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27 December, 2017

Lasham Gliding 10th Annual Charity Run/Walk – New Year’s Day 2018

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Supporting Canine Partners (Reg. Charity No 803680) training assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with disabilities Once around the airfield (approx. 3 miles) ...

24 November, 2017

Farm News

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Harvest and planting are now complete. The wet September changed to a fairly dry October and the winter crops for 2018 harvest were planted and so far are looking pretty good with even emergence and no “holes” (bare patches) evident. The seeding process varies a little between fields but usually consists of the following operations – spraying the stubble of the previous crop to kill the weeds and volunteers (the seed lost from the combine that then germinates), a cultivation to a depth of about 15 cm with 6 legs followed by 2 rows of discs and a heavy press wheel to condition the soil. This pass is fairly rain safe in that it will take about ½ inch of rain without becoming a sodden morass. ...

17 November, 2017

Bentworth Mummers – Dick Turpin!

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Bentworth Mummers are returning with another fabulous pants production on 1st and 2nd December – Dick Turpin! We know you missed us last year but we’re back with a great pant for you this year. Another one written by Richard Lloyd. All the usual twists and additions he likes to put in, which of course includes the bad jokes and some of our own of course. ...

17 October, 2017

Lasham Gliding Society Winter Talks

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We are arranging another really good season of Saturday evening events again this winter with something organised most Saturdays from the bonfire night party through to Easter. 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 and members of other clubs are also most welcome. Some dates and talks might change and some not are yet fully arranged but listed below is the current situation. Updated lists will be issued as the season progresses. ...

17 October, 2017

Hampshire Federation of W.I.

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At our meeting on 5th October, we heard Deborah Wheeler talk on Make do and Mend 1942. She became Mrs. Queenie Stacey a housewife of that era and told us how to make items of clothing from parachute silk, but not swimwear as the material become transparent when wet! ...

17 October, 2017

Farm News

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Julian is sat on a tractor drilling next year’s crops at the moment so this article is a quick look at our environment from “her in doors”. If you walk past a field where the ground is being turned over and look up you will probably see at least one and sometimes 7 or 8 kites circling the tractor looking to see what is being disturbed by the machine; an easy way to find lunch. If you look down, when walking the footpaths, you may see small mammals rushing to find sanctuary in the hedgerows or game cover around the fields. ...

29 September, 2017

Charity Talk – Nico de Boinville

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I am really excited that I have managed to get Nico de Boinville, champion jockey and Cheltenham Gold Cup winner to do a talk for me here at Wivelrod Barns, Wivelrod Alton, GU344AS. On Tuesday 10th October starting at 6.30 for 7pm start. ...

29 September, 2017

Hampshire Federation of W.I.

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At our meeting on 7th September, Mr John Richards talked on Life in Guernsey under German Rule. John Richards is a Guernsey man born and bred. His mother was evacuated at the beginning of the German Invasion and returned 6 years later. Guernsey is a small island only 25 square miles and its allegiance is still to Normandy. ...

29 September, 2017

Farm Diary

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The cereal harvest ended on 27th August (Bank Holiday Sunday) and the peas next day. We then helped some neighbours finish their cereal harvest so probably a record early finish. The quality of the grains we harvested were as bad as I predicted last month with the vast majority of crops south west of a line from Brighton to Oxford and then across to Wales being of feed quality rather than for milling, biscuit, malting or human consumption in general. The yields were mostly OK to good so the result from 2017 harvest can best be summed up as “it might have been wonderful but ended up being acceptable”. Drying charges were about average for us but the local cooperative store at Micheldever had grain intakes 1.5% higher than average – that equates to about another £4 per tonne of drying – so if harvesting 2000 t of grain that is an extra £8000 of cost. ...

29 September, 2017

Wildlife Support & Conservation

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I am following up with a progress report following information published in the March issue of The Villager on mitigation for EPS Dormice, and the prototype of a Dormouse bridge on the SSSI site at Briddlesford Woods, on the IOW, owned by the PTES (Peoples Trust for Endangered Species). ...

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