The Sportsmans Arms

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The Sportsman’s Arms now Known as the Scullery

The Sportsman’s Arms closed on the 05-02-2010 when it closed it was left empty for a few years until a plumbing business opened up a showroom and office in the premises the company owners decided as they were not using all of the building so decided to rent out the old lounge at the rear of the pub

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The Sportsmans Arms Silksworth was once one of the most important buildings in Silksworth

Images taken by Dave Bell

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I took these images from the bottom of High Newport Allotments in May 2010 when the Sportsman’s Arms sadly closed and ended one of the last places that was used and built for the miners and their families of Silksworth very little remains of the miners heritage in Silksworth nowadays

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The once proud sign of the Sportsman’s Arms now looks tired and weary

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Notice the boarded up windows and The Sportsmans Arms sign still swinging as if everything was ok image taken on a wet and windy very cold day

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Close up of the sign on the rear wall of The Sportsmans Arms which closed in May 2010 because of lost revenue caused by very few local people using the public house

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The Sportsmans Arms puplic house built for the miners of Silksworth in 1871 as Silksworth Colliery grew new houses were built for the miners and their families and not forgetting why The Sportsmans Arms built for the miners when they had finished their shifts and to socialise when not working

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Silksworth Colliery shaft was sunk in 1869 In 1871, according to the Census there were approx 800 people living in the Silksworth and Tunstall areas, the local area was mainly farmland and where most people worked on the land.

Tomato’s Grown on High Newport Allotments

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Gardeners Delght seedlngs sown on the 23-02-18 seed bought from Wilkos

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Image of the aluminium greenhouse where I grow my tomato’s the greenhouse is very old and I have been using it for about fifteen years

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I was preparing the tomato’s for the coming season and you can see I have got about half of the greenhouse planted out the seedling are in the background amongst the chaos I have created

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The tomato’s in this image have been planted in their grow pots for about two weeks

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Notice the grape vine growing on the right hand side

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Close up of the tomato’s which have been planted in their grow pots for about two weeks

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The tomato variety shown in this image are my favourite Gardeners Delight which to grow very well and are not suspetable to many growing problems or diseases

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The tomatos look happy enough and seem to be growing well in their grow pots I always use grow bags as the base component for gowing them in

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Notice the grape vine which is a strawbery tasting type in the back ground its looking really healthy and the main thing it tastes great and there are no pips

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It normally takes about a week to get all the tomato plants into their grow pots and the other containers I use

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National Allotments Week, Covid19 and Aminopyralid
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Growing Food for Health and Wellbeing - 10 to 16 August 2020

Still lots of time to enter our National Allotments Week Competition - tell us your  Allotment Story 

  • “What my allotment means to me” for individuals (14 years upwards)- non-members free NAS membership plus £50
  • “The history of our site” or “Our site’s projects and plans for the future” for associations - non-members free association membership up to the value of £200
  • “ What I grow at the allotment” for children (up to 14 years)- £50 prize

We are asking for short mobile phone videos or storyboards (slides on a powerpoint or even illustrations) We are not looking for Oscar Winners, just stories that illustrate how much our members love their plots! Click Here for more details. Deadline 31 July

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COVID19 and allotments

We hope that you have been able to enjoy your plots during the Corona virus emergency. It has certainly raised the public profile of allotments significantly. The Society ran a small survey during the lock-down and 40% of the councils canvassed reported that their waiting lists had rocketed, by 500% in one borough. 

Government restrictions have relaxed in the past few days but we feel that it is important to note that the recent lock-down has only suppressed the virus, it has not gone away. The Society would like to appeal to the allotment community to continue to take precautions to limit social contact on allotments and ensure good hygiene practices are followed.
CLICK HERE to read guidance from the NAS

Many allotment sites are looking better than ever due to plot-holders having more time to tend their plots and help with site maintenance. The community orchard at NAS Members Binley Woods in the West Midlands has been given some much needed TLC, thoroughly weeded, a new weed suppressing membrane put down and fresh bark applied.  


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Along with the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping to protect allotments for future generations NAS Individual members receive:

A free quarterly magazine and e-newsletter
Personal gardening advice
Discounted seeds from Kings Seeds
Growing advice from the National Allotment Society

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