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17 October, 2017

Farm News

The Villager

Julian is sat on a tractor drilling next year’s crops at the moment so this article is a quick look at our environment from “her in doors”. If you walk past a field where the ground is being turned over and look up you will probably see at least one and sometimes 7 or 8 kites circling the tractor looking to see what is being disturbed by the machine; an easy way to find lunch. If you look down, when walking the footpaths, you may see small mammals rushing to find sanctuary in the hedgerows or game cover around the fields. ...

29 September, 2017

First Aid CPR Training

Parish Council

If there is sufficient interest the Parish Council will arrange for a short course explaining how to carry out Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation if you are put in the unfortunate position of having to carry out resuscitation. There is now a Defib machine attached to the Jubilee Hall, so being able to carry out CPR whilst waiting for the Defib to arrive with you could save a life. ...

29 September, 2017

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

The last meeting of the year for Bentworth Garden Club is the Quiz night at Bentworth Hall on Oct 17 at 7.30. Do come and meet your friends and puzzle over the dreadful questions you will be set. We will have our competition then. We want you to evoke the spirit of autumn in any way you like. You will be judged by your peers. ...

29 September, 2017

Charity Talk – Nico de Boinville

Events The Villager

I am really excited that I have managed to get Nico de Boinville, champion jockey and Cheltenham Gold Cup winner to do a talk for me here at Wivelrod Barns, Wivelrod Alton, GU344AS. On Tuesday 10th October starting at 6.30 for 7pm start. ...

29 September, 2017

Hampshire Federation of W.I.

The Villager

At our meeting on 7th September, Mr John Richards talked on Life in Guernsey under German Rule. John Richards is a Guernsey man born and bred. His mother was evacuated at the beginning of the German Invasion and returned 6 years later. Guernsey is a small island only 25 square miles and its allegiance is still to Normandy. ...

29 September, 2017

Garden Notes

The Villager

I hope you have all started to buy your bulbs. Perhaps this is when the gardening year really starts, when you are preparing for next year. Such glorious pictures on the packets promising you such delights. ...

29 September, 2017

Farm Diary

The Villager

The cereal harvest ended on 27th August (Bank Holiday Sunday) and the peas next day. We then helped some neighbours finish their cereal harvest so probably a record early finish. The quality of the grains we harvested were as bad as I predicted last month with the vast majority of crops south west of a line from Brighton to Oxford and then across to Wales being of feed quality rather than for milling, biscuit, malting or human consumption in general. The yields were mostly OK to good so the result from 2017 harvest can best be summed up as “it might have been wonderful but ended up being acceptable”. Drying charges were about average for us but the local cooperative store at Micheldever had grain intakes 1.5% higher than average – that equates to about another £4 per tonne of drying – so if harvesting 2000 t of grain that is an extra £8000 of cost. ...

29 September, 2017

Wildlife Support & Conservation

The Villager

I am following up with a progress report following information published in the March issue of The Villager on mitigation for EPS Dormice, and the prototype of a Dormouse bridge on the SSSI site at Briddlesford Woods, on the IOW, owned by the PTES (Peoples Trust for Endangered Species). ...

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