08 April, 2020

Farm Diary

The Villager

I said a big dry spell would come – well it took longer to arrive than we all hoped but it is dry now with plenty of sunshine – wonderful. The last 14 days have been very busy planting the fields that should have been planted last autumn and also those originally destined for spring cropping. Everything has gone really well with excellent seedbeds and few mechanical problems. Huge thanks to Rob who has worked many hours – something over 90 hours a week. The cereals are now planted with the 80 acres of spring beans to plant next week. ...

07 April, 2020

County Councillor’s Report

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Dear Friends, It is at this time of the year that I would be joining you and our fellow residents for the round of Annual Parish meetings. In view of the current circumstances, and the fact that they will not be taking place, I thought it appropriate that I should send an update to you, and a reminder of my contact details so that any Parish Council needing my services or assistance can get in touch immediately. ...

21 March, 2020

Milk Deliveries

The Villager

Please remember we have a milkman who delivers to Bentworth on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and can provide other groceries and supplies. You can order at www.milkandmore.co.uk ...

21 March, 2020

Hampshire Federation of WI

The Villager

Our talk this month was entitled ‘Tales from the Green Room’, by Mr Alan Grace, who was head of Sport on London Radio before retirement. The expression ‘ Green Room’ comes from far back in history when the Greek actors and speakers would head outside to relax in the fresh air and green spaces. They would rehearse and relax here before going on stage to perform. ...

21 March, 2020

Farm Diary

Events The Villager

The rainfall recorded in February was the most for any month in this wet winter 225.5 mm (9.13 ins) and over only 29 days. The good news is that today I heard a weather forecast that said a warm dry spell is coming – you have no idea how much I hope this is true because the situation is getting pretty serious on the farm. ...

21 March, 2020

Garden Notes – April Showers

Garden Club The Villager

Let us hope we do not get too many showers in April. Just enough to get new sowings to emerge. Of course that means the weeds as well. I have been looking at the options for getting rid of these weeds. If everything is dry you can hoe and leave them on the surface to die. Or you can use a weed killer. We used to be able to get simple Weedol, which just killed the leaves and was ideal for annual weeds. But now glyphosate is ubiquitous. You can get it in formulations to provide an instant effect. It kills plants right down to their roots and degrades once it hits the soil. So you can plant soon afterwards. There is a new kid on the block to join Roundup, called Job Done. It is difficult to compare them as they produce their chemical list in different ways. Even Roundup has different formulations. One thing that effects its use is the amount of surfactant (soapy stuff) they add. This means the weedkiller can cling to the leaves better. Find one that works for you. When it comes to paths and gravel they both claim to act as weed killers but they have no long term effect. What you need is one containing a preemergent agent as well as the glyphosate, such as Weedol Pathclear. This claims to give you a season clear of weeds, but remember a season is only three months long. I find it useful to hit the weeds early with Roundup and then sometime in April use the Weedol Pathclear. This prolongs the weedfree time and means you can avoid spraying overhanging plants. In late summer when you cut back the geraniums and catmint I come along and treat the odd weed then with Roundup. ...

21 March, 2020

“Surprised by Joy” – 30th May 2020

Church Events The Villager

An afternoon with Sue Morris and Alfred Bradley who will present a fascinating insight into the life of “C. S Lewis” To be held in Alton Abbey Church GU34 4AP 2.30pm Saturday May 30th 2020 ...

21 March, 2020

Defibrillator Awareness Session Video

The Villager

On 13th January an awareness session was held in Shalden village hall, given by Paul Abbott from the Community Heartbeat Trust, regarding the defibrillator which is now situated outside the hall. Bentworth has a similar unit outside the Jubilee Hall. ...