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which ever way we look our energy bills are set to rise one way or another and it will certainly hit those most vulnerable with fixed income and those who have jobs with a minimum wage

I sincerely hope there is something along the lines of the Winter Fuel Payment on the way for pensioners and anyone else who qualifies.  I suspect benefits for anyone working will be a sliding scale based on income.

You are right though, it is only one part of what is going to be a difficult year with costs on all sorts of goods and services going up.  There was always going to be a price to pay for the disruption caused by the pandemic and we are seeing it hit around the world now  :(
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New Across The Site / Hotbin & Greenhouse Sort Out
« Last post by John on Yesterday at 19:32 »
Taking advantage of some reasonable weather to sort out a greenhouse for the new season, empty the Hotbin composter and a few other jobs before day’s end.

Full article here
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Frugal Living / Re: Bargain Potting Bench
« Last post by snowdrops on Yesterday at 19:11 »
No luck here either but thanks for the heads up
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Frugal Living / Re: Bargain Potting Bench
« Last post by sunshineband on Yesterday at 18:08 »
A plot colleague order two for home delivery.... ten minutes later I was unable to order at all. I hope hers turn up!!
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Equipment Shed / Re: Mattock hoes (aka Azadas) - tight blade fit
« Last post by salixer on Yesterday at 17:50 »
Further to:  I haven't actually got around to trying to swell the end of my existing medium-weight/width mattock hoe, but I was in the farm-store and they had a wider/heavier one (£20) and, after close inspection and a few serious bashes of the handle-end on the floor, I could not resist purchase of the one with the head that I could not budge.  (I was surprised a store assistant didn't come check out where the thumping noise was coming from !)

Unfortunately I cannot report yet on whether the head remains firm after use "in the field" as I did my back in shortly after and cannot presently wield a feather duster much-less a m/hoe !  I'm optimistic though and will obviously still sort the medium-weight hoe idc for light work and/or for use by any helper that I might have inveigled into a bit of "light hoeing" !  ;)

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Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea 2022?
« Last post by snowdrops on Yesterday at 17:22 »
New recipe here, sweet & sticky meatballs with rice, doubled the sauce & halved the chilli as himself doesn’t like chilli  :( :lol:
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Allotment on-site shop
« Last post by snowdrops on Yesterday at 17:20 »
Is it registered as a charity at present?

Our association, which includes a shop, is not registered as a charity. We're just an unincorporated association.  We have trading (shop) insurance to cover the shop.  We have simple accounts, which are audited by someone independent.

We’re similar, we have a members only store for our garden club, we have insurance for onsite in the store for members & our volunteer staff. We pay RHS affiliation for our members & subsequently get free entry to one of the RHS gardens each year. We aren’t a charity but are looking into what are the requirements for us to become one, we have a committee & a constitution.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea 2022?
« Last post by wighty on Yesterday at 17:13 »
Buffet style dinner tonight finishing off all those party type foods we have had half of over Christmas.  Just need putting  in the oven to heat up.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Allotment on-site shop
« Last post by Yorkie on Yesterday at 17:11 »
Is it registered as a charity at present?

Our association, which includes a shop, is not registered as a charity. We're just an unincorporated association.  We have trading (shop) insurance to cover the shop.  We have simple accounts, which are audited by someone independent.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea 2022?
« Last post by mumofstig on Yesterday at 16:58 »
CBA fairy parked here, I can't even think what I'd like  ::)
I have some of those 'chuck in the oven baguettes' so might do just that and have cheese and onion in it  ::)
Boring, I know.....
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