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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

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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. ...

26 August, 2016

Hampshire Federation of W.I.

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Firstly we would like to apologise to Kate Mawson and family for mistakenly saying that they were leaving this is not true and we are very sorry. The Charity Lunch on 4th August at Lee Farm was a great success and we took over £1000 and £700 was given to Rehab. ...

26 June, 2016

Neighbourhood Watch

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Please can I draw your attention to a recent report we have received. A member of public has reported to Police they have been having callers selling cleaning items at the door. On one particular occasion they bought items and a cheque was made out to pay for these items. ...

26 June, 2016

Lasham Gliding

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At the time of writing Summer seems a long time coming this year. The Lasham Regionals in June were disrupted by poor weather, and so our pilots are now looking forward to ‘Lasham Glide’, which is the Pre-European Gliding Championship being held at Lasham from 30 July – 7 August. This championship will consist of the UK 15metre and Open Class Nationals, plus a special 18metre Class Regionals. Overseas pilots are welcome to enter and so we hope for high standards of flying and keen competition. ...

26 June, 2016

Wildlife Support and Conservation

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Cemeteries and Churchyards: In addition to our beautiful British countryside and roadside verges, cemeteries and churchyards can often provide an important refuge for wildlife. Not only are they a final resting place, but also a living, and fully functioning haven for wildlife. Bentworth and Chawton church yards, and Medstead cemetery immediately spring to mind as they all have wild flower areas where the grass also grows slightly longer, so excellent for butterflies and other pollinators. ...

26 June, 2016

Herriard and Lasham with Bentworth W.I.

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You are invited to our Charity Lunch in aid of Re-hab and our funds at Lee Farm, Herriard RG25 2PE on 4th August, 2016 by kind invitation of the Dunford Family ...

26 June, 2016

Bentworth Village Fete – 2nd July 2016

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2 – 5 PM FREE ADMISSION Competition Tent: YOUR FAVOURITE CAKE A challenge has been set for Ladies, Gentlemen and Children (under 16) to make your favourite cake, be it a chocolate sponge, Victoria sponge, fruit cake, you name it! Bring on the day and if you are happy it will be auctioned off afterwards. ...