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18 March, 2019

Hampshire Federation of W.I.

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We meet in the Royal British Legion Hall at Herriard RG25 2PG, on the first Thursday of the month, so our next one is after the deadline for this month’s magazine. ...

18 March, 2019

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

Plants like water. Think how they grew when we had lots of rain. The sack of potatoes I bought then had huge ones in it. This year after the dry summer my sack is full of tiddlers. We all want to use water carefully, and there are some easy ways to do this. Water in the evening so that the sun does not evaporate it before it can be used. Water at the base of the plant rather than the border as a whole. Cover the soil with a mulch so that it is protected from the sun. Plant in the right place. If you know it needs lots of water plant in shade. Phlox are quite happy in semi shade. In the veg patch use beans or peas to provide shade for lettuce and other leafy plants. A soaker hose, that can be used off a tap or a water butt, will give water where it is needed using much less water than a sprayer. Having told you this it will probably rain all summer, but at least you can be prepared. ...

18 March, 2019

Farm News

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The short spell of warm weather in February was glorious and allowed some fieldwork to begin – mostly the first application of fertiliser in the form of nitrogen or sulphur. Both are essential nutrients that plants require to thrive and consequently yield to their potential. The sunshine was great but not enough to dry the soils in this Parish for cultivations and the planting of spring barley, beans and oats that will have to wait but with the day length increasing it will not be long. ...

18 March, 2019

Alton Abbey Open Days

Church Events

Open Days at Alton Abbey GU34 4AP Saturday & Sunday April 27th & 28th 12 noon – 5pm. Admission £3 Tea and Cake £3 Featuring mosaic demonstration, beautiful stationery, second-hand books and in the Abbey Church 3pm, organ recital Saturday / piano recital Sunday ...

18 March, 2019

“Surprised by Joy” CS Lewis (1898-1963)

Church Events

Susan Morris and Alfred Bradley present a talk with readings Aslan … Puddleglum … Reepicheep … the Dufflepuds … Prince Caspian – many of us will remember these and many other much-loved characters from The Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis’s series for children which he wrote whilst also in post as one of Oxbridge’s most scholarly academics. Lewis’s personal journey from atheism to Christianity was central to his life, and an unlooked-for romantic experience of extreme emotional intensity gave him powerful insights to human nature, as many will remember from Richard Attenborough’s film Shadowlands. Born in N. Ireland, he had spent some of his most formative teenage years living in Surrey at Great Bookham near Leatherhead – a period he always described as the most perfect in his life. ...

17 March, 2019

Bentworth Cricket Club Quiz Night

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Bentworth Cricket Club will be hosting its annual quiz evening at Jubilee Hall, Bentworth on Saturday 27th April, 7pm start. With devilish questions across a full range of topics to challenge all comers, we invite teams of 6-8 people. ...

24 February, 2019

Bentworth Garden Club

Events Garden Club

Hope everybody has survived the winter, and in particular the snow we had last month. Our Bentworth Gardening Club AGM is upon us once again on 19th March in the Jubilee Hall at 7.30. This will be followed by our first speaker of the year, Christopher Smith from Pennard Plants. He is an award winning nurseryman who exhibits at Chelsea and other major flower shows and has had many years growing vegetables and edible plants. He is going to give us a talk on Heritage Vegetables. He will bring seeds and plants to sell. We look forward to seeing you all there, and if there is anyone thinking of joining for the first time, come along and see what it is all about! ...

24 February, 2019

Lasham Gliding Society Winter Talks 2018/19

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Saturday talks will usually commence at 6pm and will be held in the Brown Elephant briefing room at Lasham. Although most of the events are free of charge it is customary that a silver collection is made at the end of each talk for the Lasham Trust or other deserving cause of the speaker’s choosing. Dinner will be available in the restaurant afterwards. Booking is advisable at thegoldenglider@outlook.com. Or 01256 384910. The bar is also available to members and visitors at all times. ...

24 February, 2019

Hampshire Federation of WI

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Talk by Mr Jo Smith: Letters from Australia – A parcel of gold for Edith by Joyce Stevens. This very interesting talk was based on a discovery in a family bureau, of a collection of seven letters written by Ellen Suter, who at the age of 19 left the poverty of the Portsmouth docklands and set off for a new life in Australia. ...

24 February, 2019

Garden Notes – New Ideas

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Why don’t I follow my own advice! The voles have been eating my hellebore flowers because I was late cutting the leaves back. Last year I grew some new vegetables, spurred on by an article in the Telegraph that extolled them. The first was crosnes, pronounced crones, a type of salvia. This produces lots of small, little finger sized, michelin men shaped tubers. Fiddly to scrub clean. They will give you the crisp texture of water chestnuts in your stir fries. Sadly they taste of nothing and I shall not grow them again. The other was oca, or New Zealand Yam. This looks like a bushy, succulent clover and produces new potato sized tubers in red or yellow. They have a lemony taste and I enjoyed them roasted with garlic. They do not start producing tubers until late summer so cannot be harvested before December when the tops are frosted to a mush. I then covered mine with a blanket of leaves to protect from further frosts. I shall grow this again, though there are so many tiny tubers left in the soil I probably have no option. ...