Social Evening 2014

A Great Evening with local Celebrity Chef

At the LDAGF 2014 Social and Presentation Evening, a great time was had by all present despite the difficulties being encountered by Leeds allotment groups at the moment.

Tim Bilton, Chef/Restauranter & Gardener of the Spiced Pear restaurant, near Holmfirth came to present the awards to the winners of the Leeds Allotment Competition. He started by giving a brief factual and amusing talk about his restaurant and adjacent four acre garden which supplies most of the fresh
vegetables.  All those present thoroughly enjoyed his talk and were even given some recipe’s afterwards to take home.

Awards were then presented for

  • Best Leeds allotment plot: Brian Jenner, Haleys Field Allotments
  • Best Leeds allotment site: Meanwood Parkside Allotments
  • Best newcomer: A Broughton, Meanwood Parkside Allotments
  • Best Leeds schools plot: St Anthony’s Primary School.

Congratulations all who received awards. The full list of prize winners is shown here.

A slight break for a buffet was then taken.

A raffle was held plus the popular auction of donated gifts which raised a splendid
total of £350.00 to be donated to this year’s chosen charity the Robert Ogden
Macmillan Centre. Thanks go to all who donated gifts and special thanks to the
generosity of the allotment gardeners present who made this goal achievable.

Unexpectedly we were also able to celebrate the 86th birthday of plot holder John
McCormack, Greenthorpe Allotments. It’s a good health activity this allotment

Phil Gomersall, Publicity Officer

Some photos from the Social Evening:

Tim Bilton’s talk

Tim congratulates Brian Jenner, winner of the Best Plot.

Tim with Adele Broughton, winner of Best Newcomer 2014