Archive for 2019

24 February, 2019

Hampshire Federation of WI

The Villager

Talk by Mr Jo Smith: Letters from Australia – A parcel of gold for Edith by Joyce Stevens. This very interesting talk was based on a discovery in a family bureau, of a collection of seven letters written by Ellen Suter, who at the age of 19 left the poverty of the Portsmouth docklands and set off for a new life in Australia. ...

24 February, 2019

Garden Notes – New Ideas

Garden Club The Villager

Why don’t I follow my own advice! The voles have been eating my hellebore flowers because I was late cutting the leaves back. Last year I grew some new vegetables, spurred on by an article in the Telegraph that extolled them. The first was crosnes, pronounced crones, a type of salvia. This produces lots of small, little finger sized, michelin men shaped tubers. Fiddly to scrub clean. They will give you the crisp texture of water chestnuts in your stir fries. Sadly they taste of nothing and I shall not grow them again. The other was oca, or New Zealand Yam. This looks like a bushy, succulent clover and produces new potato sized tubers in red or yellow. They have a lemony taste and I enjoyed them roasted with garlic. They do not start producing tubers until late summer so cannot be harvested before December when the tops are frosted to a mush. I then covered mine with a blanket of leaves to protect from further frosts. I shall grow this again, though there are so many tiny tubers left in the soil I probably have no option. ...

24 February, 2019

Farm News

The Villager

Rainfall so far in 2019 has been 35 mm or less than an inch and a half so a low total for January. February has started wet with 67.5 mm in the first 10 days but the forecast is dry for the coming week. The ground is much too wet for tractors to travel in the fields without making huge ruts but soon the first fertiliser will be applied to meet the nutritional needs from the plants emerging from the winter – the annual spreading machine MoT is this Tuesday. The test is required to show that the machine is in good order and also to ensure that the spread pattern is accurate so that the granules are distributed accurately over the 24 metre spreading width. Each year the fertiliser varies with some granules being either larger or smaller. If the granules are larger they fly through the air further so the angle of the spreading vanes on the spinning discs are reduced to reduce the throw and vice versa for granules that are on average lighter. A pass certificate is one of the requirements for the Assured Combinable Crops Scheme which allows the grain to be sold under the Red Tractor Assurance label. ...

24 February, 2019

Bentworth Film Night – The Children Act

Events The Villager

Bentworth Film Night will be screening ‘The Children Act’ on Tuesday 12th March at the Jubilee Hall, Bentworth. Doors open at 7pm for drinks, with film showing at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 on the door. Ice Creams in the Interval. ...

17 February, 2019

Bentworth Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan

As part of the process of developing a new Local Plan, EHDC have published their proposals for revisions to the Settlement Policy Boundary (SPB) of Bentworth and also the results of their Call for Sites. Parishioners are encouraged to look at the draft Local Plan and in particular the proposed SPB changes, as residential development will not normally be permitted outside the SPB. Comments should be passed direct to EHDC, with copies please to the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee, so that we can take these into account when we submit our comments. The deadline for comments is 19th March 2019. ...

16 February, 2019

Bentworth Parish Council Planning Committee Meeting – 20th February 2019


There will be a meeting of Bentworth Parish Council Planning Committee at 7:00pm on Wednesday 20th February in the Jubilee Hall. The agenda is available to download. ...

16 February, 2019

Bentworth Parish Council Planning Meeting Minutes – 11th January 2019

Meetings Minutes Parish Council Planning

The minutes from the meeting of Bentworth Parish Council Planning Committee, held on 11th January 2019, are available to download.

01 February, 2019

Bentworth Parish Council Meeting – 5th February 2019

Meetings Parish Council

There will be a meeting of Bentworth Parish Council at 7:30pm on Tuesday 5th January 2019 in the Jubilee (School) Hall. The agenda is available to download. ...