Meet the BEAS Committee
Our volunteer team
A warm welcome from our Chair, Linda Taylor.
Bournemouth East Allotment Association (BEAS) is a self-managed site. The land is owned by Bournemouth Borough Council but, within the terms of our lease, we can run our own site. This does take a lot of work and is managed by a team of volunteers who are voted in as ‘The Committee’ at the annual general meeting.
This year (2017-18) we are a team of 10, all allocated different roles, to help and support plot holders and make sure the allotment site is well maintained, safe and an enjoyable place for everyone.
A good person to know is the Site Manager, John Pitcher. John, along with Andrew Dawson the Assistant Site Manager, are always willing to provide advice and support on what can and cannot be done as part of our lease - a human face to the 'rule book'.
Our aim in 2018 is to introduce a 'Good Neighbour' scheme and identify a network of friendly faces who are willing to share hints and tips and encouragement when needed. we think this will be particularly helpful to new plot holders in the early months when the challenges of getting their plot up to standard can seem a bit daunting and they are still trying to work out what is expected of them. We are proud of our sites - we received the 'Best Allotment Site' award in 2016 and kept it in 2017 too.
The shop is a good place to go to top up on seeds, compost and other necessary paraphernalia to help you successfully (we hope!) grow some produce. You can usually get a bit of free advice and chit chat too. Peter Clarke runs the shop and the opening times are here. We are always looking for extra people to cover some of the shifts so if you feel you can help please contact Peter – it’s a good way of getting to know people.
Managing plots and tenancies is important to make sure that all plots are always let and that the allotment site continues to thrive. Our Secretary, Lynda Clarke, is kept busy making sure that the membership is up to date, the waiting list is well managed, and that all legal and administrative issues are managed and up to date.
And there's more... we also have people who are responsible for the finances, making sure we stay solvent. We all get involved in community events, fund raising, managing the website, writing the newsletter, and any other issues that come up.
Willing volunteers needed! If you feel you can help in any way let me know and I will put your name on our list of volunteers! From helping at the Open Morning to cleaning out the water butts or doing a bit of general maintenance there is always something to do and many hands make light work with a team of willing volunteers.
The committee is shown below. You may contact me and I will try and help or point you in the right direction.
Feedback is welcome. We are always trying to make things easier or better and I would welcome any ideas you have on how we could improve life on the allotments. If you spot me on the site please talk to me or email me here.
I hope you are enjoying being part of the BEAS community.
John Pitcher (L) & Andrew Dawson (R) - Site Manager & Assistant
Peter Clarke - Shop Manager
Lynda Clarke (L) Secretary, Susannah Atif (R) Communications Co-ordinator/Newsletter Editor,
David Taylor (L) Assistant Treasurer, Mike Draper (R) Communications Co-ordinator/Digital Manager.