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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). ...

23 August, 2017

Signpost Artist

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Avid readers of the Bentworth Parish Council minutes may have spotted that the Council recently agreed to arrange for the signpost – technically known as a “fingerpost” – on the Village Green to be refurbished. Many of you will have noticed someone undertaking the work. ...

23 August, 2017

Farm News

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It sounds very repetitive but the weather does dominate farming and today it is very wet again. To put the recent rainfall into perspective when I first started farming in Bentworth in the early 1980’s the annual rainfall was about 28 to 35 inches per year – 2.5 inches a month. The rain that we have recorded since July 12th is 8.8 ins not including today’s contribution which will probably be another inch or so – just in 28 days rather than 3 months. Bad for holiday makers and farmers! ...

23 August, 2017

Macmillan Coffee Morning

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Friday 29th September at Holt End, from 10am until noon. £4 for coffee, tea and cake. ‘Bring and buy’ ‘Fred’ Moir [Please note that this message is not posted on behalf of Bentworth Parish Council and does not necessarily reflect the Parish Council’s policy] ...

20 July, 2017

Hampshire Federation of WI

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On 6th July we had our Garden Meeting at 1, Nashes Green, by kind invitation of Diane Southam. It was a very hot day and we were pleased to have shelter under the gazebo. We started the meeting with a Pimm’s . After the business we had various cakes and scones, some donated by members. The results of the Alton Group Quiz were announced and our team won with 146 points against 143, 133 and 107. ...

20 July, 2017

Wildlife Support & Conservation

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Trees and Protection: Although one mature Oak has been saved at the top of Blackberry Lane in Four Marks, and now has a TPO, the arboricultural officer did not have time to reach another landmark tree, a mature Monkey Puzzle in a garden at Bernard Avenue, and it was felled in June. ...

25 June, 2017

Hampshire Federation of Women’s Institutes

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Our meeting on 1st June. After the business we had a talk about Wildlife in the Galapagos Islands by Andrew Watts. He visited many of the islands with a small party of nine and a guide. He had wonderful photographs of the countryside and the wildlife, and told us about the history of the islands and the animals and birds and how they had evolved into completely different species, and each island had unusual birds and animals. ...

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