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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COVID19 Update
Following recent relaxation to government rules around activity during the Covid19 pandemic we have updated our guidance on the NAS website, to view CLICK HERE
Allotment Shops
Many of you may be aware that Garden Centres have begun to re-open and are considering re-opening your Allotment shops. The Society considers that unless you are able to comply with the stringent conditions within the Horticultural Trades Association guidance for Garden Centres (CLICK HERE to view) that Allotment shops should remain physically closed with an online/remote system in place.
At the present time the government has prohibited by law all public gatherings of more than two people, this means that Associations should postpone their annual meetings until restrictions have been lifted. The FCA will not take action against incorporated bodies whilst restrictions are in place. If it is allowed by your constitution and all your plot-holders are able to participate it may be possible to hold a remote AGM. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for support 

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NAS Allotmenteers Liability Insurance

Increased cover and benefits

We are delighted to confirm that the National Allotment Society (NAS) has renewed the Insurance benefit for a further year and has increased the cover and benefits offered within the policy. The benefit is offered to affiliates of Societies/Associations, Individual and Life member types who enrol onto the scheme. CLICK HERE for the Policy Summary. There is more information about enrolling on to the scheme on our website. CLICK HERE

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Growing Food for Health and Wellbeing - 10 to 16 August 2020

My Allotment Story - NAW Competition

  • “What my allotment means to me” for individuals (14 years upwards)-  £100 prize
  • “The history of our site” or “Our site’s projects and plans for the future” for associations - £200 prize
  • “ 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) Click Here for more details.

A new team to look after your insurance needs

As a niche specialist broker, Chris Knott Insurance was delighted when the NAS Insurance scheme’s provider asked us to look after members going forwards in place of Shield Total Insurance. Chris Knott is here to service your policies, support you as a customer and provide expert professional advice when you need it.

Personal service is important – a handhold at the right time; an explanation of your cover and how it meets your risks; offering our skills and experience to make your life easier; and ongoing support that you can rely on.
For those who don’t already know, our Allotment Association Insurance is very affordable - starting at just £65 for the year. NAS members will continue to benefit from a 25% discount on premiums.

Existing clients can be assured that your policy wordings, terms and conditions remain unchanged. We’ll invite your renewal in plenty of time but if you’d like to speak to us in the meantime here are our contact details:

01424 205001 - a direct line into our Allotments team

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This kind of arrangement is ideally suited to the way Chris Knott has worked for the last 37 years. We’re all about fulfilling the insurance requirements of clubs, societies, groups and associations, plus their individual members, in an efficient and friendly manner. We genuinely look forward to speaking to you soon.
The Chris Knott team

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News from the Northern Region

A message from Neal Storey, Chairman - Northern Branch.

We hope you are all fit and well, and have still been able to attend your allotments safely and your gardens are all planted out. I am taking this opportunity to keep you informed that the Northern Branch is still working along with Corby, to address issues that might come along and can still be contacted in the usual ways, so don't be afraid to get in touch with any concerns. The Committee are still discussing ways in which we can possibly benefit the Northern Region as a whole and promoting us further as a region. I wonder how many of you noticed NAS Chairman John Irwin on the "Tonight" program last week promoting allotments.
We did have plans to attend several shows this year until the pandemic closed all public meetings. As soon as the Government allow public gatherings we will look at what we can feasibly do and get out there flying the banner. We will be also rearranging our general members meetings and also most importantly our AGM; as we had to postpone it due to current situation.
I cannot wait to see all your smiling faces again, it seems like a lifetime ago we were able to hold meetings and we are keen to hold the next as soon as possible, once it is safe to do so. Well, not to bore you too much I will wish you all a safe and relaxing time in your allotments and hopefully see you all soon. Keep Safe.

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