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21 September, 2016

Hampshire Federation of WI

The Villager

Our speaker this month was the extremely humorous Judy Theobald who’s aptly titled ‘Life & other problems’ talk had us giggling like schoolgirls. ...

21 September, 2016

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

I have made a real blunder in part of my garden. We all do it. Planting things too close, putting tall plants in front of short ones, or having to cut back a shrub every year because it is too big for its position. My mistake was to plant iris at the feet of clematis. I know very well that clematis like lots of water and to have their bases in shade, while iris like it well drained and love the sun on their tubers. This has been proved by the clematis in a full border flowering well into September and those with the sun on their roots giving up in mid August. I have to make a choice and the iris will have to go and I must find something to plant in front of the clematis that will provide the cool root run they like. There has been mildew on one clematis because of the lack of water. ...

21 September, 2016

Farm News

The Villager

The last article that I wrote for the Villager was in early August 2015 and I commented how many insects and butterflies were on the farm in that spring – the harvest that followed had the highest yielding crops to date but the prices received for the grain went down. I am now writing these notes after most of the 2016 crops have been harvested and it has not been a bumper year – the wet weather in June affected the flowering period (yes all crops do have flowers – but not the pretty colourful ones) and so the grains have generally been smaller and some were diseased or shrivelled. Below average yields have been reported around the country and one grain marketing company has estimated that the UK wheat harvest is 13.9 million tonnes compared with 16.2 million tonnes last year. The good news is that for my group of farms last year’s drying charges of about £14000 have been reduced to £3300 this year after the dry August, with only the beans to cut, and the quality is reasonable. ...

21 September, 2016

Wildlife Support and Conservation

The Villager

Wildlife Support & Conservation: We celebrate our sixth birthday in September, and almost nine years since I teamed up with ‘Fight for Four Marks’. Most of the committee members are now working for the good of the community or with the Parish Council, and Ingrid Thomas has become our very popular, and industrious, District Councillor. ...

21 September, 2016

Charity Race Night

Pubs The Villager

Big screen racing, cash and prizes to be won! Next Meeting at The Sun Inn on Sunday October 23rd at 8:30pm, to be held in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. Let’s raise even more money than the last one! Free entry, no ticket needed. We would like people to sponsor a horse, jockey or a race before the event. The sponsor sheet will be at The Sun from September 12th so anyone can call in and ask Abbie or one of the team for assistance. ...

21 September, 2016

14th Annual Abbey Lecture

Church The Villager

Friday October 21st 2016 at 7pm to be held in Alton Abbey church, followed by supper, with wine, in the Monastery Refectory to be given by Revd Canon John Draper “Modern Christian Pilgrimage” ...

18 September, 2016

Bentworth Harvest Picnic and Quiz

Events

Friday 21st October 7.30pm, Jubilee Hall, Bentworth Welcome drink upon arrival. Please bring your own food, drink and place setting. Contact “Fred” Moir on 562380 for your ticket ...

26 August, 2016

A. A. Milne

Church The Villager

Susan Morris and Alfred Bradley present a talk with readings about the writer, not all about “Pooh” ! Susan and Alfred are back by popular request, as their presentations are such fun, and very informative. Come and join us at Alton Abbey Saturday 17th September 7.30 p.m. ...

26 August, 2016

Grateful Thanks

Church The Villager

Thank you to all those who held the fort during the interregnum. Since Ben Flenley’s departure a small band of people have valiantly maintained all the facilities of our village church in a most commendable fashion. At the beginning none of them knew how long it would be before the announcement of our new Priest in Charge, but this did not deter them from carrying on. Among those involved were Mr Dunwoody, and other members of the parochial church council; Stella Burnett, and the other ladies of the Guild of St Martha; and most importantly, in regard to the care of all the outside areas and grounds, Charlie Phillips and those valiant members of his labouring force. Also, mention of Sue Phillips and other ladies who have continued to produce lovely floral decorations in the church and not least to Chris Hurley and his team of skilled Campanologists. ...

26 August, 2016

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

The September meeting of the Bentworth Garden Club will be held at the Jubilee Hall on Wednesday 21 September at 7.30. The Speaker will be Jim Dickinson whose talk is ‘The hidden aspects of trees in Alton’. Everyone is welcome. ...

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