Archive for 2018

23 December, 2018

Bentworth Parish Neighbourhood Plan and EHDC Draft Local Plan

Neighbourhood Plan

The Background As parishioners are aware, we have been working for some time on the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Bentworth Parish.  We have held three public meetings, had two questionnaires and have a good idea of what parishioners would like to be included in such a plan on the basis of an allocation of “about twelve dwellings” in Bentworth.  In our message posted in the April issue of “The Villager” we advised everyone, however, that the goalposts for neighbourhood planning had been moved by the Government.  Changes to housing policy at national level meant that there was now a legal requirement for all Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans to be reviewed every five years.  East Hampshire District Council’s (EHDC) current Local Plan (which contains the allocation of “about twelve dwellings” for Bentworth) would become out of date in May 2019 and EHDC were launching a review to create a new Local Plan, which would be adopted in 2020 and would run from 2017-2036. As part of this review process, EHDC also embarked on a new call for sites for development.  In the light of these developments our Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee decided to continue to work up the narrative of our plan and also the Vision, Objectives and Policies, but to put on hold any decision on sites. ...

26 November, 2018

Bentworth Parish Council Meeting Minutes – 6th November 2018

Meetings Minutes Parish Council

The minutes of the meeting of Bentworth Parish Council held on 6th November 2018 are available to download.

16 November, 2018

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

I cannot believe how fast a year has gone by. We held our last meeting in September, which was very kindly hosted by Stella. It was a very good turn out and it was lovely to see so many of you. A huge thank you to our esteemed panel of experts, Roz, Stella, Gillian and David who were quite magnificent in answering our questions and the evening would not have been the same without Stella’s fiendishly difficult mini quiz! ...

16 November, 2018

Lasham Gliding Society Winter Talks 2018/19

Events The Villager

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. ...

16 November, 2018

Hampshire Federation of W.I.

The Villager

On 1st November we had a makeup talk and demonstration by ladies from Boots No 7. Charly and Lousia talked about a routine for skincare and told us about the products used. Most ladies had some applied and we were told how to apply the products and two ladies even had eyebrows!!! The girls were thanked by Gay. ...

16 November, 2018

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

This year is a good year for holly, so make sure you beat the birds to it. The next job is to think of Christmas presents. One of the most useful things in my garden is the two wheeled wheelbarrow. This takes most of the weight onto the wheels and just leaves you with the pushing or pulling. Being balanced it means you can pull it behind you which I find easier on uneven ground. My last two presents were the useful sheets with handles at each corner. I have a very large one and a small one. Easier than filling a bucket that has to be emptied into the barrow every few minutes you can just throw things on to it and drag it to the compost heap. Garden tokens are always appreciated. I spent last Christmas’s on loads of bulbs to put in the conservatory, so am looking forward to spring. ...

16 November, 2018

Farm Diary

The Villager

Today is 9th November and the arable part of the farm has quietened considerably. Planting the winter crops was completed on the 19th October with approx. 85 acres of oilseed, 90 acres of barley and 490 acres of wheat sown since late September. The most productive day was 93 acres of wheat sown but that included an 11.30 pm finish because heavy rain was predicted. (It did rain heavily so the long day was worthwhile). Once a seedbed is created the seed needs to be sown quickly because even if the soil is dry rain will quickly make that field impossible to plant into the fine soil because it becomes a quagmire after maybe only 0.5 inches of rain. The aim when sowing in the field (or garden) is for a healthy soil environment with the correct fertility, soil structure and micro- organisms. This will enable the seed to receive nutrients and most importantly moisture to help the seed chit (grow shoots and roots). The structure is different to soil texture. Soil texture is the soil composition and little can be done about that – if your soil is sandy or stony it will always be so. Structure of the soil can be altered by good husbandry – a well- structured soil will allow roots to develop and find moisture and nutrients from depth so the plant is not limited by drought or other weather extremes. The structure can be improved by the weather – the dry conditions this summer cracked the soil to depth and this will allow plant roots to penetrate more in future years or deeper cultivations. Even when the rain comes and the cracks close the soil layers will still be more fractured allowing the roots to go deeper. Wheat plant roots can easily grow to be 1.5 metres deep and oilseed plants 2 metres or more. The same will apply to garden plants. ...

16 November, 2018

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Sun Inn, Bentworth

Events The Villager

You’re invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Sun Inn with a disco, drinks and late night nibbles 7:00pm until late. Dress to impress! Also set menu available. ...