16 November, 2018

Bell Maintenance

Church The Villager

The bell ropes at St Mary’s church, Bentworth, need replacing, after 30 years. The bellringers have a fund, saved from wedding fees and contributions from visiting ringers, which can be used. But the total cost of new ropes is £1031, of which the fund can contribute £773, leaving £258 to be raised. ...

16 November, 2018

St Mary’s Bentworth Drop-In at the Sun Inn

Church Events Pubs The Villager

Come and enjoy the warm welcome at the Sun on Wednesday mornings 10.45 – 11.45am. Tea/coffee and cake is £4, – the glowing fires and cheerful candles are all part of the atmosphere. ...

16 November, 2018

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

I cannot believe how fast a year has gone by. We held our last meeting in September, which was very kindly hosted by Stella. It was a very good turn out and it was lovely to see so many of you. A huge thank you to our esteemed panel of experts, Roz, Stella, Gillian and David who were quite magnificent in answering our questions and the evening would not have been the same without Stella’s fiendishly difficult mini quiz! ...

16 November, 2018

Julian Meetings

Church The Villager

Our Julian meetings are now held once a month, at 8pm. If you would like to join us you would be very welcome; please contact Gay Howard 565993, or email julian@howard.nildram.co.uk., or myself on 01420 562126. ...

16 November, 2018

Lasham Gliding Society Winter Talks 2018/19

Events The Villager

We are arranging another really good season of Saturday evening events again this winter with something offered on most Saturday early evenings. Most events will be free of charge, unless stated otherwise and you do not need to be a member at Lasham to attend. Non-members are also most welcome. Some dates and talks might change and some are not yet fully arranged but listed below is the current situation. Updated lists will be issued as the season progresses. ...

16 November, 2018

Hampshire Federation of W.I.

The Villager

On 1st November we had a makeup talk and demonstration by ladies from Boots No 7. Charly and Lousia talked about a routine for skincare and told us about the products used. Most ladies had some applied and we were told how to apply the products and two ladies even had eyebrows!!! The girls were thanked by Gay. ...

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. ...