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30 October, 2016

Farm Notes

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The wonderful spell of autumnal weather which we have all enjoyed has allowed us to plant most of the winter crops for the 2017 harvest. There is always a balance to be reached at this time of year between planting early which may result in having crops weedy and too forward before the winter or not planted at all because the ground is too wet from autumn / winter rains. The aim is that all the crops are established and growing well before the wet weather arrives and makes any field machinery operations impossible – even the best bits of kit quickly become useless when the ground is wet. The disadvantage of early planting is that there is a very short time window between the previous harvest and seeding so that there is insufficient time for weed seeds to germinate and then be killed off. ...

30 October, 2016

Wildlife Support and Conservation

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The State of Nature Report (SNR) published in September contains information from more than fifty conservation groups and organisations covering the United Kingdom. Last year we were aware that Nature was in trouble. This year 8000 species were checked, and it is noted that over 15 per cent are either already extinct, or on the Red List. ...

24 October, 2016

Lasham Bonfire & Fireworks – NEW VENUE

Events

The Lasham Village Bonfire Party will be held on Saturday 5th November at the Jubilee Field by kind permission of John Jervoise, Lorna Magenis and Andy Martin. ...

30 September, 2016

Bonfire Night – Lasham Gliding Society

Events

Lasham Gliding Society will be holding a Bonfire Night on Saturday 29th October (not 5th November as previously advertised), with the fire being lit at approximately 6:30pm, and fireworks scheduled to start at approximately 7:00pm. ...

21 September, 2016

Litter Pick

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There will be a village Litter Pick on Saturday 8th  October – meeting on the village green at 9.30a.m. Come and help keep our village looking good! ...

21 September, 2016

Hampshire Federation of WI

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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

Farm News

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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

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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. ...

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

Bentworth Bike Club

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On the 14th July, sixteen members of the BBC (Bentworth Bike Club) together with 2 support vehicles, one driven by the husband of a cyclist and their daughter and the other containing our bags and baggage, left Bentworth to cycle to Portsmouth. We caught the overnight ferry to Ouistreham, France and then cycled along the Normandy Beaches before departing from Cherbourg 3 days later having covered approx. 170 miles. The age range of the cyclist was 16-70 and of various abilities, some wanted to add miles to the direct route and others took the easiest way. Everyone stopped to admire the views, visit some of the WW2 memorials and sup the odd coffee or glass of something local. The memorials along this part of the French coast, including the Pegasus Bridge and Arromanches, made us all stand back and think about the horrors of war and the sacrifices of not just the service men and women but also the local people who sheltered and assisted them. ...