On a glorious spring day, 23 April 2019 being St George’s Day, the New Milton Dementia Community Allotment opened the gate to invited guests to enjoy an afternoon in the grounds of the allotment site at Becton Lane.
Over 40 guests attended to take in the tranquil ambiance of the allotment site which has been home to the Dementia Allotment since 2017. The fresh sights of spring and charming birdsong were a delight to all as guests mingled with volunteers, allotmenteers, Councillors, community group representatives, and care home residents, viewing the raised planters and the dug allotment plot showing off the greenery, spring flowers, herbs, violas, and the beginnings of sweet peas.
Sue Wiffen of the New Milton Dementia Action Group welcomed everyone and encouraged groups and individuals to join the group on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons “Come and meet other people and volunteers, help us with the flowers and vegetables, or sit and enjoy the atmosphere in one of our seating areas. We are hoping to introduce art groups to the site and also tea parties in the afternoons. We are also looking for new ideas and volunteers to assist this project and look forward to hearing from anyone who may be interested.”
The Dementia Community Allotment will be open to visitors from week commencing 29 April 2019 on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, contact Sue Wiffen on 07884 300641 or 01425 617111 for further details.
Adrian Duckett, Chairman, and other members of New Milton Men’s Shed joined the party as they had recently erected a wooden gazebo on the allotment, a truly sturdy looking construction which will help shade future visitors from the heat of summer, as had been experienced during last year’s summer heatwave.
This project was made possible by donations from Cllr Alan O’Sullivan contributing his NFDC community grant to enable the purchase of the gazebo, and Cllrs Christine Ward and Neil Tungate contributing to the Men’s Shed group.
Annabel Collenette from Art Dementia New Forest charity displayed some wondrous masterpieces created by talented artists attending her art groups held at Lymington and Milford on Sea. The impressive works were admired by all.
Refreshments were provided by New Milton Sands WI, with a delicious array of freshly-baked biscuits on offer as local group MUSK performed some appropriate gardening themed songs.
Cllr Bob Murrow, lead town Councillor on the Dementia Action Group, closed the event by acknowledging everyone who had supported the project “Thank you to the allotment volunteers for all their hard work throughout the year maintaining the allotment, keeping it looking nice for our visitors so they have an enjoyable experience. This is such a worthwhile project and we want to continue sharing it with our community. And thanks to everyone who contributed in making this party a success today.”
Further details from Sue Wiffen: 07884 300641 or 01425 617111.
2 May 2019