Gnome Report June 2024

  Hello again my friends, it is the Junior Gnome here, with a wee
update on all that is going on maintenance wise in the Allan
Church. Whilst we are coming into the time when the Gnomes will
be spending most of our time in the gardens, feeding/weeding
And generally maintaining the lawn areas. Planting some bedding
Plants and tidying the residue from all the bulbs; the daffodils and Tulips making ready for their next season.
    It was a bit busy over the Easter period, with all the filter Changes that were required over the outside lights to show the Support of the Allan Church to a number of charities, as well as
Our own Easter celebrations. The only filter due to be placed over the lights as I write this report is blue filters in support Nerve Tumours UK, specifically Neurofibromatosis, which is on
The 17th of May. 
         Whilst the Gnomes will be spending our time mostly in the Gardens as I said, there is still the odd issue that needs to be addressed now and then, maintenance wise in the Church.
At some point in the not-too-distant future, the roofers will be working on the kitchen roof, carrying out repairs that were identified as required in a routine inspection some time ago.
         Also, a water leak was identified in the Vestry by an eagle eyed Church Officer (you know who you are), well spotted and well Done. This was the isolating stop valve for the outside taps.
It was rectified by the Gnomes and is no longer causing a Problem. The Gnomes will need to go onto the flat roof above the Small hall to check and clear the guttering, this has to be done fairly regularly. The footpaths all around the Church have been power washed to remove algae and grime and are looking so much better now.
       I highlighted in the last magazine a light switch in the utility room off the large hall was faulty and would need replaced. This was done by the electricians when they visited. 
       There are probably many other things the Gnomes have been up To since our last magazine report which has slipped my mind.
All that is left for me to highlight is the thanks of the Gnomes for the support of all you good folks who donated either plants or money towards the garden upkeep.

It is your donations that keep the Gardens in the condition that they are right now, so,many thanks.

As always, if anyone wishes to join us, Wednesday afternoons around 1 pm.                                                  You’ll be more than welcome.
We hope to see You then.
Until then, it’s goodbye from me,                                                                                                                                                Phil Jordan,

junior gnome.   


Hello,at this time of crisis for our environment,  I wondered if you could use the attached in your Church newsletter to help spread awareness about these now endangered animals & give them a chance of recovery in 2022 & beyond. Thanks for taking the time to read
Best wishes


Here are some simple tips to help them.
1. Link your garden with a Hedgehog Highway. Hedgehogs travel between1-2 km a night searching for food and a mate. Leaving a small gap in your fence the size of a CD case will let hedgehogs through but be too small for pets. BHPT/PTES sell snazzy little recyclable Hedgehog Highway signs, for a few pounds. Ask your neighbours to do the same!

2. Create a wild corner in your garden so they can snuffle around for insects.

3. Tidy up netting and litter which can trap hedgehogs due to their spines. Even rubber bands dropped by the postie can become embedded in their skin, causing a slow, painful death.

4. Put out food and water. You can supplement their diet with wet dog or cat food (preferably not fish based). No bread, milk or mealworms, which are all extremely bad for them. For those who are into simple DIY you can make a feeding station to stop other animals having a free supper - details on the BHPS website/YouTube

5. Stop using chemicals especially slug pellets. Hedgehogs are a gardener’s best friend as they eat slugs as well as many other beasties which would otherwise be devouring your prize flowers and vegetables.