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20 December, 2016

Farm Diary

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The ewes are grazing stubble turnips at present. These were sown in September and provide fresh feed now that the grass has little nutritional value. The sheep initially eat the green leaves but then learn that the turnips themselves are preferable being sweet and tasty providing high sugar and therefore energy levels. The alternative for the hopefully pregnant ewes is hay, haylage or silage as a bulk feed, but this is expensive and requires more management, machinery etc. For these ewes which are due to start lambing in early March they will also receive some concentrate nuts from mid Jan onwards. The aim is to produce lambs that are fit and healthy when born but not too large otherwise there will be difficulties at birth. ...

20 December, 2016

Wildlife Support and Conservation

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Nature Laws and leaving the EU: Last month I mentioned that there might be possible implications for leaving the EU. Councillor Adam Carew, one of our committee members, has asked if we could all sign a letter to act NOW to SAVE our NATURE Laws https://act.foe.co.uk/act/defend-our-nature-laws, will take readers to a letter to the EU, and Britain’s commissioner. Woodland Under Threat, Aldermaston Park: The Woodland Trust has contacted us about a proposed development which, if it goes ahead, will threaten a large number of irreplaceable, ancient and veteran trees. This is the link for further information: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-withus/opportunities/woods-under-threat-detector/ or go to the Woodland Trust website for details. ...

06 December, 2016

Bentworth Mummers

Mummers

Happy advent and long time no news… Stephanie and I had heard from a number of you how much you have been missing the Panto this year and as this would have been Panto week, we thought we’d treat you to an upgraded website. We have finally got round to getting more storage online and uploading a load of photos from the last 3 performances. ...

12 November, 2016

Harvest Picnic

Events The Villager

It was amazing how many folk arrived for the picnic on 21st October. Obviously the third time of holding this event meant that word had got around and a great evening ensued. ...

12 November, 2016

Lasham Gliding Society Winter Talks 2016/2017

The Villager

We are arranging a really good season of Saturday evening events again this winter with something organised every Saturday from the bonfire night party through to the beginning of April. Talks are free of charge and you do not need to be a member at Lasham to attend. Non-members and members of other clubs are also most welcome. ...

12 November, 2016

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

Reading Julian’s farming notes in last month’s Villager I found that he was not ploughing his fields. He was cutting up the soil and disturbing the surface but was not turning the soil over. This has improved the soil and made it easier to work. He also makes sure that he does not compact the soil with heavy machinery in wet weather. We can learn from this. ...

12 November, 2016

Advent Concert

Church The Villager

The Benedictine Abbey of Our Lady & St John invites you to join the Monks & the Friends of Alton Abbey to spend an evening of Advent Anthems Saturday 10th December 19.30 ...

30 October, 2016

Annual Churchyard Tidy

Church The Villager

With all the recent warm weather and now rain (at the time of writing!), everything in the churchyard has grown well this year. It is now time for the annual clearance and tidy up and your help is needed. ...

30 October, 2016

Church Projects

Church The Villager

We have been fortunate over the last three or four years that the fabric of the Church has not needed any significant work, just the regular maintenance items. ...

30 October, 2016

Bentworth Litter Pick – 9th October

The Villager

Thank you to Jenny, Boyd, ‘Fred’, Lorna, Debbie, Nigel, and Maggie, for turning out on Saturday morning, and Cathy and Chris who did the lanes near them the following day, to help clear the litter around Bentworth village. ...

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