published: 21st September 1917


people: Mr.

locations: Powell

organizations: Walter M. Powell

I OUR ALLOTMENT HOLDERS. Their Status and Prospects. j Having gone in for the three "tioiis 11 -regis- tration, affiliation, and organisation—and incor- porated itself with the Agricultural Organisa- tion Society, Bridgend allotment holders are now on a legal and more satisfactory basis, and in a position much more beneficial and more assured for financial and other reasons. "Stick it" has been the motto of our allotment holders who on Wednesday night last week (under the presidency of the energetic chairman, Mr. Walter M. Powell) met at Bridgend Free Lib- rary, and discussed matters relating to past ex- perience and (founded on such experience) hopes of still greater success inthe (it is feared) try- ing time that is to conilf In addressing the allotment holders, Mr. Powell reminded them that last year they were unfortunately placed in being unable to secure a sufficiency of early seed potatoes. Now, however, they would, he hoped, be in an infinitely better position, as in tackling the question thus early, and in associa- tion with the "A.O.S. they would have the benefit of the best markets, of the best prices, and the best quality, (ilear, hear.) Consider- ation had also been given to the utilisation of the land during the winter, and the useful sug- gestion had been made that if it was too late for planting, it was not too late to go in for manuring with a view to catch crops. (Hear, hear.)—Mr. R. Phelps (Whitchurch), represen- tative and secretary of the district organisation, in an interesting address cited statistics show- ing that with the production contemplated, the country will be independent of the submarine menace. He urged the members to let the sec- retary know what seed they would require, and to do it at once, when prices were far less than they would be six months hence. Food pro- duction would be a far more important matter by the end of 1918, and it behoved them to get the very best out of every plot. From one of the large growers they would get the best at the lowest price—a remark which also applied to manure, lime, and other commodities. By forming themselves into an organisation, they would also save money, and reap the advantages of combination, and as a Society registered under the Industrial Provident Societies Act, they would be on a legal basis, and on terms of equal responsibility, at the same time that they enjoyed a security they otherwise would not possess. By combination, again, they would build up amongst the members a spirit of uni- versal brotherhood, in accordance with the motto, "Each for all, and all for each." (Hear, hear.)