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30 July, 2018

Hampshire Federation of WI

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Our garden meeting this year was held at Victoria Raymonds’ beautiful house and garden. The weather was very hot and humid so it was with pleasure that we sat at a table in a shady part of the garden, catching what little breeze was available. ...

30 July, 2018

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

The hot weather in June and July certainly showed you the vulnerable plants. This is the first time that I have seen a hosta in deep shade wilting. The problem here is that the shade is caused by the trees and shrubs around it and their roots are winning. The Phlox are especially hit by drought since they are so surface rooting. It is amazing what a bit of shade can do. Roses in part shade lasted much longer. The growers say that fours hours sunlight a day is ample for them, but I have found they will do well on less if they have overhead light. Phlox are very happy in shade. Clematis will do well as they hate hot sun on their roots. ...

30 July, 2018

Farm News

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When I wrote for the Villager 4 weeks ago my weather request was for long days of bright light and ½ inch of rain every week and certainly no extremely hot temperatures or strong sunlight. My hopes of a weather pattern to maximise the yield potential of the crops have been disappointed in a big way. Never mind the crops – the weather has been stunning with great warmth. Will the high temperatures and lack of rainfall affect the crop yields? Yes but how much remains to be seen. The first fields have been cut in the area but it is too early to draw any conclusions on yield trends yet but it is true that usually the price per tonne rises if the harvest is smaller so there is a compensating effect. ...

26 June, 2018

Star Inn – Public Meeting – 28th June 7pm, Jubilee Hall


As some of you may know, I had a meeting yesterday with the new owners of the Star Inn site and we discussed at some length their proposals, bearing in mind that their first planning application has been rejected by EHDC planners. ...

23 June, 2018

Bentworth Village Picnic


This year marks 100 years since the end of ‘The War to End All Wars.’ Let’s all gather together on Saturday June 30th from 12 noon on the school playing fields to meet with family, friends and neighbours and enjoy some summer sunshine to acknowledge those who have given us our freedom. ...

20 June, 2018

Bentworth Film Night – 10th July – “The Post”


We are pleased to announce that our next showing will be on Tuesday 10th July when we will screen ‘The Post’. Rated as one of the best films of 2017 and directed by Steven Spielberg. Meryl Streep stars as Katherine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, the executive editor of The Washington Post. Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers — and very freedom — to help bring long-buried truths to light. ...

10 June, 2018

St Mary’s Loves Music Festival – Saturday 16th June


11 HOURS OF NON-STOP MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT IN BENTWORTH Something for everyone – we have an awesome array of bands, food stalls, a bar, kids entertainment and activities, plus wellness / treatment areas for anybody wanting to slow things down for a while… ...

04 June, 2018

Lasham Classical Music Festival – Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 June 2018


The Festival brings together the Lasham Festival Players (a group of young professional musicians), the Choir from St John’s Alresford featuring soloists Wendy Busby and Tom Jesty, and, on the final evening, James Willis as narrator. Our Musical Director is Josh Hall who is a Lasham native, attended St Mary’s Bentworth Primary School and Churchers College before leaving to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Northern College of Music. ...

01 June, 2018

Bentworth Village Fete – 7th July 2018


Planning is well under way for this year’s fete and things are going well! However there are still a few stalls which need to be manned and we are looking for volunteers to run these stalls. If you are able to help please can you call me on 561227 or speak to a committee member. We also need help to set up during the evening of Friday 6th July. If you are able to spare some time we will be on the school field from 6pm and it would be great to see you. ...

17 May, 2018

Royal Wedding Party – 20th May


How about meeting on the village green this Saturday from 2pm to celebrate The Royal Wedding? Please feel free to  include family and friends to join in the fun – but probably only if the weather is dry !!! ...

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