned and £53.62 asset for future year).

Summary of Income and Expenditure can be found here.

 

Net Income less Expenditure:£586.24.
Balance to be carried over the next year:£3,114.23

 

Note: The balance carried over includes £180.59 grant income to be spent or returned and £25.75 asset for
future years.

 

Thérèse Feest (Hon. Treasurer) 

April 2024.

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