Sunday December 4 2016. A party in more than one sense of the word. It was certainly a work party – ad hoc trimming of overhanging trees over the previous few months had resulted in a sizeable pile of foliage. So the work was to shift the pile to a plot out of smoke-reach of the nearby hospital and burn it. Many hands made light work (there is a pun there somewhere). A well-deserved pre-Christmas party followed, with mulled wine and lunch-spoiling seasonal eats brought along by the allotmenteers. As can be seen from the pictures, it was a crisp and beautiful day, judged a great success by one and all.