The Villager

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26 April, 2015

Village Agents Needed in Your Community

Magazine

There are 43 Village Agents in rural communities all over Hampshire. If you are interested in learning new skills or refreshing old ones, taking part in your local community, and helping older people to remain independent, then Age Concern Hampshire needs you to be the next Village Agent. ...

26 April, 2015

Garden Notes – It’s Not Your Fault

Garden Club

It’s so easy to blame yourself when something goes wrong in the garden but do not be so hard on yourself. This year mine and many other people’s daffodils have come up blind. Not a flower to be seen. If you looked up the problem you would be told to dig them up and divide them or look for narcissus fly. Ignore all this, give them a few handfuls of Growmore fertiliser, let the leaves die down and next year they will be fine. We have daffodils that have been in the same place for over thirty years. In that time we have had two or three blind years but they always come up trumps the next year. It is just that last year did not produce ideal growing conditions for them. Some have done well just to confuse you. Just tell yourself it is not your fault. ...

26 April, 2015

Farm News

Magazine

When I wrote about the sheep flock in January we had recently scanned the ewes. This information enabled the ewe’s diet to be adjusted to the number of lambs that they were carrying to help ensure good sized viable lambs. Lambing is now complete and went very well with only 4 lamb deaths and lots of healthy lambs. A huge thanks to all who helped especially Sally who did most of the work. A summary of the results are as detailed:- ...

26 April, 2015

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Magazine

Our bees need you, but not as much as you need them One of every three mouthfuls of food we eat depends on pollination taking place. As well as bees, other species like butterflies, moths, flies, beetles and wasps all play their part in essential pollination. Some £510 million of annual total crop sales in the UK are pollinated by bees and other insects. ...

26 April, 2015

Wildlife Support & Conservation

Magazine

Spring is here and beckons us all outside to tidy up our gardens…..but what about the verge, and are residents responsible for tidying up verges outside their properties? The answer is definitely a big….NO! ...

29 March, 2015

Garden Notes

Garden Club

Suddenly the garden is springing into life. The borders start to have green shoots and the weeds start growing. Are your borders the sort that go to sleep for the winter and you only look at them when growth starts. There is no need for borders to look dead all winter. In a small garden you cannot waste the space on them. There are lots of plants that fit in well with the ordinary herbaceous border that are evergreen and will keep the border interesting in winter. Think of all those collections they sell to go in winter pots. Six plants for peanuts. Here you will find skimmias, euonymous and pieris. You may not want these as full grown shrubs, but until they get too big they will dress your borders. The smaller hebes and the winter heathers (erica carnea) will all look good. Then you have the sages in various colours and lavender and the cotton lavender (santolina) in grey or gold. ...

29 March, 2015

Plant Sale

Garden Club

Bentworth Garden Club will host a plant sale at Bentworth Jubilee Hall on Saturday 2nd May from 10:00am until 12:00pm. There will be free coffee, tea and Stella’s lemon drizzle cake, so come early! ...

29 March, 2015

Inter Village Cricket Match

Cricket Club

Bentworth cricket club is planning an inter villager cricket match on Bank Holiday Monday 4th May from 1pm at our home ground on Holt End Lane. The might of Bentworth (and district) has challenged Lasham (and district)’s finest for a T20 style game, all in the name of fun (and village honour of course). ...

29 March, 2015

Julian Meeting

Church

Our Julian meetings are now held once a month at 8pm. We alternate these between Bentworth on a Tuesday and Medstead on a Wednesday and arrange the date that is most convenient to all members. If you would like to join us you would be very welcome; please contact Gay Howard  565993, or email julian@howard.nildram.co.uk or myself on 01420 562126. ...

29 March, 2015

News From St Mary’s School, Bentworth

Schools

At St Mary’s we love our outdoor learning. Here are some fantastic examples of the activities we have had just in the last couple of weeks. We have experienced the wonder of willow. The school design for our willow construction, brought together by the school council, was quite clear. The pupils wanted a castle theme that had tunnels and where they could create different games and fantasy worlds. ...

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