Boost for plots shop

Pegswood Allotment association awarded �1000 towards the cost of an anti-vandal container (left to right-back row) Alan Fowlie-Parish Council, Jenny Tindale-Asst Parish Clerk, Olga Potts-Northumberland Area Commissioner of the Co-op, Mark Taylor-Treasurer and (front row-left to right) Sean White-Operations Manager-Co-op Group, Bertie Sexton-Pegswood Allotment Association Secretary and Keith Green-Northumberland Area Commissioner Member from the Co-op.
Pegswood Allotment association awarded �1000 towards the cost of an anti-vandal container (left to right-back row) Alan Fowlie-Parish Council, Jenny Tindale-Asst Parish Clerk, Olga Potts-Northumberland Area Commissioner of the Co-op, Mark Taylor-Treasurer and (front row-left to right) Sean White-Operations Manager-Co-op Group, Bertie Sexton-Pegswood Allotment Association Secretary and Keith Green-Northumberland Area Commissioner Member from the Co-op.

A COMMUNITY asset has even more to offer after receiving a major funding boost.

Pegswood Allotment Association recently received a nearly new 20ft x 8ft anti-vandal metal container to add to the facilities available next to the plots on the former Station Cottages site.

As well as the gardens, where villagers can grow vegetables and keep small animals, storage units and an office cabin, the area has a one-stop-shop that sells a range of goods such as fertilisers, fresh eggs, surplus vegetables, pet supplies, poultry corn and wild bird seed.

The allotment association put in a successful £1,000 grant application to the Co-op’s Community Fund – half of the total cost for the container – and it provided the rest of the money.

Bertie Sexton, secretary of the organisation, said: “Getting the container is a big help because it gives us more space to develop our shop.

“It means we can buy many more products in bulk and pass on the savings to our tenants and customers. In addition, I’m involved with the pigeon club and the extra room has allowed us to move equipment into a secure unit on this site.

“The hut that was previously used for the club is old and past its sell-by-date. When the races had finished, we had to take some of the equipment home with us.

“We’re very grateful to the Co-op Community Fund and its representatives said they were impressed with our efforts.”

The association has purchased a smaller container, which is expected to arrive this week. It will be placed on the north-eastern boundary of the main allotments site next to the Bottle Burn and will store a pump and other equipment, as members are allowed to draw water from the stream.

Conservation hedges have been put in place at both sites and a brand new fence will also be installed over the next new weeks.

Mr Sexton thanked Pegswood Parish Council for its continued support, particularly with the costs for the controlled removal of asbestos from a section of the plots.

Keith Green from the Co-op Community Fund Northumberland Area Committee said members were pleased that the association had taken the time to clean up a derelict area for the benefit of the local community.