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Welcome to the new Centenary Blog!

Date posted: Tuesday 11th August 2020

Welcome to the new Centenary Blog!

In the lead-up to the centenary of the granting of our Royal Warrant on 30th June 1921 we will be publishing occasional blog posts to keep you abreast of the planning for the celebrations.

To start the blog, we have reproduced below the recent email to plotholders announcing the forthcoming centenary.


Help make allotment history

As part of the centenary celebrations next year to commemorate our Royal Warrant from George V on 30th June 1921, we are publishing a book about the Royal Paddocks Allotments. The contents will include a history of the allotments, various themes such as the buildings, pumps, social events, café, wildlife etc, etc – and photographs both new and old.

Plotholders Janet Baylis and Susan Saunders are leading the project, with support from the Plotholders Committee. Susan and Janet are looking for a plotholder who works or has worked in publishing or printing, with book formatting and layout skills, to join the small project team and help make the book happen. Please send an email to and they will get back to you.

Katie Downham, daughter of plotholder Mary Downham, will be taking photos of the allotments, so if you would prefer your plot or your face not to appear please let us know via Katie is also scanning old photos for possible inclusion in the book: if you have a photo which you think may be of interest, please pop it through Katie’s letterbox at 34 Church Grove (opposite the RPA gates) in an envelope with your plot number and contact details on the front, plus any relevant details such as what’s happening in the photo, who is in the photo and the date it was taken. Katie will scan it and return it to you.

And last, it would be very helpful to know the level of interest in the RPA book to judge how many copies to have printed. The book will probably cost around £10 and be around 100 pages, with plenty of photos. If you are interested in buying the book, please could you tell us in an email to Don’t worry – you will not be committing yourself to anything.

Plotholders Committee
July 2020