Regency Town House Rhubarb Cake

From Stacey:

Thanks everyone for contributing to a beautiful Sunday afternoon with your generous offerings of seedlings and cake

If you have a surplus of rhubarb here’s the delicious recipe for Ellen’s Rhubarb cake.

Regency Town House Rhubarb Cake

  • 200g brown sugar 200g butter
  • 350g self raising flour 4 eggs
  • 350 – 400g rhubarb
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange

Chop the rhubarb and marinate in the juice and zest with a tablespoon of the sugar for an hour.

Cream the butter and remaining sugar, then add the eggs in small quantities with a teaspoon of flour.

When the eggs are fully mixed in, fold in the remaining flour. Add a splash of milk if it is very stiff. Then add the rhubarb and juice. Mix well.

Pour into a greased 25 cm cake tin and bake for 45-50 minutes at 180c fan / 200c.

Break-ins this week at the allotments

Hello Everyone

I am sorry to inform you of break ins reported at the allotment, please see PC Savills message and details below

If you need to cheer yourself up at this news there is our pub get together on tuesday 1st May at the Charles Napier and our seedling swap sunday for a cuppa and cake on Sunday 13th May at 1pm.

Come and join us and see how the wildlife meadow is coming along next to the hut.

Stacey the Secretary at plot 70


I wanted to make you aware that over the past 48 hours, we have received two reports of Allotment sheds being broken into and property having been stolen. Please could you make your Allotment users aware of the shed breaks and to report any suspicious activity to the Police as quickly as possible either by calling 101 for non- emergencies or 999 if a crime is taking place at that time.

There will be extra Police patrols around Allotments to try and deter any offenders.

Thank you for your time.

Kind regards

PC Matt Savill CS056

Prevention, East Team
Brighton & Hove Division
Crowhurst Road Police Station, Hollingbury, BN1 8AF
Contact 101 ext 558171

You can report crime and incidents online at

The weed garden


The weed garden – sorry, I mean the wildflower garden – up by the Hut is coming along nicely. Maybe not quite as planned, but at least as interesting:


I’m reliably informed this is grass.


Team Pollinate looking for volunteers and event tomorrow 8th April


There is a citizen science project from University of Sussex called TEAM POLLINATE which is working with growers across the city to learn more about the importance of pollinators and their role in the harvesting of home grown food.

This is co ordinated by Dr Beth Nicholls and she is looking for volunteers to sign up.
more info here

A reminder for a free event tomorrow you can attend which explains more
8th April 10-noon at Moulsecoomb Forest Garden.
More info here:

If you need any further information about whats involved please don’t hesitate to contact Beth and her team at the website.


Allan Jenkins: seed, sort, sow, string

Allan Jenkins has an interesting bookplug article on collecting and sorting seeds in today’s Guardian. Actually, an interest in seeds shows a certain commitment to the future, a certain long-term vision; and lord knows the world needs more of that at the moment. So check it out.