Archive for 2018

16 November, 2018

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

This year is a good year for holly, so make sure you beat the birds to it. The next job is to think of Christmas presents. One of the most useful things in my garden is the two wheeled wheelbarrow. This takes most of the weight onto the wheels and just leaves you with the pushing or pulling. Being balanced it means you can pull it behind you which I find easier on uneven ground. My last two presents were the useful sheets with handles at each corner. I have a very large one and a small one. Easier than filling a bucket that has to be emptied into the barrow every few minutes you can just throw things on to it and drag it to the compost heap. Garden tokens are always appreciated. I spent last Christmas’s on loads of bulbs to put in the conservatory, so am looking forward to spring. ...

16 November, 2018

Farm Diary

The Villager

Today is 9th November and the arable part of the farm has quietened considerably. Planting the winter crops was completed on the 19th October with approx. 85 acres of oilseed, 90 acres of barley and 490 acres of wheat sown since late September. The most productive day was 93 acres of wheat sown but that included an 11.30 pm finish because heavy rain was predicted. (It did rain heavily so the long day was worthwhile). Once a seedbed is created the seed needs to be sown quickly because even if the soil is dry rain will quickly make that field impossible to plant into the fine soil because it becomes a quagmire after maybe only 0.5 inches of rain. The aim when sowing in the field (or garden) is for a healthy soil environment with the correct fertility, soil structure and micro- organisms. This will enable the seed to receive nutrients and most importantly moisture to help the seed chit (grow shoots and roots). The structure is different to soil texture. Soil texture is the soil composition and little can be done about that – if your soil is sandy or stony it will always be so. Structure of the soil can be altered by good husbandry – a well- structured soil will allow roots to develop and find moisture and nutrients from depth so the plant is not limited by drought or other weather extremes. The structure can be improved by the weather – the dry conditions this summer cracked the soil to depth and this will allow plant roots to penetrate more in future years or deeper cultivations. Even when the rain comes and the cracks close the soil layers will still be more fractured allowing the roots to go deeper. Wheat plant roots can easily grow to be 1.5 metres deep and oilseed plants 2 metres or more. The same will apply to garden plants. ...

16 November, 2018

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Sun Inn, Bentworth

Events The Villager

You’re invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Sun Inn with a disco, drinks and late night nibbles 7:00pm until late. Dress to impress! Also set menu available. ...

16 November, 2018

Lasham Gliding 11th Annual Charity ‘Run’ – New Year’s Day 2019

Events The Villager

Once around the airfield (approx 3 miles). Children over 10 – sorry no dogs (flying activity) Start (11am) and finish at Clubhouse Entrance fee £5.00 (pay on the day) ...

14 November, 2018

Quiz Time – Saturday 24th November


A team of friends are organising a brilliant fun quiz so please come and support us. Date: Saturday 24th November Bentworth Jubilee Hall Doors open 6.30 for 7pm start Tables of 8 or come and join others! Silent Auction- great prizes £10 per person, includes hot supper Please bring your own drinks and glasses. ...

09 November, 2018

Bentworth Parish Council Planning Meeting Minutes – 6th November 2018

Meetings Minutes Parish Council Planning

The minutes of the planning meeting held on 6th November 2018 are available to download.

07 November, 2018

Bentworth Mummers Present Treasure Island – The Panto!

Events The Villager

Save the Date! Friday 30th November – 7:45pm (Doors open 6:30pm) price £8.00 Saturday 1st December – 3:00pm (Doors open 2:30pm) price £5.00 ...

01 November, 2018

Bentworth Parish Council Meeting – 6th November 2018

Meetings Parish Council

There will be a meeting of Bentworth Parish Council at 7:30pm on 6th November 2018 in the Jubilee (School) Hall. The agenda is available to download.