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15 October, 2018

Lasham Gliding Society Winter Talks 2018/19

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We are arranging another really good season of Saturday evening events again this winter with something offered on most Saturday early evenings. Most events will be free of charge, unless stated otherwise and you do not need to be a member at Lasham to attend. Non-members are also most welcome. Some dates and talks might change and some are not yet fully arranged but listed below is the current situation. Updated lists will be issued as the season progresses. ...

15 October, 2018

Hampshire Federation of W.I.

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Meeting 4th October 2018 Our talk this month, entitled ‘Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking’ was given by newly published author Helen Matthews. ...

15 October, 2018

Garden Notes

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Now is a good time to assess your borders and decide what to move and what needs dividing. It has been an odd year. I have had dahlias that did not flower till September and tall pink cosmos that took to the middle of September to flower though the white flowered much earlier. ...

15 October, 2018

Farm Notes

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One of the subjects that I received quite a lot of feedback about was the reference to rainfall in the July issue so here is the latest update. I mentioned previously that the annual rainfall in Bentworth averages about 975 mm and the current figure to 30th September is 877 mm so not a lot lower and far above a Jan to Dec year of only 729 mm in 2011. The ...

15 October, 2018

PCC Fundraising Night – Friday 9th November

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Karamoja is a region in North East Uganda and one of the poorest areas in Africa. It has been a church project supported by many of the Parishes with the Alton deanery for a number of years, and the PCCs of Bentworth, Medstead, Lasham and Shalden also support ministry training. Earlier this year we heard that the community we directly support are in urgent need of funds to repair and refurbish some of their community buildings. ...

15 October, 2018

Bentworth Film Night – Tuesday 13th November

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Bentworth Film Night will be screening ‘Journey’s End’ on Tuesday 13th Novemberat the Jubilee Hall, Bentworth. Doors open at 7pm for drinks, with film showing at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 on the door. Ice Creams in the Interval This is a social event open to all local villagers, please feel free to bring friends along too. ...

28 September, 2018

Harvest Gifts

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All donations of food to St Mary’s Bentworth will be given to the Alton Food Bank. Information about what they do, and what they need, can be found on their website. ...

28 September, 2018

Bentworth Garden Club

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On Tuesday, 21st August, Bentworth Garden Club members met at Bentworth Hall and enjoyed strolling around Stella’s beautiful garden on the most perfect summer’s evening. Marcus Dancer then introduced us to his ‘New and Exciting Plants,’ many of which he had for sale on the night. ...

27 September, 2018

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

Where are the next gardeners coming from? If the children at school are not allowed to fail and everyone gets a medal how will they cope with gardening? ...

27 September, 2018

Farm Diary

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The wonderful mostly dry and sunny weather is continuing which means that it is ideal for insects, birds and in fact most of the natural world locally. Pleasingly the one species that will not thrive in these conditions are slugs – I have never worked out what good a slug does so do not miss them this year. The ground is harder than usual so wearing surfaces on cultivators are disappearing quickly. We now use tungsten faced points which do last longer but of course are double the price of standard items. The flints in the soil in this area tend to cut into the steel and tungsten so that nothing lasts long – in the days when we ploughed a set of plough points might need replacing after 2 days work. The term “Hampshire diamond” obviously refers to the hardness of our local stone – a shame it is not worth as much as jewellery diamonds. When I worked in the Cotswolds the soil and stone was much softer and a set of points could last a whole season or more. ...