The Harry Stone Cup. In November 2019 ODFAA was contacted by Mike Stone about his grandfather, Harry Stone, (left) who died when Mike was a young child. However following the death of his father Mike found a cup awarded to to his grandad in 1938. Harry was a larger than life character who lied about his age at 16 and obtained a passage on a tramp steamer to Canada He came back to Europe with the 42nd Canadian Highlanders fought in WW1 and survived the terrible battle of Passchendaele eventually returning to Oxford, married my Grandmother and he was we understand one of the very first employees of William Morris later to become Lord Nuffield as we all know, Harry remained with Morris Motors throughout his working life.
The cup was awarded to him as a member of The Cowley & District Allotment Association. Phil Baker thinks this might have been an 'internal' award for Morris' employees. Mike's cousin, Douglas then contacted us and told us more. Harry was badly gassed in the war and therefore he dug his allotment with the power of his arms alone. His legs did, however propel him to the Plasterers Arms, a short walk from the family home at 19 London Place, St Clements, bottom of Headington Hill. He was born in Holywell Road in 1884.
My father was not amused when I would not let him near me when he came back from the Second World War. Up until then my grandfather was my 'dad' and I was the first Stone grandchild. My grandmother had been widowed in
1917 with three young sons.
My grandfather and grandfather then produced another three sons. He provided for them all with diligence and good humour. Sadly Harry only made it to 71. My grandmother (1889-1978) had 23 years as a widow. Douglas' mother and father attained 94 and 92 years respectively and were married for 70 years. The family are so thrilled Mike found its rightful home and hope that this information will be passed onto the recipients. Mike no longer lives in Oxford, but his father, Louis Stone was a well known businessman and musician in Oxford and later became Managing Director of Jewson Building Materials and Main Board Director. He he would like the cup to return to its Roots in Oxford.
It is a very small cup standing only 31/2" high but we will be talking to Mike about this cup being awarded as an annual competition prize to an allotment holder with a £50 prize annually, in Harry's name. Mike will guarantee the annual payment during his lifetime -he is now 73. Mike and his cousin would like the cup to return to Oxford.
All associations should have updated site information to members, either by email/ site notices.
The National Allotment Society published this advice on March 20th :
Following the Government update on 16 March 2020 and the ongoing situation with COVID-19, all group NAS meetings have been cancelled with immediate effect and will be reviewed on the 30th June 2020. This is a worldwide unprecedented and challenging time for so many people and of course the health and safety of our members, volunteers, and staff remains our number one priority.
Many Associations have taken decisions to cancel plot inspections, seed swaps, association trips, annual judging, scheduled Committee meetings/AGM’s should also be postponed. It is important that any plotholders over 70 years with underlying health issues follow the guidance and information issued by the government. It would be a good idea for Associations to give a telephone or email address for anyone with problems to allow contact.
It is important that anyone attending the allotment takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash your hands at taps, do not wash hands or use detergents in the water tanks and please pay attention to notice boards. It is essential that no unauthorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency, if you do wish to bring someone to assist with work on the plot, please ensure that that this is notified to the Secretary. Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70 or with underlying illness issues or is pregnant.
We are living through a crisis the likes of which none of us has experienced before, never before since war time, has the community spirit that exists on allotment sites been more important. Please remember to and look out for one another during these very difficult times.
Members should take the following precautionary measures:
- Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly (Not generally available.. use disposable gloves or have a bucket of water and soap on your plot )
- Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks
- Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres
- Do not share tools
- Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
- Do not wash your hands in water troughs
- Plan ahead to ensure that you have food and medication delivered to you during this time
- Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
- If you display any symptoms of coronavirus stay at home and self-isolate for at least 14 days or until symptoms have passed.
Those Association who operate shops will have to consider what action to take, whether to close totally, allow only one person in at a time, currently accepting cash is not a good idea. We must all consider vulnerable families, friends and fellow plot-holders and give assistance where needed.
Government advice about the Coronavirus is updated on a regular basis at this link.https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
The government should support members of allotment associations having continued access to their plots where allotment committees have published Covid19 protection procedures. Allotment gardening and produce are an important part of many people’s support system and contribute to their income, pension, and mental and physical fitness as well as a valuable support to people on low and fixed incomes.
‘A Growing Concern’
by Wendy Skinner Smith & Phil Baker
This is largely based on ODFAA and OCC Allotment Meeting minutes and has a brief introduction to Oxford’s allotment history and a summary of allotment law. It has site contributions from ODFAA associations.
David Allen Jenny Bowles Alan Cooper Phil Crème
Bill Edwards Colin Gammon Catherine Gundry Neil Holt John Hastings Paul Hopkins Amanda Joyce John Lardner Roy Leach Elisabeth Ledger Susanna Lee Susie Marburg Jane Moser Gillian Morris-Kay Stephen Pegg
David Robertson Ian Sheppard Tony Hollander
Zeb Turner-Johnson Maria Unkovskaya-Harley
Jane Wilson Jenny Wright
All Associations contributors, proof-readers, advisers, and significant allotment bodies received a free copy
The remaining books are for sale £6 or £7.30 from the Town Hall
Copies of the book can be purchased at ODFAA events and meetings until the April 2020 AGM when the remaining copies will be distributed to associations (shared according to member numbers).
ODFAA was at the CLIMATE CHANGE ECO FAIR on Nov 23rd 11am to 2.30pm at St Michael & All Angels, Summertown. We had enquiries about allotments , mainly in the north of the city but there was interest in the maps and information about all the sites in the city. We sold copies of A Growing Concern.
ODFAA members were invited to a reception in the Lord Mayors Parlour on
September 23rd to celebrate their centenary. About 40 committee members attended from 17 sites. Many thanks to the Lord Mayor, Craig Simmons and his wife and to Councillor Louise Upton who is responsible for Healthy Oxford. Allotments sit within her portfolio. See More photos in events
ODFAA at Elder Stubbs Festival August 17th. We met a number of contributors to the book and people who needed information about allotment sites across Oxford. The stall, banner, photos and information was developed by Wendy and Nick Jackson for the Broad St Green fair which was rained off. Good to be able to use the information and advertise the newly printed book. More in Photos
ODFAA's 100th and CMAA's 125 Birthday was celebrated on August 21st on Wendy's plot. 70+ people, lots of sunshine , food and drink and a good time was had by all. 50 copies of the book were distributed and sold. More in photos